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Prof Kodandram’s journey, from face of Telangana struggle to the target of Telangana govt ఫిబ్రవరి 26, 2017

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A drift between Kodandram and KCR was inevitable, for, their means towards the end were different.

Pavan Korada, TheNEWSMinute, Friday, February 24, 2017

More often than not, it so happens that every legitimate political struggle has two fronts. The words ‘legitimate’ and ‘political’ themselves represent the function and evolution of each front. The struggle acquires legitimacy — as a genuine people’s aspiration — through grassroots mass-mobilisation, usually a feature of participatory democracy. And once this popular aspiration is digested by the people and snowballs into a mass movement, then a second front emerges. This front now has to fight the political battle within the existent power structure. In a parliamentary democracy, the latter usually takes the form of a political vanguard party.  (మరింత…)

Nature of Telangana movement & vision for Separate Telangana- Prof Rama Melkote జూలై 19, 2013

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What next?

The disillusionment is now total. Some of us had our own doubts about any decision by the Congress now. Yet there was a flicker of hope. I feared more suicides when no decision was taken. And it has happened, I hear.

I would like to share some of my thoughts on the issue.

In all our innocence, we believed that the Congress will keep up its promise of granting Telangana. Time and again we have been deceived. One only has to look at the history of the Congress party, more particularly since the seventies. It has played politics in the most undemocratic way, never kept up its promises, used repressive methods to curb dissent, suppressed social movements, promulgated more and more repressive laws to deal with the ‘naxalites’ all in the name of security. Claiming to be a secular party, it did not hesitate to use the police, the army against a community, the Sikhs. The destruction of Babri Masjid is a blot on the Nation and its secular constitution. It’s so called anti poverty, populist policies eventually ended up in neo liberal policies, in politics of globalization. In every way, the secular, democratic principles of the Constitution of India have been systematically violated. However, we cannot ignore the fact that it is the peoples struggles that have opposed the repressive State to sustain democracy, rights and freedom of the people, at least to some extent.

I think we need to understand the Congress party’s position in the case of Telangana. We all know the history, the marginalization of Telangana after the merger with the Andhra State. The two different trajectories of the rise of the ruling elite in Telangana and the Andhra region need to be understood. The rise of a confident, economically powerful elite/ bourgeoisie in the Andhra for various reasons, its assertion as a class, its demand for its own state in the name of Telugu identity, the demand for Visahalandhra, point out to its ability to assert itself politically. In Telangana, the people’s struggle for their rights, the anti feudal, peasant armed struggle, the police/ army action eventually led to the ‘independent’ state of Telangana. What was the nature of the ruling elite/class in Telangana? It was not economically powerful nor was it a politically assertive class. It could have become one, evolved into a bourgeois elite, if the merger to form the State of Andhra Pradesh had not taken place. It is this weakness of the T elite, its subservience to the Andhra elite that is manifest even to this day. What else can explain their refusal to resign from the government and align with the peoples struggle? The desire for retaining political power, even as a subservient ally of the Andhra ruling class is closely linked to their own financial interests. I think we need to factor these into our analysis of the present situation. (మరింత…)

Telangana State only after 2014 elections, says KCR నవంబర్ 12, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, elections, KCR, Polavaram, regionalism, suicide, TRS, Y S Jagan.
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Telangana State only after 2014 elections, says KCR
Staff Reporter, The Hindu, Karimnagar, November 9, 2012

TRS chief asserts that party will not have any truck with Congress in future

The two-day brainstorming session of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti ended here on Thursday with its president K. Chandrasekhar Rao making two politically loaded statements of Telangana being a reality only after 2014 general elections and asserting that his party will not have any truck with the Congress in future.

TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao speaking to newsmen after the two-day brainstorming session in Karimnagar on Thursday. Photo: T Ajaypal Singh

Indicating that he was unsure of formation of separate State in the near future Mr. Rao said: “Now, the situation is ripe for TRS to emerge as a strong force in Telangana region by winning at least 100 Assembly seats and 15 Lok Sabha seats. No force can stop the formation of Telangana state after the coming general elections. It is not KCR, but the people of Telangana who will dictate terms to the Centre then, as we already have the support of 32 political parties.”

Conceding that the Congress has yet again betrayed on the separate State issue, Mr. Rao thundered: “There will be no more deadlines, only death-line for the Congress.” Briefing media persons over the deliberations, he took pains to explain in detail how the party was first engaged in consultations by the Congress leadership in Delhi and then deceived. After the general strike, when he met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi, he was asked to remain patient as a solution would be found soon. Then he met senior Congress leaders who came up with a list of conditions that included merger of his party with Congress. (మరింత…)

Separate Rayalaseema is a must, if Telangana state is formed- Byreddy, RJAC ఆగస్ట్ 28, 2012

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Seema leaders seek new state
August 27, 2012 Deccan Chronicle, Hyderabad

Leaders from Rayalaseema on Sunday demanded a separate state in the event of a Telangana state being formed stating that they could not remain with Coastal Andhra. In a meeting held in a private function hall in Khairatabad, organised by former TD legislator Byreddy Rajasekhar Reddy, the leaders decided to form a Rayalaseema Joint Action Committee on the lines of the TJAC for Telangana. It was also decided to form JACs for all professional sections of the society to fight against injustice to the region as well as for separate statehood.

Mr Byreddy Rajasekhar Reddy announced that he would undertake a 40-day padayatra covering all the villages in the four districts of Rayalaseema soon. He also demanded TD chief N. Chandrababu Naidu mention the backwardness of the Rayalaseema region in the proposed letter on the Telangana statehood issue in the first week of September. (మరింత…)

Its predictions going wrong, TRS decides to revive stir ఆగస్ట్ 28, 2012

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Its predictions going wrong, TRS decides to revive stir

Express News Service, Hyderabad, 28 August 2012

The TRS leadership, which has been claiming that it has received signals of a favourable decision on the separate Telangana issue from the Centre and an announcement will be made in just a couple of months, has now come to the opinion that the Congress led UPA government at the Centre might defer a decision till the 2014 general election.

Though Telangana leaders of the Congress are time and again saying that their high command will take a final call on the issue soon, the TRS leadership has come to think otherwise.

After closely watching the developments in Delhi, the pink party leadership has formed an opinion that the UPA government is not in a position to deliver on its promise.

According to the TRS leadership, if the Centre wants to make any announcement on Telangana, it will do so only just before the 2014 elections. (మరింత…)

TRS scraped through in Parkal జూన్ 16, 2012

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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, 2012

Posted 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.
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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…)

TRS releases Advani’s anti Telangana letter జూన్ 10, 2012

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TRS releases advani’s 2002 anti-t letter
June 10,2012, By DC Correspondent, Warangal

With the Telangana Rashtra Samiti and the Bharatiya Janata Party pulling out all stops to corner the pro-Telangana vote in Parkal, both parties are doing their best to wrest the initiative on Telangana statehood.

Hours before leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj’s arrival to campaign for the BJP in Parkal, TRS leader Harish Rao on Saturday released a video clip of the BJP’s former minister Ch. Vidyasagar Rao and a letter written by former Union home minister L.K. Advani in 2002.

Releasing the video clip and the letter, Mr Harish Rao, the TRS’ strategy expert, alleged that the BJP was trying to reap the “Telangana crop harvest” that had been sown, watered and cared for by the TRS since 2001.

Mr Harish Rao distributed copies of Mr Advani’s letter, dated April 1, 2002 and addressed to the then BJP MP A. Narendra, saying that “regional disparities in economic development can be tackled through planning.” Mr Advani stated in his letter, “we do not propose the creation of a separate state of Telangana.” (మరింత…)

Telangana state would be top priority for NDA if voted to power in 2014 జూన్ 10, 2012

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Telangana state top priority for NDA: Shahnawaz
The party is totally committed for Telangana state

Press Trust of India / Hyderabad Jun 10, 2012

Reiterating BJP’s commitment towards smaller states, former Union Minister and party’s official spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain today assured that NDA’s first decision after coming to power at the Centre would be creation of separate Telangana state.

“The party is totally committed for Telangana state and first decision of the NDA, if voted to power, would be carving out of Telangana region as a separate state,” Shahnawaz told reporters here, before leaving for Parkal Assembly constituency in Warangal district to participate in elections campaign.

Alleging that some political parties have been playing with the sentiments of Telangana people, Shahnawaz said they (people) have now identified the parties who have been deceiving them in the name of separate state and they have full faith in BJP. (మరింత…)

YSRC faces no trouble to campaign in Parkal bypolls జూన్ 8, 2012

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Jagan mother Vijaya Lakshmi faces no trouble in Telangana region

Agencies: Warangal , Jun 08 2012

YSR Congress leader Y S Vijaya Lakshmi had a smooth passage in Telangana region during her campaign for the June 12 by-polls, unlike other top leaders from non-Telangana regions who have faced anger of supporters of the separate statehood.

Vijaya Lakshmi and her daughter Sharmila recently campaigned in Parkal Assembly segment in Warangal district, the hotbed of statehood agitation, for the YSR Congress’s Konda Surekha.

Top leaders including TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and even YSR Congress president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had faced strong protests, often violent, from Telangana supporters.

Jagan had to abort his plan to undertake `odarpu yatra’ in Warangal district two years ago following violent clashes between his supporters and pro-Telangana supporters at Mahabubabad railway station.

But Vijaya Lakshmi had a smooth going mainly because TRS and Telangana political Joint Action Committee (JAC) decided not to oppose her campaign. TRS, however, asked why Jagan held a placard in support of united Andhra Pradesh in Parliament couple of years ago, while JAC wanted Vijaya Lakshmi to spell out her party’s stand on the separate statehood demand. (మరింత…)