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BJP’s failure: Buddha released in few hours, Budda still in jail !!

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TDP’s former MLA Buddha Venkanna was arrested on Monday evening and was released on station bail by midnight. The pressure from the public and the party is such that the ruling YSRCP felt that Buddha outside is better for the YSRCP than Buddha Venkanna inside the prison. But, what about Nandyal parliamentary constituency president of the BJP Budda Srikanth Reddy, who has been behind the bars for over a week now?

Reddy was attacked and his car was smashed by a mob in Atmakur. When he went to the police station to save himself, the mob attacked the police station and pelted stones. He was arrested for opposing the construction of a prayer hall in Atmakur. Though it’s been one week, he is yet to get a bail. This is raising questions as to whether the BJP was really making any efforts to secure a bail for Reddy.

When TDP can get bail so quickly and protect its workers, why is the BJP unable to do the same, this is the question that the BJP workers are asking. The delay in securing a bail is affecting the morale of the party workers. Though several legal experts have said that the case against Reddy would not stand the legal scrutiny, his continued languishing in prison is raising serious questions. Several party workers have questioned state chief Somu Veerraju as to why the bail is being delayed for Reddy.

The question that the cadre is asking the state leaders is that if the party cannot protect its leaders, how can it expect the activists at the ground level to fight on. When TDP is able to get its arrested leaders and cadres in no time, why is it taking such a long time for the BJP.

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BJP uses Atmakur card: Central minister calls on jailed district president

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The BJP is trying to fully capitalize on the Atmakur issue in which its district chief Budda Srikanth Reddy has been put behind the bars. Srikanth Reddy, who was attacked by a mob, is now behind the bars. His car too was damaged in the incident. The BJP has taken up this issue and is slamming the minority appeasement by the YSRCP government.

Already senior leaders like state chief Somu Veerraju and party affairs co-convener Sunil Deodhar have called on Srikanth Reddy, who is now in the prison. They have also undertaken several protest programmes in the Rayalaseema region. Now, the latest to visit Srikanth Reddy is union minister of state for foreign affairs Muralidharan. He called on Srikanth Reddy on Monday and held discussions with him.

Speaking on the occasion, Muralidharan said that communisalim was raising its ugly head after Jagan took over reins of power. He said that there is a spurt in Islamic fundamentalism in Andhra Pradesh. He said that the ruling YSRCP was encouraging communal tendencies.

He said that a conspiracy was on to kill Srikanth Reddy. He demanded that all the cases against Srikanth Reddy be lifted immediately and he be set free. He said that the YSRCP spoke in one tone before it came to power and another tone after grabbing power. State BJP chief Somu Veerraju, Rajya Sabha member CM Ramesh, MLC Vakati Ramesh, former minister Adinarayana Reddy and other BJP leaders accompanied him.

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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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Will BJP’s communal politics succeed in Rayalaseema?

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The BJP, it appears, has found an entry point into the Rayalaseema region. The party feels that rising assertion among the Muslim minorities could help it politically as the YSRCP is fully backing the minorities and the TDP has taken no stand so far on the issue. It feels that by espousing the Hindu cause, it can endear itself to the Hindu voters of Rayalaseema.

AP BJP president Somu Veerraju and several key YSRCP leaders are now on a tour of Rayalaseema and are said to be exploring the possibility of using the Hindu plank. On Thursday, Somu Veerraju has strongly demanded the arrest of communal SDPI’s leader Ataullah for fomenting communalism in otherwise peaceful Rayalaseema region.

The BJP feels that the Atmakur incident can help it gain an entry into the rural interiors of Kurnool district. The incident, the BJP feels, will have its impact on several places such as Kadapa, Pulivendula, Proddatur, Adoni,Kurnool, Nandyal, Atmakur, Srisailam and Kadir, which have sizeable Muslim population. It feels it can play on the insecurities of the Hindu community and get votes.

The BJP is also playing up the recent incident where Proddatur YSRSP MLA tried to install the statue of controversial Nawab Tipu Sultan. The BJP and Hindu orgaisations opposed this move, while the SDPI has strongly supported. However, MLA Sivaprasada Reddy was asked by the YSRCP leadership not to go ahead with the statue installation. Will BJP be able to succeed in its plans? Will the other parties sit mute spectators and allow the BJP play its cards? Let’s wait and see!!

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Andhra court directs BJP leader to pay Rs 1 cr compensation

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A city court has directed former Andhra Pradesh BJP chief Kanna Lakshminarayana, his wife and son to pay Rs 1 crore compensation to his daughter-in-law in a domestic violence case.

The Vijayawada First Additional Chief Metropolitan Court also directed the police to provide protection to Srilakshmi Keerti.

The former Minister, his wife Kanna Vijayalakshmi and their son Kanna Nagaraju have also been ordered to provide accommodation to Keerti and her daughter in their house and in case of failure to do so pay Rs 50,000 per month.

The magistrate also asked the respondents to pay Rs 50,000 Keerti for her daughter’s treatment.

Directing the respondents to pay the amounts in three months, the court, in the order passed on Wednesday, made it clear that if they failed to do so in the specified period they will have to pay 12 per cent interest.

Kanna Nagaraju had a love marriage with Keerti on May 10, 2006. Their daughter was born in 2013.

Keerti later filed a domestic violence case against her in-laws and husband.

The petitioner alleged that her mother-in-law used to taunt her and was not allowing her parents to see her. She also alleged that Nagaraju had developed extramarital relations with another woman and was harassing her. When questioned about this, he beat her up on March 29, 2015. Since then, he has kept her away.

Keerti had pleaded for protection to her and her daughter from the respondents besides seeking action against them under Domestic Violence Act, accommodation and treatment expenses.

Kanna Lakshminarayana served as a Minister in the Congress governments in undivided Andhra Pradesh from 1991 to 1994 and from 2004 to 2014. After the division of the state, he joined the BJP and was made party’s Andhra Pradesh unit president in 2018.

Kanna Nagaraju also served as Mayor of Guntur in the past.

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TRS encouraging anti-Sanjay batch in BJP!

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The BJP is on a roll in Telangana after its sensational victory in Huzurabad Assembly bypoll in November last year. The BJP national leadership is also going all out to dethrone TRS government in 2023 Assembly polls.

The BJP’s wave in Telangana started after Bandi Sanjay took over as BJP Telangana president. The party performed better in Dubbak Assembly bypoll and GHMC elections in 2020 end.

TRS is worried about Bandi Sanjay’s leadership in the run up to the Assembly polls in 2023. The TRS leadership is devising strategies to weaken Bandi Sanjay in BJP.

TRS is reportedly encouraging Bandi Sanjay rivals in BJP to raise their voice against BJP. Recently Sanjay’s rivals held a secret meeting in a function hall in Karimnagar and decided to complain against Bandi to party high command. They expressed anger at Bandi for encouraging new comers in BJP while neglecting old timers who are working sincerely for party for several years.

The TRS reportedly sponsored this meeting and reportedly expressed willingness to fund such meetings in other districts also if BJP leaders raise voice against Sanjay.

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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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Centre serious on KCR’s corruption, will be jailed soon ?

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BJP Telangana president Bandi Sanjay on Wednesday (today) made sensational comments on TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao. Sanjay said that the Centre has gathered all the evidence on KCR’s and his family members’ corruption during the last seven years of TRS government regime.

Sanjay said the BJP-led government at the Centre is very serious on KCR’s corruption and sending KCR to jai is only a matter of time.

Sanjay said as per his sources KCR will be jailed very soon and KCR too knew this very well and for this reason KCR is trying to put pressure on Centre in the name of anti-BJP Front and meeting leaders of non-BJP parties every day.

Sanjay said KCR should realise that his ‘anti-BJP Front’ drama will not save him from going to jail as Centre has all the proofs of how KCR and his family members looted public money in Kaleshwaram and other irrigation projects, Mission Bhagiratha etc.

Sanjay said KCR is only trying to gain public sympathy with his meetings with non-BJP leaders as KCR wants to project that BJP government at the Centre has jailed him because he was trying to forge anti-BJP Front against Modi government.

He warned KCR that the Centre will trace KCR even if he hides anywhere or goes underground and sends him to jail for corruption.

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Why is BJP ignoring Adinarayana Reddy in Kadapa?

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Is senior political leader and former minister Adinarayana Reddy being sidelined by the BJP? The BJP has not included his name in the 12-member core committee on BJP state affairs in Andhra Pradesh. While all others, who joined the BJP from the TDP, including CM Ramesh and Sujana Chowdary, were included in the team, Adinarayana Reddy has been left out.

Sources say the BJP leadership does not fully trust Adinarayana Reddy. This Kadapa leader, had won as an MLA in 2014 on the YSRCP ticket and then jumped into the TDP to become a minister. In 2019, he contested and lost on a TDP ticket. Since then, he has been in political wilderness. To escape complete marginalization, he has joined the BJP. In fact, the BJP had performed a shade better in Jammalamadugu in Kadapa district, which is Adinarayana’s stronghold.

But, the real problem lies in the fact that Adinarayana’s elder brother’s son Bhupen Reddy has joined the TDP. The problem is Bhupen has been proclaimed as the political heir of Adinarayana Reddy. He has also been made incharge of the Jammalamadugu constituency. As a result, the BJP began doubting Adinarayana’s intentions.

The BJP suspects that Adinarayana would go back to the TDP at the time of the 2024 elections. Hence, it has not included him in the core committee. The talk of the town is that Adinarayana Reddy has been denied a position only because his brother’s son Bhupen Reddy is in the TDP. As of now, Adinarayana Reddy is largely silent and has not given vent to his disappointment. At the same time, he is also not spelling out his political strategies.

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Three BJP MPs in 15 days to Vizag: What’s cooking?

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First it was MP Sujana Chowdary… A couple of days later, it was GVL Narasimha Rao… now it is CM Ramesh. Three of the four Telugu Rajya Sabha MP have toured Vizag in a matter of just 15 days. They stuck to a well-prepared script – praise BJP and slam YSRCP. Why did they visit Vizag and what are their plans for Vizag – this is the hot topic of debate in the political circles these days.

Rajya Sabha MP Sujana Chowdary came to Vizag to take part in Atal Bihari Vajpayee birth anniversary. While he paid respects to Vajpayee, the focus was on targeting the YSRCP government. A week ago, it was the turn of the BJP MP from UP Quota, GVL Narasaimha Rao. GVL too praised the BJP and slammed the YSRCP. CM Ramesh recently visited Vizag, where he too stuck to the same script.

Now what are BJP’s plans for Vizag? Is it trying to put up a candidate from Vizag. Is It planning to any one of these three leaders an MP candidate from Vizag? After all, Vizag is known as the migrants’ paradise. Several MPs of Vizag are actually migrants who settled there and became its leaders.

Is Vizag being targeted because YSRCP’s wiliest leader Vijaya Sai Reddy is contesting from there? Does BJP want to defeat Vijayasai Reddy in Vizag? Or is it planning to ask for Vizag if an alliance with the BJP is finalised? There are several questions and time alone will tell the answer.

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GHMC officials demolish BJP MP’s encroached walls

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The GHMC officials on Friday demolished a part of the encroached construction belonging to Rajya Sabha MP and BJP leader CM Ramesh in Hyderabad. Ramesh, who lives on Road No 66 in Jubilee Hills, reportedly encroached upon the footpath and constructed a wall. However, reacting to a complaint, the GHMC officials came to the spot to demolish the walls.

Staff members at CM Ramesh’ residence protested and stopped them. The police showed the rule book and explained which are the parts that encroached into public lands. Later, the staff told the GHMC officials that they themselves would demolish the wall.This led to a war of words and the GHMC officials told the staff to remove the encroachment immediately .

Sources say that the MP knew he was encroaching upon the footpath. Yet, he had gone ahead and constructed the wall. That being the case, how did the officials believe in the words of the MP’s staff members? The sources said that the officials were indirectly helping the MP by allowing his own staff to remove it. When and whether the wall will be removed is anybody’s guess, they said.

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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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KTR gives new definition to BJP and NDA allies

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TRS Working President KTR vehemently attacked the BJP leadership in response to BJP national president JP Nadda’s visit to Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference at Telangana Bhavan on Wednesday (today), KTR stated that the BJP is nothing but a ‘Bakwas Jhumla Party’ and CBI, NIA, ED, IT are the NDA government allies as BJP misuses them to target political opponents with CBI, IT, ED raids. They do no good to the country. When we call them out for doing Jhumla, they do hamla by using ED, CBI and NIA. They only want to create communal disturbances and get votes in the country.

KTR opined that JP Nadda’s mental balance has gone for a toss. He trashed the statements made by Nadda on Kaleshwaram Project and Mission Bhagiratha.

Referring to the question asked by MP Revanth Reddy in Parliament which was answered by Minister of State for Jal Shakti Mr. Bisweshwar Tudu, who responded saying that the Telangana Govt. executed all the funds for Kaleshwaram project and there were no instances of corruption noticed, KTR said.

KTR highlighted that people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar (which is Nadda’s birthplace) are migrating to Telangana for livelihood, after seeing the useless governance of BJP. They are being taken care of by the TRS Govt here. He also mentioned that Telangana State is seeing reverse migration in various parts.

Nadda has no right to talk about CM KCR who has introduced so many farmer welfare schemes in Telangana. And at the same time, farmers protesting in Delhi were lati charged and were tortured in many ways, said KTR.

Giving a counter to Nadda’s statement of family rule in Telangana, KTR stated that they were elected by people, and have come with a history of fighting for separate statehood for Telangana. He reminded JP Nadda that his Mother-in-law Jaysree Banerjee was a member of Parliament. He took a series of names of BJP leaders who have multiple family members in politics.

Working President KTR also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that he failed to fulfill promises made to the Nation. PM Narendra Modi promised a house, and also promised to provide water, electricity and toilets to every household by the year 2022. Let alone India, we did not see this happen even in his own state Gujarat. He utterly failed in delivering his promises, KTR said.

KTR also added that the farmers income would be doubled by 2022, which again was Modi’s promise on paper. Today the Prime Minister’s convoy was stopped on the road for more than 20 minutes in Punjab. This shows where he stands today in the country.

Functioning of bullet trains in the country by 2022 was another jhumla of BJP, KTR said.

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T’gana CM is taking inspiration from West Bengal: Kishan Reddy

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Union Minister G.Kishan Reddy claimed that Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekhar Rao is taking inspiration from West Bengal and said such tactics won’t work in the state. Reddy made the comment over the arrest of Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar.

In a series of tweets last night, Reddy said, “KCR (K Chandrasekhar Rao) seems to be taking inspiration from West Bengal! Such tactics won’t work here. Telangana People won’t let it happen. The @BJP4Telangana will foil any such attempts. Our people have fought the tyranny of Razakars & Nizams in the past, if need be, they’ll fight again!”

The Telangana Police claimed that state BJP president was arrested for violation of Disaster Management Act during a protest on Sunday night, Reddy said, “@TelanganaCMO KCR garu wearing a mask is a rarity! During the recent engagements in my constituency, @TRSPartyOnline Ministers didn’t wear masks…booking our leader falsely for Covid-19 Protocol violation isn’t hypocrisy, then what is?”

“Telangana is witnessing Destruction of Democracy & absolute mockery of Rule of Law. TRS govt is scared of the growth of the party in the state. Framing of false charges & arrest of our @BJP4Telangana President Sri @bandisanjay_bjp Ais an example of draconian tyranny of KCR Govt,” Reddy tweeted.

Telangana BJP president, also a member of Parliament, was arrested on Sunday night when police foiled his protest to demand the state government to amend an order relating to transfer of the government employees and teachers. The MP, who was kept at Manakondur Police Station overnight, was on Monday shifted to the Police Training Centre in Karimnagar town.

Earlier on Monday afternoon, BJP chief J.P. Nadda termed the arrest another glaring example of the murder of democracy and constitutional rights by the state government.

“It is yet another glaring example of the murder of democracy and constitutional rights by the Telangana government. The BJP vehemently criticises and denounces this attack on the BJP leaders and karyakartas (workers),” he had said.

A court in Telangana’s Karimnagar town on Monday sent state BJP chief and MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar to judicial custody for 14 days for attacking police personnel and violation of Disaster Management Act during a protest on Sunday night which was foiled by the police.

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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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What’s behind JP Nadda’s 4-day stay in Hyd?

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The political war between ruling TRS and opposition BJP is intensifying day after day. The arrest of BJP Telangana president Bandi Sanjay on Sunday night to prevent him from holding deeksha in Karimnagar has heated up political atmosphere in Telangana.

The Telangana police highhandedness in arresting Bandi Sanjay under the guise of Covid restrictions on rallies and dharnas led to tussle between TRS and BJP. When Telangana CM KCR can take part in big meetings in Nalgonda and his son KTR can hold rallies in Nalgonda last week, the BJP is questioning whether Covid restrictions are applicable only to opposition parties.

Under these circumstances, BJP national president JP Nadda is coming to Hyderabad on January 4. He will stay in Telangana for four days until January 7.

Nadda’s visit is primarily aimed to devise strategies to take on KCR and TRS in Telangana and devising BJP’s future course of action against TRS in Telangana.

Although BJP leaders are claiming that Nadda is visiting Hyderabad to attend RSS meetings from January 5 to 7, he is learnt to have convened meetings with BJP Telangana leaders every day after taking part in RSS meetings.

All the major BJP leaders in Telangana were asked to make themselves available in Hyderabad to JP Nadda for four days during his stay to discuss important issues on strengthening BJP in Telangana.

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Why did Eatala skip Nalgonda BJP training camp?

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Why did Eatala Rajender skip the Nalgonda district training camp of the BJP? This is now the hot topic of debate in the Telangana BJP these days. Sources say that Eatala has given his dates for the Nalgonda meet, but dropped out at the last meeting citing intense groupism in the party.  Now the party’s state leadership is trying to bring together all the warring factions.

Also, the recent training programme of the party too ended up as a tame affair. Firstly, Eatala opted out due to the groupism. Secondly, the attendance was very poor at the training camp. While 300 party functionaries were expected to attend, only about 150 actually turned up for the training programme. The group led by former district president N Narasimha Reddy has skipped this meeting, while the present district President Sridhar Reddy’s group has virtually dominated the training programme.

For a party that could not even get back its security deposit in the elections, there are three major groups in the party. The first one is led by Sridhar Reddy. The second by N Narasimha Rao and the third by Madagoni Srinivas Goud.  All the three groups are at war with one another. The result? The party cadre has become very dispirited and the leaders demoralized.

It is because of this groupism that Eatala opted out of the training camp. He is said to have told the party workers to first bury their differences and work together for a common purpose. The state leadership , led by Bandi Sanjay is also trying to put out the fires of groupsim in the party. 

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Can BJP win 70 out of 81 seats in Telangana?

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The party has just three MLAs, two of them winning in by-elections. In the 2018 elections, it lost deposits in over 100 seats it had contested. It could not secure security deposits in any of the 31 SC, ST reserved seats. But, the very same party is now talking in terms of Mission 70 and wants to grab power in 2023.

No marks for guessing the name of the party. The party in question is the BJP. The BJP is now talking of winning 70 seats in Telangana and has unveiled Mission 70. BJP Telangana incharge Tarun Chugh is talking about Mission 70 these days. But, what is the ground reality? Political watchers say that the slogan may be quite attractive, the party does not have a route map worth the salt to achieve this.

Sources say the BJP has turned its attention to 31 SC ST seats in the state. Of these, 19 are SC seats and 12 are ST seats. The BJP has little presence in these seats and winning these seats is an arduous task. Similarly, it cannot hope to win any of the 7 seats that the MIM is representing. Thus the BJP has no reach in 38 seats. This also means that the BJP will effectively fight only in 81 seats. Can the BJP hope to win 70 out of these 81 seats?

As of now the BJP is trying to lure disgruntled but powerful leaders from the Congress and the TRS. It wants to make them candidates and win as many seats as possible. As part of this, Amit Shah is set to tour Telangana for two days. His programme is now being finalised. But, will a solitary visit of a top leader bring about a sea change in the situation? But the BJP things it will bring about the desired change in Telangana. Let’s wait and see how things unfold in Telangana in the coming days.

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Did BJP fall into TRS trap?

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It was widely reported in mainstream media two days ago that union home minister Amit Shah asked BJP Telangana leaders not to fall into TRS trap and wage a battle against KCR and TRS during a meeting in Delhi to discuss on political situation in Telangana.

But going by the ongoing political developments in Telangana, it appears that BJP walked into TRS trap laid by KCR on paddy procurement issue since November first week.

KCR successfully diverted public and media attention from TRS defeat in the hands of BJP in Huzurabad bypoll by targetting BJP on paddy issue.

BJP hoped to get maximum political mileage from Huzurabad victory in November first week. It expected several disgruntled leaders in TRS like Etela Rajender to join BJP to take on KCR.

But then suddenly KCR hit a masterstroke by raking up paddy issue against BJP and ensured entire media and public glare revolves around TRS and not BJP victory in Huzurabad.

Slowly, BJP leaders too were forced to shift their focus to paddy to fight against KCR.

BJP’s political activity to strengthen party and weaken TRS came to a halt since November as KCR ensured they confine to paddy issue.

Now someone tell Amit Shah who fell into whose trap.

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Renegade MP RRR to join the BJP?

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Which way will renegade YSRCP MP from Narasapur, Kanumuri Raghuramakrishnam Raju, go in 2024 ? After annoying and angering the party leadership with his vituperative and incisive attacks, he cannot hope to get an MP ticket from the party. The only option left for him is to contest on some other party’s ticket.

The YSRCP is going hammer and tongs against him. RRR was even jailed on some charges or the other. Even after securing a bail, he had to remain hospitalized for sometime allegedly due to the ‘treatment’ he was given during his incarceration. The party has even lodged a complaint with the Speaker and sought RRR’s disqualification from the Lok Sabha. All these only mean that he would never get the YSRCP ticket.

There were rumours that the TDP would give him the party ticket in 2024. The YSRCP has even alleged that Chandrababu Naidu was behind RRR’s belligerence. In fact, RRR was recently present at the Tirupati rally of the Amaravati farmers and Chandrababu had warmly hugged him on the occasion. All these gave an impression that RRR would join the TDP.

But, now it is emerging that he is planning to join the BJP. Sources close to him say that he could get Raju community’s votes if he contests from Narasapur. There are fair chances of his winning if there is an alliance of Jana Sena, TDP and the BJP. RRR is said to be in touch with both the parties for the ticket.

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