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Will own moral responsibility for defeat: Harish Rao

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Finance minister Harish Rao and Dubbaka star poll campaigner said he will own moral responsibility for the defeat the party suffered at the hands of the BJP in the byelections.

“I accept moral responsibility for the defeat. At the same time, my commitment towards the well-being of people in Dubbaka will be uncompromised and unmatched,” Harish Rao asserted. 

He said the party will hold discussions to assess the reason for defeat in the bypolls. “There could be several reasons for the defeat. The party will hold meetings and assess the reasons for the same. The party is dedicated to the overall development of the state, and we will continue to do so,” Harish Rao said.

Harish Rao single-handedly campaigned for the party’s candidate in Dubbaka. He aggressively campaigned in the constituency by tearing into the BJP camp. He tried to expose the BJP on a host of issues like the central government’s share in schemes like KCR Kit and pensions for beedi workers. 

He also slammed the central government for not clearing dues of Rs 11,180 crore. Harish Rao told Dubbaka voters that development would be possible only if the ruling party wins since the TRS-led government will be in power for the next three years, but the message seems to have clearly failed.

With the party’s defeat in the bypolls, Harish Rao could once again be sidelined. Already there is a buzz that there is a growing power tussle between KTR and Harish Rao.

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We have to live with virus, says KTR, Harish Rao

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After Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, Telangana MAUD minister K T Rama Rao and irrigation minister Harish Rao said people should learn to live with the coronavirus indicating there might be no early tapering off of Covid-19.

Talking to municipal commissioner and additional collectors via video-conference, KTR said there are higher chances of transmission of corona virus once the staggered lockdown is lifted in the state. “Living with the virus is a reality. Till now there is no vaccine, until that time we have to adjust our lifestyle to the reality,” KTR said.

Further, with monsoon approaching, KTR asked the officials to also focus on pre-monsoon cleaning and epidemic prevention activities. Pointing out that Dengue fever and communicable diseases tend to rear up during the monsoon period, he asked officials to redouble the sanitation activities and take all precautionary measures to combat monsoon diseases. In this regard, he sought the community support and people participation.

Meanwhile, Harish Rao at a press briefing said people have to make corona virus prevention guidelines a part of their lives as a behavioral change. “We have to live with the virus. We don’t know for how long, it could be for 3 months or six months or 1 year. Social distancing will be new normal until the time someone makes a vaccine for the virus. People should follow the required do’s and don’ts. No one knows for how long the lockdown will continue. We have to continue to follow the physical distancing to combat this virus.”

He appealed to the people of Siddipet to strictly follow the physical distancing norm and other regulations to combat the virus and asked people not to take the virus casually though Siddipet is declared green zone. Further, Harish Rao said those who fail to wear masks will face a fine of Rs1,000.

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KCR & Harish! Is this ‘realistic budget’?

For the last several months, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has been expressing severe concern over the present ‘economic recession’ sweeping the country, saying that recession has adversely impacted the Telangana state economy and state government earnings.

He made several statements that his government will present a ‘realistic budget’ in the backdrop of recession but not increase the budget size for ‘false pride’.

KCR himself presented a ‘realistic budget’ last year by slashing the budget size by 20 per cent from Rs 1.82 lakh crore in ‘vote on account’ budget in Febuary 2019 to Rs 1.46 lakh crore in ‘full fledged budget’ in September 2019.

But when T Harish Rao presented budget in Assembly for the first time in his capacity as finance minister on Sunday, everyone was shocked to see a ‘jumbo budget’, in which the budget size was increased to Rs 1.82 lakh crore.

On one hand, Harish in his speech talked about the adverse impact of recession on Telangana economy, how Telangana government’s revenues dipped due to reduction in revenue collections and cut in central grants.

On the other hand, he presented a jumbo budget by fudging the figures over last year.

He could not explain from where the government will mobilise the resources to achieve the ‘jumbo budget’ targets.

Harish hass pegged the budget size at a whooping Rs.1,82,914.42 crore. Out of this, the revenue expenditure has been pegged at Rs.1,38,669.82 crore and capital expenditure at Rs.22,061.18 crore. The revenue surplus was estimated at Rs.4,482.12 crore, while the fiscal deficit at Rs.33,191.25 crore.

Harish said, “This Budget has been prepared against the backdrop of overall economic slowdown gripping the Indian economy. The economy is facing slowdown for the past one and a half years. As a result, there is reduction in tax devolution and other transfers to the State by the Centre, and decline in the growth of State revenues. There is an immediate need to keep up the growth momentum in the State. The tax devolution from Centre to the State is expected to be lower in 2019-20 by Rs.3,731 crore as compared with the budget estimates. There are delays and shortfalls in the release of State’s share in Integrated Goods and Services Tax and GST compensation. Following the economic slowdown, the growth of the State’s own revenues in 2019-20 (till the end of February) is estimated to be at 6.3%, much below the growth of 16.1% achieved in 2018-19. 3. On top of this, following the recommendations of the Fifteenth Finance Commission, there will be a reduction in the share of Telangana in Central tax devolution from 2.437% to 2.133 % resulting in reduction of tax devolution by an amount of Rs.2,384 crore in 2020-21.”

After giving the above lengthy explanation on the impact of economic recession on Telangana, no one could understand how KCR and Harish approved this ‘jumbo budget’.

KCR and Harish should now explain: Is this realistic budget or unrealistic budget?

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Harish Rao ignored by YSRCP leaders and TTD officials!

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TRS senior leader and Telangana finance minister T Harish Rao’s position seems to be turning from bad to worse.

TRS party chief and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao has sidelined Harish Rao both in the TRS and also in the TRS government, while he is promoting his son KTR both in the party and the government. Speculations are rife that KTR will be made as CM anytime in 2020.

On Monday, Harish got yet another shocker in Andhra Pradesh, as he was ignored by both YSRCP leaders and also TTD officials.

Harish was in Tirumala to have darshan of Lord Venkateshwara on the occasion of Vaikunta Ekadasi on Monday.

However, Harish was shocked to find that there was no one to receive him at the temple.

On the other hand, KCR’s son KT Rama Rao was accorded a grand welcome at Tirumala.

YSRCP leaders and TTD officials queued up at the temple to welcome KTR at Tirumala right from his arrival at the Renigunta airport on Sunday evening till he had darshan of the Lord during VIP break darshan on Monday. KTR was accompanied by his wife, son and daughter.

YSRCP MP PV Midhun Reddy, MLA Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy, a host of local YSRCP leaders and TTD officials accorded him a grand welcome at the airport and also at the temple. They accompanied KTR’s family in the temple.

Harish too is entitled for protocol at Tirumala temple as a minister from Telangana State. But no one bothered to follow the protocol. Harish had to wait for longer time at the temple as neither anyone received him nor made any arrangements for his darshan of the Lord.

Though Harish tried to reach out to TTD officials, there was no response. At one point, Harish reportedly got angry and decided to return Hyderabad without having darshan.

However, the timely involvement of TTD board member from Telangana, Damodar Rao has saved the day for Harish. Damodar Rao made arrangements for Harish and ensured Harish got VIP break darshan along with other VIPs.

An angry Harish returned to Hyderabad immediately after darshan as he was not keen on staying in Tirumala any longer.

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Son, nephew’s induction into cabinet is KCR’s calculated move

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The induction of both son and nephew into the cabinet by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao shows that he doesn’t want to take any chances in the wake of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) aggressive attempts to consolidate the gains made in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

As the outcome of Lok Sabha polls spoiled his plans to move to Delhi to play a key role in national politics leaving the Chief Minister’s post for his son K.T. Rama Rao, KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, realised that he can’t afford to give any room to the BJP, which is in an aggressive mode to expand its base in the state.

By inducting nephew T. Harish Rao into the cabinet and allotting him key portfolio of finance, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has tried to leave no room for any dissidence in the party.

It was being speculated that KCR was sidelining Harish Rao to pave the way for his son KTR to take over the mantle. He had, in fact, made all preparations for KTR’s elevation by making him the TRS working president after it retained the power with a landslide win in December 2018. KCR wanted to focus on national politics as he had floated the idea Federal Front as an alternative to both the BJP and the Congress.

In the first cabinet expansion, KCR kept both KTR and Harish Rao out, who were part of his previous cabinet.

Holding several important portfolios, like industry, information technology, urban development and municipal administration, KTR had emerged as the number two. His cousin Harish Rao was minister for irrigation.

The buzz in political circles was that Harish was kept out to block any problem in KTR’s elevation after the Lok Sabha polls. But by retaining power at the Centre and with a huge majority, the BJP dashed KCR’s hopes of playing a role in national politics.

KCR also suffered a setback as the BJP increased its tally of Lok Sabha seats to four from just one in the 2014 Lok Sabha. With the Congress too bagging three seats, the TRS failed in its game-plan to win all 17 seats, including a seat of its ally All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM).

KCR also suffered a big blow as his daughter K. Kavitha lost to the BJP in Nizamabad. Since then the BJP has been projecting itself as the alternative to the TRS. The BJP central leaders too have started focusing on the state with an aim to gain power in 2023. It also wooed leaders from other parties, including a couple of them from the TRS.

“In such a situation, keeping Harish Rao out could have created a problem for KCR,” said a political analyst.

While KTR has been allotted the same portfolios he was holding in the previous cabinet, Harish Rao has been entrusted with the key portfolio of finance.

“KCR advanced the Assembly election dates and succeeded. This time in the face of aggressive defection planned by the BJP, he didn’t want to take any chances,” analyst Telakapalli Ravi told IANS.

“It also signifies growing vulnerability of KCR and that he can’t afford to take unilateral decisions as he had thought after winning the second term with a massive majority,” he said.

“KCR has taken a measured and less-risky step in his cabinet expansion,” says another analyst P. Raghava Reddy.

Ravi believes KCR will be hard pressed to provide any logical explanation as to why he delayed the inevitable for so long. “Harish Rao also proved his loyalty by not uttering a word of protest or displaying signs of any misadventure,” said Ravi, pointing out that Harish Rao had also offered to work under KTR.

KCR also inducted two women into the cabinet to silence his opponents, who had been targeting him for giving no representation to women in his previous cabinet.

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Harish Rao loses irrigation: KCR master plan

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Telangana Minister T Harish Rao was widely known for his liking for the irrigation ministry. He efficiently ran this during the first term of TRS Regime. But now, KCR retained irrigation ministry while allotting finance ministry to Harish. This has triggered political speculation over what would be the actual plan of TRS boss for the future of his nephew. On the other hand, KT Rama Rao was given the same old ministries of information technology and municipal administration.

Rumours say that KCR is certainly keeping a tight control over Harish Rao in order to strengthen KTR’s position further in the party set-up. There’s a clear succession plan to make it smoother for KTR in the coming days. TRS leaders dismiss it saying that KCR intends to closely monitor the irrigation ministry himself because of historic projects like Kaleswaram. Moreover, KCR is closely coordinating with CM Jaganmohan Reddy on diversion of the Godavari river waters to Srisailam project to make Rayalaseema prosperous.

KCR also retained the revenue ministry for the sake of implementing reforms in the revenue administration without resistance from the employees and the people.

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Telangana CM again expands cabinet, inducts son, nephew

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday expanded his cabinet with the induction of six ministers including his son K.T. Rama Rao and nephew T. Harish Rao.

The new ministers were administered oath of office and secrecy by Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan at a ceremony held at the Raj Bhavan at 4.14 p.m.

The four other minister who took oath are P. Sabita Indra Reddy, Gangula Kamalakar, Puvvada Ajay and Satyavati Rathod.

Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao, his ministers, leaders of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), MPs, state legislators and senior officials attended the ceremony.

Interestingly, Soundararajan administered oath to new ministers a few hours after she was sworn in as the Governor.

Chandrasekhar Rao, who had no woman minister in his cabinet during the first term, inducted two women – Sabita Indra Reddy and Satyavati Rathod.

Three of the newly-inducted ministers had earlier served as ministers.

K.T. Rama Rao and Harish Rao were in the cabinet during the TRS’ first term in power.

Sabitha was one of the 12 Congress MLAs who had defected to the TRS after the latter retained power. She had earlier served as minister in undivided Andhra Pradesh.

This is the second expansion in the state cabinet since the TRS swept back to power in the elections held in December last year.

With this expansion, the strength of the cabinet has gone up to 18, the maximum permitted by the rules.

Chandrasekhar Rao had taken oath as the Chief Minister for the second term on December 13. Home Minister Mehmood Ali also took oath with him.

KCR expanded his cabinet on February 19 by inducting 10 ministers.

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KTR and Harish to become Ministers: Cabinet expansion

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrsekhara Rao is all set for Cabinet expansion on Sunday. His son and TRS Working President KT Rama Rao is certain to be inducted into the Ministry. Reports say that KCR’s nephew T. Harish Rao’s name is also being considered for Ministry. In all, six new faces will be there in the already 12-member strong Cabinet most likely. One or two ministers are expected to be dropped. Political circles are discussing whether Minister Eetela Ravinder will face KCR anger this time. Incoming Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has been informed about the expansion.

The other leaders likely to get ministry are Sabita Indra Reddy, Puvvada Ajay Kumar, Gangula Kamalakar, Rekhya Naik or Satyavati. Former Minister Nayini Narasimha Reddy is likely to be made RTC Chairman. MLC Palla Rajeswar Reddy may be given vice chairman post of Mission Bhageeratha.

Nalgonda MLC Gutta Sukhender Reddy is expected to be made Legislative Council Chairman. There were rumours in the past that Sukhender Reddy will be made a Minister by dropping Malla Reddy from the Ministry. But the latest political equations have changed dramatically Huzurnagar by-election.

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Ministry to KTR? Suspense on Harish Rao

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Telangana CM K Chandrasekhara Rao is all set to expand his Cabinet soon once again. He has not given ministerial berth to his son KT Rama Rao in the first expansion. At that time, KTR became the TRS Working President. Since then, there has been an increasing demand from within and outside the party for taking KTR back into the Cabinet. MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi has even tweeted in favour of KTR to be seen as Minister again.

Following these developments, there is speculation in Telangana that it is almost decided on KTR ministry. The IT, industry and municipal administration ministries are still with KCR. In the previous term, KTR has held these ministries and developed close rapport with the stakeholders concerned. Now, the IT industry leaders and others are asking for KTR to be their minister once again.

Former minister Harish Rao is also standing chances of getting ministry. But there is still suspense as KCR has not given any indications in this regard. Moreover, Harish is lying low because of reduced importance to him as of now. TRS leaders say that MLC Gutta Sukender Reddy is also likely to be given ministry along with KTR. KCR has given a promise to Gutta in the past. Right now, there are 12 ministers in the KCR Cabinet. There is a chance for inducting seven more ministers this time.

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KCR’s veiled threat to Harish Rao?

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By now it is clear that there are irreconcilable differences between Telangana CM Chandrasekhara and his popular nephew T Harish Rao. Rumour is that both BJP and Congress are rolling a red carpet for Harish Rao. But he is interested to begin his own party. In this backdrop, KCR made a surprising statement that there should only Telangana-based regional parties in the state but not the national parties.

Analysts say that this is nothing but a veiled threat from KCR to his nephew. KCR has dropped enough indications of how he will politically embarrass Harish if he joins either BJP or Congress. There has been overwhelming support and sympathy to Harish ever since he was deliberately humiliated by not being invited to KCR’s prestigious Kaleswaram inaugural function.

There is some disturbing news as well for KCR. Even if Harish starts his own party, there is a likelihood of his having an alliance with some national party for 2023 assembly election. But what KCR fears most is that Harish Rao would be more harmful if he joins BJP or Congress. He will be a lesser threat only when he begins his own party.

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Video: Harish Rao sidelined from Kaleshwaram Project Inaugaration

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KTR, Harish likely in Cabinet; who’ll pave the way?

Hyderabad: Telangana Cabinet expansion is most probably in the last week of May and TRS working president KT Rama Rao and former irrigation minister T Harish Rao are likely to get berths. Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has already indicated that women will be accommodated in the next phase of Cabinet expansion. With this speculation is rife over Sabita Indra Reddy may get Cabinet berth. Now, the billion dollar question is that who’ll be sent out from Cabinet to pave the way for former ministers?

The 119-Telangana Assembly can have 18 ministers including the chief minister. With 12 ministers including the CM on board, KCR can accommodate six more ministers. KCR may induct two ministers into the Cabinet, while taking KTR and Harish Rao. After this, two more slots lie vacant. It may be recalled that there’s no women representation in the Telangana Cabinet during the first term.

“Except KCR himself, none in the party knows who’ll be accommodated in the Cabinet. May be after Lok Sabha results on May 23, KCR would take a call on this. We hope that Cabinet expansion may be completed before June 2, Telangana formation day. The merger issue of Congress Legislature Party into TRS is in the court.

Another talk of the town about Cabinet expansion is that whether any scope for accommodating three ministers from one district. From the undivided Karimnagar district, Etela Rajender and Koppula Eshwar are holding portfolios of health ministry and social welfare ministry respectively. KT Rama Rao is representing Sircilla Assembly constituency, which is also part of undivided Karimnagar district.

“Will KCR drop any one of two ministers — Etela Rajender and Koppula Eshwar– to accommodate KTR in the Cabinet? Otherwise, Sircilla, Jagtial and Karimanagr are seperate districts. Anyway, we have to wait and see,” said a senior TRS leader.

Koppula Eashwar represents Dharmapuri Assembly constituency in Jagtial district. Etela Rajender represent Huzurabad Assembly constituency in Karimnagar district.

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Harish Rao absence from Poll campaign

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Hyderabad: T Harish Rao, former irrigation minister and holder of record majority in Assembly elections held in December 2018, was not included in the Telangana Cabinet. Subsequently, speculation was rife that TRS supremo K Chandrashekhar Rao along with him would contest in Lok Sabha elections. So that, Harish Rao would be helpful to KCR in making Federal Front a success at the Centre.

Contrary to all these expectations, KCR neither included Harish Rao in the Cabinet nor fielded in Lok Sabha elections. This has triggered a question ‘Where’s Harish Rao and what’s he doing now?.

Putting full stop to all the questions, TRS has announced its list of star campaigners including Harish Rao. Interestingly, Harish Rao’s name was not in the earlier list of star campaigners submitted to the Election Commission (EC). In a separate letter to the EC, TRS requested to include Harish Rao’s name in the list of star campaigners replacing Rajya Sabha MP Santhosh Kumar.

TRS’ list of star compaingers has 20 names. Harish Rao is campaigning for Kotha Prabhakar Reddy in Medak Lok Sabha constituency.

The list of 20 star campaigners of TRS include — TRS supremo K Chandrashekhar Rao, working president KT Rama Rao, ministers Mohamood Ali, Indrakaran Reddy, Etala Rajender, Koppula Eshwar, Errabelli Dayakar Rao, G Jagadish Reddy, Ch Malla Reddy, V Srinivas Goud, S Nirajana Reddy, V Prashanth Reddy and Talasani Srinivas Yadav.

TRS senior leaders such as secretary general K Keshava Rao, TRS general secretaries — Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, R Shravan Kumar Reddy and T Ravindar Rao. TRS MLC Seri Subhash Reddy and MP Banda Prakash are among the list of star campaigners.

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KCR, Harish Rao not to contest in Lok Sabha polls!

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Hyderabad: Contrary to speculation over entry into national politics, TRS chief and Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is said to have told party leaders that neither he nor Harish Rao will contest in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Referring to the recent news reports about their possible entry into national politics by contesting as MP candidates, KCR has termed them as baseless rumours.

TRS has finalised six sitting Lok Sabha members — K Kavitha (Nizamabad), B Vinod Kumar (Karimnagar), Boora Narsaiah Goud (Bhongir), BB patil (Zaheerabad), G Nagesh (Adilabad) and K Prabhakar Reddy (Medak). KCR is exploring all the possibilities for potential candidates for the remaining 10 Lok Sabha seats. One Hyderabad MP seat will be retained by AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, for whom TRS is supporting.

KCR is reportedly told his MP candidates that he would enter the national politics in case BJP and Congress don’t get absolute majority to form the government at the Centre, while exerting confidence that TRS will sweep all the 16 MP seats and one by AIMIM bagging the total 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana.

“I prefer to work as chief minister of Telangana rather than a less important role of a union minister at the Centre. If TRS gets an important role to play in national politics, Then I may consider that option,” said KCR.

Going by the KCR’s remarks, the TRS supremo and Harish Rao wouldn’t contest in Lok Sabha polls, but may enter the national politics steering Federal Front concept if only BJP and Congress couldn’t get the required magical number of MPs to form the government at the Centre.

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Harish Rao to be sent to Centre: To contest in MP seat

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In all likelihood, KCR’s nephew and former minister T. Harish Rao may be asked to contest from one of the parliamentary segments in Telangana. TRS circles are full rumours that KCR has decided to send Harish to the Centre. There, an important post will be given to the young leader. This is as part of the TRS chief’s game plan to play a king-maker role in the national politics by winning all the 16 Lok Sabha seats.

KCR is not taking any chances as far as winning parliamentary constituencies is concerned. He is selecting strong candidates after strategic considerations. There is also a rumour that former minister Tummala Nageswara Rao may be asked to contest in Khammam Lok Sabha segment.

In the last assembly elections also, the TRS has scored very well in Khammam district. The politics surrounding Harish Rao has gained greater attention. The opponents are also being surprised by the twists being given by KCR regarding his Lok Sabha election strategies.

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Harish Rao under huge social media pressure – No ministry

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Telangana CM K Chandrasekhara Rao has honoured his son KTR with TRS Working President post after coming to power in 2018 election. This was in recognition of KTR’s services. What has KCR given to his nephew and MLA T. Harish Rao? So far, nothing. KCR Cabinet is being expanded with 10 ministers but there is no name of Harish Rao in the first list. So, he will have to wait till after the parliamentary election in Telangana.

Comparisons were being made how KTR and Harish Rao were treated in social media. There are rumours also about Harish being very unhappy over his maternal uncle’s shock treatments to him. After maintaining silence for sometime, Harish issued a statement saying that he was totally happy with the party leadership’s decisions. Reconfirming his trust, Harish said he would always be ready to carry out any responsibility that would be given by KCR.

As usual, Harish once again asserted that he is a dedicated solider for the TRS. But sympathy is pouring in a large scale in social media for Harish Rao. There is talk though Harish Rao has been beside KCR standing like a rock of support for the CM althrough, there was no expected recognition for his nowadays.

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KCR’s nephew assures full support to Rama Rao

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With Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President K. Chandrashekhar Rao naming his son K.T. Rama Rao as the party’s Working President, his nephew T. Harish Rao on Friday assured the latter his full support.

KTR, as Rama Rao is popularly known, drove to Harish’s house to make a courtesy call.

Harish, who was earlier reported to be unhappy with KCR’s plans to promote his son as his heir apparent, congratulated KTR on being entrusted with the key responsibility and hoped that he would further strengthen the party.

Harish, who served as a Minister in KCR’s previous cabinet and is likely to be inducted in the new cabinet next week, told reporters that he and KTR worked together in the recent elections and they would continue to do so.

Before KTR’s visit to Harish’s house, the latter took to Twitter to congratulate him. KTR replied to the tweet with thanks.

Many leaders including All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi congratulated KTR.

KTR tweeted that he humbly accepts the responsibility. “Shall serve to the best of my abilities to strengthen the confidence shown by people in the leadership of KCR Garu”

A day after taking oath as the Chief Minister for a second consecutive term following landslide victory, KCR on Friday named his son as the Working President of TRS.

The TRS chief said since he would be focusing on the national politics, he was aentrusting the responsibility of taking forward the party to KTR, the most trusted person in the party.

Harish, considered as a leader with a mass base, has been associated with TRS since it was floated by KCR in 2001. KTR, who quit his job in the US to return and join Telangana movement before the 2009 elections, is considered number two in the party and the government.

There have been reports of a cold war between the two leaders in the past.

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Mahakutami an alliance of ‘Kauravas’, says Harish Rao

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TRS Minister Harish Rao accused Congress of hurting Telangana pride by depending heavily on AP CM Chandrababu Naidu in the present election. Congress leaders are believing strongly that Chandrababu will help and guide them to victory, he says. He addressed a meeting at Gajwel in Siddipet area.

Harish Rao is drawing comparisons from Mahabharat. He says Grand Alliance partners are behaving like Kauravas who were notorious for their evil ways to hurt opponents. But ultimately it is Dharma and righteousness that will win and KCR will emerge victorious in this battle between right and wrong.

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Has Andhra Babu become pro-Telangana? asks Harish

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TRS party has stepped up its criticism against Congress saying that it has got an unholy alliance with TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu for December elections.

“Chandrababu will always be an Andhra Babu. Has Congress leaders got a signed promise from him that he will change and become friendly to the cause of Telangana”, asked Interim Minister T. Harish Rao.

He dashed off a letter to Congress state president Utham Kumar Reddy, listing out various disputes and asking how Congress could have an alliance an anti-Telangana leader like Naidu.

Telangana state has disputes with AP on the issues of Polavaram national project, several other irrigation projects, division of employees, formation of High Court, power supply and public sector undertakings.

In his letter, Harish asked Congress leaders whether they had taken a promise from Chandrababu that he would help in resolving all the above disputes in future.

The Minister listed out the alleged problems being created by AP CM for Telangana government for the past four years.

Harish said because of AP CM’s unwillingness to redesign Polavaram project, Ramalayam temple at Bhdrachalam will be submerged and lakhs of acres will face submersion threat there.

Chandrababu was on a mission to divert Godavari waters to Krishna basin by constructing Polavaram but he was creating problems for implementing Godavari Tribunal order for giving 80 tmc water as compensation to Telangana and other upper Krishna states. Because of this, Nalgonda and Palamur districts were losing a lot.

AP CM snatched away Sileru power project without giving any compensation to Telangana, which is now suffering a loss of Rs. 1 crore per day.

With regard to 120 AP employees in power sector, Chandrababu Naidu was not taking them because of this Telangana government has to pay their salaries all these four years.

Mission Bhagiratha is a noble mission to supply water to Hyderabad and many other places in Telangana but Chandrababu has made complaints against the same despite the fact that he is staying in Hyderabad and using water here.

Harish is known for biting criticism against rivals. His letters are certainly increasing pressure on Congress leaders to defend themselves on so many counts.

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Congress colluded with Andhras, says Harish Rao

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Telangana interim minister T. Harish Rao has strongly criticised Congress leaders, saying that the rival leaders are colluding with Andhra rulers for getting temporary political gains without realising injustice they are doing for Telangana.

Addressing party meetings at Siddhipeta, he said that Congress had 60 years of betrayal history as its leaders never bothered to solve problems of Telangana people while TRS got 14 years of dynamic agitation history as KCR had put his life at risk to get statehood.

Harish Rao deplored that Congress leaders are unfortunately trying to bring back ‘parayipalana’ (others’ rule) in the state in utter indifference to the predominant Telangana sentiment and the people’s demand for self-rule.

He took strong objection to Congress tying up with TDP regardless of the fact that TDP is a party headquartered in Andhra Pradesh and this is equal to mortgaging the interests of Telangana to Andhras by Congress.

No doubt, TRS leaders are hell bent on making people believe Congress is colluding with anti-Telangana forces. Whether they succeed in this effort will be known on Dec 11, the day of election result.

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