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Harsh Vardhan meets Kishan Reddy to discuss Covid situation in Telangana


With nearly 28,000 positive Covid-19 cases, more than half of them in Greater Hyderabad, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday held a meeting with Minister of State for Home Kishan Reddy over the rising cases of coronavirus in Telangana.

It is learnt that Harsha Vardhan in the meeting with Kishan Reddy took stock of the situation in Telangana. He had enquired about the measures being initiated by the KCR government to contain the spread of the virus in the state.

It is learnt that Kishan Reddy had apprised the Health Minister on various aspects of handling the pandemic such as testing, tracing, community surveillance, hospital management, identification of isolation wards, availability of Personal Protective Equipments and masks.

The Union Health Minister sought information on the number of tests being conducted in Telangana following a NITI Aayog report in which Telangana has been named as a state with the second-lowest Covid-19 testing rate in the country. Based on the number of Covid-19 tests the states have conducted per million population, Telangana is just above the bottom-placed Bihar. According to the list, the number of tests per million in Telangana was a meagre 2,637.

Harsha Vardhan’s meeting assumes significance in the backdrop of Telangana witnessing an alarming surge in coronavirus cases, with 1,800 new infections per day. Telangana is one of several states that has seen a surge in new Covid-19 cases after the state had rolled back complete lockdown. The percentage of positive tests has nearly doubled in the past few weeks. On Tuesday, the state reported 1,875 new cases taking the corona tally to 27,612 and seven new deaths taking the total number of fatalities to 313. Of the 1,875 new cases, a whopping 1,422 positive cases were reported in GHMC limits.

Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundarajan also expressed her displeasure over the state government’s response to COVID-19 after she had visited the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences. She had also held a meeting with Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar and Principal Health Secretary at Raj Bhavan to assess the situation in the state. Earlier, she had expressed unhappiness over low testing and advised the government to increase testing to detect Covid-19 cases.

The Telangana High Court too made critical observations over the government’s handling of the pandemic. Hearing a petition on lack of medical gear for the frontline warriors and low testing, the High Court had questioned the AG on how many PPE, N95 masks and other equipment were provided to the doctors and medical health workers in the combat against Covid-19. The court had also taken note of the low COVID-19 testing rates in the state. The High Court had asked the state government on how many tests were conducted and how many samples were taken during a month’s period between May 23 to June 23.

The court had also asked the KCR government to increase corona testing by using Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) in view of rise in Covid-19 cases in the state. Further, the court also directed the government to submit a report on the efforts initiated to trace primary and secondary contacts of the infected people. The High Court warned that the CS, Principal Health Secretary, Public Health Director and health commissioner will have to personally appear before it on July 20 if it finds the government’s report unsatisfactory.

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Curbs could be lifted in green zones: Kishan Reddy


Minister of state for Home Kishan Reddy on Wednesday indicated that the central government could lift restrictions in green zones, while continuing the complete lockdown in the red zones.

Addressing a press conference, Kishan Reddy said there will not be any movement of public transport vehicles like buses, restriction on flight movement will continue and train services will remain cancelled. He said the government is likely to take a decision on lift curbs in green zones soon. “There could be graded lifting of the pan-India lockdown. Restrictions may be lifted in green zone areas while tough curbs may continue in red zone areas identified as hotspots.”

During the fourth video-conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a majority of the CMs wanted the lockdown to continue after May 3 and told the PM that some economic activity should be started slowly. The state declared around 573 mandals as green zones, 56 red, 47 orange zones by the state government. The government identified 133 containment clusters’ in 11 districts of the state and sounded a red alert to contain the spread of corona virus.

In the third video-conference with Modi, Jagan politely shot down the prospect for further extension of complete lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19, resisting a step that most other states in the country, including Telangana have already taken. “We should take bold steps, but we have to ensure the wheel of economy keeps moving if not in full speed at least to the level of sustenance of the people,” Jagan told Modi in the video-conference. “In my opinion, the lockdown should be enforced only in the red zones,” he said.

On the return of Andhra Pradesh fishermen who were stranded in Gujarat, Kishan Reddy said while Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani he called Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. “The Home Ministry spoke to to the Chief Ministers of Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh and we have made arrangements to do health check-ups and then shift them home.” TDP president and former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu also wrote a letter to Vijay Rupani expressing concern that more than 4,000 fishermen were stranded at the Veraval fishing harbor in Gujarat’s Gir Somanath. The fishermen, mostly from Vishakaptnam Srikakulam and Vizianagaram, were eager to return to their native districts and their family members were a worried lot, Naidu wrote.

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If you are in Italy, stay in Italy. If you are in Adilabad or Ahmedabad, stay there: Kishan Reddy


Minister of State for Home Affairs Kishan Reddy on Thursday appealed to the people to stay indoors and desist from making attempts to cross interstate borders saying such a move can be detrimental and water down the efforts of the governments to contain the spread of the virus.

Stating that every part of the globe is being impacted by the virus, he said, “Corona virus sees no country, no continent, no region or religion. If you are in Italy, stay in Italy. If you are in Dubai, stay in Dubai. If you are in Saudi, stay there. If you are in Adilabad or Ahmedabad, you must stay there. Why do you want to travel from country to country or state to state and weaken the governments’ efforts to fight the war against corona. This is a war. We are fighting an invisible enemy. We cannot take it casually. People should cooperate with the governments,” he appealed.

Kishan Reddy said the people should see this an opportunity to stay indoors and advised people to eat healthy food in order to build their immune systems to fight the war within.

The country has reported more than 600 positive cases. Of this, around 37 positive cases were discharged from various hospitals after treatment. He said home quarantine was done to 69,000 people.

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Kishan Reddy confirms SEC Ramesh Kumar had written letter to Home Secretary

Putting all speculations and doubts to rest, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kishan Reddy on Friday confirmed that State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar had sent a letter to Union Home Secretary apprehending a threat to his life and that of his family members.

Kishen Reddy stated that the home ministry took cognizance of the letter and Ramesh Kumar’s fears that there was a threat to his life following the postponement of elections to civic bodies in Andhra Pradesh

On March 18, a five page letter addressed to Union Home Secretary purportedly written by Ramesh Kumar stating that he and his family had been receiving repeated warnings and endless threats from the members of the ruling party was in circulation. Doubts were raised if the letter was written by the State Election Commissioner with the ruling YSRCP accusing the TDP behind the letter. The YSRCP leaders alleged that the letter was not written by the SEC, but in fact was drafted and circulated by the TDP from the party office in Amaravati.

In the letter, Ramesh Kumar noted that ever since the State Election Commission as a constitutional authority took the decision to defer the elections by six weeks there was an unprecedented assault on him and the State Election Commission “by no less than the Chief Minister who had attacked me in most vitriolic and offending language casting aspersions and prejudice in his press meet on 15.03.2020.”

Kishen Reddy on Friday said the home ministry asked state government to provide necessary police protection to the state election commissioner. “Currently, the state election commissioner is in Hyderabad and we have asked the Telangana government to provide adequate protection to him. No government can target officials representing constitutional bodies. The Home Ministry has taken a serious view on this and directed the state government to provide police cover to the SEC,” Kishen Reddy stated.

In the run up to the elections to local bodies, Ramesh Kumar in his letter to Union Home Secretary noted that there were widespread incidents of violence perpetrated by the ruling dispensation against the opposition parties, mainly the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Jana Sena workers and activists right in the presence of the police. “The State had witnessed unprecedented violence and intimidation by the ruling party with the active connivance of police personnel as alleged by all the opposition parties big and small in one voice,” he wrote

The violence was further heighted after Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy issued a diktat to his ministers that they will be stripped of their berths and MLAs will be denied tickets if the YSRCP were to lose the civic body elections. “This had spurred the Ministers, MLAs and party cadres into frenzy and indulge in large scale violence and intimidation indulged with impunity and widely captured both in electronic and print media leaving the citizens aghast,” the election commissioner wrote in his letter.

Following the letter, the YSRCP government had stepped up security for Ramesh Kumar and was accorded 4+4 security cover in place of the earlier 1+1 security. Chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, in fact, held consultations with state DGP Gautam Sawang on the issue even as AP Government Advisor Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy called Ramesh an insane person who was acting like a TDP activist and Chandrababu agent and not as election commissioner. “If SEC really wrote the letter, he should admit it if he has any courage. Why is Ramesh giving a chance to Chandrababu Naidu to politicise the letter issue,” he questioned.

With Kishen Reddy confirming that Ramesh Kumar indeed had written a letter to Union Home Secretary and that the Home Ministry took serious view on this, all doubts have now been put to rest.

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Rumours by some parties fuelled Delhi riots: Kishan Reddy


Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy on Sunday said rumours unleashed by a section of political parties, a section of media and a section of social media added fuel to the fire in Delhi riots.

He also said that the Modi government is determined to go to bottom of the truth to unveil the conspiracy, if any, that triggered the riots.

The minister was speaking at the Indian School of Business (ISB) on ‘Policy conclave, ideas for India’.

He noted that the national capital witnessed some disturbances last week.

Reddy said unfortunately many innocents lost their lives and all sections of people lost their properties too. He said a brave constable and an Intelligence Bureau official also became victims.

He claimed that notwithstanding the constraints, the Modi government controlled the situation.

He reiterated that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was not aimed at taking away citizenship of any Indian but was enacted to give citizenship to minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who suffered persecution on religious grounds.

Stating that the country was divided on religious lines against the will of the people, he said it was assured during the division that the rights of the minorities in the respective nations will be protected.

“One of the greatest strengths of India that we have inherited from times immemorial is the tradition of samvad, which is dialogue”.

Reddy said all issues could be resolved through dialogue, but he was unable to understand why a section of people stay away from dialogue and indulge in rumour mongering.

The minister told the media persons that he advised students to debate the government policies in last five years and come out with their ideas for maintaining law and order, poverty alleviation, health for all and also for achieving the Modi government’s goal of five trillion dollar economy.

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Low lying India’s enemies may strike anytime: Kishan Reddy


India’s enemies – internal and external — may be lying low now due to unfavourable atmosphere but may strike at anytime, said Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy on Saturday.

Speaking at the passing out parade of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at Arakkonam near here Reddy said India’s internal and external enemies may be lying low now owing to tough system at the helm of affairs making the atmosphere unfavourable.

“But they may strike anytime. Enemies of the nation may come with new ways to disrupt the progress. They are clever and crafty. They may even use modern technology,” as we have seen in some of the instances in the past,” he warned.

Reddy said: “Ever since Narendra Modi government has taken over in 2014, we have adopted zero tolerance towards terrorism, Naxalism and any form of violence.”

“You may all have noticed, there has been significant and perceptible reduction in naxal or terror induced violence. Reduction in number of incidents does not mean, that there are no internal or external enemies,” he added.

Reddy told the trainees that they can overcome the nation’s enemies by combining alertness and acumen.

“So, don’t think after stepping out of the academy, your study part will come to an end. In fact, it begins now. Learn about new technologies, the clever and crafty ways with which the enemy may surprise us,” Reddy said.

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Centre will step into Amaravati issue at an appropriate time: Kishan Reddy


Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy on Sunday made interesting comments on YSRCP government’s decision to create three capitals for Andhra Pradesh and shifting executive capital from Amaravati. He said Centre will step  into the issue at an ‘appropriate time’.
Kishan Reddy stated that there is no information to the Centre on the three state capitals proposed by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Amaravati farmers’ joint action committee leaders called on Kishan Reddy on Sunday and apprised him how t he farmers of the Amaravati capital region w o uld suffer heavy loss on account of the state government’s decision.

He said that the government would speak with the Andhra Pradesh Government only after receipt of information in writing from the government of Andhra Pradesh.

Further, he remarked that the Centre would conduct itself within the framework of the Constitution.

Though the ball is in the state government’s court, the Centre would make suggestions to the state government asking it to keep in mind the welfare of farmers before taking a decision.

He welcomed the decentralised development but opined that relocating the state capitals elsewhere from Amaravati  is not good for AP in the long run.

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Govt to go ahead with CAA implementation: Kishan Reddy


The Modi government will go ahead with the implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) despite the ongoing protests against it, Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy said on Monday.

“No matter how many processions and rallies are taken out, CAA will be implemented at any cost as it is not against any Indian citizen,” he said.

The BJP leader slammed the Congress party for anti-CAA protests and alleged that unable to face Prime Minister Narendra Modi politically, it was dividing people in the name of religion by spreading lies about the legislation. He said the opposition party was behind those resorting to violence and creating law and order problems.

Addressing a meeting organized by BJP in support of CAA here on Monday, he also warned that Modi government will not be a mute spectator to public property being vandalized.

Defending Uttar Pradesh police, he said the job of the police was to maintain law and order and they had nothing to do with politics. He also praised Yogi government for its handling of the situation and for making vandals pay for the damaged public property.

He claimed that 250 policemen in Uttar Pradesh were injured in the violence and 58 of them received gunshot injuries.

He questioned silence of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao and other opposition leaders on stone pelting and arson during the protests.

He said some so-called intellectuals, some parties and organizations were doing a false propaganda over CAA to malign the government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

He alleged that these forces were provoking people and creating fear among Muslims by spreading lies that they will be sent to Pakistan and Bangladesh. He claimed that even some places of worship were being used for this propaganda.

The Central minister claimed that CAA is not aimed at snatching citizenship of any Indian but to give citizenship to minorities persecuted in Islamic countries’ Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

He said after the Partition both Indian and Pakistan had agreed to look after their respective minorities without any discrimination, but Islamabad went back on the agreement and persecuted the minorities by forceful conversions. “The population of minorities in Pakistan has come down to three per cent from 30 per cent earlier,” he said.

Reddy said members of minorities from these countries migrated to India 30-40 years ago and were living in miserable conditions.

Stating that it is the responsibility of Indian society to help these people, he claimed that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while in opposition, and CPI-M leader Prakash Karat had demanded law for granting citizenship to these refugees.

He said the government brought CAA on humanitarian grounds to help the persecuted people. He said refugees were different from infiltrators and separate policies were needed to deal with them.

The minister said for BJP, there was no difference among Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM).

Telangana state BJP chief K. Laxman alleged that Chandrashekhar Rao became a tool in the hands of AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi by sending his ministers to the protest meetings against CAA, NPR and NRC.

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No plan to make Hyderabad second capital: Minister


Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy on Wednesday said there is no proposal by the Centre to make Hyderabad the second capital of the country.

He dismissed the reports in a section of media, saying the Centre mooted no such proposal. “Neither was any proposal made nor was the issue discussed,” he told reporters here.

The minister found fault with some television channels conducting debates on the issue. He remarked that the government does not take decisions on social media.

When asked about the reported move to shift Andhra Pradesh capital from Amaravati to some other place, Kishan Reddy said the Centre had nothing to do with the issue. “The issue comes under the purview of the state government,” he said.

On Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader K.T. Rama Rao’s comment that BJP has no presence in Telangana, Kishan Reddy wondered how K. Kavitha lost the elections in Nizamabad.

Rama Rao’s sister Kavitha suffered poll defeat in Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency to the BJP.

The BJP leader also took exception to Rama Rao’s comment about BJP working president J.P. Nadda. “He is saying he doesn’t know who Nadda is, then why did he meet him several times in Delhi?” the minister asked.

Kishan Reddy said instead of making such comment, Rama Rao should respond to the issues raised by Nadda like family rule in Telangana, lack of jobs and the promise to make Dalit a chief minister.

Rama Rao had made the remark while reacting to the allegations made by Nadda against TRS government at a public meeting in Hyderabad on Sunday.

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Kishan Reddy predicts ‘political tremors’ in Telugu states


Union Minister of State for Home, G. Kishan Reddy on Sunday predicted ‘political tremors’ in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Speaking at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) membership programme in Vijayawada, he said both the Telugu states would see many changes over the next two years.

The Central minister claimed that BJP is the only alternative in both the states.

His remarks came a day after BJP national President Amit Shah said that Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala will become party’s strongholds in near future.

Kishan Reddy, who is a member of the Lok Sabha from Telangana, said he would extensively visit both the states.

The Central minister said BJP would work for the development of both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Pointing that the Budget 2019-20 which was announced in the Parliament on Friday has allotted more funds for infrastructure, he said the Centre would provide all the required funds for the Polavaram project.

Stating that a stable government was formed at the Centre for a second consecutive term, he said it was working to further enhance the image of the country in the international community.

He exuded confidence that the Centre would fulfil all the requirements of Andhra Pradesh and that the government is committed to its development.

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Video: Central Minister Kishan Reddy Attends Bicycle Day Celebrations In Hyderabad

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Union Minister Kishan Reddy Comment on AP Special status


Union Minister of State for Home Kishan Reddy has asserted that the special status promise is a closed chapter and there would be no scope for a discussion on the issue. He said that he would make every effort to do justice to AP in fulfilling its bifurcation promises. His comments came as a counter to the continuing statements of YCP leaders that special status is very important for the development of AP. YCP MP Vijayasai Reddy said that special status is like oxygen for AP.

Though the BJP is dismissing talk on special status, the ruling YCP leaders are increasing their rhetoric at every forum. CM Jaganmohan Reddy raised the issue at the Niti Ayog but there was no response from PM Modi. Now the Centre’s clarification came from Kishan Reddy.

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MoS Kishan Reddy receives threat calls


Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy has received threatening phone calls from unknown persons, the Hyderabad Police said on Friday

Kishan Reddy, who received voice Internet calls on May 20, lodged a complaint with Cyber Crime police, which registered a case and launched the investigations.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader provided to police the number from which the calls were made, threatening to kill him.

Kishan Reddy, who was elected from Secunderabad Lok Sabha constituency, was inducted in Modi cabinet on May 30. He had received threatening calls in the past also.

Meanwhile, police also registered a case against unknown persons making objectionable posts against Telangana Labour Minister Malla Reddy on the social media. The minister lodged a complaint that some unknown persons were making objectionable posts about him on Facebook and other social media platforms.

The police said they identified the IP addresses of those who were trolling him and making objectionable posts. A police officer said they were trying to trace the accused for further action.

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New MoS Home stirs row, Shah pulls him up


New Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy courted controversy on the first day in office as he called Hyderabad a “safe terror zone” inviting strong objection from Hyderabad MP All India Majlis-e Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi.

Reddy, who was elected from Secunderabad, one of the Lok Sabha constituencies in the Hyderabad city, had said on Friday that any terror incident in the country would have a link to Hyderabad. Following the controversy, Reddy clarified that he did not say anything wrong.

“There are places in a country where terror activities are on the rise. If an incident takes place in Bengaluru or Bhopal, its roots are traced to Hyderabad. State police, NIA have arrested terrorists in Hyderabad every 2-3 months,” Reddy spoke to media after assuming charge.

Soon after his statement went viral, sources said, Union Home Home Minister Amit Shah Shah pulled up Reddy for the remark.

However, it could not be confirmed what exactly Shah told Reddy.

“I would like to ask him (Reddy) that in the last five years, how many times did NIA, IB and RAW gave in writing that Hyderabad is a safe zone for terror? It is unfortunate that he is saying such things,” Owaisi said, terming the minister’s statement “irresponsible”.

The AIMIM chief also said for the last five years, there was complete peace in Hyderabad as no communal took place in the city and all religious festivals passed off peacefully.

He also accused the BJP of having “hatred” for Muslims and targeting them. “An MoS speaking like this! This shows their hatred for Telangana, Hyderabad. Such irresponsible statements don’t suit a minister, but we expect this from him. Wherever they see Muslims, they take them for terrorists. We can’t cure them,” Owaisi said.

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Sack Kishan Reddy as BJP chief : Raja Singh


Goshamahal BJP MLA Raja Singh, who hogged the limelight by demanding ban on OU beef festival, demanded the removal of state BJP president Kishan Reddy from the post. Addressing media, Raja Singh said the party could not expand under Kishan Reddy’s leadership.

“Kishan Reddy failed to get the benefits of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s schemes to the people of Telangana state. He is unfit to lead party and is not supposed to continue in the post. Kishan Reddy should be sacked from the post of party president immediately.”, he said.

The Tussle between Raja Singh and Kishan Reddy erupted from the day when Madhu Goud, brother of Congress leader Mukhesh Goud joined BJP five months back. Raja Singh’s contention is that they had waged a bitter fight against Madhu Goud in the constituency and Kishan helped Madhu Goud join the party. Similarly, Kishan Reddy is said to be encouraging a builder, who is an RSS man, to operate in Goshamahal Constituency much to the chagrin of Raja Singh. Finally today he demanded the removal of Kishan from the post of president of Telangana BJP unit as Kishan was working at cross purposes with the party.He alleged that Reddy was not extending any cooperation to party leaders such as Chintala Ramachandra Reddy, Dr K Laxman, Dr Nagam Janardhan Reddy, NVVS Prabhakar etc.

Raja Singh said a person who was not able to take the party leaders along was unfit to lead the party. ” A leader means he should be able take everybody with him. Kishan Reddy failed in it,” he said.
The MLA said he had even written to Prime Minister Modi, party’s national president Amith Shah, and Home Minister Rajanath Singh about his views on Kishan Reddy. ” I have requested them to remove Kishan Reddy as Telangana party president to strengthen the party. Otherwise the party will perish,” he said.

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