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Centre’s corona fight confined to clapping, lighting lamps: TRS

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Stepping up the attack on the Centre, Telangana Health Minister E. Rajender on Monday said its fight against coronavirus is confined to clapping and lighting lamps.

On a day when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) organized state-wide protests over Telangana government’s failure in containing the spread of Covid-19, the minister intensified his attack on the BJP-led Central government.

“Without giving funds to contain coronavirus and treat the patients, the Centre is washing its hands off by asking people to clap and light lamps,” the minister said referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s calls for clapping to express solidarity towards doctors and other frontline workers and lighting the lamps to show unity in the fight against coronavirus.

Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao had not only backed Modi’s calls but also took part in the programmes on March 22 and April 5.

The minister said the Centre was only paying lip-service and had not provided funds. He said the Centre gave only Rs 214 crore.

BJP state President Bandi Sanjay had stated earlier in the day that the Centre provided Rs 1,000 crore and asked the TRS government to explain where the money was spent.

Rajender said while the state government was making all efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19, some leaders were playing cheap politics. “Staging dharnas in front of hospitals for politics is shameful,” he said referring to BJP’s protest on Monday.

The Health Minister said the BJP leaders who were critising the state government for conducting fewer tests should know how their government at the Centre diverted a machine meant for Telangana.

He said Telangana was the first state in the country to order COBAS 8800 machine which has the capacity to do 3,500 to 4,000 tests every day. The state had ordered three machines but the first machine to reach the country was diverted to West Bengal.

He released to the media copies of the letter from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to Roche Diagnostics to send the machine to Kolkata for installation at National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED).

The machine was originally meant for installation at the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) in Hyderabad.

Roche Diagnostics in a letter dated June 14 informed the Telangana authorities that ICMR directed them to divert the machine to NICED, Kolkata considering the national emergency and pandemic scenario.

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Two Telangana MLAs booked under SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act

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Two Telangana MLAs belonging to ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and its friendly party All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) were on Saturday booked under Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 in two separate incidents.

While Ibrahimpatnam MLA Manchireddy Kishan Reddy of TRS was booked for allegedly attacking and abusing a Dalit public representative of BJP, Malakpet MLA Ahmed Balala belonging to AIMIM was booked for using abusive language against a BJP leader. The complainants in both the cases are women and belong to the opposition BJP.

In the first case, Mandal Praja Parishad (MPP) member Koppu Sukanya alleged that the TRS MLA attacked and abused her in the name of caste when she raised a protocol during foundation stone laying ceremony for a Pharma City road at Nandivanaparti village in Yacharam mandal of Rangareddy district near Hyderabad on Thursday.

Sukanya was admitted to a private hospital in Hyderabad. She lodged a complaint against the MLA and also against an Assistant Commissioner of Police and a Circle Inspector for helping the MLA. On her complaint, Rachakonda police registered a case against them.

In the second case, AIMIM MLA Ahmed Balala, who represents Malakpet constituency in Hyderabad, was booked under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and SC ST POA Act for insulting the modesty of a woman and for humiliating a member of scheduled caste.

A case under Section 509 of IPC and 3 (1) r of SC ST POA Act was booked at Chaderghat police station on complaint of Bangaru Shruti, national secretary of BJP SC Morcha.

Shruti, who is daughter of former BJP president Bangaru Laxman, alleged that the AIMIM MLA used abusive words and insulted her in the name of her caste when she visited the house a Dalit girl allegedly raped by an activist of AIMIM on May 7.

P. Sateesh, Inspector, Chaderghat police station, said she had lodged a complaint on May 9 and after taking the legal opinion, a case was booked against Balala on Saturday.

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TRS govt plans delimitation to win GHMC polls in 2021!

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The ruling TRS is preparing ground to take up delimitation exercise in GHMC limits.

The TRS government wants to increase the number of wards to 180 and if possible to 200.

At present, there are 150 GHMC wards.

The TRS won 99 wards in GHMC elections held in February 2016, while its friendly party AIMIM won 44 seats. The Opposition Congress, TDP and BJP were confined to single digits.

The present GHMC term will end in January 2021, which is less than a year away.

TRS is making strategic moves to retain GHMC for the second term by taking delimitation of wards to suit its political needs.

Though Hyderabad voters gave TRS landslide majority in 2016 GHMC polls, the ruling party failed to live up to their expectations. It failed to develop Hyderabad as promised and the roads and infrastructure facilities have worsened in Hyderabad under TRS rule.

Expecting anger from voters in upcoming GHMC polls, the TRS has decided to take up delimitation of wards.

The TRS government is planning to introduce new GHMC Act in Assembly soon for the purpose of delimitation of wards.

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TRS Govt digs up old case to book Revanth!

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The TRS government has dug up an old case to fix Malkajgiri Lok Sabha member and Congress working president A Revanth Reddy.

The case pertains to mutation of land in favour of A Kondal Reddy, brother of Revanth Reddy, in Gopanapally in Sherilingampally mandal on city outskirts.

The mutation was done in 2015.

However, the government received complaints that Revanth and his brother bribed and forced revenue officials to register land in their favour by submitting fake documents.

The government received complaints that Sherilingampally MRO D Srinivas Reddy misused his power and done the mutation of land in favour of Revanth family on the basis of fake documents submitted by Revanth and his brother.

The Ranga Reddy collector conducted inquiry into the issue and submitted a report to the government today seeking action against MRO.

The government issued orders suspending Srinivas Reddy on a war footing on Tuesday night.

The government is now planning to book cases against Revanth and his brother for getting the land mutation done by revenue officials by submitting fake documents.

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BJP slams TRS’ silence over Waris Pathan, anti-India slogans

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The BJP’s Telangana unit on Friday asked Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao if he could still claim to be secular despite his TRA being associated with the AIMIM which made “hateful, insinuating statements” against a particular committee.

In the wake of controversial statements made by AIMIM leader Waris Pathan at a meeting in Karnataka and pro-Pakistan slogans raised in AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s public address in Bengaluru, BJP spokesperson K Krishnasagar Rao said: “Can KCR still claim to be ‘secular’ by being associated with AIMIM, while that party is making hateful, insinuating statements against Hindus with a communal agenda?

“Shouldn’t KCR as the President of TRS party clear his party position on the ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ statements made at MIM meeting?”

The Bharatiya Janata Party demanded that KCR, as Chandrasekhar Rao is popularly called, clear his party’s stand on both incidents.

“BJP questions why CM KCR has not condemned the threatening statements made against Hindus by MIM leader & the Pakistan Zindabad slogans at MIM organized meeting at Karnataka?” said Rao.

Rao also termed the Congress, the Left, the TRS and the Trinamool Congress as “communal parties”, saying that both incidents clearly establish the real agenda behind anti-CAA protests led by these parties.

“BJP strongly condemns MIM leader Waris Pathan’s unprovoked insinuation through his speech in an anti-CAA rally in Karnataka. MIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi did neither stall Waris Pathan’s speech nor condemned the venomous communal statements made by him,” he said.

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Nation needs to know what Telangana is giving to Centre: TRS

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Telangana’s ruling party Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Wednesday found fault with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for her statement in the Parliament about the funds given to the state and said the nation needs to know what Telangana gives to the government of India.

TRS working President K.T. Rama Rao tweeted on Wednesday night that he was pained by the condescension in the statement of the Finance Minister in the Parliament that the government of India has given funds to Telangana.

“People of Telangana and the nation need to know what Telangana gives to GOI in the form of taxes and what we get in return. Hope the irony is not lost on you FM Ji,” added KTR, as Rama Rao is popularly known.

KTR, a key minister in the cabinet of his father K. Chandrashekhar Rao, posted a statement, giving details of what Telangana gave to the Union government and what the Union government gave back to Telangana during the last six years.

According to the statement, between 2014-15 and 2018-19, the government of India collected Rs 2,72,926 crore as taxes from Telangana but gave back only Rs 1,12,854 crore to the state. The statement put the balance at Rs 1,60,072 crore.

Replying to a question by a TRS MP in the Lok Sabha on Monday, Sitharaman had said that the Union government released tax devolution funds to the tune of Rs 85,013 crore in six years.

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TRS MLA Ch Ramesh is a German citizen: Centre to TS High Court

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In a jolt to ruling TRS in Telangana, the union ministry of home affairs on Monday submitted a document before the Telangana High Court stating that TRS MLA from Vemulawada, Chennamaneni Ramesh is not an Indian citizen but he is a German citizen.

It stated that Ramesh did not relinquish his German citizenship till date and had even travelled to Germany in December 2019 by using his German passport and made it clear that the usage of the German passport by the petitioner could be a solid evidence to prove that he still possessed the German citizenship.

Following this, the High Court, prima facie, opined that the document produced by the union government was against the MLA and asked him as to why he went to Germany on a German passport while claiming to be Indian citizen.

The court made this order while dealing with the petition filed by Chennamaneni Ramesh urging the HC to set aside the orders issued by the union home ministry declaring him as not an Indian citizen.

The ministry had also stated in its orders that Ramesh had obtained the Indian Citizenship in a fraudulent manner by submitting fictitious and false documents before the ministry.

Arguing the case before the HC, the counsel for Ramesh told the court that he had voluntarily relinquished his German citizenship very long ago. This has prompted the court to ask the petitioner if the German government had accepted his plea to relinquish its citizenship. The court has directed Ramesh to file a detailed affidavit providing information about his German citizenship status and its relinquishment. It later posted the matter to February 24, 2020 for further hearing while extending the stay on the orders of the cancellation of his citizenship by union home ministry.

The controversy over Ch Ramesh’s citizenship was going on since 2008.

He was elected as TRS MLA four times since then.

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YSRCP, TRS to oppose NRC, NPR in Parliament

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The ruling YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh and ruling TRS in Telangana have decided to fight against against National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR) in the upcoming Budget session of Parliament starting January 31.

The MPs of YSRCP and TRS, who attended the all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday made it clear that their party leadership has decided to oppose NRC and NPR .

YSRCP MP Mithun Reddy said that his party will rally behind minorities and sought a debate on the issue in Parliament as the information sought in NPR was different than what was asked earlier.

He said there was a sense of unease among minorities in the country after the Citizens Amendment Act was introduced in Parliament. “We will certainly oppose NRC and NPR if they were introduced by the Cabinet. We sought a debate on the issue to clear the insecure feeling among minorities,” he said.

Mithun Reddy said CAA Bill was introduced as an issue related to three other countries and added that way in which it was introduced and the way it is going to be implemented is different. He said Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy has asked us to oppose anything that is against the wishes of minorities.

TRS MPs Nama Nageshwar Rao and K Keshava Rao demanded the Centre to withdraw CAA, NPR and NRC in the interests of the country and TRS will raise its voice against NPR and NRC strongly in the Parliament.

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BJP to wage legal battle against TRS for snatching Tukkuguda municipality

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The BJP has decided to wage a legal and political battle against TRS for snatching away two coveted posts of Tukkuguda Municipality, despite not getting required majority, where elections were held recently.

BJP Telangana president Dr K Laxman said the TRS party has violated democratic norms in grabbing chairman and vice-chairman posts of this municipality inspite that BJP won 9 out of 15 seats which had clear majority in the municipality. But ruling party has used all means to took away these posts from BJP by using ex-officio members and a Rajya Sabha member K Keshav Rao by violating all norms, Dr Laxman said who visited the village and met local leaders to boost their morale. How can TRS Rajya Sabha MP K Keshav Rao exercise his vote in Telangana who name was listed in Andhra Pradesh as per parliament bulletin, He questioned.

The people of state particularly Tukkuguda voters have extended their support to BJP assuming that this is the party which would work for development and welfare of poor. But the TRS party has indulged in unholy practice to control the municipality, he alleged

The party would meet the state governor Dr Tamilsai Sounderrajan tomorrow and appraise her about ruling party’s illegal practices and irregularities during municipal elections, the BJP state chief said.

Dr Laxman alleged that chief minister KCR is unable to digest victory of BJP in municipal elections and adopted all backdoor tactics to usurp control on municipalities.

Stating that BJP has moral win in many municipalities and a corporation, the state party chief said people of the state are looking towards Tukkuguda municipality after the development where ruling party has indulged in undemocratic and unconstitutional practices.

How can a party which won merely 5 out of 15 seats in the municipality could bagged chairman and vice chairmanship, he questioned and alleged that the TRS leaders stooped to a mean level to grab power at any cost.

The party would bring to the notice of the president and Rajya Sabha chairman about the TRS party’s irregularities and malpractices, he , said adding that the party would capture this municipality if not today or tomorrow by exposing malpractices of KCR government.

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3 Ministers and 27 MLAs failed in KCR’s test

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Three Cabinet Ministers and as many as 27 MLAs in Telangana state have failed in Chief Minister KCR’s test with the poor results in the Urban Local Body (ULB) Polls.

The Chief Minister while addressing a General Body meeting of TRS before launching election campaign for ULB polls at Pragathi Bhavan warned the party leaders on the responsibility of the victory and defeat of the candidates and indirectly said that the results under the jurisdictions of the respective MLAs and Ministers would have progress in their positions.

Following the results of ULB polls on Saturday, the ruling party lost few Municipalities and it got margin results with the hopes of clutching the thrones of few Municipal Corporations with the help of Ex-Officio Member’s votes.

Especially, the TRS had bitter results in the municipalities under Maheshwaram Assembly segment that is being represented by Education Minister Ms. Sabitha Reddy. Similarly, municipalities under Suryapet Assembly segment that is being represented by Minister G.Jagadish Reddy were also lost by the ruling party. In Medchal-Malkajgiri District, though the TRS won in three municipalities, it lost prestigious Peerzadiguda Municipal Corporation. Minister Malla Reddy is representing this locality.

Similarly, the TRS’ High Command identified the failure of as many as 27 MLAs in several district. Meanwhile, sources from the TRS said that the MLAs who worked hard in the elections might get places in cabinet in coming future as the Party’s supremo Mr. KCR was impressed very much by them.

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TRS sweeps Telangana municipal polls

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The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) swept the municipal elections, capturing power in over 100 out of 120 municipalities and seven out of nine municipal corporations.

Main opposition the Congress was distant second with majority in three municipalities. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) won a municipality each.

Counting of votes was underway in some places and all the results are expected to be announced by the evening.

The State Election Commission (SEC) took up counting of votes at 134 centres.

Over 70 per cent of 53.37 lakh voters had cast their votes on Wednesday to elect 325 corporators for municipal corporations and 2,727 councillors for municipalities.

A total of 1,746 candidates were in fray in municipal corporations while 11,099 candidates tested their political fortunes in municipalities.

As expected TRS swept the polls, securing majority in over 100 municipalities by winning more than 1,500 seats. Congress was distant second with 495 seats.

BJP, which was claiming to emerge as the main opposition after winning four Lok Sabha seats last year, won 223 seats. Interestingly, independents won more seats than the opposition parties in several municipalities.

Independents were elected in 293 wards. Most of them were TRS rebels.

Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM won 56 seats. It captured power in Bhainsa, which was recently rocked by communal violence.

TRS also dominated the elections to nine municipal corporations. It won 123 seats while BJP finished a distant second by winning 42 seats. Independents won 41 seats while Congress secured 37 seats.

TRS candidates were elected unanimously in 77 wards in municipalities and one ward in corporation while three candidates of AIMIM were elected unopposed in three municipal wards.

Most of the municipalities and corporations are going to polls for the first time after they were carved out last year.

Celebrations broke out at TRS headquarters Telangana Bhavan here. Party cadres distributed sweets and burst crackers.

TRS working president and cabinet minister K.T. Rama Rao said the victory increased his responsibility. He thanked people for once again reposing faith in TRS.

The newly-elected bodies will elect mayors, chairpersons and deputy chairpersons on January 27.

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TRS takes early leads in Telangana municipal polls

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The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) took early leads in municipal elections as counting of votes was underway across the state on Saturday.

The State Election Commission (SEC) took up counting of votes polled in nine municipal corporations and 120 municipalities. TRS candidates were leading in many municipal wards.

According to SEC officials, counting was taken up at 134 centres. As many as 10,000 officials are engaged in the process. All results are expected to be announced by evening.

Over 70 per cent of 53.37 lakh voters had cast their votes on Wednesday to elect 325 corporators for municipal corporations and 2,727 councillors for municipalities.

A total of 1,746 candidates are in fray in municipal corporations while 11,099 candidates tested their political fortunes in municipalities.

TRS candidates were elected unanimously in 77 wards in municipalities and one ward in corporation while three candidates of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) were elected unopposed in three municipal wards.

Most of the municipalities and corporations went to the polls for the first time after they were carved out last year.

Elections were not held for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and 10 other urban local bodies as their tenure is not yet over.

TRS, which had retained power in the state in December 2018, is confident of winning 90 per cent of the urban local bodies.

While TRS has fielded candidates for all 3,052 municipal wards, opposition Congress and BJP have fielded 2,616 and 2,313 candidates respectively.

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TS Intelligence Report: TRS to make clean sweep in municipal polls!

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The counting of votes for the municipal elections in Telangana will be done from 8 AM tomorrow (Saturday) but according to the Telangana Intelligence Department report, the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) is set to register yet another landslide victory by making a clean sweep of municipalities and municipal corporations.

According to intelligence report, the TRS would make a clean sweep by bagging all the nine municipal corporations as well as 100-plus municipalities out of the 120 that went to polls. In contrast, the opposition parties, all put together, would be confined to a single-digit tally of victories.

The Congress is expected to win just two municipalities (Vaddepally, Nandikonda), AIMIM is expected to win two municipalities (Jalpally, Bhainsa) and BJP is expected to win just a single municipality (Tukkuguda). Field reports suggest that no opposition party in Telangana can come anywhere near TRS.

Out of 129 urban local bodies (ULBs), comprising 120 municipalities and 9 municipal corporations, TRS is expected to win 121 comfortably. The pink party is expected to win another five municipalities with the support of its MPs, MLAs and MLCs, who are ex-officio members and have voting rights in the election of mayors and chairpersons. With this, TRS is bound to win 125 out of total 129 ULBs.

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Edge for TRS as Telangana set for municipal polls

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The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is looking to score another electoral victory as it appears ahead of the opposition in the elections to urban local bodies scheduled on Wednesday.

The TRS is confident of scoring yet another electoral victory as the main opposition Congress seems to be in disarray, still reeling under the defections of a dozen MLAs to the ruling party and the defeat in the by-elections to Huzurnagar Assembly seat last year.

A year after retaining power in the state with a landslide victory, winning majority of Lok Sabha seats and sweeping the village, ‘mandal’ (block) and district level polls and also wresting a Assembly seat from the Congress in the by-election, the TRS aims to tighten its grip further by winning majority of seats in 129 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).

A total of 12,898 candidates are in fray for 2,727 wards in 120 municipalities and 325 wards in nine municipal corporations. Polling will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in over 7,700 polling stations on Wednesday. Nearly 80 lakh voters are eligible to cast their votes.

As many as 59 new municipalities were created last year by upgrading gram panchayats following creation of 23 new districts.

While all 120 municipalities and eight corporations are going to polls on Wednesday, elections for 60-member Karimnagar corporation will be held on January 24.

The corporations going to polls exclude the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) as its tenure is not yet over. Ten other ULBs, including Khammam and Warangal corporations, are also not going to polls.

In an indication that the TRS has an edge, its candidates were elected unopposed in 77 wards. All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), a friendly party of the TRS, also won three wards without contest.

While the TRS is contesting all the wards on its own, AIMIM has fielded candidates in 276 wards.

A confident TRS is seeking the votes on the basis of its performance during last six years. Such is the TRS confidence that its President and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao did not campaign for the party. His son and TRS working President K. T. Rama Rao addressed a few election meetings in his Sircilla Assembly constituency.

Ministers and MLAs led the campaign in their respective districts. However, the TRS is facing the rebel problems in some ULBs. Rama Rao, however, said such problems were common in a party with large number of aspirants.

Rama Rao, who holds the portfolios of municipal administration, industry and information technology, pointed out that in many wards there were no takers for the Congress and BJP tickets.

Congress state President Uttam Kumar Reddy and other party leaders participated in the campaign. They alleged that TRS has an “undue” advantage as the election schedule and reservation quota was designed in a way to benefit the ruling party.

The Congress leaders, in their campaign, highlighted the failures of the TRS government. They targeted the Chief Minister for various alleged acts of omissions and commissions of the government.

The BJP, which suffered humiliating defeat in Huzurnagar by-election, will be fighting to salvage its pride. After making huge inroads to win four Lok Sabha seats, the party faced a drubbing in Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency (MPTC) and Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituency (ZPTC polls) and even forfeited its deposit in Huzurnagar.

The party faces a tough task of winning the ULBs falling under four Lok Sabha constituencies represented by it. State BJP President K. Laxman and its MPs campaigned aggressively for the party candidates. They even whipped up the sentiments over Citizenship Amendment Act targeting those opposing it.

Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy also campaigned for the BJP, addressing few election meetings.

AIMIM’s campaign also revolved around the CAA, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR). Its President and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi led the campaign.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which had stayed away from Lok Sabha polls, fielded candidates in 401 wards. Its state President L. Ramna exuded confidence of the party doing well.

The Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS), the Communist Party of India (CPI) and other smaller parties are also in the fray.

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TRS opens account in municipal polls even before polling!

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The ruling TRS in Telangana has opened its account in the municipal elections even before the polling was held.

The deadline for filing nominations for upcoming municipal elections on January 22 ended today.

On the last day of filing nominations today , a candidate representing TRS was declared as unanimously elected as ward member as no others filed nominations except TRS candidate.

This incident happened in Bellampalli municipality in Mancherial district.

TRS candidate Sudharshan filed nomination for ward no.17 under general quota.

He was declared unanimously elected after no other candidate filed nomination.

The polling was scheduled on January 22 and counting on January 25.

But he was declared winner even before the polling.

This result came as a morale booster to TRS, who now claim that it indicates TRS is going to make a clean sweep of municipal polls in Telangana.

Over 15,000 nominations were filed for 9 municipal corporations and 120 municipalities.

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Civic Body Polls: TRS MLAs in ‘Trishanku Swarga’?

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Following a statement given by the supremo of TRS party Mr. K. Chandrasekhar Rao during a meeting held here on Thursday, the situation of MLAs from the ruling party has become as like as ‘Trishanku Swarga’ (It was build middle of the earth and the sky by saint Viswamitra for King Trishanku. Later the king didn’t get place in either Swarga Lokha or Bhoo Lokha-Earth).

Mr. KCR said in the meeting that full powers were given to the MLAs from the party in selecting and issuing B-forms to the candidates at Wards and Division level in upcoming Municipal Polls.

The CM also said that the Ministers and MPs would not interfere in the selection of candidates. “Meanwhile, the responsibility of victory is on MLAs. They are also the responsible persons in defeat of the candidates. They are given full powers in selecting candidates in Municipal Elections. MPs, Ministers and other senior leaders will only involve in campaign. All should work for the victory of our candidates once they are announced,” the CM said.

Now, the MLAs are feeling it as a big-task to them among adverse situations in their respective assembly segments. “We felt very happy when the CM gave us full powers in selecting candidates. But, making us responsible for victories and defeats are very big tasks,” an MLA from the ruling party told telugu360.com

Another MLA expressed his worry on how they ask votes from people as they failed in fulfilling their promises that were announced during assembly polls. “We made many promises and did not fulfil a single one due to lack of funds and support from the government. We are seeking the release of MLA development funds since 2018 assembly elections. Public are very angry on us in failing in fulfilling 2Bed Room Houses and other local issues,” the MLA said.

Majority of MLAs are expressing the similar opinion. “The government announced Rs. 540 crore of funds for Assembly Constituent development. Rs. 10 crore was released for the development of Gajwel, Siddipet and Sircilla segments which are represented by the Chief Minister KCR, his nephew Mr. Harish Rao and his son Mr. KTR. Other MLAs did not get the fund. No such funds were released to other assembly segments,” they said.

Another MLA said that majority of legislatures are bound to few routine welfare schemes like CMRF and others. Besides these they are limited their role in laying foundation stones for few works which may never complete in their 5-year term,” he said. The MLAs are asking how they could go before voters seeking votes in municipal elections without making any development.

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Rebels’ fear in TRS..!

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ollowing new joining of leaders from various political parties in TRS under the ‘Operation Akarsh’ in Telangana state in the last few years, now the ruling party is facing Rebels’ Fear during Civic Body polls.

It has become a bit-task to the party’s high command in selecting suitable candidates for Municipal Wards, Municipal Corporation divisions as at least 5 aspirants are existed in each ward and division. Experts are saying that this situation must lead encouraging ‘Rebel’ candidates across the state. “Comparing with other political parties, the TRS will face hard situation in the civic body polls. Even MLAs from the ruling party have already sniffed the future with the huge joining,” they said.

Sources from the ruling party also told telugu360.com that the party’s internal survey too revealed at least 5 strong leaders are existed in each division and ward. “As the party wanted to give tickets and B-Forms to those who are financially well settled, the said leaders are not exempted from this rule and it is becoming a big-task to MLAs to opt suitable candidates by convincing other aspirants who may not get tickets,” they said.

The sources also said that the leaders, who may not get ticket, will be given nominated posts at Mandal, District levels. “But, this idea will work where MLAs are very strong but, not gives fruitful results where MLAs are weak. In such cases, the disappointed leaders may either contest as rebels or from other political parties which will make the winning chances lesser,” they added.

There are several stringent actions on rebels including expelling them from the party but, it may not work before their strong will, the sources said. “If few leaders withdraw their nominations as rebels, there is a doubt that will they support the party’s candidate in elections? There are scopes that they may indirectly work for the opposition candidates. The similar situation was experienced during Assembly polls and few sitting leaders/ministers including Tummala Nageswara Rao, Jupally Krishna Rao faced defeat in the elections,” the sources said.

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‘Paisa hi Parmatma’ in Telangana Civic body polls!

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Upcoming Civic Body elections in Telangana state are said to be costlier and more expansive to the contenders as all the political parties took it as very prestigious.

While the Chief Minister Mr. K.Chandrasekhar Rao, in a recent review meeting held in Telangana Bhavan, had already expressed his desire with the TRS leaders including ministers that the party must win in all municipal bodies and told that it was the responsibility of the leaders. He also warned them that they should work hard in elections in order to protect their positions in the party.

The BJP, which is preparing to get power in the state in 2024 elections, is also focusing seriously on the elections especially at the places where the party’s MPs are existed. Similarly the elections are a question to the Congress party of its existence in the state.

Sources said that all the parties have already informed aspirants that those who can bear the expenditure of elections would only get tickets for the contest. “The TRS leaders have already informed its leaders that the candidate for municipal councillor must hold at least Rs. 25 lakh while corporators in municipal corporations must hold cash up to Rs. 1 crore. Chairperson for Municipalities should have at least Rs. 2 crore while aspirants of Mayor Posts for Municipal Corporations have to spend not below Rs. 5 crore,” the sources added.

Meanwhile, Congress party leaders have also decided to give party tickets and B-forms for the elections to those who can bear more expenditure. “The aspirants for Chairperson and Mayor Posts should also take care of party’s candidates contesting for Councillor and Corporators posts under the jurisdiction of their respective Municipality and Municipal Corporation,” the sources added.

In case of BJP, the party’s high command had directed its MPs that the municipalities and municipal corporations under their parliamentary constituencies must be won by the party candidates. It also directed to select the candidates who could bear more expenditure.

As per an estimation, as much as Rs. 1,500 crore would be spend by the candidates of several parties in the civic body polls of which the share of the ruling party TRS would be more than 50%.

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KTR to occupy CM’s throne soon?

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Circumstances and indications by few leaders from ruling party TRS are indicating that young leader and Telangana Minister Mr. K.T.Rama Rao will occupy Telangana CM’s throne soon.

Sources said that the oath taking ceremony will be soon after either Municipal Elections or Assembly Budget Sessions. “Several leaders and Ministers who are very close to CM K.Chandrasekhar Rao and Minister KTR have already given indications and they expressed that they would like to seek KTR as CM,” they said. The sources recollected recent statements given by few Ministers including Mr. Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Mr. Errabelli Dayakar, Mr. Srinivas Goud and Mr. Puvvada Ajay Kumar.

Recently Mr. Talasani said that KTR would be the next CM after KCR and Mr. KCR will announce it at right time while Mr. Puvvada Ajay Kumar praised KTR and said that he has all the qualities to become a Chief Minister. Similarly, Mr. Srinivas Goud said, “Even a child in Telangana state says that KTR will be next CM.” Mr. Errabelli recently expressed his desire that to see KTR as Chief Minister.

Sources also said that Mr. KCR expressed his will to his well wishers. “I don’t do mistakes like Sonia Gandhi in case of Rahul Gandhi. She would give a chance in cabinet during UPA-1 and that might lead to ways to Rahul to become Prime Minister during the regime of UPA-2 government. At present situation, it is a big task to Rahul to bring the party into power in order to become Prime Minister. I don’t do such mistakes. I will introduce KTR as CM at right time,” sources said that KCR expressed it with his close associates. “CM KCR is also saying with his close associates that his dream on Golden Telangana was fulfilled with the completion of prestigious Kaleswaram Project and the renovation of Yadadri temple, which indicates the CM KCR’s desire on his son’s Pattabhisekha,” the sources added.

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TRS banking on “New Year sentiment” to win municipal polls!

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The ruling Telangana Rastra Samithi seems to be banking heavily on “New Year sentiment” to win the upcoming municipal polls in Telangana.

The municipal polls are scheduled on January 22 and the results will be announced on January 25.

Whenever elections were held in the very beginning of the New Year, the TRS won them with good majority.

The New Year sentiment for TRS has started with GHMC elections in 2016.

The GHMC elections were held in January 2016. Despite TRS was never a major political force in GHMC limits, it won the GHMC elections with a landslide majority by bagging 99 seats out of 150 seats surprising every one.

The New Year sentiment again worked for TRS in 2019 when gram panchayat polls were held in January 2019. TRS again made a clean sweep of gram panchayat polls.

Now municipal polls are scheduled in New Year 2020 in January.

TRS working president and IT minister KT Rama Rao, who had a chit chat with media today on the occasion of New Year said that “New Year sentiment” had always favoured TRS earlier and he expects the same sentiment to work in favour of TRS again in municipal polls this month.

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