TRS scraped through in Parkal జూన్ 16, 2012Posted 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.
Tags: caste, electoral politics, Geesukonda, Konda Surekha, lull, Mahbubabad, Moluguri Bikshapati, odarpu yatra, Parkal by-election, Sakala Janula Samme, Samaikya Andhra, Sangem, sentiment, Sharmila, Telangana vaadam, TJAC, Vijayamma, Vijaychander
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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, 2012Posted 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.
Tags: Atmakur, Bikshapati, Geesukonda, Konda Surekha, Parkal, Parkal byelection, Sangem, sentiment, Sharmila, Shayampet, Sushma Swaraj, Telangana vaadam, TJAC, Vijayamma
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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…)
Tags: 1998 BJP Kakinada promise, byelections, bypolls, caste, Kishan Reddy, Mahbubnagar, old tricks, Parkal, Parkal byelection, sentiment, slogans, Surekha, TJAC, Venkaiah Naidu, YSRC
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TRS Taking Parakal Bypoll As Do-Or-Die Battle
PTI, Hyderabad, June 7, 2012
The Telangana Rashtra Samiti is fighting the by-election for Parakal Assembly constituency as if it will become extinct if it does not win the seat.
The BJP is giving the TRS a run for its money in Parakal after having made the latter bite the dust in the by-election in Mahbubnagar in March this year.
The BJP is confident that the Mahbubnagar result will be repeated in Parakal but the TRS is bent on preventing it as a defeat will threaten its existence as the sole torch-bearer of the statehood movement.
Observers feel that the BJP has gained a lot of ground in Parakal over the last few days causing a significant dent in TRS’ prospects. (మరింత…)
Sea of pilgrims, Medaram Jatara జనవరి 29, 2010Posted by Telangana Utsav in Culture, Gond, heritage, Identity, Kakatiya, Koya, Orugallu, ST, Telangana, Warangal.
Tags: Jatara, Medaram, Sammakka, Sarakka
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The Power of Medaram
Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao, The Hindu Jan 27, 2010
The power of faith. It has turned Medaram, a tiny and sleepy village in the forest of Eturunagaram into a lively and vibrant place where millions of people have converged for the famous Sammakka Sarakka jatara.
It is the power of faith that changed the shape of this village where everything becomes colossal even if it is for a short while. The ever increasing pilgrims occupy every inch of space.
There are brand new transformers supplying uninterrupted power, a rarity. Water gushes out of taps and a brand new sprawling APS RTC bus stand has come up in the forest apart from a helipad for VIPs that has replaced the bamboo fields.
Needless to say, even the debris left behind is unimaginable.
Simply, the tribal festival is a sight with its sheer size and the spiritual belief of the pilgrims. As plumes of red dust rise unhurriedly, women believed to be possessed by the Goddess dance in a trance. People set up jungle camps everywhere, eat and drink and doze off in the open. When devotees move towards the Jampanna vagu, a small rivulet considered being holy, one is simply pushed ahead without any effort required. Such is the surge of the crowd. (మరింత…)
Student’s suicide in OU puts Telangana on the boil again జనవరి 20, 2010Posted by Telangana Utsav in BJP, Congress, CPI, fast, G.O 610, Harish, Identity, KCR, MIM, MRPS, Mulki, Orugallu, regionalism, Settler, Sonia, students, TDP, universities.
Tags: agitation, politics, suicides, Telangana
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Student’s suicide in OU puts Telangana on the boil again
TNN, 20 January 2010, 04:11am IST
HYDERABAD: Telangana is on the boil once again after the suspected suicide of an MCA student on the Osmania University campus.
Hundreds of angry OU students called for a bandh on Wednesday and demanded the resignations of all elected representatives from the region in order to give momentum to the separate state movement.
By Tuesday night, the OU students placed the body of their mate outside Arts College and vowed not to allow it to be taken from there until all the MPs and MLAs quit their posts.
In response to the students’ demand, five MLAs from TRS and one from PRP went to Speaker N Kiran Kumar Reddy’s residence in the evening and pressed for the acceptance of their resignations. But with the Speaker telling them that he would take a decision in two to three days, they staged a dharna. They were later arrested and released by the police .
TDP MLA E Dayakar Rao said all the 39 party MLAs from the region would do the same on Wednesday. While BJP and two MLAs from PRP said they would also follow suit, the heat is on the Congress MLAs and MPs, who have two options: Either obey the diktat of their high command not to press for the acceptance of their resignations or face the wrath of the Telangana people.
What triggered the day’s developments was the discovery of a totally charred body of K Venugopal Reddy under a tree near Tagore Auditorium on the OU campus by morning walkers. Reddy, a 23-year-old MCA final-year student of Lalitha PG and Degree College in Ghatkesar, hailed from Nalgonda district and used to stay at Nacharam. (మరింత…)