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Gaddar to meet Rahul Gandhi today


Telangana folk singer Gaddar will be meeting Congress party supremo Rahul Gandhi today. The meeting is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. in the morning today.

Gaddar has been evincing interest to join active politics. Recently he gave a statement that he is ready to contest against Telangana CM KCR from Gajwel constituency. He also told, if any party Is keen on contesting in from some other constituency, he is open for that too.

Earlier, even before the formation of Telangana, he along with Vimalakka floated a political party but that could never take off. But now it seems he is all set to join Congress Party. We have to wait and see what kind of position he gets in the party. Also if he is going to contest on KCR, probably he will be given assurance of some other offer like MLC for MP Rajya Sabha as whoever contests against KCR will be definitely losing in elections.

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Gaddar to contest against KCR ?


Mass Singer Mr. Gaddar, who opposed election system earlier and did not enroll his name in voters’ list till last month, has announced that he would take part in upcoming Telangana State Assembly elections and said that he desires to contest from Gajwel assembly segment where the Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is the candidate from TRS party.

Mr. Gaddar, who met the Chief Electoral Officer of Telangana State Mr. Rajat Kumar on Monday, told media that he was native of Toopran of Medak District which falls under Gajwel constituency and said that he would contest as an independent candidate. “Before submitting nomination to the election commission, I shall visit all party leaders to request them to announce me as a united candidate. If public wants me to contest from any other segment, I am ready,” he said.

He also announced that he would take part in awareness programmes with his songs that motivate public in utilizing their vote in order to protect the constitutional right. “I am willing to participate in awareness programmes and I said the same to the Chief Electoral Officer. Even I don’t know how to utilize my vote as I am first time voter at the age of 70 and the CEO has clarified my doubts,” he said.

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Gaddar intends to recognise journalists as government employees

Revolutionary poet Balladeer Gaddar said that if they come to power in the next elections, his party would recognise journalists as government employees. Speaking at press club on Wednesday in Karimnagar, the former Maoist leader said that by 2019, the “Tyagala Telangana” movement will be intensified. Through this movement, he hopes to emerge as an alternate political force and bring about a revolution in the way votes are polled. He said that in this fight he would join hands with political like minded parties and works towards creating People’s Telangana.

He critiqued that there is no novelty in the government schemes. Gaddar said that Telangana needs interconnecting of rivers, but the TRS government is going ahead with Lift Irrigation schemes. The 67-year-old said he would be a King Maker, and if necessary would become King. He said that he would think about party and alliances, three months before the elections.

Gaddar through his songs helped in creating awareness among the people about the need for Telangana. However, these statements from the founder of Jana Natya Mandali only shows the leader activists in poor light.

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Will Gaddar enter Warangal Lok Sabha fray ?


In a clear indication of disillusionment with TRS rule in Telangana state, Left and other democratic forces are planning to take on the ruling party united in the ensuing by-election to the Warangal Lok Sabha constituency.They are contemplating to field a common candidate against the TRS nominee and probable choice is Gaddar, revolutionary balladeer, who quit the Maoist armed struggle path and joined the mainstream.

Gaddar, whose original name is Gummadi Vittal Rao, is the cultural icon of Telangana. Goddar, who started long back Jana Natya Mandali to propagate Maoist ideology, electrified the Telangana movement with his songs in the recent times. Gaddar has produced an army of folk singers and his public costume, red kanduva and gongadi, have become hallmark of cultural movement in Telugu states.

The Left forces think Gaddar is the right person to take on the TRS on the plank of achieving people’s Telangana. Though the balladeer’s mind on contesting the polls is not made apparent, state CPI state secretary Chada Venkat Reddy and CPM state secretary Tammineni Veerabhadram along with other left forces are hopeful of convincing Gaddar to contest the polls. They said they were in touch with him and the cultural icon had neither accepted nor rejected the proposal.

“The left parties are of the strong opinion that Gaddar would be the best choice particularly since the ruling TRS has become anti-people following the footsteps of the then Nizam and implementing destructive policies. Only a popular leader like Gaddar can give a real fight to the ruling party in the bye-election,” Chada said.

Gaddar comes from a political background which boycotts elections. He was associated with Maoist ideology. Though he no longer claims allegiance to the Maoist party now, he has not participated in any election so far. So, Gaddar participation in election will be a curious thing for all, including the Maoists themselves in the area. During the Telangana agitation Gaddar could not sail with TRS and floated a couple of organizations which could not flourish either.

But, he is one of the most popular faces of Telangana. There is no village which has not echoed with his songs and there is no youth who could not render his song in full in the state of Telangana.

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