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Telangana – Provincialization of Indian politics: Mukul Kesavan ఫిబ్రవరి 27, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, Andhra, BJP, Congress, Economy, Mulki, politics, regionalism, Telangana, TRS.
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Lessons of Telangana
– The Congress and the provincialization of Indian politics

Mukul Kesavan The Telegraph, February 27, 2014

Elections have a way of clarifying political realities. The great political trend of the last twenty years has been the shift in the balance of power between the Centre and the states in favour of the latter. Never was this more startlingly demonstrated than by Jayalalithaa’s response to the Supreme Court’s decision to commute the death sentences imposed on three of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins. Jayalalithaa told the Central government that the logic of the Supreme Court’s ruling allowed her to remit the sentences of all seven prisoners being held for the assassination and to release them with near-immediate effect.

The DMK, nominally allied to the Congress, supported the chief minister’s inspired political ambush and newspapers (even disapproving ones) hailed Jayalalithaa’s announcement as a master stroke. Tamil sentiment, it seemed, saw the prisoners as martyrs, not killers. The assassinated former prime minister had no all-India constituency that mattered in the country today; his assassins, by virtue of their commitment to a Tamil cause, did.
The Congress’s desperate sponsorship of the Telangana bill further underlined the difficulty national parties face in whipping provincial leaders into line. One parliamentary tableau summed up the Congress’s predicament: the prime minister made his big Telangana speech from behind a protective wall of Congress members of Parliament even as anti-Telangana MPs tore up paper in the well of the house and tossed the shreds about, chanting like the votaries of some new but energetic sect. Also in the well, but a little to the rear, stood that ardent champion of akhand Andhra, Derek O’Brien of the Trinamul Congress, waving a banner in solidarity.

The moment the Telangana bill was passed in Parliament, the Congress chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh resigned from the chief ministership and renounced his membership of the Congress. No longer could the leadership of an all-India party bring provincial chieftains to heel; even the arbitrary authority of the Congress’s vaunted High Command counted for little with state leaders who had to reckon with popular sentiment in their provincial constituencies. (మరింత…)

Major developments in recent Telangana history ఫిబ్రవరి 25, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, G.O 610, Godavari, Hyderabad, Identity, Jai Andhra, movement, Mulki, Nizam, Polavaram, Settler, SRC, Telangana, TRS, YSR.
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Major developments in history of Telangana
IANS, February 18,2014

HYDERABAD: With the Lok Sabha passing the bill for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, decks have been cleared for formation of Telangana as 29th state in India. Following are the major events in the history of Telangana since 1948:

1948: Indian Army annexes princely state of Hyderabad, which comprised different regions including Telangana.

1950: Telangana became Hyderabad State.

1952: First elections held in Hyderabad State.

Nov 1, 1956: Telangana merged with Andhra State, which was carved out of Madras State, to form Andhra Pradesh, a united state for Telugu-speaking people.

1969: ‘Jai Telangana’ movement for separate statehood to Telangana began. Over 300 people killed in police firing. (మరింత…)

Two Telugu states, one poll issue – Telangana ఫిబ్రవరి 25, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, BJP, Congress, corruption, elections, Hyderabad, Kamma, Kapu, MIM, Polavaram, Reddy, Settler, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Y S Jagan.
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LS elections: Telangana is the only poll issue in both states
D P Satish, IBNLive.com, February 24, 2014

There are two clear winners and many losers in the run up to the battle for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The creation of Telangana is likely to boost the political prospects of two political parties – Telangana Rashra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) in Andhra Pradesh. The Congress, which is staring at decimation is likely to retain its hold over Telangana. The TDP led by N Chandrababu Naidu may end up as the biggest loser on both sides in the whole exercise.

YS Jagan Mohan Reddy of the YSRCP has been the most vocal critic of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and he is likely to reap the benefits in Andhra Pradesh. His main rival the TDP may lose because of its ambiguous stand on the division of AP. The TDP’s proximity to the BJP leadership may also go against the party.

In AP (Seemandhra), people are angry with both the Congress and the BJP for joining hands to divide their state. According to TDP sources Chandrababu Naidu, who was earlier planning to go with the BJP, is now rethinking. (మరింత…)

Political parties lose in Telangana ఫిబ్రవరి 21, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, BJP, compromise, Congress, corruption, Hyderabad, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Telangana wins, political parties lose
Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr, DNA, New Delhi, February 19, 2014

Did the Congress win a desperate gambit at the last minute when it gathered courage to push through the Telangana bill in the teeth of Seemandhra opposition? Or is it a pyrrhic victory because prediction all around is that the Congress will be voted out of office after a decade-long stint at the Centre this summer?
It is clear that the Telangana decision will result in total decimation of the Congress in Seemandhra region. It is for this reason that Seemandhra Congress MPs have been vehemently and passionately opposing the Telangana bill. They could see that this was a political death warrant for them.

The YSR Congress Party led by Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, which has been shouting from rooftops that it is for a united Andhra Pradesh hopes to gain the most in Seemandhra with its 25 Lok Sabha and 175 assembly seats from this decision. His main opponent is the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) led by N. Chandrababu Naidu, whose political star has been waning for the last decade and who is now looking to revive his political fortunes.

The Congress stands to, or hopes to, gain in Telangana with its 17 Lok Sabha and 119 assembly seats. But it cannot enjoy the political dividend in splendid isolation. It has to share the laurel and the glory with Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) of K. Chandrasekhara Rao, because it is TRS and Rao who had steadfastly spearheaded the demand for a separate Telangana, and Congress’s central leaders in the party and in the government did not show an unwavering commitment which was the virtue of TRS.

Congress may lose out this time around in Seemandhra, and the party leaders and MPs are reconciled to the imminent drubbing, but they are quite confident that they will remain a factor in both Seemandhra and Telangana in the long run. (మరింత…)

Telangana is 29th state of India ఫిబ్రవరి 18, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, Andhrapreneurship, BJP, Congress, Essays, Godavari, Hyderabad, Identity, Koya, Polavaram, SC, Settler, ST, Telangana, TRS.
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At last Lok Sabha passed the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill and Telangana is 29th state of India.

The drama about what will happen and whether the bill be passed in 15th Lok Sabha, is over. Many political parties started shedding tears and shouting for justice to seemandhra region and more time for consultation. These parties dont feel awkward for lacking proper understanding on the issue but contested 2004 or 2009 or both elections on the promise of separate Telangana and included separate Telangana in the election manifestos. The absurd logic that victim can’t be freed without consent of the perpetrator of violence, has been displayed in myriad colours and shades in Telugu politics. Every political party in Andhra Pradesh intervened to ensure justice to Seemandhra region although they were in support of the demand for Telangana state. (మరింత…)

Cabinet Clears Telangana Bill ఫిబ్రవరి 8, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, BJP, Congress, Hyderabad, Koya, Mulki, Polavaram, Settler, Telangana.
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Cabinet clears Telangana Bill
B Muralidhar Reddy, The Hindu, New Delhi, February 8, 2014

Hyderabad will not be UT, there is no Rayala Telangana either

The Union Cabinet on Friday cleared the Bill for creation of Telangana, paving the way for its introduction in Parliament on February 11 or 12.

The key demands of Seemandhra leaders that Hyderabad be made a Union Territory and that Rayala Telangana be created were rejected, putting a question mark on the fate of the Bill in Parliament.
While the Bill as sent by the Andhra Pradesh Assembly would be commended to Parliament for consideration and passage, the government would move 32 official amendments, amplifying some administrative aspects on the bifurcation of the State.

The Bill will be tabled along with a summary of 30-odd pages on the proceedings in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and Council, and a number of amendments proposed by the State legislators.

With the Cabinet’s clearance, UPA managers are now faced with the challenge of getting Congress MPs from Seemandhra on board. As things stand, there is little chance that they will cooperate in its passage. The determination of Seemandhra MPs to stall the move was evident as Parliament was paralysed for the third consecutive day on Friday.

A senior Minister told The Hindu, “In effect, no big changes were made to the original Bill. One of the amendments proposed is to include the villages that would be submerged on account of the Polavaram project in Seemandhra.” (మరింత…)

BJP & other parties not to pass Telangana Bill in ‘haste’ ఫిబ్రవరి 3, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, BJP, Congress, corruption, drama, Settler, Telangana, TRS, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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No smooth passage for Telangana Bill
Our Bureau, Business Line, New Delhi, February 3, 2014

Why pass key Bills at the 11th hour, ask Opposition parties

Ahead of the start of the last session of the 15th Lok Sabha, the fate of Telangana and 40 other Bills is hanging fire as the Opposition seems to be in no mood to cooperate with the Government.

After an all-party meeting convened by the Government, it looked like a majority of the parties, even those who are supporting the Government, are not ready for discussions on crucial Bills. Other than the Vote on Account, it seemed unlikely that the Government will be able to evolve a consensus, either on Telangana or the anti-corruption legislations which have been cited as “top priority”. In all likelihood, the session is thus expected to transact very little business other than the Vote on Account. (మరింత…)

TRS drums up support for Telangana Bill in Parliament session ఫిబ్రవరి 3, 2014

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TRS drums up support for Telangana Bill ahead of Parl session
PTI, New Delhi February 2, 2014

With the Telangana Bill expected to come up in Parliament during the session beginning February 5, TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao today held a series of meetings with leaders of regional parties to garner support for the bill.

Rao called on RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan here. Later in the evening, he is expected to meet JD(U) president Sharad Yadav at the latter’s residence.

According to Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) sources, Lalu Prasad had responded positively to their appeal. (మరింత…)

Jagan to Tour Telangana with Samaikyandhra demand ఫిబ్రవరి 3, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Godavari, Hyderabad, Polavaram, politics, Rayalaseema, Settler, Telangana, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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Jagan Promises to Tour Telangana to Campaign for AP
P Hareesh, The New Indian Express, Idupulapaya, 3 February 2014

YSRC chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday announced that he would visit Telangana to drum up support for his party in its struggle to keep the State united. Speaking at the party’s second plenary at the YSR family estate here — where he was elected unopposed as the party president — he sought to address issues bothering the party, be it his perceived rift with his sister Sharmila, divisions in his camp or the party’s lost ground in the Telangana region.

While asserting his commitment to Samaikyandhra, he said he would tour Telangana even as a discernible effort was made at the conclave to downplay reports of a complete wipe out of the party in the region. Interestingly, at the party’s first plenary four years ago, Jagan had said he respected the Telangana sentiment but expressed his inability to either carve out a separate State or prevent it. (మరింత…)

Telangana Bill with 9000 odd amendments & suggestions of AP MLAs sent to the President ఫిబ్రవరి 3, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Hyderabad, Polavaram, politics, Rayalaseema, Settler, Sonia, Telangana.
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Telangana Bill with suggested changes to reach MHA today
Sreenivas Janyala, The Financial Express, Hyderabad, February 3, 2014

As many as 50 copies of Telangana Bill with 9,000-odd amendments/ suggestions will be submitted to Union Home Secretary.

The AP Reorganisation Bill, 2013 will reach New Delhi Monday in two batches. Officials will leave with the first batch of the document at 6 am, and the second batch will leave by the 9:45 am flight.

As many as 50 copies of the Telangana Bill with 9,000-odd amendments/ suggestions submitted by MLAs attached, and weighing 300 kg, will be submitted to Union Home Secretary by Monday afternoon. The Union Home Ministry will forward it to the President.

Racing against time, 30 officials drawn from General Administration and other departments led by Chief Secretary P K Mohanty worked overtime and, assisted by 60 Telugu-to-English translators, prepared the copies to be sent to the President. (మరింత…)