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Telangana movement is propelled by people, not TRS or KCR : Kishan Reddy సెప్టెంబర్ 24, 2012

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‘Telangana movement is propelled by people, not TRS or KCR’
The New Indian Express, September 24, 2012

BJP state president G Kishan Reddy speaks on Telangana Movement, Telangana March, etc in an interview to Express.

Q) What is your view on the Telangana Joint Action Committee’s call for ‘Telangana March’ in the city on September 30?
A) The TJAC has decided the programme without consulting it’s political constituents. However, the BJP has extended it’s solidarity and decided to take part in the programme. BJP leaders of the Telangana districts would soon meet to prepare an action plan for making the march a grand success

Q) TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao is maintaining silence on the Telangana March. Do you think the programme will be organised at the expected level?
A) What do you mean? You should not forget past experiences! TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao did not take part in any programme for which a call was given by the TJAC. But, the BJP has played an active role in every programme. Even the Million March was not supported by the TRS. To protect his existence, KCR took part in it at the final hour.

Q) TRS chief claims that the TRS and the Telangana Movement are one and the same. What do you say?
A) It is wrong and that sort of image has been cultivated by certain sections of the media. If that was true, how come the TRS chief failed in the Mahabubnagar Assembly constituency by-elections which falls under his own parliamentary constituency? How come TRS win the Parakal by-election by only a margin of 1500 votes? TRS is just one of the political parties in the region and not the whole Telangana Movement. (మరింత…)

Telangana-torchbearer Konda Lakshman passes away సెప్టెంబర్ 23, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, agitation, Culture, Identity, Mulki, Nizam, Personalities, politics, regionalism, struggle, Telangana.
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Telangana-torchbearer Konda Lakshman passes away
TNN Sep 22, 2012

HYDERABAD: Freedom fighter and veteran of Telangana movement Konda Lakshman, popularly known as ‘Bapuji’, passed away on Friday morning at his residence at the age of 97. Bapuji was hale and hearty till the other day and actively participated in the installation ceremony of the famous Khairatabad Ganesha idol on Wednesday. He died when arrangements were afoot for his next birthday on September 27.

Konda Lakshman was the first minister to quit the Kasu Brahmananda Reddy cabinet for the Telangana cause. Till then the Telangana movement was being run by the students of Osmania University and some young intellectuals of Hyderabad. Alleging that the Gentleman’s Agreement of 1956 was violated, Bapuji, who was information and labour minister, had quit the cabinet to join the nascent Telangana Praja Samithi (TPS).

It was his entry that transformed the hitherto student and youth movement into a political struggle for a separate state. Earlier, ‘Bapuji’ brought about a split in the AP Congress by forming the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee with the support of dozens of MLAs from the region. He was Deputy Speaker for some time. Bapuji was born in Wankidi village in Adilabad district in 1915 into a weaver’s family, and was an arch rival of another T-veteran and TPS president Marri Channa Reddy. Then CM Brahmananda Reddy used to say that he was confident that the Telangana movement would not move forward as long as Channa Reddy and Bapuji were at the helm of affairs. Their presence polarised the movement ideologically into Reddys and non-Reddys. (మరింత…)

Telangana protagonist Konda Laxman Bapuji passes away సెప్టెంబర్ 23, 2012

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Konda Laxman passes away
Special Correspondent, The Hindu, Hyderabad, September 22, 2012

Noted freedom fighter and former Minister died of cardiac arrest at the age of 97

Noted freedom fighter, former Minister and Telangana protagonist Konda Laxman Bapuji died of cardiac arrest at his residence here on Friday. He was 97. He is survived by a son and a daughter.

Born in Wankhidi village in Adilabad district on September 27, 1915, Bapuji participated in ‘Vandemataram’ and Quit India movements and fought against the Nizam’s rule for the liberation of Hyderabad State. Later, he participated in the ‘non-mulki’ agitation in 1952 and gave up his Minister’s post in support of the demand for statehood to Telangana in 1969.

He was active in the Telangana agitation till his death and even tried to convince the leaders of Seemandhra on the need for a separate State. Bapuji was elected to the Assembly four times – twice each from Adilabad and Nalgonda districts — with his last term being during 1972-78 from Bhongir. He served as a Minister in the Cabinets of Kasu Brahmananda Reddy and Damodaram Sanjivaiah and as Deputy Speaker of the Assembly. (మరింత…)

Telangana issue again rocks Andhra assembly సెప్టెంబర్ 18, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, BJP, Congress, CPI, elections, Harish, Mulki, politics, Telangana, TRS, Y S Jagan.
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Telangana issue again rocks Andhra assembly
Tuesday, September 18th 2012, New York Daily News

Hyderabad, Sep 18 — The Telangana issue rocked the Andhra Pradesh state assembly for the second consecutive day Tuesday with Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) stalling the proceedings, demanding a resolution for carving out a separate state.

Speaker N. Manohar adjourned the house for half-an-hour amid noisy scenes and heated arguments among members. He later held a meeting with floor leaders of all parties but it failed to end the deadlock as TRS, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and CPI insisted on a resolution on Telangana while main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) wanted debate on electricity shortage and ‘tainted’ ministers. (మరింత…)

KCR draws a blank in Delhi, feels betrayed సెప్టెంబర్ 16, 2012

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KCR draws a blank in Delhi, feels betrayed
Express News Service – HYDERABAD, 16th September 2012

The Telangana Joint Action Committee has decided to force the Telangana Congress MPs to participate in the Telangana March in Hyderabad on September 30.

TJAC leaders are learnt to have received credible information that TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, who has been camping in Delhi for several days, has failed to get a positive assurance on creation of Telangana state.

Moreover, the negative signals they had received in Hyderabad in the past were confirmed during his current stay in Delhi, says a close aide to the TRS chief.

Party sources say the TRS chief is now convinced that the Centre is back to its delaying tactics and has betrayed him.

He will be returning shortly to Hyderabad and convening a party Politburo meeting to chalk out future course of action.

“If the Centre announces Telangana state, there will be joy. If not, there will be war,” declared KT Rama Rao, TRS legislator and KCR’s son. (మరింత…)