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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…)

YSRC faces no trouble to campaign in Parkal bypolls జూన్ 8, 2012

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Jagan mother Vijaya Lakshmi faces no trouble in Telangana region

Agencies: Warangal , Jun 08 2012

YSR Congress leader Y S Vijaya Lakshmi had a smooth passage in Telangana region during her campaign for the June 12 by-polls, unlike other top leaders from non-Telangana regions who have faced anger of supporters of the separate statehood.

Vijaya Lakshmi and her daughter Sharmila recently campaigned in Parkal Assembly segment in Warangal district, the hotbed of statehood agitation, for the YSR Congress’s Konda Surekha.

Top leaders including TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and even YSR Congress president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had faced strong protests, often violent, from Telangana supporters.

Jagan had to abort his plan to undertake `odarpu yatra’ in Warangal district two years ago following violent clashes between his supporters and pro-Telangana supporters at Mahabubabad railway station.

But Vijaya Lakshmi had a smooth going mainly because TRS and Telangana political Joint Action Committee (JAC) decided not to oppose her campaign. TRS, however, asked why Jagan held a placard in support of united Andhra Pradesh in Parliament couple of years ago, while JAC wanted Vijaya Lakshmi to spell out her party’s stand on the separate statehood demand. (మరింత…)

Politics of targeting Dr Cheruku Sudhakar : K Ramachandra Murthy డిసెంబర్ 10, 2011

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Cheruku Sudhakar, a Test Case!
The Hans India, December 10, 2011
K Ramachandra Murthy

Soon after the untenable PD Act was revoked, the dreaded NSA was invoked. It is entirely unwarranted and unethical

“First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the communists and I did not speak out, because I was not a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out, because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me”.

This was the confession of a German pastor Niemoeler who was taken away by the Nazis during the Second World War. The decision of the State government on Tuesday to order detention of Cheruku Sudhakar for 12 months in jail under the National Security Act (NSA) reminded me of the pastor’s plight as quoted by noted journalist and diplomat Kuldip Nayar in his book ‘Judgment’ which was written after he came out of prison as the Emergency was lifted in 1977.

Dr Cheruku Sudhakar was with PDSU when he was a student. I was not with that organization as a student. He worked for Janashakti group of Chandra Pullareddy. I don’t subscribe to the ideology of that party. Far from it. He differed with CP group on caste question and joined Veeranna group of Telangana Mahasabha. (మరింత…)

Is this the final war for Telangana? Tehelka అక్టోబర్ 14, 2011

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Is this the final war for Telangana?
Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy K, Tehelka 13 October 2011

Despite growing resentment among city dwellers over continued disruption of life, supporters of a separate state seem reluctant to budge

On 13 October, the indefinite Sakala Janula Samme or people’s strike entered its 30th day. The strike called by Telangana Political Joint Action Committee (T-JAC), a forum of political parties, students’ organisations, state government employees’ organisations and other JACs has paralysed the governance and economy in the Telangana region, that has for long been the hotbed of protests demanding statehood for itself. And it has not just been Telangana that has borne the brunt of shutdowns but the main city of Hyderabad too, especially the IT-based new economy.

The Samme, which started on 13 September, has garnered preemptive support from lectures, revenue employees and other major departments of state government, miners of Singareni coal mines and a few other state government undertakings. This has ensured the immediate shutdown of colleges, universities, bus services of Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC), law courts including Andhra Pradesh High Court, revenue and government services. The joining of government teachers and private school managements within three days of the start of the strike also led to the closure of schools in the region (మరింత…)

Form Telangana now – T K Arun అక్టోబర్ 7, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Articles, bandh, Congress, Economy, elections, Hyderabad, Identity, livelihoods, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, Telangana, TRS, Uttara Andhra.
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Form Telangana now
TK Arun, Economic Times, October 06, 2011

As Telangana burns, the Congress fiddles — with its electoral fortunes in all three regions of Andhra Pradesh and with credibility across the nation. The buzz is that the Congress wants to announce the new state only on the eve of the next assembly elections in 2014.

The calculation behind such thinking would perhaps be clear to the Hottentots, whose world of numbers used to have three elements: 1, 2 and many. The rest of us can only gape in awe.

The roadblock on Telangana, we are told, comes from West Bengal, in the form of Mamata Banerjee’s sensitivities on Gorkhaland: if Telangana is granted, it would strengthen separatist demands in Darjeeling. Neither the sense nor the sensibility on Telangana will change, as far as Ms Banerjee goes, by 2014. If the Congress can bite the bullet then, it might as well put its teeth to good use now.

Another argument is that the Congress cannot be seen to be buckling under pressure. Granted, the entire nation and Anna Hazare know the Congress is guided only by principle and never by pressure. That said, the worry that the Congress would, if it forms the new state under pressure, cede ground to the TRS that has been spearheading the agitation for Telangana is altogether misplaced.

Andhra Pradesh was formed under pressure, after Potti Sreeramulu died fasting for a separate Andhra state to be carved out of the erstwhile Madras Presidency, in 1952. Despite what today’s Congress logicians would deem to be abject surrender under pressure, the Congress formed all successive governments in Andhra Pradesh till the early 1980s.
Respecting popular sentiment is a core value of democracy, provided that sentiment does not conflict with equally core values such as protecting fundamental rights of individuals and groups. This qualification is, of course, what separates democracy from mobocracy. Respecting the wishes of the people of Telangana for a state of their own amounts to recognising and acting out popular sentiment, not yielding to pressure.

But TRS would certainly have the upper hand, to begin with. Dealing with that is normal politics. The way some Telangana agitators have turned into protection racketeers who take money for not targeting particular commercial installations is a source of popular revulsion that is waiting to be tapped. (మరింత…)

Sakala Janula Samme, a people’s movement: India Today l సెప్టెంబర్ 30, 2011

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People power driving Telangana agitation
A Srinivasa Rao, India Today, September 30, 2011

The demand for a separate Telangana state appears to have slipped out of the hands of political parties and their leaders. It has turned into a genuine people’s movement, if the 17-day long “Sakala Janula Samme” (movement by people of all sections) is any indication.

As the name suggests, virtually every section of the society has joined the movement which has, by and large, been peaceful so far.
This is evident from the lightening strike by newspaper hawkers in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad on Thursday in support of the Telangana cause. As a result, not a single newspaper could reach readers in any part of the state capital. Even those who rushed to newspaper stalls to buy the dailies were disappointed as the vendors, too, joined the strike for Telangana.

Hundreds of newspaper hawkers took out rally to the Telangana martyrs’ memorial at Secunderabad Clock Tower. But the police prevented them and arrested many of them, including Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) convenor Prof. M. Kodandaram.

When the indefinite strike began on September 13 after several postponements, the TJAC and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi were not happy with the response because the people it is a question of survival. That was why the TJAC announced that the strike would take place in a phased manner. (మరింత…)

T-Congress puts Oct 2 deadline for high command, ready for Hyderabad as joint capital సెప్టెంబర్ 20, 2011

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Telangana Congress for Hyderabad as joint capital for 10 yrs
TNN | Sep 20, 2011,

HYDERABAD: Telangana Congress leaders are ready for a negotiated settlement on the status of Hyderabad to facilitate the early division of the state. Under this proposal, Hyderabad would be a centrally administered district till such time as the new capital for the Seemandhra region is ready.

This proposal has been formulated incorporating certain demands of the Seemandhra leaders to allay the apprehensions of those who have properties and business establishments in Hyderabad. T Congress leaders also think that this is a workable alternative on the status of Hyderabad among a bouquet of suggestions. (మరింత…)

Telangana JAC warns private schools in Hyderabad to declare holiday సెప్టెంబర్ 20, 2011

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Telangana strike: Schools forced to remain shut
PTI, 20 September 2011

Hyderabad: Major private schools in and around Hyderabad were forced to declare a holiday on Tuesday after the Telangana Joint Action Committee warned them of consequences.

JAC leader M Kodandaram said all missionary and private schools in the state capital should be closed and take part in the ongoing general strike “respecting the sentiments of the people of Telangana”.
This is the first time in the ongoing agitation for a separate state that the JAC issued a threat to private schools.

Kodandaram specifically mentioned names of Delhi Public School and Oakridge International School even as he warned other private aided and un-aided schools as well. (మరింత…)

Telangana Sakala Janula Samme: Buses to go off the roads సెప్టెంబర్ 19, 2011

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Buses to go off the roads in Telangana from today
Special Correspondent, The Hindu, 19 September 2011

Telangana wing of National Mazdoor Union to join ‘Sakala Janula Samme’

Buses are set to go off the roads from Monday as the Telangana wing of the National Mazdoor Union, the recognised union of the APSRTC, will join the “Sakala Janula Samme” (general strike involving all sections).

Some long-distance buses, departing from the city to Bangalore, Shirdi and other destinations, did not leave the bus stations on Sunday evening. NMU Telangana Forum co-convenor T. Hanmanthu said the staff would block the movement of the private services operating to and from the city to other destinations. (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…)