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Nominations filed on behalf of KCR for TRS president’s post

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Senior leaders of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Sunday filed nominations on behalf of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for the election of party president.

Ministers Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Sabitha Indra Reddy, T. Srinivas Yadav, Jagdish Reddy, Indrakaran Reddy, Satyawati Rathore, E. Dayakar Reddy, Niranjan Goud, Srinivas Goud, Malla Reddy, Niranjan Reddy and P. Ajay Kumar filed the nomination papers on behalf of KCR, as Rao is popularly known.

The TRS leaders submitted the papers proposing the name of KCR for the president’s post to returning officer Srinivas Reddy.

KCR’s daughter K. Kavitha, former Prime Minister P.V. Narasima Rao’s daughter Vani Devi, both members of Telangana Legislative Council and other leaders also submitted nomination papers on behalf of the TRS supremo.

The process for election of TRS president was set in motion on Sunday with the release of schedule. Nominations will be accepted till October 22.

The scrutiny of nomination papers will be taken up on October 23. According to the schedule, October 24 will be the last date for filing of nominations.

The party president will be elected at the party plenary session to be held in Hyderabad on October 25.

A total of 14,000 party delegates from across the state will participate in the plenary, which could not be held for last three years due to general elections and Covid-19 pandemic.

The election is likely to be a mere formality as KCR has been getting elected unopposed as the party President since its inception in 2001.

Meanwhile, KCR presided over a combined meeting of party’s state legislators and MPs at party headquarters Telangana Bhavan.

The meeting discussed the organisational elections and the resolutions which are likely to be taken up at the plenary.

The meeting also reviewed the preparations for ‘Telangana Vijaya Grajana’, a massive public meeting planned at Warangal on November 15 to mark completion of two decades of the party.

Lakhs of party members from across the state will participate in the public meeting which will highlight achievements and the progress made by Telangana on all fronts under the TRS rule during the last seven years.

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Huzurabad bypoll: A battle of prestige for KCR, Rajender

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With just two weeks to go for the by-election to Huzurabad Assembly constituency in Telangana, the ruling TRS and opposition BJP are set to intensify their campaign, while third contender Congress is trying to catch up with them.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been running the campaign for nearly four months now. Though the Congress is a late entrant, it is making all efforts to match the main contenders.

The Congress appears to be lagging in a three-cornered contest, which is considered a prestige battle for Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, popularly known as KCR.

KCR faces challenge from Eatala Rajender, whose resignation after being dropped from the state Cabinet caused the bypoll. He has entered the fray as a BJP candidate now.

Though TRS leaders are making everyone believe that the bypoll is insignificant for it, the choice of the constituency for the implementation of the Dalit Bandhu scheme on pilot basis and a slew of welfare measures announced for various sections of people left no one in doubt that the ruling party is leaving nothing to chance.

Political analysts say the outcome will be crucial for the TRS chief, who wants to make sure that he faces no challenge to his leadership in the run-up to the 2023 Assembly polls. A win for Eatala will not only embolden other voices of dissent against KCR, but will also bolster BJP’s attempts to emerge as the only viable alternative to TRS.

Speaking in the Assembly last week, KCR had ridiculed the opposition parties for linking the Dalit Bandhu schem to the Huzurabad bypoll.

“Will there be no election after Huzurabad and will the government fall after the bypoll,” he had asked.

Dalit Bandhu, launched before the announcement of bypoll schedule, is aimed at economic empowerment of Dalits. Under the scheme, every Dalit family will be given a grant of Rs 10 lakh to start a business of its choice. This is billed as a revolutionary scheme.

The government has already released Rs 2,000 crore for the implementation of Dalit Bandhu and since the scheme was launched much before the announcement of the poll schedule, its implementation is continuing.

TRS appears confident that the scheme will help them secure the support of 50,000 Dalit voters in the constituency, which has a total of 2.10 lakh electorate. KCR has promised similar schemes for backward classes, minorities and others. The government has also promised quotas for Gouds in allotment of liquor shops and bars and this is likely to help the ruling party garner votes of the OBC community.

The ruling party is also banking on the welfare schemes currently being implemented for various other OBC communities. After Rajender quit TRS to join BJP following his sacking from the Cabinet over allegations of land grabbing, TRS lured some key leaders from other parties into its ranks. They included Kaushik Reddy, who had contested unsuccessfully from Huzurabad on a Congress ticket in 2018, and L. Ramana, who was the state president of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and belongs to the Padmasali community.

As backward class voters constitute nearly 50 per cent of the total electorate, KCR picked up a backward class candidate to match Rajender. TRS’ youth wing president Gellu Srinivas Yadav is aiming to put an end to the winning streak of the former minister.

While highlighting the welfare schemes, the TRS leaders are mounting an all-out attack on Rajender for what they call switching loyalties to save his skin from the allegations of land encroachment. They are also targeting the BJP for increasing prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas and also for ‘doing nothing’ for Telangana.

Leading the TRS campaign is state Finance Minister T. Harish Rao, who has been visiting the constituency for several weeks now. Other ministers have also joined the intensive campaign. KCR and his son K.T. Rama Rao are also set to hit the campaign trail in the coming days.

The saffron party, which is banking heavily on Rajender’s popularity in the constituency, is also running an aggressive campaign. Rajender has been addressing public meetings every day to target KCR for his ‘autocratic’ role.

The BJP leaders are also accusing TRS of using money power to win the by-election. As Huzurabad is part of the Karimnagar Lok Sabha constituency represented by state BJP chief Bandi Sanjay, he is actively campaigning for Rajender. The BJP is planning to rope in several central leaders for the bypoll.

The BJP hardly had any presence in Huzurabad. In 2018, its candidate P. Raghu polled only 1,683 votes, which was less than NOTA votes (2,867). However, Rajender’s joining has bolstered the saffron party.

Rajender has been winning Huzurabad for TRS since 2009, when he defeated his nearest rival V. Krishna Mohan Rao of Congress by 15,035 votes. In the 2010 bypoll, Rajender increased his victory margin to nearly 80,000 when his nearest rival was M. Damodar Reddy of TDP.

In the 2014 elections held just before formation of Telangana state, Rajender retained Huzurabad with a majority of 57,037 votes. K. Sudershan Reddy of Congress was the runner-up.

Rajender continued his winning streak from Huzurabad in 2018, defeating his nearest rival Kaushik Reddy of Congress by 47,803 votes.

The BJP is confident of repeating the Dubbak performance in Huzurabad. In the by-election to Dubbak Assembly constituency held in November last year, the BJP had pulled off a sensational victory to stun the TRS.

A month later, the saffron party came out with an impressive performance in the elections to Greater Hyderabad Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). Following these victories, the BJP intensified its efforts towards the goal of capturing power in the 2023 elections.

However, the outcome of elections to two graduates’ constituencies of Legislative Council in March and by-election in Nagarjuna Sagar came as a disappointment to the party.

After a long delay, Congress named Balmoor Venkat Narsing Rao as its candidate in Huzurabad. He is the president of the Telangana unit of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI). The 29-year-old faces an uphill task.

This is the first poll battle for Congress after A. Revanth Reddy took over as the party’s state unit chief in July.

Though he is drawing huge crowds at the meetings being organised as part of the protest on various issues, it remains to be seen if the party gets the same response in Huzurabad, and whether it manages to convert it into votes.

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Kavitha breaks silence, talks politics after long time!

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TRS MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha, who is also the daughter of Telangana Chief  Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao, has been maintaining a stoic silence on politics ever since she was defeated in Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat in 2019.

Although she was made MLC in October 2020, she remained politically inactive even after a year.

But Kavitha on Thursday (today) finally broke her silence and talked about politics in the wake of Huzurabad by poll.

Kavitha tried to downplay Etala Rajender saying she doesn’t consider BJP as prime political rival of TRS.

She says TRS will win Huzurabad comfortably but she is not ready to accept this bypoll as a referendum on TRS government.

When Kavitha is so confident of TRS victory, why she is hesitant to accept this by poll as referendum is the question for which she has no answer.

This gave scope for suspicion that Kavitha has doubts about TRS victory and for this reason she is finding excuses saying people are not considering Huzurabad by poll as referendum

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TRS to elect party President on October 25

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Telangana’s ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) will elect its President on October 25.

TRS Working President K.T. Rama Rao announced on Wednesday that the party President will be elected at the general body meeting to be held at HICC in Hyderabad.

A total of 14,000 party delegates from across the state will participate in the plenary. He pointed out that the plenary could not be held for last three years due to general elections and Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the election is likely to be a mere formality as Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has been getting elected unopposed as the party President since its inception.

KCR, as the TRS chief is popularly known, floated the TRS on April 27, 2001 to revive the movement for separate state.

After formation of Telangana in 2014, he has been heading both the government and the party.

Rama Rao said TRS office secretary Professor Srinivas Reddy will be the returning officer while senior leaders P. Krishna Murthy and General Secretary S. Bharat will supervise the entire election process.

The process of party President’s election will begin on October 17 with the announcement of election schedule. The same day KCR will preside over the combined meeting of party’s state legislators and MPs.

The returning officer will start receiving nominations on October 17 while October 22 will be the last day for filing of nominations. The scrutiny of nominations will take place the next day. The last date for withdrawal of nominations will be October 24 while the election will be held on October 25.

The same general body meeting will discuss various issues related to the state and pass the resolutions. Senior party leader and former Assembly Speaker S. Madhusudhana Chary will be Chairman of resolution committee and he will decide what resolutions to be taken up.

Rama Rao said a massive public meeting will be held at Warangal on November 15 to mark completion of two decades of the TRS and to highlight its achievements and the progress made by Telangana on all fronts under the TRS rule during last seven years.

Lakhs of party members from across the state will participate in the public meeting titled ‘Telangana Vijaya Grajana’.

The party will hold preparatory meetings in all Assembly constituencies on October 27 to make preparations for November 15 public meeting.

Rama Rao pointed out that the party recently completed organisational elections. Committees at village, mandal, ward, and division level have been constituted.

After November 15, the TRS will inaugurate party offices in all the districts barring Hyderabad and Warangal. The party will subsequently organise training camps for its members.

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TRS huge public rally in Warangal after KCR’s reelection!

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The ruling TRS in Telangana has decided to hold a huge public meeting in Warangal on November 15.

The TRS will celebrate two decades of party formation in Warangal.

Prior to that, TRS will reelect KCR as party president on October 25.

The party organizational election will be held at Hitex in Gachibowli, Hyderabad to elect party president.

Around 14,000 party delegates will elect KCR as president.

KCR has chosen Warangal to hold huge public meeting in November on sentimental grounds as Warangal proved lucky for TRS since formation in 2001.

The Huzurabad Assembly bypoll result will be out on November2.

If TRS loses Huzurabad bypoll, it may impact party’s celebrations in Warangal on November 15.

If it wins, the celebrations will touch sky high.

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How many E Rajenders in Huzurabad bypolls?

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The ruling TRS is making every effort possible to defeat renegade leader and BJP candidate Eatala Rajender in the Huzurabad byelections. It has already begun showering Huzurabad with sops and has even launched schemes like the Dalit Bandhu. There is another strategy that the TRS is using. The strategy is to field as many independents as possible with name and initial resembling Eatala Rajender.

According to sources, as many as 5 candidates with the name E Rajender are in the fray in Huzurabad. Among the candidates are Easampalli Rajender, Immadi Rajender,Ippatipalli Rajender and several others. When abbreviated, they write their names as E Rajender. With names like this, it is easy to confuse the voters. While Immadi Rajender is a candidate of the Republican Party of India, Esampalli Rajender is from the New India Party. Similarly, Ippalapalli Rajender, who is from the All India BC OBC party, is also in the fray.

It may be recalled that KA Paul had put up almost 70 candidates whose name resembles the official YSRCP candidates during the 2019 elections. It is another matter that none of them managed to even secure the security deposit. Political observers feel that such namesake candidates will end up confusing the voters and could play a key role in the close contests.

Significantly, only recently KCR has impressed upon the need to remove any symbol with even remote resemblance to car such as lorry, truck, road roller and even roti belan from the list of free symbols to ensure that there is no disadvantage to the TRS official candidates. It remains to be seen how Eatala tackles this challenge.

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Is Jana Reddy planning to join TRS for son’s political future?

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Jana Reddy … the very name reminds one of a mature, sedate and measured politician who weighs every word he speaks and deliberates every action he takes. Since the stunning defeat in Nagargunasagar, Jana Reddy has been lying dormant. He has also indicated that he may not enter the electoral politics for some time.

But, there is a buzz in the political circles that Jana Reddy is now planning to join the TRS. Sources say that the aim of this whole exercise is to promote his son in politics. Sources say that Jana Reddy himself is disinclined to either align or join with the TRS, but there is said to be pressure from the family and close supporters that he should pave way for his son’s political journey.

As of now, Jana Reddy is keeping a low profile and is keeping a distance from the present PCC dispensation led by Jana Reddy. In fact, even before the Nagarjunasagar bypolls, he wanted the announcement of the PCC chief’s post postponed. He said that this could have a damaging effect on the Congress campaign. This has actually helping increasing differences between Jana and Revanth Reddy. Sources say that the PCC is not sending invitations to Jana Reddy these days.

Meanwhile, there is said to be lot of pressure on Jana Reddy from within the family to join the TRS so that his son Raghuveer Reddy can have a brighter future in politics. As of now Raghuveer is in the Congress Party. Sources say that if the TRS makes an attractive offer, both Jana and Raghuveera could join the TRS.

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Who is star campaigner for TRS? Is it KCR or KTR?

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The TRS is fighting a bitter political battle with the BJP in the upcoming Huzurabad bypoll scheduled to be held on October 30.

The TRS has submitted a list of its 20 star campaigners to the Election Commission of India (ECI) which includes TRS president and Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao, his son KT Rama Rao and nephew T.Harish Rao and few other ministers, party MLAs, MLCs and other senior leaders.

All the star campaigners except KCR and KTR are already undertaking hectic campaigning in Huzurabad for the past two months.

But KCR and KTR are yet to launch their campaign in Huzurabad.

While KCR campaigned for TRS in Nagarjunasagar Assembly bypoll in April this year, KTR and Harish Rao skipped.

This time, KCR is expected to skip Huzurabad campaigning because the Election Commission did not give permission for KCR to hold a huge public meeting with thousands of people in Huzurabad citing Covid norms.

The EC made it clear that only 1,000 people will be allowed for public meetings by star campaingers.

KCR reportedly feels that addressing just 1,000 people in a public meeting will not match his stature and therefore he wants to avoid it.

He instead wants KTR to campaign as star campaigner in Huzurabad on his behalf after Dasara.

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Is TRS involved in “MAA” elections?

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The elections for Movie Artists Association (MAA) to be held on October 10 in Hyderabad are being fought by Prakash Raj panel and Manchu Vishnu panel as if they are fighting Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Telangana.

In an unprecedented manner, the MAA elections are attracting top headlines in print and electronic media every day.

The Telangana Legislative Assembly session is currently going on since September 24.

Such has been the impact of MAA elections on Telangana politics that there has been a heated debate going on between MLAs in Legislative Assembly lobbies.

Whenever two or more MLAs from various parties such as TRS, Congress, BJP etc are meeting in Assembly lobbies, the issue of MAA elections is coming up.

Opposition Congress and BJP MLAs are saying that the ruling TRS is backing Prakash Raj panel.

They are citing various reasons for this. The first and foremost is that Prakash Raj enjoys very good relations with TRS chief and Telangana CM KCR and his son, IT minister K.T.Rama Rao.

Moreover, Prakash Raj has the backing of “mega family” and since Chiranjeevi and his family are also close to KCR and KTR, the TRS is backing Prakash Raj panel.

They say TRS leadership has no good relations with Manchu family as they are close to “Andhra parties”, YSRCP now and TDP earlier and as such TRS does not want Manchu family to have hold on Telugu film industry, for which Hyderabad is the hub in Telangana known as Tollywood.

Few TRS MLAs close to film industry are already making efforts to convince MAA members to vote for Prakash Raj panel and ensure his victory as MAA president in the interests of MAA and its members in Telangana, especially in Hyderabad.

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Kavitha’s MLC term nears completion, what next?

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It’s exactly a year since Kalvakuntla Kavitha, the daughter of TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao got elected as MLC from Nizamabad local authorities constituency.

Although MLC term will be for six-years, Kavitha’ term is going to end in less than one-and-a-half year in January 2022.

This is because Kavitha won as MLC for Nizamabad local authorities constituency in a bypoll in October 2020.

The bypoll was necessitated after then TRS sitting MLC Bhupathi Reddy was disqualified from Legislative Council in January 2019 after he defected to Congress just before Assembly polls in December 2018.

Bhupathi Reddy won as MLC in January 2016 and his term was supposed to end in January 2022.

Due to his disqualification, Kavitha contested bypoll for this seat and won but the tenure of this seat ends in January 2022.

With just three months left for Kavitha’s MLC term to end, speculations are rife in TRS circles over what his father KCR would do now.

Will he ask Kavitha to contest MLC election from the same seat again or keep her idle until 2024 Lok Sabha polls and ask her to contest from Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat again in 2024 from where she lost to BJP in 2019?

Whether KCR wants to confine his daughter to state politics or national politics?

Whether Kavitha will get prominence in TRS party and TRS government in future and whether Kavitha will get a berth in KCR’s cabinet at least after January 2022?

These are the issues being hotly debated in TRS and political circles these days.

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Will BJP show “RRR’ cinema to TRS ?

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Director SS Rajamouli’s much-awaited magnum opus “RRR” might be creating waves in the filmy world, but one more “RRR” is also creating a buzz in Telangana politics.

This ‘political RRR’ is being promoted by BJP.

The BJP has been threatening ruling TRS that once Huzurabad bypoll is over on October 30 and the results are out on November 2, the BJP will show “RRR” cinema to ruling TRS in Telangana politics.

BJP says RRR cinema will be released in Telangana politics once Etela Rajender wins Huzurabad bypoll as BJP candidate on November 2.

BJP’s RRR refers to party MLAs Raja Singh and Raghunandan Rao and Rajender (Etela after winning Huzurabad bypoll). These three RRR’s will show “RRR” cinema to TRS not only in Telangana politics but also in Telangana Legislative Assembly, BJP leaders and cadre say.

BJP challenges that there is no one in TRS who could take on BJP’s RRR after November 2.

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Covid saves TRS in Assembly!

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Covid-19 pandemic might have caused severe hardships to all since March 2020 due to lockdowns and economic crisis. It has not spared any individual, any state, any country or any government.

But for the TRS government in Telangana, Covid came as a blessing in disguise. TRS is coming under attack from all opposition parties in the ongoing session of Legislative Assembly for its failure to release funds, for failure to complete pending works of roads, buildings, infrastructure etc.

However, the TRS is countering opposition parties with Covid. For every criticism, the TRS is putting the blame on Covid saying that due to Covid it could not release funds to various welfare schemes and development programmes and due to Covid it could not complete pending works.

Strangely, for arrears of schemes and projects that are prevailing as long as since formation of Telangana in 2014, the TRS is blaming Covid conveniently ignoring the fact that outbreak of Covid was witnessed in March 2020 and not in 2014.

Opposition parties are strongly raising objections at TRS trying to escape from all its responsibilities and trying to cover up all its failures in the Covid.

They said lakhs of students in Telangana are awaiting arrears of fee reimbursement and scholarships since 2018 and question how Covid would be held responsible for arrears in 2018.

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TRS MLA lands in soup again with his ‘loose tongue’!

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TRS MLA and former deputy CM T.Rajaiah is synonymous with controversies.

He always rakes up one controversy or the other with his ‘loose tongue’.

He was earlier caught indulging in a ‘sex chat’ with a woman, the audio tapes of which went viral on social media although Rajaiah later denied saying it was a ‘mimicry voice’ of someone imitating him.

Latest, Rajaiah landed in yet another controversy with his ‘loose tongue’ by making controversial remarks while praising TRS party president and Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao.

Rajaiah made these comments during distribution of Bathukamma saris being supplied by TRS government for women across Telangana for free as “Bathukamma gift” on behalf of CM KCR.

While praising KCR for giving Bathukamma saris to entire women fold in Telangana, Rajaiah said these days either parents of women or in-laws of women are not giving new saris as gift to women in Telangana for Bathukamma. Even husbands of women are not giving saris. But KCR is gifting saris to women like their parents and in-laws.

Rajaiah in his over enthusiasm to praise KCR, also said KCR even became husband for all women in Telangana and gifting saris.

His comments triggered sharp protests from various sections.

Realising his ‘slip of tongue’ later, Rajaiah offered unconditional apologies for his remarks and said he was withdrawing such remarks with immediate effect.

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Huzurabad by-election: A bitter TRS-BJP fight on the cards

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With the Election Commission of India announcing the poll schedule for the much-awaited by-election to Huzurabad Assembly seat in Telangana, a bitter contest is on the cards between the TRS and BJP.

A battle of prestige for the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the October 30 bypoll will also be crucial for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which aims to capture power in the next elections. The Congress party will also be looking to revive its fortunes in the state.

By already announcing their candidates, both the parties are much ahead of the Congress party, which is yet to finalise its nominee.

The by-election is being seen as a semi-final for the 2023 general elections as the outcome will decide which way the wind is blowing. The outcome is expected to set the course of politicking in the state over the next two years.

The poll battle has become prestigious for the TRS as the man who has been winning the constituency for it since 2009 is entering the fray this time as the candidate of the BJP.

Eatala Rajender, who was dropped from the Cabinet by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao in May following allegations of land encroachment, ended his nearly two-decade-long association with the TRS in June and also quit the Assembly, necessitating the by-election.

The 57-year-old leader, who served as finance minister in the previous TRS cabinet and held the health portfolio till he was dropped, joined the BJP, which was quick to announce him as its candidate in the by-election. While resigning from the TRS, Rajender hit out at what he called the autocratic style of functioning of Chandrasekhar Rao and also alleged that he was humiliated in the party as he comes from a backward class.

Rajender’s allegations provided a platform to the BJP to intensify its attacks on KCR for his ‘family rule’ and his alleged failure to fulfil the promises made in the 2014 and 2018 elections.

TRS will be looking to continue the series of electoral victories. After last year’s defeat in the Dubbak Assembly by-election at the hands of the BJP and a reduction in its strength in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), TRS made a comeback this year to retain Nagarjuna Sagar, where its candidate making his electoral debut trounced political heavyweight and former minister K. Jana Reddy of the Congress. The ruling party also made a clean sweep in the elections to eight urban local bodies.

TRS is confident of continuing the momentum in Huzurabad as its leaders argue that the party had a solid base in the constituency even before Rajender was first elected. They also claim that Rajender’s victory was because of the party.

Huzurabad constituency has been the stronghold of TRS since 2004, the first election faced by the party since it was floated by KCR in 2001.

In 2004, V. Lakshmikantha Rao was elected from Huzurabad on a TRS ticket and retained the seat in the by-election in 2008.

Rajender, who was first elected from Kamalapur constituency in 2004 and retained it in the by-election, was shifted to Huzurabad in 2009 and since then he had been winning the seat for the TRS.

One of the founding members of the TRS, Rajender maintained his grip on the constituency. In 2009, he defeated his nearest rival V. Krishna Mohan Rao of the Congress by 15,035 votes. In the 2010 by-polls, Rajender increased his victory margin to nearly 80,000 and this time his nearest rival was M. Damodar Reddy of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

In the 2014 elections held just before the formation of Telangana state, Rajender retained Huzurabad with a majority of 57,037 votes. K. Sudershan Reddy of the Congress was the runner-up.

Rajender continued his winning streak from Huzurabad in 2018, defeating his nearest rival Kaushik Reddy of the Congress by 47,803 votes.

The BJP hardly had any presence in Huzurabad in the elections held in the past. In 2018, its candidate P. Raghu polled only 1,683 votes, which was less than NOTA votes (2867).

However, with Rajender joining its ranks, BJP leaders are confident of wresting the seat from the TRS.

They believe that the saffron party will repeat its Dubbak performance in Huzurabad. In the by-election to the Dubbak Assembly constituency held in November last year, the BJP had pulled off a sensational victory to stun the TRS.

It was following the Dubbak victory that the BJP started projecting itself as the alternative to the TRS. The party’s central leadership too started focusing on Telangana. A month later, the saffron party put up an impressive performance in the elections to the GHMC. In the 150-member municipal body, the BJP increased its tally to 48 from just four seats it won in 2016. It not only emerged as the main opposition in the GHMC but also deprived the TRS of a clear majority.

Following these victories, the BJP intensified its efforts towards the goal of capturing power in the 2023 elections. However, the outcome of the elections to two graduates’ constituencies of the Legislative Council in March and the by-election in Nagarjuna Sagar came as a disappointment to the party.

The BJP could not retain one Legislative Council seat and finished a poor fourth in the other. In Nagarjuna Sagar, where the main contest was between the TRS and the Congress, the BJP candidate Ravi Kumar Naik polled only four per cent votes and forfeited his deposit.

The Huzurabad by-election has given the BJP a chance to bounce back and again project itself as the real alternative to the TRS in the run-up to the 2023 polls. The saffron party is pinning its hopes on the good support enjoyed by Rajender among the electorate.

Poll-bound Huzurabad attracted all the attention as KCR chose it to launch his ambitious ‘Dalit Bandhu’ scheme on a pilot basis. He addressed a public meeting in the constituency to roll out the scheme and declared that every Dalit family in the constituency would get a Rs 10 lakh grant under the scheme to start any business or self-employment activity of its choice.

Unfazed by the criticism from opposition parties, who alleged that the scheme is aimed at luring Dalit voters, the TRS government has released Rs 2,000 crore for implementing the scheme in the constituency.

Hundreds of Dalit beneficiaries are making a beeline to the banks to get the money under ‘Dali Bandhu’ as the Election Commission has made it clear that there will be no restriction on implementation of schemes announced before the poll schedule was declared.

The TRS also picked its candidate from the backward class to match Rajender. The ruling party’s student wing president Gellu Srinivas Yadav has already hit the campaign trail.

As Backward Class voters constitute nearly 50 per cent of the 2.10 lakh voters in the constituency, KCR picked a BC candidate.

The Congress party faces an uphill task in Huzurabad. This will be the first poll battle for the party after A. Revanth Reddy took over as the party’s state unit president in July.

Though leading an aggressive campaign against the ruling party on various issues, he is facing a big challenge in Huzurabad, which the Congress party never won for nearly 30 years.

The party is yet to decide its candidate, though 19 aspirants have submitted applications to the leadership. Political analysts say that at least by winning sizeable votes in the by-election, the Congress party under Revant Reddy will try to show that it may be down but not out.

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TRS star campaigners list throws new twists!

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Kalvakuntla Kavitha, Nizambad MLC and daughter of TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao received a jolt as her name did not figure in the list of TRS star campaigners for Huzurabad Assembly bypoll.

The bypoll is scheduled for October 30.

The TRS reportedly submitted the list of 20 star campaingers to Election Commission of India on Friday (today).

Speculations are rife in TRS circles that Kavitha’s name is missing from this list. Rajya Sabha member Joginapally Santosh Kumar was also been kept out of the star campaigners list.

Kavitha used to be the star campaigner for TRS in all the elections during Telangana statehood agitation until Telangana Assembly polls in December 2018.

She used to campaign in districts for TRS candidates.

However, the party leadership is sidelining her since 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Her services are not utilised for party especially after her father KCR made his son KTR the party’s working president.

Since then, she is being confined to only Nizamabad district. She has no position in the party or government at present though there were speculations that KCR will take her into his cabinet after she got elected as MLC in October 2020.

But even after a year, she was not taken into cabinet and Kavitha is reportedly upset at her father and brother for ignoring her.

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TRS candidate files nomination for Huzurabad on first day

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Two nominations were filed on Friday, the first day for filing of nominations for the by-election to the Huzurabad Assembly constituency in Telangana.

With the Election Commission of India issuing a notification, the poll process has begun for the October 30 by-election.

Ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) candidate Gellu Srinivas Yadav filed his nomination on the first day. He filed two nomination sets. Mohd Mansoor Ali of Anna YSR Party also filed his nomination on Friday.

As per the schedule announced by the EC, the last date for filing of nominations is October 8.

Scrutiny of nominations will be taken up on October 11. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 13. Polling will be held on October 30 while counting of votes will be taken up on November 2. The entire poll process has to be completed by November 5.

Meanwhile, TRS submitted a list of 20 star campaigners to the Election Commission. The list includes Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, ministers K. T. Rama Rao, Harish Rao, Gangula Kamalakar and Koppula Eshwar.

The Huzurabad Assembly seat fell vacant with the resignation of former minister Eatala Rajender after he was dropped from the state Cabinet by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao in May following allegations of land encroachment.

Rajender also quit the TRS to join the BJP and will be entering the fray as the saffron party’s candidate.

TRS named its student wing chief Srinivas Yadav as the party candidate for the by-election. The Congress party is yet to announce its candidate.

The by-election raised the political temperature in the state as Rajender targetted the Chief Minister by alleging that he was insulted in the party. The BJP is citing Rajender’s alleged humiliation to mount fresh attack on TRS for what it calls the family rule of Chandrasekhar Rao.

After ending his nearly two-decade-long association with TRS, Rajender launched an aggressive campaign in Huzurabad targeting the TRS government.

BJP’s state unit chief Bandi Sanjay is also currently undertaking a ‘padyatra’ which will cover the Huzurabad constituency as well.

The TRS government also picked the constituency for implementing its prestigious ‘Dalit Bandhu’ scheme on pilot basis. It has already sanctioned Rs 2,000 crore to implement the scheme under which every Dalit family will be given a grant of Rs 10 lakh to start business of its choice.

The government’s move came under criticism from the opposition parties and some NGOs who alleged that the TRS is trying to lure the voters. A couple of NGOs also moved the Telangana High Court, but the latter refused to interfere in the matter.

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Telangana CM moots Green Fund for spurring plantation

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday proposed a Green Fund to support various activities to improve the green cover in the state.

Speaking in State Assembly, he mooted the fund which will have participation of all segments of people with some monetary contribution.

Officials said Telangana will become the first state in the country to come up with Green Fund.

Money for the Telangana Haritha Fund (Telangana Green Fund) is proposed be mobilised from people at the time of registration of their property, renewal of their licenses, and admission of students into schools and colleges.

Rao said Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assembly, and Members of Legislative Council will contribute Rs 500 every month. Public representatives of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) have already agreed to make the contribution, he said and appealed to all the opposition parties to come forward.

Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, and Indian Forest Service officers will contribute Rs 100 every month from their salary towards the Fund. Every other state government employee will contribute Rs 25 per month.

Similarly, it is proposed that traders will pay Rs 1,000 each for the Green Fund at the time of renewal of licenses for their trade, shops, bars, and liquor shops.

Pointing out that every day 8,000 property and land registrations take place in the state, he said there is a proposal to collect Rs 50 from each transaction.

KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, said he spoke to public representatives, officials and employees who are ready to contribute.

There is also a proposal to charge 0.1 per cent on government contract works, which will be collected by the Roads and Buildings Department.

He said the state government would bring the proposed Fund to the notice of the Central government.

He mooted the proposal during short-duration discussion on ‘Haritha Haram’, the flagship programme of the state government for plantation across the state.

KCR was confident that Green Fund will make Telangana a role model in another sector. “Like many schemes of Telangana, this will also become a role model,” he said.

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Are Owaisi brothers distancing from TRS?

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AIMIM or Majlis is a strange party. The party is known for moving closer with any party which is in power in the state since decades.

In Undivided Andhra Pradesh, when TDP or Congress were in power, the Majlis moved closely with those parties.

Owaisi brothers used to praise previous Chief Ministers of Undivided AP, N Chandrababu Naidu and YS Rajashekar Reddy to the skies when they ruled the states between 1995 and 2009.

This went on till N Kiran Kumar Reddy became Chief Minister in December 2010.

Unlike previous CMs who used to pamper Owaisi brothers, Kiran adopted a tough stand against Owaisi brothers for flaring up communal tensions in state with their hate speeches against Hindus.

Kiran was so tough against Owaisis that his government booked cases against Akbaruddin Owaisi and sent him to jail for his hate speech in Nirmal.

With this, Majlis deserted Congress during Kiran regime and used to fight against Congress in Assembly.

But after bifurcation of AP and formation of Telangana in June 2014, the Owaisi brothers became closer to ruling party TRS and Telangana CM KCR.

Both TRS and AIMIM are maintaining ‘friendly ties’ since then despite BJP strongly criticizing their bonding.

But Majlis seemed to have now become unhappy at TRS going by the anger being expressed by Akbaruddin Owaisi against ruling party in the Legislative Assembly in the ongoing monsoon session.

Owaisi is taking TRS to task in the Assembly on the issue of failure to protect Wakf lands.

Likewise, he is raising strong objections on TRS government’s claims on welfare schemes and development programmes in the Assembly.

Political analysts say cracks have appeared in TRS-Majlis friendship and are expected to worsen as Assembly polls in 2023 December near.

They say Owaisi brothers might be angry at KCR for frequently visiting Delhi and holding meetings with top BJP leaders including PM Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah.

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KTR, Kavitha out of action in Huzurabad!

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Huzurabad Assembly by poll on October 30 has turned out to be a battle between TRS chief, Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao and his friend-turned-foe Etela Rajender of BJP although Gellu Srinivas Yadav is the TRS candidate.

However, KCR’s son KTR and daughter Kavitha are nowhere to be seen in such a crucial election.

The entire election process in Huzurabad is being handled by minister Harish Rao.

Why KCR kept KTR and Kavitha out of action from Huzurabad Assembly by poll remains a big question mark in TRS and political circles.

Political analysts say KTR and Kavitha are facing severe anti incumbency and it will adversely impact TRS prospects in Huzurabad if they undertake campaigning in Huzurabad.

But Harish Rao still has a soft corner among public and for that reason KCR entrusted the task to Harish and kept away KTR and Kavitha from Huzurabad.

As KCR’s children, KTR and Kavitha are facing the wrath of people for KCR’s failures, analysts say.

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Harish meet Vivek: Sets off speculation in Telangana politics

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Is the TRS planning something very big to upset the BJP’s plans in Huzurabad? Is it trying to lure former MP and money-bag politico G Vivek into the TRS. If Vivek is lured into the BJP, the party would be left without a major funder for the party. So, the reports that TRS minister and KCR’s nephew Harish Rao met Vivek secretly at the latter’s residence are causing disquiet in the BJP.

Highly placed sources say that Harish Rao went over to Vivek’s house late in the night and invited him into the TRS. Vivek is an important cog in the BJP wheel as he is from the scheduled caste and is big leader. Also, he owns V6 TV channel and Velugu newspaper. An industrialist, Vivek is very useful to the BJP. However, of late, he is upset with the BJP over not getting the kind of importance that he deserves. He is unhappy over not getting a favourable response on Rajya Sabha seat.So, the TRS is trying capitalise on this discontent.

Sources say that the TRS has offered him a Rajya Sabha seat. In return, he would have to join the party. While one does not know what Vivek’s response is. But if Vivek leaves the BJP, it would be a big blow for the party especially at a time when the Huzurabad bypolls are round the corner.

Vivek, who comes from a diehard Congress family, joined the TRS when the Telangana agitation was at its peak. However, the TRS marginalised him and forced him out of the party. He went back to the Congress and then joined the BJP. He has been playing a key role in the BJP affairs and is said to have played a key role in getting Eatala Rajender into the BJP.

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