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TRS will not contest GHMC elections: KCR
Express News Service: 06 Nov 2009
HYDERABAD: The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has, as expected, announced that it will not contest the elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).
Addressing a news conference here today, party chief K Chandrasekhara Rao said that as these elections were not important, the party decided to keep away from the elections.
“The GHMC elections do not merit the party’s attention. Fighting them is nothing but indulging in cheap politics,’’ Rao said.
Instead, his party was making an elaborate plan for the indefinite fast to be launched by him in the last week of this month at Siddipet, he said. He had already asked the people of Telangana region to be prepared either to participate in the victory celebrations following the formation Telangana state or his funeral procession.
As part of intensifying the agitation for separate state, Chandrasekhar Rao said he would submit memoranda to all constitutional heads _ President, Governor, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Leader of the Opposition LK Advani, and presidents of all political parties.
“Since we have a much larger agenda like attainment of a separate Telangana we have decided not to participate in the GHMC polls which is a minor issue having no great consequence,’’ he pointed out.
The TRS leader said that all Telangana employees’ associations decided to take part in the `pendown strike’ and it was an indication that the movement would pick up momentum as happened in 1969.
Rao said he would meet Governor ND Tiwari and Chief Minister K Rosaiah tomorrow. He would also visit Delhi for two days from November 9 to submit memoranda to President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha LK Advani. During the two day-visit, Rao would also meet heads of all political parties and many Central ministers.
The TRS leader hoped that both the Central Government and the political system in the country would respect the democratic right of the Telangana people. If they did not react positively, they would be held responsible for the consequences, he warned.
The TRS will organise 15,000 public meetings under the supervision of an 11-member delegation from November 6 to 11 across the region to prepare the people and enlist their support to Chandrasekhar Rao’s proposed ‘indefinite fast.’ The Telangana Rashtra Samithi Vidyardhi Union (TRSVU) will organise nearly 3,500 gate meetings at all Intermediate, degree and other professional colleges and other educational institutions in the region.
About 25 leaders will conduct Assembly constituency wise party workers meeting for three days from November 7.
According to the Telangana Vidyavantula Vedika (TVV), Telangana freedom fighters, Telangana writers associations and cultural troupes will also take up several mass contact programmes in the region. Sixty-eight bar associations will also take part in the programme.
Chandrasekhar Rao demanded that all the political parties should make their stand clear on the Telangana issue.
He alleged that the main Opposition party, Telugu Desam, had changed its earlier stand on Telangana issue. He asserted that his party was different from other parties and hence decided not to contest the GHMC elections.
TRS disinclined to contest GHMC polls
Special Correspondent, The Hindu, 31 Oct 2009
HYDERABAD: The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has said that it was disinclined to contest Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections but a final view in the matter would be taken at its State executive meeting on Monday.
Briefing reporters after a meeting of the Polit Bureau which discussed the issue on Friday, TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao said most of the Polit Bureau members were unanimous that the party should not enter the polls. However, a couple of them from Hyderabad felt the need to give their followers an opportunity to face elections.
The party would consult its Hyderabad-based leaders and different organisations in the next two days and leave the final decision to the State executive which will declare its stand in the form of a resolution.
The party also bought time to make up a decision because the High Court was expected to deliver its judgment on staying of elections on Monday, Mr. Rao said.
The TRS president allayed apprehensions of the cadre about delay in the event of the party deciding to enter elections as they would still have three more days to file nominations.
He condemned the hasty step of the State Election Commission in issuing the election notification though the Supreme Court had clarified that the election process was subject to the final order of the High Court.
However, the matter was still pending in the High Court. He also found fault with the SEC in inviting political parties for consultations after the notification was issued.
The elections were a conspiracy to divert the attention of people from large scale land transactions by government.
The party was more interested in exposing the misdeeds of the government than contesting elections, he added.
TRS finds alibi to skip polls
October 31, 2009 Deccan Chronicle
By Our Correspondent
Hyderabad, Oct. 30: A nervous Telangana Rashtra Samithi is likely to skip the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation polls despite demanding that the capital city should be part of a separate Telangana state.
The TRS, which also took up the issue of police recruitment in Hyderabad in real earnest recently, is using the indefensible pretext of intensifying the Telangana struggle for not contesting the GHMC polls. Political observers see it is a face saving gesture.
It is learnt that the TRS, which is essentially a rural party, is worried about how the urban voter would react to its recent slogans.
Initially, the party planned to go it alone and contest 100-odd seats with focus on 25 to 30 seats in its strongholds.
However, there were serious apprehensions among some senior leaders that the party might face a drubbing in the cosmopolitan city which would dent its image further. It has barely recovered from the poor show in the recent Assembly polls.
This decision is likely to disappoint TRS leaders and cadre and will also evoke criticism from advocates of united Andhra Pradesh.
The TRS politburo, which met under the chairmanship of the party president, Mr K. Chandrasekhar Rao, here on Friday, felt the party should stay away from GHMC polls and instead prepare for the Telangana struggle.
The TRS Hyderabad city president, Mr T. Padma Rao and senior party leader, Mr Nayani Narasimha Reddy, were keen to fight the elections to keep up the morale of city leaders and cadre, but Mr Chandrasekhar Rao dissuaded them by saying that 95 per cent of the politburo members were opposed to the TRS contesting the polls.
He also said it would take away the focus from his ‘fast unto death’ programme from the last week of November if there was no favourable response from State and Central governments on their demand for carving out a separate State.
Mr Chandrasekhar Rao, however, added that the final decision on the GHMC polls would be taken at the party’s executive committee on Monday after getting feedback from the city leaders and cadre. “For us the struggle for separate Telangana is more important than polls,” he said.
At the same time, he also criticised the State Election Commission for announcing poll dates unilaterally without consulting political parties as is the norm.
State Committee meeting of TRS to decide on GHMC polls
Hyderabad | Friday, Oct 30 2009 IST
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President K Chandrasekhra Rao today said the party would take a decision whether to contest or not in the coming local body elections for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) at the state committee meeting on November 2.
Addressing media persons after the politburo meeting of the party, he said 95 per cent of the members expressed their opinion not to take part in the elections while the rest were in favour of contesting the polls.
The matter would be decided after discussing with the members at the state committee meeting on Monday. The party would also discuss with the Telangana Government Employees Associations, Students organisations and others on the issue before taking a final decision, he informed.
Stating that the State Election Commission (SEC) had issued notification for the GHMC elections without holding a meeting of leaders of all political parties, Mr Rao said the notification issued by the SEC was ‘undemocratic.’ The TRS would intensify its agitation to achieve separate Telangana and organise stirs against land grabbers in Telangana region, he said.
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