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GHMC officials demolish BJP MP’s encroached walls


The GHMC officials on Friday demolished a part of the encroached construction belonging to Rajya Sabha MP and BJP leader CM Ramesh in Hyderabad. Ramesh, who lives on Road No 66 in Jubilee Hills, reportedly encroached upon the footpath and constructed a wall. However, reacting to a complaint, the GHMC officials came to the spot to demolish the walls.

Staff members at CM Ramesh’ residence protested and stopped them. The police showed the rule book and explained which are the parts that encroached into public lands. Later, the staff told the GHMC officials that they themselves would demolish the wall.This led to a war of words and the GHMC officials told the staff to remove the encroachment immediately .

Sources say that the MP knew he was encroaching upon the footpath. Yet, he had gone ahead and constructed the wall. That being the case, how did the officials believe in the words of the MP’s staff members? The sources said that the officials were indirectly helping the MP by allowing his own staff to remove it. When and whether the wall will be removed is anybody’s guess, they said.

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TRS women elected Greater Hyderabad Mayor, Deputy Mayor


Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s Vijayalakshmi R. Gadwal was elected as the new Mayor of Greater Hyderabad on Thursday.

Mothe Srilatha, also of TRS, was elected Deputy Mayor in the election by show of hands at the first meeting of newly elected council of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

For the first time in the municipal body’s history, women have been elected to the posts of both Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

Vijayalakshmi is daughter of TRS general secretary and Rajya Sabha member K. Keshav Rao. She was elected from Banjara Hills division in the GHMC polls held in December. Srilatha was elected corporator from Tarnaka.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) contested for both the posts, fielding Radha Reddy and Shankar Yadav for Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively. As TRS had comfortable majority in the council and MIM too backed it, both its candidates were declared elected.

Election Officer Sweta Mohanty announced the election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

Earlier, 149 newly-elected corporators belonging to four parties took oath. They were allowed to take oath in language of their choice among English, Telugu, Urdu and Hindi.

Sweta Mohanty administered oath to the corporators.

In 150-member GHMC, TRS had bagged 56 seats while BJP won 48 seats. One of the BJP corporators died of Covid after the election. MIM won 44 seats and Congress two.

A total 44 ex-officio members (MPs, MLAs and MLCs) were also eligible to vote to elect Mayor and Deputy Mayor. TRS had the highest number of ex-officio members at 32, followed by MIM at 10 and BJP at two.

The elections to GHMC were held on December 1 while the results were declared on December 4. The bitterly contested election saw TRS’ tally coming down to 56 from 99 it had won in 2016.

The saffron party, which had just four seats in the previous body, bagged second highest number of seats due to high-pitch campaign involving party’s national president J.P. Nadda, union home minister Amit Shah and other central leaders.

Though MIM retained 44 seats it had won in 2016, the party was once again deprived of the role of kingmaker in the municipal body. The party had traditionally enjoyed the role of kingmaker and had its corporators as Mayor or Deputy Mayor.

Though MIM is a friendly party of TRS, the latter decided to keep the posts of both Mayor and Deputy Mayor with itself.

During the poll campaign, BJP leaders had slammed Chandrasekhar Rao for his ‘secret understanding’ with MIM.

Though there were speculations that MIM may field candidates for posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor, in a last-minute decision it decided to back TRS candidates.

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Telangana High Court stays SEC order on ballot papers


The High Court of Telangana has issued stay orders on the decision of the State Election Commission to count even those ballots carrying a stamp of the respective polling stations in the present GHMC elections. As per the rules, only those ballot papers which carry the ‘Swastik’ stamp should be counted. Any other mark or stamp on the ballot paper will render it invalid. The SEC issued the latest order yesterday midnight.

Just as the counting began, the High Court issued its order staying the SEC decision. The court however allowed a separate counting of those ballot papers which carried the stamp of respective polling stations. However, the court ordered for announcing the final result in those divisions where the majority of winning candidates in regard to ballots bearing Swastik stamp would be higher than the ballots carrying stamp of polling stations. So, where the number of non-Swastik ballots is more than the majority of the winning candidates in Swastik ballots counting, the final result should be withheld till further orders.

BJP Telangana President Bandi Sanjay said the SEC was obviously in collusion with the ruling TRS to tamper with the counting process to get a winning edge. He said that polling irregularities took place between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the polling day. The officials of the municipal corporation and the TRS leaders have committed malpractices.

The Congress leaders accused the election officials of negligence for which the election process is now becoming suspicious.

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It’s ‘Gully boys’ KCR-KTR versus ‘Delhi boys’ Modi-Shah


The campaign slogans turned curious and hard hitting in the GHMC elections. The whole campaign marked a heated exchange between the TRS and the BJP, while the Congress went on commenting on a hidden deal between KCR-KTR and Modi-Shah. Interestingly, the Congress started saying that it was only because of the TRS that the Bharatiya Janata Party was growing in Hyderabad city limits.

The BJP roped in Modi and Shah and projected their image to win over the voters. The saffron party sought to appeal to the Hindu voters with its leaders visiting temples and wearing tilak all the time. They ruled out the TRS regime as a corrupt, family rule which was responsible for encroachments on nalas that caused havoc during recent heavy rains.

On its part, the TRS has begun the slogan ‘Gully boys Vs Delhi boys’. TRS star campaigner KT Rama Rao is constantly asking the voters whether they want the Gully boys who are immediately available to them locally or the Delhi boys who stay far away and are inaccessible.

KTR is pushing the Delhi boys slogan into the voters as the BJP became heavily dependent on Modi’s visit and Amit Shah’s road show. On its part, the BJP is hitting hard on the KCR-KTR family rule.

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After CMO, corona now enters GHMC headquarters


After sealing an entire floor at the Hyderabad Metro Rail Bhavan after a staff member working in the Telangana Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) tested positive for the coronavirus, the Telangana government has now sanitised the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) headquarters in Hyderabad.

An employee working in the fourth floor of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) head office has tested positive. He was down with fever and underwent a Covid test last week and the results were positive. It is learnt that his wife is a nurse working in a government hospital. The GHMC has been sealed for sanitisation after the employee tested positive for the coronavirus. Staff members have been asked to remain in home quarantine and work from home. Samples of those who came in direct contact with the staff member are being collected and results are awaited. The latest incident comes even as Hyderabad continues to witness a spurt in cases and the Telangana government is going ahead with easing the lockdown, as per guidelines issued by the Centre.

Earlier, a CMO staffer working in the Metro Rail Bhavan was tested positive for the infection. Recently, the employee’s son who visited Maharashtra was tested positive for coronavirus. It is learnt that the employee has contracted the virus from his son. The CMO went into a tizzy after the employee contracted the virus. Following this, the CMO employees were asked not to report to work. The government has sanitised the CMO. Dr Rajiv Sharma, Chief Advisor to Government of Telangana as well as the Chairman of Telangana State Pollution Control Board, has been directed to oversee the sanitisation efforts.

As the state prepares for Unlock 1.0, Telangana on Sunday recorded the highest single-day spike in the Covid-19 deaths with 14 persons dying of viral infection in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of fatalities to 137. This is the highest death recorded in a single day from the State since the outbreak. The number of Covid-19 infections also touched a new high with 154 positive cases being recorded on Sunday, taking the state tally to 3,650.

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TRS govt plans delimitation to win GHMC polls in 2021!


The ruling TRS is preparing ground to take up delimitation exercise in GHMC limits.

The TRS government wants to increase the number of wards to 180 and if possible to 200.

At present, there are 150 GHMC wards.

The TRS won 99 wards in GHMC elections held in February 2016, while its friendly party AIMIM won 44 seats. The Opposition Congress, TDP and BJP were confined to single digits.

The present GHMC term will end in January 2021, which is less than a year away.

TRS is making strategic moves to retain GHMC for the second term by taking delimitation of wards to suit its political needs.

Though Hyderabad voters gave TRS landslide majority in 2016 GHMC polls, the ruling party failed to live up to their expectations. It failed to develop Hyderabad as promised and the roads and infrastructure facilities have worsened in Hyderabad under TRS rule.

Expecting anger from voters in upcoming GHMC polls, the TRS has decided to take up delimitation of wards.

The TRS government is planning to introduce new GHMC Act in Assembly soon for the purpose of delimitation of wards.

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Woman mayor for GHMC?


Going by the reservations finalised for the posts of mayors in municipal corporations and chairpersons in municipalities across Telangana, it appears that a woman may become the next mayor of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

The state government on Sunday finalised the reservations for the mayor posts in 13 municipal corporations and chairpersons posts in 123 municipalities across Telangana.

The polling for municipal corporations and municipalities will be held on January 22.

Though GHMC is not going for polls on January 22, the government finalised reservation for GHMC along with other municipal corporations as the GHMC elections are just one year away and are due for January 2021.

The government reserved mayor posts in seven municipal corporations, which include GHMC , Karimnagar, Khammam, Boduppal, Badangpet, Nizampet, Peerzadiguda to open category candidates.

Of these, four should be reserved for women by conducting draw of lots.

If GHMC is selected in the draw of lots later, the mayor post could go for a woman from open category.

Among municipal chairpersons’ posts in 123 municipalities, the officials reserved four seats for STs, 17 for SCs, 40 for BCs and 62 were allocated to open category.

The notification for municipal polls will be released on January 7.

The elections will be held for 120 municipalities and 10 municipal corporations on January 22 and the results will be announced on January 25.

The elections for GHMC, Warangal and Khammam are not being held on January 22 as their five-year term is yet to complete.

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Hyderabad municipal body booked for negligence


Hyderabad police on Thursday filed a case against officials of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on a complaint by a citizen, who was injured after falling in a pothole on the road.

Journalist Syed Azmath Hussain Jaffery lodged a complaint at Dabeerpura police station in the old city. On his complaint, police registered a case against GHMC officials under Section 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The complainant stated in his petition that he was injured after falling in a pothole on the night of October 6 in Noor Khan Bazar area, and his right ankle was fractured in the incident.

He alleged that the negligence by GHMC authorities endangered the lives of the citizens.

The incident highlighted the bad condition of the roads in the city. Jaffery received online support from citizens for taking the bold step of lodging a complaint against the municipal authorities.

Incessant rains have badly damaged roads in several parts of Greater Hyderabad. GHMC is under flak for not carrying out the repairs.

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KTR directs GHMC to impose penalty to TRS corporators for flexes


As per the directions of Minister of Information Technology and Municipal Administration Mr. K.T. Rama Rao, official from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation on Friday imposed huge penalties to the ruling party corporators.

While travelling on the road after attending a programme in Indoor Stadium, the minister observed few flexes and posters of TRS Party corporators at Malakpet, Moosarambagh and Indore Stadium at Saroornagar. As ban is being continued on flexes in city, the civic minister directed officials for severe action against erring corporators.

Soon after receiving his directions, GHMC officials visited the spots and removed the flexes by imposing Rs. 50,000 to corporator Sunaritha Reddy, Rs. 25,000 to Ex-Corporator Aslam and Rs. 25,000 to TRS leader Srinivas.

Netizens appreciated the ministers honesty in imposing penalty to the TRS party’s own corporators.

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KTR sends a strong message to “Think Tidy”


Hyderabad is a city where there is outpouring love and compassion. The environment and cleanliness in the city is shaped not only by those in influential positions but by everyone who lives or work in the city of pearls.

Heavy rain with strong winds with speed of around 120 to 150 kmph in a hailstorm created mayhem in the capital city on Tuesday night. Around 300 trees fell to the ground. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) wrestled with the fallen trees to clear the path. GHMC team along with along with members of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been working to restore services and bring back normalcy.

One such affected user took to twitter and asked KTR to send GHMC officials to remove the fallen branches of an uprooted tree. KTR said “Don’t get me wrong but why can’t you & your friends try & do some basic cleanup instead of leaving it for @GHMCOnline Afterall it’s our city”. The Minister in just one tweeted conveyed that cleanliness of the city begins by cleaning one’s mind.

Also, this is the best time to plant a tree in Hyderabad as a respect to the fallen 300 trees, especially for the tree near Hasmathpet that fell to the ground after 200-years of existence. In the words of Anchor and actor Pradeep Machiraju “it’s the duty of each one of us to regain the Green! Let’s unite to make this place(Hyderabad) a better one by planting more trees”

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Lokesh Launches Mission-100 in GHMC


Nara Lokesh, TDP’s second in command, appears to be shouldering too big a responsibility for his age. With all familiar faces gone from the party in Hyderabad, TDP Supremo Chandrababu Naidu must have thought it is the right opportunity for his son Lokesh to prove his management skill learnt and sharpened in Stanford Business School, US in setting the T-TDP house in order. Lokesh is made in-charge of the party in GHMC elections. As national president of the party, Naidu might have thought, campaigning in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections is too local an affair for him. To promote somebody else, there is no one around. So, faced with Hobson’s choice Naidu entrusted the job of leading the party in ensuing GHMC elections with his son Lokesh Naidu.

So far so good. But Lokesh should conduct himself in such a way that his presence should instill confidence among the leaders and party workers. One should not forget the ground realities and make tall claims that do not suit his age and experience. Lokesh is said to have held his second round meeting with GHMC leaders to evolve the strategy for the GHMC elections. In the meeting, he told the local satraps of GHMC area that Telugu Desam party is going to bag 100 divisions out of 150 division in the GHMC area. If the BJP’s tally is added it would cross 115 to 120. This means, TRS and MIM joint tally would not be more than 30. Given the party’s predicament in Hyderabad, where barring one or two, all its MLAs had switched over to TRS, such claims look ludicrous. Because, the party lost the GHMC more than 12 years ago. Between then and now many tumultuous events like the division of Andhra Pradesh took place. In the aftermath, even his father could not muster courage to stay put in Hyderabad for the ten-year period of joint capital backed by AP Reorganization Act-2014

Even to generate hope among the TDP cadre, the figure is too big to be talked about.
Before launching the campaign to win 100 seats, Lokesh should first reveal his poll plank for GHMC elections. Can he talk of TRS government’s failure and ask the Seemandhra people to defeat TRS in Hyderabad in the backdrop of flourishing bonhomie between his father and T-chief minister KCR. Unless a villain is made out of KCR and his government, Lokesh is unlikely to draw voter’s attention in Hyderabad now.

Once known for pungent tweets against KCR and KTR, Lokesh is a mellowed man now. He stopped his sarcastic tweets on TRS leaders. Interestingly this coincides with Naidu extending invite to KCR to attend the Amaravati foundation laying ceremony as a special guest. The plaque at Amarvati bears testimony to this change in Naidu-KCR relations. GHMC is going to be a real test for the political acumen of rising son of ‘sun rise state’.

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Bhatti confident of staging a come back in GHMC


Following series of setbacks, the Congress in Telangana is bracing itself  for the final and decisive battle in this term to prove it’s relevance in the new state of Telangana. The election to  Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation(GHMC), slated in January, is a real test for the leadership’s ability to steer the party to recovery in future.

En masse migrations of MLAs, MLCs, humiliating defeat in Warangal by-election,  lack of candidates to field in the ongoing MLC elections and many more important leaders reportedly sitting on the fence -all hit the morale of the party workers in Telangana.  The port of last call for the party is GHMC.  A defeat in the GHMC polls will prove fatal for the survival of the party in future.

T-Congress has drawn an elaborate two-pronged plan to arrest the rout of the party in state capital. The plan, now being implemented, according TPCC working president Mallu Bhatti Vikramarkha, will serve  the twin purpose of keeping a watch on the abuse of authority by the ruling TRS in GHMC elections,  taking the failures of TRS government  to every door step in the GHMC area and tell people on the need to vote in favor of Congress.

Congress is appointing an army of 6000 leaders for the purpose. ” We are appointing 150 division committees, each committee with 40 members. Each member of division committee is made in charge of a polling station in every assembly segment. In turn the division committee member will appoint a booth committee for the area that falls under his polling station. We have about 1000 voters per polling station. At this rate each booth committee member will   be given responsibility of 100 voters, which roughly works out to 25 families. The member regularly visits the  25 families with party workers  and tell them about Congress and its contribution to the development of Hyderabad. His team will also  explain how TRS has backed out on the poll promises after coming power, along with corruption in the government, family rule in state etc,” Bhatti told ‘telugu360.com’.

He said, the Congress had already appointed division committees in Qutbullapur, Sherilingampally and  LB Nagar  and on Sunday  committees for  Kukatpalli and Uppla would be appointed. After completion of this process, he said, the party was planning padayatras by senior leaders in all Assembly segments on December 18. On December 21, election offices would be set up in all divisions, followed by the release of Congress GHMC election pamphlet.

To coordinate between the divisional committee and booth committee, the party is  appointing  a senior party leader from other districts will be appointed as observer. Bhatti said  migrations from Congress  had  not affected the party structure at the grass root level. ” All opposition parties pass through such a phase of migrations to ruling party. It’s natural. The process will be reversed once Congress comes to power. The issue of some leaders leaving the party is not at all a problem as it is being made out to be in media. Congress is going to stage a comeback in GHMC,” Bhatti exuded confidence.


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TRS Govt. woos slum dweller ahead of GHMC polls


TRS Government set its eyes on GHMC polls and goes all out to woo 17 lakh slum dwellers with waiving power and water bills roughly estimated at Rs 1,500 crore

Hyderabad: A month ahead of the the Grater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, the ruling TRS government in Telangana has decided to waive pending electricity bills to the tune of Rs 130 croe to the residents of several slums in the city. Not just the that, it has also decided to waive another Rs 12,00 crore of water bills of the people.

The waive would cover provide relief to about 1000 and odd notified slum dwellers in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secundrabad. But, the catch is that the government would issue an order only after the end of the poll code that is in force now. This is to avoid any legal hitches in rolling out the scheme, the sources said.

Decision to this effect has been taken by the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao, during a review meeting with the officials of energy department and Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewearge Board (HMWS&SB). The Chief Minister has reportedly asked the officials to work out on the modalities to implement the scheme. There are 1,468 slums within the GHMC area with 17 lakh population living in these localities. While 1,131 slums are notified ones, and the remaining are not notified as slums buy the civic body.

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“Bhanwar Lal has to pay price for deletion of voters”


With High Court taking cognizance of the petition filed against the Election Commission and GHMC, Dr Marri Sashidhar Reddy, the man who single handedly fought against the deletion of names from the voter list of several “Seemandhra voters” said he was ready to prove the complicity of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in the whole episode.

Talking to telugu360.com Dr Reddy said he had evidence to prove that the CM was involved in the murky affair of removing the names of hostile voters from areas where the CM feared he would not get votes. “And the CEO has to pay price for his role in the deletion of names of voters from the list” he said.

“I will take the issue to the logical conclusion. I know when the CM summoned CEO Bhanwar Lal to the Camp Office along with other officials related to the revision of voters list in the GHMC area. CM’s summoning of officers on deputation to Election Commission was wrong. And officials were equally wrong in attending a meeting summoned by the chief minister,” he said. According to Reddy, the meeting took between the CM and the other election officials took place on July 21, 2015.

Reddy said in the meeting removal of names had been discussed and a target of 15 lakh was fixed for the deletion of names on the pretext eliminating the bogus voters.

” Somesh Kumar had been shifted from GHMC for his role in the dubious activity. The team, deputed by the EC to look into the matter seems to have found substance in the charges of political parties. So, he was shifted immediately. Now, I want to pursue the matter till it reached the logical conclusion. I will take up the matter with Election Commission till an action is taken against Bhanwar Lal,” Reddy said.

Reddy said the CEO committed impropriety and violated the 13 cc of the Representation of People’s Act which specifies that the Chief Electoral Officer and District Election Officers were deemed to be on the deputation to the Election Commission and they were subject to the control, superintendence and discipline of the Election Commission”. ” When the Act is so specific about the role of the election officials on deputation to the Election Commission, how could a chief minister summon and give directions to the CEO and how the latter oblige,” he asked.

Reddy says the CM had insisted on deletion of ‘bogus voters’ en masse from electoral rolls as their continuance would undermine the electoral process in the GHMC area. “The meaning of this is that in many areas in GHMC area the voters are ranged against the TRS. The CM knows it pretty well. By applying Aadhar card many of these could become bogus voter as many of them do not possess it. This is sheer abuse of position,” he said. He cited the case of Uttar Pradesh where UP State government had to suspend senior officers including the District Election Officer of Moradabad and others in the case of illegal deletion of 15,800 names of voters in Thakurdwara assembly constituency, a segment of Rampur LS constituency. The case of GHMC voter deletion is certain to set a new trend in prevention of manipulative politics in the country, he said.

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Can Naidu remain a force in Hyderabad post-Warangal ?


Telugu Desam party is shaken by Warangal earthquake. The poor performance of the TDP-BJP combine has given credence to the TRS chief KCR’s oft repeated assertion that  TDP is an Andhra Party and it has no place in Telangana. The rejection of the party by the Warangal voters was so devastating that party supremo Chandrababu Naidu is planning to redraw the political strategy for the  Telangana keeping in view the ensuing elections for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). The Telangana state government is moving ahead with the objective of conducting the elections to the GHMC before January 31. Naidu is seriously thinking of preventing the Warangal aftershocks travel to Hyderabad and dismantle the last port of call of the party ie GHMC. Losing GHMC is  certain to close the  Telangana doors for the party in 2019. TDP sources said the leadership is in the grip of the fear of GHMC. Hitherto the notion that the TDP is a forces in GHMC where so called settlers outnumber the original T-voters, has given it an hypothetical strength.

Post-Warangal, the general feeling among the functionaries of government and the party is that Naidu had made a strategic mistake in shifting  base to Vijayawada prematurely.  After Warangal, the question being asked by T-TDP leaders is that can Naidu defend the last bastion of the party ie GHMC with his Amaravati centric politico-economic strategy.

A senior functionary of the TDP from Telangana confided in ‘telugu360.com’ that Naidu’s decision to shift the capital from Hyderabad to Vijayawada has started taking its toll on the party. This development will force shift  the voters towards TRS in the absence of a credible political rival force.  ” Naidu’s Shifting to Vijayawada is not a mature decision and is  bereft of any political vision, the cost of which  is strongly felt  in Warangal. GHMC may not be immune to this political transformation,” he said.According to the leader, who wants to be anonymous, even the Revanth episode has also had its negative impact on the party’s performance in Warangal.

Many Telangana leaders are of the opinion  that TDP has lost its edge in Telangana because of Naidu’s over emphasis on Amaravati and insistence on shifting to Vijayawada. “His overnight flight to Vijayawada and his statements asking the employees to rush to Vijayawada is a moral defeat for the party in Telangana. All these developments have left the entire political field in Telangabna wide open for Telangana Rashtra Samiti to conquer. Once party leader leaves the war zone, war is lost,” he said adding that allocating the seat to BJP is another mistake in the post-Telangana politics.  According to the leader, all TDP’s loyal voters, seem to have shifted to TRS en masse in Warangal. Party sources feel that  Naidu should now slow down the shifting of administration to Vijayawada and stay put in Hyderabad on the pretext that  office space and residential accommodation is not available in Vijayawada.  Similarly Naidu can also  take shelter under the centre stating that the shifting of capital is being hampered by the delay in the release of central assistance to Amaravati.

The shifting of temporary capital has put an enormous burden on the state exchequer but without any political gain. After the miserable failure of the party in Warangal, Naidu seems to have lost both money and image in TS. On Saturday, when he visits Hyderabad, some T-TDP sources believe,  Naidu  may  drop hints at his revised strategy to come back to  Hyderabad for some time and formulate a strategy for GHMC, if he really had no political understanding with Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.






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Opposition targets TRS ‘game plan-2’ in GHMC


After the charge of elimination of Seemandhra voters from voter list, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has found itself at the centre of another controversy- irrational delimitation of divisions. All opposition parties, who, in a concerted effort forced the Election Commission of India to dispatch a team to inquire into the voter deletion charges against the then commissioner Somesh Kumar, now cry foul over the delimitation of divisions in GHMC area. They charged that ruling TRS-MIM combine with a game plan to delimit the division in such a way that the strongholds of BJP were disturbed.

The party lodged a complaint with Governor ESL Narasimhan against the ruling party stating that the TRS government was arbitrarily restructuring the existing divisions with political motives. The BJP sought the Governor’s intervention in the matter. BJP leaders urged the Governor to verify the entire delimitation process and direct the government to increase the number of divisions from 150 to 200 as was promised to the High Court.

A BJP team led by party Floor leader in the Assembly Dr K Laxman, MLA and leaders Chintala Ramachandra Reddy and others met the governor and presented a memorandum to this effect. “The GHMC has issued a notification on delimitation of the civic body jurisdiction into 150 election wards along with boundary description of each ward. The notification stands in contrast with the stated policy decision of the government and in contravention of an affidavit submitted to the High Court,” the memorandum said.

The party alleged that the division like kukatapally, Ziaguda, Bagh Lingampally, and Domalguda etc which were considered strongholds of BJP and TDP parties were being split with the objective of weakening these parties. Dr Laxhman alleged that the TRS and MIM, were not ready to increase the divisions from 150 to 200, with the fear that such a move would not benefit them.

“KCR said the government has decided to increase the number of divisions from 150 to 200 in GHMC limits in tune with the increase in voters from 54 lakh to 67 lakh, but it is not acting on this . We want to know as to why the government has dropped it. The government has to explain,” Dr Laxman said. The governor assured the BJP delegation that he would look into their grievances and take appropriate action.

In another development a team of Telugu Desam Party Hyderabad president and MLA Maganti Gopinath met newly-appointed GHMC commissioner Janardhana Reddy and submitted division-wise objections on delimitation to him. MBT leaders Khayam Khan and Amjed Ullah Khan also called on GHMC commissioner Reddy and submitted a memorandum raising objections in the way the delimitation of municipal division had been taken up. MBT leaders said present delimination process was violative of GO MS No. 570 (MA&UD) which spelt out that natural boundaries should be maintained during delimitation of municipal ” As per the GO municipal ward should not extend into two Assembly segments. But in the Old City, many wards cross natural boundary and spread into another Assembly constituencies,” they said.

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TRS suffers a setback in Hyderabad


It is  a clear victory for opposition parties over TRS in Greater Hyderabad, as the voter-verification program went awry at a time when the ruling party  is bracing up to wrest Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) in the ensuing elections- first election after the formation of Telangana state.

The Sunil Gupta team, dispatched by  Election Commission of India to check the veracity of the charges of a large scale deletion of purportedly hostile voters, mainly the people of Andhra origin, is gathering information from all quarters, official, political leaders and voters on the complaints in GHMC jurisdiction. The team has been flooded with complaints from genuine voters, whose names got deleted by GHMC officials in the ongoing  “voter verification” program, the other name for the deletion of  ‘hostile’ voters.  The team has  14 members including  senior officer Ramakanth Pande, additional CEO, Uttar Pradesh. The sustained campaign led by Congress, BJP and TDP appears to be yielding results. Sunil Gupta team reportedly figured out a mess-up in the voter list which include large scale elimination of voters, not following the  due  process before deleting the names from the list etc. The deletion of name of former LB Nagar MLA Sudheer  Reddy and his wife is an indication to the shabby work done under the supervision of two senior  IAS officers: one, GHMC commissioner Somesh Kumar and two, CEO Banwarlal.  The impact of the arrival of the team was felt immediately. Telangana government removed Somesh Kumar from the responsibilities of GHMC as commissioner and shifted him to not so important  Tribal Welfare department.

The  shifting out of Somesh Kumar is said to have been done at the behest of Election Commission as it found prima facie case in the  complaints of large scale deletion of voters. Another controversial transfer  associated with the process was that of  Navin Mittal. Somehow it missed the media attention. If nothing improper had happened, there would have been no need for the government to shift Somesh Kumar, who worked more like a political functionary, rather than the member of the ‘steel frame’ of the Indian democracy, is the question being raised by the political parties.

The  Sunil Gupta team seems to have a clear instruction from the above.  Instead of being carried over by the official reports,  Gupta settled down  for a professional inquiry. He first got the major stumbling block (Somesh Kumar) removed from the  path of inquiry. Later, he held a meeting with representatives of all political parties.  He took the clarifications from the GHMC officials involved in the verification of voter list. Then they set off on  field visits to areas under various  polling stations in Assembly segments that fall in the GHMC . On Saturday the team visited many areas in Sanath Nagar while on Sunday, the 14-member team divided into three sub-teams  and undertook field visits in  Uppal, Khairatabad, Jubilee Hills, Serilingampalli, Kukatapally  assembly segments where a  sizable number of people of Andhra and Rayalaseema settled as per the complaints received from the political parties. Political parties say about 49,588 names have been deleted by the GHMC official in Uppal Assembly segment alone. Similarly about 38,000 votes have been removed from the LB Nagal Assembly segment. According to Sudheer Reddy, who represented LB Nagar as Congress MLA, in the united Andhra Pradesh Assembly,  majority of the voters removed with the notion that they had voted against TRS in 2014 election. LB Nagar was bagged by TDP in 2014. In a Circle office of GHMC, the EC team  found to its surprise heaps of  un-dispatched notices. The principal complaint the team received from the voters  was  that their names had been deleted without informing them or a notice  being sent, even though they had been living in the area for the past 15 years without a break. Some teams even visited the house of voters selected at random. All the families they visited  figured in the list of the names deleted from the voter list. The team also found that voters had been staying in the same address for ages.

In the backdrop of massive deletion of names by the officials,  who are alleged to have connived with politicians, all opposition parties demanded the suspension of  Somesh Kumar  and transfer of Banwarlal for their acts of commission and omission. They  also demanded  that the GHMC election be conducted on the basis of voter list  used for  2014  general election.

It is too early to speculate on the possible recommendation of the team, which is going to submit a report on the complaints to the EC in a week or two.  However, the arrival of EC team in Hyderabad and  removal of high profile and  influential  GHMC commissioner from the job is a clear victory for the opposition parties in Hyderabad, where T-sentiment is minimal as indicated by the Assembly results of 2014. Hyderabad  city was unshaken by the pink Tsunamy that swept across the Telangana outside Hyderabad. This exactly is the reason, the parties alleged, for the TRS government’s attempt to tinker with the voter list in the name of verification of voters for GHMC elections.


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“Deletion of Andhra voters from GHMC is proven”


T-Congress senior leader and former minister Marri Sashidha Reddy, who waged a relentless battle against the deletion  of names of ‘settlers’ from voter list , dubbed the shifting of  commissioner Somesh Kumar from the GHMC  ,  to tribal welfare department as the triumph of democracy .  Sashidhar Reddy said the Election Commission team, which is looking into the deletion of lakhs of  voters from the list, assured him that all the names would be restored.  He said the fight against Somesh Kumar would not end with his transfer. ” We will continue our fight till  Somesh Kumar is punished for his political work in GHMC. We won’t  leave him,” he said after his meeting with the EC team led by West Bengal CEO. The team conducted inquiry into the massive deletion of names from Dr MCR HRD Institute, Hyderabad. The shifting of Somesh Kumar had proven our charge that names of voters from Andhra were deleted, Sashidhar Reddy said.

Sashidhar Reddy said Somesh was shunted out following the pressure  from the political parties. ” I met the EC three times. I have shown every proof for the deletion of genuine voters. We requested the  EC team to take action against the other senior level officers led Somesh Kumar  involved in the fraud,” he said adding that   some officials at higher level colluded with the TRS leadership to eliminate genuine voters on the pretext that they were not residing in the city.

Accusing chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao of playing key role in the process, he said he ordered Somesh Kumar & Co. to delete about 25 lakh voters from the GHMC area.

According to Marri another 19 lakh voters have been served notices for deletion. The commission representatives assured them that  they would look into the matter.

” How is it that a senior officer connives with politicians to do this type of work. We will continue our fight against Somesh Kumar till he is punished. The Congress won’t approve of any action against the  employees at lower rungs.  We will stand by them if the government attempt s to make them a scapegoat, instead of Somesh Kumar,” Marri assured the employees.

TDP leaders, who met commission also demanded that all the names deleted by the Somesh Kumar team be restored. TDP MLA  Maganti Gopinath demanded that GHMC elections should held on the 2014 electoral list and full scale inquiry into the fraud be initiated before the conduct of GHMC elections.


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Naidu keen on wresting Warangal and Sanathangar


Notwithstanding the setback he has suffered in recent cash-for-vote (CFV) scam, AP CM Chandrababu Naidu is determined to take on ruling TRS in byelections to Warangal Lok Sabha and Sanathnagar Assembly constituencies. He asked the Telangana TDP leaders to get ready to face challenge and prove that TDP was the real alternative to TRS in new state. Warangal bypoll is necessitated by the resignation of Kadiam Srihari, who joined TRS cabinet, Santhanagar is sure to go to polls once the mystery  of resignation  by Talasani Srinvasa Yadava is resolved by the High Court.

In the backdrop of Congress’ heightened preparations for bypolls and the talk of Meira Kumar’s likely condidature from Warangal, on Wednesday,Naidu had summoned available Telangana leaders L Ramana, Ravula Chandrasekhar Reddy, Aravind Kumar Goud and Krishna Yadav to his residence. He asked them to organize T-TDP general body meeting to discuss the strategy for Warangal byelection. Tentatively the meeting is scheduled on August 12. Naidu will also participate in the meeting. Naidu thinks that anti-incumbency in Telangana has been on the rise and KCR’s broken promises such as failure to come to the rescue of farmers, power shortage, steps like Osmania Hospital shifting, resentment among the students etc are enough to pull the rug under the feet of KCR in elections. As part of the strategy for elections, TDP leaders will up the ante against the TRS government by staging dharnas and organizing meetings regularly across the state including capital Hyderabad.

AP CM Naidu

Naidu discussed the elections to Sananthnagar and GHMC with city leaders Sayanna, Maganti Gopinath, Praash Goud, and Arikepudi Gandhi.

Aware that T-CM KCR would bank on the alleged involvement of Naidu in CFV to beat TDP in elections, the AP CM is readying the aresenal  to neutralize it by raising proven phone-tapping by TS government which he says illegal. While Telangana ACB has not conclusively demonstrated the role of Naidu, the  telephone-tapping by TS government is established truth. The cellular operators, who tapped the phone, in a petition in Supreme Court admitted to the tapping of phones. Later Supreme Court directed these companies to part with the call data in a sealed cover and furnish it to the trial court in Vijayawada. Now, the TRS government categorically informed to Hyderabad High Court that it did bug the phones, but was done lawfully. So Naidu wants to use this admission as a poll plank.


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It’s ‘Andhrollu’ Again


Telangana Chief minister  K Chandrasekhar Ro raised ‘Andhra’ bogey again.

This time round, it was municipal workers’ strike that became the arena of sentiments politics. KCR pulls out the ‘Andhra’ specter whenever there is trouble and thinks T- sentiment is the best tool to hit upon  his enemies in the region.

On the day, when GHMC employees called off their strike following the announcement of hike of salaries, on Friday, KCR in his inimical style blamed ‘Andhrollu” for the 12-day long strike of municipal workers across the Telangana. The municipal sanitary workers have been on strike in both Telangana and Andhra for about 2 weeks  demanding pay hike. In stead of raising wages of employees across the state, KCR announced  a 47 per cent hike only to GHMC employees. The employees in districts are left out. They are continuing their strike.

Talking on the occasion of GHMC bodies calling off their strike, he said some useless unions were misleading the employees and were responsible for the strike. ” Employees have been misled” he said to the employees who came to him to thank for giving a hike in their salaries.

“There are some Andhra leaders behind the workers’ strike.,” the CM declared asking them not fall prey to such designs. He assured them that the government would construct 1000 GHMC 2BHK houses for the employees every year and would be allotted on priority basis.

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