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Resignation drama of AP MLAs ends జనవరి 31, 2010

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AP MLAs’ resignations rejected

Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker N. Kirankumar Reddy on Saturday rejected the resignations tendered by 129 MLAs on “technical grounds”, terming them “not in order” as per the rules and procedures of the House.

This has brought to conclusion the resignation drama enacted by MLAs cutting across party lines following the announcement of the formation of Telangana by the Centre. (మరింత…)

Only one out of 130 resignations is proper, TRS to submit again జనవరి 31, 2010

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Telangana: AP Speaker Rejects Resignations of 129 MLAs

Outlook, Hyderabad, Jan 30, 2010 22:59 IST

The Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Kirankumar Reddy today rejected the resignation letters of 129 MLAs, out of 130, submitted to him over the demand of formation of Telangana state.

Reddy said he received resignations of 222 members belonging to various parties on Telangana issue. However, since 92 were withdrawn, 130 letters were pending with him.

“I had personally examined every resignation letter and carefully went through Constitution rules. I rejected 129 letters as they are not as per rule. I will call the member whose resignation letter is in order and discuss with him,” the Speaker told mediapersons. (మరింత…)

Deadline for resignations extended, proposed Committee should be only for formation of Telangana : Kodandaram, JAC జనవరి 30, 2010

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Set clear time-frame for Telangana panel: JAC
PTI, Hyderabad, January 30, 2010

The committee proposed to be appointed by the Centre to go into the Telangana issue should stick to the December 9 time-frame, the all-party Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) spearheading the agitation for a separate State said here on Saturday. (మరింత…)

Medaram jatara, Sammakka Sarakka festival జనవరి 29, 2010

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Arrival of deities heralds Medaram jatara
Three-day tribal festival begins in Warangal

Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao, The Hindu, 29 January 2010

MEDARAM (WARANGAL DT.): The arrival of most revered tribal deity Samakka is all that hundreds and thousands of devotees waited for.

They all held their breath for that benign moment and it finally came.

As the tribal priests descended the Chilakalgutta hillocks carrying the deity, Superintendent of Police Shah Nawaz Qasim and his men fired bullets into the air heralding the arrival of the deity into Medaram village. Carrying a vermilion casket and a bamboo pole considered as the deity and possessed by magic powers, the priests sprinted towards the altar. The devotees jostled and vied to touch them. (మరింత…)

Sea of pilgrims, Medaram Jatara జనవరి 29, 2010

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The Power of Medaram
Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao, The Hindu Jan 27, 2010

The power of faith. It has turned Medaram, a tiny and sleepy village in the forest of Eturunagaram into a lively and vibrant place where millions of people have converged for the famous Sammakka Sarakka jatara.

It is the power of faith that changed the shape of this village where everything becomes colossal even if it is for a short while. The ever increasing pilgrims occupy every inch of space.

There are brand new transformers supplying uninterrupted power, a rarity. Water gushes out of taps and a brand new sprawling APS RTC bus stand has come up in the forest apart from a helipad for VIPs that has replaced the bamboo fields.

Needless to say, even the debris left behind is unimaginable.

Simply, the tribal festival is a sight with its sheer size and the spiritual belief of the pilgrims. As plumes of red dust rise unhurriedly, women believed to be possessed by the Goddess dance in a trance. People set up jungle camps everywhere, eat and drink and doze off in the open. When devotees move towards the Jampanna vagu, a small rivulet considered being holy, one is simply pushed ahead without any effort required. Such is the surge of the crowd. (మరింత…)

We are sticking to our word, you will have the committee : Chidambaram జనవరి 28, 2010

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Telangana Committee next week: Chidambaram

Press Trust of India, January 28, 2010, New Delhi

Home Minister P Chidambaram announced on Thursday that a committee on Telangana would be formed in a week.

“We are sticking to our word. We will have the names more or less finalised by the end of this week and perhaps by early next week, you will have the committee announced,” Chidambaram said.

The political representatives from Telangana had set January 28 as the deadline for the Centre to announce a timeframe for the formation of the new state. And they had threatened to resign enmasse in case Centre failed to keep its promise. The Centre’s latest move comes as if to preempt the mass resignations.

Congress representatives from Telangana claim the announcement is a definite move forward but the other members of the political Joint Action Committee (JAC) are far from impressed. (మరింత…)

Chidambaram’s statement is not upto our expectations : JAC జనవరి 28, 2010

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JAC ‘not satisfied’ with Chidambaram’s statement
BS Reporter / Chennai/ Hyderabad January 29, 2010

The Telangana Joint Action Committee ( JAC), which had set Thursday as the deadline for the Centre to announce a time-bound programme for formation of a separate Telangana state, is not satisfied with Union home minister P Chidambaram’s disclosure that a committee to examine the demand for a separate statehood for the region would be announced next week

“Chidambaram’s statement is not up to our expectations. There is no clarity in the statement and he has not responded to our demand for announcement of time-bound programme,” JAC convenor M Kodandaram said.

The JAC, comprising representatives of the Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samithi, Telugu Desam Party, Bharatiya Janata Party and some pro-Telangana organisation, has decided to meet on Friday morning to discuss the future course of action. (మరింత…)

OU students defy JAC, threaten to foil IPL జనవరి 27, 2010

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OU students defy JAC, threaten to foil IPL
Express News Service: 28 Jan 2010

HYDERABAD: In defiance of the stand taken by Telangana Joint Action Committee of politicians, the students of Osmania University have reiterated that they will stall the Indian Premier League-3 (IPL-3) until an announcement on separate Telangana is made.

The decision was taken by the students on a day when political JAC convener Kodandaram appealed to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and the president of Hyderabad Cricket Association to reconsider the decision to shift the venue of the inaugural of IPL-3 from Hyderabad to Mumbai.

Members of Telangana Research Scholars Forum, which is part of the joint action committee of students, today burnt the IPL in effigy after going in a procession from the PG Hostel to the Arts College on the university campus.

Raising slogans against IPL, the students said `Cheer girls meeka, chitimantalu maaka?’, ‘Maaku vishaadama, meeku vinodama?’

They also displayed placards which read ‘We do not want IPL entertainment. We want Telangana’. (మరింత…)

Onus on JAC to seek Congress resignations: TDP జనవరి 27, 2010

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Onus on JAC to seek Congress resignations: TDP
Special Correspondent, The Hindu, Jan 28, 2010

Party MLAs from Telangana region hold six-hour meeting

HYDERABAD: After a six-hour long meeting on Wednesday, the Telangana Telugu Desam MLAs decided to pass on the onus of seeking Congress MLAs’ resignations to the Telangana Joint Action Committee.
Sources said even as the meeting was going on senior TDP MLA Nagam Janardhan Reddy called up Telangana JAC convener C. Kodandaram twice requesting him to immediately call for a meeting to discuss the resignation issue in view of JAC’s deadline tomorrow.

Though there was general agreement over sticking to the deadline, some TDP MLAs reportedly expressed the view that there would be no impact if only they pressed on acceptance of their resignations.

This would lead to byelections and not political crisis as they intended to create as a strategy to build pressure on the Centre. (మరింత…)

JAC deadline ends, political parties await some response from Delhi జనవరి 27, 2010

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Telangana: JAC deadline ends today
The Hindu, Jan 28, 2010

TRS, TDP, BJP MLAs to press acceptance of resignations; Congress not to quit

HYDERABAD: Major political parties in Telangana region are nervously looking at the Centre to break the deadlock as the ultimatum set by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) for announcement of a time-bound programme on Telangana ends on Jan. 28.

TRS, TDP and BJP MLAs are determined to press acceptance of their resignations on Friday and stage a dharna in the Speaker’s chamber if they are not accepted. The Congress legislators are in no mood to precipitate a crisis by quitting their membership, while the TDP has placed on the JAC the onus of forcing Congressmen to resign.

JAC convenor C. Kodandaram and TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced after an emergency meeting of the committee late in the night that there was no change in the call jointly given by the parties to MLAs to resign by Thursday. They said they will await a favourable announcement by the Centre on Thursday failing which all the MLAs will proceed to the Assembly from the JAC office on Friday. Meanwhile, a meeting of the 26-member steering committee of JAC has been convened on Thursday to draw up a fresh strategy. Mr. Rao said the meeting will be attended by Congress members who were absent on Wednesday. (మరింత…)