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No job after November 5: KCR ultimatum to protesters 

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Giving ultimatum to the striking employees, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao said that the protestors would not allow to work after November 5.

Earlier, the Telangana government had given November 5 as deadling for the employees to rejoin duty. Employees would solely be responsible for such a situation and should therefore decide whether to save their jobs or trouble their families, a press release said.

The government said if the employees continued their stir, it would go ahead with the plan to permit private bus operators to run services in 5,000 of the total of 10,400 routes.

A meeting chaired by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, in which transport minister P Ajay Kumar and top officials took part, felt union leaders were giving a false impression to the workers, citing ongoing proceedings in the High Court.

"But according to legal experts, the High Court has not given any directives to the government on the strike. There is nothing the court can do." "If the High Court verdict is (on the) contrary, having come this far on the matter, both the RTC and government will move the Supreme Court," the release said.

"Going by past experience, the case in Supreme Court may drag on for months and years. It will be a never-ending battle. Hence this will not do any good to the workers," it said, quoting opinions expressed in the meeting.