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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…)

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.

Telangana fallout: Sharad Pawar supports separate Vidarbha state ఆగస్ట్ 5, 2013

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Telangana fallout: Sharad Pawar not to oppose separate Vidarbha state

IANS, New Delhi, August 4, 2013

Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said he favoured a united Maharashtra but would not oppose the demand for a separate Vidarbha state.

“I am for the state, for the unity of the state. But I am also of the firm view that if a sizeable section of the society, particularly from the (Vidarbha) region want a separate state and that separate state will be a viable state, then I will not come in their way,” he told a news channel in an interview.

Pawar, also the Nationalist Congress Party chief, was responding to a query on his stand on the renewed demand for Vidarbha state after the Congress approved creation of Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh.

Pawar also said it will be difficult for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to attract allies if Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was made its prime ministerial candidate. (మరింత…)

Congress births a new state to reduce election pangs ఆగస్ట్ 4, 2013

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Telangana: Congress births a new state to reduce election pangs
ET Bureau, 31 July 2013

New Delhi: Congress has conceded the long-pending demand for carving a separate state of Telangana out ofAndhra Pradesh despite sharp dissensions among its local leaders, a move seemingly calculated to reap electoral dividends for the party in the next general elections.

The Congress Working Committee on Tuesday endorsed the demand, granting statehood to Telangana, which will have 10 districts, including capital Hyderabad that it will share with Andhra Pradesh for the first decade and get to claim as its own thereafter.

Congress, however, gave up under pressure from local leaders the proposal of cleanly bifurcating Andhra and merging two districts of Rayalaseema region, Anantapur and Kurnool with the new state.

“It is resolved to request the central government to take steps in accordance with the Constitution to form a separate state of Telangana…within a definite time-frame,” CWC said. (మరింత…)

All set for creation of Telangana : Kingshuk Nag జూలై 28, 2013

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Creation of Telangana: Details emerge, Hyderabad to be a Union territory

Kingshuk Nag, TNN, July 28, 2103

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad is likely to be a Union territory for five years and will act as joint capital of the two states to be created out of the bifurcation of the present Andhra Pradesh.

The Union territory will be administered by a lieutenant governor. The governor of the Telangana state will be the ex-officio lieutenant governor of Hyderabad in these five years. A proposal to this effect is going to be put up to the Union cabinet before August 5.

The cabinet will meet after the Congress working committee and the UPA steering group approves a proposal to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh. Highly placed sources privy to the proposals told TOI that the cabinet will also take a final call on whether to create Telangana or a Rayala-Telangana state. The former will consist of the ten districts of Telangana and the latter proposal envisages the addition of two Rayalaseema districts — Anantapur and Kurnool to the proposed Telangana state. Interestingly, the Andhra part of the bifurcated state will be called Andhra Pradesh.

Sources told TOI that Congress party bosses are hopeful of completing this process within a week because Parliament convenes for the monsoon session on August 6. A bill might be presented in this session itself. Meanwhile, with Kiran Kumar Reddy having already resigned, a new chief minister for integrated Andhra Pradesh to oversee the process of bifurcation will be appointed. In all likelihood the new incumbent will belong to Telangana. However with intelligence reports suggesting that there will be major trouble in the Seemandhra region in the wake of the announcement, it seems inevitable that President’s rule will be clamped in the state till the process of bifurcation is complete. Much of the trouble is expected to be fomented by interested parties although spontaneous outpourings are not unexpected. (మరింత…)

Delhi donna, August 5 జూలై 26, 2013

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Cong puts Telangana on fast track, final decision awaited

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times New Delhi, July 26, 2013

The Congress has put the contentious Telangana statehood on the fast track, with all available indications so far suggesting that the top leadership is in favour of creating a separate state.

The final decision, however, on carving out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh, is awaited.

“The consultation process is over. Now await the decision of the party as well as the (Congress-led) UPA government,” Congress general secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh Digvijaya Singh said after a meeting of the party’s core group on Friday.

The final call will now be taken by the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s highest decision making body. Though the date for the CWC meeting is yet to be fixed, it is widely expected to be held before the commencement of the monsoon session of Parliament on August 5 (మరింత…)

Telangana only after 2014: Ajit Singh జూన్ 9, 2013

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Telangana only after 2014: Ajit Singh
Express News Service, Hyderabad, 8 June 2013

Telangana can only be formed after 2014 general elections and any government elected has to concede Telangana, believes Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh.

Addressing mediapersons here Friday, Ajit Singh said it was imperative for any party to have the support of Telangana people to get elected. “Once elected, they have to concede the demand for a separate State,” he felt.

Ajit Singh said Telangana farmers were bogged down by several problems and justice could be done to them in a separate state alone. He said he will be meeting UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in about a week to discuss the issue of Telagnana. (మరింత…)

Respect verdict of people in 2014 elections & role of regional parties: K Keshava Rao జూన్ 4, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BJP, Congress, elections, politics, Telangana.
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Have quit Congress with a heavy heart: K Kesava Rao
Prashanth Chintala, Business Standard, June 4, 2013

Interview with Ex- chief, Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee
Septuagenarian K Kesava Rao was associated with the Congressparty for almost five decades. The 72-year-old journalist-turned-politician had also held key posts in the party like the president of the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee and a member of the Congress Working Committee. The maverick politician quit the Congress on Sunday and joined the Telangana Rashtra Samithi(TRS), which is spearheading the movement for securing separate statehood to the Telangana region. In an interview with Prashanth Chintala on the eve of joining TRS, Rao says he is leaving the Congress with a heavy heart. Edited excerpts:

You have been associated with the Congress for five decades and also held important posts in the party. Why are you quitting now?
It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to disassociate myself from the Congress party on the issue of Telangana (separate statehood for the region). I have no grievance or complaint against the party. In fact, I hold that its secular credentials and philosophy of inclusiveness are the best bet for nation’s security and growth. But, in the present context, they are no substitute for my Telangana. Now that the Congress is not going to give Telangana, at least in the near future, I cannot continue to deceive myself further, more so the people at large. I need to take their call.

What will be the impact of your resignation and the two Congress MPs on the party as well as the Telangana movement?
Let us be very truthful in these things. The resignations are not a game changer. They should bring some kind of moral pressure, not political pressure. Can a single MP from Congress today come and tell me that he is going to win in the ensuing elections? (మరింత…)

Speculation of three Congress MPs joining TRS ఏప్రిల్ 18, 2013

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Telangana Congress MPs keep up statehood rhetoric
Express News Service, Hyderabad 17 April 2013

Telangana Congress MPs on Tuesday continued to build pressure on the Centre for a positive and early decision on the separate State demand even as the party high command sought to persuade them not to cross the line.

Said former Rajya Sabha member K Keshva Rao, “All the MPs will sit together soon and decide what should be done to secure a Telangana State.” Implicit in his statement was their anticipated decision on TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao’s invitation to join his party.
Peddapalli MP G Vivek said the Parliament session beginning April 23 would be his last. “I hope the party takes a positive decision. If not, I will have to think of alternatives,” he said.

According to sources, Vivek is only trying to pressure the Congress and is in fact not keen on leaving the party for TRS. He had said on Monday he would not leave the Congress and would contest the next election on a Congress ticket. (మరింత…)

KCR puts Telangana on hold, eyes 2014 elections- MVK Sastry ఫిబ్రవరి 14, 2013

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KCR puts Telangana on hold, eyes elections
MVK Sastry, New Indian express, Hyderabad, 14 February 2013

While other political parties are merely discussing early general elections, TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao is already busy selecting the ‘right’ candidates for Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. He wants to win 15 Lok Sabha and 110 Assembly seats in next elections.
Chandrasekhar Rao is understood to have come to the conclusion that the Congress would not resolve the Telangana issue in the coming days.

After his experience of 12 years leading the Telangana movement, KCR believes that the TRS would emerge as the single largest party in the Telangana region by wining 15 Lok Sabha seats and he would be able to play a key role in Parliament, forcing the Central government to declare a road map for the creation of Telangana state. (మరింత…)