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Bandi Sanjay has more enemies inside than outside

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Despite all the bravado, BJP Telangana president Bandi Sanjay is facing problems in his own turf. Despite the full backing from the party’s national leadership, Bandi is unable to roll on in his own district of Karimnagar. Several seniors from Karimnagar, including former MLA Gujjula Ramakrishna Reddy and Polsani Sugunakar Rao, are up in arms against Bandi Sanjay

The Central leadership of the party has clearly indicated that it stood solidly behind Bandi Sanjay, it did not initiate any action against the dissidents from Karimnagar. Even Bandi Sanjay has largely ignored the pinpricks from these leaders. This has emboldened the dissidents, who have now upped their ante.

Senior leader Polsani Sugunakar Rao has formed a team called Sri Rajarajeswara Swamy Temple Protection Struggle Committee and is organising programmes without involving the party. The committee is spearheading protests in the name of this committee. If reports are to be believed, a complaint has already been registered with the Central leadership over the activities of Sugunakar Rao.

The BJP state leadership was forced to announce that the committee has no relation with the party. Despite that, a large number of the BJP cadres attended the protest. Sources say the Central leadership is keenly watching these events in Vemulawada. Interestingly, Bandi Sanjay is planning to contest from Vemulawada assembly seat in 2023.

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TRS, Cong two sides of same coin: Telangana BJP chief

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BJP president in Telangana, Bandi Sanjay on Wednesday alleged that the TRS and the Congress are the two sides of the same coin.

He said their stand was vindicated when Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) jumped to the defence of Congress after Prime Minister Narendra spoke in Parliament about how the Congress deceived the people.

Sanjay, who is a member of Parliament from Karimnagar, ‘congratulated’ Congress for getting a new spokesperson in TRS.

Sanjay was reacting to the attack on Prime Minister by both TRS and Congress for his comments about bifurcation. The two parties alleged that Modi insulted the people of Telangana and demanded his apology.

The TRS staged state-wide protests on Wednesday against the PM’s remarks. Ministers, state legislators and other top leaders led the protests.

However, the state BJP chief said Modi never opposed formation of Telangana state. He alleged that TRS was staging protests to divert people’s attention from real problems in Telangana. aceWhy should TRS have any objection when the Prime Minister was criticizing the Congress party,” he asked.

The BJP leader said it was the TRS which had forgotten the martyrs of Telangana. He asked TRS to tell people as to how many ministers in its Cabinet had participated in the Telangana movement.

Sanjay claimed that BJP leaders from grass root level to Delhi fought for statehood to Telangana. He recalled that it was BJP leader Sushma Swaraj who had supported the cause of Telangana in Parliament and had warned the then UPA government that if it failed to table a bill for formation of Telangana state she would move a private member’s bill.

On the criticism of TRS and Congress over BJP going back on its promise to create Telangana state after coming to power in 1999, Sanjay said since some parties in the NDA were against division of Andhra Pradesh, the government could not create Telangana state.

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Will Karimnagar witness KCR vs Bandi Sanjay battle in 2024?

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Will Karimnagar Lok Sabha seat witness a battle royale in 2024? If sources are to be believed, KCR is now seriously planning to go to the national politics leaving Telangana to his son KTR. With both Stalin and Mamta Banerjee getting active in national politics, Telangana Chief Minister KCR too does not want to miss the bus.

Insiders say that if he forays into national level politics, he would in all probability contest from Karimnagar. In the past, he had contested and won from Karimnagar twice. Hence, he would choose Karimnagar again. If that happens, he would be pitted against BJP state president Bandi Sanjay. It would be a mega battle if it happens.

Sources say that KCR is systematically preparing ground for KTR’s anointment. He is said to be slowly but surely pushing seniors to the margins and is gradually promoting young faces like Balka Suman and Kaushik Reddy. He is also said to be working on the reconstitution of the 67-member state committee of the party and fill it with young faces. The district level committees have all been filled with young leaders.

What will happen in Karimnagar? Will Bandi Sanjay shift to the state assembly or will he take on KCR in the Karimnagar Lok Sabha seat? As of now, everything is hush-hush in both parties. But, the thinking heads of the party are said to be burning their mid night’s oil to prepare strategies for the showdown if and when it happens.

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LS Privileges Committee summons Telangana officials on BJP MP’s complaint

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Lok Sabha Committee of Privileges has served notices to Telangana chief secretary, home secretary, director general of police and four other police officials in connection with the breach of privileges complaint by BJP MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar.

The officials have been directed to appear before the panel on February 3 to give oral evidence on a complaint by the Lok Sabha member from Karimnagar.

Bandi Sanjay Kumar complained to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on January 3 against Karimnagar Police Commissioner V. Satyanarayana and three other police officials of Karimnagar district for ‘forcefully arresting him in an illegal manner and for attempting to produce him before the court for remand in connection with filing of alleges false cases against him’.

Sanjay appeared before the 15-member Privileges Committee on Friday and explained how the police manhandled him. He urged the panel headed by Sunil Kumar Singh to take action against the police officers involved.

The Lok Sabha Committee of Privileges has issued notices to Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Principal Secretary (Home) Ravi Gupta, Director General of Police M. Mahendar Reddy, Karimnagar Police Commissioner V. Satyanarayana, ACP Srinivasa Rao, DSP Prakash and inspector Lakshmi Babu.

Sanjay Kumar, who is also the president of BJP’s Telangana unit, was arrested by police in Karimnagar on the night of January 2 when he along with his supporters were sitting on a ‘night vigil’ to protest against a Government Order relating to transfer of government employees and teachers.

As the police denied permission for the protest in view of the restrictions on rallies, meetings and public gatherings to curb Covid-19 in the state, the MP along with his supporters locked themselves in MP’s camp office to stage the protest. Police broke into the office to arrest the MP. He was booked for violation of Disaster Management Act and for attacking policemen.

The next day, Sanjay was produced before a magistrate, who remanded him to judicial custody. Telangana High Court later struck down the MP’s remand and ordered his release.

The MP had alleged that the police commissioner and other officials acted in a high-handed manner and manhandled him. The police officers denied the allegations.

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Are Velama leaders moving away from Bandi Sanjay?

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Why are key Velama leaders in the BJP slowly but surely becoming inactive? Why are they not visiting the party office even when VVIPs land in the state office? The insiders are now said to be making discreet enquiries about why they have become so inactive suddenly.

At a time when the BJP is going ballistic against KCR and his government in Telangana, the leaders from one particular caste are suddenly missing from action. Even when party state chief Bandi Sanjay was arrested, these leaders remained silent. This is now raising quite a few eyebrows.

BJP’s former incharge and currently Madhya Pradesh affairs incharge Muralidhar Rao did not visit the state party office even on a day when Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan viited. Similarly, a full-timer of the organisation in ABVP and the BJP for several decades and Khadi Village Industries South India incharge Perala Sekhar Rao too has not been visiting the party office. It is an open secret tht all is not well between Perala and Bandi Sanjay.

Party spokesperson Krishna Sagar Rao, who too is a Velama, has not issued even a single statement on Bandi Sanjay’s arrest. He has stopped visiting the state office of the party for quite some time. Similarly, another senior hand and former MLA Sankineni Venkateswara Rao too is keeping away from the party leadership and has not been visiting the BJP state office.

Why are these leaders, all from one caste, keeping away from the state office? What’s cooking? Let’s wait and see how things unfold.

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Bandi out from jail on bail, is it plus or minus for BJP?

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Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay was released from Karimnagar district jail on Wednesday evening. He was arrested on Sunday night and sent to jail on Monday morning after Karimnagar district court rejected his bail and ordered 14-day judicial remand.

Sanjay remained in jail only for 48-hours. BJP national president JP Nadda visited Hyderabad on Tuesday and took part in a protest rally against Sanjay’s arrest. With this, Sanjay’s arrest attracted national headlines.

The BJP had planned to hold a protest rally every day until Sanjay completes his 14-day judicial remand in jail. It also called for Telangana Bandh on January 10 to gain maximum political mileage out of this issue and target KCR and TRS.

All these agitation programmes were cancelled after Sanjay came out on bail. Sanjay secured bail by approaching Telangana High Court. The High Court granted him bail on Wednesday.

Sanjay’s arrest gave ammunition to BJP to take on KCR and TRS in Telangana. But his release within two days minimised the political impact in Telangana that BJP has created.

BJP leaders and cadre are talking internally among themselves questioning where was the hurry for Sanjay to secure bail in a hurry from the High Court. They opined that it would have been better had Sanjay remained in jail at least for a week if not 14 days. It would have given an opportunity for BJP to garner the attention of media and people and to attack TRS and KCR every day by taking up various agitation programmes.

They feel that whatever political mileage they had gained with Sanjay’s arrest was lost with his release from jail in 48 hours.

They feel that his arrest was a plus for BJP but his release from jail in 48 hours became minus for BJP in Telangana.

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Telangana BJP chief arrested for attacking police

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Police in Telangana’s Karimnagar town have arrested state BJP chief and MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar for attacking police personnel and violation of Disaster Management (DM) Act during tha protest on Sunday night to demand the state government to amend an order relating to transfer of government employees and teachers.

Amid high drama and tension, the police on Sunday night foiled Sanjay’s ‘Jagran Deeksha’ at his camp office.

The MP, who was kept at Manakondur Police Station overnight, was on Monday shifted to the Police Training Centre in Karimnagar town.

Karimnagar Police Commissioner Satyanarayana told reporters that the MP and other arrested persons will be produced in a court after Covid-19 tests and other medical tests.

Tension prevailed at the Police Training Centre as a large number of BJP workers gathered there to protest over Sanjay’s arrest. They raised slogans against Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and Karimnagar police commissioner.

The protestors entered into an argument with the police officers, following which they were detained by the police.

Satyanarayana said two FIRs were registered at Two Town Police Station. In one case, 21 persons and others were booked under section 51 (B) of Disaster Management Act and section 188 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) for not maintaining social distance and for not wearing masks.

Atleast 70 people were arrested and were released after issuing notices to them, he added.

In another case, 16 persons and others were booked for rioting and attacking police personnel besides violation of DM Act. Five persons including Sanjay have been arrested.

The police invoked IPC sections 188, 332, 333, 149, 147, 188 and section 5 (B) of DM Act

The police chief said several policemen including an Assistant Commissioner of Police and a Circle Inspector were injured in the attack. He said despite repeated requests to abide by the Covid regulations which are in force, the MP and others went ahead with their programme violating rules and then resorted to rioting and attacked police personnel performing their duty.

Police had refused permission for the Karimnagar MP’s protest citing the orders in force banning meetings, rallies and other public gatherings. The party had set up a stage outside the MP’s office for the 10-hour long protest.

Sanjay, however, managed to enter into his office along with his supporters, and locked it from inside to stop police from entering the premises. High tension prevailed as the MP’s supporters threatened self-immolation if the police foil their protest.

The police personnel broke into the office. The MP and his supporters tried to resist the arrests. Police have to use the force to arrest Sanjay and 170 others and shift them to waiting police vehicles. While Sanjay was taken to Manakundur Police Station outside the town, other arrested BJP leaders and workers were shifted to other police stations.

Meanwhile, BJP leader and former minister Eatala Rajender has condemned Sanjay’s arrest. He termed the arrest as undemocratic. He said the MP was sitting on the protest peacefully in his office but the police resorted to high handedness at the instance of the state government.

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Eatala-Bandi Sanjay fight forces “prize catch” go back to TRS

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Former Mayor of Karimnagar Sardar Ravinder Singh is back to where he belongs.. On Thursday evening, Singh,who rebelled against KCR, returned to the TRS.. He met KCR and has all but joined the TRS. Thus Ravinder Singh’s revolt has ended as fast and as tamely as it began.

Ravinder Singh fought as a rebel candidate for the local body constituency MLC elections recently. He rebelled after he was denied the party ticket.. He was backed by Huzurabad MLA Eatala Rajender. However, he lost the election. But, he somehow managed to make a dent into the TRS fortress by weaning away several ZPTCs and MPTCS.

But the biggest problem for Ravinder Singh was that the BJP did not open its doors for him. Party state president Bandi Sanjay, who is also from Karimnagar, has firmly rejected his plans to enter the BJP. In fact, Singh began his career as an ABVP worker and later worked as a BJP activist. However, with Sanjay firmly backing his entry into the BJP, Singh has no option but to rejoin the TRS.

Sources say that Sanjay was upset at Singh being promoted by Eatala. He felt that Singh and Eatala could open a front against him in Karimnagar district. He also wanted to teach Eatala a lesson for not consulting him about Singh beforehand. All these have made Ravinder Singh go back to the TRS.

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All is not well between Bandi and Eatala

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All is not well between Huzurabad MLA Eatala Rajender and BJP state chief Bandi Sanjay. Bandi Sanjay is said to be unresponsive to Eatala. Insiders say that Eatala is miffed at this, but at this stage, he is not considering any drastic decisions. Unlike Sanjay, Eatala has no experience of working in a national party and has no ready access in the higher echelons of the party.

Sources close to Eatala say that Bandi Sanjay did not show any interest in holding a victory meet in Huzurabad constituency. There indeed was a rally on the day Eatala was declared the winner. But, no major meeting was planned so far. Sources say that Eatala did broach the subject, but Sanjay did not respond favourably.

However, being a seasoned politician, Eatala is making his moves in earnest. He has recently met Eenadu’s Ramoji Rao and held parleys for over an hour. Similarly, he met the Art of Living Guru Sri Sri Ravishankar at Hyderabad and discussed both politics and spirituality with him. All these visits are said to be preparatory for a longer stint in the BJP. Sources say that despite the challenges, Eatala wants to stick to the BJP. He is said to have met BJP leaders like Perala Sekhar Rao and several others to understand the party’s functional mechanisms.

But one major problem for him is that none of the seniors such as Kishan Reddy, Chintala Ramachandra Reddy, Dr Laxman and even party president Bandi Sanjay are not exactly cooperating with him. He is also upset that some of the party leaders are spreading stories that he would soon join the Congress.

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Will Bandi Sanjay soon join Amaravati farmers yatra ?

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The padayatra of Amaravati farmers got a shot in the arm with the BJP leaders and cadres openly joining hands with them. On Sunday, the BJP leaders and cadres joined the padayatra with their party flags. This is the first open demonstration of BJP support to the Amaravati yatra. Significantly, this has come after Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s admonition to the BJP workers. The party has taken an unambiguous stand on the issue.

Now, highly placed sources reveal that Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay is gearing up to support the yatra. He is said to have discussed this issue with party leaders in Telangana. If sources are to be believed, he might soon join the padayatra in Kurnool district to express his solidarity with the farmers of Amaravati. Sources said that that he would speak to his AP counterparts on the issue.

The “Nyayasthanam to Devasthanam” padayatra of the Amaravati farmers has now completed 23 days The 45-day Padayatra will end at Tirupati. The yatris are now in Prakasam district. Though the incessant rain is proving to be a big hindrance, the yatris are forging ahead on their way to Tirupati.

The TDP has already extended its support to the yatra. The TDP leaders are joining the yatra at several places. They are also seen to be extending logistical support to the yatra at different places. In Prakasam district, all the three TDP MLAs are seen actively supporting the yatra. Now, the BJP too is coming forward to extend support.

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Telangana BJP chief’s visit to paddy centres triggers protest, clash

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The workers of BJP and TRS clashed in Miryalguda on Monday after the visit by Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar to some paddy procurement centres triggered tension.

Demanding that Kumar should secure an assurance from the Centre for the procurement of paddy during the upcoming Rabi season, the leaders and workers of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) tried to disrupt his visit.

The two sides pelted stones on each other, forcing the police to resort to lathi charge to disperse the clashing groups.

Kumar, who is also an MP, visited the procurement centres in Nalgonda and Suryapet districts to ‘expose’ what he calls TRS government’s failure to procure paddy from the farmers.

He, however, had to face protest from the TRS cadres. Holding black flags and raising slogans of ‘Bandi Sanjay go back’, the protesters tried to stop him.

Before Kumar’s visit, local TRS MLAs also visited the procurement centres, claiming that the state government is committed to procure the entire paddy crop cultivated during the Rabi season. They alleged that the BJP leader was trying to provoke the farmers.

Kumar, however, alleged that the farmers at the procurement centres were facing severe hardships as the state government was not procuring the paddy. He alleged that the TRS government is blaming the Centre for its failure to come to the rescue of the farmers.

Claiming that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao had promised to procure the last grain from the farmers, the BJP leader said that KCR, as the CM is popularly know, has gone back on his word to escape from his responsibility.

The BJP leader said that the Food Corporation of India (FCI) is ready to procure 60 lakh tonnes of paddy, but the state government has so far procured only seven lakh tonnes during the ongoing season.

Kumar first visited the IKP centre at Arjalabhavi in Nalgonda district. He, however, had to face a protest by TRS workers who were carrying black flags. The BJP supporters raised counter slogans and the two sides nearly came to blows. The police had to intervene to disperse the TRS workers.

Kumar claimed that posing as farmers, the TRS workers came to the centre and attacked his party workers.

Later, the BJP leader’s visit to another procurement centre at Vemulapalem village in Miryalguda also led to tension. TRS cadres who had gathered there raised slogans asking Kumar to go back. The BJP workers raised counter slogans. Both sides pelted stone on each other, resulting in injuries to a few workers. The BJP leaders alleged that TRS men attacked them with eggs and tomatoes.

The clash between the two parties came close on the heels of a war of words between the Chief Minister and Kumar. KCR had slammed Kumare for what he called provoking the farmers by asking them to grow paddy while the Centre had made it clear that it will not lift paddy in the next season.

TRS had staged protests in all the Assembly constituencies on November 12, demanding the Centre to procure the entire paddy crop from the state. Ministers, MPs and state legislators had participated in the protest.

Meanwhile, TRS has announced that a meeting of its legislators will be chaired by Chief Minister and TRS chief KCR on Tuesday to discuss the Centre’s stand on paddy procurement.

The meeting will chalk out the future course of action. The ruling party alleged that the Centre and the BJP are adopting double standards and misleading the farmers and people of the state.

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See how KCR is helping Bandi Sanjay a top leader in Telangana!!!

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How to decimate a political rival? Never ever talk about him. The moment one takes the name of his rival, his value grows by leaps and bounds. Everyone attacked Modi and he became larger than life size. But Modi knows this formula better. Hence, he never takes the name of his rival. But, Telangana CM KCR perhaps has forgotten this time-tested formula.. Otherwise why would he take the name of Bandi Sanjay?

KCR has never taken the name of any of his rivals so far. He did not mention Revanth Reddy or even that of Eatala Rajender so far. He has never mentioned the name of Uttam Kumar Reddy or Kishan Reddy. But, why is he talking about Bandi Sanjay. He is not only personally attacking him, he is even challenging him. This is quite unusual

KCR himself admitted that Bandi Sanjay is too small a rival for him. If that is the case, why is he mentioning Bandi Sanjay so often? Because of him, the stature and importance of Bandi Sanjay is growing. Bandi Sanjay is yet to get complete acceptance within his party. Bandi Sanjay has never held a big post. He could never become an MLA despite trying thrice . Neither Kishan Reddy nor Eatala consider him their equal.. But, by openly attacking him, KCR has raised his stature and importance in no time .

His last two press meetings have only helped raise Bandi Sanjay’s graph. These press conferences gave Bandi a great opportunity to project himself and directly attack KCR. He not only got an opportunity to reply to KCR. In fact, his rebuttls have again helped him in raising his own stature. Has KCR realised this? But the problem now is, if he backs off, it will be seen as a loss of face for him. KCR, clearly, is riding tiger, he can neither continue nor get down from tiger’s back.

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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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