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Electoral Battle in Karimnagar – Politics of Failed Promises నవంబర్ 15, 2006

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Articles, elections, English, Essays, Identity, In News, Karimnagar, Mulki, politics, regionalism, Telangana.

– M Bharath Bhushan & E Revathi

There is much talk of the bye elections and Telangana. Each party claims to be sure of successfully winning the seat or defeating the enemy. People wonder what they have to gain by giving once again the evidence of their concern. What would Sita have done if she was called to undergo agnipareeksha once again?
Telangana is a hot commodity. Every party wants a share in it and plans for mileage out of it. It is gaining greater currency and sooner or later the state is imminent, if the signals of changing times are any sign of the things to come. It may take another two years or more when elections come again for the entire state.

There is lot of heat now with the most unwanted thing happening inevitably- bye elections. Often bye elections are held if one vacates in favour some higher boss in one’s party or with the demise of the elected representative. But this bye election is thrust on people for “ideological” reasons and for “promises broken”. It is no referendum in any sense when every previous election was no referendum. Further bye elections to one constituency are no reason for a major move to act on for a separate state that concerns not just one constituency. Current drama is to be considered as rehearsals for the full fledged story in the making for the next general elections. Buying time, every political party, without exception, likes. It is the people who cannot afford to lose.
This election has made once again clear that politics in Andhra Pradesh are still a matter of few ‘dadas’-benign or otherwise- who think they can ignore people’s mandate and draw people for elections at will. Amusing exchange of dialogues by MS & KCR cannot be any reason.

Interesting drama

This election raises many ethical issues. Political parties worth anything in democratic structure need to answer their acts in regard to Telangana before they make any strategies and scheming to win or lose respectably. Now they are not contesting elections in entire state of AP but just one constituency. Clear prose in place of poetry is need of the hour.
The fight is interesting as it is prestigious for all the parties- big and small. Vidya Sagar Rao from BJP, KCR from TRS, equally ‘bigwigs’ from Cong-I and TDP add seriousness. More than one candidate from the dominant castes makes new pressures on the equations. There are two more actors of whatever significance- Lok Satta and Telangana Sangarsha Samithi.

Curiously Telangana is promised by Cong-I and BJP. Both these parties say they alone can give the separate state. These parties have to explain why they want “ransom” for such just act. They owe explanation why they deny or delay the separate statehood. How is it justified for BJP in negating separate state until they have to come to power? How fair is it to demand a price for implementing the promise of “one-vote-two-states” when Sri Ram took to van vas for the word given to the mother? Which ethics support Cong-I to ignore the promise they made for an “appropriate” time indefinitely and the assurance that several political parties have given in favour of Telangana statehood?
How Comrades speak of Consensus for a Divorce? Mutual agreement is basis for a marriage. How Communists have gained sudden consciousness of Telangana while all violations adversely affecting three crore people were forgotten will be questioned. When did comrades start preaching capitalist’s approval for freedom of the workers?

What made the TRS and Cong-I parties do and not do whatever they did all these thirty months and what was the pact that was the basis for the marriage or its breach needs to be explained at least now. This will be single most important achievement for the people if the contestants explain reasons why their parties have done whatever they have done till now with unambiguous evidence and documentary proof. What has been the understanding of TRS & Cong-I (separate state or a Second SRC), why the TRS agreed for consensus initiative by Cong-I and why the MS-KCR lovely duo has split now?
Many more issues require to be answered. The political parties today stand naked and unabashed of being deserting Telangana and lack moral right to approach people again if they cannot answer their miss-deeds or misdeeds and ensure proper and ethical behavior tomorrow. What people, who have no right but to elect every Tom, Dick and Harry whenever it is called for, expect is the truth of dirty politics of every political party’s love for Telangana. Important issue is that these parties cannot make mockery of democracy.

Actors in the game and the Moves to make
People will be amused by the way things unfold now. With the Chief of TRS contesting there is some seriousness for a change in the business of elections in this party. TRS is planning the act. Earlier TRS failed to plan and succeeded in losing miserably in local body elections. For good or bad the Chief of TRS is the contestant. So there is pressure to perform better. Some promises made years ago by the TRS will now be put into action. They include village squads, playing the bell (ghanta) and bringing youth and students into action among others. Old promises suddenly realized are likely to contribute favorably to building separate Telangana movement. The shift in mobilization will snowball and spread to entire Telangana in course of time.

Although TRS won this seat earlier with impressive majority it is going to be a Herculean task now. Cong-I which was the major ally is the most important rival today. TDP has already gained base in the district and Telangana since two years by mainly gnawing into TRS pockets. BJP fighting against the TRS, Cong-I & TDP candidates makes things more complex. Will Visaalaandhra comrades also field a candidate is not yet cleared.

Cong-I will be under pressure to explain that it has not let down the Telangana cause as they are fighting now in just one constituency known for Telangana ‘sentiment’. Cong-I will try exposing the hollowness of TRS. Old allies have to effectively clash against each other in a life-and-death fight. Cong-I has to also fight against BJP by exposing the double standards of BJP’s tilt for small states that stop at Telangana. Besides, it has to make a difficult game plan with the Communists. Congress will have to emphasize more that it’s a question of underdevelopment instead of internal colonialism of Andhra lobby.

BJP will have to explain how power to BJP is the prerequisite for separate Telangana. How BJP will steal the piece of cake from TRS without helping the Cong-I is the big question. Protecting image of its candidate and building the party base is the challenge.

TDP will have to focus on being the real development agency for Telangana as for any other region in AP. TDP will have to sharpen the apolitical philosophy that development is possible without splitting the party and the state. It has to also checkmate emerging Lok Satta that has same language and dreams of being a key player shortly in Delhi.

Communists will still have to play the old Visaalaandhra play that may not be palatable to the audience of KCR ‘stronghold’. Talking of Visaalaandhra in a constituency contested on Telangana issue is a difficult number to sing for the Comrades. Comrades will hopefully learn and earn a few lessons in this feat.
The possible political moves each contestant will make reveal that it will have a mix of consequences for Telangana not just neatly distinguishable scenarios of ‘gains’ or ‘losses’ to the cause of Telangana. That ethical and people oriented moves will make greater gains than the immediate winning or losing the bye elections, does not require any mention. People see all political parties coming to seek votes have failed in keeping their promises made earlier. This bye election is about Telangana and will have far reaching consequences to the separate statehood. 

One cannot forget that elections bring someone from nowhere. Also throw stalwarts into oblivion for reasons least known. Politics, especially the electoral game, is unpredictable.

Scenario A
• Telangana narrowed to TRS and making more forces into enemies to the cause
• Personalized twist- KCR image becoming more important than Telangana issue
• Time lost in rhetoric than exposing friends and foes with evidence
• Loss of the ethical forces and think tanks in the dog-eat-dog electoral politics
• Defeat of TRS candidate in the elections

Scenario B
• Telangana issue to be discussed by one and all in Andhra Pradesh
• More promises with not-before-the-expiry-date excuses granting separate Telangana (BJP, section of MLAs from Congress-I)
• CPI, CPM, Lok Satta, TDP clarify on Telangana -injustices or underdevelopment
• Pressure on TRS to perform seriously unlike in earlier elections to local bodies
• TRS shaping movement oriented game plan and party for the next phase
• Success of TRS candidate with great or simple majority



1. harshi - నవంబర్ 23, 2006

TDP WIN will make the whole thing better…all the rust that has been formed for the last 2 1/2 years can be removed. people have to think whether a separate state will give them developed telanga over night.

we dont understand one thing that why costal andhra is targeted as if they are the obstacle for the development of telangana.

what Mr.KCR did as a minister to telanga for 2 1/2 years.

how stable are they as a party for the past 3 years.

it is my personal opinion, soory if i hurt some one.

2. kaloji - నవంబర్ 25, 2006

Why is these andhra people and andhra settlers so worried about Telangana,is Andhra dependent on Telangana in any form ?? if at all they should come out the parasitic life.

3. Venu - నవంబర్ 27, 2006

We are least worried about what KCR did in the last 2.5 years. What we need is the seperate state. It is not just TRS who is asking for the seperate state, I am sure the majority of the Congress MLAs are for it. They are keeping mum because of YSR who obviously is not keen on the de merger. Maybe because he is loosing out on this. Hey who cares? People get what they want. They people of Telangana has voted twice now for the seperate state so its time you guys wake who oppose the seperate state, wake up and accept what the people of Telanaga want for Telanagana than imposing what the people of Andhra want for Telanagana.

4. Venu - నవంబర్ 27, 2006

TRS is going to win this battle which will keep the Telanagana movement live and kicking. With BJP supporting the seperate state, Telanagana is imminent.

You cant suppress the people’s movement at least that is what I learnt from my history lessons.

5. Kumar - డిసెంబర్ 3, 2006

TDP is the rust on Telangana. Almost rust is removed in the last elections. If anything is remained that will be washed in Karimnagar elections.

6. Abdul Mannan - డిసెంబర్ 4, 2006

Telengana state is the order of the day. No one can stop from formation of a new State in Andhra Pradesh. The Congress is adopting old tactics – fooling people. That’s what they have inherited.

At best congress can do is “buy time” upto next election. Come
election, Telengana issue will be solved.

7. అనామకం - డిసెంబర్ 5, 2006

Telangana is actually not the right word. It is merely a corruption of Trilingadesa. This corruption is due to the linguistic deficiencies of the Turkish Nizams who conquered and ruled over this place. Now that those Turks are not ruling us anymore, we need not conform to their linguistic deficiencies and live with the meaningless name.

Lets either respectably rename it back to its original and meaningful “Trilingadesa” or find a new name!

8. Anonymous - డిసెంబర్ 5, 2006

If the people of Telangana want seperate state they will get it and should get it. I think anyone choosing to live seperately should be able to do so. It is very much like marriage where one partner might choose to leave. I think the reason for seperation should be development and not just seperation as resentment for the lack of development in the past. However I fail to see how Telangana will improve. There are not many leaders who can influence strong governance once seperate Telangana is formed. Since the movement has earned grassroot support, it is time that TRS or any other political party comes with some strategies for the future development. Seperating a state out of kneejerk reaction can only result in bankrupt state economy. I feel that these leaders can keep the movement alive by sharing the agenda for the future state. Giving a seperate state to Telangana and lead to someone like KCR as future CM is outright scary.

9. అనామకం - డిసెంబర్ 6, 2006

Whether TRS win or not,every one in telangana should work think and work for separate statehood. If any politician or party cheats again, just sack them out.

10. vamshi - డిసెంబర్ 7, 2006

what is the result of karimnagar bye elections

11. g b reddy - డిసెంబర్ 22, 2006

Now People Of Telangana Will Know The Real Colours Of
All Political Parties Who Tried To Exploit Them , During Recent By-Election ,In Karimnagar , That They Can Only Promise/Get Separate State……
And What They Are Doing Now. ….???
In My Opinion ,Telangana Will Be A Dream, Unless We Resort
To Violence…..
Ofcourse Its A Bad Thing..
When The Innocent People Are Being Exploited
For Years Together ,Can You Stop Them When They
Loose Their Temper…
And The Time Has Come…..


12. telanagna don is comming - మార్చి 31, 2008

jai telangana

miss harshi
ur cunning nature will dump u people one day in big pit

when one caste hero fans will not watch his rival hero (vere caste)movies but party
if its flop
two diff caste people(kamma and kapus) living adjacent to each other for past 20 y never spoke to each other u know that
go to ur so called landhra and think of it and find a solution

befoe wasting ur time in telangana as we are 500 km away from u
im from nzb
if u people dont like ur neighbours (other caste) then y should
v encourage u in our region

if u feel that all the heros and business people r from ur region
reason:when v telangana people r dying to get 1 meal a day u people
called settlers in whole south india got 2 pantalu every year and shifted ur business to chennai (as it is big)..dont say it was madras provive…..i say some names in chennai thyagaranagar,adambakkam, kodambakkam, meenambakkam,nungambakam which were named 100 y back by tamil people u people eyed chennai as it was better for ur business
say cine field(studios devoloped by tamils gemini studio etc….)
…..tamil people taught u how to make a movie…..
u invested there and got result
what hapened u have to leave chennai

then u eyed hyd that too in 1995 after people made a good metro
u got to know that hyd is telugu people city after 400 y of hyd formation???????????????????

then u started to come to hyderguda, yusufduda, secunderabad,
amberpeta, nallakunta, himayathnagar, begumpet ……..just see the names its all out telangana names….because of ur thirsy for money.. u want to change whole of hyd then started ntr marg, vengalrao nagar
sanjeeva reddy nagar, kbr park……….all ur andhra zeros

show me our telagnaa name in guntur and vijaya wada

is this domination?????????????????
y should v encourage u
if v dint got our telangana saviour (k.c.r) then one day hyd would have been some peta…

just change ur mind set….business mind……..

after telangana formation where u go… bhuwaneshwar???????

telangana — tradition + culture( our forefathers never moved from telangana to earn money.. like u people who move places for living.)

in whole of india i say u —-strongest traditon is our tradition i bet…
see the festivals they perform in hyd(bonalu, bathukamma, ganapathi…)

after telangana formation see telangana
….it will be heart and soul of india…..v never depend on anyone for our survival

want to have hyd biryani then come to hyd and have
want to have andhra meals then go to any place in india(except andhra.. they dont say andhra meals in andhra>>>> thats the difference buddy

13. kiran reddy - ఏప్రిల్ 10, 2008

great post brother
the earlier
u deserve it
u made them shit in two sentences
go hard bro
v need peple like u
jai telanagna
jai k.c.r

14. deepthi - ఏప్రిల్ 10, 2008

12 post was great
i mena that
i swear if u get a chance u would publish a book on them
jai telangana

15. అనామకం - మే 25, 2008
16. అనామకం - మే 25, 2008

andra na kodukulaku tannitaramali
ee na btteebaselu mana jagala wachi ma meeda pettanamu chalaestunnaru anadaram kalasi tanni tharumudam

17. అనామకం - మే 25, 2008

T R S ku otu wesdam telangana tesdaam

18. raja reddy - అక్టోబర్ 22, 2011
19. rajashekar reddy - అక్టోబర్ 22, 2011

chandra babu dhamunte seem andhra votes ekkuka vunnakukatpally nunde 2014 elections lo contest chesi seema andhra voters to gelupu sadhincu ;jai telangana


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