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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…)

BJP & other parties not to pass Telangana Bill in ‘haste’ ఫిబ్రవరి 3, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, BJP, Congress, corruption, drama, Settler, Telangana, TRS, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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No smooth passage for Telangana Bill
Our Bureau, Business Line, New Delhi, February 3, 2014

Why pass key Bills at the 11th hour, ask Opposition parties

Ahead of the start of the last session of the 15th Lok Sabha, the fate of Telangana and 40 other Bills is hanging fire as the Opposition seems to be in no mood to cooperate with the Government.

After an all-party meeting convened by the Government, it looked like a majority of the parties, even those who are supporting the Government, are not ready for discussions on crucial Bills. Other than the Vote on Account, it seemed unlikely that the Government will be able to evolve a consensus, either on Telangana or the anti-corruption legislations which have been cited as “top priority”. In all likelihood, the session is thus expected to transact very little business other than the Vote on Account. (మరింత…)

Jagan to Tour Telangana with Samaikyandhra demand ఫిబ్రవరి 3, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Godavari, Hyderabad, Polavaram, politics, Rayalaseema, Settler, Telangana, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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Jagan Promises to Tour Telangana to Campaign for AP
P Hareesh, The New Indian Express, Idupulapaya, 3 February 2014

YSRC chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday announced that he would visit Telangana to drum up support for his party in its struggle to keep the State united. Speaking at the party’s second plenary at the YSR family estate here — where he was elected unopposed as the party president — he sought to address issues bothering the party, be it his perceived rift with his sister Sharmila, divisions in his camp or the party’s lost ground in the Telangana region.

While asserting his commitment to Samaikyandhra, he said he would tour Telangana even as a discernible effort was made at the conclave to downplay reports of a complete wipe out of the party in the region. Interestingly, at the party’s first plenary four years ago, Jagan had said he respected the Telangana sentiment but expressed his inability to either carve out a separate State or prevent it. (మరింత…)

Fall of Samaikyandhra Kavuri – Greeted with Eggs in Godavari డిసెంబర్ 19, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Bhadrachalam, Congress, corruption, drama, Godavari, Identity, Koya, Polavaram, politics, ST, Telangana, Y S Jagan.
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Convoy Attacked, Kavuri Calls U-agitators Stupid

Express News Service, 18 December 2013, Eluru

Till the other day he had been a staunch integrationist and hero in the eyes of those agitating in Seemandhra region opposing the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. But, Today, he seems to have become a ‘zero’ in their eyes when he let loose his ‘tongue’ in a fit of rage.

The downfall of Union minister Kavuri Sambasiva Rao from being a hero to a zero in the eyes of those fighting for Samaikyandra was scripted at Chintalapudi town in West Godavari district on Tuesday.

He flew off the handle when Samaikyandra protagonists led by YSRCP leaders hurled eggs on his convoy, and called the agitators ‘stupid’ and ‘useless’. (మరింత…)

Drama against T Bill ends, Assembly conducts its business peacefully డిసెంబర్ 18, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BJP, Congress, drama, politics, Rayalaseema, TDP, Telangana, Y S Jagan.
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Telangana Bill gets a BAC up

Deccan Chronicle, 17 December 2013

Hyderabad: The Business Advisory Committee of the state Assembly was able to conduct its business peacefully and without too many heated arguments on Tuesday thanks to the direct support of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who attended the meeting, and the indirect support of Leader of the Opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu, who did not attend the meeting.

The BAC, which sets the schedule to be followed in the Assembly, decided to complete the discussion on the Telangana Bill in three phases. In the first phase, the discussions will be held from December 18 to 20. The second phase will start from January 3, 2014, and the third phase will start from January 16 and be completed by January 23, the deadline given by President Pranab Mukherjee.

The BAC meeting was held under the chairmanship of Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar. In the BAC meeting, Kiran Kumar Reddy and finance minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy proposed that the Assembly be adjourned after the discussion on the Telangana draft Bill starts on Wednesday, and reassemble on January 2 to take up discussion on the Bill.

However, Deputy CM Damodar Raja Narasimha and legislative affairs minister D. Sridhar Babu opposed this proposal and demanded that the Assembly session be extended till December 20 to discuss the Bill. (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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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.

TRS demands President’s rule అక్టోబర్ 14, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BJP, Congress, regionalism, Telangana, TRS, Y S Jagan.
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TRS demands President’s rule as Jagan force-fed
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Hyderabad, October 10, 2013

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Thursday blamed the Congress government for inaction and demanded President’s rule in Andhra Pradesh even as fasting TSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy was force-fed at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) just before noon.

Jagan had been on an indefinite hunger strike against the Telangana decision since October 5. He was taken into preventive custody in Hyderabad and rushed to hospital after his health deteriorated in the morning.

A team of policemen swooped on Jagan’s house at around 11pm, demolishing the barricades set up by his supporters around his fast venue, and bodily lifted him before putting him into an ambulance and taking him straight to the hospital. (మరింత…)

Dear Jagan, Naidu, who are your protests fooling? Akshaya Mishra అక్టోబర్ 14, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, Congress, drama, TDP, Telangana, Y S Jagan.
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Telangana: Dear Jagan, Naidu, who are your protests fooling?
Akshaya Mishra, First Post, Oct 10, 2013

It appears everyone is missing the point. The protests in Andhra Pradesh are not about Telangana, but about the occupation of political space in Seemandhra. Telangana is done and dusted. All the political players who are now leading the protests know they have been party to the central government’s decision to bifurcate the state.

The deliberation on the creation of the new state has been a long-drawn process and neither the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) nor the YSR Congress nor the BJP can claim to be ignorant of what was cooking all these years. The Congress’ case is different. We shall come to that later.

The protests reek of political hypocrisy and opportunism of the highest order. All these parties were carefully silent or diplomatic in their words when the supporters of Telangana were hitting the streets with regular frequency, shutting down the city of Hyderabad, offices, colleges and schools. Actually, most of them, barring the CPM, had supported the idea of the new state.

If their feelings for united Andhra Pradesh were so intense, why didn’t they come out in the open then? Why didn’t they oppose the central government when it was going ahead with the consultation process? Didn’t they realise the implication of the bifurcation? Either they were not being hypocrites then or they are being hypocrites now. (మరింత…)

KCR lists ‘Telangana Traitors’ అక్టోబర్ 13, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BJP, Congress, CPI, JAC, KCR, Mulki, politics, Telangana, Y S Jagan.
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KCR lists ‘Telangana Traitors’
The New Indian Express, Hyderabad 2 October, 2013

Reiterating that those who oppose Telangana statehood are traitors, TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao said he will not say it once, but lakhs of times because it is true.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Tuesday, he found fault with CPI state secretary K Narayana and BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya for criticising his comments during the Sakala Jana Bheri. He wondered why the two leaders find no fault with those opposing Telangana and criticising him and the movement constantly in a foul language. (మరింత…)

TDP is not against separate State, says Naidu డిసెంబర్ 22, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, Identity, politics, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Y S Jagan.
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Clear the air on Telangana, Naidu tells Congress
Staff Reporter, The Hindu, December 21, 2012
Murugupalli, Karimnagar district

TDP is not against separate State, he reiterates

Undeterred by the protests from the Telangana protagonists, including the TRS and BJP activists, TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu has reiterated that the TDP was not against separate Telangana State, and added that it was for the Congress party to take a decision on the issue.

“If I go one side (Telangana), it will create problem for the TDP in other regions (Seemandhra). I want to protect the party on two sides for the future generation and protect the State from the Congress landlords and feudalism”, he pointed out. He also alleged that the Congress party was planning to weaken the TDP on the issue.

Reacting to a query raised by a government teacher during an interactive session at a huge public meeting organised in Murugupalli village of Gangadhara mandal as part of his “Vasthunna Meekosam” padayatra, which entered sixth day in Karimnagar district on Thursday, the TDP president said that “the Congress party, which is in power should take a decision on separate Telangana statehood issue by convening an all-party meeting”. He said that he would not hurt the sentiments of Telangana people, amid cheers from the gathering. (మరింత…)