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BJP to reach out to 20 cr homes through ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ prog

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BJP national vice-president Vasundhara Raje on Saturday said two resolutions will be passed during National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting and topics or issues of political resolution will be decided by the Committee.

She also said that party will launching several new outreach programmes like ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ and further strengthen ‘panna pramukh’. The BJP NEC will also make a statement on state of affairs in Telangana.

Sharing the details of national office-bearers’ meet, former Rajasthan Chief Minister Raje said that the two resolutions one political and second economic will be passed in the NEC after discussion.

“During national office-bearers meet, draft of resolutions was discussed,” she said.

Asked about recent killing in Udaipur and Supreme Court’s comment on Nupur Sharma’s controversial statement, Raje said that topics of political resolution will be decided by the NEC.

She informed that the recent Assembly polls of Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Goa, local bodies polls, bypolls of Rampur, Azamgarh and Tripura were also discussed.

She said that as part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the BJP will launch ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ to connect with people and to make it a large movement. “We are trying to reach out 20 crore homes during the campaign,” she said.

“The national office-bearers meet also emphasise on more pravas of leaders so that they stay among the people.”

Emphasis also given on further strengthening of booth. “It has been decided to form team of 200 active workers at each booth, form Whatsapp group,” she said.

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Ahead of National Executive meet, BJP office-bearers’ meeting starts

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Ahead of the two-day BJP National Executive Committee (NEC) meet, a meeting of party’s national office-bearers, got underway here on Saturday here.

Party chief J.P. Nadda inaugurated the meeting being attended by all the national office-bearers.

The meeting, which started at 10 a.m is expected to conclude at 1.30 p.m. during which the party’s strategy for future will be discussed.

Sources said that the party’s works will also be reviewed. “Agenda for the NEC will be also discussed in the national office-bearers meet,” sources said. In the evening, the NEC meeting will start and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend all sessions of two BJP NEC meetings.

A general secretaries meeting was held on Friday evening which was chaired by Nadda. On his arrival in Hyderabad, Nadda also held a massive roadshow the same evening before the general secretaries meeting.

Sources said in general secretaries meeting various topics were discussed to strengthen the party organisation under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Tomorrow morning a meeting of national office-bearers will be held to discuss the future strategy of the party which will be attended by 340 delegates, which includes Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkar and others. Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states will also attend the meet. In the evening the NEC meeting will get underway. Prime Minister Modi will attend all the sessions and stay with the workers,” Tarun Chugh had said on Friday.

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BJP, Congress clash in Telangana during protest against Agnipath

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BJP and Congress workers clashed in Hanamkonda town of Telangana on Friday, resulting in injuries to few persons.

The incident occurred when Congress workers staged a protest against the Central government’s recently announced scheme Agnipath for Army recruitments.

When the protesters reached near the BJP office and staged a dharna, workers of the saffron party raised an objection. This led to an argument between the sides. Soon this snowballed into a clash and both sides attacked each other.

BJP workers attacked the vehicles of Congress leaders. The incident triggered tension in the area. Police intervened to control the situation, and undertook a baton charge to disperse the clashing groups.

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BJP MP ‘predicts’ Maharashtra-like situation in Telangana

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BJP MP K. Laxman on Friday ‘predicted’ Maharashtra-like political developments in Telangana.

The MP said the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) would face a situation like the one witnessed by Shiv Sena in Maharashtra recently.

Laxman also predicted that the political scenario in Telangana would completely change after BJP’s national executive and the public meeting in Hyderabad.

The two-day national executive of the BJP is beginning on Saturday while a massive public meeting is scheduled at the Parade Grounds in Secunderabad on Sunday, which will be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president J.P. Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and other leaders.

Laxman, who is a member of the Rajya Sabha, said since TRS is like a family party like Shiv Sena it would meet the same fate. “The downfall of TRS and KCR has started,” he said.

Stating that Modi, Amit Shah and Nadda were especially focusing on Telangana, the MP remarked that in a year’s time there will be ‘Ram Rajya’ in Telangana.

He also predicted that TRS and Congress will join hands for the next elections in the state. He dubbed the Congress and AIMIM as the ‘B’ parties of TRS.

Laxman criticised the TRS for not extending support to NDA’s candidate for Presidential election Draupadi Murmu.

Laxman along with Union minister for tourism and culture G. Kishan Reddy visited the Parade Ground to review the arrangements for the public meeting.

Kishan Reddy alleged that TRS was creating hurdles for the BJP meeting as it was scared of defeat in the next elections.

He said the public meeting will give an assurance to the poor about their secure future under the BJP rule.

The minister said while the BJP meeting enjoys people’s blessings, the TRS government is creating problems by putting up hoardings to mislead people.

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Pawan yet to get invitation for Modi’s meet!

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Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan is the ally of the BJP in Andhra Pradesh. Though the relationship between the two parties is not so strong they continue to be allies for all theoretical purposes, if not practical.

The Central government is sending invitations for some leaders in the state to be present at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public meeting to be held on July 4 at Bhimavaram in West Godavari district. The Prime Minister would be participating in the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of revolutionary freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju.

The Central government’s tourism and culture ministry is organising the programme along with local Kshatria Seva Sangham. Union Tourism and Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy is sending invitations to the leaders from the two Telugu states to attend the meeting.

The Minister had already sent an invitation to former Union Minister and film star K Chiranjeevi a couple of days ago. He had also sent the invitation to TDP chief and former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu the other day. But surprisingly, the invitation has not reached the BJP’s ally Pawan Kalyan till date.

While it is not known whether Chiranjeevi and Chandrababu Naidu would attend the meeting, it is surprising to note that the Union Minister had not sent the formal invitation to the Jana Sena chief!

Interestingly, Pawan Kalyan is closely connected to Bhimavaram as he comes from the area. He was born in Mogalthuru village which is close to Bhimavaram and thus he is the local man and a celebrity besides being the political party president and BJP’s friend.

Pawan Kalyan also unsuccessfully contested from the Bhimavaram Assembly constituency in 2019 general elections. People in Andhra Pradesh are now suspicious of the BJP and Jana Sena relationship as Pawan Kalyan is yet to get the invitation.

Will he get the invite? Will the BJP take him along to be present at Modi’s meeting? These are the big questions doing rounds in the state now.

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Opinion : BJP is bad news for Telangana. Cannot come to power with Jumla’s

Ch Krishna

BJPs national executive is planned on 2nd and 3rd in Hyderabad. All the national leaders are flocking to Hyderabad to attend the meeting. They are aspiring to host their party’s flag on the Golkonda fort but that is bad news for Telangana state and people of Telangana. They cannot come to power with the current leadership and there is no place for their ideology in the state. They current state president or the present fighting leaders in BJP are unable to convince and gain the confidence of the people.

Telangana has been ruled by the Nizam and has significant minority, ST and SC population who will not vote for BJP. Their hard-line Hindutva politics don’t resonate with Telangana people and the statement made by the BJP president on finding shiv lingas in mosques did not go well with the people. In the current age all of them care for jobs, safety, security of their kids, education, good hospitals, and good infrastructure etc. BJP leadership instead of discussing the failures of the current govt on these areas they are still stuck with their age old Hindutva ideology.

When Mr. Modi entered the national politics after serving as the Chief Minister of Gujarat there was a vacuum for strong leader in national politics. The BJP leadership has to understand that the country and state are different, and you don’t need a 56-inch chest to rule the states. Telangana is ruled by Mr. KCR who is perceived as a strong leader and hence there is no scope for BJP to make that argument. Mr. Modi as Prime Minister did not give any new project or any assistance for Telangana, so how can BJP leadership ask for an opportunity to rule the state. They won 4 MPs in the last parliament election but none of them could bring any assistance or projects that benefit the state. All the projects were taken to Gujarat or BJP ruled states and these MPs did not request the Prime Minister to give the projects to Telangana state.

The state BJP leadership has frequently accused of the current government of corruption, but they did not file charges with the appropriate authorities. At least Mr. KA Paul went and complained to the CBI director but none of the four MPs made any attempt or complained to the authorities. So, they are not getting legitimacy on their fight against corruption. Earlier in the Jagan case it was Mr. Shankar Rao who went to the court and with the directions of the court CBI cases were registered and the cases are now pending at appropriate courts. No leader has gone to court but still they make allegations of putting the leaders behind bars. If they are so serious, they should start the legal battle so people can believe them.

The BJP is on a high after winning Dubbaka and Huzurabad elections but they dont have cadre in most of the constituencies. The win in both constituencies can be attributed to the contested candidates and the work they have done in the past. So, the party wants to repeat the same strategy by joining strong leaders from other parties. But they should realize that leaders only join when they feel that the party will come to power. And without building the cadre such strategies will not bring them to power. The state leadership made tall claims about leaders joining their party but unfortunately that did not happen. Even with the leaders that are planning to join it will not be sufficient for them to come to power.

The congress party has announced what it will do when they come to power during Rahul Gandhi’s last visit. Till date BJP did not propose an alternative to the current government or did not say what they will do when they come to power. Except for the hard-line Hindutva agenda they did not come up with a concrete plan for the development of the state. Even the central government did not give any incentives or support to the state for them to grow faster. It is just that there are doubts on congress ability to come to power. Few people are feeling that BJP could be the alternative, but BJP is bad news for Telangana and should never come to power in the state. They are party of Jhumlas and will not and cannot develop the state. The current state president is first time MP and is aspiring to be the CM of the state. They don’t have enough talent to come up with new ideas or innovative ideas to rule the state. If you ask the state president to name who can be in the cabinet, he will take a lot of time to answer because right now they don’t have that candidate either. To govern a state, you need a person with experience and except Etela Rajendar there is no other candidate in that party who can aspire to be CM. He is a late entry into the party so he might not get that chance. So how much ever the central leadership try it is impossible for them to come to power in Telangana.

BJP is bad news for Telangana and Mr. Modi has not done anything for the state.

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TRS, BJP engage in war of hoardings ahead of PM’s visit to Hyderabad

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A war of hoardings broke out between Telangana’s ruling party Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the saffron party’s national executive and public meeting to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A hoarding criticising Prime Minister Modi cropped up on Wednesday near Parade Grounds in Secunderabad, where he is scheduled to address a public meeting on July 3.

However, the Secunderabad Cantonment Board authorities quickly removed the banner.

The hoarding in Telugu with hashtag ByeBye Modi, tagline ‘Salu Modi-Sampaku Modi’ (Enough Modi- Don’t kill us Modi) and with a picture of Modi attracted the attention of passersby.

The hoarding highlighted six points, slamming Modi for ‘killing’ farmers with controversial farm laws, failing to provide jobs to youth, sudden lockdown, going back on the promise to give Rs 15 lakh to every citizen by bringing back black money and privatisation of LIC and other public sector undertakings.

Though who put up the hoarding was not mentioned on it but it was apparent going by the hashtag ByeBye Modi and the tagline being used on social media by the TRS supporters for the last few days.

Last week, the BJP had put up a hoarding at its office with the tagline ‘KCR countdown has started’. The hoarding with a countdown clock carried the slogan ‘Salu dora-selavu dora’ (Enough sir, goodbye sir).

BJP national general secretary in-charge of party affairs in Telangana, Tarun Chug had formally inaugurated the countdown clock on June 25 and declared that 529 days are remaining for the TRS government and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao (KCR).

The BJP announced that it will install similar countdown clocks at all its offices in the state. The party has also launched a website with the slogan ‘Salu dora- selavu dora’ which has a ticking countdown clock. It also highlighted the failures of the TRS government.

TRS leaders had threatened to put up display boards of Modi with a garland of footwear around his neck across the state if the BJP did not remove the derogatory hoarding from its office.

TRS supporters have been putting up banners and hoardings during the visits by the Prime Minister to Hyderabad.

During Modi’s visit to Hyderabad on May 26, banners with 17 questions were put up at different places in the city.

Most of the questions pertained to the commitments made by the Centre in 2014 during the formation of Telangana state which remained unfulfilled even after eight years.

The state’s ruling party had asked Modi similar questions during his earlier visit to Hyderabad on February 5.

As the PM was in the city to unveil the statue of equality, the party had asked ‘Where is equality for Telangana’.

A huge hoarding held by a group of youth on Tank Bund in the heart of the city had attracted the attention of all. It had several questions, reminding the Prime Minister of unfulfilled promises.

A two-day national executive of the BJP is scheduled to begin in Hyderabad on July 2. At the end of the executive, Modi and other BJP leaders will address the public meeting at Parade Grounds.

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Countdown has started for KCR, says BJP

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday installed a countdown clock at its Telangana state headquarters here, saying the countdown has started for the end of KCR government in the state.

BJP national general secretary and in-charge of party affairs in Telangana, Tarun Chug formally inaugurated the countdown clock and declared that 529 days are remaining for Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government.

“The countdown has started for the KCR government today. It has 529 days left. It’s time to say bye bye KCR,” said Chug, who was accompanied by state BJP chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar and other party leaders.

The BJP will install similar countdown clocks at all its offices in the state. The party has also launched a website with the slogan ‘Saalu Dora Selavu Dora’ which has a ticking countdown clock. It also highlights the failures of TRS government.

Tarun Chug exuded confidence that BJP will come to power in Telangana and will build a Telangana of the dreams of martyrs.

The BJP leader alleged that Telangana has become slave in the hands of one family. “KCR, his ministers and MLAs all have become like Ali Baba chaalees chor who are looting the state,” he said.

He said that the July 3 public meeting to be held at Parade Grounds and to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to declare that BJP is coming to power in the state.

He alleged that KCR, who promised a Bangaru or golden Telangana, has turned only his family into Bangaru family.

“Youth, women, farmers, SCs, STs, all sections have been betrayed by the TRS government. KCR had made many promises and did not fulfill even one of them,” he said.

The BJP leader alleged that KCR government is oblivious of the problems faced by the people.

“The Centre reduced prices of petrol and diesel twice. All states reduced the prices but the KCR government in Telangana is in deep slumber. It has not slashed VAT to provide relief to the people,” he said.

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Telangana BJP seeks guv’s intervention in Gauravelli project

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The opposition BJP in Telangana on Wednesday sought intervention of Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan in rendering justice to those displaced by the Gauravelli project in Siddipet district.

The BJP also demanded action against the police officers who ‘perpetrated brutalities on the innocent villagers of Gudatipally’.

A delegation of BJP leaders led by state party president Bandi Sanjay Kumar met the governor at the Raj Bhavan to make a representation.

They demanded that evacuees should be paid compensation under suitable Rehabilitation and Resettlement package by the state government.

The BJP alleged that the police resorted to indiscriminate lathi-charge on the land evacuees of Gauravelli-Gandipalle project in Husnabad assembly constituency in Siddipet district after midnight of June 13.

More than 500 police personnel swooped on Gudatipalli village at around 3 a.m., cut the power supply, barged into the houses of the evacuees, pulled them out and resorted to lathi-charge indiscriminately, it said

It alleged that the police roughed up the people without sparing even children, women and elders. They did not follow even the basic norm of deploying women police while arresting women.

“Many villagers were injured in the police attack and several women had fallen unconscious. On the following day (June 14), when the villagers were staging a silent and peaceful protest, the police instigated the Telangana Rashtra Samithi workers against them. Instead of coming to the rescue of peaceful protesters, the police caned them again, injuring many of them,” the memorandum said.

The BJP delegation took seven of those injured to Raj Bhavan “The only crime committed by these villagers was to ask for a R&R package as per law. Though the villagers made it clear to the government that they were not against the project and all that they wanted was proper compensation, the police did not heed to their appeal and assaulted them indiscriminately,” said a memorandum submitted to the governor.

The governor was told that more than 1,000 evacuees have been fighting for justice for several years. In the meantime, some of the minors have grown into majors and became eligible for compensation. Even the old people have not got their R&R package. Many issues pertaining to land evacuation still remain unresolved.

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Yes, BJP is strong in AP, it has all 25 MPs support!

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Is the BJP really strong in Andhra Pradesh, as claimed by former MP Vundavalli Arun Kumar!? Arun Kumar, who met Telangana chief minister KCR on Sunday, told the media persons that BJP is strong and comfortable in AP.

What he said was that all the 25 MPs elected either from the ruling YSR Congress or the opposition TDP would support BJP. No other state has this arrangement to the advantage of BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The ruling YSR Congress has 21 MPs who would also be supporting the BJP in every crucial decision both in the Parliament and outside in the last three years. They would be supporting the BJP in the Presidential election too. Its rebel MP, K Raghurama Krishnam Raju, is already with the BJP and thus BJP would get 22 MP votes.

The opposition TDP has three MPs, who are also expected to back the BJP in the Presidential election, giving total 25 MPs support to the BJP, though none of them is elected from the BJP. Thus, the BJP gets all the MPs support without winning a single MP seat.

Though TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu rallied against BJP and Narendra Modi before the 2019 general elections, he is maintaining absolute silence as far as national politics are concerned. He did not make any statement in the last three years that would refer to or reflect national politics.

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BJP national executive meet in Hyderabad to boost party’s state unit

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The mood is upbeat in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Telangana unit as the party’s national executive meeting scheduled to be held in Hyderabad on July 2-3 is expected to provide a shot in the arm for the saffron camp ahead of next year’s Assembly elections in the state.

With the entire top leadership of BJP set to descend here for the mega event, the party is looking to use the opportunity to further bolster its prospects by organising a roadshow of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

While the conduct of the national executive itself holds significance for BJP’s Telangana unit, the state leadership is keen to capitalise on it to add enthusiasm among the party ranks.

BJP state leaders believe that the national executive will provide further impetus to their all out efforts to push for ‘Target 2023’. They are confident that Telangana will become the second gateway to South India for the party after Karnataka.

Though Assembly elections in the state are scheduled to be held towards the end of 2023, there are strong indications that Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) supremo K. Chandrasekhar Rao may advance the polls by a few months.

However, the saffron party says it is ready for polls at any time. During his visit to Telangana last month, Union Home Minister Amit Shah dared KCR to advance the polls. He said KCR scraped through by going for early polls 2018 but this time his strategy would not work.

A series of visits by top leaders including Prime Minister Modi, Amit Shah and BJP president J. P. Nadda to Telangana during last few weeks, Prime Minister’s meeting with BJP corporators from Greater Hyderabad on Tuesday in Delhi all have lifted the spirits of BJP cadres.

The national executive and the likely roadshow by the Prime Minister are expected to further boost the morale of the party, which in recent months became aggressive in its attacks on TRS, especially targeting KCR for his ‘family rule, corruption and appeasement’.

With KCR stepping up its attacks on Prime Minister Modi and BJP and intensifying his efforts to play a key role in the national politics by working for an alternative, the BJP leadership appears to have taken the fight to KCR’s hometurf.

On one hand the national leaders of BJP are making a beeline to Hyderabad while on the other hand the state leadership is losing no opportunity to mount an attack on TRS government. The protest by BJP over the recent gang rape incident in Hyderabad allegedly involving sons of TRS and MIM leaders and its agitation on people’s problems show that the party is gearing up for the big fight.

“BJP considers Telangana as the second best bet after Karnataka to strengthen its position among the southern states. For the last three years, the saffron brigade has been running a sustained campaign against the government here, and this will only increase in the run-up to 2023 elections to the state Assembly,” says political analyst P. Raghavendra Reddy.

BJP leaders say the May 26 address by Prime Minister Modi to the party cadres during his visit to the city added to the enthusiasm among their ranks. Launching a bitter attack on KCR, he called for liberating Telangana from family rule and appeasement.

Modi had claimed that the wind of change is blowing in Telangana and that BJP will definitely come to power in the state.

The Prime Minister’s visit had come close on the heels of the visits by Nadda and Shah.

BJP president Nadda had addressed a public meeting at Mahabubnagar on May 5 as part of the second leg of state BHO chief’s Bandi Sanjay’s ‘Praja Sangram Yatra’.

Amit Shah had addressed a massive public meeting at Tukkuguda near Hyderabad on May 14 to mark the culmination of the yatra.

At their public meetings, both Nadda and Shah claimed that people of Telangana want double-engine growth and their mood is reflected in the BJP’s victory in the Dubbaka and Huzurabad Assembly by-elections in 2020 and 2021 respectively and the impressive performance of the party in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections in 2020.

This was Amit Shah’s first visit to Telangana after BJP won the by-election in Huzurabad in November last year. It was the first since renewed his plans to play a key role in national politics by forging an alliance of anti-BJP parties.

The visit by top BJP leaders came amid the continuing attacks by KCR and his son KTR on BJP-led government at the Centre for discrimination against Telangana and its failure on various fronts.

BJP’s Telangana unit was already buoyed by the party’s victory in Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and other states. Bandi Sanjay is confident that BJP will win 80 seats in 119-member Assembly whenever elections are held.

BJP, which won four Lok Sabha seats in 2019 elections, is already upbeat over the victory in by-elections to two Assembly seats, the latest being the win in Huzurabad where former minister Eatala Rajender was elected on the saffron party ticket after he was dropped from state cabinet by KCR on allegations of land encroachment.

BJP’s earlier win was in Dubbak Assembly constituency in 2020. This was followed by the party’s impressive show in GHMC elections as it improved its tally in the 150-member body to 48 from just four earlier.

Ever since these victories, BJP has been projecting itself as the only viable alternative to TRS.

In the 2018 elections held a few months before they were originally scheduled, the TRS had retained power by winning 88 seats. Congress came second with 19 seats while the MIM bagged seven seats. The BJP could win just one seat. Congress was runner-up in the majority of the constituencies. BJP finished second in just nine seats and in most of the seats its candidates forfeited the deposit.

However, BJP sprang a surprise in Lok Sabha elections held a few months later. The party not only retained Secunderabad but also wrested three other seats from TRS — Karimnagar, Nizamabad and Adilabad.

“From appointing a vociferous Bandi Sanjay as State unit chief, to attracting dissidents from TRS and Congress into BJP, the party is doing everything possible to gain ground. After electoral successes in Dubbaka, Huzurabad, and better than expected results in GHMC polls, the party is riding an upward momentum,” pointed out Raghavendra Reddy.

He believes that BJP is using every small opportunity against the government to create an anti-TRS sentiment in the state. From Nadda to Amit Shah to Prime Minister Modi, every top leader of the party is making regular trips to Telangana, and are holding public meetings here, to stir the mood, he said.

“Holding BJP’s national executive here demonstrates how serious the party is about winning this state, and maybe they believe it is achievable,” added Reddy.

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There is no national party except BJP: Nadda

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BJP president J.P. Nadda on Monday claimed that there is no national party left in the country except BJP.

He told party workers at a meeting here that BJP’s fight is no longer with any national party in the country. “If there is a national party, it is the BJP. We are fighting against family rule,” he said listing out the parties in various states.

Addressing heads of shakti kendras and workers here, Nadda described Shiv Sena as a party of father and son. He said Jagan Mohan Reddy led YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) both are dynastic parties. He also remarked that the Indian National Congress has been reduced to a brother-sister party.

Nadda claimed that Narendra Modi has changed polity and political culture of the country by eliminating family centric, caste and community based politics, appeasement and corruption.

Stating that Andhra Pradesh has a special place for BJP, he recalled that out of two MPs that BJP once had from the entire country, the state had sent one MP. He called upon party workers to strengthen the organization in the state.

He said out of 10,000 Shakti kendras in the state, appointments have been made for more than 6,000 kendrs while appointments will be made in remaining kendras soon. He pointed out 4-5 booths come under each shakti kendr and there are 10.40 lakh booths in the country.

Stating that there are 46,00 booths in Andhra Pradesh, he urged their heads to reach to all booths, hold meetings with workers and bring new workers to the party fold. He called for enrolling members from all sections of the society including Dalits, tribals and minorities.

He urged kendra heads to identify beneficiaries of central government schemes at the booth level. “Find out who are getting food grains under PM Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojna and what change it has brought in their life. Similarly identify beneficiaries of PM Awas Yojana, find out if they have received houses and what change it has brought in their life,” he said.

He claimed that Arogyasri scheme being implemented in Andhra Pradesh is not the scheme of the state government but it is the central government’s scheme.

“Ayushman Bharat has been changed as Arogyasri by Jagan Mohan Reddy. It’s not Jagan’s scheme, it is Narendra Modi’s scheme,” he said.

Nadda asked BJP workers to explain to people that if covered under Ayushman Bharat they can get medical treatment in any other state in the country to the tune of Rs 5 lakh a year.

He also asked them to arrange booth level meetings on the last Sunday of every month to listen to Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Mann ki baat’ programme. “All workers should gather and listen to Mann ki baat, discuss and eat together by exchanging food carried from their houses,” he said.

Nadda also asked party workers to hoist BJP flag on every house, go door to door for mass contact, arrange speakers to address people explaining the government schemes. He advised them to meet five new people every day and invite them to join the party.

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BJP steps up its plans for Andhra Pradesh

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The BJP seems to have stepped up its plans for Andhra Pradesh. The party, which is eying on making its presence in the state, has lined up a series of programmes with the top leaders including party president J P Nadda and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the state.

Nadda is addressing the party workers in Vijayawada today. He would also interact with a select group of intellectuals, professionals in a hotel. Later, he would interact with the party top leaders. He is spending the whole day in the city.

The party leadership had also lined up a series of programmes across the state with some leader or the other coming from Delhi. Even the Central ministers are invited to address the party workers at every meeting.

The party had planned the visit of Central ministers to every city in the state. They have so far covered Visakhapatnam, Rajamahendravaram, Ananthapur and Vijayawada. At every visit of every minister, the party organises internal and informal meetings with the professionals like doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers and others.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Bhimavaram in West Godavari district on July 4. The Prime Minister would participate in the Alluri Sitaramaraju birth anniversary celebrations in the town and address a public meeting.

The party has been holding one programme or the other marking the eighth anniversary of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister. Interestingly, the BJP is targeting the TDP leaders to join the party as they organise events in one district or the other.

While TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan are planning for alliance, the BJP is focusing on luring the TDP leaders to weaken Chandrababu Naidu. It is to be seen how far the BJP plans will help the party to prove its presence in the state.

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Hyderabad to host BJP’s national executive meet next month

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With an eye on next year’s Assembly polls in Telangana, the BJP will hold its national executive meeting in Hyderabad in the first week of July.

BJP’s central leadership has decided to hold the key meeting on July 2 and 3 in the city, party sources said. The meeting of the key-decision making body will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP President J.P. Nadda, several Central ministers and Chief Ministers of all BJP-ruled states, among others.

The Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) and the adjacent Novotel Hotel in Hitec City, the information technology cluster, will be the venues for the crucial meeting.

Some central leaders of the party, including general secretary B.L. Santosh, Tarun Chug along with Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar and others on Wednesday visited the HICC and the adjoining HITEX Exhibition Centre to discuss the arrangements for the proposed meeting.

The leaders also went around a few star hotels and resorts in and around the city. Modi is likely to stay at the Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor, for two days while the central ministers and the Chief Ministers will stay at star hotels.

Around 300 representatives are expected to participate in the meeting, which will discuss various organisational matters and evolve the party’s strategy for the upcoming Assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh scheduled later this year.

The functioning of all the state units will be also discussed during the meeting, sources said, adding that the party’s agenda for the future will also be discussed and finalised at the meeting.

The decision to hold the national executive in Hyderabad came close on heels of visits by Modi and Shah amid an aggressive strategy being adopted by the saffron party ahead of the 2023 Assembly polls in the state.

Modi, who visited Hyderabad last week to participate in the foundation celebrations of the Indian School of Business (ISB), also addressed BJP cadres at the Begumpet Airport.

He claimed that winds of change are blowing in the state and the BJP will come to power to end what he called the ‘family rule’ of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

Party insiders feel that the national executive will send a strong message to the ruling TRS and also give a boost to the party’s efforts on the ground.

The BJP and the ruling TRS are on loggerhead on several issues. In January this year, Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar was arrested by the state police. The Telangana police had claimed that the BJP leader was arrested for violation of Disaster Management Act during a protest.

The last national executive of the BJP was held in the national capital in November last year.

Last month, BJP’s national office-bearers’ meet was held in Rajasthan, which will also go to the polls next year.

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Ravela quits BJP, where is he heading to?

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Former minister Ravela Kishore Babu had quit the BJP on Monday. He had sent his resignation letter to BJP AP unit president Somu Veerraju. He cited his family issues as the reason for his resignation.

He said he had joined the BJP expecting corruption-free governance by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, he did not say whether he was disappointed or satisfied with the Modi dispensation.

Kishore Babu entered politics in 2014 after taking VRS from the government service. He contested and won from the Prathipadu constituency on TDP ticket and became a minister in the TDP government. After the party’s defeat in the 2019 elections, he quit TDP and joined the Jana Sena.

It was a short-lived affair for him in Jana Sean and his journey took a new turn with Kishore Babu quitting the Jana Sena and joining the BJP. Before joining the Jana Sena and the BJP, Kishore Babu tried to join the BSP and tried to reach out to Mayawathi in vain.

In Jana Sena, he tried to be number two surpassing Nadendla Manohar, but could not get the recognition that he anticipated. He moved on to the BJP where he also expected a greater position. However, the BJP too could not give him or meet his expectations.

Having joined three political parties in a span of 8 years, Kishore Babu is now on the roads, not having a clear plan where he is heading to. Sources say that Kishore Babu is willing to return to the TDP and is making contacts to reach out to Chandrababu Naidu.

It is to be seen if Chandrababu Naidu would take back Kishore Babu and give him the Prathipadu Assembly ticket in the next election or ignore him!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BJP getting ready to sever ties with Jana Sena

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Is BJP in Andhra Pradesh seriously considering the idea to sever ties with the Jana Sena? The answer is yes if one goes by the statements of the BJP leaders in the last 24 hours.

It was BJP state unit president Somu Veerraju who reacted first to the statement of TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu on the Opposition unity in the state and his party’s preparedness for sacrifices to honour the alliance.

The BJP AP chief said that his party leadership is aware of the sacrifices that the TDP chief would make in every election and the party is currently not ready to see any alliance with the TDP. The BJP chief reiterated that there would be no alliance with the TDP.

At the same time, BJP’s ally, Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan spoke in favour of opposition unity to defeat the ruling YSR Congress in the state. He even referred to the entire opposition unity in the country in 1977.

Taking Pawan Kalyan’s pro-TDP statements seriously, the BJP leadership is understood to have started the ways to kick the Jana Sena out of the alliance. Sources say that the BJP leaders have come to a conclusion that Pawan Kalyan would go for alliance with the TDP even in the eleventh hour.

Considering the possibility of alliance between the TDP and Jana Sena, the BJp had made up its mind to sever ties with Pawan Kalyan even before he left the party. The AP BJP leadership is reportedly preparing a detailed note on the present situation and the tilt of Pawan Kalyan towards TDP. The report is likely to be sent to the party high command in Delhi.

The AP leaders are confident of convincing the Delhi leadership and thus drop the Jana Sena from the alliance. Sources say that the AP BJP leadership is not going to take longer time or rather wait till the last minute to break the alliance with Pawan Kalyan who is visibly in favour of alliance with the TDP.

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Former MP Konda Visweswara Reddy to join BJP?

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Former MP Konda Vishweswara Reddy has become active in politics again. There are strong rumours floating in political circles that he will be soon joining BJP. Details as follows .

Konda Visweswara Reddy is a big shot and when he was MP, he was the richest MP from Telangana. He is the grand son of Rangareddy after whom Rangareddy district was named. He is son in law of Apollo pratap Reddy. Due to this background, TRS invited him into the party and he became MP in 2014. However, he resigned to TRS in 2018 due to differences with KCR and KTR. He made sharp remarks on TRS party as well as the Government led by TRS while resigning. He stated, TRS is becoming “more and more distant from the people” and government is becoming “inaccessible to the people”.

BJP leader DK Aruna invited him into the party couple of years ago but he wanted to buy time. He also wanted to ensure BJP will not have any kind of alliance with TRS. Now he again met with Bandi Sanjay who always fires salvos at TRS. His meeting with Bandi got significance as this BJP chief JP Nadda is soon visiting Telangana. With these developments, there are rumours floating in political circles that Konda has now made up his mind to join BJP. We need to wait and see whether he will really join bjp or not.

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Telangana BJP alleges secret deal between TRS, Congress

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Telangana BJP leader K. Laxman on Monday alleged that the the ruling TRS has entered into a secret deal with the Congress through election strategist Prashant Kishor.

He said that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekahar Rao is working with various parties for the benefit of the Congress, noting that Chandrasekhar Rao had earlier spoken about his plans to form a front as an alternative to the BJP and the Congress.

Laxman, who is the national President of BJP’s OBC Morcha, said people of Telangana understand the secret deal between the TRS and the Congress.

Claiming that Kishor was trying to unite anti-BJP forces. He, however, said no matter how many parties come together they can’t do anything to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and it is BJP who will come to power for the third time at the Centre.

Laxman recalled that in the past, the TRS had contested elections in alliance with the Congress.

The BJP leader also remarked that unable to digest the public support which BJP is receiving, TRS Working President K. T. Rama Rao is making allegations against the party.

He claimed that Kishor and KCR’s strategy will not work in Telangana.

Kishor, who recently held a series of meetings with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and other top leaders, spent Saturday and Sunday at Telangana CM’s official residence discussing with him various issues including the TRS strategy for 2023 Assembly elections and KCR’s proposed national alternative.

TRS leader K.T. Rama Rao on Sunday confirmed that the party has signed a deal with the Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC). He, however, claimed that this has nothing to do with Kishor as he has already disassociated himself from the organisation which he founded.

He, however, said they were taking inputs from Kishor who has worked with various parties across India.

KTR had ruled out working with the Congress but was evasive to questions on the possibility of an understanding with the Congress for 2024 Lok Sabha polls. “I am not an astrologer to say what will happen in future,” he said.

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BJP seeks Telangana governor’s intervention to check ‘excesses’ by TRS

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Telangana on Wednesday sought Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan’s intervention to check what it calls excesses by the leaders of the ruling party.

Alleging that there is a breakdown of law and order in the state, a delegation of BJP leaders met the governor at the Raj Bhavan and submitted a memorandum.

They demanded probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into suicide of a BJP worker in Khammam and self-immolation by a realtor and his mother in Kamareddy due to harassment by leaders of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

BJP MLA Raghunandan Rao termed the three suicides “murders” by the TRS government. He told reporters that they submitted a comprehensive memorandum to the governor listing the excesses by the ruling party leaders, the bias by police, government’s inefficiency and false cases being booked against leaders and workers of opposition parties.

“Since the governor is guardian of the Constitution, we sought her intervention. As we feel that if the state police continues investigation into these incidents the victims will not get justice, we demanded a probe by the CBI,” he said.

Another BJP leader Ramchandra Rao said harassment of political rivals by the ruling party was driving them to suicide. He said ealier BJP had given memorandum to DGP about the excesses by ministers and MLAs and police misusing their powers.

On suicide by BJP worker Sai Ganesh in Khammam, he demanded that Transport Minister P. Ajay Kumar resign and if he refuses to resign he should be sacked.

BJP state chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar, who is currently on a ‘padyatra’ in Mahabubnagar district, staged a protest against the excesses by TRS leaders. He said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao should come out and condemn the incidents and recommend a probe by the CBI.

Sanjay alleged that the highhandedness of TRS leaders was like the excesses committed by ‘razakars’ under Nizam’s rule. Stating that Ganesh fought against the repression of TRS leaders in Khammam but unable to bear the police harassment he committed suicide.

The MP wanted to know why the police did not record the dying declaration of Sai Ganesh. “It was not a suicide but it was a murder by the government. Police carried out this murder in a planned manner,” he said.

Meanwhile, BJP staged protests over the suicides across Telangana. Raising slogans against the TRS government, the party workers sat in protest at statues of Dr Ambedkar and at the offices of district collectors.

The protest by the saffron party in Khammam led to mild tension. In Hyderabad, BJP workers staged a protest at Ambedkar statue on Tank Bund and slogans against CM KCR and the ruling party.

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