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I support bifurcation: AP Tribal Welfare Minister Pasupuleti Balaraju జనవరి 24, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, Identity, indigenous, Polavaram, ST, Telangana, Vishakapatnam.
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Pasupuleti Balaraju turns a hero for Telangana men
Deccan Chronicle, C.R.Gowri Shanker, 24 January 2014

Hyderabad: Tribal welfare minister, Pasupuleti Balaraju’s declaration, “I am committed to the Congress. I support bifurcation,” has made him a hero among Telangana legislators and those backing the decision.

Balaraju was elected twice from Paderu (ST) Assembly constituency in the tribal belt of Visakhapatnam district.

Some members, who are close to Balaraju, say the minister’s brave stand also reflects regrouping of weaker sections in the party and the challenge to the upper castes.

Interestingly, the support of dalit minister, who holds the portfolio of rural development, to Balaraju, has given rise to this speculation. (మరింత…)

AAP supports Telangana state, all other regional & national parties are same జనవరి 19, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BJP, Congress, corruption, ST, submergence, Telangana, TRS.
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AAP supports Telangana, in favour of smaller states

January 18, 2014, OneIndia News

Hyderabad, Jan 18: Indicating that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is in favour of separate Telangana state, its senior leader Prashant Bhushan on Saturday said the outfit supported smaller states as it believes in decentralization of power.

Bhushan also said the AAP was averse to having any pre-poll alliance with any political party.

He, however, said like-minded parties like Lok Satta in Andhra Pradesh, led by former bureaucrat Jayprakash Narayan, was welcome to AAP fold.

“So far we have decided not to enter into pre-poll alliance. However, they (Lok Satta) may merge with AAP. There have been discussions (towards merger) in this regard. It is too early to say anything at this point,” Bhushan told reporters. (మరింత…)

Parliament may take up Telangana Bill in February జనవరి 13, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, BJP, Congress, Economy, Godavari, Mulki, Polavaram, Rayalaseema, Settler, Sonia, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Parliament may take up Telangana Bill in February
TNN, January 11, 2014

NEW DELHI: Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Friday said the Centre would introduce the Telangana Bill before the Parliament when the state assembly returns it to the President. He indicated it could happen during the next Parliament session in February.

“President Pranab Mukherjee has given time until January 23 to return the Bill. While sending the Bill, the President has also directed the state assembly to express its opinion on the Bill,” he said at his monthly press briefing.

Separately, Congress’s Andhra Pradesh in charge Digvijay Singh clarified he had never said there would be no voting on the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill -2013. (మరింత…)

Telangana Bill – TRS suggests joint capital for 3 years జనవరి 13, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, Godavari, Hyderabad, Mulki, Palamur, Polavaram, Settler, ST, submergence, Telangana, TRS.
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Telangana Congress, TRS MLAs Suggest Amendments to Telangana Bill
Express News Service- Hyderabad 11 January 2014

With the deadline for written submissions on AP Reorganisation Bill-2013 ending at 1 pm on Friday, several MLAs from Telangana on Thursday handed over to speaker N Manohar their written pleas for amendments to the bill. While Congress MLAs suggested nine amendments, TRS members suggested ten. Following are the key amendments suggested by them:

COMMON CAPITAL: Parliament should make provision for keeping Hyderabad as common capital for a temporary period. TRS wants it not to exceed three years and Congress leaders want it not more than 10 years.

LAW & ORDER IN HYD: Clause 8 may be modified so that the governor shall be guided by the advice of the council of ministers of the state of Telangana. (మరింత…)

Telangana Bill – MIM demands 17 sq km Khairatabad as joint capital for 2 years జనవరి 13, 2014

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Telangana Bill: MIM asks for 31 changes
Deccan Chronicle, 11 January 2014

Hyderabad: The MIM has opposed making Hyderabad the common capital for 10 years, and handing over law and order duties to the Governor, among its 31 amendments to the T Bill.

The MIM wants Hyderabad to be interim capital for less than two years, and the area to be the 17-sq km Khairatabad mandal.

The MIM wanted the Old City tagged as backward and providing it a Rs 5,000-crore package. It wanted Urdu as the first official language along with Telugu in Telangana and second official language in AP. It wanted airports at Warangal, Nizamabad and Khammam. (మరింత…)

Raising Assembly Constituencies in Telangana is disaster – Gautam Pingle జనవరి 13, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BJP, Congress, elections, Hyderabad, MIM, Settler, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Raising MLA Seats to 153 Will Spell Doom for Telangana State
Gautam Pingle, The New Indian Express, 13 January 2014

The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill-2013 fixes the Parliamentary constituencies for the successor states and Assembly constituencies for residuary Andhra Pradesh. Where the Telangana Assembly is concerned, there is unequal treatment. While Section 16 sets the total figure for Telangana Assembly constituencies at 119, Sections 17 and 18 of the Bill provide only for a “Provisional Telangana Legislative Assembly” consisting of the current 119 MLAs. It omits the list of the Assembly constituencies in the Second Schedule (Table A), to be filled later by the Election Commission. The Election Commission (advised by five local MLAs!!) will then restructure all Telangana Assembly constituencies before the election of a permanent Telangana Legislative Assembly.

This is a devious scheme of Shashidhar Reddy, who has organised a Telangana Congress group to increase the number of Assembly seats to 153; two more in each Parliamentary constituency. For the last 10 years, the Congressmen in the state have enjoyed power without responsibility for Telangana. Now, using Sonia Gandhi’s firm and unshakable support for Telangana statehood, some unemployed hopefuls and “late Latifs” want to jump on the Telangana bandwagon and get elected. Without Sonia and Telangana they would have lost their deposits if they dared to try. (మరింత…)

Amend Telangana Bill to dissolve existing TRANSCO & GENCO: Raghu జనవరి 12, 2014

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Telangana power staff seek amendment to Bill
Deccan Chronicle, 2 January 2014

Hyderabad: The Telangana Electricity Employee JAC on Wednesday sought an amendment to the Telangana Bill to address the issues arising out of the proposed bifurcation in the power sector in Andhra Pradesh.

“The proposed bill does not have any provision for dissolution of the corporations. We have proposed an amendment to incorporate a provision for this and formation of separate corporations for successive states. Since almost all projects have legal issues, the involvement of two states and a single corporation will be difficult from an administrative point of view,” said K. Raghu, coordinator of the Telangana Electricity Employees JAC. (మరింత…)

Pandemonium in AP Assembly on AP Reorganisation Bill జనవరి 9, 2014

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AP House adjourned twice as Telangana stalemate continues

Unrelenting TDP and YSR Congress members continued from where they left yesterday, storming the Speaker’s podium and preventing the House from transacting business

Press Trust of India, Hyderabad, January 7, 2014

Pandemonium prevailed in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly as no end appeared in sight to the ongoing impasse over the state bifurcation issue, leading to adjournment of proceedings twice this morning.

Unrelenting legislators of Telugu Desam and YSR Congress continued from where they left yesterday, storming the Speaker’s podium and preventing the House from transacting business.

The Telangana Rashtra Samiti MLAs too joined in, raising pro-Telangana slogans.

The Speaker reminded the agitating members of the decision taken at the Business Advisory Committee meeting yesterday and appealed them to let the debate on the draft AP Reorganisation Bill be taken up. (మరింత…)