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Will abide by any decision of high command: T’gana Cong chief

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Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) chief A. Revanth Reddy said on Wednesday that he will abide by any decision of the high command to set right things in the party’s state unit.

Addressing the training programme of TPCC, he stated that if the high command appoints another leader as TPCC president, he would carry him on his shoulders.

Under attack from a section of senior leaders, the MP said he would work for the party without any post. He claimed that he always worked with discipline irrespective of the party he was associated with.

His statement came amid differences within the party and a section of senior leaders raising a banner of revolt against him after he packed the party panel with his loyalists and also the allegations that some of the leaders were working as coverts for other parties.

Revanth Reddy stated that no matter which party he was associated with, he always fought against Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

He said though over 100 cases were registered against him and he was sent to jail, he was never scared of KCR. He told the meeting that he never even went closer to KCR.

Some senior leaders had last month announced save Congress in Telangana movement and termed it as a fight between what they called real Congress and the leaders who came from other parties.

This was an open attack on Revanth Reddy and others who quit Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to join the Congress a few years ago.

The turmoil had forced the high command to send senior leader Digvijay Singh to Hyderabad.

He individually met the leaders from both the groups and based on the feedback received submitted a report to the high command.

Revanth Reddy’s statement also came amid reports that Congress party in-charge in Telangana, Manickam Tagore has left the WhatsApp group of the party leaders in the state. Though no reason was cited for the move, political circles are abuzz with the talk that the high command has decided to replace him as the in-charge.

Some senior leaders had alleged that Manickam Tagore was supporting Revanth Reddy and taking unilateral decisions.

They believed to have conveyed their views to the high command through Digvijay Singh.

Meanwhile, TPCC vice-president Mallu Ravi hinted that the high command would soon appoint a new incharge for the party.

TPCC training programme was organised on Haath se Haath Jodo, Dharani portal, election regulations, members’ insurance, media, social media etc.

Several senior Congress leaders stayed away from the meeting, which was inaugurated by Revanth Reddy by hoisting the party.

Addressing the programme, he called for united efforts to bring the party to power in Telangana.

He urged the party cadre to expose the failures of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and the KCR government in the state.

He alleged that the BJP is spreading hatred in the country for power by dividing the people. He also stated that the Modi government was toppling state governments by using investigating agencies .

Stating Rahul Gandhi has taken responsibility to save the country, he urged the party cadre to take this message to every house

Revanth Reddy alleged that the current situation in Telangana is similar to the situation that prevailed in united Andhra Pradesh in 2003-04.

“I am ready to sacrifice my life to bring Congress to power,” he said adding that if Congress party works unitedly, defeating KCR is not a big task.

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Telangana Congress chief arrested, permission denied for protest

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Telangana Congress president A. Revanth Reddy was arrested by the police here on Monday as he was heading for a planned protest over the problems faced by sarpanches and lack of funds for panchayats.

The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president, who was under house arrest since morning, tried to leave but was stopped by the police.

He questioned the action by the police officers and had an argument with them.

As Revanth Reddy tried to proceed towards Indira Park, he was arrested and shifted to the Bolarum police station. Congress workers staged a protest at the police station demanding his immediate release.

Reddy slammed the action of the state government in denying permission for the dharna under the aegis of Rajiv Gandhi Panchayati Raj Sangathan.

He said the government was indifferent to suicides by sarpanches.

TPCC vice-president Mallu Ravi, Jeevan Reddy and other leaders were either placed under house arrest or were arrested while proceeding to Hyderabad.

Tension also prevailed at Gandhi Bhavan, the TPCC headquarters, as Congress leaders were stopped by the police by locking the gates. Some leaders and workers tried to leave the premises by climbing the gate.

Police used force to push them inside.

Meanwhile, Revanth Reddy has called for statewide protests against what he calls undemocratic attitude of the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) government. He asked the party cadres to organise protests in district and mandal headquarters.

“The police storming into our houses like KCR’s private army and lifting is a proof of the rowdy state in Telangana which we have fought for with a lot of aspirations,” said the TPCC chief.

Police personnel were deployed outside his residence in Jubilee Hills since morning to prevent him from leaving for Indira Park for leading the dharna as police had denied permission for the same.

Revanth Reddy took to Twitter to slam Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and said: “CM doesn’t come out of Pragati Bhavan nor common man has access to it. If we question,we face cases & house arrests. Police surrounded my house & all important leaders to prevent from a dharna against the plight of Sarpanchs in the state. Democracy, where are you!?”

The Congress has already announced that it would go ahead with the dharna despite denial of permission by the police.

Earlier, Mallu Ravi decried the decision of police not to give permission for the dharna. He said this was shocking as the party had not sought permission for rasta roko or laying siege to the Assembly.

“We wanted to hold a peaceful dharna at a designated place,” he said and pointed out that Dharna Chowk at Indira Park was established for the very purpose of democratic protests by people.

The Congress leader alleged that the state government is denying funds to panchayats and this is affecting the development of villages. He had appealed to sarpanches across the state to converge at the dharna site to express their resentment against the government’s callous attitude in providing funds meant for villages.

The Congress party said it had been protesting to highlight the problems in 12,750 panchayats of Telangana and the unfair treatment to elected sarpanches.

Sarpanches, who mostly owe allegiance to ruling Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), have been expressing concern over not receiving government funds for a year.

Dozens of them have come forward to submit their resignations.

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Revanth questions on why MLAs phones were not seized

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Telangana Congress president A Revanth Reddy questioned the State government for not seizing the mobile phones of the four MLAs, who were attempted for bribes. He wanted to know why the investigating police have not seized their mobile phones to know the facts.

He felt that the alleged trap was executed under the supervision of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and IT minister K T Rama Rao. He further said that these two are to be named as A1 and A2 in the case for conspiracy.

Revanth Reddy also alleged that the TRS and the BJP have planned this game to divert the attention of the people from the Munugode Assembly by-election and Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra. He said people were looking for the Congress leadership both in Telangana and the nation.

The Congress leader claimed that people of all sections were looking towards Rahul Gandhi to lead the nation. The turn out of the people for the Bharat Jodo Yatra in every state was shaking the leadership of the TRS in Telangana and BJP at the Centre, he said.

He also alleged that both the BJP and the TRS had joined hands in Munugode by-election and were leading misleading campaigns against the Congress. The two parties were doing everything to divert the Congress supporters in the segment as the Congress Party’s victory would definitely give a big shock to the two ruling parties, Revanth Reddy asserted.

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TRS, BJP trying to buy voters in Munugode: Revanth Reddy

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Telangana state Congress chief A. Revanth Reddy on Friday launched a scathing attack on Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for what he called trying to buy voters in Munugode by-election.

He said both the parties were trying to influence the voters with money and muscle power. The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) chief was addressing a rally in Chandur on the occasion of Congress candidate Palvai Sravanti filing her nomination for November 3 by-election to the Assembly seat.

Revanth Reddy stated that the people of Munugode are not ready to be sold to TRS or BJP. He claimed that the Congress party’s strength is its workers.

“Our workers are not contractors to sell themselves,a he said in a dig at BJP candidate Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy, who recently admitted that his company bagged Rs 18,000 crore contract from the Central government.

Rajagopal Reddy, who was elected from Munugode on Congress ticket in 2018, resigned from the party recently to join BJP. He also quit as MLA, causing the vacancy.

Revanth Reddy said the by-election was not caused for the development of the constituency but because of a person who sold himself.

“This man out of his thirst for wealth betrayed a mother-like party and joined the enemy,” he said and urged people to teach him a lesson.

The Congress leader ridiculed the promise made by TRS leader K.T. Rama Rao to adopt Munugode if TRS candidate wins the by-election. He recalled that Rama Rao had made a similar promise to defeat him in Kodangal Assembly constituency in 2018 but went back on his word.

Revanth Reddy said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will also make tall promises to people of Munugode but after the by-election he will forget all the promises.

The TPCC chief said in 2014 people of Munugode elected TRS candidate but there was no development in the constituency.

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, MP Uttam Kumar Reddy, MLA Seethakka and others were present.

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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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