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“No settler here, even I’m from outside”: KTR జనవరి 16, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, Andhrapreneurship, Economy, elections, GHMC, Identity, KTR, Mulki, politics, regionalism, Settler, Telangana, TRS.
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“No settler here, even I’m from outside”

KTR says strong passions are passé and the government has to take everyone along

Panchayat Raj Minister K.T. Rama Rao made it clear that the city’s population does not lend itself for clustering into “settlers” and “non-settlers”, as most residents here are migrants from other places.

“Even I am not from here. I migrated from Siddipet. In fact, even America is a country of immigrants,” he said, at the ‘Meet the Press’ event organised by the Telangana State Union of Working Journalists here on Tuesday.

“It is true that we had given slogans like ‘Jaago, Bhaago’, and we are not apologetic about it now. Such were the passions then, when leaders from Andhra tried to hinder Telangana State. Today the passions are not there. We have to take everyone along. This is the government, even for those who didn’t vote for us,” Mr. Rao elaborated, responding to a statement that local people are angry with government’s efforts to please “settlers”. (మరింత…)

‘Settlers’ hold the key- GHMC Elections జనవరి 16, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, Andhrapreneurship, AP Reorganisation Bill, elections, GHMC, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, Settler, Telangana, TRS.
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N Rahul, The Hindu, January 11, 2016

All parties, without exception, are scrambling for votes of ‘settlers’, particularly of Andhra Pradesh origin, in the elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, as they constitute a sizeable population and have the potential to swing the results.

The ruling TRS has tried to impress on the section that the dividing line between people of AP and Telangana origin had withered away after the general elections in 2014 when they voted overwhelmingly in favour of Telugu Desam Party and the BJP. The Opposition, however, reminded them that the scars from wounds of bifurcation were still visible. This was clearly visible from the tweet of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s son Lokesh in the hash tag ‘#HyderabadBarbaad’, wherein he said “two faced TRS proves it again. One that cries foul at settlers for votes, another that sympathises them, again for votes.”

The Commercial Taxes Minister T. Srinivas Yadav displayed the goodies of TRS for settlers at a press conference here on Sunday, when he said he would be visiting Bheemavaram and other places in East and West Godavari districts to participate in Sankranti celebrations. Mr. Yadav had been going there for several years to take part in cockfights during the festival, but this time, he said, it was only to celebrate. (మరింత…)

Telangana legislative council polls: TRS bags 4 seats, Congress wins 2 డిసెంబర్ 31, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, elections, Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda, politics, Telangana, TRS.
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Telangana Legislative Council polls: TRS bags 4 seats, Congress wins 2

PTI, 30 December 2015
Hyderabad: In a relief to Congress, the main opposition party today managed to win two out of six seats in Legislative Council polls in Telangana, though the ruling TRS bagged the remaining four.

Congress won one seat in Mahabubnagar district and the Nalgonda district constituency. Elections were held on December 27 to fill six seats from local authorities constituencies in the Legislative Council. (మరింత…)

TRS wants Chief Minister’s Post, lets stop abusing each other – KCR ఏప్రిల్ 5, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, drama, elections, Mulki, Polavaram, SC, Settler, Telangana, TRS, YSR.
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Telengana Rashtriya Samiti is aiming for chief minister’s post: KCR
DC Correspondent, April 05, 2014

Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K. Chandrasekhar Rao, who released the party election manifesto for 2014 Assembly and Lok Sabha polls on Friday, asserted that the party was eyeing the chief minister’s chair.

The TRS also announced the first list of the party’s Assembly candidates and ruled out alliances and asserted that the party will go it alone in the 2014 Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

Referring to Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president Ponnala Lakshmaiah’s maiah’s remark that the TRS had ignored an alliance with the Congress for the CM’s post, Mr Chandrasekhar Rao surprised everyone by saying that the party indeed was aiming for the chief minister’s post. (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…)

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…)

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

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Congress, elections, Hyderabad, Identity, Polavaram, politics, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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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…)

Rayala Telangana: Rank Political Opportunism డిసెంబర్ 5, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, BJP, Congress, corruption, drama, elections, Hyderabad, Identity, MIM, Mulki, Muslim, Polavaram, Rayalaseema, Reddy, regionalism, Settler, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Y S Jagan.
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Dangerous opportunism
The Hindu, December 4, 2013

Telangana is now close to statehood on the strength of an untiring, intense mass struggle that had its basis in the assertion of historical political identities. To allow electoral calculations to decide the contours of the new state is to undermine the legitimacy of the aspirations that fuelled the original demand for statehood. Nothing but sheer political opportunism explains the new proposal to enlarge the proposed state by adding two districts of the Rayalaseema region, Kurnool and Anantapur, to create what in popular parlance has come to be known as Rayala-Telangana. This idea that has sprung out of cynical political calculations is ill-conceived, militating as it does against considered rationale for state formation. The proposal for Telangana in its original form includes only ten districts of Andhra Pradesh. That there is no popular underpinning for this concept either from the Telangana movement or the two districts shows that it is a politically-driven calculation. To think such a forced political union could solve some of the difficulties in sharing water resources post-bifurcation is naïve. If anything, the merger would add to the existing difficulties arising out of the bifurcation.

Will Kiran Kumar Reddy ditch Cong for new party? అక్టోబర్ 27, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Congress, elections, politics, Rayalaseema, Telangana.
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Will Telangana push Kiran Reddy into ditching Cong for new party?
PS Jayaram, October 23, 2013 Firstpost.Politics

As a former cricketer who captained the Hyderabad Under-22 team, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy firmly believes that the game is not over till the last ball is bowled. For this 53-year-old sportsman-turned-politician, the Telangana game is far from over.

But, with the UPA government remaining firm on its decision to create a Telangana state despite mass agitations, does he have too many options? Will the battle-scarred chief minister, lacking in political acumen and mass support base, really take the plunge and float a new regional party as is being speculated in political circles? These are some of the questions doing the rounds in the state about to go under the Centre’s knife.

A quick scan of Kiran Reddy’s political journey since 1989 when he was first elected to the assembly does look impressive at first glance, but in reality there is nothing even vaguely exciting about the four-time legislator. Yes, he did hold a couple of important positions, including that of government chief whip and assembly speaker, before he was catapulted to the hot seat in 2010 by the Congress high command, but that hardly says much about him as a leader. (మరింత…)

Seemandhra Union Ministers toe high command’s line అక్టోబర్ 19, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, Congress, elections, Sonia, Telangana.
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Seemandhra Union Ministers toe high command’s line
Special Correspondent, The Hindu, Hyderabad October 17, 2013

Union Ministers from the Seemandhra region have fallen hook, line and sinker for their party high command’s bait and dropped their plans to resign. They, instead, are focusing their attention on bargaining for a better deal for the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh.

One after the other, the Union Ministers are singing the high command’s tune and putting on the back burner their fight against the division of the State. Their statements in the last couple of days explain their helplessness in fighting against the high command decision on division. As against their aggressive posture earlier, they now appear in a conciliatory mood as the Centre has constituted Group of Ministers to address the issues that need resolution. (మరింత…)