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All-party meet held on free zone issue

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Assembly to pass unanimous resolution against declaring Hyderabad free zone

HYDERABAD: A unanimous resolution is proposed to be adopted in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday requesting the Central government to delete clause 14 (f) of the Presidential Order treating Hyderabad as a free zone in the recruitment of police.

A one-line resolution will be moved in the House which the Opposition parties have consented to pass without a formal discussion. This was decided at an all-party meeting convened by Chief Minister K. Rosaiah to decide the future course of action following the Supreme Court's decision on Tuesday against reviewing its October 2009 verdict declaring Hyderabad as free zone insofar as recruitments and postings in government are concerned.

The Supreme Court's judgment last year was one of the major factors that led to the fast by Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K. Chandrasekhar Rao in November culminating in Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram's December 9 announcement on Telangana.

Representatives of the Congress, Telugu Desam, Praja Rajyam, Bharatiya Janata Party, Lok Satta Party and the two Left parties attended the meeting. All the parties were unanimous in their stand in support of the deletion of the clause which, they said was the ‘prime reason behind the turmoil being witnessed since past few months'.

Congress floor leader in the Assembly J. Geeta Reddy said the resolution was necessitated as the special leave petition filed by the government was quashed and the Supreme Court declined to review its previous orders in spite of the latest plea. “We have followed the legal procedure, but our pleas have been rejected twice. It was, therefore, decided to pass a unanimous resolution in the Assembly,” Dr. Geeta Reddy said.

TDP representative R. Prakash Reddy said the party was firm on its stand that Hyderabad should form part of Zone VI. Lok Satta president N. Jayaprakash Narayan said the Apex Court's decision had vindicated his party's stand that a review petition would be of no use. He said deletion of the clause would not necessitate any executive order or a Constitutional amendment.

BJP president G. Kishan Reddy said his party would extend support to any legislation in Parliament to amend the Presidential Order. PR MLA B. Shoba Nagi Reddy, CPI (M) MLA J. Ranga Reddy and CPI floor leader G. Mallesh wanted the government to take sufficient care while dealing with sensitive issues and to avoid recurrence of such incidents in future.

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