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Shah, Nadda congratulate T’gana BJP over MLC poll victory


Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national president J.P. Nadda and other central leaders on Friday congratulated the party’s Telangana leadership over the victory of BJP-backed candidate in the Legislative Council election.

Shah termed the victory of A.V.N. Reddy from Mahabubnagar-Rangareddy-Hyderabad teachers’ constituency as historic.

He congratulated Reddy, BJP state president Bandi Sanjay and the entire state unit of the party.

“This victory shows that Telangana people are fed up with corruption and want a pro-poor, transparent govt under PM Modi’s leadership,” tweeted Shah.

Responding to the tweet, Sanjay said that the collective movement of people belonging to various sections against the corrupt government of the KCR family is reaching its peak under the leadership of the BJP.

He claimed that the election result is proof that the entire people of Telangana are waiting for a double-engine government.

He exuded confidence that with the same spirit, the party will achieve final victory with the help and guidance of the Central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Nadda also took to Twitter to congratulate Reddy, Bandi Sanjay and the party’s state unit for ‘historic victory’. The BJP president wrote that the people have discarded the BRS once more and have embraced the BJP’s vision under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

BJP national general secretary B. L. Santosh also congratulated AVN Reddy for “well deserved win”.

“It’s another mandate against anti anti-poor, anti development, corrupt, dynast BRS party and their arrogant leadership,” he said.

Sanjay in his reply to the tweet stated that this election proved strong anti-incumbency against the dictatorial BRS, especially among employees and the ‘educated.’

Another central leader of BJP and incharge for Telangana, Tarun Chug also described the victory of the BJP candidate from the Mahbubnagar-Rangareddy-Hyderabad teachers’ constituency of the Telangana Legislative Council as historic. He congratulated all Telangana BJP workers along with A.V.N .Reddy and Bandi Sanjay.

Reddy had contested as the candidate of the BJP affiliated teachers’ union.

He was declared elected Friday after 21 rounds of counting, defeating his nearest rival G. Chennakesava Reddy of PRTU.

After the victory, Reddy went to the BJP office and called on Bandi Sanjay, who congratulated him.

Meanwhile, the BRS ridiculed Sanjay for taking credit of the win just for extension of his term. BRS leader Krishank Manne clarified that BJP did not contest the election. He said the BJP neither fielded any candidate nor supported anyone.

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Amit Shah, Nadda hold meeting on BJP strategy for Telangana polls


Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national President J.P. Nadda and other central leaders discussed the party’s strategy for the upcoming Assembly elections in Telangana with the party’s state leaders in the national capital on Tuesday.

A crucial meeting was held at Nadda’s residence in Delhi which was attended by Union Minister G. Kishan Reddy, BJP’s incharge for Telangana Tarun Chugh, state party President Bandi Sanjay and other leaders.

Amit Shah and Nadda discussed with the state leaders the public outreach programmes undertaken by the party in the state and gave directions to strengthen the party in the run-up to the elections.

After the meeting, Bandi Sanjay told reporters that BJP will come to power in the state as people want a change and see the BJP as the only alternative to Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS).

He said the BRS and the Congress were spreading lies that BJP does not have leaders and candidates in all constituencies. “We have strong leaders in all 119 Assembly constituencies,” he said.

Sanjay claimed that the BJP is ready for Assembly elections whenever they are held. He announced that a massive public meeting would be organised soon for which Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be invited.

He said the central leaders elicited opinions of the state leaders about various programmes undertaken by the party and gave suggestions on how to take the programmes forward in the coming days.

The state BJP chief said the central leadership expressed satisfaction over the response to 11,000 corner meetings organised by the party across the state recently.

Replying to a query, Sanjay said the BJP has nothing to do with Delhi liquor policy scam and arrest of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. “BJP is in no way concerned with the liquor case. The CBI is conducting the investigations,” he said.

The BJP leader, however, criticized Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for not responding to the allegations against his daughter K. Kavitha in the liquor case. “The CBI has mentioned Kavitha’s name four times in the charge sheet. Why is KCR silent on this,” he asked.

BJP MPs K. Laxman, D. Arvind, MLA Eatala Rajender, D.K. Aruna, Vijaya Shanti,AG. Vivek, Rajagopal Reddy, Jitender Reddy and other leaders attended the meeting.

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TDP appeals to Amit Shah to take responsibility of women safety in AP


TDP politburo member and woman wing president, Vangalapudi Anitha, on Monday demanded Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, respond as to why there is absolutely no safety and security for women in the State.

Vangalapudi Anitha told media persons that the recent incident at Tadepalli, just a few feet away from the Tadepalli palace, in which a blind Dalit girl was mercilessly done to death but there is no response from Jagan. Even the Minister for Home, the Chairperson of the Mahila Commission or the DGP did not respond on time, Anitha said and asked if it was not shameful to the Chief Minister as the incident took place just a few yards away from his residence.

The Chief Minister was not moved even with the screaming of the parents and yelling of the victim girl, she said and stated that the mother of the girl wants serious action be initiated against those involved in the incident. That innocent mother still believes this Chief Minister, who himself is the culprit of exploiting his mother and own sister for his personal gains, Anitha remarked.

Observing that the chairperson of the Mahila Commission went to the hospital only to strike a bargain of offering Rs 10 lakh for the mother of this victim girl, she said and stated that whenever such incidents happen the chairperson only strikes a deal with the victim families and even resorts to threats.

Demanding that the culprit who killed that blind Dalit girl be hanged to death immediately to prevent any such incident taking place in future, Anitha felt that there is no safety and security for women in the State. She said that Jagan never asked the Centre to give legitimacy to the Disa Act except making repeated appeals to bail him out of cases like corruption and murder of his paternal uncle.

Pointing out that the NCRB report clearly indicated that crime against women in the State is on the rise, Anitha said that the State Government and the DGP are only trying to suppress these facts. She demanded that Union Home Minister, Amith Shan, take the responsibility of the safety of women in the State as the women no longer have faith in the Jagan Mohan Reddy Government.

Even those who claimed that Jagan will arrive much faster than guns if any atrocities take place against women are not responding though several instances are being reported from various parts of the State, Anitha observed.

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Amit Shah to review passing out parade at National Police Academy


Union Home Minister Amit Shah will review the passing out parade of the Indian Police Service (IPS) probationers at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) here on February 11.

A total of 195 officer trainees including 29 foreign officer trainees will participate in the parade.

SVPNPA director A.S. Rajan on Thursday revealed the details of the 74 RR batch of the IPS probationers. He said the Union Home Minister would be the chief guest and review Dikshanth Parade.

He said 37 lady officers, which constitute 23 per cent of total strength, would be participating in the Dikshanth Parade.

The parade would be commanded by Shahansha K S, IPS (P) of Kerala Cadre who is the all-round topper in phase 1 of 74 RR, he added.

Six officer trainees from Bhutan, eight from Maldives, five from Nepal and 10 from Mauritius will also pass out from the academy.

The director said the whole 105-week training involved 15 weeks of foundation course training and a 50-week Phase-I Basic Course. This was followed by a 30-week District Practical Training at respective cadres/states and a 10-week Phase-II Basic Course at SVPNPA.

The director also said the Course module was prepared taking into consideration the current job requirements of police officers in India.

Attitude training was given special importance during the course, enabling the officer trainees to develop a more sympathetic and victim-centric approach, he added.

He said the indoor and outdoor exposures included criminal procedure code, IPC and special laws, forensics, information and communication technology, human rights, Yoga, unarmed combat, etc., so that the candidates could develop integrity and dedication towards their job and empathy towards victims.

The director said that for the first time, as a part of SVPNPA MoU with NALSAR, the officer trainees would receive post-graduation degrees and officer trainees from foreign countries would receive Diploma certificates after completing their training.

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We will use Jr NTR services, says Somu Veerraju


Actor Junior NTR has been in the news in the Telugu states for the past one month. The media has been weaving stories around him ever since he met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Hyderabad last month.

There is a talk in the political circles that the BJP would help Junior NTR to split the TDP in Andhra Pradesh, while another talk is that Junior NTR would directly help the BJP in the two Telugu states.

However, the actor did not respond to any of these talks nor did he make any political statement about his meeting with Amit Shah.

The BJP leaders, including Union Minister for Tourism and Cultural Affairs, G Kishan Reddy, said that there was no political significance to the meeting between Amit Shah and NTR and asserted that it was just a formal meeting.

But, BJP AP president Somu Veerraju on Sunday made quite interesting remarks on NTR meeting with Amit Shah. He said the BJP would make best use of the services of Junior NTR in the two Telugu States.

If Somu Veerraju’s statements are to be taken seriously, it is clear that the BJP would use the actor in Andhra Pradesh in the 2024 general elections. Junior NTR has a great following in Andhra Pradesh and the BJP is pinning hopes of occupying the number two place in the state.

With all these plans on hand, Somu Veerraju’s statement assumes significance and it is to be seen how far Junior NTR would be able to help the BJP in the coming elections.

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Shah, NTR might have discussed politics too, says GVL


BJP Rajya Sabha member G V L Narasimha Rao gave enough indications on the dinner meeting of Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Tollywood actor Junior NTR in Hyderabad two days ago. Though he did not give a clear statement on what transpired between the two during the dinner meeting, the BJP MP said that they might have discussed politics too.

There is widespread debate on the meeting between Amit Shah and Junior NTR both in the social media and the regular media. The print media had given wide coverage with videos, while the electronic media had organised political debate on the meeting.

The social media had seen several posts making comments on the meeting and making wild guesses. The video clips and the photographs of the meeting went viral in the social media with speculations.

Union Minister for Culture, G Kishen Reddy, said the meeting had no political significance and Shah wanted to congratulate Junior NTR for his action in the recent pan India movie – RRR. However, YSR Congress MLA and former minister Kodali Nani said that Amit Shah would not waste his time meeting people without political interest.

Subscribing to Kodali Nani’s statement, the BJP MP said that they might not have limited their discussion only to the film activities of the actor. “There is no doubt, politics too must have been one of the discussion points in the meeting,” GVL Narasimha Rao asserted.

However, he said everything is speculation and guess work. The actual discussion points will be known only when either of them share it outside.

Well, there is no scope for Amit Shah to reveal the subject or share his feelings with anyone after his meeting with the Tollywood actor. However, Junior NTR is expected to share at least some points with his close friends or the Nandamuri family members may be later, if not now.

We have to wait for the right time for Junior NTR to break his silence on the meeting with the Union Home Minister, the number two in command in the country these days!

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Did Shah meet Jr NTR to woo Kamma voters in Telangana?


The brief meeting of Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Tollywood hero Junior NTR in Hyderabad on Sunday evening continues to create ripples in the political circles of the two Telugu states. Though it was said that TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu would meet Shah at Ramoji Film City in the presence of media baron Cherukuri Ramoji Rao, it did not happen and remained a mere rumour.

However, Shah met Junior NTR for over 40 minutes and shared his dinner with the young actor. BJP senior leader and Union Minister G Kishen Reddy said that there was no political significance to the meeting and it was purely related to the actor and his career. The BJP sources said that Shah wanted to appreciate Junior NTR and the meeting was restricted only for appreciation.

But, there is a lot doing rounds in the two Telugu states. Actor Junior NTR is an influential young leader in the two Telugu states. His influence has two aspects – a proven hero and a representative of the dominant Kamma caste from the late NTR family.

As a proven actor, Junior NTR is able to pull the crowd and can influence people, which would be of great help to the BJP in the Munugodu Assembly by-election. Nalgonda district is dominated by the Kamma settlers from Krishna and Guntur district, who own up and hold NTR close to their heart. This would help BJP to reap some votes in the by-election.

Junior NTR’s aunt, Purandheswari is already there with the BJP and Shah meeting NTR would send some clear and positive signals to the TDP leaders in the two Telugu states that BJP is their alternative. This would help the BJP get the advantage in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

In fact, the discussion is on this line in the two Telugu states and a good number of TDP and the Kamma leaders are looking towards the BJP now as an alternative, if not immediately.

Afterall, Amit Shah is a politician and whatever he does is for his party’s political advantage, even if it is eating in a Dalit leader’s house or attending a charity show. His meeting with Junior NTR is also to be seen from the political angle and not outside politics.

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TRS hits back at Amit Shah for calling KCR ‘anti-farmer’


A day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah branded Telangana Chief Minister Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao ‘anti-farmer’, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) hit back at him saying it is the joke of the century.

Taking to Twitter, TRS working president K.T. Rama Rao said on Monday: “Who copied KCR’s brainchild ‘Rythu Bandhu’ & rebranded it as PM-Kisan? Who apologised to the farmers of the nation after facing their wrath over farm-laws; After losing 700 valuable lives?”

Addressing a public meeting of the BJP at Munugode Assembly constituency on Sunday, Shah had termed KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, as ‘anti-farmer’.

KTR, who is a state minister and son of KCR, pointed out that Shah criticized the Chief Minister for not joining the Centre’s Fasal Bheema Yojana.

“Earlier, Gujarat BJP government too rejected this scheme of NPA Govt & opted out! If it isn’t good for your own home state Gujarat, how is it good for Telangana? What absurd hypocrisy is this?,” asked KTR, who refers to the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as Non-Performing Alliance (NPA).

Another state minister G. Jagadish Reddy also slammed Shah for making baseless allegations at the public meeting.

Jagadish Reddy said Amit Shah did not respond to the questions posed by KCR at a public meeting in Munugode on Saturday.

“We did not expect a reply because BJP leadership has no answer to the question asked by our leader,” he said.

The Chief Minister had asked Shah to reply as to why the Centre failed to give Telangana its due share in Krishna river waters though eight years have passed since the formation of the state.

On the Union Minister’s criticism of the TRS government for not slashing the price of petrol and diesel, Jagadish Reddy said it was like the pot calling kettle black.

He said Shah should tell the people as to who hiked the prices of petroleum products and what was the quantum of hike in the last eight years.

Jagadish Reddy countered Shah’s comments on the Fasal Bima Yojana. and pointed out that the best insurance policy for farmers was being implemented in Telangana.

Under the Rythu Bima scheme, farmers are being provided Rs 5 lakh insurance coverage and so far families of one lakh farmers have benefited.

Terming Shah’s public meeting a “flop show”, another minister Koppula Eshwar said there was no public response to the meeting.

This was the reason he finished his speech in 15 minutes, he said.

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Telangana BJP chief trolled for ‘carrying’ Amit Shah’s shoes


A video of Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay rushing to fetch footwear of union Home Minister Amit Shah went viral on social media on Monday.

Sanjay, who is also a Member of Parliament, is seen carrying the footwear and keeping it in front of Amit Shah when the latter came out of Ujjaini Mahankali temple in Secunderabad on Sunday.

Leaders of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Congress party branded Sanjay a ‘slave’ of Delhi and Gujarat leaders and called for safeguarding the self-respect of Telangana.

TRS leaders brutally trolled Sanjay, who often accuses TRS leaders of being slave to Chief Minister and TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

TRS working president K. T. Rama Rao tweeted that people of Telangana are watching ‘Gujarati slaves who carry Delhi shoes and also the leader who is fighting against the Delhi leaders.’

Rama Rao, who is a state minister and son of Chief Minister KCR, stated that all sections of society are ready to reject those who insulted Telangana’s self-respect and to protect Telangana’s self-esteem.

“The speed and focus in bringing slippers shows tomorrow BJP will keep our state at the feet of Amit Shah… Beware Telangana,” tweeted another TRS leader M. Krishank.

Leaders of Congress also lashed out at Bandi Sanjay for ‘slavery’. AICC in charge for Telangana Manickam Tagore posted the video with the comment ‘Telugu self-respect’. “What’s the position of the Backward class leader in BJP see the truth,” he wrote.

“Bandi kept the Telugu self-respect at the feet of a former tadi paar,” reads a tweet from TPCC’s official handle.

Congress leader Addanki Dayakar also slammed Bandi Sanjay saying that the state BJP chief has denigrated Telangana society.

Amit Shah on Sunday visited Telangana. After offering prayers at Secunderabad temple, he addressed a public meeting in Munugode Assembly constituency to formally launch BJP’s campaign for by-election.

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NTR and Amit Shah’s meeting lasted for 50 Minutes

Tollywood top actor NTR meeting BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah turned out to be the news of Sunday across the Telugu states. NTR comes from a political family and there are debates that BJP is luring the top actor to use his charisma. NTR during several interviews has been clear that his focus would be completely on films and not on politics. He never made any political statements in the recent times too. Amit Shah and NTR’s meeting took place last night and it went on for 50 minutes.

Amit Shah loved the performance of NTR and he personally appreciated the actor. The BJP circles and leaders say that there is no political touch for this meeting. Amit Shah and NTR talked to each other in private for 20 minutes after which several BJP leaders joined the dinner along with the duo. Union Minister G Kishan Reddy, Telangana BJP President Bandi Sanjay and others were present. NTR thanked Amit Shah for the interaction and his kind words.

“It was a pleasure meeting you and having a delightful interaction @AmitShah ji. Thanks for the kind words” posted NTR.

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KTR asks Amit Shah to speak on release of convicts in Bilkis Bano case


Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Working President K.T. Rama Rao took potshots at Union Home Minister Amit Shah as the latter arrived in Telangana to address a public meeting.

Rama Rao took to Twitter to remark that people of Telangana are keen to hear from Amit Shah on why the BJP government decided to release convicts in Bilkis Bano rape case.

“The people of Telangana are very keen to hear from you on why your Govt decided to release ‘Sanskari Rapists’ of #BilkisBano. Balathkar Justification is against what Hon’ble PM preached from the ramparts of Red Fort Is Gujarat Govt not taking PM sir seriously?” he asked.

The TRS leader who is also a key minister in the cabinet headed by his father K. Chandrasekhar Rao was referring to term “Sanskari” used by a Gujarat MLA of BJP while defending the convicts.

In another tweet, KTR taunted Shah on “parivarvad” (nepotism).

“The father of an ‘Ace cricketer’ who rose through the ranks & became BCCI Secretary (purely on merit) is visiting Telangana today,” wrote the TRS leader referring to Amit Shah and his son Jay Shah.

“He will campaign for a gentleman whose brother is an MP & whose wife was an MLC contestant And he will lecture & enlighten us on Parivarvad,” added KTR in an obvious reference to Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy.

Rajagopal Reddy, who recently quit as MLA from Munugode constituency and resigned from Congress, joined the BJP in the presence of Amit Shah at the public meeting in Munugode.

Meanwhile, a banner was spotted in Hyderabad’s Begumpet area on Sunday before the arrival of Amit Shah. It carried a question ‘Tadipaar Kaun Hai’ and with the slogan ‘Bye Bye Modi’ . The banner did not carry the name of the person or organisation which installed it.

The banner was seen near Begumpet Airport where Amit Shah landed.

Banners with the slogan aBye Bye Modi’ and posing questions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi were seen during the latter’s public meeting in Hyderabad early last month.

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Amit Shah to meet NTR


The country’s Home Minister Amit Shah who is in Telangana for his political tour will meet Tollywood’s top actor NTR today. Impressed with his performance in RRR, Amit Shah expressed his desire to meet Tarak and the actor was informed about the same. There are reports that the meeting will take place this afternoon. There are discussions about why NTR alone is invited to the meeting when a top actor like Ram Charan too played an equally important role. There are debates that the meeting will have a political touch.

NTR and Amit Shah’s meeting will take place for 15 minutes. NTR has been away from politics and the actor clarified several times that he is completely focused on films. BJP too is against family-based politics. There are strong talks that Amit Shah is extremely impressed with the performance of NTR and wanted to meet him in person. More details awaited.

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AP HC advocate writes to Amith Shah on Madhav’s video


An advocate of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, Gudapati Lakshminarayana, on Friday made an appeal to the Union Home Minister, Amith Shah, to order for the examination by the central forensic wing into the ‘ugly’ videos of the YSRCP MP, Gorantla Madhav.

In a letter to Amith Shah, the advocate also wanted the Centre to order for an inquiry into the atrocities on women in the State. Lakshminarayana mentioned in his letter that the series of recent incidents that have been taking place in the State in the past few days are causing a grave concern among the women community.

The advocate particularly pointed out the atrocities against women that have been taking place in the State since 2019, including the recent incident involving the YSRCP MP, Madhav, and said that he is writing the letter with a heavy heart. Since June 2019 till July 2022, at least 777 evil attacks against women have been reported in the State, the advocate said and expressed serious concern that a section of the police department appears to be trying to safeguard those involved in such attacks.

“The developments that are taking place after the video involving Madhav has come into public, the media conference addressed by the Ananthapur District Superintendent of Police, Fakirappa, stating that the video is fake and is morphed, really sent shock waves among the women community. This clearly indicates that a section of the police force is trying to protect the YSRCP leaders,” the advocate said in his letter.

Upset over the developments, Lakshminarayana made a fervent appeal to Amith Shah to bring the facts to light by ordering for an examination by the Central Forensic Laboratory into the video since it involves the decency and dignity of women from the State. He is of the opinion that the Andhra Pradesh Government is taking the people, particularly women, for a ride in the name of the ‘Disha Act’, as there is no such legislation called ‘Disha Act’ in the State.

The advocate also wanted a departmental action to be initiated against the Ananthapur SP, Fakirappa, for not following the guidelines in making inquiry into the video clipping of Madhav and for misleading the public on the issue. It is against the ethics and Standing Orders of the police and the SP seems to be interested only in misleading the public, the advocate felt.

Lakshminarayana also wanted the Union Home Minister, as head of the wing, to take the responsibility to protect the interests of the State and also to ensure that all the Indian Police Service (IPS) officers strictly follow the service rules and regulations.

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After KTR, now Kavitha poses questions to Amit Shah


Ahead of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s arrival in Hyderabad on Saturday, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) legislator K. Kavitha has posed a few questions to him.

Resuming from where her brother and TRS working president K.T. Rama Rao had left, Kavitha took to Twitter to ask her questions and mount a fresh attack on the Centre over its failed promises to Telangana.

Shah is scheduled to arrive in Hyderabad in the afternoon and is due to address a public meeting at Tukkuguda in the evening.

In a series of tweets, Kavitha first welcomed Shah to Telangana, and then said “please tell the people of Telangana when will the Central government clear the following: dues of Finance Commission Grants: Over Rs 3,000 crore; Backward Region Grant: Rs 1,350 crore; GST Compensation: Rs 2,247 crore”.

“Why did the Union Government ignore NITI Aayog’s recommendation of Rs 24,000 Cr funds to Mission Kakatiya & Mission Bhagiratha that inspired the prestigious Central government scheme of Har Ghar Jal.

“Amit Shah ji, isn’t it the sheer hypocrisy of the Union government to accord the National project status to Upper Bhadra project in Karnataka, Ken Betwa river linking project & denying the same for Palamuru Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme & Kaleshwaram Project of Telangana?” she added.

On Friday, KTR wrote an open letter to Shah, posing 27 questions on the failed promises and the discrimination towards Telangana.

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Telangana BJP looks to up the ante with Amit Shah’s visit


The BJP in Telangana looks to up the ante against TRS government with Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit on Saturday.

Shah will address the public meeting at Tukkuguda in Rangareddy district near Hyderabad to mark the culmination of the second leg of state BJP president Bandi Sanjay’s Praja Sangrama Yatra.

The saffron party leaders expect that the senior leader’s visit and speech will act as morale booster and set the tone for the party’s preparedness for Assembly elections, scheduled next year.

This is Amit Shah’s first visit to Telangana after BJP won the by-election in Huzurabad in November last year and the first since Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao renewed his plans to play a key role in national politics by forging an alliance of anti-BJP parties.

Shah’s visit also comes amid the continuing attacks by KCR and his son KTR on BJP-led government at the Centre for discrimination against Telangana and its failure on various fronts.

During the last few months, the TRS has mounted a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi government over rising inflation, unemployment and incidents of communal violence in various parts of the country. On several occasions, KCR slammed the BJP for spreading communal hatred for its narrow political interests.

Amit Shah is likely to launch a counter-attack on TRS government and reiterate what BJP’s national president J. P. Nadda claimed at the public meeting in Mahabubnagar last week. Nadda said people of Telangana want double-engine growth and the results of Dubbaka by-election in 2020 and Huzurabad in November last year reflect this.

BJP’s state leaders hope that Shah will mount a scathing attack on TRS government for what they call undemocratic means being adopted to suppress the voice of BJP. The arrest of Bandi Sanjay and other leaders and suicide of a party worker in Khammam district may find a mention in his speech.

This is also Amit Shah’s first visit to Telangana after a bitter war of words between the TRS and BJP over the paddy procurement issue.

Meanwhile, union minister for Tourism and Culture G. Kishan Reddy on Friday visited Tukkuguda to review the arrangements for the public meeting.

Talking to reporters, Kishan Reddy alleged that KCR and KTR are making false propaganda against the Central government to hide their failures.

Kishan Reddy, who is a member of Parliament from Secunderabad, said KCR was trying to continue the family rule but people have understood this and the results of Lok Sabha elections and Dubbaka and Huzurabad by-elections reflect people’s anger towards TRS.

Kishan Reddy said Amit Shah would speak on anti-incumbency, corruption and autocratic rule in Telangana

The saffron party is planning a massive show of strength by mobilising people in large numbers for the public meeting.

State BJP leaders expect that the meeting will boost the morale of the party and gear up the cadre for the next year’s Assembly elections.

BJP’s show of strength comes close on the heels of Congress party holding a massive public meeting in Warangal on May 6. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had addressed the meeting, which made a slew of promises for farmers.

Some Central ministers had also participated in the second leg of the padyatra launched on April 14 from Alampur in Jogulamba Gadwal district.

During the month-long foot march, Bandi Sanjay covered 385 km in five districts. He will pass through 105 villages in 10 Assembly constituencies.

Sanjay, who is also a member of Parliament from Karimnagar, walked 10-15 km every day to interact with people to know their problems.

The BJP leader alleged that there is corruption and family rule in the state and all sections of people, including youth, employees and farmers, are not happy.

The first phase of the yatra had started in Hyderabad in August 2021. It lasted for 36 days covering 19 Assembly constituencies and half a dozen Parliamentary constituencies in eight districts.

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Begin the change from Gujarat, Telangana leaders dare Amit Shah


Telangana is considered as mini-India because of its true cosmopolitan nature and the language sentiments here not being as strong as in Tamil Nadu or Karnataka, but Union Home Ministers Amit Shahs recent statement that Hindi should be the alternative to English for communication among Indians has drawn the ire of all.

Political parties and academicians see this as an attempt to impose a particular language on India though unity in diversity is the country’s strength. They warn that this regional chauvinism will boomerang.

Some political leaders have slammed the BJP for what they call its double-standards on the language issue, and dared the party to start imposing Hindi from Gujarat.

The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has come down heavily on the BJP for doing politics over language, saying the saffron party wants to decide not only what one should eat and wear, but also the language one should communicate in.

“Why don’t we let people of our great nation decide what to eat, what to wear, who to pray to and what language to speak,” said TRS working President K.T. Rama Rao, who warned that language chauvinism or hegemony will boomerang.

He also believes that rejecting English will be a great disservice to the youngsters of this nation who have global aspirations.

“Already our students in different states are missing the English language to be competent. While it is the wish and will of citizens to practice what they want, imposition is not right. After Amit Shah spoke, we have seen on national channels many BJP MPs toeing the line of the �one nation one language’ theory. That’s more dangerous than the agenda Amit Shah has brought. This questions the identity of states and different regional languages,” TRS leader Manne Krishank told IANS.

He also believes that the BJP is adopting dual standards on the language issue.

“In February, the Gujarat government took a decision that all sign boards should be in Gujarati. The government of India ruled by the BJP is pushing states that they should practice Hindi, whereas Gujarat is talking about Gujarati. Instead of preaching states down south, they should start from Gujarat if they really believe in practicing what the preach. Let them start from Gujarat,” said Krishank, who is the convenor of the social media wing of the TRS and also chairman of the Telangana State Mineral Development Corporation (TSMD).

“It’s an absolutely uncalled for remark by Amit Shah against the very spirit of the Indian Constitution. Not just the federal concept of the Constitution, but the very spirit of unity in diversity. Enforcing a particular language upon the entire country, particularly in southern India, is an attempt of expansionist imperialism.

“I mean, they want to somehow take control of the region and therefore they are using language now. But I think India is mature enough to understand this dubious politics of region, religion and now again language. This is essentially to establish their dominance,” said senior Congress leader Dasoju Sravan Kumar.

He believes there is no language problem in almost the entire south India.

“You don’t see language problems, particularly in the context of Telangana, where there are people who speak Urdu and Hindi. There are people who come from all over India — Gujaratis, Parsis, Rajasthanis, Tamilians, Malayalis and others.

Telangana is like a mini-India where people come from various religions, regions and languages. Per se, this kind of Hindi enforcement by the government of India will only boomerang and Telangana will strongly extend the rebuttal,” said Sravan Kumar, who is a national spokesman of the Congress.

“Language is part of the DNA. How can my DNA be changed just because Amit Shah enforces something? Everybody speaks their mother tongue based on culture, history and traditions. And you suddenly come and say you should speak in Hindi. First you change Gujaratis, and then come to us,” added the Congress leader.

Academician K. Nageshwar has also found fault with the Union minister’s statement.

“Diversity of language, culture, tradition, belief, faith, customs and an underlying unity is India’s true soul. Don’t convert India into a hegemonic regimented society,” said Nageshwar.

He reminded Amit Shah that there is no single language of India. There are several languages of India and linguistic diversity demands equal treatment of all.

The former member of legislative council observed that promoting a language that advantages one set of Indians over others is a recipe for division over diversity.

He wondered why can’t Amit Shah talk of making any south Indian language mandatory in Hindi-speaking states to forge national unity.

“It’s my choice. Let me speak what I want to speak. Why are you forcing me to speak Hindi? It makes no sense. If somebody wants to learn, they are anyway learning. These days there is so much awareness.

“Tamilians are also learning Hindi if they like and if they think that it helps them in business. Language is not a national identity. Language is a medium of communication,” said Sravan Kumar, who also served as assistant professor in human resource management at the Institute of Public Enterprise.

“If you go to Gujarat, how many people speak Hindi there? They speak Gujarati. How many people in Rajasthan speak Hindi? They speak Rajasthani. In Maharashtra they speak Marathi. Language enforcement is essentially some kind of expansionist thinking, imperialist thinking. This is our language and all should practice it. This is a sort of tyrannical and dictatorial tendency,” he said.

Krishank is of the view that the talk of Hindi as alternative language to English is BJP’s style of politics.

“First food, then dress and now language. We have seen it in Karnataka. Hijab, Hilal and now Hindi. They are doing triple H politics,” he remarked.

The TRS leader also reminded Amit Shah that Hindi is spoken in different states differently.

“Someone from Bihar speaks one Hindi, someone from Uttar Pradesh speaks another Hindi. We in Hyderabad speak Deccani which is a different dialect from Hindi. If their �nahin’ is �na’ for someone, it is �nakko’ for me. It’s �Bhao’ in Maharashtra and it’s �Bhai’ in another place.

“More than necessity or anything, comfort level has to be seen. For instance, when Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in Parliament in English, it is understood. We appreciate that she is a good orator, but when she speaks Hindi, she makes so many mistakes. It looks as if she is speaking some other language. This is how it is.

“If tomorrow a Hyderabadi goes and speaks, it will be totally different. In Bollywood movies, Hyderabadi Hindi is shown for comedians. What they are trying to do is mere politics. Imposition of politics through language,” Krishank said.

He believes that it also matters with whom one is communicating.

“If we are visiting another state, whom we are communicating with? If I am communicating with an auto rickshaw driver it is different, but what if I am going for a meeting of corporate heads. Are they going to make it mandatory for every corporate industry to work in Hindi? If I am going to an MNC in Mumbai to work, will I go and give an interview to the MD in Hindi,” he asked.

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Amit Shah visits statue of equality


Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday visited the statue of equality and participated in the Ramanujacharya Sahasrabdi Samaroham at Muchintal on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

The minister participated in various rituals held at Chinna Jeeyar Swamy Ashram as part of the Samaroham, the 1000th birth anniversary celebrations of Ramanjuacharya

Shah inaugurated the ticket counter and theater complex at Ramanujacharya’s statue. The 216-feet statue was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 5.

The home minister also went around the photo exhibition on the life of Ramanujacharya and watched a 3D laser show.

He had darshan of 108 Divya Desams or ornately carved temples. Chinna Jeeyar Swami explained to him various features of the statue and temples. Amit Shah also took part in the yagyas organized in the Yagyashala.

Speaking on the occasion, Amit Shah said he considers himself to be fortunate to visit the holy place. He said the darshan of the statue of equality gave him inner satisfaction. He said the statue was giving a message of unity and equality to the entire world.

The Home Minister said the teachings of Ramanujacharya will continue to guide all sections. He described the statue of equality as an inspiration for the new generations. He suggested that the idea behind the statue should be conveyed to people in all languages.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 5 had dedicated to the world the giant statue which commemorates Ramanujacharya’s teachings promoting equality in all aspects of living including faith, caste and creed.

The statue is made of ‘panchaloha’, a combination of five metals: gold, silver, copper, brass, and zinc and is among one of the tallest metallic statues in sitting position, in the world.

The statue is mounted on a 54-feet high base building, named ‘Bhadra Vedi’, has floors devoted for a Vedic digital library and research centre, ancient Indian texts, a theatre, an educational gallery detailing many works of Ramanujacharya.

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KCR’s Covid restrictions to halt Bandi padayatra, Amit Shah public meet!


TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao has been waging a battle against BJP since Etela Rajender quit TRS and joined BJP. After BJP’s Etela Rajender defeated TRS in Huzurabad Assembly bypoll in November, KCR has further intensified war against BJP.

TRS is staging dharnas against BJP government at the Centre over paddy procurement issue since November and KCR himself sat on dharna at Indira Park for the first time in November.

BJP too is taking TRS seriously. Union home minister Amit Shah recently met Telangana BJP leaders in Delhi and told them to intensify fight against KCR and TRS.

He told them that he will soon visit Telangana and stay there for two days and will also address a public meeting. He asked BJP Telangana president Bandi Sanjay to begin his second phase of padayatra in Telangana.

When BJP leaders in Telangana have started making arrangements for Bandi Sanjay padayatra and Amit Shah’s public meeting, KCR imposed Covid restrictions in Telangana citing increasing Covid cases and Omicron cases. KCR banned all rallies, political meetings, public meetings, public gatherings in Telangana from December 25, 2021, January 2, 2022 first.

Now, KCR issued fresh orders on Saturday extending restrictions till January 10. It appears that KCR will continue to extend restrictions week after week.

BJP leaders question how KTR was permitted to hold a huge rally in Nalgonda on December 31, when Covid restrictions were in force. They suspect that KCR is imposing Covid restrictions only to block Bandi Sanjay’s padayatra and Amit Shah’s public meeting.

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Amit Shah tells Telangana BJP leaders to be ready for polls


Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday asked Telangana’s BJP leaders to be ready for the state Assembly elections whenever they are held, and work hard to bring the party to power.

The state BJP leaders led by Union Minister for Tourism and Culture G. Kishan Reddy called on Amit Shah in Delhi.

Shah has directed the BJP leadership to educate people about the corruption indulged in the by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government.

The senior BJP leader reviewed the political situation in the state and gave directions to the state leadership to achieve the goal of bringing the BJP to power.

State BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar, BJP national vice president D.K. Aruna, former minister Eatala Rajender, MP D. Aravind, former MPs Vijay Shanti, G. Mohan Rao, Jitender Reddy and others attended the meeting with Shah.

The meeting is likely to give a boost to BJP’s efforts to focus on Telangana ahead of Assembly elections in 2023. Shah, however, asked the BJP leaders to be prepared even if the TRS goes for early polls.

The Union Minister asked the state BJP leadership to expose the rice scam and other corruption by the TRS government and suggested that they demand a probe into the same.

Shah also wanted the BJP leaders to effectively counter the allegations being made by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao against the BJP. The Central minister wanted the BJP leaders to prepare an action plan to expose the TRS over the issue of paddy procurement.

The meeting was held a day after the TRS organised state-wide protests against the Centre over ‘anti-farmer’ policies. The protesters set afire the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Union ministers.

The meeting also discussed the strategy to counter the allegations by TRS against the Central government over the procurement of paddy.

Stating that the government and party are different, Shah said the party should carry on its activities irrespective of the relations between the state and the Central governments.

The Union Minister also suggested to the party leaders to chalk out programmes to remain in the midst of the people. Referring to the first phase of Bandi Sanjay’s ‘praja sangrama yatra’, he advised him to work out plans to launch the second phase.

After the meeting, Sanjay said they briefed Shah on bad governance, family rule and the attempts by the TRS government to crush dissent by foisting cases against BJP leaders.

Amit Shah also congratulated Eatala Rajender over his victory in the recent by-election to Huzurabad Assembly seat. Rajender had quit TRS and joined BJP after KCR dropped him from the state Cabinet following the allegations of land encroachment.

Shah told BJP leaders that he will visit Telangana for two days after the current Parliament session and will address a few public meetings.

State BJP leaders claim that following its victories in the by-election to Dubbak Assembly seat last year and the recent win in Huzurabad, BJP has emerged as the only viable alternative to TRS.

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Amit Shah ‘deeply hurt’ at Modi’s ‘funeral processions’ by TRS!


Union home minister Amit Shah is reportedly very angry at TRS government and also Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao for holding ‘funeral processions’ with effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi by beating death drums across Telangana and burning them later.

TRS Ministers, MLAs, MLCs, MPs etc held funeral processions of Modi and burned his effigies in all districts on Monday (yesterday) to protest against Centre’s decision not to procure paddy from Telangana in rabi.

The pictures of these funeral processions were widely published and telecasted in media. Telangana BJP leaders including union minister G.Kishan Reddy, BJP Telangana president D.Arvind, MLA Etela Rajender, DK Aruna etc met Amit Shah in Delhi on Tuesday (today) and submitted videos and photos of Modi’s funeral processions and complained against TRS and KCR.

They told Amit Shah that funeral processions were conducted as per the directions of KCR.

Amit Shah reportedly told TS BJP leaders that he was deeply hurt and pained looking at these videos and pictures and expressed severe anger on TRS and KCR for resorting to these inhuman acts.

Amit Shah reportedly asked BJP leaders to focus on KCR’s scams and corruption, gather proofs and demand inquiry based on which the Centre can order cases against KCR and send him to jail.

Shah reportedly said KCR committed a big sin with this act and he has to face the consequences.

He asked BJP leaders to take on TRS and KCR and BJP high command will stand by them and extend full support to them.

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