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Hung house in Telangana, no clear cut sweep by any party ఏప్రిల్ 6, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, GHMC, Hyderabad, MIM, Mulki, Polavaram, Settler, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Elections 2014: Hung House likely in Telangana state
DC Correspondent, April 06, 2014

Hyderabad: TRS’ announcement on Friday about going alone in the ensuing Assembly elections in Telangana to take on the Congress and TDP-BJP combine, might lead to a hung House in the new state.

In the 119-seat Telangana Assembly, the majority mark for a party or combine to form the next government would be 60.With the TRS giving a firm “no” to an alliance with the Congress, it is now certain that there will be a triangular contest in majority of the 119 Assembly segments in Telangana.

The 2009, delimitation of Assembly constituencies across the Telangana region have ensured that the Majlis party is comfortably placed in at least nine segments regardless of its political opponents. This means there will be tough fights for the remaining 110 segments between the three principle parties. (మరింత…)

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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…)

Telangana Bill – MIM demands 17 sq km Khairatabad as joint capital for 2 years జనవరి 13, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BJP, Congress, Godavari, Hyderabad, MIM, Mulki, Muslim, Polavaram, politics, Settler, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Telangana Bill: MIM asks for 31 changes
Deccan Chronicle, 11 January 2014

Hyderabad: The MIM has opposed making Hyderabad the common capital for 10 years, and handing over law and order duties to the Governor, among its 31 amendments to the T Bill.

The MIM wants Hyderabad to be interim capital for less than two years, and the area to be the 17-sq km Khairatabad mandal.

The MIM wanted the Old City tagged as backward and providing it a Rs 5,000-crore package. It wanted Urdu as the first official language along with Telugu in Telangana and second official language in AP. It wanted airports at Warangal, Nizamabad and Khammam. (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…)

Assembly adjourned, Telangana stalemate continues డిసెంబర్ 19, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, BJP, Congress, drama, Economy, G.O 610, Godavari, Hyderabad, Identity, Koya, MIM, Polavaram, politics, Settler, ST, TDP, TRS.
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Andhra Pradesh Bifurcation – AP House adjourned as Telangana stalemate continues
PTI, December 19, 2013

The Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly was on Thursday abruptly adjourned till January 3 without even initiating the crucial debate on draft A.P. Re-organisation Bill 2013 that provides for the creation of a new state of Telangana.

With no end in sight to the stalemate that the House was pushed into in the last four days, Speaker Nadendla Manohar adjourned the Assembly on Thursday afternoon, much to the chagrin of Telangana members who insisted on a debate on the draft Bill.

The Speaker announced a fresh schedule for the Assembly session that will be held from January 3-23 in two phases – from January 3-10 and January 16-23 – and a circular to this effect was issued to the members.

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The draft Bill, referred to the state Legislature by the President of India under Article 3 of the Constitution for expressing its views, has to be returned to the Centre by January 23, 2014 as per the time given by the President. (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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Opinion

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.
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GoM completes Telangana consultations నవంబర్ 19, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, BJP, Congress, Hyderabad, MIM, Polavaram, Rayalaseema, regionalism, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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GoM completes Telangana consultations
B Muralidhar Reddy, The Hindu, 19 November 2013

The Group of Ministers (GoM) looking into issues related to Andhra Pradesh bifurcation has completed consultations with all stakeholders and is expected to submit a report to the Union Cabinet as early as possible. On Monday, it heard the Union Ministers representing all the three regions of the State and Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy.

The GoM has been mandated to look into a whole range of complex issues including determination of the boundaries of State of Telangana and the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh with reference to the electoral constituencies, judicial and statutory bodies, and other administrative units.

“We have completed discussions with others. Now the GoM members will meet to discuss among themselves to finalise the report to be submitted to the Cabinet as soon as possible,” Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said. (మరింత…)

Clamour for Rayala Telangana gets shriller: Eternal discomfort with Andhra నవంబర్ 8, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Hyderabad, Identity, MIM, Mulki, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Settler, Telangana, Telugu.
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Clamour for Rayala-Telangana gets shriller
TNN, November 7, 2013

Hyderabad: The demand for setting up Rayala-Telangana received a sudden and unexpected momentum on Wednesday with several leaders independently pitching for it. Addressing a press conference here, MIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi said it was his party’s ‘firm opinion’ that Kurnool and Anantapur districts should be added to the inevitable Telangana state ‘in the interest of justice.’ “This will resolve the water-sharing disputes between the two states in addition to giving the Seemandhra and Telangana regions an equitable representation of 21 seats each in the Lok Sabha and nine seats each in the Rajya Sabha,” Owaisi said. The MIM has already sent a memorandum to this effect to the Group of Ministers on Telangana, he said.

Meanwhile, in Anantapur district, Guntakal MLA K Madhusudhan Gupta launched a signature campaign seeking the inclusion of Anantapur and Kurnool districts in the new Telangana state. “Four leaders, JC Diwakar Reddy (MLA), G Tippe Swamy, Y Sivaramireddy (MLCs) and myself have signed the memorandum. We are trying to get the signatures of Anantapur MP A Venkatramana Reddy and ministers S Sailajanath and N Raghuveera Reddy. I am hopeful that all the leaders will sign it. We sent one memorandum to the GoM on Tuesday and will be forwarding another memo in a day or two,” Gupta told TOI on Wednesday. (మరింత…)

Khairatabad as temporary working capital for residuary state: MIM నవంబర్ 8, 2013

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Hyderabad should belong to Telangana: MIM

IANS Hyderabad, Nov 6: The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) has demanded the formation of a Greater Telangana state by clubbing two districts of Rayalaseema with the proposed state and Hyderabad as its unconditional capital.

The party has urged the Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted by the centre over bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, to form separate Greater Telangana state comprising 10 districts of Telangana and Anantapur and Kunrool districts of Rayalaseema.
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Ruling out any compromise on Hyderabad as the capital of the new state, MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi also opposed the proposal for central control over law and order and other matters in Hyderabad.

He told reporters here Wednesday that Hyderabad should be unconditional capital of Telangana state. (మరింత…)

MIM looks to expand beyond Hyderabad నవంబర్ 15, 2012

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MIM looks to expand beyond Hyderabad
The Asian Age, Nov 14, 2012, Hyderabad, IANS

After snapping ties with the Congress both in New Delhi and in Andhra Pradesh, the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) is now looking to grow beyond its traditional stronghold in Hyderabad.

With 18 months left for the elections (if the Congress government survives any no-confidence motion), the MIM is gearing up to widen its base in Telangana and Rayalaseema regions having sizeable Muslim population.

Political analysts say as Congress is facing a huge task of winning the third straight election in the absence of a charismatic leader like Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the MIM decided to leave the sinking ship.

Though MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi knows to play cards close to his chest, the Muslim political party may find a new ally in fledgling YSR Congress party, headed by son of Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy who had close relations with MIM. (మరింత…)