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Well, now we know, it was Jana Reddy who inspired KCR

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K Chandrasekhara Rao, during his loquacious best, wittingly or unwittingly, blurted out a story as part of a public meeting in Warangal Lok Sabha electioneering on Tuesday that actually turned the wheel of his political fortunes and that changed the direction of the fate of united Andhra Pradesh. If all of us were under the impression that the 1969 agitation was the inspiration for a separate Telangana agitation, we are indeed thoroughly mistaken. It is Leader of the Opposition in Telangana Assembly K Jana Reddy who actually had triggered the whole thing, according to the Chief Minister.

Jana Reddy, who owns the record of being the longest-serving minister in united Andhra Pradesh in the Governments headed by several Chief Ministers, sulked on being denied a Cabinet berth by Kotla Vijayabhaskara Reddy during his second stint as the Chief Minister in 1992. Angered by the denial, the Nalgonda strongman had stoked rebellion by espousing the cause of a separate Telangana and launched Telangana Forum. Sensing trouble looming large, Vijayabhaskara Reddy immediately accommodated Jana Reddy in his Cabinet and endowed him with the portfolio of Agriculture, within 20 days of the latter making noise of a separate State.

Having achieved his goal, Jana Reddy simply dropped the slogan of a separate Telangana and the forum like a hot potato. The purported proposal of a movement had gone haywire. “I was an MLA in the Telugu Desam Party at that time. Jana Reddy had actually invited me for the Forum meeting. I refused to go saying that he had set up the forum for his ministerial berth. And, I proved right,” quipped KCR, who made a point.

But, what KCR did not say, but what crossed the minds of analysts, was that if KCR’s agitation was an action reconstruction? History repeated itself, but with a difference. Chandrababu Naidu also “could not accommodate” KCR in his Cabinet in 1999 owing to “caste equations”. But where he had gone wrong was when he “ill-treated” a senior leader of KCR’s stature by having him elected to the post of Deputy Speaker of the Assembly. Had he been made the Speaker, at least, things could have been different.

KCR, a natural leader, could not take the humiliation lying down. He used the power tariff hike as a ploy to spit fire on Naidu and walked out of the TDP. He launched Telangana Rashtra Samithi in March 2001 and the rest is history. KCR proudly claims that whether this ‘bakkodu’ (man with lean physique) can pull the agitation through was a doubt that haunted many a people. “But, the agitation took a proper shape and was taken to its logical end.”

So, the bottomline of the story is that KCR had taken cue from Jana Reddy and floated the TRS. Had Chandrababu Naidu emulated Vijayabhaskara Reddy and granted the wish of KCR by inducting the latter into the Cabinet, he would not have taken the agitation forward. Chandrababu Naidu misread the strengths of KCR or was over-confident following his triumph in the elections, in association with the BJP, that nobody could touch him even with a bargepole.

Had Naidu budged, things would have been completely different. What would have happened? I leave it to the imagination of the readers.

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It’s high time Rahul made AICC president: Sachin Pilot

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Former union minister and Rajasthan PCC president Sachin Pilot feels it is high time that Rahul Gandhi made AICC chief in order to make the party fit for 2019 elections. Sachin Pilot, who was in Hyderabad today in connection with the Warangal byelection, was categorical in his views that Rahul leadership was necessary to take keep the party flag high. Sachin, a member of Rahul’s ‘young brigade’, said Rahul’s leadership was necessary for the transition of the party from the present state to the election mode in 2019. The young Congress leader left for Station Ghanpur to participate in Congress election campaign for Sarve Satyanarayana, Congress candidate in Warangal byelection.

He attributed the credit of the success of the Bihar experiment to the AICC vice president, who is said to be the author of the Bihar’s grand alliance. It may recalled that the Congress won 28 seats of the 41 it contested. For the party it was a massive mandate given the fact that the party had just four seats in previous Assembly.

In his view the Bihar Assembly elections has rejuvenated the Congress and boosted the morale of the rank and file. ” The party is now showing signs of recovery after the drubbing it received in Lok Sabha polls last year,” he said.

“But more than that, it’s a fact that secular parties came together on a platform- grand alliance. Rahul Gandhi was the one who first broached the idea and had a meeting with Nitish Kumar. Nitish had been projected as CM candidate and then of course, Lalu Yadav joined the alliance,” he said in an interview to PTI.

Asked if the poll outcome would hasten the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as party President, Pilot said it all depends on the Congress Working Committee, party President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul himself.

“But we will like it to happen as soon as possible because now the party is steadily (growing in strength again) and we have elections in Assam, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal etc.”, Sachin said hoping that party would emerge much stronger under Rahul’ s leadership.

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High-spirited Cong finalizing ‘Warangal Strategy’

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Enthused by aggressive movements of Telangana Congress , AICC high command is deputing AICC general secretary, in charge of Telugu States, Digvijya Singh to Hyderabad on August 31 to discuss the party strategy for Warangal polls with the state leaders.

With TDP caught up in cash-for-vote scam, and BJP with limited presence in the state, the field is left open for Congress. This is even attracting the leaders who once left the party. Turpu Jayaprakash Reddy, former MLA from Sangareddy former and staunch critic of chief minister K Chadrasekhar Rao is all set to join Congress in the presence of Digvijay Singh.

Digvijay is coming to formulate election strategy for Warangal bypolls, party sources said. The Congress, which is in a jolly combative mood, wants to make the home-coming of Jayaprakash Reddy aka Jagga Reddy a spectacular event to demonstrate to the world that Congress has not lost its sheen.

Jagga Reddy got elected to Assembly on Congress ticket in 2009. But, before 2014 elections, he joined BJP and lost the election. Now he sees no future for BJP in Telagnana. Digvijay, in a glittering ceremony in Gandhi Bhavan, would invite Jagga Reddy into the party fold. The AICC points man is also expected to visit Warangal and would discuss the Rahul Gandhi’s tour to Osmania university.

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TDP – BJP clash expected for Warangal seat

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In an embarrassment to BJP, this time round Telugu Desam party, which smells anti-incumbency generating in Telangana state, wants to field its candidate from Warangal Lok Sabha constituency in the ensuing by-election , wresting the seat from its NDA ally. The party leaders are of the view that the chances of winning the bypolls have become brighter due to the anti-people policies of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Spiraling prices, growing opposition the cheap liquor promotion in the state, and corruption in the irrigation projects, inability to address the unemployment problem, failure in honoring loan waiver fully etc, the TDP thinks would work in its favor. So, the party, wants to field its candidate, to send at least one TDP MP from Telangana state to Lok Sabha. So, all TDP Telangana leaders are putting pressure on party president Chandrababu Naidu to take back the seat from Bharatiya Janata party.

In 2014 elections, following the electoral understanding between the BJP and TDP, the cycle party left the seat to BJP, which fielded Parameshwar Ramagalla against TRS candidate Kadiyam Srihari. While Congress fielded sitting MP Sircilla Rajaiah. The, BJP however, ended up poor third, despite Modi wave. Not to take chances, TDP wants to wrest the seat from BJP for the byelection to be held soon.

BJP sources told Telugu 360. com that no decision had been taken on the Warangal constituency stating the constituency is allotted to BJP. BJP argument is like this:

” The Warangal is going to bypoll due to resignation of Kadiyam Srihari. The constituency is given to BJP as part of alliance between TDP and BJP. As the election is part of the present LoK Sabha, insisting on taking back the seat is unfair.” BJP sources did not agree with TDP argument that the situation was conducive to TDP.

“This is wrong. It’s true that anti-incumbency is gaining ground against TRS government . That it works out in favor of TDP is a million dollar question. Because, the TD P image has been sullied in the cash-for-vote case. TDP should give handle to KCR to attack in by-polls. And by raising voice against TRS in the past 15 months, BJP indeed has become stronger. It would be better for TDP not to make it an issue,” the sources said. BJP sources refuse to be cited his name as the TDP had not made it intention public.

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