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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…)

Governor for hastening Telangana process అక్టోబర్ 27, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Congress, Telangana.
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Governor for hastening Telangana process
TNN, October 26, 2013

New Delhi/ Hyderabad: Governor ESL Narasimhan, who has been in Delhi for the last two days, has reportedly pressed for the early completion of the Telangana process in his meetings with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other Union ministers.

Narasimhan met Sonia on Friday, the second time in the past two days, in the backdrop of CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy planning to quit the party and launch a political party for Samaikyandhra.

The purpose of summoning the governor to Delhi is to get clarifications on the preparedness of the police at the time of introduction of the bill in Parliament and subsequent Presidential assent. The Centre also is said to have sought clarification from the governor whether the division would unleash any violence in Rayalaseema and coastal region and encourage the Maoist elements in the state. (మరింత…)

Vizag Development Council seeks Inter-state panel అక్టోబర్ 27, 2013

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Inter-state panel sought
Deccan Chronicle, October 24, 2013

Visakhapatnam: Local think tank had requested President of India Pranab Mukherjee to invoke article 263 of constitution for appointment of inter-state council for resolution of issues between two regions and centre before proceeding further on bifurcation of the state.

Members of Vizag Development Council (VDC), on Wednesday, wrote to the president that the decision of the Union government on creation of separate Telangana state has led to unrest in the state.

“More than 2/3 of the population in Andhra Pradesh are opposing division. The chief minister is also against it. All the opposition parties in the state are demanding for a review of the decision. Even people living in the capital city, Hyderabad, which is proposed to be merged into Telangana, have not expressed their desire to merge with Telangana,” said VDC president P. Vishnu Kumar Raju. He added that the majority of them prefer status quo. (మరింత…)

Telangana Bill in Winter Session అక్టోబర్ 27, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Rayalaseema, regionalism, Telangana.
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Telangana Bill likely to come up in Winter Session of Parliament
Deccan Chronicle, Ch. V.M. Krishna Rao, October 23, 2013

Hyderabad: The Telangana Bill is likely to come up in the Winter Session of Parliament, which the Centre intends to convene from December 5.

According to sources, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is keen to have the T-Bill passed in the Winter Session. But it all depends on the schedule of business that will evolve at the pre-session all-party meeting.

The Group of Ministers that is working on the Telangana Bill is expected to conclude its business around November 15, after which the draft legislation will be placed before the Union Cabinet. (మరింత…)

The Telangana blunder – Meghnad Desai అక్టోబర్ 14, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, Identity, regionalism, Telangana.
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The Telangana blunder
Meghnad Desai, The Indian Express, Oct 13 2013

It has been three years since P Chidambaram confided somewhat loudly that the UPA was going to grant Telangana statehood.

There was once a young Brahmin boy who, having nothing to do, would spend his time in the village square. He used to admire a bull who had a pair of perfectly round horns which formed a circle. The boy thought of trying to jump through the horns. But being a prudent chap, he did not do so immediately. After a year of watching the bull, one day he took the plunge. The bull panicked and thrashed him about till others had to tame the bull and rescue the boy. When people admonished him about his thoughtless act, the boy replied, “It was not thoughtless; I had thought about it for a long time.”

That is the perfect analogy for the government’s (Congress?) decision on the Telangana issue. It has been three years since P Chidambaram confided somewhat loudly that the UPA was going to grant Telangana statehood. Confusion and denials followed. A commission was appointed whose recommendations were soundly ignored. More time was wasted and the issue simmered. YSR died leaving Andhra orphaned. Belying Jagan’s hopes of dynastic succession, chief ministers were appointed and replaced. Jagan was hounded and jailed, but the problem still persisted.

Then at last, and indeed too late for comfort, the demand has been granted. All hell has broken loose. There are power failures and mayhem on the streets. Ministers have resigned and the Chief Minister is itching to go. There have been old divisions within Andhra which have become new regional identities — Rayalaseema and Seemandhra. Telangana patriots refer to them as outsiders, even foreigners. There are politicians going on fasts to protest. (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…)

CM forced DGP Dinesh Reddy to Link Telangana state to Naxalism అక్టోబర్ 14, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, Naxalite, politics, Telangana.
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Link Telangana state to Naxalism, chief minister told me: former top cop
NDTV, Reported by Uma Sudhir, Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh, October 9, 2013

Hyderabad:At a time when Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy has been accused of supporting protests against the state’s bifurcation to create Telangana, a former top cop has alleged that Mr Reddy asked him to give an adverse report against the proposed new state.

Director General of Police Dinesh Reddy, who was replaced a week ago, has claimed that the Chief Minister had asked him to say a separate Telangana would lead to more Maoist problems.

But speaking exclusively to NDTV’s Uma Sudhir, Dinesh Reddy also admitted that he had felt humiliated by the Chief Minister and that was also a reason for his outburst. (మరింత…)

No Assembly resolution needed for bifurcation, Jaipal Reddy అక్టోబర్ 13, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Congress, Rayalaseema, Telangana, TRS.
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Telangana row: No Assembly resolution needed for bifurcation, says Jaipal Reddy
Z News, October 05, 2013

Hyderabad: Union Minister for Science and Technology S Jaipal Reddy on Saturday said that Legislative Assembly does not need to pass a resolution to bifurcate a state.

“I am not giving a political clarification, but only a Constitutional clarification… As per the Constitution, no resolution is required. Only the relevant Bill needs to be sent to the state Assembly,” he told reporters here.

Jaipal recalled that resolution was “a tradition” introduced by the erstwhile NDA government when it divided three states.

“As per the Constitution, the Bill will certainly be referred to the state Assembly,” he added.

Asked if President’s rule could be imposed in Andhra Pradesh to enable a smooth division in view of the threat by Seemaandhra legislators to “defeat” any resolution in the Assembly, he replied, “I have no knowledge whatsoever about it, nor am I wishing it. No such thing has come to my notice.”

Asked whether he would become the first Chief Minister of the (new) Telangana state, he retorted, “Don’t you have anything else to ask. Like there is a need to improve the standards of politics, there is a need to improve the standards of media as well.” (మరింత…)

The Telangana dream is still far, Cabinet nod to be delayed అక్టోబర్ 13, 2013

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The Telangana dream is still far, Cabinet nod on statehood to be delayed
PTI, New Delhi, October 1, 2013

The approval of the Cabinet for creation of Telangana from southern Indian state Andhra Pradesh is likely to be delayed as the Home Ministry is yet to finalise the note to be put up before it.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has not yet given a go ahead to the draft prepared for presentation before the Cabinet, sources said.

Shinde is waiting for the recommendations of the high-level committee, headed by Defence Minister A K Antony, which is hearing the concerns of all stakeholders in the wake of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) decision on a separate Telangana, they said. (మరింత…)

Telangana parties making grand plans for win సెప్టెంబర్ 29, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BJP, Congress, elections, Telangana, TRS.
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Telangana parties making grand plans for win
Inkeshaf Ahmed | Post Noon, September 24, 2013

While Seemandhra is still a cauldron. It is a role reversal where Seemandhra historically enjoyed economic advantage while Telangana suffered.

Hyderabad: While 13 districts of Seemandhra region continue to burn with unabated agitation for keeping the State united the Telangana region is witnessing a different situation altogether.

The announcement of creation of a Telangana state has prompted key political parties in the region to devote their attention now in strengthening their base.

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The ruling Congress which has already started the process of reconstitution of APCC (AP Congress Committee) and District Congress Committees (DCCs) even before the announcement of creation of separate Telangana state has now decided to leverage the advantage that it has got with the proposed T-state formation. (మరింత…)