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Bathukamma statue in Warangal సెప్టెంబర్ 25, 2009

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Bathukamma, Culture, Identity, politics, Telangana.
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Bathukamma idol unveiled amid tight bandobust
Express News Service 24 September 2009

WARANGAL: Mayor Errabelli Swarna today unveiled the Rs 2.50 lakh idol of Bathukamma near Padmakshi temple in Hanamkonda amidst tight bandobust in the wake of TRS MLA D Vinay Bhaskar’s threat to register his protest against the colours used on the statue.

Police placed the MLA under house arrest till the unveiling of the statue was completed.

The statue was originally scheduled to be unveiled on September 18, the first day of the Bathukamma celebrations, was put off following objections raised by the MLA on the colours used.
bathukamma statue in Hanamkonda
There are two statues- a woman carrying a bathukamma on her head and next to her is a small girl holding a small bathukamma. Vinay Bhaskar objected to the use of red, white and green colours on the big Bathukamma saying that they resembled the Congress flag. He said that though he welcomed the installation of the Bathukamma statue, which reflected the Telangana culture, he was against the colours used on the Bathukamma. Following the MLA’s objections, green colour used on the statue was changed to blue.
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Popular Democracy redefined in AP సెప్టెంబర్ 10, 2009

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Congress, politics, SEZ, Telangana.
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Don’t Let This Son Rise
Aditya Sinha

At the outset an apology to readers, but it has been very nauseating to see Congress legislators and workers demand that the late chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y S R Reddy, be succeeded by his wheeler-dealer son Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. It was nauseating to see them make the demand for Jagan’s accession even before his father’s body was brought from the chopper crash site to Hyderabad. It was more nauseating than the continuous eulogies of YSR for having been a mass leader, which he was, without any mention of his darker side. It was more disrespectful to the departed leader than any mention of his ruthlessness or his financial acuity. No wonder Congress president Sonia Gandhi was looking teary-eyed.

One person who would certainly be rooting for Jagan to be the next chief minister would be one B Ramalinga Raju, the former chairman of Satyam Computers who is now an occupant of Hyderabad’s Chanchalguda jail. Raju has been accused of fraud, forgery, cheating and insider trading. His scandal broke when he admitted that Rs 7,000 crore had disappeared from the company and subsequently surrendered to the police. Investigators found that the money had disappeared not because the accounts had been inflated, but because it had been siphoned off. Opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu, on the floor of the Andhra Assembly, charged Raju with giving the money to 14 of Jagan’s companies for laundering.

That’s not all. Jagan’s dad had given Raju 50 acres of land in Vishakhapatnam at throwaway prices, ostensibly so that a world-class IT company like Satyam could set up a SEZ. Jagan and Raju’s shenanigans caused a controversy and tagged the late chief minister with the reputation of making money through SEZs (but which chief minister does not suffer this disrepute?). And of course, Jagan’s companies were doing business with the Raju-founded Maytas (Satyam spelled backwards), which was awarded the Rs 12,000 crore Hyderabad Metro project much to the dismay of Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan (that deal is off). (మరింత…)

Telugu politics- dynastic rule సెప్టెంబర్ 9, 2009

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, politics, Telangana, Telugu (తెలుగు).
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Political feudalism

Opinion/ Editorial, The Hindu September 5, 2009

At a time of irreparable loss, the family of Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy needs sympathy and support from the Congress party and the people of Andhra Pradesh. But what middle-level State leaders of the party have put on display in the hours following confirmation of the death of YSR is not emotional support but political feudalism, an unseemly display of calculated and self-serving fealty to the First Family of the State. Even before YSR got his hero’s burial, pre-emptive efforts were on to have his son Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy accepted as the next Chief Minister, with more than 120 of the party’s 154 MLAs pressed into service as signatories to a petition backing this demand. India is no stranger to dynastic politics at the Centre and in several States, with the top jobs and privileges in certain parties reserved for family members, however inexperienced or unqualified they might be. YSR worked his way up the political ladder, first as an intrepid factional politician and then as a mass leader and strategist. His 36-year-old son, who until recently insisted that he was a businessman and not a politician, is a political novice with only the experience of managing a media organisation to back his case for heading the government. His formal entry into politics came during the 2009 Lok Sabha election, when he was elected from the Kadapa constituency. That however is of no concern to a support base that has prospered solely on the basis of allegiance to YSR and suddenly finds itself without its benefactor.

However, the campaign to anoint Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy as Chief Minister is not all about the feudal spirit. In the five years of YSR rule, some big business interests benefited hugely from concessions handed out in a corruption-ridden environment; these have figured in the documented allegations levelled by Opposition leader N. Chandrababu Naidu against the Congress government. What is clear is that vested interests that have wielded enormous influence in the State administration and have much to lose would like to see continuity in the ways of governance. In their eyes, Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy is the best bet to preserve the status quo; anyone else in the Chief Minister’s chair would mean taking a chance. The Congress high command cannot be oblivious to these facts on the ground. Ironically, a party that has long been criticised for imposing Chief Ministers from above, ignoring the views of the legislature party and undermining the democratic process, may need to do so once more — in the democratic and development interests of South India’s largest State and to set a no-nonsense example. The question is: will it do it?

Source: http://beta.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/article15379.ece

Orissa legislator seeks High Court intervention to stall Polavaram సెప్టెంబర్ 9, 2009

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Koya, Polavaram, Telangana.
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Contempt plea filed against officials for pushing Andhra project
September 9, 2009 by IANS

Bhubaneswar, Sep 9 (IANS) A former Orissa legislator Wednesday filed a petition in the Orissa High Court for contempt proceedings against several officials for allegedly pushing a mega irrigation project in Andhra Pradesh in violation of the court’s order.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Laxaman Munda has sought contempt proceedings against the secretary of the environment and forests ministry, the Central Water Commission chairman, and the principal secretary, the chief secretary and four other officials of Andhra Pradesh, his lawyer Bibhu Prasad Tripathy told IANS here.
The high court on March 22, 2006, had directed authorities to proceed with the construction of the Indira Sagar Polavaram multipurpose irrigation project after complying with all requirements, the lawyer said.

The court had said that the plan should be implemented in such a manner that no land or village within the Orissa territory gets submerged, he said.

However, the central government officials approved the project allegedly without complying with the court’s directive, declared it a national project and now Andhra Pradesh is moving ahead with construction activities, Tripathy said. (మరింత…)