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Telangana CM KCR launches scathing attack on PM Modi

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday came down heavily on the BJP government at the Centre led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing it of killing democracy and federal system in the country.

He also alleged that the Centre is letting loose repression on those raising their voice against him.

Hours before Modi’s arrival in Hyderabad to attend BJP’s national executive meeting, Rao launched a bitter attack on him and dared him to answer his questions at the BJP public meeting scheduled in the city on Sunday.

KCR, as Rao is popularly known, was addressing a meeting organised by his Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) after welcoming Yashwant Sinha, who is joint candidate of opposition parties for Presidential elections.

“Definitely a change will come. There were several Prime Ministers before you. People gave them the opportunity and they played their role,” KCR said.

KCR also alleged that the Modi is busy toppling state governments.

“So far you have toppled nine governments,” he said.

On a statement by a Union minister that BJP can topple the government in Telangana too as it did in Maharashtra, KCR said he is waiting for it.

“We are waiting for it, so that we could become free and topple you in Delhi,” he said.

KCR also slammed the Centre for its coal import policy. He questioned the need for importing coal when India has sufficient coal stocks for 100 years. He alleged that to benefit his corporate friends, the Prime Minister is importing coal and forcing states to use 10 per cent of the imported coal.

The Chief Minister also said the Telangana government has refused to buy imported coal. He pointed out that the price of imported coal is Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 per tonne against Rs 4,000 per tonne price of domestic coal.

KCR said India is facing humiliation at the international level due to the policies adopted by the Centre to create division among people and spread hate.

He also wanted to know the results of the ‘Make in India’ campaign, claiming that the investors are pulling out their investments from the country.

The TRS leader also asked when will India become a $5 trillion economy if it grows at its current pace.

KCR claimed that while the Centre merely coined a slogan, neighbouring China showed the results on the ground. China, which once had lower growth than India, has become a $16 trillion economy while India is still at $3.1 trillion, he said.

“In China, there is less talk and more action, therefore the outcome is its pacing economy. Here all talk, no work, so no outcome,” he said.

“Make in India is a big lie. People are losing their jobs and labourers are on the road,” KCR added.

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PM to visit Bhimavaram and Gandhinagar on July 4

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Bhimavaram in Andhra Pradesh and Gandhinagar in Gujarat on July 4.

In Gandhinagar, the prime Minister will launch ‘Digital India Bhashini’, Digital India GENESIS’ and ‘Indiastack.global’. He will also dedicate ‘MyScheme’ and ‘Meri Pehchaan’ to the citizens.

On the morning of July 4, the Prime Minister will launch the year-long 125th birth anniversary celebration of legendary freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju in Bhimavaram. Thereafter, in the evening, he will inaugurate the ‘Digital India Week 2022’ in Gandhinagar.

In a statement the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said that as part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the Government is committed to giving due recognition to the contribution of freedom fighters and making people across the country aware of them.

“As part of the endeavour, Prime Minister Modi will launch the year-long 125th birth anniversary celebration of the legendary freedom fighter, Alluri Sitarama Raju, in Bhimavaram. The Prime Minister will also unveil a 30-feet tall bronze statue of Alluri Sitarama Raju,” the PMO said.

Born on July 4, 1897, Alluri Sitarama Raju is remembered for his fight against the British, in order to safeguard interests of the tribal communities in the Eastern Ghats region. He had led the Rampa rebellion, which was launched in 1922. He is referred to as ‘Manyam Veerudu’ (Hero of the Jungles) by the local people.

In Gandhinagar, Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the Digital India Week 2022, whose theme is ‘Catalyzing New India’s Techade’. During the programme, he will launch multiple digital initiatives aimed at enhancing accessibility of technology, streamlining service delivery to ensure ease of living and giving a boost to startups.

The Prime Minister will launch ‘Digital India Bhashini’ which will enable easy access to the internet and digital services in Indian languages, including voice-based access, and help the creation of content in Indian languages.

The key intervention in building AI based language technology solutions for Indian languages will be the creation of multilingual datasets. Digital India Bhashini will enable massive citizen engagement to build these datasets through a crowdsourcing initiative called BhashaDaan.

Prime Minister Modi will launch ‘Digital India GENESIS’ (Gen-next Support for Innovative Startups) – a National Deep-tech Startup Platform, to discover, support, grow and make successful startups in Tier-II and Tier-III cities of India. A total outlay of Rs 750 crore has been envisaged for the scheme.

He will also launch ‘Indiastack.global’ – a global repository of key projects implemented under India Stack like Aadhaar, UPI, Digilocker, CowiN Vaccination Platform, Government e MarketPlace (GeM), DIKSHA Platform and Ayushman Bharat Digital Health Mission.

The Prime Minister will dedicate to the citizens ‘MyScheme’ – a service discovery platform facilitating access to Government Schemes. It aims to offer a one-stop search and discovery portal where users can find schemes that they are eligible for.

He will also dedicate to the citizens ‘Meri Pehchaan’- National Single Sign On for One Citizen Login. National Single Sign-On (NSSO) is a user authentication service in which a single set of credentials provides access to multiple online applications or services.

The Prime Minister will also announce the first cohort of 30 Institutions to be supported under the Chips to Startup (C2S) Programme. The C2S Programme aims to train specialized manpower in the area of design of semiconductor chips at Bachelors, Masters and Research level, and act as a catalyst for growth of Start-ups involved in semiconductor design in the country.

It offers mentoring at organisational level and makes available State-of-the-art facilities for design to the institutions. This is part of the India Semiconductor Mission to build a strong design ecosystem in semiconductors.

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PM to reach Hyderabad on Saturday for BJP meet

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be arriving in Hyderabad on Saturday to attend the two-day meeting of the BJP’s national executive.

Modi, who will be reaching Hyderabad on Saturday afternoon, is likely to stay at Novotel hotel at Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC), the venue of the BJP conclave.

According to the schedule, the Prime Minister will reach Begumpet Airport in the city at 2.55 p.m. He will then leave for HICC by a helicopter and check in at Novotel. He will attend the BJP executive meeting from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Modi will address the meeting to be attended by 360 national executive members, including central ministers, chief ministers of various states and other key leaders.

The next day, he will attend the national executive meeting from 10 a.m. He will be present during the deliberations on key resolutions including the resolutions on political issues.

He will also give a direction to the national executive on further strengthening the party and prepare it for Assembly elections in various states later this year and next year and also for 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Modi will attend the executive till it concludes at 5 p.m. He, along with other leaders, will then reach Parade Ground in Secunderabad to address the public meeting organised by BJP’s Telangana unit.

After the public meeting, the Prime Minister will return to the hotel and on the morning of July 4 will leave for Bhimavaram in Andhra Pradesh.

This will be Modi’s third visit to Hyderabad in five months. His previous visit to the city was May 26 to participate in the annual day celebrations of the Indian School of Business (ISB). During his brief visit, he had also addressed BJP workers at Begumpet Airport.

Modi had earlier visited the city on February 5 to unveil 216-feet tall statue of equality commemorating the 11th-century Saint Ramanujacharya and to attend 50th anniversary celebrations of International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) at Patancheru near here.

During his visit beginning Saturday, the Prime Minister is likely to stay at Novotel, the five-star hotel abutting HICC near Hitec City, the information technology district. The stay was earlier planned at Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the governor. However, the state police reportedly raised concern over the proposal.

As Raj Bhavan is located in the heart of the city and surrounded by busy roads, the police had recommended the Special Protection Group (SPG) to make arrangements for his stay at Novotel. The police raised the concern over the choice of Raj Bhavan in view of the recent protest there by Congress party over Enforcement Directorate (ED) summons to its leader Rahul Gandhi and the June 17 violence during anti-Agnipath protest at Secunderabad railway station.

It was pointed out that PM’s stay at Novotel will also avoid PM’s travel by road from Raj Bhavan to the national executive meet venue for two days. Travel by road would require traffic restrictions along the busy route.

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Will Raghurama join Modi at Bhimavaram?

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address a public meeting at Bhimavaram of West Godavari district on July 4. The Prime Minister would also address a meeting at Visakhapatnam on the same day.

Modi is visiting the state for a one day programme to participate in the 125 birth anniversary of freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju. The celebrations are part of Azadi ka Amrut Mahostav being organised by the Central government marking 75 years of Independence.

Bhimavaram is part of the Narasapuram Assembly constituency which is represented by the YSR Congress rebel MP K Raghurama Krishnam Raju. After he deferred with the parent party, Raju has been avoiding visits to the constituency.

Now taking the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the rebel MP is said to be planning to visit the constituency and attend the meeting. However, it is said that he is suspected the state government arresting him if he arrived,

Smelling the possible arrest, the MP is said to have written a letter to the DGP asking him to provide security for him during his visit. It is also said that the rebel MP had informed the DGP that he would seek protection from the Prime Minister’s Office to attend the meeting if the state police failed to provide security.

Will the state government allow the rebel MP to be present along with the Prime Minister is the big question now doing rounds in the political circles!

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BJP steps up its plans for Andhra Pradesh

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The BJP seems to have stepped up its plans for Andhra Pradesh. The party, which is eying on making its presence in the state, has lined up a series of programmes with the top leaders including party president J P Nadda and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the state.

Nadda is addressing the party workers in Vijayawada today. He would also interact with a select group of intellectuals, professionals in a hotel. Later, he would interact with the party top leaders. He is spending the whole day in the city.

The party leadership had also lined up a series of programmes across the state with some leader or the other coming from Delhi. Even the Central ministers are invited to address the party workers at every meeting.

The party had planned the visit of Central ministers to every city in the state. They have so far covered Visakhapatnam, Rajamahendravaram, Ananthapur and Vijayawada. At every visit of every minister, the party organises internal and informal meetings with the professionals like doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers and others.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Bhimavaram in West Godavari district on July 4. The Prime Minister would participate in the Alluri Sitaramaraju birth anniversary celebrations in the town and address a public meeting.

The party has been holding one programme or the other marking the eighth anniversary of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister. Interestingly, the BJP is targeting the TDP leaders to join the party as they organise events in one district or the other.

While TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan are planning for alliance, the BJP is focusing on luring the TDP leaders to weaken Chandrababu Naidu. It is to be seen how far the BJP plans will help the party to prove its presence in the state.

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Jagan to Delhi tomorrow to meet Modi

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Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is likely to visit the national capital Delhi on Thursday. He is likely to reach Delhi by noon or evening, depending on the schedule.

The chief minister is planning to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and others during his stay in the national capital.

The visit is to be crucial as the Presidential election is on the cards. The BJP is looking for suitable candidates to succeed President Ram Nath Kovind in the Rastrapati Bhavan. It is for this reason, the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister wants to have consultation with Jagan Mohan Reddy, who is having considerable votes in the election.

Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSR Congress has 151 MLAs and 22 Lok Sabha members, which will play a key role in the election of President. Keeping his vote bank in mind, it is believed that the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister wants to have consultation with Jagan Mohan Reddy even before finalising a name and announcing the candidature.

Meanwhile, sources say that Jagan Mohan Reddy is also likely to have consultations with the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister on the Polavaram project. The project is already in limbo due to the faulty constructions during the TDP regime.

The lack of construction of a proper spillway had caused damage to the diaphragm wall during the last monsoon floods. The senior officials from the Union Jal Shakti ministry, officials from the Central Water Commission and the technical team have visited the project to make an assessment of the damage.

The project’s designs committee had also visited the Polavaram Project site to assess the damage and give a road map to go forward on the project. The chief minister is likely to discuss the issue with the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister besides the Union Jal Shakti minister on the future of the project.

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Andhra teacher praised by Modi in ‘Mann Ki Baat’

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A teacher from Andhra Pradesh, who spent his entire retirement benefits on the education of girls, came in for praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

During his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on Sunday, Modi hailed the gesture of Markapuram Ram Bhupal Reddy.

A retired school headmaster from Giddalur, Prakasam, did not use his retirement benefits to build a house or for other family purposes as most of the government employees do after retirement.

He deposited Rs 25.71 lakh at a post office to open Sukanya Samrudhhi Yojana (SSY) accounts for 88 girls over the age of 10 years.

Every quarter, the interest amount of Rs 41,000 on the deposit would be equally distributed and credited to the accounts of the girls till they attain the age of 21 years.

Ram Bhupal Reddy, who retired as the headmaster of Yadavalli Zilla Parishad School, said he was disturbed when he saw many girls dropping out of school as their parents could not afford to continue their education.

He had decided to do something to help such children with whatever benefit he gets on retirement. This way he wanted to ensure that at least some girls continue their education.

He identified 88 girls from poor families and deposited the entire amount in their accounts under the Government of India’s scheme.

The SSY account passbooks were handed over to all the students at Bhupal Reddy’s superannuation function recently.

During his entire career, Ram Bhupal Reddy helped students from poor backgrounds in whatever way he could.

He not only used to pay their fees but also used to distribute new clothes to them at festivals.

He received four awards from three chief ministers of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh for his contributions to education.

He also conducted workshops and meetings to help teachers improve their expertise in their subjects.

To encourage teachers to perform better, he also helped conduct a grand felicitation function to reward 6,300 subject-teachers of schools, which got cent per cent results in the Class 10 exams.

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PM’s Hyderabad visit to rev up Telangana BJP

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Prime Minister Narendra Mod’s visit to Hyderabad on May 26 is likely to rev up the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Telangana.

During the visit Modi is likely to address BJP leaders and this comes close on the heels of BJP national president J.P. Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit.

BJP leaders expect that Modi’s visit will infuse new enthusiasm in the party as it gears up for upcoming Assembly elections in the state.

With ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) reportedly mulling the idea to go for early elections, BJP leaders expect Modi’s visit to be a morale booster for the party.

The Assembly elections in the state are due towards the end of 2023 but Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is reported to be planning to go for polls by the end of current year or early next year.

Though the Prime Minister will be visiting Hyderabad to participate in the annual day celebrations of the Indian School of Business (ISB), BJP’s Telangana unit has requested the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to include in his schedule a meeting with the state party leadership at Begumpet Airport in the city.

State BJP chief Bandi Sanjay has requested the BJP’s central leadership to facilitate the meeting. He told the party leaders that Modi’s meeting with the state party leaders and an address to the cadres would help lift their spirits.

The saffron party is already upbeat over Modi’s visit and is planning a grand reception at the airport. The party leaders have started working on sprucing up the area around the airport. As the PM is likely to travel to ISB by road, the party will deck up the route with party flags, banners, cutouts and flexi.

Before leaving for ISB, PM Modi will also dedicate to the nation the Ramagundam Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited the virtual event to be held at the airport.

Modi will be the third key BJP leader to visit Telangana in three weeks. BJP president Nadda had addressed a public meeting at Mahabubnagar on May 5 as part of the second leg of Bandi Sanjay’s ‘Praja Sangram Yatra’.

Amit Shah had addressed a massive public meeting at Tukkuguda near Hyderabad on May 14 to mark the culmination of the yatra.

BJP leaders claimed that the visit by Nadda and Shah boosted the morale of the party and they are now looking forward to Prime Minister’s visit to continue the momentum.

Sanjay is reported to have earned the praise from Modi for the successful conduct of his yatra.

At their public meetings, both Nadda and Shah claimed that people of Telangana want double-engine growth and their mood is reflected in the BJP’s victory in the Dubbaka and Huzurabad Assembly by-elections in 2020 and 2021 respectively and the impressive performance of the party in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections in 2020.

The BJP has four Lok Sabha members from Telangana while the party has three members in 119-member Assembly.

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Jagan meets PM Modi, its more politics than state issues

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Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday in Delhi. The two leaders held an hour-long meeting and were said to have discussed various issues, including national politics.

While the chief minister’s office in Tadepalli claims that the chief minister had discussed the issues relating to the state, what actually transpired between them is said to be a different issue. Sources say that the two leaders have discussed the forthcoming elections to the post of President.

The Presidential election is scheduled for July 2022, three to four months from now. As the BJP is yet to name its candidate for the Presidential polls, sources say that the Prime Minister had a word with Jagan Mohan Reddy on the consensus candidate.

Though Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSR Congress is not part of the BJP-led NDA government, the party’s vote is important for the BJP to get its candidate won the election. Since the YSR Congress had backed the BJP-led NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovid in 2017 elections, the Prime Minister is understood to have sought support from the YSR Congress this time too.

Sources also say that Jagan Mohan Reddy and Narendra Modi have discussed the impending Rajya Sabha elections from Andhra Pradesh. Four BJP members and one YSR Congress member are due for retirement in June this year. The BJP’s strength had come down to 100 members in the 245-member House. With three members retiring in June from AP, the BJP strength would further fall.

At the same time, the YSR Congress Party’s strength will go up to 9 members against six members now. Given the strength of the party in the Assembly, the YSR Congress will clearly win all the four seats. However, it is said that Narendra Modi is said to have asked for one seat to be given to the Adani family.

In the last Rajya Sabha elections from Andhra Pradesh, Jagan Mohan Reddy had given one seat to the Ambani family, now represented by Parimal Nathwani. Similarly, this time Jagan Mohan Reddy is likely to give one seat to the Ambani family, which is said to be discussed by both Modi and Jagan.

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Modi, Jeeyar Swamy impact on Yadadri temple!

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Yadadri temple renovation is the dream project of TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao. Rao visited nearly 18 times to Yadadri temple as CM since 2014 and spent over Rs 1,200 crore on the renovation works of temple so far.

Until recently, KCR was talking about inaugurating Yadadri temple complex in a grand manner by holding various religious rituals from March 21 and 28. He talked about inviting President Ramnath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Ministers and Governors of various states for Yadadri reopening. KCR also talked about holding ‘mother of all yagams” Maha Sudarshana Yagam with 1,048 yagam mandaps and 4,000 rithviks etc under the aegis of Chinna Jeeyar Swamy.

But suddenly KCR became silent on Yadadri inauguration as March 21 is fast approaching. Speculations are rife in political circles that KCR has decided not to invite President or PM or anyothers. Now KCR does not want any hungama at Yadadri. KCR wants to keep this a low key affair. Only KCR will attend and inagurate the temple. KCR reportedly postponed even Maha Sudarshana Yagam.

Why this sudden change? It is rumoured in TRS circles that it is the direct fallout of his ongoing fight with BJP and Modi. The recent visit of Modi to Jeeyar Swamy’s ashram and Swamy praising Modi as “Lord Rama” led to KCR distancing himself from Jeeyar Swamy also. All these factors are going to impact the Yadadri temple grand inaugural programmes, they say.

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PM’s remarks bring Telangana sentiment to the fore again

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks in Parliament on the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh has triggered a political slugfest in Telangana with both the ruling TRS and opposition Congress going all out to cash in on the sentiment.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which has succeeded in sustaining the Telangana sentiment ever since forming the first government in the state in 2014, was quick to seize the opportunity.

From seeking an apology from Narendra Modi to staging protests across the state to moving a privilege motion against him in the Parliament, the TRS went into an overdrive to capitalize.

The Prime Minister’s comments gave an opportunity to the TRS to step up its attack on him for the alleged bias against Telangana and thus corner BJP’s state unit which has been trying to project itself as the only viable alternative.

Since the Prime Minister had made the comments while lashing out at Congress over the manner in which it bifurcated Andhra Pradesh, the opposition party too tried to use it to its advantage. While slamming Modi for his remarks, the Congress leaders tried to project this as a proof in support of their claim that the credit for carving out Telangana state goes to their party.

Both the TRS and Congress accused BJP of betraying Telangana and asked its state leaders how they will face the people of the state. Political analysts say the attacks by both the parties will make things difficult for the BJP.

The TRS is trying to derive political mileage by cornering the BJP over what it describes as an insult to people of Telangana. The Congress, while slamming BJP, is claiming Modi’s comments are an admission of the fact that it was the Congress that created Telangana.

Modi, on February 8 raked up the bifurcation issue while targeting Congress party while replying to the debate on motion of thanks to President’s Address in the Rajya Sabha. He alleged that Congress acted against the federal spirit.

“Andhra Pradesh (undivided) played an important role in the Congress forming government at the Centre, but the Congress divided the state in a hasty manner,” said Modi. “Mics were switched off and ‘mirchi’ (pepper) spray was used and there was no discussion during the passage of the bifurcation Bill,” he added.

Though he asserted that he was not against the creation of Telangana, TRS and Congress both accused him of insulting people of the state and 1,200 youth who laid down their lives for separate state.

The Prime Minister said the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government created three states (Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand) in the most peaceful manner.

Modi, during his speech in Parliament, also remarked that the two states were suffering even today because of the manner in which the Congress bifurcated Andhra Pradesh

Both the TRS and Congress leaders asked Modi to explain why Vajpayee government failed to create Telangana state though BJP had promised this before 1999 elections. “The BJP had passed a resolution at Kakinada in 1998 promising two states for one vote,” recalled TRS working president and state minister K.T. Rama Rao.

“Utterly disgraceful of you Mr Prime Minister for repeatedly insulting the decades of spirited struggle & sacrifices of the people of Telangana,” said KTR, as Rama Rao is popularly known. He also demanded that the Prime Minister apologise to people of Telangana.

The Congress leaders too reacted strongly. State Congress chief A. Revanth Reddy said if the BJP-led NDA had created Telangana state after coming to power in 1999, lives of 1,200 Telangana youth would have been saved.

“Our leader Sonia Gandhi created Telangana state despite knowing very well that this will cause political damage to the Congress party,” he said.

A day after PM’s comments, protests erupted in Telangana as ministers and legislators came on the streets to lead the charge, condemning Modi’s remarks and setting afire effigies of the BJP.

This was the second time after 2014 that TRS men staged a protest on an issue related to creation of Telangana state. Immediately after formation of Telangana on June 2, 2014, the state had observed a shutdown on a call given by TRS to protest merger of eight mandals (blocks) of Telangana with Andhra Pradesh.

“The Modi government had overnight handed over the mandals to Andhra Pradesh and also took away lower Sileru power project. Did Modi consult Telangana? Where was his federal spirit then?,” asked Telangana’s finance minister T. Harish Rao.

The TRS leaders sharpened the attacks on the Modi government for doing nothing for Telangana in the last eight years. They said he was unable to digest the fact that Telangana is developing at a rapid pace and emerging a model for the entire country despite not getting any help from the Centre.

Harish Rao pointed out that the Centre went back on all its commitments made to Telangana in Bifurcation Act. “BJP has been repeatedly betraying Telangana,” he said.

Political analysts say the PM’s comments may prove counter-productive to his own party in Telangana

“PM with his remarks on bifurcation has only disturbed the growing harmony between the people of the two Telugu states. Time and again Modi made remarks which would not let people of Andhra Pradesh forget the pain they suffered in 2014. And this time, his rhetoric is surely going to irritate people in Telangana. While BJP has limited stakes in AP, the party’s prospects in Telangana will get affected with such unsavory statements by the top leader,” said analyst Palwai Raghavendra Reddy.

He pointed out that eight years since bifurcation, both the state are trying to resolve many issues bothering administration and people of both the states. From water distribution to jobs allocation, both the state governments have been striving hard to ensure all complexities are resolved in an amicable manner. “Though the people of Andhra Pradesh believe they have been cheated by political parties, and the then union government, they seemed to be moving forward on various fronts.”

The analyst say if Prime Minister thinks Andhra Pradesh got a raw deal in 2014, he had an opportunity to correct it over the past eight years, and still has another two years to do so. “His government’s actions on Capital city/cities, Polavaram, Visakha Railway Zone, proposed Kadapa Steel Plant and many more are against the interests of AP. Instead of raking up issues which would cause more harm by dividing people, PM from his position of power must act to bring people and regions together,” said Raghavendra Reddy.

He believes that TRS and Congress in Telangana got opportunity to paint BJP as a party against the youngest state in India. “While TRS has already moved privilege motion against PM in both houses of the Parliament, we will have to see how effectively TRS and Congress will take the issue to the people,” he added.

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After verbal attack, KCR, Modi to come face-to-face

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Barely days after he made the most strident attack on Modi and the Central Government, Telangana CM KCR is all set to face him and even share the state with him. It would be interesting to watch how both the leaders conduct themselves after the vituperative verbal attack of KCR. Will they keep aside their differences or will they show up even in the two programmes that they are like to be together?

Modi will be in Hyderabad on Saturday (February 5) to take part in the golden jubilee of agricultural research centre ICRISAT in Patancheru and also to unveil the giant statue of Sri Ramanuja at Muchintal near Shamshabad. Whether KCR will go to receive Modi or will he share the stage with Modi in both Patancheru and Muchintal is being eagerly watched.

Poll watchers are also eagerly watching how both the leaders conduct themselves especially after KCR made a stinging attack hurling even harsh words on the issue of budgetary allocations. He also used choicest abuses at the BJP. The buzz is that Chinna Jeeyar Swami could play mediator between the two leaders to ensure the smooth conduct of the programme.

The meeting also assumes significance especially in view of the attempts of KCR to forge a federal front with the like-minded regional parties. Interestingly, Tamil Nadu CM Stalin too is calling for a meeting of several regional parties soon to take on the centre.

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Jagan earns ‘sincere CM’ tag from PM Modi!

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Like a sincere student who attends classes regularly and promptly and listens to their masters carefully, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy appears to have earned the tag of a “Sincere CM” from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

PM Modi on Saturday (today) convened a video conference with CMs of all States to review the implementation of central government’s schemes in aspirational districts, which are also called backward districts in the country.

Not even CMs of five states attended the PM’s video conference.

Only four CMs attended the video conference of whom one is Jagan. The others are CMs of Karnataka, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh. While Karnataka and Gujarat CMs were from PM’s own party BJP, Chhattisgarh CM was from Congress.

The BJP is in power in more than 20 states but just two BJP CMs attended.

Modi too reportedly surprised to see Jagan attending all his video conferences promptly. Modi even praised Jagan for attending the meeting held on the weekend, which is generally a holiday and Modi said it shows the interest CM Jagan has towards the development of backward districts in his state AP.

Modi praised Jagan as other Telugu CM KCR from Telangana is skipping all the video conferences held by PM. KCR skipped PM’s video conference on Covid on January 13 and also videoconference held by PM on Saturday. KCR asked Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to attend the PM’s meetings on his behalf. Jagan attended all the video conferences of PM without fail.

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India Today Survey: Will Modi factor have effect on 5 poll-bound states?

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Here’s a bad news for all the Modi baiters, who want to see his back in 2024. His popularity rates are not only still intact but are in fact growing. He is still without doubt the tallest leader in the country and others are nowhere near him. If the latest Mood of the Nation survey of the C-Voter-Indian Today is any indication, Modi is well on course for a third term and the NDA would easily get 286 seats in 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Also, Modi’s popularity ratings are up from 53 per cent in August 2021 to 59 per cent. The popularity of the NDA government to is up from 53 per cent to 59 per cent. The survey also says that the Congress could get up to 62 seats, marginally up by 9 seats over 2019 elections. The UPA, according to the survey would not get more than 127 and the others would be around 120 if the elections are held now.

But there is one interesting aspect in the MOTN survey of India Today. The opposition to Modi too is gathering momentum. The August 2021 survey said that 17 per cent of the voters were dissatisfied by Modi rule. The latest survey says the percentage has gone up to 26 per cent. Thus, the interesting spectacle is that both the support and opposition to Modi are equally growing – support by 6 percentage points and opposition by 9 percentage points.

But, what will happen in the five states that are going to polls? Will Modi’s charisma affect the performance of the state election outcome? The survey says that none of the incumbent CMs, including Yogi Adityanath, have more than 50 percent approval ratings. So Modi factor may not have its impact on the states. So, let’s wait for the actual elections to be held and the real results to come out.

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Modi’s Twitter account hacked with Bitcoin post, restored

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal Twitter handle was restored after getting “very briefly compromised,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a tweet on Sunday, after it shared a link promising a bitcoin giveaway.

“The Twitter handle of PM @narendramodi was very briefly compromised. The matter was escalated to Twitter and the account has been immediately secured. In the brief period that the account was compromised, any tweet shared must be ignored,” PMO India said in a tweet.

The account of Modi, who has more than 73.4 million followers, has now been restored.

Before the account was restored, a tweet was shared with a URL on PM Modi’s timeline which read, “India has officially adopted bitcoin as legal tender. The government has officially bought 500 BTC and is distributing them to all residents of the country.”

Minutes later, another tweet was posted, saying, “Yes this account is hacked by John Wick (hckindia@tutanota.com), We have not hacked Paytm Mall.”

“We have 24X7 open lines of communication with the PM’s Office and our teams took necessary steps to secure the compromised account as soon as we became aware of this activity. Our investigation has revealed that there are no signs of any other impacted accounts at this time,” Twitter spokesperson told IANS.

After Prime Minister Modi’s account was compromised, #Hacked began trending in India.

“Good Morning Modi ji, Sab Changa Si?,” Srinivas BV, the national president of the Indian Youth Congress, tweeted.

“Was the Twitter account of the Hon’ble PM shri #NarendraModi ji hacked? And promise of #Bitcoin !!” tweeted political activist Tehseen Poonawalla.

Another user warned others about the link. “#PMmodi #modi account #hacked, please do not click on the link. It’s a scam. … Even PM’s account is not safe. How safe will be Indian social media from hackers, manipulators, scammers and foreign influence? #Twitter verified security compromised?”

Earlier, in September 2020, the Twitter account linked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal website and mobile app was hacked by an unknown group with a series of tweets asking followers to donate to a relief fund through cryptocurrency.

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TRS takes credit for Modi withdrawing farm laws!

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to repeal the Centre’s three controversial farm laws.

Modi made this statement while addressing the nation on Friday morning (today).

Modi said he has decided to scrap the farm laws taking into consideration the agitations being held by farmers unions in several states for the past one year demanding repeal of farm laws.

However, the ruling TRS took credit for Modi backtracking on farm laws.

This is because Modi’s statement came within 24 hours of Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao holding dharna on farmers’ issues at Indira Park on Thursday along with his entire cabinet ministers, TRS MLAs, MLCs and MPs.

KCR threatened to intensify agitation at national-level if Modi fails to procure paddy from Telangana and also withdraw farm laws.

TRS leaders say KCR’s agitation has forced Modi to reconsider his decision on farm laws and forced to withdraw farm laws.

TRS leaders claim that is the power of KCR who achieved Telangana state with agitations and has now achieved withdrawal of farm laws with the same agitation programmes.

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Know how rich our Prime Minister is?

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Everyone wants to know how rich India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is. Well! Like every year, Modi has uploaded the details of his assets and properties online. Over the last year, Modi’s assets grew by Rs 22 lakh. This rise is due to the appreciation of the assets. The total assets of PM Modi are Rs 3.02 crore. Last year, his properties were counted at Rs 2.85 crore.

Ever since he became the prime minister, Modi has been uploading the details of his assets. Modi has no investments in the share market and does not own a car. Modi has Rs 8.93 lakh worth of national savings certificates and Rs 1.50lakh worth of an LIC policy. He has invested in the L and T infrastructure fund. He has invested Rs 20000 way back in 2012. He owns four gold rings worth Rs 1.48 lakh.

Modi is the co-owner of a 14.125 sq ft of land along with three others. His share is 3531. When he purchased the land, it cost Rs 1.20 lakh. The land is in the Gandhinagar area in Gujarat. He has FDs worth 1.8 crore. This was worth Rs 1.6 crore last year. The growth in his income is mainly due to this. He has a bank balance of Rs 1.5 lakh and cash on hand is about Rs 38000.

Modi perhaps is the first prime minister to reveal his assets and properties every year. Declaration of politician’s asset is an idea that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has begun. Modi has been following this.

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Modi meets Harris ahead of first-ever in-person Quad summit

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Black on white, white on black. At 3:19 p.m. Thursday, when America’s first ever Indian American Vice President Kamala Harris welcomed India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave for the first time after taking power in the 2020 elections, it was a striking visual for a historic moment, blending austere monochrome with the all-white backdrop of the White House pillars.

Both wore masks – Modi white and Harris black. Harris dressed in a sleek black and white pantsuit, and sported her string of trusty pearls. Modi arrived in a crisp, milky white kurta ensemble with a black Nehru jacket, teamed with black shoes. Harris began about 5 minutes of remarks noting the passage of time since Modi was here last.

“It is my understanding that this is your first trip outside of South Asia for at least the last 16 months,” she said.

Back then, Donald Trump was US president, his Twitter megaphone was a riot, Covid-19 hadn’t exploded, masks weren’t yet a cultural flashpoint, Modi and Trump headlined a “Howdy, Modi!” rally in Houston, drawing over 50,000 people.

Trump is gone now, Biden has pulled US troops from Afghanistan, US, Britain and Australia stunned France by cutting a multibillion-dollar contract to acquire US nuclear-powered vessels. The political contrasts are sharp, Chinese aggression is rising, global contradictions are shifting, flexible multi alignments are on the ascendant.

Biden’s deputy Harris spoke first today, invoking themes that will be on full display on Friday, at the first-ever leader level Quad summit. Fragility, cooperation and resilience were on the table in the context of the Indo-Pacific.

“And as it relates to the Indo-Pacific, the US, like India, feels very strongly about the pride of being a member of the Indo-Pacific, but also the fragility and the importance and strength as well of those relationships, including maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Harris said.

Harris thanked Modi for cooperation on Covid-19 vaccines.

“Early in the pandemic, India was a vital source of vaccines for other countries. When India experienced a surge of Covid in the country, the US was very proud to support India in its need and responsibility to vaccinate its people,” she said.

India’s vaccination effort came in for special mention.

“It is of particular note and admiration that India, I’m told, is currently vaccinating approximately 10 million people a day, as of today,” Harris noted.

Modi began speaking at 3:24 p.m., checking off many of the same boxes.

“India was confronted with the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic — a very difficult time for us. But so — like a family, the sense of kinship and so warmly you extended a helping hand, the words that you chose when you spoke to me — I will always remember that, and I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart,” he told Harris.

Modi invited Harris to India, to continue “this journey of victory”. India, he said, is “waiting to welcome you”.

Whenever Kamala Harris touches down in India, it will be a standout journey for the idea of the Indian diaspora’s promise. Her rise was made possible by another audacious traveller – her mother Shyamala Gopalan, who arrived in America as a 19-year-old in 1958, on an academic scholarship.

Modi spoke to that potential today. “Excellency, between India and the US, there are very vibrant and strong people-to-people connections that we have. You know that all too well,” he said.

“More than 4 million people of Indian origin, the Indian community is a bridge between our two countries — a bridge of friendship. And their contribution to the economies and societies of both our countries is indeed very praiseworthy.”

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Kishan Reddy’s TV interviews confirm Modi-KCR bonding!

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The only union cabinet minister from the Telugu States in Narendra Modi government, G.Kishan Reddy is on a spree of giving interviews to all major Telugu news channels for the past three days.

The common question being encountered by Kishan Reddy in all these interviews is about ‘bonding’ and ‘secret ties’ between Prime Minister Narendra Modi, union home minister Amit Shah and Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao.

Kishan Reddy’s answers to the questions raised by journalists in these interviews give clear indications that there is no confrontation between TRS and BJP at the national-level but there is only ‘street fight’ between TRS and BJP in Telangana.

On one hand, BJP Telangana president Bandi Sanjay is undertaking padayatra in Telangana for the past two weeks attacking KCR and TRS every day stating that BJP will send KCR to jail for corruption in irrigation projects and land dealings.

When journalists asked Kishan Reddy about BJP sending KCR to jail, he answered, “There is no evidence with the Centre on KCR’s corruption to send him to jail.”

Kishan Reddy in turn asked journalists to give such evidence if any to him so that he can examine and take suitable action.

This clearly shows that BJP national leadership has no intention to book corruption cases against KCR and send him to jail.

When journalists asked him “Do you think KCR indulged in that much corruption in the last seven years which can send him to jail?”, Kishan Reddy replied, “I can’t say he will go to jail or not but as of now there is no evidence available to prove corruption charges against KCR.”

Kishan Reddy’s answers to several questions in his interviews only suggest that BJP has no problem with TRS and KCR remaining in power in Telangana and they only want that Congress should not come to power in Telangana since BJP anyway has no strength to come to power in Telangana.

TRS is supporting BJP on all issues at the national-level and also in the Parliament. Why should Modi and Amit Shah target KCR and TRS then? is the opinion being expressed in political circles after watching Kishan Reddy’ interviews.

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Rahul Gandhi-Amit Shah faceoff in Telangana on this September 17

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September 17 will see a big face-off this time. Yes. The two second-in-command leaders in the two biggest parties in the country will be in Telangana. BJP’s biggest leader after Narendra Modi and union Home Minister Amit Shah and Congress Party’s past and future president Rahul Gandhi would be in Telangana on September 17. This will be a unique face-off for Telangana.

September 17 is an important date for the BJP as it is the Hyderabad Liberation Day from the yoke of Nizam and the Razakars. It is also the birth anniversary of BJP’s biggest icon Sardar Patel. More importantly, it is the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Amit Shah will join Bandi Sanjay’s Yatra and will address a massive public meeting in Kamareddy. Later, he would proceed to Nirmal, where he would address another meeting atop Nirmal fort. The location is important because it was here in 1857 that over a thousand freedom fighters were hanged from a banyan tree. The occasion, the location, the speaker and the yatra confirm the BJP’s ideological agenda.

Congress senior leader Rahul Gandhi too will visit Telangana on September 17. He would speak at a public meeting organised to mark the conclusion of the Dalit and Girijan conferences that the TPCC has been organising. The Congress is trying to gather around 5 lakh people for the occasion. The Congress is planning to launch its Mission 2023 on the occasion. The Congress leaders are already busy with the preparations for Rahul’s visit. This will be Rahul’s first visit to the state after October 2018. He is also likely to review the party’s organisation work and the visit is primarily intended to establish Revanth Reddy’s authority in the state Congress affairs.

So, expect a lot of political action on September 17 this time. The target of both the national parties would no doubt be the ruling TRS in Telangana. Let’s see how the TRS deflects the two-pronged attack.

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