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A Separate State, Yes, But On Whose Land? Madhavi Tata సెప్టెంబర్ 21, 2013

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A Separate State, Yes, But On Whose Land?
Government officials themselves admit in private that bogus ration cards are circulating in some districts
Madhavi Tata, Outlook India, September 16, 2013

The food security bill brings with it fresh headaches for Andhra Pradesh, a state with an elaborate public distribution system. Government officials themselves admit in private that bogus ration cards are circulating in some districts of the state. When Outlook visited villages in Telangana’s Mahabubnagar district, it found that many had not even heard of either the food security bill or the land acquisition one, but welcomed any extra largesse that would come their way. Represented by TRS supremo K. Chandrasekhara Rao in Parliament, backward Mahabubnagar has a high migrant population that often travels to Maharashtra to look for jobs in the summer.

Land, on the other hand, is an issue in the villages of Polepally, Mudireddipally and Rayapally. Several small farmers were displaced when an SEZ came up in the area. Proud landowners once, some of them now work as security guards, cleaners, labourers, coolies or ply autos around the SEZ. Mudiraj Kothatelugu, 18, runs one such auto in Polepally now, and says his family spent most of the money they got in repaying loans. His father now works as a farm labourer in other villages. While politicians would sometimes show up for solidarity, their displacement issues really have not been addressed, says Balaiah Goud who is now working as a guard in the SEZ. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi, he says, has let them down. “It was under the Congress government that we were displaced. What is the use of a Telangana statehood when our own land is taken away from us,” asks Kishtaram Sarojanamma, a farm coolie, indicating which way her vote will go. The land acquisition law comes too late for them. (మరింత…)

TRS scraped through in Parkal జూన్ 16, 2012

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Parkal result a wake up call for Telangana Rashtra Samithi
Arun Kumar Govindraj, TNN, June 16, 2012

HYDERABAD: The close finish in Parkal between K Chandrasekhar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSR Congress has thrown up serious questions about the strength of the ongoing separate Telangana movement with the TRS itself admitting that it needs to regroup and introspect.

TRS ought to be worried by the slender majority of 1,562 votes by which its candidate Moluguri Bikshapati won as Parkal lies in the heart of Telangana statehood movement — Warangal. TRS earlier had boasted that it would win by a majority of 35,000-40,000 votes. But evidently, the voter was equally divided between the pro-Telangana protagonist and a party which espouses the united Andhra cause.

In fact, the fight turned out to be a bit like a T-20 cricket match with leads swinging back and forth between the TRS and YSR CP. Bhikhapati, who was leading comfortably with 5,999-vote lead till the 12th round, slipped to a slender majority of 283 votes in the 17th round. At one point, YSR CP’s Konda Surekha led by 16 votes. The TRS candidate gained in the last 19th round and snatched victory. But where did the TRS calculations go wrong? The Friday’s result is not only a wake up call for the party but raises questions on the effectiveness of the movement. (మరింత…)

Jagan’s wealth makes every Telugu family rich by Rs 9.0 lakhs జూన్ 9, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, Congress, corruption, Economy, elections, GHMC, heritage, Hyderabad, Polavaram, politics, Rangareddy, Rayalaseema, regionalism, SEZ, Telangana, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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Jagan Mohan Reddy is worth Rs 16,97,335 crore: TDP
Sreenivas Janyala, The Indian Express, Hyderabad, June 09 2012

The CBI is likely to take cognisance of a file prepared by the ruling Congress government that reportedly puts assets of Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy far in excess of what has been reported.

The file was prepared after six ministers who also served in the YSR Cabinet came under CBI scrutiny for alleged role in alloting land and mining leases and granting favours to companies preferred by Jagan.

The file has found its way into offices of opposition parties, including the TDP, and the latter claims that the case made out by the CBI in its three charge-sheets so far against Jagan and his aides is just the tip of the iceberg.

According to the TDP, the YSR Congress chief owns 94,038 acres of land, valued at Rs 33,935 crore, and possesses mining leases for over 1,81,079 acres of land with a total turnover of Rs 16,63,400 crore.

Some claims in the file

Jagan is the actual owner of 822 acres of limestone mines allotted to Penna Cements. The reported turnover: Rs 3,600 crore.

Jagan owns 250 acres worth Rs 500 crore in the name of Tanla Solutions in Ranga Reddy district.

Owns 750 acres in Indu, Stargage, Brahmani SEZ worth Rs 1,500 crore; and 595 acres in Nadargul in Ranga Reddy district worth Rs 1,800 crore.

Owns 800 acres of limestone mines in Kurnool through Penna Cements worth Rs 3,000 crore.

About 329 acres of land allotted to OMC and Anantapur Mining Company owned by Gali Janardhana Reddy are owned by Jagan and the land is valued at Rs 10,000 crore.

Industrialist Indu Syam Prasad Reddy, an associate of Jagan, was allotted 8,844 acres to set up the Lepakshi Knowledge Hub at Anantapur and the land is valued at Rs 1,000 crore. (మరింత…)

YSR gifts 20,000 acres to private companies for Rs 850 crore transfer to Jagan companies మార్చి 6, 2012

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Jagan companies got Rs 850 crore from YSR gift of 20,000 acres to private firms

TNN, March 6, 2012

HYDERABAD: Laying bare the quid pro quo arrangement that allegedly took place in the Jagan assets case, the CBI on Monday told the special court that the YS Rajasekhara Reddy regime gifted away over 20,000 acres of government land to private companies and individuals who in turn invested about Rs 850 crore in the companies that were floated by the late chief minister’s son Jaganmohan Reddy

The investigation agency made this startling disclosure while opposing the bail petition of V Vijay Sai Reddy, financial advisor to various firms of Jagan and an accused in the assets case, when the matter came up for hearing on Monday. B Ravindranath, deputy legal advisor of the probe agency said, in all, the YSR regime gave away 20,000 acres of government land across the state to private firms and individuals who, as part of the quid pro quo arrangement, invested Rs 850 crore in the Jagan companies. “All these land allotments were made bypassing rules. The land is now being misused contrary to the condition and purpose of their allotments,” the CBI counsel said. It was Vijay Sai Reddy who played a crucial role in channelizing all the funds that came from the beneficiaries of these allotments. He is not merely a financial auditor, but the key conspirator in such dealings, the counsel said. (మరింత…)

Political Empowerment of Telangana – CH. Hanumantha Rao ఫిబ్రవరి 21, 2012

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Political Empowerment of Telangana – Key Lesson from Encouraging Performance of Smaller States

C.H. Hanumantha Rao

1. Introduction

Achieving economic growth with social justice has always been the foremost objective of economic planning in India since independence. Although the achievements in this respect have been substantial, the growth achieved was much slower than planned and reduction of poverty was also slow. It was after the launching of economic reforms in the early 1990s that the growth rate of the economy accelerated, but the reduction of poverty became even slower with rising inequalities in income. In view of this, the plan strategy was reviewed and the Eleventh Five Year Plan aimed at achieving faster and inclusive growth. In the last few years, however, issues like the degradation of environment and large-scale displacement of people and destruction of their livelihoods, especially in tribal areas, on account of indiscriminate mining and certain other projects have come into sharp focus. Responding to these growing concerns, the Government of India has recently come out with the three-fold strategy of faster, inclusive and sustainable development during the Twelfth Five Year Plan. (మరింత…)

YSRC to contest all byelections డిసెంబర్ 23, 2011

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YSRC decides to contest all bypolls
Express News Service, The New Indian Express, Dec 23, 2011

HYDERABAD: The YSR Congress (YSRC) has decided to contest all the byelections, including those in Telangana, which will have to be held if the speaker disqualifies 17 MLAs who defied their party whips to vote against the Kiran Kumar Reddy Congress government in the no-trust vote on December 5.

The party’s president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy made this clear to the band of elected reps that are currently sailing with him in a meeting he convened at his Lotus Pond residence here on Thursday.
Sources said the Kadapa MP is planning to tour Telangana as a preparatory step towards the byelections. (మరింత…)

Sakala Janula Samme- 11 years agitation for separate state సెప్టెంబర్ 14, 2011

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KCR warns state against suppressing T-movement
Deccan Chronicle, September 13, 2011, Karimnagar

The TRS chief, Mr K. Chandrasekhar Rao, warned the state government of serious repercussions if it attempts to crush the government employees Sakala Janula Samme (i mass agitation for Telangana, that begins on Tuesday. Mr Rao announced a rasta roko programme across Telangana on Tuesday in support of the agitation by the cinema bandh on September 14 and 15, a blockade of national highways on September 18 to cut off any road link between the South and North, followed by other agitations to be announced by the TJAC

“I need to caution you. We fought for 11 years. If we can’t achieve Telangana now, will they (Seemandhra leaders) allow us to live? They will bury us in Patala Lokam,” he warned the supporters. (మరింత…)

It will not be a clean sweep for TRS: CPI జూన్ 26, 2010

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It will not be a clean sweep for TRS: Narayana

Express News Service, 27 Jun 2010

VIJAYAWADA: Communist Party of India state secretary K Narayana has prophesied that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi would retain majority of the seats in the byelections to the Assembly. It would not be a clean sweep for the TRS, nor the result would have any bearing on the formation of Telangana state, he said.

Speaking to press persons here today, he said the CPI would not contest the elections as its results would have no impact in the state, he said.

He wondered why the TRS MPs, including the party supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao, had not resigned in support of the party MLAs if they were really committed to the separate state issue.

The CPI would maintain a neutral stand and not issue a whip to the party workers on whom to vote in the byelections. Disclosing the resolutions passed at the three day party state council meeting in the city, he said that they would launch Bhuporatam (land struggle) at 150 centres in the state on July 5. (మరింత…)

స్వరాష్ట్రం, స్థానికులకే ఉద్యోగం, సహజీవనం TRS demands 80% jobs to locals in private sector మార్చి 29, 2010

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TRS demands 80% jobs for locals in T region
TNN, Mar 29, 2010, 05.41am IST

HYDERABAD: Following the footsteps of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), the TRS has decided to launch an agitation demanding 80 per cent jobs to locals in private and corporate sectors in the Telangana region.

TRS politburo member and former MP B Vinod Kumar said the party was conducting a survey to find out the percentage of jobs offered to Telangana people in every private company owned by industrialists belonging to non-T region or other states.

Alleging that the private companies are giving priority to people from other regions, he said after getting a detailed report, TRS will write letters to all such managements asking them to provide jobs to locals. If they do not fall in line, TRS will organise “gate crash agitations” and force them to shut units.

The TRS also demanded the government to bring changes in the new industrial policy, to be unveiled in April first week, facilitating more employment opportunities to local people in private sector. The TRS was demanding jobs to people based on their “origin”. (మరింత…)

Political economy, regional articulation డిసెంబర్ 18, 2009

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Political economy, regional articulation

R Uma Maheswari
New Indian Express: 17 Dec 2009 12:40:31 AM IST

If Telangana were a mere ‘sentiment’ as it is made out to be, it wouldn’t have evoked this nature of resistance in the Andhra Pradesh state assembly and elsewhere. Not unless there is a stronger force with a strong reason on the other side. There is a history to it that needs to be given due credit, even if not accepted, or even adequately understood.

Regional allegiances are intricately interwoven with political-economic developments in Andhra Pradesh since 1956. All the political leaders who have resigned or are crowding to resign are from the Andhra-‘Rayalaseema’ belt. A simple statistical survey should show that historically the coastal Andhra belt has transformed rather smoothly from a richly provided for agricultural zone (with heavy commercial farming) to a power centre. Problems in coastal Andhra that do not always come to light lie in the nature and extent of land alienation of the tribal communities and exploitation of Dalits who are mostly daily wage earners. They do not figure in the epicentre. Most of the older zamindars from the coastal belt gradually gained in the form of education and set up industries and even post-Independence retained ownership of vast acres of agricultural land despite various rules. It is these classes (and upper castes) of Andhra people who have attained political predominance. On the other hand are the former factionist leaders from the upper castes from the relatively poor stretch of Rayalaseema who entered politics through guns and battles and economic prosperity.

Telangana has had a distinct historical process, having been part of the Nizam’s Dominions, and its own history of oppression under the Nizam rule and its own nature of encounters with the British, distinct from the Madras Presidency areas which are included the present-day coastal Andhra. This difference has its own significant role in political aspirations and expressions of communities from these regions and is in no small way a cause for uneven development of the regions within a merged Andhra Pradesh or Visalandhra of the ’50s. (మరింత…)