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Will BJP show “RRR’ cinema to TRS ?

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Director SS Rajamouli’s much-awaited magnum opus “RRR” might be creating waves in the filmy world, but one more “RRR” is also creating a buzz in Telangana politics.

This ‘political RRR’ is being promoted by BJP.

The BJP has been threatening ruling TRS that once Huzurabad bypoll is over on October 30 and the results are out on November 2, the BJP will show “RRR” cinema to ruling TRS in Telangana politics.

BJP says RRR cinema will be released in Telangana politics once Etela Rajender wins Huzurabad bypoll as BJP candidate on November 2.

BJP’s RRR refers to party MLAs Raja Singh and Raghunandan Rao and Rajender (Etela after winning Huzurabad bypoll). These three RRR’s will show “RRR” cinema to TRS not only in Telangana politics but also in Telangana Legislative Assembly, BJP leaders and cadre say.

BJP challenges that there is no one in TRS who could take on BJP’s RRR after November 2.

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This Telangana BJP MLA giving jitters to party!

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The BJP in Telangana has fought a big battle with the ruling TRS in Dubbak Assembly bypoll held in November 2020.

Despite Dubbak falling under Undivided Medak district which is represented by none other than TRS president and Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao and finance minister T.Harish Rao and known to be the fortress of TRS since its inception in 2001, BJP’s candidate M.Raghunandan Rao emerged victorious although with a slender margin of nearly 1,500 votes.

Before Dubbak bypoll, BJP was represented by lone MLA in Telangana Assembly, who is Raja Singh from Goshamahal constituency.

With Raghunandan’s entry into Assembly, the BJP strength in the House increased to two.

Everyone expected Raghunandan Rao to wage a battle against TRS government in the Assembly. But Raghunandan Rao is not showing any aggression against KCR and TRS.

In fact, Raghunandan is conducting himself in the Assembly in such a manner that it pleases TRS MLAs and its boss KCR.

On Tuesday (today), there was an interesting exchange of friendly words between KCR and Raghunandan.

KCR said it’s a good sign that young leaders like Raghunandan are entering politics and Assembly in Telangana and wished that Raghunandan learns more in politics and attain higher positions in future.

In response, Raghunandan thanked KCR for his encouraging words and stated that he will put up more efforts as told by KCR and attain higher positions in future.

Raghunandan’s friendly behaviour with KCR and TRS is reportedly not going down well with Telangana BJP leadership.

They suspect whether Raghunandan remain with BJP or return to TRS from where he came.

Raghunandan comes from Velama community to which KCR belonged. He was also very close to KCR during Telangana statehood agitation days and KCR appointed him as TRS Medak district president. However, he was sacked from the party in 2013 on charges of maintaining ‘secret ties’ with TDP chief N.Chandrababu Naidu.

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BJP’s Huzurabad candidate Eatala Jamuna richer than her husband

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Former Telangana minister and BJP candidate for Huzurabad bypoll Eatala Rajender and his wife Eatala Jamuna have combined wealth of over Rs 35 crore but she is richer than him.

This was revealed in the affidavit submitted by Jamuna to the election authorities while filing her nomination for the October 30 bypoll to the Assembly seat.

Jamuna, who had been campaigning with her husband for the last few weeks, filed her papers on behalf of the BJP. According to party sources this has been done as a precautionary measure in case Rajender is arrested before the elections.

Rajender was dropped from the State Cabinet in May by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao following allegations that he encroached on the lands of some farmers in Medak district for the poultry business owned by his wife, son and other family members.

The state government also ordered two probes against Rajender for allegedly encroaching farmers’ lands in Medak district and endowment lands in Medchal Malkajgiri district.

He had later resigned from ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and also quit from Assembly. Rajender joined BJP in June.

Rajender’s wife on Monday filed her nomination for Huzurabad bypoll. The 56-year-old, who has studied up to Class 12, is a businesswoman.

Jamuna stated in her affidavit that her annual income was Rs 1,33,40,372, while that of her husband was Rs 30,16,592.

According to the affidavit, she has movable assets of over Rs 28.68 crore, but her husband owns movable assets of only Rs 6.20 lakh.

Jamuna’s movable assets include two Innova vehicles while Rajender has no vehicle in his name. She also has 1,500 grams of gold jewelry worth Rs 50 lakh. She has given personal loans/advances to the tune of Rs 23.23 crore.

Her immovable assets are worth Rs 4.89 crore while Rajender owns immovable assets of Rs 3.62 crore.

Jamuna’s liabilities are Rs 4.89 crore while that of her husband are Rs 3.62 crore.

Meanwhile, Rajender alleged that if the Huzurabad bypoll was conducted in a free and fair manner, the TRS would not even get its security deposit back.

He alleged that the ruling party has spent Rs 4,700 crore to win the bypoll. He also alleged that Chief Minister KCR is hatching plans at Pragathi Bhavan, while Finance Minister T. Harish Rao is implementing them.

Rajender is likely to file his nomination in a day or two. The constituency is likely to see a three-cornered contest.

TRS candidate Gellu Srinivas Yadav has already filed the nomination while Congress party has named Balamoor Venkat as its candidate.

As per the schedule announced by the Election Commission of India last week, the last date for filing of nominations is October 8.

Scrutiny of nominations will be taken up on October 11. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 13. Polling will be held on October 30 while counting will be taken up on November 2. The entire poll process has to be completed by November 5.

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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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Huzurabad by-election: A bitter TRS-BJP fight on the cards

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With the Election Commission of India announcing the poll schedule for the much-awaited by-election to Huzurabad Assembly seat in Telangana, a bitter contest is on the cards between the TRS and BJP.

A battle of prestige for the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the October 30 bypoll will also be crucial for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which aims to capture power in the next elections. The Congress party will also be looking to revive its fortunes in the state.

By already announcing their candidates, both the parties are much ahead of the Congress party, which is yet to finalise its nominee.

The by-election is being seen as a semi-final for the 2023 general elections as the outcome will decide which way the wind is blowing. The outcome is expected to set the course of politicking in the state over the next two years.

The poll battle has become prestigious for the TRS as the man who has been winning the constituency for it since 2009 is entering the fray this time as the candidate of the BJP.

Eatala Rajender, who was dropped from the Cabinet by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao in May following allegations of land encroachment, ended his nearly two-decade-long association with the TRS in June and also quit the Assembly, necessitating the by-election.

The 57-year-old leader, who served as finance minister in the previous TRS cabinet and held the health portfolio till he was dropped, joined the BJP, which was quick to announce him as its candidate in the by-election. While resigning from the TRS, Rajender hit out at what he called the autocratic style of functioning of Chandrasekhar Rao and also alleged that he was humiliated in the party as he comes from a backward class.

Rajender’s allegations provided a platform to the BJP to intensify its attacks on KCR for his ‘family rule’ and his alleged failure to fulfil the promises made in the 2014 and 2018 elections.

TRS will be looking to continue the series of electoral victories. After last year’s defeat in the Dubbak Assembly by-election at the hands of the BJP and a reduction in its strength in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), TRS made a comeback this year to retain Nagarjuna Sagar, where its candidate making his electoral debut trounced political heavyweight and former minister K. Jana Reddy of the Congress. The ruling party also made a clean sweep in the elections to eight urban local bodies.

TRS is confident of continuing the momentum in Huzurabad as its leaders argue that the party had a solid base in the constituency even before Rajender was first elected. They also claim that Rajender’s victory was because of the party.

Huzurabad constituency has been the stronghold of TRS since 2004, the first election faced by the party since it was floated by KCR in 2001.

In 2004, V. Lakshmikantha Rao was elected from Huzurabad on a TRS ticket and retained the seat in the by-election in 2008.

Rajender, who was first elected from Kamalapur constituency in 2004 and retained it in the by-election, was shifted to Huzurabad in 2009 and since then he had been winning the seat for the TRS.

One of the founding members of the TRS, Rajender maintained his grip on the constituency. In 2009, he defeated his nearest rival V. Krishna Mohan Rao of the Congress by 15,035 votes. In the 2010 by-polls, Rajender increased his victory margin to nearly 80,000 and this time his nearest rival was M. Damodar Reddy of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

In the 2014 elections held just before the formation of Telangana state, Rajender retained Huzurabad with a majority of 57,037 votes. K. Sudershan Reddy of the Congress was the runner-up.

Rajender continued his winning streak from Huzurabad in 2018, defeating his nearest rival Kaushik Reddy of the Congress by 47,803 votes.

The BJP hardly had any presence in Huzurabad in the elections held in the past. In 2018, its candidate P. Raghu polled only 1,683 votes, which was less than NOTA votes (2867).

However, with Rajender joining its ranks, BJP leaders are confident of wresting the seat from the TRS.

They believe that the saffron party will repeat its Dubbak performance in Huzurabad. In the by-election to the Dubbak Assembly constituency held in November last year, the BJP had pulled off a sensational victory to stun the TRS.

It was following the Dubbak victory that the BJP started projecting itself as the alternative to the TRS. The party’s central leadership too started focusing on Telangana. A month later, the saffron party put up an impressive performance in the elections to the GHMC. In the 150-member municipal body, the BJP increased its tally to 48 from just four seats it won in 2016. It not only emerged as the main opposition in the GHMC but also deprived the TRS of a clear majority.

Following these victories, the BJP intensified its efforts towards the goal of capturing power in the 2023 elections. However, the outcome of the elections to two graduates’ constituencies of the Legislative Council in March and the by-election in Nagarjuna Sagar came as a disappointment to the party.

The BJP could not retain one Legislative Council seat and finished a poor fourth in the other. In Nagarjuna Sagar, where the main contest was between the TRS and the Congress, the BJP candidate Ravi Kumar Naik polled only four per cent votes and forfeited his deposit.

The Huzurabad by-election has given the BJP a chance to bounce back and again project itself as the real alternative to the TRS in the run-up to the 2023 polls. The saffron party is pinning its hopes on the good support enjoyed by Rajender among the electorate.

Poll-bound Huzurabad attracted all the attention as KCR chose it to launch his ambitious ‘Dalit Bandhu’ scheme on a pilot basis. He addressed a public meeting in the constituency to roll out the scheme and declared that every Dalit family in the constituency would get a Rs 10 lakh grant under the scheme to start any business or self-employment activity of its choice.

Unfazed by the criticism from opposition parties, who alleged that the scheme is aimed at luring Dalit voters, the TRS government has released Rs 2,000 crore for implementing the scheme in the constituency.

Hundreds of Dalit beneficiaries are making a beeline to the banks to get the money under ‘Dali Bandhu’ as the Election Commission has made it clear that there will be no restriction on implementation of schemes announced before the poll schedule was declared.

The TRS also picked its candidate from the backward class to match Rajender. The ruling party’s student wing president Gellu Srinivas Yadav has already hit the campaign trail.

As Backward Class voters constitute nearly 50 per cent of the 2.10 lakh voters in the constituency, KCR picked a BC candidate.

The Congress party faces an uphill task in Huzurabad. This will be the first poll battle for the party after A. Revanth Reddy took over as the party’s state unit president in July.

Though leading an aggressive campaign against the ruling party on various issues, he is facing a big challenge in Huzurabad, which the Congress party never won for nearly 30 years.

The party is yet to decide its candidate, though 19 aspirants have submitted applications to the leadership. Political analysts say that at least by winning sizeable votes in the by-election, the Congress party under Revant Reddy will try to show that it may be down but not out.

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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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Jana Sena to throw its hat into Badvel ring, wants BJP to back it

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Now that the line is clear for the Badvel bypoll, the political situation has suddenly hotted up in Kadapa district. While both the ruling YSRCP and the Opposition TDP have already announced their candidates, there are questions about who would be the candidate from the BJP-Jana Sena combine.

Sources say that the Jana Sena is determined to contest the election this time. In the Tirupati Lok Sabha constituency bypoll, the BJP had contested the poll and lost its security deposit. Though Pawan Kalyan himself campaigned on BJP’s behalf, the situation did not improve. The Jana Sena wants to contest this time and try its luck. On Wednesday, Pawan Kalyan will hold wider consultations with the party rank and file from Kadapa district on Badvel bypoll. Based on the discussions, the party would take a final call.

The Jana Sena cadre feels that the party should be given a chance to contest this time. They feel that since BJP was given the ticket to contest from Tirupati , the Jana Sena should be allowed to contest from Badvel. The party will decide on the candidate soon. The YSRCP has already decided to field Dr Dasari Sudha as its candidate. She is the wife of Dr Venkata Subbaiah, whose death necessitated the bypoll. The TDP has already announced that Obulapuram Rajasekhar, who contested and lost the 2019 elections, would be its candidate.

Issues like whether Pawan Kalyan will campaign for the party and how BJP will cooperate with the Jana Sena would also be decided soon. This has assumed significance especially in view of the supposed rift between both the BJP and the Jana Sena. The Jana Sena hopes to give a tough fight to both the TDP and the Jana Sena.

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Is ‘common enemy’ Revanth bringing TRS-BJP together?

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The ruling TRS dominated Telangana politics completely in its first term in office between June 2014 and December 2018.

There was virtually no Opposition in Telangana as KCR engineered defections in TDP and Congress, which were strong opposition parties then. Majority of the TDP MLAs and Congress MLAs joined TRS.

But the situation changed for TRS in its second term in office from December 2018.

Within six months, BJP emerged as a strong opposition by winning four Lok Sabha seats in May 2019 elections and defeating none other than KCR’s daughter Kavitha in Nizamabad seat.

BJP’ graph went further up after it defeated TRS in Dubbak Assembly bypoll in November 2020 and posted good results in GHMC elections in December 2020 after Bandi Sanjay took over as BJP Telangana president in March 2020.

The Congress was nowhere in the picture. But after Congress high command appointed firebrand leader Revanth Reddy as TPCC chief in July this year, the josh in Congress reached its peak.

Revanth is grabbing all the media headlines since July and dominating TRS and BJP. The BJP remains worst affected because of Revanth as its position slipped below Congress in garnering media and public attention.

With Revanth emerging as ‘common enemy’ for TRS and BJP, speculations are rife that the TRS leadership and BJP national leadership have set their focus on Revanth and thinking seriously on how to control Revanth.

When KCR visited Delhi in September first week and stayed there for nine days, speculations were rife that KCR sought BJP’s national leadership support and help in speeding up cash-for-vote case in which Revanth is prime accused. KCR reportedly sought BJP national leadership cooperation to ensure Revanth lands in jail in this case.

Now that, KCR is going to Delhi again for three days from tomorrow, September 24, these speculations are spreading like wildfire whether KCR would take up Revanth issue again with BJP high command.

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Hyderabad BJP MLA complains of receiving threatening calls

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BJP Telangana lawmaker T. Raja Singh on Wednesday lodged a police complaint that he is receiving threatening phone calls and demanded a gun license.

The MLA from Hyderabad’s Goshamahal constituency alleged that he has been receiving threatening calls from unknown persons, threatening to kill him and his family members and were using abusive language. He said those threatening him were saying that this was the last warning.

In a letter to the Director General of Police, he said the calls were being made from different states in India. He said even after complaining many times in the past, he did not get any response from intelligence department, and hoped that this time the phone numbers will be traced by it.

The MLA provided six mobile numbers saying he received threatening calls from these numbers.

Raja Singh said a statement that though he made many representations to the DGP in the past about threatening calls, not a single person was arrested.

The controversial BJP leader also demanded a gun license. He claimed that the Chief Minister had stated that he should get a gun license and alleged that police were ignoring even the Chief Minister’s word.

He said police were refusing him gun license citing case pending against him, but claimed that many politicians in Telangana who have criminal cases against them were given the license.

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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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Only BJP can give real freedom to Telangana: Amit Shah

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday that only the BJP can give real freedom to Telangana by liberating people from family rule and by providing a government not dependent on the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM).

Addressing a public meeting at Nirmal town to mark ‘Telangana Liberation Day’, Shah said while Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel gave the state independence on September 17, 1948, Telangana will get real freedom only when a government comes to power which is not dependent on the MIM.

The BJP leader slammed the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government for not officially celebrating September 17 and promised that once the BJP comes to power in the state, it will officially celebrate ‘Telangana Liberation Day’ in a befitting manner.

He alleged that the TRS government is not organising official celebrations as it is scared of the (Asaduddin) Owaisi-led MIM.

“Those who want to be scared of Owaisi, let them be. The BJP is not scared of anybody and it does not indulge in politics of appeasement,” Shah said.

He warned that taking Owaisi’s shelter will not save anyone. “If somebody thinks that he will be safe by taking Owaisi’s shelter, I want to tell him that the people of Telangana have woken up and Owaisi’s shelter can’t save you,” he said.

The Home Minister also claimed that during the Telangana movement, K. Chandrasekhara Rao had promised official celebrations of September 17 in Telangana.

“I want to ask the Chief Minister, what happened to your promise of celebrating the day like in Karnataka and Maharashtra,” he asked.

Shah pointed out that Telangana and parts of Karnataka and Maharashtra became independent 13 months after India’s Independence. He said it was the ‘Police Action’ launched on the orders of Sardar Patel which led to the Hyderabad state’s accession to India. He said the tribals of Nirmal fought against the British and later against the Nizam for independence.

The Home Minister also paid tributes to the freedom fighters of the region and asked Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao, popularly known as KCR, if he had forgotten their sacrifices.

He exuded confidence that the BJP will form the government in Telangana in 2023, claiming that only the BJP can provide Telangana its due place of pride and be the only alternative to TRS.

Stating that the Congress is getting eliminated across the country, he said that it can’t be an alternative to the TRS.

“Even if the Congress becomes an alternative, will they not be scared of Majlis,” he asked the people, adding that the Congress can’t fight against Owaisi.

Claiming that the people of Telangana are with the BJP, he recalled that the party secured 20 per cent votes in Telangana in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and won four seats. Shah also predicted that the saffron party will make a clean sweep in the next Lok Sabha elections.

Shah said BJP won the Dubbak Assembly seat in the by-election and strengthened its position in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), which forced the TRS to seek the support of MIM.

He also appealed to the people of Huzurabad constituency to elect Eatala Rajender in the ensuing by-election. Shah said Rajender joined the BJP as there was no place for him in TRS, which is dominated by a family.

The BJP leader said that he came to Nirmal for the ongoing Praja Sangram yatra of state BJP chief Bandi Sanjay. He said the yatra will touch 119 Assembly constituencies in the next five months and sow the seeds for BJP’s victory in the 2023 polls.

Shah said Bandi Sanjay’s fight is against a government which is scared of Majlis and against family rule in Telangana.

Union minister G. Kishan Reddy, Bandi Sanjay, party’s incharge for Telangana Tarun Chug and other leaders also addressed the public meeting.

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Delhi leaders damage BJP, Cong in Telangana!

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The so-called Delhi leaders of national parties BJP and Congress are damaging the prospects of their own parties in Telangana by moving closely with TRS top brass.

The TRS government led by Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao is facing severe anti-incumbency after coming to power seven years ago due to its failure to fulfill its major poll promises and unable to implement welfare schemes effectively due to financial crisis.

The state leaders of Congress and BJP are competing with each other to cash in on this anti-incumbency factor to defeat TRS in 2023 December Assembly polls and come to power in Telangana.

While BJP state president Bandi Sanjay is undertaking padayatra across Telangana, TPCC president Revanth Reddy is holding Dandora rallies to highlight the failures of the TRS government.

Under these circumstances, instead of contributing to the efforts of state leaders in strengthening of their respective parties in Telangana to defeat TRS, the Delhi leaders of BJP and Congress are helping TRS by praising TRS government, CM KCR and his son KTR whenever they visit Hyderabad.

Union ministers in Modi cabinet are having lunch with KCR and KTR at Pragathi Bhavan and praising the TRS government’s achievements.

Congress Delhi-level leaders like Shashi Tharoor are complimenting KCR and KTR for growth in IT sector.

These Delhi leaders are providing ammunition to TRS leaders to counter Revanth and Bandi Sanjay’s criticism on KCR, KTR and TRS government.

All the efforts of Revanth and Sanjay to push TRS into the defensive mode with their agitation programmes are going waste with these Delhi leaders who are damaging their own party’s prospects in Telangana and helping TRS.

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T’gana BJP attacks KTR over ‘misinformed’ tweet in minor girl’s rape and murder case

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Even as the police are yet to nab the perpetrator of the rape and murder of a 6-year-old girl, Telangana minister K. Taraka Rama Rao’s tweets on the issue have landed him in controversy inviting criticism from the BJP.

On September 12, the minister had tweeted that the culprit had been arrested only to retract on Tuesday.

“Would like to correct my tweet below. I was misinformed that he was arrested. Regret the erroneous statement

“The perpetrator is absconding & @hydcitypolice has launched a massive manhunt for him

“Let’s all make our best efforts to ensure he’s nabbed & brought to justice quickly,” said KTR’s tweet on Tuesday.

Following the clarification by the minister on Wednesday, the state unit of the BJP came down heavily on Rao popularly known as KTR, and is the son of Telangana chief minister.

The state’s home minister Mehmood Ali has also come under attack from the BJP. Telangana BJP chief spokesperson K. Krishna Saagar Rao said the tweets by minister K.T. Rama Rao were a pointer to the confusion prevailing in the TRS government. “The right hand doesn’t seem to know what the left hand is doing,” the BJP functionary said.

Krishna Saagar Rao was particularly scathing of the Telangana state Home Minister Mahmood Ali.

“Home Minister Mahmood Ali is missing in action, as always. There is no official media statement from him explaining the case to public. Neither did DGP Mahender Reddy explain to public the details of this heinous crime and progress of its investigation, so far.”

The BJP has also demanded for Mahmood Ali’s resignation.

The 6-year-old child was sexually assaulted and murdered on September 9 allegedly by Raju who happens to be her neighbour in Saidabad.

The body of the girl, who was missing since 5 p.m. Thursday, was found in the house of her neighbor after midnight.

The horrific incident had triggered angry protests from the residents on Friday. They staged sit-in for seven hours on Champapet-Sagar Road, demanding immediate and harshest punishment to the guilty. Some of the protesters also demanded that the guilty be killed in an encounter.

Initially, the police sources had claimed that the accused was arrested from his native village in Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district.

However, a senior official clarified that the accused is still at large. The police commissioner said despite serious efforts, the accused remained at large.

Telangana Police have announced a reward of Rs ten lakh for information leading to the arrest of the accused.

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Gujarat CM Rupani resigns ahead of the end of term

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In a major political development, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday tendered his resignation to Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat at his residence, Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar. The BJP leader confirmed that he has resigned from the top post.

“I am resigning from the post of the Chief Minister. I thank PM Modi and the party for giving me an opportunity to work for five years,” Vijay Rupani told the reporters at Raj Bhavan.

“I am just a worker of the organisation and will continue to be so. For the upcoming state Assembly elections, definitely our PM Modi will be the face,” Rupani said, when asked who will be the face for the elections, as he and the party earlier had declared that the 2022 elections will be led by him.

“I will accept whatever responsibility the party gives me,” said Rupani.

Vijay Rupani took the state’s Chief Ministerial position on August 7, 2016, and is representing Rajkot West in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly. It is learnt from sources that the party will declare Rupani’s replacement by Sunday. Most likely his replacement could be deputy chief minister Nitin Patel.

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Why did Jyotiraditya Scindia postpone BJP press meet for KCR’s lunch?

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Why did Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia come to Hyderabad and have lunch with KCR barely a day after KCR came back from Delhi? Ostensibly, he is here to launch the supply of medicines through drones as part of the drone sorties beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) at 500 metres in Vikarabad. But those in the know say that he had met KCR and KTR on a special mission.

The ‘Mission” appears to be so important that the press conference that Scindia had to postpone the press meet that he had to address in the state BJP office. The press meet, which was to be held at 2.30 PM has been initially deferred to 3.30 pm. The press meet happened at 5 PM. Instead, he went straight to Pragathi Bhavan to have lunch with KCR and KTR. That the presser was postponed only because of the lunch at Pragathi Bhavan.

The mission is to ensure that TRS’s partner and KCR’s best buddy Asaduddin Owaisi contests from more constituencies in poll-bound UP. If Asaduddin Owaisi manages to divide the Muslim votes, it would help the BJP in coming back to power. So, KCR would be required to ensure that the MIM has enough financial muscle to eat into the Samajwadi party’s vote. The Samajvadi Party mainly depends on the Muslim vote to win the elections. If MIM manages to take away at least 10 per cent of the Muslim votes, it would be a disaster for the SP.

The MIM has done this in Bihar and has helped the BjP and the JDU to come back to power in the face of a tough fight with the RJD. The MIM tried to do the same thing in West Bengal but failed miserably in denting the Muslim vote, which solidly went to the Trinamool Congress. Now the MIM will have to play the spoiler to enable the BJP to win the polls. Sources said that the MIM will be financially supported in this endeavour by the TRS. Highly placed sources say that this issue has figured during the recent meeting of KCR with the top leaders of the BJP.

However, all this is sure to rattle the state BJP leadership, which is currently on a padayatra against the TRS. Party state chief Bandi Sanjay is unleashing a strong attack on KCR and the TRS government on many issues. He is also raising the Hindutwa issue in a very strident manner during his padayatra.

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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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YS Vijayamma’s meet raises impatience in BJP

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What’s the biggest surprise in the YSR memorial meet that YS Vijayamma called for? Those YSR associates who are in TDP, TRS, Congress and YSRCP have simply skipped the meeting. Those Congress leaders who made it were all political spent-forces or retirees like KVP Ramachandra Rao, N Raghuveera Reddy, Vundavalli Arun Kumar , Girish Sanghi and Gone Prakash Rao.

There were indeed some big names. But they were industrialists like Shantha Biotech’s Varaprasad Reddy, medical professionals like Dr Gurava Reddy, legal experts like Jandhyala Ravishankar or journalists like KRamachandra Murthy and ABK Prasad. They attended mainly because of their association with YSR.

The biggest surprise was that there were at least three BJP biggies among those who attended the meeting. Former MP and BJP’s campaign incharge for Huzurabad AP Jitender Reddy, BjP intellectual cell convener and former DGP Dinesh Reddy and former Qutbullahpur MLA Kuna Srisailam Goud have attended the meeting.

Interestingly, Komatireddy brothers, who have said they would defy the TPCC diktat against attending the meeting, played safe at the last minute. Rajagopala Reddy, who has tested positive for Covid, did not attend. Venkat Reddy too played safe.

The BJP was the only party that did not issue any direction to its party workers. But, three of its key leaders turning up at the meet was quite a shocker for the BJP. While there are rumours about Kuna Srisailam Goud trying to rejoin the Congress Party, AP Jitender Reddy is currently incharge of the campaign in Huzurabad. Dinesh Reddy was the DGP during the YSR rule. The BjP circles are hotly debating as to why these three leaders attended the meet.

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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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