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‘Aggrieved’ Telangana sends its wishlist for Union Budget

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Including Hyderabad in the proposed defence industrial production corridor, funds for Hyderabad Pharma City, setting up of first National Design Centre (NDC), budgetary support for development of Hyderabad-Warangal, Hyderabad-Nagpur, Hyderabad-Bengaluru, and Hyderabad-Vijayawada industrial corridors are on the wish list of Telangana for Union Budget 2022-23.

Funds for Kakatiya Mega Textile Park (KMTP), Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS), Warangal Metro-Neo project, sanction of Mega Powerloom Cluster at Sircilla, approval of pending and new railway projects also figure on the list of demands from the state.

The Telangana government, which has been unhappy with the Central government for doing “injustice” to the state in successive budgets, has put forward the sector-wise list of demands ahead of presentation of the Union Budget on February 1. The state has reiterated many old demands.

Industry, Commerce, Information Technology, Municipal Administration, and Urban Development Minister K.T. Rama Rao has dashed off series of letters to Union Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in last few days to seek liberal Central assistance for various projects.

KTR, as the state minister is popularly known, sought budgetary support of over 14,000 crore for key industrial projects like Hyderabad-Bengaluru, Hyderabad-Vijayawada, Hyderabad-Warangal and Hyderabad-Nagpur industrial corridors as well as the Hyderabad Pharma City project that has bagged the National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) status.

He also sought sanction of additional nodes at Mancherial under the Hyderabad-Nagpur corridor, Huzurabad as part of the Hyderabad-Vijayawada corridor and Jadcherla-Gadwal-Kothaguda node under the Hyderabad-Bengaluru corridor, and provision of Rs 5,000 crore for these three nodes.

For the approved nodes at Hyderabad Pharma City and NIMZ Zaheerabad under the Hyderabad-Warangal and Hyderabad-Nagpur corridors, that the Centre has agreed to fund, the state has asked for a budgetary provision of Rs 2,000 crore each.

KTR also demanded release of grant in aid of over Rs 5,000 crore for the master planning as well as development of internal, external and technical infrastructure for the establishment of Hyderabad Pharma City as a NIMZ in Rangareddy district. He also made a pitch to Sitharaman to include Hyderabad in the proposed defence industrial production corridor

He also wrote a letter to Union Ministers Sitaraman and Piyush Goel seeking support for various works taken up in the handloom and textiles sector in the state. The minister had earlier written letters to the Centre on the same issues, several times.

He requested for sanction of Rs 897 crore for taking up infrastructure works at the Kakatiya Mega Textile Park in Warangal. He also requested early approval of the project.

He also urged the Centre to sanction Mega Powerloom Cluster at Sircilla and sanction an amount of Rs 49.84 crore from out of the projected outlay of Rs 993.65 crore.

Earlier, KTR also wrote a letter to Sitharaman urging her to allocate Rs 8,000 crore for various works taken up under the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department in the state, including the Mass Rapid Transit systems (MRTS).

B. Vinod Kumar, Vice Chairman, Telangana State Planning Board, has also written to Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw drawing his attention to the injustice to Telangana in implementing existing projects as well as granting new railway projects.

“In the past seven years, the Union government has never prioritized the needs of the state, in any of its railway budgets so far,” he wrote. He also pointed out that joint venture railway projects with the state government, taken up with much enthusiasm, has not moved much and there are also other projects where detailed surveys were done but works did not begin.

The former MP wrote that since the formation of the new state, the Kothapalli-Manoharabad railway line is the only project that has been taken off and is being implemented with major support from Telangana.

As many as 11 high potential projects were shelved by the Railway Board, he said, also listing 25 high priority projects whose survey reports were submitted years ago to the Railway Board but a decision is still awaited.

“How many more years will this step-motherly treatment continue? Why must the states beg for their rightful share of resources every single time,” he asked.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government has been upset with the Centre for ignoring its long pending demand to grant national project status to a major irrigation project of the state, for not extending financial assistance for state’s flagship schemes for revivals of irrigation tanks and to ensure supply of drinking water to every household.

The state government is also unhappy over the Centre not fulfilling the commitments made to Telangana in Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act 2014 and also shelving projects like Information Technology and Investment Region (ITIR) in Hyderabad and railway coach factory in Kazipet.

Telangana, which according to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is fourth largest contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), is also demanding that the Centre should support it for being a progressive state.

KTR raised this point last week during PM Gati Shakti South Zone virtual conference which was chaired by Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari.

The state minister despite being a performing state, Telangana is not getting enough support from the Centre, though performing states need to be incentivised.

He highlighted the achievements of TelanganaA in the areas of manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, handlooms & textiles, power, coal and other sectors. The minister also noted that 35 per cent of global vaccine production takes place in Hyderabad.

“Telangana, the youngest state in the country, is blessed with natural advantages in geographical resources, a world class skill-base, existing manufacturing practices and expertise, that have opened new opportunities for investments,” said KTR.

He stated that Hyderabad has several decades of history of having a strong defence-related ecosystem, but the Union government has given the defence corridor to Bundelkhand where no ecosystem exists and neither the firms.

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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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TRS encouraging anti-Sanjay batch in BJP!

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The BJP is on a roll in Telangana after its sensational victory in Huzurabad Assembly bypoll in November last year. The BJP national leadership is also going all out to dethrone TRS government in 2023 Assembly polls.

The BJP’s wave in Telangana started after Bandi Sanjay took over as BJP Telangana president. The party performed better in Dubbak Assembly bypoll and GHMC elections in 2020 end.

TRS is worried about Bandi Sanjay’s leadership in the run up to the Assembly polls in 2023. The TRS leadership is devising strategies to weaken Bandi Sanjay in BJP.

TRS is reportedly encouraging Bandi Sanjay rivals in BJP to raise their voice against BJP. Recently Sanjay’s rivals held a secret meeting in a function hall in Karimnagar and decided to complain against Bandi to party high command. They expressed anger at Bandi for encouraging new comers in BJP while neglecting old timers who are working sincerely for party for several years.

The TRS reportedly sponsored this meeting and reportedly expressed willingness to fund such meetings in other districts also if BJP leaders raise voice against Sanjay.

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TRS to hold national conclave of anti-BJP parties in March?

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It is now almost certain that the TRS will actively campaign for the Samajwadi Party in the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh. The team is expected to be led by none other than KTR himself. If TRS sources are to be believed, the TRS has already readied up a list of party leaders who are conversant in Hindi and Urdu.

TRS sources said that SP leader Akhilesh Yadav or his key aides could meet KCR or a high-level delegation of the TRS by January-end, following which the TRS will join the campaign. The party leaders will address the public meetings and go from house-to-house in areas dominated by the Telugus. The Telugu speakers are present in significant number in Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Noida, Varanasi, Kanpur and Meerut.

This would be the third time that the TRS would openly join the campaign against the BJP outside Telangana. In 2009, the TRS had participated in the Jharkhand elections in support of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha. In 2018, KCR has announced his support to the Janata Dal Secular. KCR has announced that he would personally campaign for the JDS. But, he could not do so due to unexplained reasons.

TRS sources said their plan is to forge unity among the regional parties and as part of the plan, it had already established contact with the TMC in West Bengal, Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, Navin Patnaik in Odisha, DMK in Tamil Nadu, RJD in Bihar, CPI, CPM and JDS in Karnataka. The sources also revealed that the party could hold a national conclave with like-minded parties after the elections in five states .

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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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Is TRS-Congress alliance in the making for 2023 Assembly polls?

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Political circles are abuzz with reports of possible alliance between ruling TRS and Congress in Telangana for 2023 Assembly elections.

Telangana Assembly elections are due for December 2023. There is still nearly two years left but the alliance between TRS and Congress is already creating a buzz in political circles.

It is learnt that both TRS and Congress leaderships came to an understanding that it is not possible to check the rise of BJP in Telangana unless TRS and Congress join hands. The BJP has stepped up political activities in Telangana with the sole aim of coming to power in 2023 Assembly polls.

The BJP top national leadership including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, union home minister Amith Shah, BJP national president JP Nadda are sending a party’s national leader or a union minister to Telangana daily to take on TRS and CM KCR.

TRS and Congress last joined hands in 2004 Assembly polls in Undivided AP. This alliance played a key role in dethroning the then TDP government and bringing Congress to power. But TRS parted ways with Congress soon after the Congress-led UPA government failed to fulfill the promise of formation of Telangana state.

With both TRS and Congress facing threat from BJP in Telangana after Dubbak and Huzurabad Assembly bypoll victories, they want to join hands again to defeat their common rival BJP in 2023 Assembly polls.

The TRS too has mellowed down its attack on Congress and only targeting BJP these days raising speculations of Congress-TRS alliance in the coming days.

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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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Why KCR is protecting MLA Vanama in suicide case?

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There is a huge uproar across Telangana on the issue of Kothagudem TRS MLA Vanama Venkateshwar Rao’s son Vanama Raghavendra Rao alias Vanama Raghava, abetting suicide of a business family in Khammam.

Raghava allegedly sought sexual favours from the wife of businessman to settle a property dispute which forced him to commit suicide along with his wife and two children.

While the incident happened on Sunday last, Raghava’s role came into picture after two days. Since then, there is a huge demand from all sections demanding action against MLA Vanama and his son Raghava.

But TRS on Friday (today) issued a statement suspending Raghavan from the party. This surprised all as Raghava is just a primary member of the party. He does not hold any post in the party or government.

It’s an open secret that Raghava is the ‘shadow MLA’ of Kothagudem. He runs the entire show on behalf of his father. Raghava acts as per the directions of his MLA father. That’s what every one strongly feels in Kothagudem. Nothing happens in Kothagudem without the involvement of Raghava, they opine.

KCR did not take any action against MLA Vanama. Why KCR is protecting Vanama despite severe anger among people against him? is the question being debated in political circles.

KCR reportedly feels that if action is taken against MLA at his stage it amounts to the party accepting that MLA has committed crime and not just his son. Party wants to send a message across that MLAs son committed crime and MLA has no role in this.

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T’gana CM is taking inspiration from West Bengal: Kishan Reddy

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Union Minister G.Kishan Reddy claimed that Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekhar Rao is taking inspiration from West Bengal and said such tactics won’t work in the state. Reddy made the comment over the arrest of Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar.

In a series of tweets last night, Reddy said, “KCR (K Chandrasekhar Rao) seems to be taking inspiration from West Bengal! Such tactics won’t work here. Telangana People won’t let it happen. The @BJP4Telangana will foil any such attempts. Our people have fought the tyranny of Razakars & Nizams in the past, if need be, they’ll fight again!”

The Telangana Police claimed that state BJP president was arrested for violation of Disaster Management Act during a protest on Sunday night, Reddy said, “@TelanganaCMO KCR garu wearing a mask is a rarity! During the recent engagements in my constituency, @TRSPartyOnline Ministers didn’t wear masks…booking our leader falsely for Covid-19 Protocol violation isn’t hypocrisy, then what is?”

“Telangana is witnessing Destruction of Democracy & absolute mockery of Rule of Law. TRS govt is scared of the growth of the party in the state. Framing of false charges & arrest of our @BJP4Telangana President Sri @bandisanjay_bjp Ais an example of draconian tyranny of KCR Govt,” Reddy tweeted.

Telangana BJP president, also a member of Parliament, was arrested on Sunday night when police foiled his protest to demand the state government to amend an order relating to transfer of the government employees and teachers. The MP, who was kept at Manakondur Police Station overnight, was on Monday shifted to the Police Training Centre in Karimnagar town.

Earlier on Monday afternoon, BJP chief J.P. Nadda termed the arrest another glaring example of the murder of democracy and constitutional rights by the state government.

“It is yet another glaring example of the murder of democracy and constitutional rights by the Telangana government. The BJP vehemently criticises and denounces this attack on the BJP leaders and karyakartas (workers),” he had said.

A court in Telangana’s Karimnagar town on Monday sent state BJP chief and MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar to judicial custody for 14 days for attacking police personnel and violation of Disaster Management Act during a protest on Sunday night which was foiled by the police.

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7 MLCs demit office, to re-enter Telangana legislative council

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The Telangana legislative council would sport a new look today as January 4 is the last day for 12 of the 14 local body constituency MLCs. Their term ends and the newly-elected MLCs would take oath of office on January 14. All the outgoing MLCs were from the ruling TRS and the seats have again been bagged by the TRS, which enjoys a brute majority in the local bodies across the state.

Five of the outgoing 12 MLCs have been replaced and new MLCs will enter the house. In place of Naradasu Lakshmana Rao, former TDP state chief L Ramana will enter the house. Similarly, Tera Chinnapareddy is replaced by Kotireddy, who played a key role in the Nagarjunasagar victory of the TRS. Pro-tem chairperson Bhupal Reddy is replaced by Yadava Reddy.

Dande Vithal and Tata Madhu are also entering the council for the first time. They replaced sitting MLCs. Interestingly, the legislative council in Telangana does not have a chairperson or a vice-chairpersons. Both the elections have to be held only after the new members take oath of office. The pro-tem chairperson too will demit office on Tuesday. The government has to appoint another pro-tem speaker to conduct the elections.

Sources in the TRS say that senior TRS member Rajeshwara Reddy is likely to be appointed as the pro-tem chairperson to conduct the elections. MLCs Pochampalli Srinivas Reddy, Kalvakuntla Kavitha, Banuprasad Rao, Kasireddy Narayana Reddy, K Damodar Reddy, Sunkari Raju and Patnam Damodar Reddy have been re-elected from their respective constituencies.

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What’s behind JP Nadda’s 4-day stay in Hyd?

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The political war between ruling TRS and opposition BJP is intensifying day after day. The arrest of BJP Telangana president Bandi Sanjay on Sunday night to prevent him from holding deeksha in Karimnagar has heated up political atmosphere in Telangana.

The Telangana police highhandedness in arresting Bandi Sanjay under the guise of Covid restrictions on rallies and dharnas led to tussle between TRS and BJP. When Telangana CM KCR can take part in big meetings in Nalgonda and his son KTR can hold rallies in Nalgonda last week, the BJP is questioning whether Covid restrictions are applicable only to opposition parties.

Under these circumstances, BJP national president JP Nadda is coming to Hyderabad on January 4. He will stay in Telangana for four days until January 7.

Nadda’s visit is primarily aimed to devise strategies to take on KCR and TRS in Telangana and devising BJP’s future course of action against TRS in Telangana.

Although BJP leaders are claiming that Nadda is visiting Hyderabad to attend RSS meetings from January 5 to 7, he is learnt to have convened meetings with BJP Telangana leaders every day after taking part in RSS meetings.

All the major BJP leaders in Telangana were asked to make themselves available in Hyderabad to JP Nadda for four days during his stay to discuss important issues on strengthening BJP in Telangana.

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Eatala-Bandi Sanjay fight forces “prize catch” go back to TRS

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Former Mayor of Karimnagar Sardar Ravinder Singh is back to where he belongs.. On Thursday evening, Singh,who rebelled against KCR, returned to the TRS.. He met KCR and has all but joined the TRS. Thus Ravinder Singh’s revolt has ended as fast and as tamely as it began.

Ravinder Singh fought as a rebel candidate for the local body constituency MLC elections recently. He rebelled after he was denied the party ticket.. He was backed by Huzurabad MLA Eatala Rajender. However, he lost the election. But, he somehow managed to make a dent into the TRS fortress by weaning away several ZPTCs and MPTCS.

But the biggest problem for Ravinder Singh was that the BJP did not open its doors for him. Party state president Bandi Sanjay, who is also from Karimnagar, has firmly rejected his plans to enter the BJP. In fact, Singh began his career as an ABVP worker and later worked as a BJP activist. However, with Sanjay firmly backing his entry into the BJP, Singh has no option but to rejoin the TRS.

Sources say that Sanjay was upset at Singh being promoted by Eatala. He felt that Singh and Eatala could open a front against him in Karimnagar district. He also wanted to teach Eatala a lesson for not consulting him about Singh beforehand. All these have made Ravinder Singh go back to the TRS.

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Is KCR’s confidence at all-time low now?

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TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao is known for aggressive politics. He doesn’t give a damn if his party MLA, MP or any leader quits TRS or joins any other party.

Even when he was not in power during Telangana statehood agitation, so many TRS leaders including party MLAs, MPs quit TRS and joined other parties. Even then, he maintained his aggression and never tried to plead with them or convince them to stay back in TRS.

After coming to power and becoming Telangana CM in 2014, KCR’s aggression has further increased.

But now KCR’s aggression and confidence levels seem to have hit an all-time low especially after Huzurabad Assembly bypoll defeat at the hands of BJP.

KCR has invited Ravinder Singh, former ex-mayor of Karimnagar, who quit TRS recently and contested as independent candidate against TRS in recent Karimnagar MLC polls under local bodies quota.

Singh unleashed a scathing attack on KCR after quitting TRS and even took BJP MLA Etala Rajender’s support, arch-rival of KCR, to defeat TRS. Despite all this, Singh lost to TRS.

Ravinder Singh is no match to KCR’s position or stature. However, KCR gave an appointment immediately to Ravinder Singh when he sought to meet him.

Singh on Thursday met KCR at Pragathi Bhavan and sought to join TRS again. KCR too agreed immediately.

TRS leaders and cadre were shocked to Singh walking into Pragathi Bhavan and meeting KCR easily when it’s not even 15 days since Singh lashed out at KCR and his family members.

It’s difficult for ministers and MLAs to secure the appointment with KCR but Singh could meet him easily.

This triggered speculations in political circles that KCR’s confidence levels have now hit an all-time low and is ready to take back a step or two till he overcomes the tough political situation he is now facing at present in Telangana.

KCR is now in a position where he cannot afford to lose even a ward-member level leader from TRS as Ravinder Singh is just a ward member in Karimnagar municipal corporation at present.

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Kavitha angry at TRS leaders land encroachments, settlements!

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Kalvakuntla Kavitha, Nizamabad MLC and daughter of TRS president, Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao has stepped up efforts to reclaim her lost bastion, that is Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat.

Kavitha who remained inactive in Nizamabad politics after her shocking defeat at the hands of BJP’s Dharmapuri Aravind in Nizamabad Lok Sabha election in May 2019, has been frequently visiting the district these days as Lok Sabha polls are just two and a half years away.

Kavitha is meeting people and party’s activists at ground-level to take their feedback on the functioning of party as well as TRS government.

Kavitha reportedly has been receiving negative feedback from them who are complaining that TRS MLAs in Nizamabad district are indulging in land encroachments and doing ‘settlements’ and making huge money.

They reportedly complained that they are bringing disrepute to TRS with their shady dealings and this needs to be curbed as people in the district are vexed with their illegal acts.

They cautioned Kavitha that she faces the risk of losing again in Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat in 2024 if the party leadership fails to control TRS MLAs indulging in land encroachments and settlements.

Kavitha reportedly warned two MLAs in Nizamabad and Armoor constituencies and asked them to mend their ways else the party will be forced to take severe action against them.

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Minister Malla Reddy weakening TRS in Medchal!

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Telangana minister Ch Malla Reddy is famous for courting controversies. He often lands in controversies with land grabbing allegations, demanding bribes from realtors etc, and causes embarrassment to TRS leadership.

Despite all this, he continues to be the minister and enjoys the support of KCR and KTR. His critics say Malla Reddy is safeguarding his minister post as well as his political career with his huge ‘money power’ by donating crores of rupees to TRS every year.

Latest, Malla Reddy has landed in another controversy. His own party leaders in his own Medchal district are accusing Malla Reddy of encouraging ‘groups’ in TRS and adopting ‘divide and rule’ policy to check his political rivals in TRS in Medchal district but in the process, he is weakening TRS in the district.

Several TRS elected representatives in Keesara municipality submitted resignation to their posts to protest Malla Reddy’s group politics in TRS.

They complained to KCR and KTR that if Malla Reddy is not checked, TRS will lose ground in Medchal district and it will benefit either Congress or BJP.

TRS local leaders and cadre are planning to join Congress and BJP unable to bear group politics of Malla Reddy.

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Khammam TRS leaders target Jagan’s close friend!

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It’s nearly 15 days since MLC election results under local bodies quota were announced in Telangana. The ruling TRS made a clean sweep by winning al the six MLC seats that went for polls and bagged remaining six MLC seats unanimously.

Despite the stupendous victory, the MLC results have failed to douse the fire in TRS due to incidents of cross-voting witnessed in elections.

The TRS is yet to recover from the large-scale cross-voting of TRS voters (MPTCs, ZPTCs etc) in favour of Congress in Khammam.

Although TRS candidate Tata Madhu won with a clear majority, nearly 300 TRS voters resorted to cross-voting and voted for Congress.

TRS leaders in Khammam district are now targeting Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy, known to be the close friend of YSRCP chief and Andhra Pradesh YS Jaganmohan Reddy, for cross-voting.

Pongulet won as Lok Sabha member from Khammam from YSRCP in 2014 Lok Sabha polls even after bifurcation of AP.

However, he joined TRS soon after on the advice of Jagan as Jagan decided to close YSRCP in Telangana to focus on Andhra Pradesh.

TRS chief and Telangana CM KCR, his son KTR made several promises to Ponguleti while inducting him into TRS but none were fulfilled.

KCR denied him party ticket for Khammam Lok Sabha seat despite Ponguleti being sitting MP. KCR gave ticket to Nama Nageshwar Rao who joined TRS from TDP just before Lok Sabha polls in April 2019.

KCR denied ticket to Ponguleti even in 2018 December Assembly polls promising him ticket in Lok Sabha polls, which too was not fulfilled.

Ponguleti was later promised MLC nomination and cabinet minister post which too were ignored. Ponguleti is very upset at KCR and KTR and staying away from party activities.

At this stage, MLC polls came and Ponguleti reportedly took revenge on TRS by asking his supporters (MPTCs, ZPTCs etc in Khammam) to vote for Congress. TRS Khammam leaders reportedly submitted all the proofs to KCR and KTR to prove these allegations against Ponguleti.

It appears that Ponguleti will soon be removed from TRS. If not, Ponguleti himself is planning to quit TRS and join Congress.

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Why did TRS delebation comeback empty-handed from Delhi?

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Finally, the TRS delegation, led by minister Niranjan Reddy, has come back to Hyderabad empty handed. The delegation, which stayed in Delhi for over a week and demanded that the Centre buy all the grain from AP, has returned without realising any of their demands. The Centre has neither given them an assurance, nor accepted any of their demands.

With this, the delegation came back without achieving anything. Now questions are being raised as to why the whole agitation was launched at all. Union Minister Piyush Goel said that the State government should immediately send the 27 lakh tonne paddy that they owe to the Centre.

Meanwhile, Telangana PCC chief Revanth Reddy said that the whole drama was enacted by the TRS to dupe the gullible people of Telangana. He said that the TRS delegation ran away from Delhi after the Centre raised the issue of the missing 25000 metric tonnes of paddy. He said that the TRS lacked commitment on the issue of paddy procurement.

Questions are now being raised as to why no member of KCR family has participated in the protests in Delhi. Several analysts are asking as to why KTR and Rajya Sabha member Santosh Kumar or even Kavitha Kalwakuntla were not part of the delegation. This is now likely to become a big issue in Telangana in the coming days.

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Did BJP fall into TRS trap?

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It was widely reported in mainstream media two days ago that union home minister Amit Shah asked BJP Telangana leaders not to fall into TRS trap and wage a battle against KCR and TRS during a meeting in Delhi to discuss on political situation in Telangana.

But going by the ongoing political developments in Telangana, it appears that BJP walked into TRS trap laid by KCR on paddy procurement issue since November first week.

KCR successfully diverted public and media attention from TRS defeat in the hands of BJP in Huzurabad bypoll by targetting BJP on paddy issue.

BJP hoped to get maximum political mileage from Huzurabad victory in November first week. It expected several disgruntled leaders in TRS like Etela Rajender to join BJP to take on KCR.

But then suddenly KCR hit a masterstroke by raking up paddy issue against BJP and ensured entire media and public glare revolves around TRS and not BJP victory in Huzurabad.

Slowly, BJP leaders too were forced to shift their focus to paddy to fight against KCR.

BJP’s political activity to strengthen party and weaken TRS came to a halt since November as KCR ensured they confine to paddy issue.

Now someone tell Amit Shah who fell into whose trap.

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Ex-MLA gives tough time to TRS “dhoom dhaam’ MLA!

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TRS MLA from Manakondur Assembly constituency Rasamayi Balakishan is facing a political challenge in his constituency not from rival parties but from his own party leader who was MLA from the same constituency from 2009 to 2014.

He is none other than senior Congress leader Arepally Mohan, who was TPCC SC cell chairman. He won from Congress in 2009 Assembly polls from Manakondur.

Rasamayi Balakishan, who is famous for “Dhoom Dhaam” programmes with his Telangana songs during Telangana statehood agitation emerged as a strong TRS leader in Manakondur after the formation of Telangana state in 2014.

Mohan lost to Rasamayi in 2014 and 2018 Assembly polls from Congress. Soon after 2018 Assembly polls, Mohan jumped into TRS in May 2019.

Mohan who maintained calm since then suddenly started making political moves in Manakondur to gain hold over his constituency. He has developed his own cadre base in the constituency and aggressively campaigning internally that he will be the next MLA from TRS in 2023 Assembly polls.

Mohan’s supporters launched an aggressive social media campaign project him as next MLA of Manakondur stating that Rasamayi failed to deliver even after getting elected twice as MLA and lost faith of people and there are no chances of KCR giving ticket to Rasamayi in 2023.

This campaign by Mohan naturally triggered protests from Rasamayi’s followers and Manakondur TRS is now divided between Mohan and Rasamayi.

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TRS MLAs doubt KCR’s assurance on ‘tickets for all’!

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TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao has been promising ‘tickets to all’ sitting MLAs to contest upcoming Assembly polls in December 2023.

But there is a buzz in TRS circles that party MLAs are not believing KCR’s assurance and already started looking at Congress and BJP on a safer side.

This trend is being witnessed among those TRS MLAs who won Assembly elections for two, three, or more terms. They doubt KCR giving party tickets again to them in 2023 Assembly polls fearing ‘anti incumbency’ against sitting MLAs.

In previous Assembly polls held in December 2018, KCR gave tickets to all sitting MLAs except in five or six seats due to negative reports on them.

It worked and TRS retained power for second term by winning Assembly polls with a big majority.

However, KCR now reportedly feels strongly that this strategy will not work in 2023 as there will be severe anti-incumbency against sitting MLAs after completion of two or more terms and he wants to replace them with new faces in such seats.

But KCR cannot disclose this at this stage as it will prompt TRS MLAs to jump into BJP or Congress which would further damage TRS politically.

For these reasons, KCR is giving an assurance for namesake stating that all sitting MLAs will get tickets to prevent them from jumping into other parties.

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