River-linking Polavaram project in more controversies అక్టోబర్ 30, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in Bhadrachalam, Congress, Economy, Khammam, Koya, Polavaram, politics, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
Ministers squabble on Polavaram
October 31st, 2009
By Our Correspondent
Hyderabad, Oct. 30: A sustained campaign by a section of senior Congress leaders against the Polavaram project has irked their counterparts from the beneficiary districts.
This has come at a time when the Centre is all set to accord national project status to the Polavaram project. The Centre will bear 90 per cent of the project cost once it is accorded the national status.
Taking a cue from the Congress leaders, the Left parties and Telangana Rashtra Samithi have revived their demand for scrapping Polavaram and taking up a couple of minor projects in its place.
The pro-project sections are waiting for the Chief Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, to make the government’s stand clear not just on Polavaram but the entire Jalayagnam. Mr Rosaiah has reviewed every subject except irrigation. Sources said he postponed the Jalayagnam review twice.
The irrigation officials said the government would lose the grant of Rs 25,000 crore over a period of time if any of the projects were scrapped.
The earlier union minister of water sources, Prof. Saifuddin Souz, had identified 25 projects including Pranahitha Chevella for completion under the PM’s package for distressed districts. (మరింత…)
Whose city is Hyderabad? GHMC gears up for polls అక్టోబర్ 30, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in Congress, elections, G.O 610, GHMC, Hyderabad, Identity, MIM, Mulki, politics, TDP, TRS.
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GHMC polls on November 23
Times of India, 29 October 2009
HYDERABAD: The state election commission on Wednesday announced the much-awaited schedule for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections for which voting will take place on November 23.
This will be the first electoral test for the state Congress under new chief minister K Rosaiah. As per the scheduled announced by SEC commissioner A V S Reddy, nominations for the polls will be accepted from October 31 to November 6. November 10 will be the last date of withdrawals and polling will take place on November 23. The results will be announced on November 26 and the newly-elected 150 councillors will elect the mayor and deputy mayor on December 6.
This will be the first election for the GHMC since it was created in 2007. The 150 wards of GHMC are spread across five Lok Sabha and 25 assembly constituencies. The LS constituencies are Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Malkajgiri and parts of Chevella and Medak.
The last elections to the civic body was held in 2002 when it was known as Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad and had a strength of 100 members. At that time, the Telugu Desam government was in power in the state. The elections in 2002 were held after a gap of 15 years. The MIM emerged as the single largest party winning 36 divisions, the TDP-BJP combine secured 37 divisions, Congress 20 divisions, TRS and Majlis Bachao Tahreek 2 each, and Telangana Sadhana Samiti and independent one each
MIM eyeing Mayor’s post
The Hindu, 29 October 2009
Party receives 332 applications for the 150 divisions
Hyderabad: ‘Shaher hamara, Mayor hamara’. That’s what the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) is going to town with. The party has set its sights on the coveted Mayoral gaddi in the next month’s civic polls. (మరింత…)
No Trust Motion on Hyderabad Free Zone / G.O 610 ? అక్టోబర్ 30, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in Congress, Economy, elections, G.O 610, Mulki, politics, PRP, Six Point Formula, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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TDP may not back TRS on free zone issue
Express News Service, 26 Oct 2009
HYDERABAD: Six months after the Assembly elections, the main Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has almost dumped its ally the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). The TRS too is trying hard to move away from the TDP in order to get closer to the Congress.
As the experiment with the TRS failed to click in the Assembly elections, the TDP is now targeting the TRS leadership for its failure to carry forward the Telangana slogan effectively.
The TDP is now trying to project a picture to the people of Telangana that it is the only party which has been with the Telangana people through thick and thin.
The TDP leaders say that they launched agitations against `skull symbol on beedi packs’, Babhli project and other key issues. It was TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu who visited several villages in Mahaboobnagar and helped the flood victims by providing relief material. (మరింత…)
New controversy on Most violated Presidential Order – Free Zone అక్టోబర్ 29, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in Congress, elections, G.O 610, Hyderabad, Mahabubnagar, Medak, Mulki, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, politics, Rangareddy, Six Point Formula, Telangana, TRS.
Tags: G.O 610, Zone VI
SC order on capital gives TRS fresh life
A Srinivasa Rao
India Today, October 28, 2009
Is Hyderabad not a part of Telangana, but a separate entity by virtue of being the capital of Andhra Pradesh? This issue is now the most hotly debated topic across the state. And it has given a new lease of life to the Telangana movement, which had almost been buried after the debacle of pro- Telangana forces in the recent general elections.
The whole controversy began with a Supreme Court judgement on October 9, declaring that Hyderabad was not a part of Telangana but a free zone insofar as recruitments and postings in government went.
Therefore, the Supreme Court ruled, people from all parts of the state would have equal rights in jobs, postings and promotions there. It meant the people of Telangana, who have been enjoying local area status in Hyderabad with 70 per cent quota in government jobs all these years, would have to forego the benefit and now have to compete with people from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema for such openings.
Hitherto, the state government had been treating Hyderabad as part of Zone VI, along with Ranga Reddy, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda, Nizamabad and Medak districts for the purpose of government recruitments, postings and promotions. There are five other zones in the rest of the state.
The Zonal system was created as part of Presidential Orders issued in 1975, based on the six point formula worked out by the then Indira Gandhi government to undo the injustice caused to Telangana in recruitments, as a fallout of the historic Telangana movement of 1969- 72. But, the formula was violated more often than not, causing a lot of unrest among the Telangana employees. (మరింత…)
YSR ‘Shock deaths’ – Facts & politics అక్టోబర్ 27, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in Congress, Hyderabad, In News, politics, Telangana, TRS, Warangal, YSR.
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Economic & Political Weekly, October 24, 2009 vol xliv no 43
YSR ‘Shock Deaths’ in Andhra
Over 450 people were reported to have died of “shock” following the death of Andhra Pradesh chief minister, Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. While the high-pitched media coverage may have contributed to some of these deaths, it also appears likely that eager Congress workers gave money to poor people asking them to claim that the natural deaths of members of their respective families were due to “shock” at the death of YSR. This was a cynical move to pressurise the Congress leadership to make his son, Jaganmohan Reddy, the chief minister.
Over 450 people are reported to have died of shock in the days following the tragic death of the former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh (AP), Y S Rajasekhara Reddy (popularly known as YSR) in the helicopter crash on 2 September 2009. Though the helicopter carrying YSR and four others is now known to have crashed around 9.30 am on 2 September, the news of their death was telecast only on the morning of 3 September, i e, after a full 24 hours of suspense about the fate of the chief minister. That the helicopter was missing was itself confirmed only late in the afternoon of 2 September by the then finance minister (present chief minister) K Rosaiah.
YSR had emerged a mass political leader in AP after his padayatra during April-June 2003. Aided by a booming economy, a slew of welfare/populist measures and distribution of patronage through public work contracts and other means, he became a popular chief minister. His personal traits of helping those who approach him and taking care of the needs of his followers earned him supporters across the state. (మరింత…)
Mulki Rules movement in Hyderabad Karnataka అక్టోబర్ 27, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, politics, Six Point Formula, Telangana.
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Bandh paralyses normal life in Gulbarga city
Special Correspondent, The Hindu 15 July 2009
Several organisations had called for bandh for varied reasons
• Hyderabad Karnataka Horata Samiti wants Article 371 of the Constitution to be amended
• Karnataka Rakshana Vedike protests against delay in taking up road-widening work in the city
Gulbarga: Bandh was total in Gulbarga city on Tuesday. Normal life was paralysed with all shops, business establishments, both wholesale and retail markets downing their shutters in response to two separate bandh calls.
While the Hyderabad Karnataka Horata Samiti and the Hyderabad Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industries supported by other organisations called for bandh demanding Amendment to Article 371 of the Constitution on the Telangana model, the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike called for Gulbarga city bandh to demand that an IAS officer be posted as the Commissioner of the Gulbarga City Corporation and also to demand that road-widening work be taken up in the city. Besides, the vedike activists protested against the lack of will of political parties to get Article 371 of the Constitution amended.
In response to the bandh call, the North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC) authorities suspended its city and mofussil services since morning as a precautionary measure. The only saving grace for the harassed public in the absence of public transport was a few auto rickshaws that defied the bandh call and operated in the city. (మరింత…)
Withdraw Polavaram, says Telangana Congress అక్టోబర్ 23, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in Congress, Godavari, Koya, Polavaram, Telangana.
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Telangana Congress leaders oppose Polavaram
HYDERABAD: Making public their opposition to the construction of Polavaram project across Godavari, senior Congress leaders from Telangana have suggested construction of seven barrages to bring down the cost of the project and avoid extensive submergence of land.
At a meeting of party seniors at the residence of former Minister Palvai Goverdhan Reddy here of Friday, they felt that there was urgent need to discuss the fate of the irrigation projects in Telangana. The meeting, which was attended by former Home Minister K. Jana Reddy, MLCs – K. Yadava Reddy and K. R. Amos and former MLC B. Kamalakar Rao favoured redesigning of the project.
They concluded that the seven barrages could be constructed at half the cost of the present allocation for Polavaram. Leaders pointed out that Polavaram project involved extensive submergence of villages in not only AP but Orissa and Chhattisgarh. The barrages would reduce the scope for submergence of villages, facilitate more power generation and irrigate more land.
They also felt that there was immediate need to revive the activities of Telangana Regional Congress Coordination Committee (TRCCC) to not only discuss the irrigation projects but also the Supreme Court decision on Hyderabad as ‘free zone’. (మరింత…)
AP Politics- Post YSR Options for Congress Party అక్టోబర్ 21, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in Congress, Economy, elections, politics, SEZ, Telangana.
A Political Post- Mortem: Andhra Pradesh After YSR
By Kadempally Sudhakar
The sudden and tragic death of Y Rajashekar Reddy (YSR) left the Congress Party and his beneficiaries in a state of shock, void and dumb. No doubt YSR was the most powerful and crowed puller Congress CM AP ever had. Earlier Congress CMs were appointed and removed as per high command calculations and convenience. The important point is YSR rose to CM chair during Sonia Gandhi’s stewardship. The same YSR was a permanent dissident leader throughout his political career right from Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and PV Narasimha Rao era. It is only during Sonia’s time YSR came out of dissidence and took a historic padayatra throughout the state and came to power in 2004 defeating Chandrababu Naidu. No other previous congress CM had this kind of mass appeal and contacts. Main reasons for YSR’s victory in 2004 were Naidu’s lopsided policies, neglect of agriculture, farmer suicides. People saw in YSR a hope and fed up with Naidu’s World Bank policies which YSR used very well and saw him as a messiah. In 2004, Naidu was alone fighting the Congress, left, TRS, MIM combine. YSR gets full marks for Congress revival in the state and his valuable contribution at the centre.
Sonia was too happy with YSR for sending 29 crucial and largest number of Congress MPs to Lok Sabha which facilitated in forming a UPA led front government. Unlike previous congress chiefs’, Sonia acted with immense maturity, common sense, benevolent in choosing Dr Singh as PM. This strategy improved her image, popularity ratings, became stronger than before (like Indira era). It was clear that she left the governance to Dr Singh and she managed politics. This arrangement worked well and UPA was fortunate that during 2004- 2008 there was an unprecedented economic boom resulted in real estate, consumer goods, media, and infrastructure areas. Dr Singh govt did very well except couple of alleged scams in telecom sector, public sector privatization etc. UPA’s NREGS scheme helped them coming back in 2009 and of course BJP’s failure and left’s bankruptcy too helped. Still Rahul is on probation and training. The Congress High command had given full freedom to YSR since 2004 in both political and governance matters on TINA factor.
For YSR there was no looking back till his tragic death on 2nd September 2009. During his first tenure (2004-9) YSR was allegedly involved in many controversies related to his son’s properties, investments and its sources and business dealings. All opposition parties went to Delhi and submitted reports on YSR corruption charges to Congress President. By the time he became CM, all old horses in the state congress had become too old to walk and talk and they have no mass base or groups. Till NTR came into politics, there was no mass politics or public contacts by then the CMs. Mass politics were done by Indira Gandhi and Rajiv throughout the country and they did not allow any state leaders to do mass politics. Things have changed when Sonia took over the mantle. She did not change CMs as was done in the past and changed the perception in general about the working style of the party. YSR was lucky in many respects, during his period there was unprecedented economic boom, good monsoons, no credible and mass leader/s in the party and his only target was Naidu. (మరింత…)
Free Zone ? Implement G.O 610 అక్టోబర్ 20, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in Congress, Economy, G.O 610, Hyderabad, Identity, In News, Mulki, politics, Six Point Formula, Telangana, TRS.
SC judgment spurs revival of Telangana movement
Deccan Herald News Service, Oct 18, Hyderabad:
The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has decided to launch a peaceful agitation from next week to achieve its goal of a separate state. However, the TRS workers will not hesitate to face bullets if the government attempts to suppress the movement.
Announcing the new phase of the movement, TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao, who has been lying low after the electoral rout of his party in May, said the party will launch the new phase at a public meeting in Medak district on October 21 followed by a week-long mobilisation of the cadres from division-level which will culminate in a “jail bharo” programme on October 28.
The immediate reason for the revival of the issue of a separate Telangana is the Supreme Court judgment of last week making Hyderabad city a “free zone” for recruitment of police, meaning the six-point formula, a guarantee given by the Centre, to protect the interests of people of Telangana in government recruitment will not be applicable in Hyderabad zone. The TRS has said it will file a writ in the SC appealing against the decision.
The government, too, has called for an all-party meeting on Monday to discuss the implications of the judgment. The TRS is also demanding equal share for Telangana in Krishna waters and wants the region’s share to be specified and allocated. (మరింత…)
Sadar – Hyderabad Yadav festival అక్టోబర్ 18, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in Culture, Hyderabad, Identity, Telangana, Yadav.
Sadar festival of Hyderabad
Sadar is unique festival of Hyderabad. The pride of Yadavs.
A photo feature of the special festival by L Vidya Sagar captures the pride of Yadavs and how dear it is to the Yadavs.
Festival for the buffalo- garlands of flowers & shells & tilak
Young & Old parade their decorated buffalo