Hyderabad, Nov 17 : The indefinite strike by more than 48,000 employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) entered 44th day on Sunday as lakhs of people continued to suffer.
With the bulk of RTC buses staying off the roads, lakhs of passengers were left to fend for themselves since the skeletal services being operated by the authorities were unable to meet the huge demand.
The indefinite fast undertaken by Mr Ashwadhama Reddy, convener of the Joint Action Committee, which is leading the strike ,entered the second day today. He said he would continue his fast till the government invites union leaders for talks to resolve the crisis.
The striking employees continued dharnas and processions across the state raising anti-government slogans. Scores of agitating employees were taken into custody by the police when they tried to prevent buses from coming out of the depots in different parts of the state.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy has said that the state government should give up its tough stance and invite leaders of the striking employees to end the crisis.
The High Court will resume on Monday hearing of arguments on a petition over the Cabinet decision to permit private operators to ply their buses on 5,100 RTC routes. (UNI)