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Is this why Kishan Reddy is silent in Telangana?

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Till a few months ago, Union Minister G Kishan Reddy was quite active and was passing several comments on the state BJP affairs. Some of his comments ran counter to the statements of Bandi Sanjay and his moves gave an impression that there was intense groupism in the Telangana BJP. But now, he Is not making comments and is seen focusing more on his ministerial responsibilities.

BJP insiders say that the BJP top bosses have told Kishan Reddy point blank to focus only on his ministerial responsibilities and leave state politics to the state president Bandi Sanjay. They also reportedly asked him not to interfere in the state affairs. Sources said that this diktat was issued on the basis of a complaint by state president Bandi Sanjay. That is why Kishan Reddy is not actively seen in the yatra of Bandi Sanjay.

BJP insiders also say that Kishan Reddy these days is only visiting the Ambarpet constituency. Sources say that he and his close associates are focusing only on the constituency. Besides, he is busy managing things in the Secunderabad MP constituency, which has sent him to the Lok Sabha.

The party also reportedly told him not to make statements thatcan be construed as pro-TRS. This was done to give a free run to Bandi Sanjay, whose yatra’s first phase has just ended. However, Kishan Reddy would be campaigning in Huzurabad soon in support of the party candidate Eatala Rajender.

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Kishan Reddy exposes ‘scam’ in TTD jumbo board?

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The YSRCP government in Andhra Pradesh headed by Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is facing severe criticism from all quarters for constituting a ‘jumbo board’ for TTD (Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam) two days ago.

Jagan has constituted a new TTD Board with 81-members, the highest-ever inviting the wrath of opposition parties as well as social and religious organisations.

Jagan is facing criticism of accommodating politicians, criminals and accused persons in CBI cases in TTD Board for his selfish interests.

There are allegations that several persons secured TTD Board posts on the ‘fake recommendation letters’ of union ministers.

One such fake recommendation letter was reportedly issued in the name of union tourism minister G.Kishan Reddy.

Kishan Reddy reportedly expressed severe anger at this and written to CM Jagan to take stringent action against one person who produced fake recommendation letter in his name and grabbed TTD post.

Kishan Reddy is said to have informed Jagan that he had not issued any recommendation letter and asked Jagan to take corrective measures in this regard.

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Jagan-Kishan meet upsets Jana Sena

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The Jana Sena is said to be deeply upset over the bonhomie between its ally, the BJP and arch rival, the YSRCP. How can BJP’s union minister G Kishan Reddy call on YS Jagan Mohan Reddy while on a party tour, this is what the Jana Sena is asking. The Jana Sena wants to know why Kishan Reddy met Jagan at a time when the Jana Sena is fighting Jagan’s governance and policies tooth and nail.

Recently, during his Jana Asheervad Yatra, which is essentially party programme aimed at promoting the policies and principles of the BJP, Kishan Reddy called on YS Jagan and had a meeting with him. In fact, the neither the BJP nor Kishan Reddy keep the alliance partner Jana Sena in the loop while meeting YS Jagan. Normally, when meeting arch rival like Jagan, the BJP should have discussed the issue with the Jana Sena. But, the BjP did nothing of that sort. This has rankled the Jana Sena.

The Jana Sena is of the opinion that at a time when the BjP and the Jana Sena are waging a relentless war against YS Jagan, such meeting will send a wrong signal. The Jana Sena has been opposing Jagan’s three-capital move and several other schemes. It has also questioned YS Jagan for not taking adequate care of the poor and the marginalised people. Even in Tirupati and local body polls, both the Jana Sena and the BjP have opposed YSRCP. Given all these, how can Kishan Reddy meet Jagan without informing the ally Jana Sena?

If sources are to be believed, Jana Sena top leadership is now planning to discuss the issue with the BjP’s national leadership and if it doesn’t get a satisfactory reply, it would even consider breaking the alliance with the BJP, sources said. With this kind of cross relationship, there is no point in continuing the alliance, the Jana Sena leaders said .

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Kishan Reddy-Komatireddy meet: Still the talk of the town

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One leader who has not yet reconciled to Revanth Reddy’s elevation as the Telangana PCC chief is Komatireddy Venkat Reddy. He was a strong contender for the TPCC post and lobbied hard by camping in Delhi for days on end. However, the proverbial lady luck smiled on Revanth Reddy and Komatireddy had to return empty-handed.

Ever since, he is back in the state, he is fretting and fuming. He has not congratulated Revanth so far. In fact, he said Revanth was a small child before him. He did not attend Revanth swearing-in. But more than all these things, it is his meeting with Union Minister and BjP leader G Kishan Reddy that is making waves. The political circles are still talking about this. They are debating as to what is the real import of this meeting.

Though Komatireddy says that he has met only to congratulate Kishan Reddy on his elevation as a cabinet minister due to the long-standing friendship, not many seem to agree. They feel that this meeting could set off a series of political developments in Telangana that could seriously impact the state. Some say that Komatireddy’s brother Rajagopal Reddy is already in touch with the BJP and has repeatedly made pro-BJP noises. Even after Revanth Reddy’s elevation, Rajagopal Reddy made pro-BJP statements.

Given all these, political pundits feel that there is more to Kishan Reddy – Komatireddy meet than meets the eye. This could be the beginning of a new political alignment, they feel. While both Kishan Reddy and Komatireddy have claimed that it was just a courtesy call, tongues are wagging about the political timing of the meet. Is something serious cooking between Komatireddy and the BJP? Let’s wait and watch this space.

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Was Kishan Reddy sidelined in BJP with tourism portfolio?

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The joy of union minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy of getting promotion as cabinet minister in Narendra Modi cabinet was shortlived after he was allocated the portfolio of tourism and culture.

This is because the ministry of tourism and culture is generally considered as a ‘loopline post’ in the union cabinet in any party government.

Normally, such insignificant posts are given to new entrants or those who don’t have much political significance.

Megastar Chiranjeevi was given this portfolio in the UPA government as a ‘return gift’ for merging his Praja Rajyam Party into Congress.

Then UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi wanted Chiranjeevi to be included in the cabinet as a thanksgiving gesture for merging his party into Congress but at the same time he should be given a portfolio which is not significant.

Now, poor Kishan Reddy who used to get more respect and recognition in the union home ministry even in his capacity as minister of state and deputy to home minister Amit Shah, has now lost his significance due to tourism ministry despite his promotion as cabinet minister.

Although Amit Shah is the home minister, it’s Kishan Reddy who used to handle entire home ministry all these days as Amit Shah entrusted him all the ministry tasks since he is busy with handling party affairs and elections in all the States. All IPS officers used to be under his control as they report to home ministry.

With Kishan Reddy working as ‘shadow home minister’ he used to get a lot of respect and command in New Delhi, which is no more the case now.

Looking at this, Kishan Reddy’s supporters in BJP are disappointed doubt that he was in fact sidelined by the party high command in BJP by giving promotion.

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Kishan Reddy, Modi govt’s sole face from Telugu states, gets promotion

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Gangapuram Kishan Reddy, who was promoted to the cabinet rank on Wednesday, remained the only face in the Narendra Modi government from the two Telugu states.

One of the prominent faces of the BJP in Telangana, Kishan Reddy is a first-term MP from Secunderabad, one of the Lok Sabha constituencies in Hyderabad.

Kishan Reddy is among the four BJP MPs from Telangana. Some party leaders were hoping that Soyam Bapu Rao, who represents Adilabad constituency, may be inducted but no other face from Telangana found a place in the expansion.

Andhra Pradesh remained the only southern state which has no representation. The party has no MP from Andhra Pradesh.

Kishan Reddy, who also served as three-time MLA, has been associated with BJP since its inception. He began his political career as an ordinary party worker and came up in the organisation through sheer hard work and determination.

Popular among his supporters as ‘Krishananna’, the 60-year-old’s calm demeanour betrays his inner strength. He had served as BJP floor leader in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Assemblies.

Hailing from Ranga Reddy district, he was born in a middle-class farmers’ family in 1960. He earned a diploma in tool designs from the Central Institute of Tool Designs in Hyderabad.

As someone who drew inspiration from Lokmanya Jayaprakash Narayan, he displayed leadership instincts from his student days.

He joined BJP as its youth worker. He was rewarded for his unflinching commitment by the party by appointing him as the national President of party’s youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) in 2002.

He was also President of BJP’s state unit in undivided Andhra Pradesh for two terms from 2010 to 2014. After bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014, he became President of the Telangana unit of the party and held the post till 2016.

He was first elected to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly in 2004 from Himayatnagar constituency in Hyderabad. After the delimitation of constituencies in 2009, he contested from Amberpet and went on to win two terms as MLA from the constituency.

He also served as floor leader of the party in both the state Assemblies. He lost the Amberpet Assembly constituency in the elections held in 2018 but was picked up as party candidate for Lok Sabha elections from Secunderabad.

As Amberpet is one of the Assembly segments under Secunderabad, Kishan Reddy was not new to the constituency and with good support among urban electorate, he made it to the Lok Sabha.

Kishan Reddy is married to Kavya, a homemaker who supports him in his political journey. His daughter, Vaishnavi and son, Tanmai are pursuing their higher studies.

Kishan Reddy thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the trust reposed in him. I will sincerely make an endeavour to live up to his expectations that of my people,” he said in a statement.

He also thanked Union Home Minister Amit Shah for his guidance and support. “Training under Shri Shah has given me focus and discipline for which I am indebted to him. I thank all the senior leaders and the President of BJP Shri J.P. Nadda.”

Kishan Reddy said he will now have a two-fold strategy. He said he would strengthen the hands of PM Modi to contribute to his dream of building a new India.

“I shall actively contribute to the development of Telangana in a manner that the aspirations, vision and dreams of our martyrs are realized,” said Reddy while thanking people of his constituency.

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Opposition speaking in Pakistan’s language on Kashmir: Minister

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Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy on Wednesday said that the number of violent protests in Jammu and Kashmir has come down lately. He also slammed the opposition for speaking in the language of Pakistan.

Speaking on the sidelines of an event here, the Central minister said, “In Jammu and Kashmir it is not the first time that these small incidents of violence are taking place. These have been happening for years.”

“But now the number of these violent protests has come down,” he said.

To a question on when the opposition parties will be given permission to hold meetings in the Valley, the Minister said, “Looking at the actions of Pakistan we are taking precautionary measures in Jammu and Kashmir.”

He said the opposition parties would have a lot of time to visit Kashmir and hold meetings there.

“So the opposition parties need to have patience for a few days and then they can hold meetings there,” he said.

Taking a jibe at former Congress President Rahul Gandhi over his wish to visit Kashmir, Reddy said, “Even Rahul Gandhi can hold a meeting there and visit Kashmir and no one will stop him to visit there.”

Describing the government’s move of revoking Article 370 as a step towards the integration of the country, he said, “We have taken the step for the integration of the country. The Constitution of India has now been implemented there. Babasaheb B.R. Ambedkar’s Constitution has been launched there. We have done good work for the country. Now the Dalit reservation can be launched there.”

Hitting out at opposition parties for speaking in Pakistan’s language, the Minister said, “Pakistan is trying its best to provoke unrest there (Kashmir) to tell the world that there is no peace. And now the opposition parties also want to go with Pakistan as they are speaking in its language which is wrong.”

When asked about the release of the detained Kashmiri political leaders, he said, “The call on this issue will be taken by the administration there. We have no role in it.”

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Minister of State for Home has become a joke: KCR

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday said that Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy has become a joke by stating that Hyderabad is a “safe zone for terrorists”.

“People are laughing at him. He has become a joke,” Rao said at a news conference on Tuesday night.

KCR, as Rao is popularly known, said there was not a single incident of communal violence in Telangana during last five years and the Union Home Ministry also went on record to state that the crime rate in the state had come down.

“There was no terrorist attack. We are an active government. This is a neat and clean state. In fact there is no other state like this in India,” he said.

Kishan Reddy, who is a member of Parliament from Secunderabad, had said after taking oath as the Minister of State on May 30 that Hyderabad had become safe zone for terrorists as any terror incident in the country would have a link to the city.

KCR said since the Andhra Pradesh government had handed back the buildings at the secretariat to Telangana, a new secretariat complex would be built at the existing premises. He said the foundation stone for the new secretariat building will be laid on June 27. The complex with 5-6 lakh square feet space will be built at a cost of Rs 400 crore.

The Chief Minister also announced that the existing Assembly building will be preserved as heritage structure and a new legislature complex comprising legislative Assembly and legislative Council will be built at Yerrum Manzil at a cost of Rs 100 crore.

He said Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments had agreed to hold talks to solve all outstanding issues with regard to distribution of waters of Godavari and Krishna rivers.

KCR said a delegation of top irrigation officials of Andhra will visit Hyderabad on June 27 or 28 for first round of talks.

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A case of better late than never

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In a belated move, the Telangana BJP is planning a state-wide tour to campaign against the anti-people policies of TRS government. BJP state president G Kishan Reddy and BJLP leader K Lakshman announced this today. They criticized the lack of sense of priority on the part of the TRS government in implementing the project. “So, we want to put pressure on the government by mobilizing the people to take up the ongoing projects and complete them immediately, instead of going in for new projects,” they said.

“If the state government invests Rs 1,000 crore, four important projects in the water-starved Mahbubnagar district would be completed within a year. These projects can irrigate thousands of acres and help farmers come out of poverty, which is forcing them to commit suicides. Instead, the government is laying foundations stones for new projects with huge expenditure, ” G Kishan Reddy said.

“The government announced a whopping Rs 35,000 crore for the Palamur-RR lift irrigation project and is not willing to release just Rs 1,000 crore for four important projects in the district which are in the final stages of completion?” he wondered. Dubbing the TRS government `a government of words and not work’, Reddy said that “the chief minister has tendency to give assurances on stage during his tours and forgets the moment he leaves the venue.”

Reddy and Lakshman opposed the cheap liquor policy of the state government stating it was meant to serve the vested interests.

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