Prime News, Karnataka, KSRTC, Mysuru, April 8:- Even as the transport strike entered its second day, Mysuru-Kodagu Member of Parliament Pratap Simha on Thursday (April 8) visited the Mysuru KSRTC Bus Station on Mother Teresa Road (B N Road) here to take stock of the situation.
He spoke to the private bus owners and drivers and also collected information on the impact of the strike. He had a word of advice for the private bus operators and asked them not to disturb the passengers with high bus fares. He went around the entire bus terminal to know what was happening.
Taking on Kodihalli Chandrashekar, who is spearheading the KSRTC employees’ protest, Simha said, “All these years, he was misleading the farmers and now he is out to mislead the KSRTC employees. It is a big mistake on the part of the KSRTC employees to choose him as their leader. We had great farmer leaders in Prof Nanjundaswamy and K S Puttannaiah and people had a lot of respect for them. The present leaders are like empty vessels and will definitely mislead those who trust them. When the state government itself is in deep trouble, how can he mislead KSRTC employees? If the protest continues, the public will insist on the privatisation of public transport. Don’t give the room to such a scenario.”
The MP said, “A situation may arise when the state government will be forced to enforce Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA). Let us avoid such a situation.”
Reacting to Congress leader Siddaramaiah’s statement that the state government should settle the issue, Simha said, “He could have only done it when he was the Chief Minister. It is always easy to talk when you are in the Opposition. No one will entertain what he has said.” (MR/KS)