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TRS will merge with no party, declares KCR at 11th party foundation day ఏప్రిల్ 28, 2012

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Telangana Rashtra Samiti will merge with no party: K Chandrasekhar Rao

TNN | Apr 28, 2012

HYDERABAD: Hinting at another round of intensified struggle in June this year, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao has said that he would keep taking the pro-Telangana activism a notch higher until the Centre acceded to the legitimate and democratic demand for a separate state, even if it meant carrying on with the political struggle for another 11 years.

Speaking at the 11th party foundation day celebrations, near Vikarabad on Friday, KCR demanded that the Centre honour the promise it has made to the people of the region. “If the Centre has any respect towards democracy, it should immediately announce the formation of Telangana state. We demand that the Prime Minister immediately introduce a bill in support of a separate Telangana,” he said.

Asking media to desist from making baseless reports of TRS’s merger with Congress, Rao said his party had become strong enough for other political parties in the region to merge with TRS. “We are not in a position to merge our party. We have grown to Himalayan heights. People have made the party so strong that other parties are finding it tough to retain their identity. The party will exist even after the formation of Telangana state,” he said.

The TRS chief called upon people to continue their struggle in a peaceful manner. “We have to achieve Telangana in a peaceful and democratic way. No one can stop us. We will continue our fight until we achieve our goal. People must realise that reconstructing a new vibrant Telangana state is as important as achieving it. Our aim must be to strive for a Telangana full of smiles,” he observed. (మరింత…)

Polling on in seven Andhra assembly seats మార్చి 18, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, BJP, Congress, corruption, elections, Identity, JAC, Mahabubnagar, politics, PRP, regionalism, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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Polling on in seven Andhra assembly seats
Siasat, Sunday, 18 March 2012

March 18: Bypolls were on in seven assembly constituencies of Andhra Pradesh Sunday, including six in the Telangana region, with over 13.82 lakh voters eligible to exercise their franchise

Polling began amid tight security at 8 a.m. The results will decide the fate of 67 candidates belonging to various political parties. Voters formed long queues outside several polling stations in the constituencies.

The bypolls are a result of vacancies that arose due to the resignations of two legislators of the Congress party, one of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), three rebels of the TDP and the death of one independent legislator.

Unlike the previous byelections, lack of the Telangana sentiment this time has made the going tough for Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in the six constituencies that fall in the region.

About 10,000 policemen and polling personnel have been deployed for smooth and peaceful conduct of the polling at 1,660 polling centres. (మరింత…)

Samaikyandhra or Telangana as India’s 29th State: K Naresh Kumar ఫిబ్రవరి 13, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, BJP, elections, fast, Hyderabad, Identity, JAC, KCR, Kurnool, MRPS, Mulki, Muslim, Osmania, Polavaram, politics, PRP, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Settler, TRS, Uttara Andhra, YSR.
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Power Politics, February 2011

United Andhra Pradesh Or Telangana As India’s 29th State?

From the first wave of intense political agitations of 1969-71, when the Telangana Praja Samithi unleashed the ‘Jai Telangana’ movement, the fight for carving out a separate state has never been so intense as in the last 15 months. Unlike the abject political compromise of the strugglers over four decades ago, this time around, the battle is still being fought on various platforms. The support base is strong, seemingly unyielding and the polarization between the pro and anti groups clearly unbridgeable. Importantly, once again it is the Congress party at the Centre and the state level which is facing a challenging, insurmountable situation, argues K Naresh Kumar, from Hyderabad. New Delhi, however, has some answers to the complex situation.

“Not all States need to be bifurcated or trifurcated, but if there is a demand based on size, population and geographical characteristics, it seems that division would be a wise solution. The jury is still out on Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttaranchal, but the early indications are that development will get a boost in these new States unless, of course, misgovernance takes over. In my view, there is a strong case for the creation of Vidarbha (out of Maharashtra, population 9.67 crore) and Telangana (out of Andhra Pradesh, population 7.57 crore). Uttar Pradesh and Bihar should also be further divided.”

-Excerpt from an article Wake up to the state of States by P. Chidambaram, Indian Express, May 18, 2003.

Prophetic words, these? Over seven years ago, P Chidambaram (PC) spoke convincingly about creating the state of Telangana as he felt it had a ‘strong case’ in its favour.

Of course, his party was not in power then and thus he had no political power to bring about neither the desired change, nor the accountability to face its political implications. But miracles happen in Indian politics as it did just a year later.

Cut to 2004 when the Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) stormed to power on the ‘aam aadmi’ poll plank replacing the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). It also toppled the CEO Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh. It attained the top slot by capitalizing on the goodwill generated by the then Congress bigwig Y S Rajasekhara Reddy with his pro-poor agenda and importantly, promising to create Telangana if elected to power. (మరింత…)

The seventh option for Telangana, after six absurd ones జనవరి 29, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, BJP, cinema, compromise, Congress, CPI-M, drama, elections, Greater Rayalaseema, Hyderabad, JAC, Mulki, politics, PRP, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Settler, students, suicide, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Ugadi, youth.
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Telangana The seventh option

Unknown to most parties, the Centre is plotting a new way out of the Telangana impasse. RAMAN KIRPAL has the details

In A new twist to the Telangana issue, the Centre is considering a seventh option that it hopes would be accepted by the parties warring over this vexing problem. The seventh option has a few radical measures and draws on other measures suggested previously in the report of the Committee for Consultation on the Situation in Andhra Pradesh. The committee was headed by former Supreme Court Justice BN Srikrishna and it offered six options, which many pro-Telangana organisations have not accepted.

The previous six options were: maintaining status quo in Andhra Pradesh; bifurcating the state into two, Seemandhra and Telangana, with Hyderabad as a Union Territory and two separate capitals for the new states; bifurcation into two, Rayala-Telangana and coastal Andhra regions, with Hyderabad an integral part of Rayala-Telangana; bifurcation into Seemandhra and Telangana with an enlarged Hyderabad metropolis as a separate Union Territory with extended Hyderabad territory; bifurcation into Telangana and Seemandhra according to existing boundaries with Hyderabad as capital of Telangana and Seemandhra to have a new capital; and keeping Andhra Pradesh united and creating a statutory empowered Telangana Regional Council (TRC).
Most parties did not like these recommendations. Congress MPs especially made dramatic requests to Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who headed a group on Telangana in the past. Convinced that it needs another option, the Congress leadership began putting a new solution together. (మరింత…)

Central Security forces reach before Srikrishna Report for highest satisfaction of the majority డిసెంబర్ 29, 2010

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Centre braces for Srikrishna report
Aarti Dhar, The Hindu, New Delhi, December 29, 2010

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday held a meeting with senior Cabinet colleagues ahead of the Justice B.N. Srikrishna committee submitting its report on Telangana. The panel’s term ends on Friday.

The meeting, attended by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Defence Minister A.K. Antony and Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily, discussed the options available and the political fall-out in case the demand for a separate State was accepted, official sources said.

It also discussed the security arrangements for Andhra Pradesh to meet any law and order situation. The Centre has sent 5,000 security personnel to the State to deal with any emergency.

The five-member committee led by Justice Srikrishna is likely to suggest “several options with their pros and cons” on the statehood issue. Justice Srikrishna, a former Supreme Court judge, had on Tuesday expressed the hope that the report would bring about a permanent solution to the issue relating to bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. (మరింత…)

Chiru also demands Polavaram to be declared national project మే 16, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhrapreneurship, Congress, corruption, CPI, CPI-M, Culture, Economy, Godavari, Koya, livelihoods, Polavaram, politics, PRP, regionalism, Sonia, ST, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Uttara Andhra, YSR.
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Chiranjeevi for Delcaring Polavarm as a National Project

Outlook, Vijayawada, May 16, 2010

Praja Rajyam Party president Chiranjeevi today demanded that Centre should declare Polavarm irrigation project as a national project.

Chiranjeevi has been touring coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh for last five days to seek support from the people on his mission to declare Polavaaram as national project.

He entered Krishna district late last night after finishing East and West Godavari districts.

Today also he held road shows where the Polvaram irrigation projects canal work is under progress. On his way, he has been addressing many public meetings from his own decorated vehicle. (మరింత…)

Srikrishna panel hearing from April 16 ఏప్రిల్ 10, 2010

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Srikrishna panel hearing from April 16

Special Correspondent, The Hindu, New Delhi, April 9, 2010

Interactions to commence with a meeting with TRS delegation in Delhi

The Srikrishna Committee set up to go into demands of “separate Telangana” and “united Andhra Pradesh” will begin personal interactions with the various stakeholders, including the political parties from April 16.

“All committee members would be present and we would give a patient hearing. All issues can be discussed,” former Supreme Court Judge Justice B.N. Srikrishna said.

The hearing will commence with a meeting with a delegation of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) here on April 16 followed by its tour of Hyderabad on April 22 and 23. There, the Committee will meet representatives of the Praja Rajyam, Communist Party of India and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and some leaders from other political parties.

Mr. Justice Srikrishna said the panel had enough material to analyse on various issues with respect to the statehood demand as it had received over 60,000 representations from various persons. (మరింత…)

Srikrishna Committee is waste, BJP boycotts it మార్చి 1, 2010

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T-panel under boycott threat
TNN, Feb 28, 2010, 05.55am IST

HYDERABAD: The Justice B N Srikrishna Committee seems to be running into problems even before it could hold its first sitting with the BJP announcing on Saturday that the committee had no legality and that the national party would boycott it.

Addressing the media here, senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said the setting up of the committee was against the spirit of the Centre’s December 9 announcement where it said it would initiate the process of creating a separate Telangana state.

“It is a waste of public money and time. Also, it is not clear whether the UPA government will accept the recommendations of the committee. We believe that this panel will meet the same fate as that of the Pranab Mukherjee committee, which was also formed for taking the views of various political parties on the T issue,” Naidu said. Of the eight recognised political parties that have been invited to present their views to the Srikrishna committee, the BJP is the first to boycott it. Of the remaining, the TRS too is likely to boycott though it is still to formally announce its decision, while the Congress and TDP are likely to project both points of view. (మరింత…)

Listening to Andhra Pradesh, seeking solution to Telangana question ఫిబ్రవరి 22, 2010

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Listening to Andhra Pradesh
Last call for a sane solution

Business Standard / New Delhi February 16, 2010

The terms of reference of the Justice BN Srikrishna Committee on Telangana may be wide enough to satisfy all, but so wide that they may satisfy none. In constituting the committee the Central government seems to have been guided by the principle that no one with any knowledge of the problems of the state should be involved in seeking a solution. It is an interesting, and perhaps even a laudable, principle. The committee members cannot be accused of being biased in favour or against the break-up of Andhra Pradesh. None of them is either for or against a separate Telangana. Their professional credentials are impeccable, even if some of them are not known to a wider national audience beyond their relevant disciplines. However, critics may wonder if 10 months are enough for a group comprising professionals with their normal duties at work to unravel a 50-year-old problem. The committee has been tasked to review the developments in the state since its formation and their impact on the progress and development of different regions of the state. Further, it has been asked to examine the impact of recent developments on different sections of people such as women, children, students, the minorities, Other Backward Classes, the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes. Finally, after consulting all sections of people, including political leaders, on the aforesaid matters, the panel has to “elicit their views; to seek from the political parties and other organisations (including industry, trade, trade unions, farmers’ organisations, women’s organisations and students’ organisations) a range of solutions that would resolve the present difficult situation and promote the welfare of all sections of the people; to identify the optimal solutions for this purpose; and to recommend a plan of action and a road map.” (మరింత…)

Another innocent life lost – Yadaiah’s suicide ఫిబ్రవరి 21, 2010

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Behind suicide, no job, a bagful of dreams

Sreenivas Janyala
New Indian Express, Feb 22, 2010

Hyderabad: Among the six persons who have committed suicide, allegedly over the Telangana issue, the case of 19-year-old Siripuram Yadaiah stands out. He lost both his parents in childhood and grew up in the V M Home for Orphans at Kothapet. He studied up to class 10 and dropped out of school to become a photographer in a private photo studio when he was 16 but quit soon.

Drifting aimlessly, a year ago he landed a job as a cashier at Satya Restaurant in Kothapet. On February 20, at 2 pm, after protesting students who were halted by the police at Vidyanagar decided to abandon their efforts to break the police cordon and proceed to the Assembly, Yadaiah took out a bottle of petrol from his bag, doused himself and lit a match. He succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning at the DRDO Apollo Hospital. (మరింత…)