Telangana Rashtra Samithi Parliamentary Party Leader K. Keshav Rao released a statement in which he stated that, “deeply pained at the deaths of two striking RTC employees. Self-immolation or suicide is no solution to any problem,” He said. In which he also asked the RTC employees to call of the strike before things get out of their hand. He also said it was “the state government that had given RTC employees 44% increment in salaries in addition to a 16% interim relief.
Keshav Rao urges the government to consider RTC employees issues, other than the demand to merge RTC in government. He also said “The three-tier arrangement being considered by the government of 50% RTC, 30% stage carriages, and 20% private vehicles, must be viewed as an experiment against the backdrop of the ongoing agitation and the conditions of the sagging bus transport sector in the country, particularly in the State,” he said.
Keshav Rao said that there was a lot of difference between a State and public undertaking/enterprise, run under the control of a government. “Social control is always preferred over State control. The government is not a commercial organization. No vested party can dictate policy formulation to an elected government,” He said. Keshav Rao also said that, The TRS manifesto committee which he headed had at no time considered the merger of RTC with the state.