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Mallanna Sagar protest turns bloody జూలై 31, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in corruption, ecology, Economy, Harish, KCR, Medak, submergence, suicide, violence.
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Police cane villagers, lob tear gas shells as Mallanna Sagar protest turns bloody

Express News Service, 25 July 2016

SANGAREDDY: The Mallanna Sagar project oustees agitation took a ‘bloody’ turn on Sunday with police caning the villagers, resulting in injuries to dozens of people. Police opened fire in the air and lobbed tear gas shells to bring the situation under control.

All Opposition parties called for Medak district bandh on Monday protesting against the police action against the villagers. It is alleged that the police caned the villagers, including women and children indiscriminately, and even dragged people out of their houses and beat them up.

lathicharge against mallanna sagar oustees

Women fell unconscious after being lathicharged during a protest | Express photo

Two of the submergence villages, Erravelli and Vemulaghat, resembled war zone with the locals fighting a pitched battle with police throughout most part of the day. Trouble began when some villagers of Vemulaghat, who were on a 50-day relay hunger strike against the Mallanna Sagar project, tried to lay siege to national highway protesting the government’s attitude in going ahead with the project inspite of objection from locals.

The villagers were stopped near Pallepahad crossroads. Police stopped them from marching ahead citing imposition of prohibitory orders in the villages. The villagers entered into a heated argument with police and a scuffle ensued between the two sides. Police caned the villagers and in the lathicharge, eight villagers including women were injured. Two women fell unconscious. At the same time, the villagers of Erravelli were holding a grama sabha in their village. As they got the news of police action on Vemulaghat villagers, the Erravelli villagers too decided to lay seige on the national highway and marched towards the main road. (మరింత…)

Congress supports Mallanna Sagar oustees struggle జూలై 31, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, displacement, ecology, Economy, Harish, KCR, Medak, suicide, Telangana.
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Rahul to visit Mallanna Sagar villages?

Express News Service, 30 July 2016

Hyderabad: Will AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi make a surprise visit to Telangana and join the party’s fight in support of Mallanna Sagar project oustees demand of compensation as per Land Acquisition Act 2013?

Yes, say highly placed sources in the Congress party. Like in the University of Hyderabad  protests during the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, Rahul Gandhi is likely to make a surprise visit to the state and the proposed submergence villages under Mallanna Sagar project.

The state government’s crackdown on those supporting the Mallanna Sagar oustees gave the Congress the much needed ammunition to launch an agitation and it wants to take full advantage of the situation by bringing Rahul Gandhi to the state and join the agitation. Sources said senior Congress leaders received a communication from the party high command of Rahul Gandhi’s likely visit to Mallanna Sagar villages in the next couple of days.  (మరింత…)

TRS is not KCR family, only the family members are sweating it out for T movement మే 5, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, compromise, corruption, drama, elections, Harish, KCR, KTR, politics, struggle, Telangana, TRS.
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Thanks to TRS, new dynasty rises in Telangana
J R Prasad, New Indian Express, 5 May 2013

Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao’s dream of carving out a Telangana state still eludes him, so he is busy putting together the political dreams of the next generation in his family. TRS appears to be the latest entrant in the long list of political leaders bitten by the dynasty bug.

Chandrasekhar Rao’s son K Taraka Rama Rao and nephew T Harish Rao play a key role in deciding the day-to-day affairs of the party. Rama Rao represents Siricilla segment in the Assembly whereas Harish Rao is the MLA from Siddipet.

With his son and nephew at the helm of affairs, Chandrasekhar Rao has cleared the decks for his daughter K Kavitha, who has been playing a key role in the Telangana movement by taking up non-political issues concerning the region with her outfit Telangana Jagruthi, to take the political plunge. (మరింత…)

Congress stand is to remain patient till the Centres takes whatever decision on Telangana – Kiran మార్చి 25, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Congress, Harish, Telangana, TRS.
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Centre to decide on Telangana at right time & occasion: Kiran Kumar Reddy

PTI, 23 March 2013

Hyderabad: Asserting that the Centre had never said that “it would “give or not give” a separate Telangana state, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today said that the union government would take a decision on statehood when the ‘time and occasion’ come.
He also said that any resolution in the state Assembly (on Telangana) could be taken up only on the directive of the Centre.

“The Centre had only said on December 9, 2009 that it would get a resolution adopted in AP Assembly but never said it would give or not give Telangana (state). The resolution at that time was not possible because of different (political) reactions,” the Chief Minister recalled while speaking in the assembly today.

“Any decision on Telangana will impact many things across the country. Hence the Centre will take a decision when the ‘time and occasion’ come,” the Chief Minister noted. (మరింత…)

Telangana issue again rocks Andhra assembly సెప్టెంబర్ 18, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, BJP, Congress, CPI, elections, Harish, Mulki, politics, Telangana, TRS, Y S Jagan.
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Telangana issue again rocks Andhra assembly
Tuesday, September 18th 2012, New York Daily News

Hyderabad, Sep 18 — The Telangana issue rocked the Andhra Pradesh state assembly for the second consecutive day Tuesday with Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) stalling the proceedings, demanding a resolution for carving out a separate state.

Speaker N. Manohar adjourned the house for half-an-hour amid noisy scenes and heated arguments among members. He later held a meeting with floor leaders of all parties but it failed to end the deadlock as TRS, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and CPI insisted on a resolution on Telangana while main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) wanted debate on electricity shortage and ‘tainted’ ministers. (మరింత…)

TRS to merge with Congress for separate Telangana? ఆగస్ట్ 31, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, compromise, Congress, elections, Harish, JAC, KCR, KTR, Mahabubnagar, Mulki, Polavaram, politics, Rayalaseema, Sonia, YSR.
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Will a separate Telangana facilitate merger of TRS and Congress?
A Srinivasa Rao, Mail Today, Hyderabad August 31, 2102

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi, which is spearheading the movement for carving out separate Telangana state by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh, is willing to be merged with the Congress party if there is a positive announcement from the Centre on the Telangana state formation.

According to TRS sources, party president K Chandrasekhara Rao has sent fresh feelers to the Congress bosses in New Delhi to this effect. He told them that he did not mind merging the TRS with the Congress if the Centre commenced the process for Telangana state formation. He insisted that the UPA government must announce a specific time-frame for carving out a new state. (మరింత…)

TRC – Sonia repeats mother-in-law Indira’s joke & TRS planning a long term strategy for separate state ఆగస్ట్ 20, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, agitation, Andhrapreneurship, BJP, Congress, corruption, drama, elections, GHMC, Harish, Hyderabad, JAC, Karimnagar, KCR, Mahabubnagar, MIM, Mulki, Polavaram, politics, Rahul, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Settler, Sonia, suicide, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Warangal, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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Massive agitation in sight as congress plans autonomous regional council for Telangana
A Srinivasa Rao, Mail Today, Hyderabad, August 19, 2012

The Congress high command is mulling over the proposal of constituting an autonomous Telangana Regional Council a solution to the contentious Telangana issue in Andhra Pradesh. Having realized that the indecisiveness in taking a decision on the Telangana demand has cost the party heavily in the state, the Congress leadership is understood to be working on the proposal for autonomous regional council for Telangana, on the lines of Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, which has recently transformed into Gorkhaland Territorial Administration with considerable autonomy for the local tribes.

An empowered Telangana regional council is part of the sixth option recommended by the Justice BN Srikrishna Committee in December 2010 as the best way forward on the Telangana issue. According to the committee, the regional council would be equipped with adequate funds, functions and functionaries. It would be headed by a legislator with cabinet rank and would provide a legislative consultative mechanism for subjects like planning and economic development, water and irrigation, education, skill development and vocational education, local administration and public health. (మరింత…)

TRS scraped through in Parkal జూన్ 16, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Andhra, bandh, BJP, cinema, Congress, corruption, elections, Harish, Identity, JAC, Jai Andhra, Kakatiya, KCR, Mahabubnagar, Mulki, Orugallu, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, Settler, SEZ, Sonia, suicide, TDF, TDP, Telangana, TRS, violence, Warangal, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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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…)

Tight finish between TRS and YSRC in Parkal జూన్ 14, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BJP, Congress, corruption, elections, Harish, Identity, JAC, Jai Andhra, KCR, Mahabubnagar, Mulki, Orugallu, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, Settler, TDF, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Warangal, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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It’s neck and neck for YSR Congress, TRS

TNN | Jun 13, 2012

PARKAL: The Konda couple are confident while the Telangana protagonists are no less optimistic of winning the seat with the massive turnout of the electorate in the bypolls on Tuesday. Nearly 84% of the total 1,87,222 voters in Parkal, Atmakur, Geesukonda and Sangem mandals of the Parkal constituency exercised their franchise.

While both TRS and YSR CP candidates are confident of winning the seat with a comfortable majority, analysts said it would be a tight finish between YSR CP’s Konda Surekha and TRS’ Moluguri Bikshapati. While Surekha is banking on her good work in the constituency, the TRS nominee is hoping that the strong Telangana sentiment would see him emerge victorious. In the 2009 elections, Surekha won against Bikshapati on Congress ticket. (మరింత…)

Demand for Telangana state is not antagonistic to any region: Sushma Swaraj జూన్ 10, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BJP, compromise, Congress, Culture, elections, Harish, Identity, JAC, Jai Andhra, KCR, Mahabubnagar, Mulki, Parliament, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, Settler, Sonia, TDF, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Warangal, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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Sushma reigns despite rain
June 10, 2012 | By DC Correspondent | Warangal

The much-anticipated showdown between TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj turned out to be a damp squib due to sudden showers that forced both the leaders to cut short their speeches at their respective public meetings in Warangal on Saturday.

Ms Swaraj attracted a large turnout despite the rain at BJP’s Telangana Poru Sabha at Hygreevachary Ground in Warangal city, while the TRS chief addressed a meeting at the Angadi centre.

The heavy downpour forced Ms Swaraj to wait in the car for an hour before she could finally make it to the dais at 8pm. The crowds waited patiently despite the rains and poor sound system.

Befitting the weather, she quoted appropriate lines from BJP patriarch Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s poem, Andhera Chhatega, Suraj Nikalega, Kamal Khilega (Darkness will fade, the sun will rise and the lotus will bloom).

In her half-hour speech, she avoided TRS bashing but chose to target the Congress for the impasse on Telangana.

“Telangana is a fight for identity of language, culture and the arts. It is not antagonistic to any region,” she said, while appealing to the Parkal people to do a repeat of Mahbubnagar by-poll. (మరింత…)