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I support bifurcation: AP Tribal Welfare Minister Pasupuleti Balaraju జనవరి 24, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, Identity, indigenous, Polavaram, ST, Telangana, Vishakapatnam.
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Pasupuleti Balaraju turns a hero for Telangana men
Deccan Chronicle, C.R.Gowri Shanker, 24 January 2014

Hyderabad: Tribal welfare minister, Pasupuleti Balaraju’s declaration, “I am committed to the Congress. I support bifurcation,” has made him a hero among Telangana legislators and those backing the decision.

Balaraju was elected twice from Paderu (ST) Assembly constituency in the tribal belt of Visakhapatnam district.

Some members, who are close to Balaraju, say the minister’s brave stand also reflects regrouping of weaker sections in the party and the challenge to the upper castes.

Interestingly, the support of dalit minister, who holds the portfolio of rural development, to Balaraju, has given rise to this speculation. (మరింత…)

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TRS chief targets YSRC and BJP in Parkal bypoll జూన్ 10, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, BJP, corruption, JAC, Mahabubnagar, Mulki, Palamur, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, Settler, Sonia, TDF, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Vishakapatnam, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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TRS chief targets YSRC, BJP in speech
June 10, 2012 By DC Correspondent, Warangal

Telangana Rashtra Sammiti chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao only got about 15 minutes time to attack YSR Congress and to some extent the BJP, when he was forced to cut short his address due to rains at the party’s public meeting site venue at Angadi centre in Parkal at around 8:30 pm

Telangana Rashtra Sammiti chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao only got about 15 minutes time to attack YSR Congress and to some extent the BJP, when he was forced to cut short his address due to rains at the party’s public meeting site venue at Angadi centre in Parkal at around 8:30 pm.

Both the rival Desam and Congress were spared of his usual barbs, thanks to the sudden down pour that forced the large gathering at the Angadi ground to stand up.

Hitting out at YSRC honorary president Y.S. Vijayalakshmi’s comment during her Parkal campaign that Polavaram would have been completed if former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy were alive, Mr Rao asked the YSRC nominee Konda Surekha to explain whether she is also in favour of Polavaram project. (మరింత…)

Tasks for Kishore Chandra Deo, Tribal Minister జూలై 16, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Bhadrachalam, conflict resolution, Culture, displacement, Godavari, heritage, Hyderabad, Koya, livelihoods, Polavaram, Vishakapatnam.
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Among the projects taken up in post-Independent India, Polavaram is perhaps the largest single project that has disrupted the lives of the tribals most. The environment clearance given for Polavaram is not valid as it stands today, as there have been fundamental changes in the design of the project. The Ministry of Tribal Affairs should take the initiative in correcting these statutory violations, if necessary, by approaching the Supreme Court, even at this belated stage. The proposal of Andhra Pradesh to seek ‘national’ status for the current project proposal is merely a ploy to cover up its illegalities. In its current design, the project benefits a few chosen politician-cum-contractors, certainly not the public.

OPINION, Tehelka 16 July 2011

Tasks for the new tribal minister
EAS Sarma

Kishore Chandra Deo has had a long career in Parliament. Here’s a doable and basic manifesto for him as the new minister of tribal affairs

THE RECENT union cabinet reshuffle has its plus points as well as minus ones. One important introduction to the cabinet is that of Kishore Chandra Deo, a senior member of parliament representing the tribal legislators and a person who has been in close touch with the ground reality of the tribal constituency in the Visakhapatnam area he represents. Deo has been at the forefront of cautioning his party on the hasty manner in which industrial projects are being grounded in tribal areas without adequate consultation with the tribals. Now that he has occupied the position of a minister, there are high expectations that he will translate his statements into tangible policy initiatives. What are the challenges that lie before him?

Of course, in general terms, as the Minister incharge of both tribal affairs and panchayati raj, he should take initiatives that will further the interests of the tribals in terms of their constitutional entitlements and, simultaneously, empower the grassroots- level constitutional bodies like gram sabhas, panchayats and tribal advisory councils, especially in terms of enforcement of the PESA (Panchayats Extension to Scheduled Areas). (మరింత…)

Now Environment Minister Ramesh requests Polavaram Dam height reduced మార్చి 6, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, Congress, corruption, Godavari, heritage, Kakatiya, Khammam, Koya, livelihoods, Polavaram, politics, ST, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Vishakapatnam.
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Ramesh wants Polavaram Dam height reduced
Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, March 05, 2011

Four months after issuing a notice to Andhra Pradesh government on south India’s biggest dam project, Polavaram, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh wants to reduce the dam’s height to end confrontation between Andhra and its two neighbouring states – Orissa and Chhattisgarh. The state Government has decided to retain the 150-ft height for the dam of the Polavaram project, which many believe can lead to submergence of villages in naxal struck Malkangiri in Orissa and Dantewada in Chhattisgarh and provide ammunition to naxals.

The decision taken on recommendation of a nine-member committee by Preetam Singh, former Chairman of the Central Water Commission (CWC), has irked the two state governments, who alleged they were not consulted before deciding to increase the height by about 60 meters.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh in a letter to Ramesh had complained that increasing the height would lead to huge submergence of land area in Dantewada as compared to environment clearance condition that only four villages will be affected. (మరింత…)

Polavaram : A disaster on card సెప్టెంబర్ 30, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, Bhadrachalam, conflict resolution, corruption, Culture, Economy, Godavari, Gond, heritage, Khammam, Koya, livelihoods, Polavaram, politics, ST, Vishakapatnam.
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Polavaram: A disaster on card

Orissadiary.com, September 30, 2010

By Kishor Dash

The Multi-Purpose Indira Sagar Polavaram project, is still not rid of its troubles. While Andhra Pradesh government could manage to get all necessary clearances for its much ambitious Rs 17,500-crore, project and an assurance from the UPA Government at the centre that it would be recognized as a national project, it continues to be hit one roadblock or the other.

The latest in the series comes Odisha government’s fresh application filed in the Apex court seeking the quashing of the clearance granted by the Environment Ministry to controversial Polavaram project on the ground that it would affect the lives of thousands of people in its state due to the massive embankment being constructed by Andhra Pradesh. The matter would be taken up by the Supreme Court on October 4. Earlier, the state government has already filed a suit before the apex court challenging the construction of the multi-crore Polavaram project which it fears would inundate several parts in the Malkangiri district of the state.

Polavaram is a disaster on many counts, ecologically and politically for Odisha, and the Koyas and the Konda Reddis are the latest sacrificial lambs to the temples of modern India. For Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, the probity of the crusade unleashed by the ministry in the past few months hinges on the Polavaram decision. The Koyas and the Konda Reddis are besieged by questions of all kinds — land, livelihood, culture — but the Vedanta rejection has given way to a glimmer of hope. The Naveen Pattnaik government in Odisha says 28 villages in Motu tehsil, nine of them dominated by Koya tribes, will be submerged in Malkangiri district. “A population of 20,000 is going to be affected, which includes Scheduled Tribes and Primitive Tribes. As per the estimates of the state government, the project was likely to submerge 2119.38 hectares of land in Naxalite-affected tribal areas of Malkangiri district. (మరింత…)

Centre urged to restrain AP from going ahead with Polavaram సెప్టెంబర్ 29, 2010

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Bhadrachalam, corruption, displacement, Economy, Godavari, Identity, Koya, landuse, livelihoods, Polavaram, politics, ST, Vishakapatnam.
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Centre urged to restrain AP from going ahead with Polavaram
The Hindu, Special Correspondent

NFAPD activists say construction of embankment unviable

* The project will affect people in 19 villages of Chhattisgarh and Motu area of Orissa
* NFAPD meeting adopts resolution seeking re-examination of the project

VISAKHAPATNAM: Several social activists and environmentalists on Tuesday appealed to the Centre to restrain AP from going ahead with work on controversial Polavaram Indira Sagar project till the objections raised by Orissa and Chhattisgarh were addressed to.

At a meeting held here under the aegis of National Forum Against Polavaram Dam (NFAPD), the activists adopted a resolution asking the Central authorities to immediately stop work on Polavaram as it lacked consent of affected communities in Orissa and Chattisgarh.

The resolution vehemently opposed the claim that the construction of an embankment with a height of 40 feet stretching over 30 km would prevent submergence and displacement in Orissa and Chattisgarh.

Stating that the proposed embankment was unviable, they claimed that the project was bound to affect people in 19 villages of Kunta district of Chhattisgarh and an estimated 30,000 in Motu area of Orissa’s Malkangiri district.

Petition
A petition filed by Orissa against the project will come up for hearing in Supreme Court on October 4. The resolution stated that the project should be re-examined as the clearances for land acquisition, forest rights and rehabilitation and resettlement approved in AP were not acceptable in Orissa and Chhattisgarh.

Participants included retired Chief Engineer from AP M. Dharma Rao, environmentalist T. Sivaji Rao, chairman of South Odisha Development Council Dayanidhi Sahu, engineer Lalita Mohan Pattnaik, former Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University K.V. Ramana, MLA from Burgampahad Chanda Lingayya Dora and Panchanan Mishra from Bolangir, Odisha. (మరింత…)

Fasting is secret of Lagadapati’s energy డిసెంబర్ 22, 2009

Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, Andhra, bandh, Congress, drama, fast, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, politics, PRP, Rayalaseema, suicide, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Vishakapatnam.
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Fasting is secret of Lagadapati’s energy

Deccan Chronicle, December 22nd, 2009
By Our Correspondent

Hyderabad, Dec. 21: Showing unbelievable stamina for a 45-year-old who has “fasted” for seven days, the Vijayawada Congress MP, Mr Lagadapati Rajagopal, suddenly turned up at the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences here in an autorickshaw after an overnight journey from Vijayawada, dashed into the hospital, ran along the corridors into the Acute Medical Care unit and grabbed a bed — with television cameras in tow.

Within seconds, the MP was lying on the bed, appearing exhausted and lost to the world. A team of doctors and nurses immediately surrounded him, almost as if they were waiting for the “guest”.
According to reports, the MP, who escaped from a Vijayawada hospital late on Sunday night, travelled by his car till Khammam, took an RTC bus to Hyderabad and took the autorickshaw to reach Nims. This could not be verified, and it is suspected that he travelled in an outdoor broadcasting van of a television channel.

All this hectic activity from a man whose fast entered its seventh day on Monday left many amazed. Mr Rajagopal instead looked more energetic than before. (మరింత…)

No Compromise on Hyderabad : KCR డిసెంబర్ 21, 2009

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Andhra, compromise, Congress, Culture, Economy, GHMC, Godavari, Hyderabad, Identity, KCR, KTR, livelihoods, Mahabubnagar, MIM, Mulki, Muslim, Osmania, politics, population, Rayalaseema, Settler, Sonia, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Vishakapatnam.
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No compromise on the status of Hyderabad

G S Vasu
New Indian Express: 22 Dec 2009 12:34:46 AM IST

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhara Rao firmly believes that creation of a Telangana State is only a matter of time. He rules out any compromise on the status of Hyderabad, asserting that it has to be the capital of Telangana, but at the same time, reassures that people from the other regions would be welcome here even after separation. Excerpts from an interview:

Q: Do you think that the Centre will keep its commitment on creation of a Telangana State?

A: I have no doubt whatsoever and I am willing to wait to enable the Centre take forward the process. I am sure the Home Ministry has already initiated the process. Those, who are against it, are now saying that the Assembly should necessarily pass a resolution. This is not correct. According to Article 3 of the Indian Constitution, the President is only required to refer the matter to the Assembly for “expression of its views.” The view of the Assembly is not binding and this was clearly laid down by the Supreme Court on more than one occasion including at the time of the formation of Bombay (Maharashtra) State. What everyone should understand is that the decision was announced on behalf of the Government of India and by the Union Home Minister whose ministry has to deal with issues relating to separation of states. As far as geographical territory is concerned, Telangana as a state was administered either by the Government of India or a local government for eight years before it was merged with the Andhra State to create Andhra Pradesh. Therefore, the Telangana region that existed as on October 31, 1956, (before the merger) can be separated again now. There are established procedures to settle other issues like bifurcation of assets, sharing of resources, etc., and they can be followed.

Q What is your response to the agitation in coastal and Rayalaseema regions that the state should remain united?
A: There is no basis for their argument and they have no clarity on what they are seeking. The so-called “Samaikhya Andhra” stir (united Andhra) has no samaikhyata (unity) at all. Chiranjeevi has his own agenda. Chandrababu Naidu of TDP has his own. They know that separation is a reality and are only preparing for future political activity in the coastal and Rayalaseema regions. In fact, the agitation is being run by a handful of vested interests (read businessmen-politicians) who have made huge investments in real estate in Hyderabad and are, therefore, keen on status quo. I am getting hundreds of messages from ordinary people in coastal and Rayalaseema regions that they would be happy if the state is created because that would spur growth in their regions. I am sure the Union Government will sooner than later put an end to this artificial agitation in the other two regions.

Q: The bone of contention, if the state has to be split, appears to be Hyderabad. Are you open for any options?
A: There are no options. Hyderabad has always been a part of Telangana and will remain so. The proposal in certain quarters that it could be made a common capital is meaningless and impractical. Any capital is formed from the point of view of administrative convenience. From any part of Andhra, one has to travel 200 km through Telangana to reach Hyderabad. When the state is split, why would the people of coastal region prefer to do this? In fact, they would like their capital to be closer to them and develop. People are going to beat coastal leaders if they propose a common capital. Yes, for some time, may be a year or two, the coastal government can run its affairs from Hyderabad till infrastructure is created in their capital. (మరింత…)

Formation process of Telangana State – politics of Chidambaram statement డిసెంబర్ 10, 2009

Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, Andhra, BJP, compromise, Congress, Greater Rayalaseema, Identity, KCR, Media, Mulki, politics, PRP, Sonia, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Vishakapatnam.
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Telangana resolution only if majority supports it: Rosaiah
IANS 10 December 2009, 04:06pm IST

HYDERABAD: Alarmed over the spate of resignations by Congress MPs and legislators from the Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, Andhra Pradesh chief minister K. Rosaiah on Thursday said the resolution on forming a Telangana state would be tabled in the assembly only after consultations.

Rosaiah advised MPs and legislators not to get agitated over the issue and resign as the process of moving a resolution had not even started.

“If necessary, the resolution will be moved in the assembly. Even if such a situation arises, the resolution will be passed only if it gets majority support,” he told reporters.

“Mr Chidambaram said the resolution will be moved. It does not mean that it will be moved immediately because there is a process for this and there are several stages in the process. We have to talk to people from other regions,” he said.

“I don’t think that the state will be divided immediately.” The chief minister said the central leadership of the party was monitoring the developments. (మరింత…)