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Will Bandi Sanjay’s comment on MAA affect Jana Sena-BJP relations?

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Will BJP Telangana chief Bandi Sanjay’s uncalled for jubilation over Prakash Raj’s defeat in MAA’s election be a big turning point in the BJP-Jana Sena relations? Will this signal a change in the attitude of the Jana Sena towards the BJP in Andhra Pradesh? Sources in the know say ‘yes’.

It is no secret that the BJP-RSS-VHP combine was dead opposed to Prakash Raj for his anti-Hindu and anti-Modi comments. It tried all it could to ensure his defeat in the MAA elections. BJP sympathisers like CVL Narasimha Rao, Kota Srinivasa Rao and Karate Kalyani have called Prakash Raj names and said he should be defeated at all costs. The RSS and the BJP leaders also pulled the strings and ensured Prakash Raj’s defeat. Even Prakash Raj acknowledged the role played by the Hindutva forces in his defeat.

However, Prakash Raj is the candidate of the Mega family. While Chiru has a soft corner for the BJP, Nagababu is pronouncedly pro-Hindu. More importantly, Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena has an alliance with the BJP in AP. The BJP opposed Prakash Raj despite Pawan Kalyan backing him. While there is a political alliance in Andhra Pradesh, in Telangana, the BJP did not only not honour the alliance and openly attacked Prakash Raj, but also called all those supporting him as traitors. After the Mega family backed alliance was defeated fair and square, the BJP rejoiced and Sanjay had even tweeted his happiness.

Now will these comments have their effect on the BJP-Jana Sena relations in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh? Will Jana Sena decide against continuing with the alliance with the BJP? Will this immediately affect the Badvel bypoll, where Jana Sena has promised to campaign for the BJP candidate? Sources say that all will not be well between the two parties especially after Sanjay called all those supporting Prakash Raj as traitors.

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T’gana BJP chief offers prayers on completion of first leg of padyatra

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BJP’s Telangana unit chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar on Sunday offered prayers at Bhagyalakshmi temple abutting historic Charminar here on Sunday on ‘successful’ completion of first phase of his ‘Praja Sangrama Padyatra’.

Sanjay, who had launched the ‘padyatra’ from the same temple on August 28, offered thanksgiving prayers to the deity.

Talking to reporters, he said with the blessings of the goddess and prayers of people, he completed the first leg of his walkathon without any hurdle. He exuded confidence that the BJP will win Huzurabad Assembly by-election.

The MP from Karimnagar on Saturday completed the first phase of the padyatra at Husnabad with a public meeting addressed by union minister for women and child welfare Smriti Irani.

After 36 days, the walkathon ended at Husnabad and not the original choice of Huzrabad due to the election code of conduct for the bypoll scheduled for October 30. BJP plans padyatra in four phases till the 2023 elections.

The BJP leader covered about 438 km during the first phase and addressed 35 public meetings. The padyatra covered 19 assembly and six parliamentary constituencies in eight districts including Hyderabad, Rangareddy, Vikarabad, Sangareddy, Medak, Kamareddy, Sircilla and Siddipet.

Several central leaders of BJP addressed the meetings organized as part of the padyatra. Bandi Sanjay had also addressed the public meeting organized by the party at Nirmal on September 17 where union minister Amit Shah was the chief guest. Though the public meeting was not part of the padyatra, Shah mentioned about the walkathon and sought people’s support for Bandi Sanjay’s efforts to expose the TRS government’s various acts of omissions and commissions.

During the padyatra, the BJP state chief interacted with people, heard the grievances of various sections and promised to help get them resolved. He slammed Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for not fulfilling the promises made before the elections.

Bandi Sanjay also targeted TRS for what he called its ‘surrender’ to Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM). He alleged that the steering of that car (the election symbol of TRS) is in the hands of MIM. The BJP MP also promised that if voted to power in the state in 2023, BJP will bring a population control legislation like the one planned to be introduced in Uttar Pradesh.

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Why Bandi Sanjay not ending his padayatra in Huzurabad?

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BJP Telangana unit president Bandi Sanjay launched his Padayatra in Telangana on August 28 from Bhagyalaxmi temple in Charminar, the old city of Hyderabad with an aim to bring BJP into power in Telangana in 2023 December Assembly polls.

Bandi Sanjay had earlier announced that he will end his first phase of padayatra in Assembly by-poll bound Huzurabad.

However, Sanjay on Thursday (today) issued a statement all of a sudden that he will end his first phase of padayatra in Husnabad on October 2.

Husnabad is just 25 kms away from Huzurabad.

Sanjay is covering 10-kilometres every day. It takes just two or three days more for Sanjay to reach Huzurabad from Husnabad.

If Sanjay undertakes padyatra till Huzurabad, it will give momentum to BJP in Huzurabad bypoll besides boosting the morale of party leaders and cadre in Huzurabad. It will also help Etela in garnering more media and public attention as Huzurabad candidate.

But Sanjay decided to end his padayatra in Husnabad and hold public meeting in Husnabad on October 2.

What purpose it will serve if he ends his padayatra in Husnabad instead of Huzurabad, where BJP is fighting a tough battle with TRS.

Huzurabad polling is on October 30. Why there is urgency on the part of Sanjay to end padayatra on October 2? He can extend his yatra by two or three days to reach Huzurabad and hold a big public meeting there to help BJP and its candidate Etela Rajender to win bypoll.

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Bandi Sanjay to undergo drug analysis tests, accepts “White Challenge”

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BJP Telangana president Bandi Sanjay has accepted the “White Challenge” initiated by TPCC chief A. Revanth Reddy meant for public representatives and celebrities to undergo drug analysis tests and prove that they don’t consume drugs.

Revanth Reddy has nominated IT minister K.T.Rama Rao and former Chevella Lok Sabha member Konda Vishweshwar Reddy for White Challenge asking them to come to Telangana Martyrs Memorial at Gun Park, Hyderabad at 12 noon on Monday (today) to undergo drug tests along with him.

Konda promptly responded and came to Gun Park. Both Revanth and Konda waited for KTR for about three hours. But KTR did not come and instead filed a defamation case against Revanth Reddy for dragging him into the Tollywood drugs case.

Konda nominated Bandi Sanjay and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader, former IPS officer RS Praveen Kumar for White Challenge.

Bandi, who is undertaking Padayatra responded to Konda’s nomination on Monday (today) and announced that he will undergo drug tests after completing his padayatra on October 2.

However, there is no response from Praveen Kumar so far.

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BJP in Telangana promises law to control population

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Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Bandi Sanjay Kumar has promised that if voted to power in the state, the party will bring a population control legislation on the lines of a law proposed in Uttar Pradesh.

Sanjay made the promise while addressing a public meeting in Sangareddy district as part of his ‘Praja Sangrama Padayatra’.

“As the president of the BJP state unit, I am announcing that BJP will form the government in 2023 and we will bring the population control bill,” he said

Sanjay, who is also a member of the Lok Sabha, said the BJP’s policy is that one child is ideal and the maximum limit is two.

Uttar Pradesh proposed to bring a legislation soon to bar people with more than two children from contesting local elections.

The BJP leader also slammed the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government for implementing religion based reservation and alleged that this is causing gross injustice to the weaker sections.

Sanjay challenged Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to enhance quota for Muslims. “KCR is trying to please MIM by increasing quantum of reservations for Muslims. BJP will not keep quiet. We will never allow this,” he said.

The MP, who launched his walkathon from a temple abutting historic Charminar in old city of Hyderabad on August 28, plans to cover 550 km till October 2.

Addressing public meetings during his padyatra, Sanjay has been hitting out at the TRS government for what he calls its failures on all fronts. He is also speaking about the BJP’s plans after forming the next government in the state.

However, the BJP leader has come under criticism from other parties for certain remarks made during the speech. Alleging that Sanjay is creating communal disharmony, the Congress party has urged the Director General of Police to restrict his padyatra.

Congress party’s state vice-president G. Niranjan has demanded action against the BJP MP for what he calls his attempts to spread communal hatred. He has taken strong exception to Sanjay’s statement that if voted to power in the state, BJP will distribute Nizam’s properties among the Hindus.

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Bandi Sanjay’s Yatra: This is BJP’s biggest worry

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A successful padayatra, a fire-spitting leader and extensive support from the higher-ups. Yet, there is a speck of doubt and disbelief in the Telangana BJP over the Praja Sangrama Yatra that it is conducting right now. The party is worried about whether it would be able to continue the tempo till the end. The party is apprehensive whether the enthusiasm seen in the urban areas will be matched by interest in the rural areas.

The Telangana BJP is enthused by the fact that the response to the launch of the yatra was beyond expectation. The turnout was impressive. But this is now the cause of worry for the party. Will the party be able to sustain the same interest till the end – is the question troubling the party. The yatra is now entering into the rural interiors. The party has fixed targets for crowd mobilisation. Special committees have been formed to ensure the turnout and details of how far the crowds will travel, what kind of cultural bands should accompany the yatra are being worked. Till now, the response has been good as it is in and around Hyderabad, where the party has considerable influence.

Now the yatra is entering into the rural areas and the party is worried if the yatra would get the same kind of response in the interior areas too. If it fails to draw the crowds, then the TRS and the Congress will ridicule the yatra and say that the BJP is the party of the cities. The party would have to do a lot of explaining if the yatra failed to enthuse the people in the rural areas.

Hence the party is now said to be planning mobilisation from the centres of its influence to the rural areas to ensure a good turnout. The units in the main cities have reportedly been asked to mobilise crowds for nearby rural areas so that the yatra does not appear to be an insipid affair. Incharges have been appointed for different rural centres to ensure a decent turnout.

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Why is Bandi Sanjay using Hindu Dharmam and not Hindu Matham in his yatra?

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Of late, all along his yatra, BjP state chief Bandi Sanjay is talking about Hindutwa. The content of his speeches is essentially pro-Hindu. It appears that he is determined to take a strident Hindutwa line. Pro-Hindu slogans are renting the air all along the yatra. Saffron flags and party flags are vying with one another along the yatra route.

Interestingly, other leaders who are part of the yatra, are not adopting the strident Hindutwa line. Leaders like Kishan Reddy and others are adopting a conciliatory approach. They are not referring to controversial topics. But, Sanjay seems to think that hardcore Hindutwa line alone will help building his brand. He seems to be unabashed talking about Hindutwa. He is repeatedly referring to Hindu Dharma and is saying that he would work for Hindu Dharma.

Highly placed sources say Bandi Sanjay has obtained the nod from the national leadership beforehand. He is said to have discussed the content, line and thrust of his speeches with the leaders and got a clearance from him. The party’s national leadership too is said to have given him a go-ahead. Sources say that Sanjay himself requested the media representatives to highlight what he has said on Hindutwa. The BJP’s media management team reportedly is asking the media persons to let the Hindutwa issue become controversial. The party prefers a debate on this issue in the hope that it would become a hot topic.

BJP legal team is said to have studied various legal directives and rulings pertaining to Hindu Dharma and have come to the conclusion that the word ‘Hindu Dharma’ is harmless and does not contravene constitutional provisions. The legal team is said to have told Sanjay not to use the word Hindu Matham and use only Hindu Dharmam.

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TRS govt changed name of Central scheme: T’gana BJP Chief

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Telangana BJP President, Bandi Sanjay Kumar on Monday alleged that the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government in the state has changed the name of ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana’ to ‘double bedroom scheme’.

He said the TRS government led by Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao changed the name of the Central government’s housing scheme for poor as it was afraid that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will become more popular.

Sanjay was addressing a press conference on the third day of his ‘Praja Sangrama Yatra’. The state government has failed to submit the list of beneficiaries to the Central government despite several communications in this regard, the Telangana BJP President added.

The BJP MP said since the TRS government did not build the number of houses sanctioned by the Centre, it has not submitted the list of beneficiaries. He claimed that the state government used all funds released by the Centre under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana but did not submit the list of beneficiaries.

He alleged that the double bedroom houses being built by the state government are of poor quality. “The government is constructing these houses for the sake of contractors,” he said.

The BJP MP said Chief Minister KCR never reviewed the quality of the houses built.

Sanjay claimed that his ‘padyatra’ is drawing huge support from people, especially youth, women and elderly persons. “People are voluntarily coming out of their houses. This is the reflection of the confidence people have in the BJP,” he added.

The BJP leader said though he continued his ‘padyatra’ till late on Sunday night, people came out to meet him. He claimed that people want an end to the “corrupt and family rule” of KCR.

People were speaking out about their problems and the failure of the state government to come to their rescue during the Covid-19 pandemic, Sanjay added.

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BJP’s Telangana chief set to launch padyatra

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BJP’s Telangana unit president Bandi Sanjay is all set to launch his ‘padayatra’ on Saturday from Bhagyalaxmi temple abutting historic Charminar here.

Union tourism minister G Kishan Reddy will formally inaugurate the walkathon named Praja Sangrama Yatra, at 9.30 a.m.

BJP national general secretary in charge for Telangana, Tarun Chugh, BJP OBC morcha national president Dr K Laxman, party’s national vice president DK Aruna and other leaders will also be present at the launch.

Sanjay, also a member of Parliament, has announced that his walkathon is aimed at highlighting the failures of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government during the last seven years and to achieve what he calls ‘democratic Telangana’.

The saffron party plans the padyatra in four phases till the next Assembly elections in 2023. The first phase being launched on Saturday will cover 750 km across erstwhile districts of Ranga Reddy, Medak, Nizamabad and Karimnagar.

The padyatra will conclude on October 2 at Huzurabad, where by-elections are due.

The padyatra was earlier postponed twice. It was originally scheduled to start on August 9 but was postponed to August 24 due to the Parliament session. It was pushed again to August 28 due to death of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh and the three-day mourning.

During the padyatra, Sanjay will interact with people to know their problems and will also receive their representations. He will also highlight various schemes being implemented by the BJP-led government at the Centre.

The BJP leader will also explain the vision of the party and the schemes to be implemented if it is voted to power in the next elections.

The padyatra will be significant in view of ensuing by-election to Huzurabad Assembly constituency. The seat fell vacant following resignation of Eatala Rajender, who also quit the ruling TRS after being dropped from the state Cabinet by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao in May.

Rajender, who has joined BJP, will be contesting the by-polls as the candidate of the saffron party.

BJP will be going all out to win the by-poll as the outcome is expected to set the tone for 2023 polls.

The party will also be looking to bounce back after the defeat in Legislative Council polls and by-election to Nagarjuna Sagar constituency.

Meanwhile, TRS working president K.T. Rama Rao took potshots at BJP’s padyatra. He said though Sanjay’s name carries the word Bandi (vehicle), he will be walking because there has been steep hike in petrol price.

KTR also remarked that Bandi Sanjay may be undertaking padyatra to identify some more government assets which the BJP government at the Centre can sell away. “After startup India, standup India, the BJP government has launched becho (sell) India programme,” he said.

The TRS leader said the BJP leader during his padyatra should also explain to people why BJP government failed to deposit Rs15 lakh each in the bank accounts of citizens as promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“He should also explain what the BJP government has done for Telangana during last seven years,” he said.

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Police give new twist to Bandi Sanjay’s padayatra!

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BJP Telangana president Bandi Sanjay’s proposed padayatra across the state is facing unexpected hurdles from unexpected quarters.

Bandi Sanjay has announced to take padayatra titled “Praja Sangrama Yatra” across Telangana.

It was originally scheduled to begin from August 9 but was postponed due to monsoon session of Parliament in August.

Sanjay later announced that his padayatra will begin on August 24. But due to the demise of BJP senior leader and Uttar Pradesh former CM Kalyan Singh, it was postponed again as BJP announced three-day mourning to mourn the death of Kalyan Singh across the country.

Sanjay later announced to begin padyatra from August 28, that is tomorrow.

However, the Telangana police is yet to give him permission to undertake padayatra till now raising doubts over whether his padayatra will begin or not on August 28.

BJP leaders say they have applied for permission to DGP last week but they have not yet given the permission.

On the other hand, the BJP leaders have made elaborate arrangements to launch Sanjay’s padayatra from Bhagya Laxmi temple near Charminar in Old City on August 28.

BJP leaders see TRS government’s conspiracy in obstructing his padayatra this time by denying police permission.

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Telangana to see competition of ‘padyatras’ by opposition leaders

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It’s still more than two years for Assembly elections in Telangana but the leaders of opposition parties are gearing up to undertake ‘padyatras’ or walkathons to mobilise people’s support for taking on the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Bandi Sanjay will be the first opposition leader to embark on the foot march. Trying to project BJP as the viable alternative to TRS, he will be launching the ‘padyatra’ from Hyderabad on August 9.

The MP from Karimnagar plans to cover a distance of 750 kms before winding up the ‘padyatra’ on October 2 at Huzurabad Assembly constituency, which is due for bypolls.

The newly-appointed president of Congress’ Telangana unit A. Revanth Reddy too plans to undertake ‘padyatra’. The firebrand leader, who is looking to revive the fortunes of the party in its former stronghold, will be announcing the details of his foot march after getting a nod from the party’s central leadership.

Y.S. Sharmila, the latest entrant into Telangana politics, too plans to launch a ‘padyatra’ in 100 days. The daughter of late chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, is hoping to recreate the magic of her father, who had started the tradition of ‘padyatras’ in state politics.

The starting point of Bandi Sanjay’s ‘padyatra’ will be Bhagya Lakshmi temple abutting the historic Charminar. Political analysts say the choice of the temple is another attempt by BJP to highlight its saffron agenda while trying to expose the alleged failures of the TRS government.

The controversial temple abutting historic Charminar in the communally sensitive old city was the focal point of BJP’s aggressive campaign in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) polls late last year. It was from this temple that BJP had launched its poll campaign. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had also visited the temple while campaigning for the party in GHMC polls.

BJP’s campaign involving several central leaders paid rich dividends to the party as it put up an impressive performance to improve its tally in the 150-member GHMC to 48 from just four seats it won in the 2016 polls.

This helped BJP to deny TRS a clear majority and emerge as the second biggest party, a position earlier enjoyed by its arch rival All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM).

The dates for ‘padyatra’ were also selected with a clear strategy. It begins on August 9, the Quit India Movement anniversary and ends on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

“Our fight is to ensure a democratic Telangana,” said Sanjay who alleged that KCR is ruling Telangana like a dictator. He plans more walkathons in the run up to the 2023 polls.

Under Sanjay, a fiery speaker, BJP has already achieved a few successes. The saffron party dealt a blow to TRS by wresting Dubbak Assembly seat in the bye-election, followed by an impressive show in GHMC polls. The saffron party’s victory march was halted by TRS recently which wrested a seat of Legislative Council and retained Nagarjuna Sagar Assembly seat. Sanjay through his ‘padyatra’ will be trying to send the message that only BJP can provide an alternative to TRS.

Revanth Reddy, whose appointment as Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC), infused new enthusiasm among Congress cadres is eager to take TRS head-on. He has decided to undertake ‘padyatra’ to start building on the perceived anti-incumbency.

A bitter critic of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao and his family, Revanth is likely to go all out to cash in on the support he enjoys among people, especially youth. However, in view of the groupism and internal differences in the party, he is treading cautiously by not announcing the ‘padyatra’ dates. “I can’t take the decision on my own. This has to be a collective decision,” he recently said.

Revanth Reddy is keen to carry everyone along in view of his earlier experience. He had undertaken 10-day ‘padyatra’ in February this year opposing the new farm laws by the Centre.

After addressing a rally of farmers in Nagarkurnool district on February 7, the Malkajgiri MP had launched ‘Rythu Bharosa Yatra’ on the spur of the moment. Encouraged by the public response, he continued to foot march. After covering a distance of 130 km, he addressed a public meeting at Tukkuguda near Hyderabad.

However, as Revanth Reddy had not taken permission from the party leadership, most of the leaders skipped the meet on the direction of then TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy.

Revanth Reddy is likely to use ‘padyatra’ to consolidate his position within the party as some sections of the party are still not happy with his appointment by ignoring several senior leaders. Analysts say he will also be using ‘padyatra’ to enhance his image as a leader who can take on KCR.

Reeling under defeat in two successive Assembly elections and series of defections, the Congress party desperately needs a programme like ‘padyatra’ to show that it is still a force to reckon with. By leading two huge protest programmes over fuel price hike over last one week, Revanth Reddy has already demonstrated that the party can bank on him to rebuild the organisation.

Telangana will also witness a ‘padyatra’ by Sharmila who launched YSR Telangana Party (YSRTP) on July 8. She vowed to bring back ‘Rajanna Rajyam’ in Telangana.

‘Rajanna Rajyam’ is referred to the welfare rule of her late father. Popularly known as YSR, he implemented several pro-poor schemes in the united Andhra Pradesh.

YSR family is known for undertaking ‘padyatras’ and succeeding in capturing power. In fact it was YSR who started the tradition of ‘padyatras’ in 2003. By covering a distance of 1,470 kms across 11 districts in two months, he succeeded in highlighting people’s issues especially the problems faced by farmers.

The famous ‘padyatra’ catapulted Congress to power after a gap of 10 years, ending the rule of Telugu Desam Party’s N. Chandrababu Naidu. It also helped YSR establish himself as a mass leader.

Since then the politicians including YSR’s rivals have been following in his footsteps. In fact, after YSR’s death in a helicopter crash on September 2, 2009, his son Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had launched ‘Odarpu yatra’ to console families of those who died of shock due to YSR’s death. The Congress leadership had asked him to stop the walkathon as this was seen as a move to garner public sympathy to stake claim to the chief minister’s post.

Chandrababu Naidu also undertook ‘padyatra’ before 2014 election and led TDP to form the first government in Andhra Pradesh after bifurcation.

It was Jagan who made history with the longest ‘padyatra’ in 2018-19 to lead his YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) to a landslide victory in Andhra Pradesh.

Jagan covered a distance of 3,648 kms, walking through 134 of 175 Assembly constituencies.

His sister Sharmila is now gearing up to embark on ‘padyatra’ in Telangana. She plans to begin the walkathon from Chevella in Rangareddy district, from where YSR had started his 2003 ‘padyatra’. Later, he launched all major government and party programmes from the same place as it was considered auspicious by him.

Sharmila believes that YSR lives in the heart of Telangana people and is confident of winning their support to bring back ‘Rajanna Rajyam’.

However, this will not be her first political walkathon. When Jagan was in jail in disproportionate assets case in 2012-13, she had undertaken ‘padyatra’ to mobilise public support for him. She had covered 3,112 km across the then undivided Andhra Pradesh.

By undertaking the ‘padyatra’ in her new political avatar, she hopes to repeat what her father and brother have achieved.

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Bandi Sanjay to embark on padayatra from Aug 9 in Telangana!

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BJP Telangana president and Karimnagar Lok Sabha member Bandi Sanjay on Sunday announced to take up state-wide padayatra to expose the failures of the TRS government and against the dictatorial rule of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.

Bandi’s padayatra will begin on August 9 from Bhagya Laxmi temple at Charminar in Hyderabad.

Bandi attaches sentimental value to Bhagya Laxmi temple. He started GHMC election campaign in December 2020 from this temple. This worked out and BJP performed exceedingly well in GHMC elections by increasing its seats and vote share significantly.

However, Bandi’s padayatra will be taken up in four of five phases to cover entire Telangana state.

The first phase of padayatra will begin from Hyderabad and ends at Huzurnagar, giving indications that he wants to utilise his padayatra for BJP’s campaign in upcoming Huzurabd Assembly bypoll.

Bandi’s padayatra will go on on the lines of late YS Rajashekar Reddy’s padayatra in Telangana in 2003.

It will cover Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medak, Nizamabad districts in the first phase.

It will go on for 55 days covering a distance of 750 kilometres at the rate of 15 to 20 kilometres per day.

Bandi Sanjay said that his padayatra will start on August 9 coinciding with Quit India movement day and ends on October 2, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanthi.

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It’s Kishan Reddy versus Bandi Sanjay in Telangana BJP!

The BJP in Telangana emerged stronger after Karimnagar Lok Sabha member Bandi Sanjay took over as BJP president of the Telangana unit in March 2020.

Under Bandi’s leadership BJP shocked ruling TRS with its stupendous performance in Dubbak Assembly bypoll and GHMC polls in 2020-end.

Though senior BJP leaders in Telangana like Bandaru Dattatreya, G Kishan Reddy, Dr K Laxman etc led BJP in Telangana for several year and became union ministers, the BJP did not spread its wings in Telangana. It was just confined as a party of Hyderabad city. There were allegations that these leaders colluded with ruling parties in Telangana for their selfish interests and that’s why they did not allow BJP to grow in Telangana all these years.

However, Bandi changed the situation. He made BJP a strong alternative for TRS in Telangana.

After Bandi belonging from Backward Castes took over, the prominence for BCS in BJP in Telangana has increased.

This reportedly created a rift in the party as Kishan Reddy is not tolerating BC dominance in the party. Bandi supporters allege that Kishan Reddy is cooperating TRS to make Bandi weaker.

The upcoming bypoll for GHMC Lingojiguda division on April 30 exposed differences between Kishan Reddy and Bandi Sanjay.

Kishan Reddy sent a party delegation to Pragathi Bhavan to meet KTR and request him not to field candidate from TRS for the bypoll to pave way for the unanimous election of BJP candidate. Lingojiguda seat fell vacant with the death of BJP corporator Ramesh Goud soon after GHMC polls in December 2020. BJP is fielding Ramesh Goud’s son in his place. KTR immediately agreed and decided not to field TRS candidate.

The BJP delegation met KTR exactly a day before Nagarjunasagar Assembly bypoll on April 17 where TRS, Congress and BJP are fighting a high-pitched battle.

All the newspapers and media carried pictures of BJP leaders meeting KTR on the day of Nagarjunasagar polling prominently which sent a message to voters that TRS and BJP are friendly parties. This angered Bandi Sanjay who alleged sabotage of BJP’s chances in Nagarjunasagar by Kishan Reddy to weaken him and complained to PM Modi, Amit Shah and party national president J P Nadda.

The BJP high command too is learnt to have taken serious view of Kishan Reddy’s decision to send party delegation to meet KTR exactly without consulting party president Bandi Sanjay or anyone a day before Nagarjunasagar polling. It remains to be seen who will win in this cold war in Telangana BJP, where Kishan Reddy or Bandi Sanjay.

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AP BJP leaders pressurise Bandi Sanjay for Tirupati campaign

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The Andhra Pradesh BJP leadership is stepping up pressure on BJP Telangana unit president Bandi Sanjay to campaign for BJP candidate in upcoming Tirupati Lok Sabha by-poll on April 17.

Bandi Sanjay is known as a ‘hard core Hindutva leader’ in BJP party.

Bandi already created a flutter in AP politics earlier prior to issuance of Tirupati Lok Sabha election notification asking Tirupat voters to choose whether they want “Bible party” or “Bhagawadgita party”.

Bandi was referring to ruling YSRCP as “Bible party” terming YSRCP chief  and AP CM YS Jagan as a Christian and BJP as a Hindu party.

Bandi’s statement earned him popularity among Hindu community in AP.

The AP BJP leadership is hoping that if Bandi campaigns in Tirupati, it will polarise Hindu votes in favour of BJP and ensure BJP’s victory as Tirupati is the holy place for Hindus.

The AP BJP is planning to hold a huge rally in Tirupati on April 14 and is trying to rope in Bandi for this public meeting.

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TRS seeks action against T’gana BJP chief for inflammatory posts

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Wednesday urged the Election Commission to take action against state BJP chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar for posting communally inflammatory content on social media platforms.

TRS General Secretaries Bharat Kumar and Srinivas Reddy called on State Chief Electoral Officer Shashank Goel to submit a memorandum, seeking action against the BJP leader.

They alleged that Sanjay Kumar is making inflammatory posts on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms as part of the campaign for March 14 elections to two graduates’ constituencies of Legislative Council.

The ruling party leaders said while TRS is highlighting the work it has done and what it plans to do, BJP, which has nothing to say on what it wants to do, is making provocative statements. They alleged that the BJP leaders were trying to take political mileage by using religion.

BJP state chief Bandi Sanjay himself is making posts about a particular community to whip up passions, they said.

They urged the Chief Electoral Officer to take action against Bandi Sanjay for objectionable comments. The TRS leaders remarked that the BJP leader is speaking without ‘common sense’.

Pointing out that TRS government completed construction of Yadadri temple in three years, Bharat Kumar said construction of Ram temple will take 15 years because BJP wants to take political mileage from it.

He said BJP was maligning Lord Ram by talking of Ram Rajya.

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KTR, Bandi Sanjay ‘letter war’ over Hyd ITIR project heats up

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TRS working president and IT minister KT Rama Rao, BJP Telangana president Bandi Sanjay are indulging in a ‘leter war’ over the issue of Hyderabad ITIR project. KTR is taking BJP to task through Twitter as well as writing open letters as TRS and BJP are fighting a pitched battle for upcoming MLC polls on March 14.

Giving a fitting response to the open letter written on Tuesday by BJP State President Bandi Sanjay on ITIR, TRS Working President KTR on Wednesday slammed the BJP leader and said that the BJP should apologize to the people of Telangana for its failure to get ITIR to Hyderabad.

KTR has written to Bandi Sanjay in this regard on Wednesday.

Referring to the Union IT and Electronics Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s statement in the Parliament that the ITIR scheme has been shelved in the country, KTR said that the BJP State president Bandi Sanjay is unaware of this fact and this shows his ignorance.

Working President KTR said that the ITIR has not gone ahead even in Bengaluru though it’s the same party that runs the government in the center and Karnataka. “Apart from Hyderabad, the ITIR project was sanctioned to Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, and Karnataka but has not seen any development in any of these states. Is the TRS government responsible for no development there too?” KTR asked mockingly.

We will provide all the letters written to the Union Government since 2014 and also the Detailed Project Report of ITIR to Mr. Bandi Sanjay. Does he have the power to get ITIR to Hyderabad? KTR asked.

If the Telangana BJP has any sincerity towards bringing ITIR to Hyderabad, they should make the Union Government announce it, KTR said.

“Bandi Sanjay’s letter is full of lies. He wrote the letter to gain publicity through media coverage,” KTR said. He fired at Bandi Sanjay for writing a letter that is misleading the people of the state.

I challenge Bandi Sanjay to either bring ITIR or a project equivalent to ITIR to Hyderabad, said KTR.

KTR also added that the BJP has disappointed the youth of Telangana who have been waiting for ITIR to become a reality.

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Can BJP oust ‘Christian and Muslim rules’ in Telugu States?

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Across the country, the BJP is rising by linking every other issue to religion. Now, it is stepping up its religion-based campaign in Telugu states as well. It has become a prestigious matter for the BJP national leaders. Telugu is the second largest spoken language after Hindi in India. The BJP could come to power in Karnataka at times but not in any of the Telugu States. As such, the BJP leaders in both the States are under tremendous pressure.

Against this backdrop, BJP Telangana President Bandi Sanjay made sensational remarks in his latest attack on Jagan Reddy and KCR. He said that there was a Christian rule going in Andhra Pradesh whereas it was a Muslim rule that was afflicting Telangana. It was because the BJP was of the opinion that KCR has surrendered to MIM chief and MP Asaduddin Owaisi and with the Muslim support alone, the TRS has been able to come to power.

Bandi Sanjay further asserted that the BJP would replace the Muslim rule and set up the ‘Hindu Rajya’ in Telangana in 2023. He indirectly suggested that the Jamili election would come one year in advance compared to the 2024 general election.
What more, the BJP leader said that once their party was in power, Chhatrapati Sivaji statues would be set up in each and every village in the State.

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Only one religion is ruling Andhra Pradesh, says Bandi Sanjay

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BJP Telangana President Bandi Sanjay is known for his aggressive saffron agenda and commitment to Hindu dharma. He raised his voice and targetted CM Jagan Reddy of AP now. This became necessary after the cutting off of the head of Rama idol at Ramatheertham had shaken and upset Hindus all over the world.

Sanjay launched a bitter attack, saying that Jagan Reddy’s YCP was a Bible party out to destroy the Hindu dharma in Andhra Pradesh. Now the moment of truth had arrived for the AP people. They have no choice now but to choose between the Bible party or the Bhagavadgita party.

Bandi Sanjay further told the Tirupati voters that the BJP’s ideology was that Tirumala God has got all the seven hills. Whereas, the ruling YCP believes and still thinks it was only two hills but not the Seven Hills. The voters would now have to choose what they want. Whether they want Two Hills of Seven Hills. One particular religion was ruling in AP now.

Whatever, Sanjay is apparently unaware of the ground level situation in AP now. He says the BJP would fight under the leadership of its AP President Somu Veerraju, who has been known for his soft stand on YCP. On the other hand, Tirupati LS seat is SC reserved and dominated mostly by SC, ST voters.

Tirupati may be the top most pilgrimage centre but the parliamentary segment has been reserved for weaker sections for a long time.

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BJP’s Hyderabad corporators take pledge at Charminar temple

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The Bharatiya Janata Party’s newly-elected corporators in Greater Hyderabad on Friday took a pledge at the Bhagyalakshmi temple abutting historic Charminar.

Party’s Telangana unit president Bandi Sanjay Kumar administered oath to 48 corporators. They took a pledge to stay away from corruption, serve the people and abide by the party principles.

Temple committee welcomed Sanjay Kumar, MLA Raja Singh and corporators, and felicitated them. They all had “darshan” before taking the pledge.

Putting up an impressive performance in the elections held on December 1, the BJP won 48 seats in 150-member Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

Speaking on the occasion, Sanjay said the BJP may not have its candidate as mayor but its corporators will work for the development of the city.

He slammed the TRS government for delaying the mayor’s election. He said the government conducted the GHMC polls in haste before the end of the municipal body’s term but it is now delaying election to the post of mayor.

Sanjay, who is an MP from Karimnagar, reiterated that the TRS was insulting people of the majority community to please a particular section. He said the BJP was trying to liberate Hyderabad from Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM). He said the people should ponder why there was no development in the old city.

Stating that the BJP achieved the victory in the GHMC polls because of the blessings of Bhagyalakshmi, Sanjay said he would again visit the old city.

Police had made tight security arrangements on the occasion to prevent any untoward incident.

The controversial temple, which saw expansion in recent years, was the focal point of the BJP’s GHMC poll campaign.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah had also visited the temple on November 28 to begin his day-long campaign for the BJP.

The communally sensitive old city in the past witnessed tension and clashes over the temple. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on several occasions has asked for removing the illegal structure which came up in the 1960s. The Hindu groups have claimed that the temple is as old as Charminar, which was built in 1591.

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Telangana BJP chief sets ‘deadline’ for protection of temple lands

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BJP’s Telangana unit President Bandi Sanjay Kumar on Wednesday set a 24-hour ‘deadline’ for Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to take steps for the protection of temple lands in the old city part of Hyderabad.

The BJP leader warned that if the Chief Minister failed to respond, he would be responsible for the movement to be launched by the party in the old city.

Alleging that temple lands are being encroached in the old city, Sanjay demanded the Chief Minister to recover these lands and hand them over to the endowment departments.

Sanjay, who is also an MP, alleged that the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) encroached endowment lands in the Chandrayangutta constituency and used the name of a Hindu to make fake documents and misled the court.

The BJP leader also claimed that the police officials colluded with MIM leaders and were trying to give endowment lands to a private individual. He alleged that the government lands are being encroached under the supervision of the Deputy Commissioner of Police.

Sanjay said the police official was targeting BJP workers to get postings, promotions, awards and rewards.

BJP MLA Raja Singh alleged that MIM was trying to encroach the Kalimata temple. He claimed that BJP workers resisted three attempts to grab the land.

The MLA alleged that the police beat up party workers, including women, when they tried to protect temple lands.

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