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Kavitha, Harish join KCR, KTR’s ‘letter war’!

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TRS president, Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao and his son, IT minister K.T.Rama Rao have launched a ‘letter war’ on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP government at the Centre.

For the past one month, KCR and KTR are writing letters to PM Narendra Modi and union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Nitin Gadkari, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat etc pointing out discrimination being meted out to Telangana in sanctioning of projects and funds, on pending state bifurcation promises and demanding more funds and projects to Telangana in upcoming Union Budget 2022-23 set to be presented in the Parliament in February.

KCR and KTR are also attacking Modi and Centre in their letters.

These letters of KCR and KTR are attracting top headlines in newspapers and TV channels in Telangana while some are garnering the attention of national media.

Now, finance minister T.Harish Rao and MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha have joined in this ‘letter war’ against BJP.

Incidentally, both Harish Rao and Kavitha wrote letters on the same day on Monday.

In his letter to union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Harish Rao took strong exception to Centre not granting funds to Telangana for the development of backward regions, pending 14th and 15th finance commission grants, denial of funds recommended by NITI Aayog, GST/ IGST arrears etc.

Kavitha on the other hand dashed off a letter to Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay to answer why BJP government at the Centre did not sanction a single paise to Telangana for conducting Medaram Jatara, known to be the Asia’s largest tribal festival, even after CM KCR writing series of letters to the Centre in this regard.

Kavitha asked Sanjay to answer why BJP government at the Centre has kept the legislation extending 10 per cent reservations for tribals (STs) pending that was passed by TRS government in Legislative Assembly in 2017.

BJP leaders are angry at entire KCR’s family engaging in letter war against BJP.

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Telangana to permanently solve drinking water problem in Hyderabad

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The government of Telangana plans to bring the Godavari river water to Hyderabad from Kondapochamma Sagar and Mallanna Sagar reservoirs to permanently solve drinking water problem in Greater Hyderabad and surrounding municipalities.

The two reservoirs were built as part of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation scheme, described as the world’s biggest lift irrigation project.

The Telangana capital and surrounding municipalities are currently getting the Godavari and Krishna river water from Ramagundam and Sunkishala respectively.

Minister for municipal administration K. T. Rama Rao said the Kaleshwaram project has brought Godavari water nearest to the city with construction of Kondapochamma Sagar and Mallanna Sagar reservoirs.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, who is working on long-term plans to take care of drinking water needs of Hyderabad and surrounding municipalities till 2051, is keen to draw water from Kondapochamma Sagar to Gandipet (Osman Sagar lake), one of the oldest sources of drinking water to the city.

“Kondapochamma Sagar is 612 metres above sea level while Hyderabad is 535 metres above sea level. If water is brought from there by gravity, the city will have abundant water for all its future needs,” Rama Rao said.

He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for the Outer Ring Road (ORR) Phase-II drinking water supply scheme at Alkapoor Township, Manikonda on Monday.

The project being taken up at a cost of Rs 1,200 crore will cater to drinking water requirements of 980 colonies and gated communities within ORR jurisdiction.

Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) has already completed ORR project Phase-I at a cost of Rs.775 crore providing water to 190 villages situated beyond Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and within ORR limits.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, said Hyderabad and 25 surrounding municipalities are being currently supplied 600 Million Gallons per Day (MGD) water and the requirement by 2051 in estimated to be 1,000 MGD.

The minister pointed out that Hyderabad is the fastest growing city in the country as it has many advantages, including its central location and good climate, while metro cities Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai were facing their own problems.

He said the state government was making plans not only to meet the current requirements but also cater to the city’s needs in future. The government was working to ensure supply of 140 litres per capita per day (LPCD).

KTR claimed that since the formation of Telangana state, the government has been focusing on providing basic amenities to people and has achieved success in ensuring 24X7 quality electricity to all sectors and drinking water to all households.

He said during the last seven-and-a-half years, the state government spent Rs 6,000 crore on improving water supply to Hyderabad and its surrounding municipalities.

In its first term, the TRS government took up Rs 2,000 crore drinking water scheme in all municipalities and corporations around Hyderabad. Work is currently on to lay an additional pipeline from Sunkishala reservoir at a cost of Rs 1,400 crore. The first phase of ORR drinking water supply was taken up at a cost of Rs 775 crore while the foundation stone was laid on Monday for the second phase at a cost of Rs 1,200 crore.

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Re-launch of Dalit Bandhu: Will Telangana have early elections again?

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Is Telangana going to have early elections? In 2018, KCR had taken everyone by surprise by going in for early polls. The present government’s term is going to end in 2023.But is KCR planning to shock the opposition and go in for early polls by the end of this year? This is the hot topic of discussion in Telangana political circles these days.

Political watchers say that KCR Government’s plan to extend Dalit Bandhu to the whole state is an indication that he is planning to advance the elections. Insiders say that the Dalit Bandhu was actually meant for the 2023 elections. However, the unexpected Huzurabad elections forced KCR to pull out this hidden weapon. NThe scheme which was implemented in some parts of Huzurabad and Vasaamarri was stopped citing election code. Since then, the scheme has been kept in the cold storage.

Now KCR has once again brought the Dalit Bandhu out of the closet. He now says that the Dalit Bandhu would be extended to every assembly constituency by March this year. The government is likely to implement such a vote-catching scheme only if there are elections. Hence the political watchers say that there could be elections to Telangana state assembly towards the end of this year.

KCR told the district collectors to identify 100 people per constituency for the implementation of the scheme. The beneficiary would be selected in consultation with the local MLA, KCR said. This will help create a pro-KCR buzz in the dalit community, the TRS feels. Using this feel-good atmosphere, the party can romp home to power in the elections, say political watchers.

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Why TRS is making so much noise about “Dalit Bandhu” again?

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Dalit Bandhu scheme has again made it to the top headlines in all major newspapers on Sunday (today).

TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao introduced Dalit Bandhu scheme all of a sudden in June last year with an aim to defeat Etela Rajender in Huzurabad Assembly bypoll in October last year.

In Huzurabad, Dalit voters were the majority and KCR felt that if TRS government gives Rs 10 lakh to each Dalit family in the constituency under Dalit Bandhu scheme, it will ensure victory for TRS in the bypoll.

But KCR’s calculations went wrong and Etela Rajender from BJP defeated TRS. After Huzurabad bypoll, KCR stopped talking about Dalit Bandhu scheme.

But KCR all of a sudden instructed ministers, TRS MLAs and collectors on Saturday (yesterday) to implement Dalit Bandhu scheme in all the remaining 118 Assembly constituencies in March and directed them to select 100 Dalit families in each constituency.

There are no bypolls or even Assembly polls until December 2023 in Telangana. Why KCR raked up Dalit Bandhu issue again is the question being debated extensively in political circles.

Speculations are rife that KCR did it to counter BJP which laid special focus on 19 Assembly seats reserved for Dalits (SCs). Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay announced Mission-19 to win all 19 SC reserved seats in Telangana in 2023 Assembly polls.

To counter this, KCR came out with Dalit Bandhu scheme in all constituencies to lure Dalit voters towards TRS.

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The Boss begins to clean up the party, readies list of non-performing MLAs

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TRS boss KCR is said to have taken up the task of refurbishing the party and addressing the problem areas in the right earnest. With barely a year and a few months left for the 2023 elections to Telangana assembly, he is said to be busy assessing the ground situation through various surveys done by Prashant Kishor and his team and by evaluating the performance of the ministers, MLAs and MPs.

It has come to KCR’s notice that three of his ministers are deeply involved in local feuds and one minister is believed to have failed in coordinating with the district administration. Similarly, tensions between the old-timers and the new entrants into the party are simmering in several places. The problem is said to be acute in Tandur, Nakrekal, Kollapur and other places. The internal surveys have shown that one MLA in Adilabad, two each in Karimnagar, Warangal, Nizamabad and Mahabubnagar, three in Nalgonda and four in Rangareddy are performing way too below par.

Khammam has been identified as a problem district as despite encouraging defections, the party does not seem to be getting any better. The lone minister from the district too is embroiled in groupism, according to reports. Even in the local body elections, Khammam TRS failed to live up to expectations, say the reports.

Meanwhile, KCR is said to have focused on filling nominated posts. He is also yet to fill the vacancy created by Eatala Rajender’s resignation eight months ago.

Internal sources say that KCR is planning to induct more youths into the party in the coming days. At least 65 of his MLAs are second-term MLAs. Around 35 are first term MLAs. His plan, according to party sources, is to make the party look younger. Party sources also say that he is planning to undertake a tour of the state in February.

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What is KCR’s ‘hidden agenda’ behind land value increase for 2nd time?

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Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao’s decision to increase market value of lands from February all of a sudden came as a big shock to land buyers in Telangana.

This is because the land values were increased in Telangana only six months ago in July 2021. This triggered a debate in political circles that there is a ‘hidden agenda’ behind land value increase.

Telangana state was formed in 2014 and KCR became Telangana CM also in 2014. KCR did not give permission to hike land values for seven years until July 2021. Prior to that, land values were revised by previous Kiran Kumar Reddy government in Undivided AP in 2013, which KCR continued till 2021.

As per rules, the market value of lands should be hiked every two years. But KCR kept calm for seven years. What prompted KCR to keep calm for seven years to increase market values of lands earlier and now what prompted KCR to increase land values twice within six months.

It is believed that KCR did not increase land values from 2014 to 2021 as TRS government was busy acquiring thousands of acres for various irrigation projects like Kaleshwaram, Palamur Rangareddy, Seetharama etc besides other projects like Hyderabad Pharma City, Kakatiya Mega Textile Park etc. If market values were increased then, KCR’s government would have faced a huge financial burden as it had to pay higher compensation for landowners based on increased land values.

Now that, the entire land acquisition for all projects has been over, KCR decided to hike market value of lands. In this way, KCR planned ‘double benefit’ for TRS government and ‘double loss’ for land owners and buyers.

KCR saved financial burden for TRS government in acquiring lands by not increasing land values earlier and now KCR is eyeing higher revenues for TRS government with increased market values as it will automatically fetch higher land registration charges for the government.

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Telangana forms panel to improve air quality in Hyd

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The government of Telangana on Saturday constituted a state level monitoring and implementation committee to improve air quality in Hyderabad.

A Government Order (GO) was issued constituting the nine-member committee headed by the chief secretary.

The panel has been constituted for implementation of 15th Finance Commission’s recommendations to million plus cities for augmenting the measures to improve air quality component.

The committee members include special chief secretary, environment, secretary, state urban development department, representative of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), chairman, State Pollution Control Board (SPCB), secretary, state transport department, a representative from the state chamber of commerce and industries, commissioner and director of municipal administration and commissioner, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

According to the GO, the committee will make performance assessment of 15th Finance Commission recommended city/urban agglomeration and recommend release of grant to the ministry of environment, forest and climate change as per the indicators/guidelines after ensuring compliance with general entry level conditions.

The municipal administration and urban development department shall function as the secretariat and in coordination with the state environment department will convene meetings of the state level monitoring and implementing committee as frequently as required or at least every six months, reads the GO.

The municipal administration and urban development department shall also receive proposals from the million plus cities/urban agglomerations in the ministry of environment, forest and climate change prescribed formats and place the same for consideration in the meetings of the state level monitoring and implementation committee. It shall also forward the recommendations of the state level monitoring and implementation committee to the ministry of environment, forest and climate change for further action.

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Not Rythu Bandhu, not Dalit Bandhu, this is KCR’s biggest worry

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What is KCR’s biggest worry these days? Not BJP, not even Congress Party. Not even the state’s economy. The biggest problem before him is how to enable the Metro rail services to run without any hitches. Yes. The prestigious Metro rail service is now running into huge losses and the L and T, which is running it, has literally sent an SoS to the State Government.

The fact that KCR spent close to three out of nine hours of the recent cabinet meeting on the Metro Rail tells us the importance of ensuring that the Metro rail runs. If the Metro rail stops functioning, it would be a huge loss of face for the State Government. It cannot go to the voters next year with a closed Metro Rail, which affects over a third of Telangana’s population.

The Metro Rail sources said that the Metro Rail is incurring a loss of Rs 3280 crore. There are three routes in which the Metro rail is operating. During the pre-Kovid period, the daily passenger traffic used to range between 3.80 lakh to 4.10 lakh. But, during the first phase, the passenger traffic was just around 80000 a day. In the second phase, the traffic is around 2 lakh. From December 2021, the commuters have risen to 2.60 lakh. Even this is nowhere near the pre-Covid figures. The L and T is paying Rs 1412 crore towards the repayment of the bank loans.

KCR is determined to ensure that the Metro rail runs. It would be a huge loss of face for the TRS government if it closes now. KCR also realises that the tight-fisted and financially strict Central Government will not bail out the State Government on this issue. Now KCR is said to be looking at the ways and means to run the Metro Rail without taxing the general public. Now it’s like being between the devil and the deep sea for KCR.

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4 Maoists gunned down on Telangana-Chhattisgarh border

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Four Maoists were killed in a gunfight with police in Telangana’s Mulugu district, close to Chhattisgarh border on Tuesday.

The exchange of fire occurred in Karragatta forest in Venkatapuram (Nuguru) mandal in the early hours of the day.

A constable of Greyhounds, the elite anti-Maoist force of Telangana, was also injured in the operation. He was airlifted to Hanamkonda, where he was admitted to a hospital.

The incident occurred when the police personnel engaged in combing operation came face to face with a group of Maoists belonging to the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist).

According to police sources, the Maoists refused to surrender and opened fire forcing the police to retaliate.

Four Maoists were killed in the exchange of fire. Divisional level leaders of CPI (Maoist) were suspected to be among those killed. An INSAS assault rifle was reportedly recovered from the encounter site.

The joint combing operations by the police of both the states continued in the forest area amid reports about the presence of top Maoist leaders in the region.

Meanwhile, the injured constable of Greyhounds was brought to Hanamkonda town by a helicopter. He was given first aid in an ambulance on Hanamkonda Arts College grounds and was later shifted to a hospital.

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Massive fire destroys British-era Secunderabad Club

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The iconic Secunderabad Club, which has been in existence since 1878, was totally gutted following a massive fire on Sunday, police said

According to police officials, club security had informed them about the incident at around 2.30 a.m.

Police vehicles on patrol duty also noticed the flames and reached the spot around the time.

As many as eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot and battled for hours to extinguish the flames.

The heritage structure is spread over 60,000 sq.ft and is made up of three floors.

According to initial reports, the fire began in the first floor and quickly spread to the remaining floors.

The administrative sections of the club are located on the first floor. The gutted main building also housed the reception, dining, ball room, and kitchen areas.

The rapid spread of the fire is being attributed to the extensive use of wood in the heritage building.

Initial estimates peg the damage to property at around Rs 20 crore.

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KCR convenes key cabinet meet, TS heading for night, weekend curfews!

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Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao has convened a key cabinet meeting on Monday (tomorrow) to discuss on imposing Covid restrictions across the state in the wake of increasing Covid cases and Omicron variant.

In all likelihood, the cabinet is expected to impose night curfew on all days and day curfew on weekends to prevent the spread of Covid in Telangana.

Telangana has been witnessing a steep increase in Covid cases for the past one week especially in Hyderabad and surrounding districts.

The Cabinet meeting will be held tomorrow (Monday) at 2 PM at Pragati Bhavan under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Sri K Chandrasekhara Rao.

In view of the increasing number of corona cases in the country and the state, the government has decided to extend the holidays till 30th of January 2022 to all educational institutions in the state as per the directions of the Chief Minister.

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TRS makes moves to prevent future ‘son -strokes’

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Rudely jolted by the Vanama Raghava incident in Kothagudem, the ruling TRS in Telangana is now trying to know the impact of “son stroke” in various constituencies of the party. The party’s internal survey has shown that there are at least 35constituencies where the MLA sons are behaving like law unto themselves.

The study, commissioned by the TRS top bosses , showed at in most constituencies, the MLA’s family members are ruling the roost. But, there are at last 35 constituencies where the sons are hugely unpopular. They are seen as tormentors by the general public. In several constituencies, even the party workers are feeling the pinch of the excesses of MLA sons.

In fact, the TRS is promoting youthful leaders and there are expectations that the party would promote more youths in the 2023 elections to enable KTR to lead a team of young MLAs. While many are learning ropes and are preparing themselves for the big job. In some cases, sons-in-laws and even daughters are working hard. For instance, Minister Malla Reddy’s daughter and son-in-law are working hard. Similarly, Kadiyam Srihari’s daughter is also working hard to win the confidence of the party bosses. But, the party is now finding that there are some ‘bad apples’ too.

The Vanama Raghava episode, where the MLA’s son sought sexual favours from a woman and drove her family of four to immolate themselves, has come as an eye-opener. Though the party initially tried to bail out Raghava, it soon realised that backing his excesses would prove counterproductive. Now the party is planning to weed out such elements from the party.

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KTR’s invite to Elon Musk draws praise on Twitter

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Telangana Industry and Commerce Minister K.T. Rama Rao as invite to Tesla CEO Elon Musk to set up shop in the state was hailed by many including actors, leading journalists, entrepreneurs and others.

Hours after KTR, as the minister is popularly known, invited Elon Musk to bring the popular electric vehicles to India, several Twitter users heaped praise on him.

“Hey Elon, I am the Industry & Commerce Minister of Telangana state in India. Will be happy to partner Tesla in working through the challenges to set shop in India/Telangana. Our state is a champion in sustainability initiatives & a top notch business destination in India,” tweeted KTR.

His tweet was in response to Elon Musk’s tweet on bringing EV to India. His tweet read “Still working through a lot of challenges with the government”.

Eminent personalities including actors, journalists and industry leaders backed KTR’s tweet and supported the idea.

“Love this car so much Elon Musk. Feels like hope is around the corner,” wrote actor Genelia Deshmukh.

“Elon Musk, Come to Hyderabad – India! It will be epic to have you. The Government here in Telangana is terrific too,” tweeted actor Vijay Devarakonda.

“Elon Musk sir you have best land & infrastructure in Telangana of course best Minister & Administration KTR,” said Tollywood director Meher Ramesh.

Another film director Gopichand Malineni tweeted “Dear Elon Musk, we would love to have Tesla in Telangana… as we have the best infrastructure and the leading business hub of India.”

“Hyderabad has just pipped Bengaluru to post in #Tesla race. Full marks to KTR for inviting Elon Musk,” said well-known journalist Pankaj Panchauri.

Senior journalist Vikram Chandra called it an innovative invite.

“An innovative Twitter invite to Elon Musk from KTR after the Tesla head said he was facing “challenges” in dealing with the government. Are we going to see a Tesla factory in Telangana?!”

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Centre serious on KCR’s corruption, will be jailed soon ?

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BJP Telangana president Bandi Sanjay on Wednesday (today) made sensational comments on TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao. Sanjay said that the Centre has gathered all the evidence on KCR’s and his family members’ corruption during the last seven years of TRS government regime.

Sanjay said the BJP-led government at the Centre is very serious on KCR’s corruption and sending KCR to jai is only a matter of time.

Sanjay said as per his sources KCR will be jailed very soon and KCR too knew this very well and for this reason KCR is trying to put pressure on Centre in the name of anti-BJP Front and meeting leaders of non-BJP parties every day.

Sanjay said KCR should realise that his ‘anti-BJP Front’ drama will not save him from going to jail as Centre has all the proofs of how KCR and his family members looted public money in Kaleshwaram and other irrigation projects, Mission Bhagiratha etc.

Sanjay said KCR is only trying to gain public sympathy with his meetings with non-BJP leaders as KCR wants to project that BJP government at the Centre has jailed him because he was trying to forge anti-BJP Front against Modi government.

He warned KCR that the Centre will trace KCR even if he hides anywhere or goes underground and sends him to jail for corruption.

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Will KCR invite Chandrababu to Pragathi Bhavan to discuss national politics?

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TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao has been inviting leaders of national parties and regional parties to Pragathi Bhavan since January 8 to forge a Front against BJP-led government at the Centre for 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

He invited CPI and CPM leaders including Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan to Pragathi Bhavan and hosted lunch for them. The Left leaders who met KCR include Sitharam Yechury, D.Raja etc.

KCR on Tuesday invited RJD chief Tejashwi Yadav to Pragathi Bhavan. KCR is planning to invite few more regional party leaders to Pragathi Bhavan to bring all non-BJP parties together to dethrone Narendra Modi led BJP government at the Centre.

However, doubts surround over whether KCR invites TDP chief and former AP CM N.Chandrababu Naidu to Pragathi Bhavan for discussions on anti-BJP Front.

Naidu fought against NDA and BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Naidu met leaders of various regional parties and attempted to form a Congress-led Front against NDA in 2019 Lok Sabha polls. But shockingly, Naidu himself lost AP Assembly polls in 2019 held along with Lok Sabha polls.

Now Naidu is neutral. Neither he is talking in favour of BJP or Congress. Against this backdrop, all eyes are on KCR whether he invites his former boss in TDP Naidu to Pragathi Bhavan or not.

Naidu or TDP is no more a threat to KCR in Telangana unlike earlier. The TDP has vanished in Telangana and there is no scope of its revival in Telangana as entire TDP leader base and cadre base has shifted to TRS.

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Four financers booked for Telangana family’s suicide pact

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The Vijayawada police on Monday booked a case against four financers whose alleged harassment drove a family of four to commit suicide two days ago.

On the basis of a selfie video of the head of the family, Puppala Suresh, the police registered a case of abetment of suicide against the financers and took up the investigation.

A police team has been sent to Telangana to arrest the financers — Ganesh, Vineeta, Chandrasekhar and Gnaneswar. The accused from Nizamabad and Nirmal towns of Telangana are reportedly absconding after the selfie video of Suresh became public.

Suresh, a businessman and native of Nizamabad, alleged in the video that the harassment by the financers for repayment of loans and interest forced them to take the extreme step.

Puppala Suresh, 57, P. Sri Latha, 49, P. Akhil, 24, and P. Ashish, 26, committed suicide in Vijayawada on Saturday.

While Sri Latha and Ashish killed themselves by taking some injections, Suresh and Akhil jumped into the Krishna river.

According to the police, the family came to Vijayawada on January 6 to have ‘darshan’ at the Kanaka Durga temple and checked into Sri Kanyaka Parameswari Choultry.

The bodies of Sri Latha and Ashish were found in the room. The police suspect that they took some injections laced with poisonous substance to end their lives. Suresh and Akhil allegedly jumped into the Krishna. Their bodies were retrieved from the river.

Police investigations revealed that before resorting to the extreme step, Suresh wrote a suicide note and also recorded a selfie video, mentioning the names of those who harassed them to recover the loans.

Suresh alleged that Gnaneswar mounted pressure on him to pay Rs 40 lakh and threatened that if he failed to repay the amount, his house will be seized.

The businessman said Ganesh too harassed him though he had paid him Rs 82 lakh. Suresh had borrowed the money for business after suffering losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He said he had been paying huge interests to the financers, but they continued harassing him. He also claimed that there were many victims like him.

This is the second such incident in a week. A 45-year-old businessman, his wife and their 12-year-old twin daughters had immolated themselves at their house in Paloncha in Telangana’s Bhadradri Kothagudem district on January 3.

In the suicide notes and selfie video, recovered later by the police, M. Naga Ramakrishna alleged that they were resorting to the extreme step due to the harassment by Vanama Raghavendra Rao, son of Kothagudem MLA Vanama Venkateswara Rao.

The businessman, who had debts to the tune of Rs 30 lakh, alleged that Raghavendra had asked him to bring his wife to Hyderabad. He said Raghavendra tried to use his political clout and money power to satisfy his carnal desire.

Ramakrishna also blamed his mother Suryavati and his sister K. Lova Madhavi, saying they tried to do injustice to him in sharing property.

After evading arrest for few days, Raghavendra was finally apprehended on January 7. A court on Saturday sent him to judicial custody for 14 days.

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KCR betrayed people of Telangana: Assam CM

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Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday alleged that his Telangana counterpart K. Chandrasekhar Rao betrayed the people, especially the unemployed youth.

Addressing a meeting organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Hanamkonda town, he said Chief Minister KCR failed to fulfill his promise of providing jobs.

Sarma claimed that despite being a smaller state than Telangana, Assam is doing well in providing jobs to the unemployed.

He said the BJP government in Assam was working to fulfil the election promise of providing one lakh jobs in one year.

He alleged that KCR had failed to provide two lakh jobs in a year as he had promised. He said the Telangana Chief Minister was not giving jobs despite vacancies in government departments.

The meeting was organised by the BJP to demand amendment to government order 317 regarding transfer of government employees and teachers.

The Assam Chief Minister was invited to address the meet as part of party’s efforts to rope in top leaders from across the country to target Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government for ‘illegal’ arrest of BJP state unit chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar and other party leaders.

Sanjay and others were arrested during the protest over GO 317 in Karimnagar on January 2.

Stating that BJP will come to power in Telangana in 2023, Sarma warned that the party will take revenge for the humiliation meted out to its leaders.

Alleging that police broke into Bandi Sanjay’s office, the BJP leader said in 2023 the police may enter KCR’s farm house.

The Assam chief minister said that both the government employees and unemployed youth were unhappy with the TRS government.

“The government has support of only the police,” he remarked but reminded KCR that police merely obey the directions of those in power.

Sarma said KCR was frustrated over the defeat of TRS in recent by-election to Huzurabad Assembly seat and was hence resorting to steps like using police against the BJP leaders.

He also targeted KCR for being concerned only about his family and for running the government from his farm house.

“A chief minister has to come to the secretariat and meet 500 to 1,000 people. The government can’t be run from a farmhouse,” he remarked.

He also alleged that the KCR was running the government with the support of AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi.

“Owaisi will not be able to save you. The way Article 370 was scrapped and Ram temple’s construction started, the name of Nizam and Owaisi will also be written off. That day is not very far,” he said.

Sarma also criticized KCR for luncheon meetings with leaders of CPI-M and CPI. He reminded the TRS chief that the CPI-M had opposed formation of Telangana state.

Meanwhile, TRS legislator and KCR’s daughter K. Kavitha hit back at Assam chief minister. She pointed out that the TRS government has so far created 1.3 lakh jobs.

“Your remarks today once again restated the intent of BJP to erase the glorious history of Telangana. I wonder, why you and your party are so threatened with idea of unity? Did you forget the verdict of Telangana in 2018, where BJP lost deposits on 107 seats,” she told Sarma.

She also reminded him that the unemployment rate of India has been scaling up and it now stands at 8 per cent.

“The TRS party is made from the struggle of peoples’s rights, we fought for Telangana all by ourselves. As promised, we have generated over 1.3 lakh jobs so far for our people and we continue to create avenues,” she tweeted.

Kavitha mentioned schemes like Rythu Bandhu, KalyanaLaxmi and Mission Bhageeratha launched by KCR saying they have been a testimony for the entire country.

“If you look up for these schemes, you’ll find some similar projects. Fun fact, your party renamed these schemes of Telangana government,” she wrote.

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This flashy anchor wants to contest from Dubbak

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Remember Kathi Karthika? Yes. She was one of the most appealing off-beat anchors who wowed the Telugu audience with her immaculate Telangana slang. She was so popular at one time that the channel she worked advertised with her photos to promote itself. She was the forerunner of all these Teenmar Mallannas and Shiva Jyothis. She even participated in the Bigg Boss sessions.

Somewhere along the line, she was bitten by the political ‘keeda.’ She had contested during the Dubbak byelections. At that time, she campaigned with a posse of bodyguards and used swank cars to reach out to the people. She was then touted as a TRS proxy to divide the votes. After losing her security deposit, she went into oblivion.

During the GHMC elections, she suddenly surfaced and met the BJP leaders. Many thought she would join the BJP. But sometime later, she was seen in the company of Madhu Yashki and sparked rumors of joining the Congress. But, she didn’t do that either. Now sources close to her say that she is planning to become active again.

She is said to be focusing on Dubbak assembly constituency. She has taken a house on rent in Dubbak and is planning to stay in Dubbak town. Sources close to her say that she would commence touring the constituency in a phase-wise manner. The sources claim that Kathi Karthika is an architect trained in the UK and hence she has solutions to the housing problems of the poor in Telangana. She would become active soon and go round Dubbak constituency, say sources.

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KCR meets top leaders of Left Parties, What’s up?

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TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao on Saturday (today) met top national leaders of CPI and CPM at Pragathi Bhavan including Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. KCR himself invited them for lunch to Pragathi Bhavan.

KCR’s back to back meetings with top leaders of Left parties fuelled political speculations over KCR reviving his efforts to forge Federal Front against BJP-led NDA at the Centre for 2024 Lok Sabha polls to dethrone Prime Minister Narendra Modi from power.

The CPM leaders came to Hyderabad to attend the Party’s three-day National Committee meetings, while the CPI leaders are in the city to participate in All India Youth Federation, an affiliate of the CPI. The CPM and CPI leaders had a courtesy call on the CM separately. The Communist leaders discussed with the CM on a various issues including the national political scenario, Telangana development, and other issues.

In the meeting CPM National General Secretary Sitaram Yechuri, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Tripura former CM Manik Sircar, CPM Central Polit Buro Members Ramachandran Pillai, Balakrishnan, MA Babi and others met the CM.

CPI National leaders included party’s General Secretary D Raja, CPI Parliamentary Party leader, Kerala MP Binay Viswam, Kerala Revenue Minister Rajan, Telangana CPI General Secretary Chada Venkat Reddy, State secretaries, Palla Venkat Reddy, Kunamneni Sambasiva Rao and others met the CM.

This is for the first time, the CM is meeting leaders of national parties after the 2018 Assembly polls. KCR met leaders of regional parties earlier in 2018 to forge Federal Front for 2019 Lok Sabha polls against NDA and UPA but it failed to take off.

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Elections for President of India: Which way will TRS go this time?

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What role will the two ruling parties in the Telugu states play in the Presidential elections, which will be held between July and August? Though the BJP enjoys a clear majority in Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and also across the country, the sailing this time may not be as easy as it was in 2017, when Ram Nath Kovind was elected comfortably.

The BJP has lost Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and could not come back to power in Maharashtra and West Bengal, two big and crucial states. Also, its problems in South India are still continuing. It has also lost the support of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and Akali Dal in Punjab. Also, its ally in Tamil Nadu, AIADMK, is in disarray. Tamil Nadu has slipped away from the NDA hands.

Given this the support of three regional parties – TRS in Telangana, YSRCP in AP and Biju Janata Dal in Odisha becomes crucial for the BJP. Will TRS back the BJP in view of the current tensions between the two parties in the state? If it supports the BJP, then the Congress can go home and tell that both the BJP and the TRS are hand in glove. Or Will it join hands with the Congress Party? If it happens will it benefit the BJP in branding both the parties as friends? Will it abstain from voting to save itself the blushes?

The TRS has nine MPs, seven Rajya Sabha MPs and some 100 MLAs. The MLCs would not be allowed to vote. On the other hand, the YSRCP has 152 MLAs, 23 MPs and eight Rajya Sabha MPs. Thus the YSRCP is better positioned for bargaining with the BjP. So, what are the options before the TRS? Let’s wait and see.

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