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Polavaram Dam: ‘Stop the work order’ for not conducting Public Hearing in Chhattisgarh & Orissa జూలై 9, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Bhadrachalam, BJP, Congress, displacement, ecology, Godavari, heritage, Koya, landuse, Polavaram, Settler, submergence, TDP, Telangana, TRS, violence.
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Centre’s bar on Polavaram work lapses
Deccan Chronicle, 9 July 2016

Project authority says Central water panel has no objection to approval.
Polavram project
The ministry had issued the abeyance order earlier from June 30, 2015, for a year regarding the stop work order issued previously.

Hyderabad: The ministry of environment and forests’ (MoEF) orders regarding the Polavaram project — to keep the ‘stop the work order’ in abeyance — lapsed a week ago. The ministry had issued the abeyance order earlier from June 30, 2015, for a year regarding the stop work order issued previously.

This was issued initially on February 8, 2011 due to non compliance of the condition for an environment clearance, namely, conducting a public hearing in Chattisgarh and Odisha. (మరింత…)

Telangana state trying for missing files about evidence of Hyderabad Funds transferred to London by the Nizam జూన్ 23, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, AP Reorganisation Bill, BJP, Congress, Economy, Hyderabad, Nizam, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Hyderabad Funds case: Nizam money is ours, says Telangana government

Deccan Chronicle, June 23, 2016

Centre sought crucial historic documents from Tarnaka archives

Officials of the External Affairs ministry have visited the city thrice till date to search for the documents.

Officials of the External Affairs ministry have visited the city thrice till date to search for the documents

Hyderabad: The Central government has been following up the Hyderabad Funds case with the Telangana state government as the required documents supposedly stored at the Tarnaka archives have not been found.

Officials of the External Affairs ministry have visited the city thrice till date to search for the documents. Meanwhile senior state government officials who are handling the case said that the Centre could not be a claimant since the funds were transferred from the Hyderabad government. They say that the TS government should be the claimant as it is the successor of the Nizam’s government. (మరింత…)

Pride of Telugu states – Debt burden of Rs 1.66 lakh crores on poor Telugu people! డిసెంబర్ 1, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, AP Reorganisation Bill, BJP, Congress, Economy, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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AP, TS to share Rs. 8,000 cr. of inherited debt

M L Melly Maitreyi, The Hindu, December 1, 2015

Sources said the remaining debt of Rs.10,000 crore raised by the united State under externally aided projects would also be distributed soon between the two successor States.

Some of these loans were raised to fund projects like Hyderabad’s Outer Ring Road, Hussain Sagar clean-up and the Krishnapatnam power project.

While there is no dispute that such debts will be assigned to the State in which the particular project is located, other borrowings are rather more ticklish, such as those for development, welfare, irrigation, roads, rural water supply and poverty alleviation.

These would have to be apportioned on the basis of the population ratio. (మరింత…)

Odisha CM Opposes Polavaram Dam అక్టోబర్ 8, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, BJP, Godavari, Koya, Polavaram, submergence, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Odisha CM opposes Polavaram
TNN, 8 Ocober 2014, Hyderabad

In a major setback to Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s Polavaram mission, his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik has conveyed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi his opposition to the construction of Polavaram project across river Godavari in AP by the TDP government.

Patnaik has urged the Centre, now the implementing authority of the project, not to go ahead with its construction. The development comes at a time Naidu is scheduled to visit Bhubaneswar to meet Patnaik and seek Odisha’s cooperation to complete the multipurpose project as early as possible.

According to sources, the Odisha CM told Modi that all riparian states had serious reservations against the project that has now been accorded the status of national project as concession to residuary AP following bifurcation. (మరింత…)

TDP having edge in 2014 polls ఏప్రిల్ 11, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, BJP, Congress, Hyderabad, Muslim, Polavaram, Settler, TDP, Telangana, Telugu, TRS.
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TDP-BJP has the edge, but all Telugu parties will need Delhi after polls
R Jagannathan, Firstpost, April 7, 2014

Will Andhra Pradesh play a crucial role in the next Lok Sabha, as it did in 2004 and 2009? In 2004, the Congress victory in undivided Andhra brought it to power in Delhi. In 2009, when it repeated this feat, it consolidated its power. Andhra Pradesh contributed the largest chunk to the Congress.

This time, the Congress has had to divide the state in order to win at least a few seats in Telangana, but the game is now wide open, thanks to the BJP-Telugu Desam tieup. (మరింత…)

Ordinance for Seemandhra into the dustbin? మార్చి 8, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, BJP, Congress, corruption, drama, Godavari, Khammam, Koya, Polavaram, politics, ST, TDP, TRS.
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Pranab wary, ordinance for Seemandhra as good as dead?

Aloke Tikku & Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, March 08, 2014

The anti-corruption ordinances backed by Rahul Gandhi may not be the only ones to be spiked by the government. The ordinance on a special package for Seemandhra — which was approved by cabinet, unlike the graft laws — seems headed the same way.

The government appears to have developed cold feet on the proposed law that seeks to tweak Telangana’s boundary ever since an emissary to Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday returned with the clear message that President Pranab Mukherjee wasn’t going to play ball.

A senior government functionary confirmed to HT that the cabinet-approved ordinance was as good as dead, but was quick to add that it may already have served its political objective. (మరింత…)

June 2 Telangana State is a Crippled Child- Justice Sudershan Reddy మార్చి 8, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, BJP, compromise, Congress, Deccan, Godavari, Khammam, Mulki, Polavaram, Settler, Telangana, TRS.
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Parliament Delivered a Crippled Child, Says Ex-judge
Express News Service, Hyderabad, 7 March 2014

“Parliament has delivered a crippled child with several major complications. History is repeating because we do not learn from our mistakes,” former judge of Supreme Court of India Justice B Sudershan Reddy has remarked, referring to formation of Telangana state on June 2.

He was speaking at a function organised to release a book, ‘Fall and Rise of Telangana’, written by Dr Gautam Pingle, former dean of research and consultancy of the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI). The book was released by Telangana Joint Action Committee chairman M Kodandaram.

Justice Sudershan Reddy minced no words in laying bare the inability of the political leadership to allow injustice to Telangana while it was being created. “There will be only one High court for the two states, only one governor for two states and he would be sitting on law and order and for 10 years Hyderabad would remain a joint capital. How could this be allowed?” he asked.

He hit out at the political leadership of Telangana for its doublespeak. “You embrace personalities from the film world saying that though geographically we are separated but we can live like brothers knowing fully well it is the film world that has done a lot of damage to the Telangana social fabric. But why don’t you say a word about 3 lakh tribals who are going to be rendered homeless because of an ordinance brought out within hours of the President signing the AP Reorganisation Bill, 2013?” he said. (మరింత…)

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…)

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…)