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NSUI members try to lay siege to Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad

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Congress party’s student body, the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) tried to lay a siege to the Raj Bhavan here early Thursday to protest against the action of the Enforcement Directorate against party leader Rahul Gandhi.

Taking the police by surprise, NSUI leaders and workers reached Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor around 5.30 a.m.

Raising slogans against the Narendra Modi government, NSUI Telangana unit leaders and workers sat in front of the Raj Bhavan.

Police swung into action to arrest the protesters and shifted them to a police station.

Police have tightened security around the Raj Bhavan in view of the call given by Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) to stage a protest against what it calls harassment of Rahul Gandhi by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Large number of police personnel were deployed to prevent protesters from gathering around the Raj Bhavan.

TPCC president A. Revanth Reddy has announced that a rally would be taken out from Rajiv Gandhi statue at Punjagutta to Raj Bhavan. He urged the party cadres to participate in the rally and the protest at the Raj Bhavan in large numbers.

Police have made it clear that there is no permission for a rally or protest at Raj Bhavan. Police have erected barricades on roads leading towards Raj Bhavan to prevent protesters from gathering there.

TPCC had taken out a massive rally on Monday and staged a sit-in at the regional office of the ED. The protest led by Revanth Reddy continued the next day. As the EC continued questioning Rahul Gandhi for a third straight day on Wednesday, the Congress leaders staged a protest at Gandhi Bhavan, the party headquarters.

TPCC has called for protests in front of the central government offices on Friday. The protests will be organised in front of railways stations, post offices and other offices of the Central government.

Revanth Reddy alleged that the BJP government at the Centre was misusing ED to target Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. He called continued questioning of Rahul Gandhi by the ED vindictive politics.

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Singer Moosewala killing seems inter-gang rivalry: Punjab DGP

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The killing of singer-turned-actor-politician Sidhu Moosewala, with a huge fan base running into millions, in Punjab seems to be an inter-gang rivalry, Director General of Police (DGP) V.K. Bhawra said.

“Prima facie, it seems to be an inter-gang rivalry between the Lawrence Bishnoi group and the Lucky Patial group,” he said.

“The Lawrence Bishnoi group has taken the responsibility of Sidhu Moosewala’s murder citing it be the retaliation to the killing of Vicky Midhukhera,” he said.

In less than 24 hours after his security was curtailed by the government, Moosewala, 29, was shot dead by gangsters close to his ancestral village in Mansa in broad daylight on Sunday, police said.

He was on the wheel in a Mahindra Thar SUV when the assailants, believed to be 10-12, fired more than 20 rounds at point-blank range at the singer and his two friends, who got grievous injuries. Moosewala got seven-eight bullets.

It is learnt that the AK-47 assault rifle was used in the crime as its shells were recovered from the crime scene.

The DGP said three shooters — Sunny, Anil Lath and Bholu, all residents of Haryana — have already been arrested by Delhi Police Special Cell in connection with the murder of Midhukhera, while, another accused identified as Shaganpreet, who was manager of Moosewala, was also nominated as accused in the FIR registered regarding the murder of Midhukhera.

Shaganpreet has escaped to Australia and is wanted by the police.

Regarding the killing of Moosewala, the DGP said preliminary investigations revealed three weapons, including 7.62 mm, 9 mm and 0.30 bore weapons, were used in the crime. It is still under investigation, he added.

On the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, a three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) was constituted to ensure effective and speedy investigation of the murder of Shubhdeep Singh alias Sidhu Moosewala.

The SIT members include SP Investigation (Mansa) Dharamveer Singh, DSP Investigation (Bathinda) Vishawajeet Singh and CIA in-charge (Mansa) Prithipal Singh.

Moosewala, who left his house around 4.30 pm along with two persons — Gurwinder Singh and Gurpreet Singh (cousin) — was shot dead by some unidentified persons. Moosewala was driving his Mahindra Thar vehicle.

DGP Bhawra said when Moosewala reached Jawahar Ke village they were followed by a white Corolla and they were intercepted from the front by two cars, including a white Bolero and a dark grey Scorpio.

“There was heavy firing from the front on Sidhu Moosewala and his friends, where all sustained bullet injuries,” he said, adding the police team reached the spot immediately and the trio were taken to the Civil Hospital in Mansa where Moosewala was declared brought dead, while his cousin and his friend are in stable condition and they have been referred to Patiala for further treatment.

On withdrawal of Moosewala’s security, the DGP said in view of Ghallughara week the police had temporarily withdrawn only two security personnel of Moosewala for law and order duty, while he had two police personnel from Commando Battalion deployed with him.

“While leaving home, Sidhu didn’t take along his two police personnel and also left his private bullet-proof car at home,” he said.

The DGP directed the IG (Bathinda range) Pradeep Yadav, the SSP (Mansa) Gaurav Toora and the SSP (Bathinda) J. Elanchezian to camp in Mansa, while the ADGP Law and Order has mobilised the required force to nab the murderers of Moosewala.

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Can Kiran Kumar Reddy breathe life to Congress in AP?

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The Congress leadership has summoned former chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to the national capital. He is likely to meet party top leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in Delhi. The rumours say that he is likely to be made the APCC president to revive the party.

The Congress is struggling for survival in Andhra Pradesh with Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy launching his own outfit. The party suffered heavily after the bifurcation. While Jagan Mohan Reddy stabbed the party to bleeding, Kiran Kumar Reddy buried the party at the time of bifurcation.

The Congress in Andhra Pradesh is now weaker than the two Communist parties. Even Jana Sena is placed in a better position than the Congress. The Communists and the Jana Sena have won some ward members in the local body elections, while the Congress is seen nowhere.

The party further suffered after the exit of N Raghuveera Reddy leaving no hope of revival. While it took two decades for the party to slip to the lowest position in Tamil Nadu, it had gone missing in Andhra Pradesh in less than one decade.

The beleaguered Congress now is desperately looking for existence in Andhra Pradesh. The party is now looking towards Kiran Kumar Reddy for the revival. The man who buried the party is now being persuaded to breathe new life.

The party leadership believes that incumbent PCC chief Sake Sailajanath is not able to deliver. In fact, he is yet to start the districts’ tour to rejuvenate the party. Having lost hopes on his leadership, the party high command is looking towards Kiran Kumar Reddy.

It is to be seen if Kiran Kumar Reddy would help the leadership revive the party in Andhra Pradesh or the leadership would have to lose its hopes!

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Who wants to have alliance with Congress, asks KTR

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K. T. Rama Rao on Saturday ridiculed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s comment that Congress will have no alliance with TRS in the next year’s Assembly elections.

“Is there any political party in India which wants to have an alliance with the Congress,” asked the TRS leader.

He was talking to reporters in Warangal, where Rahul Gandhi addressed a public meeting on Friday.

Dubbing Congress a tried, tested and dusted party, the TRS leader wondered who would want to have an alliance with it.

“Will Rahul, who could not win his own constituency, make his party win elections in Telangana,” asked KTR, who is son of Telangana Chief Minister and TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

The TRS leader also remarked that Rahul Gandhi has handed over Gandhi Bhavan (state headquarters of Congress party) to Godse. Taking another dig at the Congress MP, the TRS leader said he read the script given by somebody.

KTR also ridiculed the Congress leader over the latter’s claim about farmers’ suicides in Telangana. He pointed out that the central government itself has declared that Telangana has the least number of farmer suicides. “If Congress is such a great party with concern for farmers, why did it lose the elections in Punjab,” he asked.

On the Warangal declaration announced by the Congress party, KTR said Congress has just repeated what it had said in the 2018 elections. aceHas Rahul Gandhi spoken in Parliament about paddy,” he asked.

“When Congress was in power, it had no rythu bandhu and rythu bheema schemes. It did not supply uninterrupted power to farmers. None of the welfare schemes being implemented by the Telangana government today was there during Congress rule.”

KTR alleged that Congress turned agriculture into a crisis while Chief Minister KCR transformed agriculture into a great power. He recalled that when Congress was in power there was not a single village without people migrating from there to cities and other states.

He dismissed the allegation by Congress party that TRS government did not waive off crop loans. He said that farmers know the truth. He urged farmers not to believe what Congress promised in the Warangal declaration.

Describing AlCC as the All India Crisis Committee, KTR said the time has come for the people to dump Congress party once for all.

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Congress likely to meet today to decide PKs role

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The Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi on Monday is likely to hold consultation with senior leaders on the role of political strategist Prashant Kishor in the party.

The group, which was constituted to discuss the issue, submitted its report last week.

The Congress wants Kishor to end his previous commitments made to other parties and work solely as a Congressman and not as a consultant. The final decision may be taken after talks with Rahul Gandhi.

The state units are pitched against regional parties in West Bengal, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Hence, it does not want Kishor to have any truck with the regional parties.

The party leaders, who have submitted their report on the issue, admit that there is no harm in the political strategist joining the party but there should be no conflict wherever the party is pitched against regional forces.

Meanwhile, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Sunday signed a deal with Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) founded by the election strategist Kishor.

During an interaction with a select group of journalists, TRS Working President K.T. Rama Rao confirmed that his party is working with I-PAC, but claimed that this has nothing to do with Kishor. “PK (as Kishor is popularly known) is the founder, but I don’t know who is running it. PK introduced us to I-PAC and it is working with us,” he said.

He said PK has disassociated himself from I-PAC, which is working with multiple parties across the country. “It’s not just PK we had interactions with. We had multiple iterations of discussions with several others. We spoke to Sunil and others. I-PAC is what we narrowed down to.”

The TRS leader, however, was evasive on whether the agreement is only for 2023 Assembly polls or 2024 Lok Sabha elections as well as the nature of discussions they are holding with PK. “If a gentleman who is into politics, who is into advisory or helpful roles in other places, offers you some inputs, would you not take them?” he asked.

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Congress rules out electoral alliance with TRS

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The Congress on Sunday made it clear that it will not have an alliance with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana.

Party MP and incharge of party affairs in Telangana, Manickam Tagore dismissed rumours of an electoral alliance with the ruling TRS for the next year’s Assembly elections.

“The rumours of Congress coalition with TRS are totally false. Congress won’t move back an inch from our commitment to save Telangana from TRS & BJP. Let this be crystal clear to those spreading rumours,” he said in a tweet.

Tagore also told the party cadres to prepare for the May 6 rally at Warangal which will be addressed by party leader Rahul Gandhi.

He on Saturday announced that Gandhi will visit Telangana on May 6-7 and hold a meeting with the party leaders in Hyderabad on May 7.

Tagore tweeted that they welcome their leader after achieving 40 lakh membership enrollment.

During the digital membership enrollment drive, which concluded two days ago, the state Congress has enrolled 40 lakh members.

Gandhi had also told the state party leaders early this month that there would be no truck with the K. Chandrasekhar Rao-led TRS.

State Congress chief A. Revanth Reddy had said after a meeting with Gandhi that the latter made it clear that the Congress will not forge an alliance with the TRS.

Gandhi’s visit, the first to Telangana since 2019 Lok Sabha elections, is seen as an attempt to revitalise the party in the state.

The Congress suffered a series of setbacks since the 2018 Assembly elections. It won only 19 seats in 119-member Assembly in 2018 when the TRS retained power with a huge majority. A few months after the polls, at least a dozen legislators of the Congress defected to the TRS.

With just six MLAs, Congress also lost the status of main opposition party in the Assembly. It also suffered a humiliating defeat in by-elections to a couple of Assembly seats, which the BJP won to project itself as the viable alternative to the TRS.

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Can Prashant Kishore help Congress win 2024?

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Election strategist Prashant Kishore is said to have submitted a report to Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday in the national capital. The report is about the party’s strategy to be followed for the 2024 elections.

The Congress in national politics and in several states is too far from victory in the near future. The party had lost its base in several states and had become weak in national politics over the years.

Sonia Gandhi’s decisions and her coterie alone are to be blamed for the present state of the national party. The party is too far from victory and not a match to the BJP, which had won two successive elections. It had also won four out of five states in the north in the recent past and is fully geared up for the third successful victory in the 2024 elections.

Rahul Gandhi, who took over the reins of the party had failed to lead it and Sonia Gandhi has an aging problem to lead the party. She may not be able to address the election meetings in the states and the other leaders are not known to the people.

In this backdrop, Prashant Kishore is learnt to have prepared a report which included a road map for the Congress to wrest power from the BJP. Prashant Kishore had been successful with whichever party he worked for so far. However, his latest assignment with the Congress may not prove him successful as Congress is inflicted with a leadership crisis.

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Congress demands unemployment emergency in Telangana

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Stating that 40 lakh people are facing hardships due to unemployment problem in Telangana, the opposition Congress party has demanded an unemployment emergency in the state.

AICC spokesperson Dasoju Sravan Kumar said Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao should consider concrete interventions to address and resolve the unemployment problem.

He also urged the Chief Minister to set up a high-level task force with various national-level industrialists, academicians, intellectuals, strategists, policy makers to formulate a strategy with specific task policies to deal with the unemployment which is plaguing the Telangana society. He recalled that such a task force was set up by the Kiran Kumar Reddy government in undivided Andhra Pradesh.

“Since, this is a social issue, an emergency all-party meeting should be held with all political parties,” the Congress leader said and demanded that each unemployed youth should be provided with an unemployment allowance of Rs 3,016 a month by as promised in 2018 assembly elections by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

“Skill Development Centres should be set up in each mandal centre in collaboration with the Central Government and job fairs should be organised in collaboration with private sector companies to provide employment to the youth, employment opportunities and training,”

Stating that there are lakhs of applications pending in SC, ST, BC, Minority and MBC corporations, he demanded for immediate disbursement of self-employment loans so that they can stand on their feet.

The Congress also demanded to bring a statutory Act to ensure that 95 per cent of jobs reserved for locals in the private sector too. He also made several other demands, including ex-gratia of Rs one crore to the 70 field assistants who died after being dictatorially terminated from the service causing serious distress and also suggested releasing the full salary to them for two years.

Sravan Kumar said the Telangana government failed to create new jobs and instead the existing jobs were blown away. The government laid off a total of 52,515 employees, including 7651 field assistants. He said 21,200 employees in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, 1640 Nurses, 709 in Mission Bhagiratha, 315 in Horticulture, 16,400 Education Volunteers, 2000 Junior Panchayat Secretaries, Social Welfare and Education and 2,640 employees of Road Transport Corporation (RTC) were sacked.

In a letter addressed to the Chief Minister, he found fault with the chief minister for his announcement made in the Assembly that 90,000 jobs would be filled while the Bishwal Committee said that there were 1.91 lakh job vacancies in the government departments.

He also offered to help the government as a former professor of HRD, and also having worked in large companies, in various capacities in human resource development departments, in solving the unemployment problem.

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Congress has no problem with TRS meeting its allies

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Irrespective of how TPCC chief Revanth Reddy speaks about TRS and it’s Netas, the message is the Congress doesn’t have any problem with TRS meeting its allies. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has been meeting allies of Congress barring an exception of BJP MP Subramanian Swamy. First he met Uddhav Thackeray who is in alliance with Congress and NCP. On Friday, he met Hemant Soren who is in power with help of Congress and RJD.

KCR himself said this cannot be termed as anti-BJP or Anti-congress front.
His reaction was followed by Avinash Pandey Congress General Secretary Incharge of Jharkhand who said that There is no harm in the meeting as Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandashekhar Rao. He went to remind that KCR has been with the UPA in the past and anybody who is trying to defeat the BJP is a good move, but there is writing on the wall that without Congress no government in the centre could be formed.
Telangana state Congress on other hand has been declining of any alliance, but at national level things seem to be different.

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Is a third front possible without Congress, BJP?

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There have been attempts in the country to float a third front at the national level to be a clear alternative to the two national parties – the BJP and the Congress. Telangana Rastra Samiti leader and Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, had made some efforts before the 2019 general elections.

KCR met Trinamool Congress president and West Bengal chief minister Mamatha Benerji and some others before the elections. He claimed big during those days of creating an alternative to both the BJP and the Congress in the national politics. But, nothing worked as he claimed.

Now, once again, before the 2024 general elections, KCR is going around talking about a national alternative to the Congress and the BJP. West Bengal chief minister too is in favour of such an alternative. Even Delhi chief minister and Aam Admi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal too is in favour of such an alternative but he is not ready to take lead.

KCR is on national tour currently to muster support for his third front plan, with all the regional parties. But, it too looks next to impossible as the regional parties have their own interests in their respective states rather than playing a role at the national level.

Interestingly, the two national parties are on similar fronts with some regional parties. While the BJP is leading the NDA, the Congress is heading UPA. The regional parties, which are outside these two fronts, are not interested in another front. As of now it is only KCR and Mamata who are in favour of such a front.

Sharad Pawar of NCP, Udhav Thackery of Shiv Sena, M K Stalin of DMK, the heads of major regional parties are not in favour of joining any front without the Congress. They are currently in alliance with the Congress and going by this, KCR may not succeed in floating a third national alternative ahead of the 2024 general elections.

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It’s election consultants’ time in Telugu states, Cong, Chandrababu rope in same consultant

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With election fever catching up like a cold, the political parties are now seen running after political consultants. Political consultants of various varieties are now being recruited to work for different parties. Even parties like the TRS and the Congress, which spoke derisively about the political strategists, are now falling head over heels inviting them to help win the elections.

While the TRS has latched on to the Team PK, the BJP is working with an organization called “Nation With Namo.” The Congress, which had in the past said that every Congress worker was equal to ten PKs, too is running after consultants now. The Congress is said to have approached former PK-associate Sunil Kanugolu. Sunil, who originally hails from Vijayawada, but shifted base to Chennai.

He has earlier worked for KTR in 2018 elections and took care of the social media, which played a significant role in the TRS victory. Sunil is likely to advise Revanth Reddy for the 2023 elections. Meanwhile, Chandrababu Naidu in neighbouring AP too, is said to have held consultations with Sunil on helping him out in the 2024 elections.

Till now, Chandrababu Naidu depended on poll wizard and former PK Associate Robin Sharma for poll strategies. But, post-2014 elections, repeated reversals in Tirupati, Budvel and in the local body polls. Meanwhile, Sharmila in Telangana too is banking on poll wizard Priya, who too is a former Prashant Kishore associate. So, it’s election consultants’ time in both the Telugu states.

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Congress-turned-TRS MLAs worried about their future?

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With TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister openly coming in support of not just Congress leader Rahul Gandhi but also previous Prime Ministers from Gandhi family Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.

12 MLAs from Congress defected into TRS in 2019 soon after December 2018 Assembly polls. They jumped into TRS after they felt that they have no political future in Congress.

With KCR showering praises on Gandhi family in public for the last days, these defected Congress MLAs reportedly started worrying about their political future.

They fear that TRS and Congress may form alliance for 2023 Assembly polls and they may not get tickets in alliance.

They fear that Congress may seek these 12 seats as part of alliance.

They suspect that they will lose tickets in TRS to contest 2023 Assembly polls and they will have no scope to reenter Congress for tickets.

It is rumoured that there is severe anti incumbency against these 12 Congress defected MLAs and KCR is not keen to give them TRS tickets in 2023 Assembly polls.

These 12 Congress defected MLAs feel that if TRS and Congress enter into alliance, they will become ‘na ghar ka-na ghat ka’.

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Pushpa… Pushparaj… Jhukega Nahin, says the Congress Party

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No…. Pushpa star Allu Arjun is not campaigning in the poll-bound state of Uttar Pradesh. He is too busy to go through the poll grind in the biggest state of the country. But, Pushpa’s most popular tunes are going to be used by the Congress party for the election campaign. Yes. The Congress has released peppy parodies of hit number “Choope Bangaramayene Sri Valli” for its campaign in the state.

Pushpa song has been dubbed as “Tu Hai Gajab UP… Teri Kasam” and shared on its Twitter handle. The song has visuals that depict the greatness of UP and how it contributes to the building of national identity. Dubbed versions of Pushpa are a rage across North India and have notched up over Rs 100 crore in the Hindi belt.  Several celebrities, cricketers and actors have done short videos dancing to this number.

This is not the first time that the Congress has used filmi numbers for its campaign. In fact, the Congress had secured the rights of AR Rahman’s hit number that got him the Oscars. Jai Ho was the Congress anthem in the 2009 general elections. This time around, they have chosen to capitalise on Pushpa mania.

But whether the song will be able to lift the fortunes of the Congress Party is a moot question. The party is fighting the election all alone and the SP has refused to ally with the Congress. Most electoral surveys have given the Congress Party less than ten seats in the UP elections. The seven-phase UP election will begin from February 10 and the results will be declared on March 10.

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Is Revanth’s best follower planning to leave Congress?

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Till a few months ago, she was believed to be the close confidante of TPCC chief Revanth Reddy and was touted as the incharge for the North Telangana districts. She was among those who stood along with Revanth Reddy in his victory procession before swearing in as the TPCC chief. But, Mulug’s two-time Congress MLA Seethakka has suddenly fallen silent.

In fact, her visits to Hyderabad have come down and she is not seen in Gandhi Bhavan these days. She is largely confined to her constituency of Mulug. Her social media wing too has become inactive. Earlier, videos and images of Seethakka traversing through deep jungles to reach out the tribals were regularly uploaded. But, they have stopped now.

Even on the issue of arrangements for the biennial tribal fair of Medaram, Seethakka is not raising her voice. She is reportedly not raising any questions over the contract works. During the last Medaram Jatara, she was very vociferous in highlighting corruption and fund misappropriation. But, this time, she is keeping largely to herself.

The buzz is growing that she might quit the Congress and join the TRS. Her proximity with TRS leader and minister Satyavathy Rathod too is being viewed with suspicion. Insiders say that she is unhappy with the way Revanth Reddy is running the party. As of now, she has not responded to these rumours. Let’s wait and see how things pan out.

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Revanth stirs up hornet’s nest by eyeing Kodangal MLA seat!

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TPCC chief and Malkajgiri MP A.Revanth Reddy stirred up a hornet’s nest again in Telangana Congress.

Revanth on Tuesday visited his home Assembly constituency Kodangal from where he was elected twice as MLA on TDP ticket in 2009 and 2014 elections.

Revanth quit TDP and joined Congress before 2018 Assembly polls and contested Kondangal seat on Congress ticket. Shockingly, Revanth lost to TRS in 2018.

Later, Revanth secured Congress Lok Sabha ticket from Malkajgiri constituency and surprised everyone by defeating TRS candidate Marri Rajashekar Reddy, the son-in-law of TRS minister Ch Malla Reddy, in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

In unexpected developments, Revanth became TPCC chief in 2021.

In Congress, everything is decided by party high command. Whether one has to contest the Assembly poll or Lok Sabha polls, the party high command will take a decision.

But on Tuesday during his visit to Kodangal, Revanth announced on his own that he will contest from Kodangal Assembly seat again in 2023 Assembly polls.

This created a flutter in Congress circles and fuelled speculations over why Revanth made such a statement.

Congress leaders feel that Revanth made this statement to send a strong message across that he is in the race for Telangana CM’s post if Congress comes to power in 2023 and for that reason he has decided to contest Assembly polls in 2023.

It remains to be seen how Congress high command and Revanth critics in TPCC would respond to Revanth’s statement.

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TRS makes moves to prevent future ‘son -strokes’

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Rudely jolted by the Vanama Raghava incident in Kothagudem, the ruling TRS in Telangana is now trying to know the impact of “son stroke” in various constituencies of the party. The party’s internal survey has shown that there are at least 35constituencies where the MLA sons are behaving like law unto themselves.

The study, commissioned by the TRS top bosses , showed at in most constituencies, the MLA’s family members are ruling the roost. But, there are at last 35 constituencies where the sons are hugely unpopular. They are seen as tormentors by the general public. In several constituencies, even the party workers are feeling the pinch of the excesses of MLA sons.

In fact, the TRS is promoting youthful leaders and there are expectations that the party would promote more youths in the 2023 elections to enable KTR to lead a team of young MLAs. While many are learning ropes and are preparing themselves for the big job. In some cases, sons-in-laws and even daughters are working hard. For instance, Minister Malla Reddy’s daughter and son-in-law are working hard. Similarly, Kadiyam Srihari’s daughter is also working hard to win the confidence of the party bosses. But, the party is now finding that there are some ‘bad apples’ too.

The Vanama Raghava episode, where the MLA’s son sought sexual favours from a woman and drove her family of four to immolate themselves, has come as an eye-opener. Though the party initially tried to bail out Raghava, it soon realised that backing his excesses would prove counterproductive. Now the party is planning to weed out such elements from the party.

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5 vice-presidents in ‘Rest-mode’

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What are the five working presidents of the Congress Party in Telangana up to? It has been months since they have been given these prestigious posts. But, not one of them stirred out of their lairs and went to the people. They are largely confined to their residence and in a semi-retirement mode. This is causing a lot of heartburn among the Congress supporters in general.

Keeping the social equations in mind, the Congress party has made former minister Geetha Reddy, MLA JaggaReddy, Mahesh Goud, Mohammad Azharuddin and former MP Anjan Kumar Yadav the vice president of the party. They were given Parliamentary constituency-wise responsibilities to take care of. But, not one of these vice-presidents had gone to the public.

Geetha Reddy was given the responsibility of Nalgonda, Secunderabad and Hyderabad MP seats, besides handling NSUI . Anjan Yadav was given the responsibility of Nizamabad, Mahabubnagar, Medak and Peddapalli MP constituencies. He is also incharge of the Youth Congress. Azhar was given the responsibility of Adilabad, Zaheerabad and Malkajgiri. Jagga Reddy is incharge of Khammam, Warangal, Bhuvanagiri and Karimnagar. Mahesh Goud is incharge of Mahabubnagar, Chevella and Nagarkurnool.

Geetha Reddy has not conducted even a single review of the membership drive. Anjan Kumar Yadav is jetting in and out of hospitals due to ailments. Mahesh Goud is busy with handling Manickam Tagore’s affairs. Azhar has not attended even a single programme after he was made the vice-president. Only Jagga Reddy took up the issue of Intermediate results. The remaining were confined to their homes. Despite Manickam Tagore’s efforts, these leaders are not moving out of their houses.

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Is TRS-Congress alliance in the making for 2023 Assembly polls?

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Political circles are abuzz with reports of possible alliance between ruling TRS and Congress in Telangana for 2023 Assembly elections.

Telangana Assembly elections are due for December 2023. There is still nearly two years left but the alliance between TRS and Congress is already creating a buzz in political circles.

It is learnt that both TRS and Congress leaderships came to an understanding that it is not possible to check the rise of BJP in Telangana unless TRS and Congress join hands. The BJP has stepped up political activities in Telangana with the sole aim of coming to power in 2023 Assembly polls.

The BJP top national leadership including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, union home minister Amith Shah, BJP national president JP Nadda are sending a party’s national leader or a union minister to Telangana daily to take on TRS and CM KCR.

TRS and Congress last joined hands in 2004 Assembly polls in Undivided AP. This alliance played a key role in dethroning the then TDP government and bringing Congress to power. But TRS parted ways with Congress soon after the Congress-led UPA government failed to fulfill the promise of formation of Telangana state.

With both TRS and Congress facing threat from BJP in Telangana after Dubbak and Huzurabad Assembly bypoll victories, they want to join hands again to defeat their common rival BJP in 2023 Assembly polls.

The TRS too has mellowed down its attack on Congress and only targeting BJP these days raising speculations of Congress-TRS alliance in the coming days.

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Reddy leaders row turns murkier in Telangana Congress!

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Just when an impression has been created in Telangana politics that Congress has started regaining its lost ground in Telangana after Revanth Reddy took over as new TPCC chief in June 2021, the Reddy leaders in Congress are dragging feet of each other to pull down Congress in Telangana.

The row between Revanth Reddy and Sangareddy MLA Jagga Reddy, who is also TPCC working president, turned murkier on Friday (today) with the involvement of one more Reddy leader, Chinna Reddy.

Chinna Reddy is the chairman of TPCC disciplinary committee. Chinna Reddy made a public statement before media saying that Jagga Reddy has breached the party’s discipline by ‘leaking’ his letter written to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi complaining against Revanth Reddy.

Jagga Reddy is angry that Revanth is taking decisions on his own without consulting anyone and holding programmes in his home district Medak without informing him. Jagga Reddy is raising an objection over Revanth announcing Rachaband programme at CM’s farmhouse in Erravelli, which comes under Undivided Medak district.

Jagga Reddy expressed serious anger at Chinna Reddy for giving media statements against him. Jagga even demanded Chinna Reddy to take disciplinary action against Revanth first for taking party decisions without consulting anyone.

Jagga Reddy said he will appear before the disciplinary committee only if Revanth appears before it.

This feud between Reddy leaders in Telangana Congress has come as a shot in the arm for TRS, which wants Revanth and Congress to weaken further.

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TPCC chief Revanth Reddy placed under house arrest

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Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president A. Revanth Reddy was placed under house arrest here on Friday to prevent him from leaving for Bhupalapally to participate in “Rachabanda” programme.

Policemen were deployed at the Congress leader’s house in Jubilee Hills as he was preparing to leave for interacting with farmers facing problems due to their paddy not being procured by the state government.

As part of the state-wide programme to highlight the problems of farmers, the opposition party planned to organise “Rachanbanda” in Bhupalapally on Friday evening. Police say that there is no permission for the programme.

Revanth Reddy took to Twitter to slam the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government. He posted a video of the policemen deployed around his house restricting his movements.

“Telangana under dictator rulea Police personnel deployed again at my house restricting from visiting farmers. Is this Afghanistan or North Koreaa?,” he asked.

Through another tweet, the TPCC president wondered if consoling the farmers was a crime. He criticised Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao saying he was spending hours at the houses of ministers and MLAs to attend marriages or to consoling them but he has no time for paddy and chilli farmers who are suffering.

Meanwhile, Congress party’s national spokesperson Pawan Khera also took to Twitter asking the chief minister why he was so afraid. “You really think you can stop Revanth Reddy and Congress from raising their voice for farmers,” he asked.

This was the second time this week that Revanth Reddy was prevented from participating in Rachabanda. On December 27, he was arrested here on Monday as he was leaving for Erravalli village to lead a protest at the farmhouse of the chief minister.

Revanth Reddy had earlier released photographs of paddy cultivated at the chief minister’s farmhouse. “On one hand the chief minister is saying that the government will not procure paddy from farmers while on the other he has taken up paddy cultivation over 150 acres at his farmhouse,” the Congress leader had said.

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