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Sack Telangana health minister for surgery deaths, demands Congress

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Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) has demanded the dismissal of Health Minister T. Harish Rao from the state Cabinet over the death of four women at a family planning surgery camp in Ranga Reddy district.

TPCC chief A. Revanth Reddy termed the deaths as ‘murder’ by the government and wondered how 34 women belonging to poor families were operated upon at the camp.

Reddy, who is also a Member of Parliament, on Wednesday called on some women who are undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad for complications following surgery.

After the death of four women who underwent Double Puncture Laparoscopy (DPL) at a family planning surgery camp in Ranga Reddy district, authorities shifted the remaining 30 women to different hospitals for treatment.

Thirteen women were admitted to Apollo Hospital and the remaining 17 were shifted to government-run Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) in Hyderabad.

The four women died due to complications after undergoing DPL at the female sterilisation camp conducted on August 25 at Civil Hospital at Ibrahimpatnam in Ranga Reddy district.

They complained of acute gastroenteritis and died while undergoing treatment. Two deaths each were reported on Monday and Tuesday.

Revanth Reddy said that Harish Rao was entrusted with the health portfolio because of his ‘efficiency’, but such an incident took place when he is heading the health department.

The Congress leader described the suspension of officials as an eyewash and demanded that criminal cases be booked against them.

Reddy said the Congress will take up an intensive campaign on behalf of the victims and will lodge a complaint with the National Commission for Women.

He ridiculed the claims by the ruling TRS that government hospitals in the state are providing services at par with the corporate hospitals.

“If this is true, why have these women been admitted to corporate hospitals for treatment,” he asked.

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KCR expanding TRS in other states with public money: Revanth Reddy

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Congress’ Telangana unit chief A. Revanth Reddy on Tuesday alleged that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao was trying to expand his TRS to other parts of the country by spending public money.

Revanth Reddy slammed the Chief Minister for distributing Telangana people’s money in states like Delhi, Punjab and Bihar to expand Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in those states, and questioned KCR as to why he was not giving priority to people of Telangana at par with people of other states.

He attacked KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, a day after he announced that he would be visiting Bihar on Wednesday to distribute cheques to families of Indian soldiers who died during clashes with Chinese troops and also to families of the migrant workers from Bihar who died in a fire accident in Hyderabad.

KCR along with his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar will hand over financial assistance to the families of Indian soldiers who were martyred in Galwan valley. Cheques of Rs 10 lakh each will be given to families of the martyred soldiers.

He will also provide financial assistance to the families of 12 Bihar workers who died in the recent fire accident in Hyderabad. Cheques of Rs 5 lakh each will be handed over to their families.

Reddy wanted to know why KCR was not giving financial assistance to families of martyred soldiers belonging to Telangana.

KCR had earlier visited Punjab in May to distribute financial aid among families of Galwan valley martyrs and also the farmers who died during the movement against three farm laws enacted by the Centre.

In March, KCR had visited Ranchi and handed over cheques of Rs 10 lakh each to the families of two soldiers.

Revanth Reddy, who is a member of Lok Sabha, alleged that the state government has turned government programmes into party programmes. He said he was not invited for the inauguration of offices of two district collectors in his constituency.

He said that instead of inviting Congress MLA Sridhar Babu for the inauguration of district collectorate in Peddapalli district, the government placed him under house arrest.

The Congress leader said both TRS and BJP were misleading people to avoid debate on people’s issues. He alleged that both the parties have formed committees to buy public representatives. He said attempts were being made to buy leaders in Munugode assembly constituency.

He announced that the Congress will launch field-level visits in Munugode from September 1. The same day, a ‘Munugode charge sheet’ will be released and a door-to-door campaign will be launched.

Munugode seat fell vacant after resignation of Congress MLA Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy, who has now joined the BJP.

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TPCC chief denies making remarks against Venkat Reddy

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Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) chief A. Revanth Reddy on Friday clarified that he did not make any remarks against the party MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy.

Revanth Reddy’s clarification came after Venkat Reddy found fault with his remarks made during reaction to the resignation of latter’s brother Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy from the party.

Venkat Reddy had taken strong exception to the TPCC chief’s remarks allegedly referring to both the brothers. Venkat Reddy had also sought an apology from Revanth Reddy.

The state Congress chief, however, clarified that his remarks were not aimed at Venkat Reddy. He claimed that some people were deliberately trying to create differences between them.

“Rajagopal Reddy has betrayed Congress party while Venkat Reddy is working for the party. They are two different people,” he said.

Calling Venkat Reddy his brother, Revanth Reddy urged him not to believe the rumours being spread deliberately by some people.

MLA Rajagopal Reddy on Tuesday announced resignation from both the Congress party and state Assembly. He has dropped hints that he will soon join the BJP.

After Rajagopal Reddy’s resignation, Revanth Reddy had launched a bitter attack on him by calling him a ‘traitor’. The TPCC chief also alleged that Rajagopal Reddy was joining the BJP for contracts.

Rajagopal Reddy had also hit back at Revanth Reddy and termed him a ‘blackmailer’. The legislator claimed that Revanth Reddy became TPCC chief by bribing some leaders of the party at the Centre.

It may be recalled that both Komatireddy had attacked Revanth Reddy after he was named TPCC president last year.

Venkat Reddy had alleged that some central leaders of Congress took money to make Revanth Reddy the president. He had termed Revanth Reddy an outsider as he had quit Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to join Congress in 2017.

Both the brothers had also pointed out that Revanth Reddy was jailed in cash for vote scam.

Venkat Reddy had recently called on Revanth Reddy and both the leaders had agreed to work together. The central leadership of the party had also appointed Venkat Reddy as the party’s star campaigner.

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Rajagopal Reddy hits back at Telangana Congress chief

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A day after announcing his resignation from the Congress, MLA Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy launched a counter attack on state party chief A. Revanth Reddy.

Hitting back at the state chief for calling him a traitor, Rajagopal Reddy said that Revanth Reddy has no Congress blood in him.

The MLA from Munugode dubbed Revanth Reddy an outsider and a political opportunist who insulted party chief Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders.

Rajagopal Reddy stated that under Revanth Reddy’s leadership, the Congress’ votes in Huzurabad constituency came down from 60,000 in 2018 to a mere 3,000 in the recent by-election. He said the Congress had to face humiliating defeat as its candidate forfeited his deposit.

Rajagopal Reddy, who also announced resignation as an MLA, dared Revanth Reddy to win the by-election in Munugode. He said the Congress cadres in the constituency will stand by him and they will never back Revanth Reddy. He said if Revanth Reddy comes to Munugode, the Congress will not be able to save the deposit.

On Revanth Reddy’s allegation that he was switching loyalties to the BJP to get a contract, the MLA challenged him to prove his allegation. “If Revanth Reddy proves his allegation, I will retire from politics,” he said.

Rajagopal Reddy also called Revanth Reddy a blackmailer. “His brand image is a blackmailer. Collecting money through blackmail is his quality,” he remarked and wondered how Revanth Reddy amassed crores of rupees without any business.

The MLA also reiterated the allegation that Revanth Reddy became state unit chief by offering money to some central leaders of the party. He alleged that the TPCC President was looking to loot the state by becoming the Chief Minister.

Rajagopal Reddy also said that Revanth Reddy changed four parties. “If such a person targets me, people will not believe him. He was jailed in cash for vote fraud. Do I need to learn principles from such a person,” he asked.

The MLA claimed that he resigned for self-respect of Telangana and to fight against family rule of K. Chandrasekhar Rao. “I am joining the BJP for a battle,” he said.

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T’gana Cong chief urges Centre to take action against KCR

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Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president A. Revanth Reddy on Wednesday asked the Centre to stop making mere statements on Kaleshwaram project and take action against Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

A day after Union minister for water resources Gajendra Singh Shekhawat alleged that the Kaleshwaram irrigation project was built on wrong design and has engineering faults, Revanth Reddy asked him why the Centre was not taking action despite knowing the facts.

The Congress leader took to Twitter to react on Shekhawat’s statement. “Kaleswaram has become an ATM for KCR… True! KCR Kaleswaram was built for commissions… True! Kaleswaram submerged due to a design flaw…True! You don’t take action on KCR’s loot and corruption… This is also an undeniable fact,” wrote Revanth Reddy, who is also a Member of Parliament.

The Congress leader advised the Central minister to stop making statements and initiate strong action.

Addressing a public meeting organised by BJP at Yadadri on Tuesday, Shekhawat had said that Kaleshwaram was built with the wrong design.

He said that the project was built without taking any permissions, including the environmental clearance and has been used as a milch cow for making money.

On KCR’s demand for national status to Kaleshwaram, the central minister said that he wants the national status to cover up the failures and corruption, and wants a national project status.

Shekhawat also alleged that due to wrong design and faulty engineering, three pump houses of the project submerged in recent Godavari floods.

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Agnipath stir: T’gana Cong chief meets Secunderabad violence accused in jail

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Telangana Congress chief Revanth Reddy on Friday met a few accused in the Secunderabad railway station violence at Chanchalguda Central Prison here.

The jail authorities allowed Revanth Reddy and other Congress leaders to meet the youth, who were arrested following June 17 violence at Secunderabad station during the protest against Agnipath, the recently announced scheme by the Centre for army recruitment.

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president Revanth Reddy assured the youth that the Congress party will extend all possible help to them. He exhorted them not to lose heart.

He told reporters later that ‘the innocent youths, who were protesting against a wrong scheme brought by the Central government, were arrested and jailed under sections which are usually invoked against terrorists’.

Reddy, who is also a Member of Parliament, claimed that 50 out of 55 youth arrested in the case belong to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs). “These youths were the hope for their families. Their parents are not educated and they are now feeling helpless,” he said.

The state Congress chief blamed the Narendra Modi government at the Centre for the situation. He said by bringing the Agnipath scheme, the government has endangered national security. He alleged that under this scheme, the government wants to treat soldiers like hired labourers. “Those who are going to be recruited for four years will have no job security, pension and other benefits,” he said.

Revanth Reddy said the Congress party would continue its protest till the Centre withdrew the Agnipath scheme. As part of this, a state-wide protest will be held on June 27.

Violence rocked the Secunderabad station on June 17 during the protest by army job aspirants. The youth set afire trains and goods and vandalised the station and other railway property. One youth was killed and 13 others were injured when the Railway Police opened fire to control the situation.

The Telangana government has announced Rs 25 lakh ex-gratia for the family of the youth killed in the police firing.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced the compensation for the kin of D. Rakesh (22), who hailed from Warangal district.

The chief minister also announced that a government job will be provided to a member of Rakesh’s family as per his or her qualification.

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Telangana Cong to urge Rahul Gandhi to launch nation-wide ‘yatra’ from state

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The Telangana unit of the Congress will request party leader Rahul Gandhi to launch the proposed nation-wide ‘yatra’ from Telangana.

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President A. Revanth Reddy said that Rahul Gandhi would be requested to cover a distance of 100 km in Telangana under the yatra.

He was addressing an extended executive meeting of TPCC at the party’s state headquarters here.

Speaking at the Chintan Shivir of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) in Udaipur on Sunday, Rahul Gandhi had said that a nation-wide yatra will be launched on October 2 to strengthen connection with people.

The TPCC executive committee passed a unanimous resolution endorsing all the decisions taken at the Chintan Shivir. The resolution will be sent to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Revanth Reddy claimed that the Kisan Sangharsh Sabha addressed by Rahul Gandhi at Warangal on May 6 and the Warangal Declaration passed at the meeting have attracted national attention.

The MP said that with digital membership and Warangal Declaration, TPCC has set a model and hoped that it would score a hat-trick with Rahul Gandhi’s yatra.

He also announced that as per Rahul Gandhi’s direction, the party would take the Warangal Declaration to the people. A month-long programme titled ‘arytu racchabanda’ will be launched on May 21, the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

During the campaign, the party will explain to the people what the party has promised for farmers in the declaration.

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Telangana IPS officers’ body condemns Cong leader’s statement

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The IPS officers Association of Telangana on Thursday strongly condemned the statement by state Congress chief A. Revanth Reddy that Director General of Police (DGP) has been asked to go on leave.

The Association also condemned the allegations that certain IAS/IPS officers, native to a particular state, are being posted to top posts in Telangana. The Association termed this as a baseless statement.

It clarified that Mahendar Reddy went on medical leave owing to injuries sustained by him at his home. In order to ensure proper healing of the hairline fracture, he was advised to take rest by the doctors and hence he proceeded on medical leave from February 18 to March 4. He will join duty after due check-up and medical advice.

The statements regarding Mahendar Reddy were made in an irresponsible manner without verification of facts and the reports of scientific diagnostic tests, it said.

“Instead of wishing him good health and speedy recovery, the said leaders have needlessly dragged the officer for the sake of publicity,” the Association said in a statement.

The IPS officers’ body said statements targeting IPS officer Anjani kumar and some IAS officers from a particular state reflects biased thinking and lack of knowledge about the Constitution of India and the provisions of All India Services.

“The All India service officers are allotted to a particular state as per All India Service Rules and are given postings by the respective state governments. The irresponsible statements made against the officers, amounts to intrusion and interference in the discharge of official duties by them. Such statements have an undesirable effect of needlessly dragging officers for the sake of self publicity,” the association said.

It is seen that some of these political functionaries are habituated in making wild and irresponsible statements with an intention to demoralise officers and police force and mislead the innocent public, it added.

The IPS Association urged these political functionaries to refrain from commenting without verifying the facts and without knowing about the provisions of the Rules as provided for in the Constitution of India.

Revanth Reddy had said on Wednesday that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has his roots in Bihar. He also alleged that Telangana has become slave in the hands of a group of IAS and IPS officers of Bihar origin.

Revanth Reddy, who is also an MP, alleged the Chief Minister appointed IAS and IPS officer of Bihar origin on key posts and entrusted each of them 6-8 departments to what he called loot of the state.

He alleged that the Chief Minister made Anjani Kumar the DGP by sending the incumbent DGP on leave.

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Revanth back to his trademark politics with “Mana Ooru-Mana Poru”!

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TPCC chief A.Revanth Reddy seems to have realised that it would be of no use if he wastes time addressing press conferences at Gandhi Bhavan or his residence in Jubilee Hills. He also realised that his attempts to pacify party seniors to get closer to them will also prove futile as party seniors continue to trouble him even after making sincere efforts for the past nine months to take seniors into confidence before taking any decisions.

Finally, Revanth decided to switch back to his trademark politics of going aggressively into the people against TRS and KCR by holding public meetings.

Revanth launched “Mana Ooru-Mana Poru” programme to address public meetings in all Assembly constituencies to highlight the failures of KCR government over the past seven years. Revanth is addressing first public meeting in Parigi on Saturday (today).

Revanth’s plan is to remain in public till 2023 December Assembly polls by holding public meetings and bring Congress to power.

Soon after Revanth became TPCC chief in June, he held a series of public meetings against TRS and BJP in the name of “Dalit Girijana Dandora” and also “Vidyarthi-Nirudyogula Jung Siren” in several districts. But he later halted them after realised that seniors were angry at him for not consulting them before holding public meetings.

Revanth tried to pacify seniors but seniors continue to trouble him under one pretext or the other and obstructing him to undertake agitation programmes against TRS. Instead of wasting time pacifying senior, Revanth decided to continue his public meetings and try to bring Congress to power on his own like YSR brought Congress to power on his own in 2004 by conducting padayatra.

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Revanth continues to haunt KCR’s new Secretariat!

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TPCC chief A.Revanth Reddy continues to resist the dream project of Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao to build a brand new Telangana Secretariat in Hyderabad.

Revanth waged a long legal battle to stop the plans of KCR to demolish old Secretariat to construct a new one in its place at a cost of nearly Rs 1,000 crore. Due to Revanth’s case in High Court, the demolition was halted for nearly two years. Finally, the government secured High Court nod for demolition. KCR demolished old Secretariat building in July 2020 and started construction of new Secretariat in 2021. Already the works are going on at a brisk pace to complete the new Secretariat by December 2022.

Revanth also approached National Green Tribunal (NGT) two years ago against demolition of old Secretariat without obtaining environmental clearance from the Centre. The NGT directed Centre to file a counter on this issue. Revanth argued that environmental clearance is necessary as old Secretariat is located on the banks of Hussain Sagar.

But the Centre failed to file a counter even after two years. Angered at this, the Chennai bench of NGT directed Centre to file counter by March 15. It imposed Rs 10,000 penalty on officials concerned for failing to file the counter.

It warned that it will summon joint secretary of union environment ministry for next hearing if it fails to file counter by March 15.

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Finally, Revanth and Komatireddy come together, share dais

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Tuesday witnessed a rare constellation of the Congress leaders. Two warring leaders – TPCC chief Revanth Reddy and his biggest challenger and MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy met for the first time after the former became the TPCC chief. Komatireddy, who refused to meet Revanth all these days, welcomed him at his residence.

This is the first time both the leaders met each other and posed for photograph. This has warmed the hearts of many Congress leaders. Revanth Reddy has staunchly opposed the appointment of Revanth Reddy and even went to the extent of the Telangana Congress affairs incharge of taking bribes from Revanth Reddy. He did not attend the swearing in ceremony of Revanth Reddy at the Gandhi Bhavan.

The coming together of these two leaders is definitely a good news for the Congress Party. Later, both the leaders were present at the ‘Congress for Farmers’ rally organised by the Congress at the Indira Bhavan. They shared the stage and praised each other. This has enthused the party cadres and workers.

Speaking on the occasion, Revanth Reddy lauded Komatireddy as a true Telanganite and added that he had resigned for the cause of Telangana. His’ was a real resignation unlike the fake resignations of the KCR family, Revanth said.

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Komatireddy opens his residence doors for Revanth!

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Senior Congress leader and Bhongir Lok Sabha member Komatireddy Venkat Reddy finally opened his residence doors for TPCC chief A.Revanth Reddy on Tuesday (today).

Revanth came to Komatireddy’s residence in Lotus Pond in Hyderabad and he received Revanth at his house.

Earlier, Komatireddy announced that his residence doors are closed for Revanth Reddy and Revanth should not make any attempts to meet him at his house. Komatireddy made this statement immediately after Congress high command appointed Revanth Reddy as TPCC chief in May 2021. Komatireddy was angry at Congress high command denying him TPCC chief post despite being a loyal Congress worker since 1990s and very much senior to Revanth in politics and also in Congress.

Soon after his appointment as TPCC chief, Revanth visited the residences of all Congress senior leaders and sought their support and blessings. But he could not meet Komatireddy as he refused to meet Revanth.

The visit of Revanth to Komatireddy’s residence assumed political significance in the backdrop of Komatireddy moving closer with Telangana CM KCR and TRS for the last four days. Komatireddy met KCR at Jangaon and also in Bhongir while the CM inaugurated new Integrated Collectorate Complexes. Photos of KCR and Komatireddy hugging each other went viral on social media platforms and fuelled speculations of Komatireddy joining TRS.

Against this backdrop, Revanth met Komatireddy. It is learnt that Komatireddy told Revanth that he has no plans to quit Congress or join TRS and he met KCR only because Jangaon and Bhongir fall under his Bhongir Lok Sabha constituency and attended official programmes as per protocol and there were no politics behind this.

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Is Revanth’s best follower planning to leave Congress?

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Till a few months ago, she was believed to be the close confidante of TPCC chief Revanth Reddy and was touted as the incharge for the North Telangana districts. She was among those who stood along with Revanth Reddy in his victory procession before swearing in as the TPCC chief. But, Mulug’s two-time Congress MLA Seethakka has suddenly fallen silent.

In fact, her visits to Hyderabad have come down and she is not seen in Gandhi Bhavan these days. She is largely confined to her constituency of Mulug. Her social media wing too has become inactive. Earlier, videos and images of Seethakka traversing through deep jungles to reach out the tribals were regularly uploaded. But, they have stopped now.

Even on the issue of arrangements for the biennial tribal fair of Medaram, Seethakka is not raising her voice. She is reportedly not raising any questions over the contract works. During the last Medaram Jatara, she was very vociferous in highlighting corruption and fund misappropriation. But, this time, she is keeping largely to herself.

The buzz is growing that she might quit the Congress and join the TRS. Her proximity with TRS leader and minister Satyavathy Rathod too is being viewed with suspicion. Insiders say that she is unhappy with the way Revanth Reddy is running the party. As of now, she has not responded to these rumours. Let’s wait and see how things pan out.

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Revanth stirs up hornet’s nest by eyeing Kodangal MLA seat!

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TPCC chief and Malkajgiri MP A.Revanth Reddy stirred up a hornet’s nest again in Telangana Congress.

Revanth on Tuesday visited his home Assembly constituency Kodangal from where he was elected twice as MLA on TDP ticket in 2009 and 2014 elections.

Revanth quit TDP and joined Congress before 2018 Assembly polls and contested Kondangal seat on Congress ticket. Shockingly, Revanth lost to TRS in 2018.

Later, Revanth secured Congress Lok Sabha ticket from Malkajgiri constituency and surprised everyone by defeating TRS candidate Marri Rajashekar Reddy, the son-in-law of TRS minister Ch Malla Reddy, in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

In unexpected developments, Revanth became TPCC chief in 2021.

In Congress, everything is decided by party high command. Whether one has to contest the Assembly poll or Lok Sabha polls, the party high command will take a decision.

But on Tuesday during his visit to Kodangal, Revanth announced on his own that he will contest from Kodangal Assembly seat again in 2023 Assembly polls.

This created a flutter in Congress circles and fuelled speculations over why Revanth made such a statement.

Congress leaders feel that Revanth made this statement to send a strong message across that he is in the race for Telangana CM’s post if Congress comes to power in 2023 and for that reason he has decided to contest Assembly polls in 2023.

It remains to be seen how Congress high command and Revanth critics in TPCC would respond to Revanth’s statement.

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Revanth says he would “occupy” Telangana secretariat after KCR

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Why was the secretariat demolished? Ask Telangana PCC chief Revanth Reddy. He says the new secretariat is being built only for him and that he would be the next CM of Telangana. Till now, he has been saying that the CM would be decided by the party high command in case the Congress manages to get a majority. But, now he says he would become the next CM.

Revanth said this in an informal chitchat with the mediapersons. Thanks to Covid situation, press conferences and media addresses have become a thing of past. He is occasionally holding free-wheeling chitchat with mediapersons. During one such chitchats he said this.

Revanth said that KTR can never occupy the CM’s seat. He said that no CM’s son has so far become a CM in Hyderabad city. He said Jagan became CM in Amaravati not in Hyderabad. He said that the new secretariat too will not see KTR as the CM, He said KTR can never become the CM. He reminded that even when everything was fixed for KTR’s appointment, he (Revanth) had categorically said that KTR can never become the CM of the state.

Revanth claimed that the winds were blowing in favour of the Congress and that the party would come back to power if and when the next elections are held in Telangana. He said that he would occupy the secretariat after the elections.

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Has TPCC desciplinary committee bitten off more than it can chew?

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What if a Disciplinary Committee itself breaks the discipline? That is the strange predicament that he Congress Party is facing in Telangana. The TPCC disciplinary committee is now in the dock for overstepping its brief. The Telangana Congress is now deeply divided with one group supporting it and another slamming it.

After Revanth Reddy’s rival and TPCC working president Turpu Jagga Reddy’s letter to AICC chief Sonia Gandhi complaining against Revanth’s ways became public, the TPCC disciplinary committee has taken a serious view of it. Committee’s chief and former minister G Chinna Reddy has announced that Jaggareddy would be called before the disciplinary committee to explain the leakage of the letter.

Now questions are being asked as to why Chinna Reddy revealed to the media the action that would be taken against Jagga Reddy. This, many argue, is a violation of the party’s code of conduct. Jagga Reddy said that Chinna Reddy is working at the behest of Revanth Reddy. He said that since the committee works under the PCC chief, the PCC chief has used Chinna Reddy to attack him.

The Revanth detractors point out that during the tenure of Kodanda Reddy and Marri Sasidhar Reddy, the disciplinary committee was never involved in any controversy. They were truly neutral and kept the party interests above all, they point out. It remains to be seen how the party’s high command with bring reconciliation among all the stakeholders.

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T’gana Cong chief demands case against KTR for rally

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Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president A. Revanth Reddy on Friday urged the Director General of Police (DGP) to book a case under the Disaster Management Act against state minister K.T. Rama Rao for organising a rally in Nalgonda.

Despite the ban on public meetings and rallies, a massive rally was organised in Nalgonda when state minister for industry and information technology Rama Rao visited the town to lay the foundation stone for IT Hub and take part in other programmes.

Revanth Reddy, who was placed under house arrest in Hyderabad to stop him from attending a protest programme at Bhupalapally, alleged that he was illegally detained citing Disaster Management Act and was stopped from visiting farmers while Rama Rao was allowed to take out a rally in Nalgonda.

Revanth Reddy, who is also a Member of Parliament, tweeted that this exposed the dual standards of Telangana police. He demanded DGP M. Mahender Reddy to immediately book a case under the same Act against Rama Rao.

KTR, as Rama Rao is popularly known, is son of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and working president of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

Hundreds of TRS workers took out a huge rally to welcome KTR in Nalgonda. The party workers carrying party flags were riding two-wheelers and many of them were seen without masks.

Netizens criticised the ruling party for blatant violation of all Covid-19 regulations and the ban on rallies and public meetings. They questioned why the political parties were exempted when the police were imposing a penalty of Rs 1,000 on common man for not wearing face mask.

The state government had last week issued an order banning all rallies and public meetings till January 2 in view of the threat from Omicron, the new variant of Covid-19.

The DGP had on Thursday directed the police commissioners and district superintendents of police to strictly enforce the ban.

He had also asked the officers to create awareness among the people to follow the guidelines issued by the government like compulsory wearing of masks and maintaining social distance.

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TPCC chief Revanth Reddy placed under house arrest

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Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president A. Revanth Reddy was placed under house arrest here on Friday to prevent him from leaving for Bhupalapally to participate in “Rachabanda” programme.

Policemen were deployed at the Congress leader’s house in Jubilee Hills as he was preparing to leave for interacting with farmers facing problems due to their paddy not being procured by the state government.

As part of the state-wide programme to highlight the problems of farmers, the opposition party planned to organise “Rachanbanda” in Bhupalapally on Friday evening. Police say that there is no permission for the programme.

Revanth Reddy took to Twitter to slam the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government. He posted a video of the policemen deployed around his house restricting his movements.

“Telangana under dictator rulea Police personnel deployed again at my house restricting from visiting farmers. Is this Afghanistan or North Koreaa?,” he asked.

Through another tweet, the TPCC president wondered if consoling the farmers was a crime. He criticised Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao saying he was spending hours at the houses of ministers and MLAs to attend marriages or to consoling them but he has no time for paddy and chilli farmers who are suffering.

Meanwhile, Congress party’s national spokesperson Pawan Khera also took to Twitter asking the chief minister why he was so afraid. “You really think you can stop Revanth Reddy and Congress from raising their voice for farmers,” he asked.

This was the second time this week that Revanth Reddy was prevented from participating in Rachabanda. On December 27, he was arrested here on Monday as he was leaving for Erravalli village to lead a protest at the farmhouse of the chief minister.

Revanth Reddy had earlier released photographs of paddy cultivated at the chief minister’s farmhouse. “On one hand the chief minister is saying that the government will not procure paddy from farmers while on the other he has taken up paddy cultivation over 150 acres at his farmhouse,” the Congress leader had said.

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Revanth Reddy proposes, but spokespersons dispose

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After taking over as the Telangana PCC chief, Revanth Reddy has filled the party with dynamism and activism. But one section of the party still feels that despite the change of guard, they should remain in the old mould. They haven’t changed and appear averse to change. They are the party’s spokesperson.

Soon after taking over, Revath has appointed over a dozen spokespersons for the party in Telangana. He had even divided them into two categories – seniors and juniors. He chose the most articulate, effective and argumentative of them and hoped that they would voice the Congress Party’s stand on various issues. He believed they would remain effective carriers of the party’s ideology.

However, most of these spokespersons are rarely acting as the party’s mouthpieces. Some haven’t spoken a word so far. Some are keeping away from the party’s work and are said to be focusing on other things. Some are occasionally seen in the Gandhi Bhavan but were never seen addressing the media. In fact, addressing the media has become the responsibility of the PCC chief and CLP leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka.

Only two leaders – Addanki Dayakar and Tejawat Bellaiah Naik – are seen on TV screens. Another spokesperson Harivardhan Reddy is not regular. He occasionally sparkles in the media outings. Sircilla Rajaiah and Nerella Sarada are yet to take up their new job seriously. Another spokesperson Riaz is seen only during the party meetings. Kailash of Munugodu and Ravali too are yet to take up their jobs.

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This woman Cong leader challenging Revanth’s supremacy!

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TPCC chief Revanth Reddy has been facing several problems from male leaders in Congress ever since Congress high command appointed him to lead the party in Telangana in June this year.

However, Revanth overcame all these problems by meeting Congress seniors one after the other and securing their support to bring Congress to power in Telangana in 2023 Assembly polls.

But now a woman Congress leader is creating troubles for Revanth in Congress.

She is none other than Telangana Mahila Congress president Sunitha Rao.

She is demanding same protocol to her which is being extended to Revanth Reddy as TPCC chief.

She wants Revanth to take her permission to involve any woman leader in Congress in TPCC activities.

She wants Revanth to invite her for all Congress meetings in Gandhi Bhavan and provide her a seat besides TPCC chief.

She also wants TPCC to bear Rs 5 lakh expenditure every month to conduct Mahila Congress programmes.

She is suspending women leaders from Congress who are not following her instructions.

All these are creating problems for Revanth in Congress.

Revanth reportedly complained against Sunitha Rao to party high command requesting them to control her and if not party will suffer badly.

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