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Chukka Ramaiah links MLC seat to `social issues'

Staff Reporter

Expert in IIT coaching wants to wipe out Telangana's `backwardness'



BOOK RELEASE: K.V. Ramana Chary, Secretary, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, releasing a book at a State-level seminar in Nalgonda on Thursday as academician Chukka Ramaiah looks on.

NALGONDA: Chukka Ramaiah, an acclaimed expert in IIT coaching, said he wanted to enter the Legislative Council to confront the "political tricks" being played against the Telangana region.

Speaking to reporters at the Press Club here on Thursday, the octogenarian said:

"Despite having a wonderful past of revolutionary zeal, this region is being discriminated by rulers. At this age, I am contesting for the MLC only to raise my voice against social issues."

Asked to spell out his stand on the demand for a separate State, he evaded a direct reply and said: "I can say that this region is being neglected for all these years and a movement is needed to wipe out its backwardness. If you say that a separate State is needed to solve the problem, it is okay."

`Don't take Hyderabad'

Alleging that the Government was trying to take away Hyderabad from Telangana in the name of greater Hyderabad, he made it clear that the development of Hyderabad was not the development of entire Telangana.

He criticized the alleged move to convert Osmania Engineering College into a National Engineering College. "This is a conspiracy and it is not acceptable for us," he declared.

Mr. Ramaiah demanded that the Union Government bear the educational expenses of all tribals.

"Once upon a time, land was the source of wealth but in this era education is the source of wealth," he added.

He further said that police could not solve the problem of Maoists.

"You cannot wipe out a movement by killing people. Welfare and development are the two things that can solve the problem," he observed.

The Andhra Pradesh United Teachers' Federation, the Telugu Nadu Teachers' Association, the Junior Colleges Principals Association and others extended their support to the candidature of Mr. Ramaiah.

Seminar on teachers

Earlier, Prof. Ramaiah took part in a three day State level seminar on "Perspectives of Teacher Education' which was inaugurated by the secretary, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, K.V.Ramana Chary at District Institute of Educational Training on Thursday.

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