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Seemandhra Greed and Business Interests in Telangana అక్టోబర్ 16, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, Congress, Economy, elections, Hyderabad, TDP, Telangana, TRS, YSR.
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‘Shot-gun wedding and the ill-gotten dowry’

Sam Rajappa, The Weekend Leader, 14 October 2013

If the BJP government of Vajpayee could carve out three new States out of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh without shedding any blood, there is no reason why the Congress-led UPA government could not bring about separation of Telangana, forcibly merged with Seemandhra to become Andhra Pradesh 57 years ago by the government of Nehru with the promise of divorce if the union did not gel.

Two unequal States were yoked together. It never gelled as Telangana was educationally and socially backward and Andhra, including Rayalaseema, was forward. Seemandhra comprising the Andhra and Rayalaseema districts treated Telangana as a colony and the people of Telangana have been agitating for separation ever since 1969.

More than 900 people have lost their life in the prolonged struggle. Granting statehood to Telangana does not involve any bifurcation of territory or division of assets and liabilities. It is a mere restoration of status quo ante, 1956.

The people of Andhra Pradesh gave the UPA a mandate for Telangana statehood by giving more than three-fourths of the Lok Sabha seats in the State in 2004 and in 2009. Telangana statehood was on the UPA election manifesto.

The government took the first step to redeem its election pledge in December 2009 when Home Minister P Chidambaram made an announcement to that effect in the Lok Sabha. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy was unequivocal that as long as he was in charge, he would never allow separation of the two States and he was even prepared to step down.

It was New Delhi’s insistence that Kiran Kumar preside over the dissolution of Andhra Pradesh that led to the murky aftermath of the government’s decision.

The Telugu Desam, main Opposition party in Andhra Pradesh, passed a resolution in 2008 that granting statehood for Telangana was “a historical necessity.” Even the breakaway YSR Congress of Jaganmohan Reddy had endorsed his parent party’s decision to split Andhra Pradesh. Their present posture is only to project their respective parties’ electoral prospects in Seemandhra. (మరింత…)

Polavaram project: Transstroy disputes allegation, says other bidders’ documents too not in order డిసెంబర్ 28, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, corruption, Polavaram, Telangana.
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Polavaram: Transstroy complains against other bidders
Special Correspondent, The Hindu, December 28, 2012

Transstroy consortium, the L1 bidder for the Polavaram project has complained to the Engineer-in-Chief that two other bidders, Soma CGGC joint venture and Madhucon Sino Hydro, submitted work experience certificates pertaining to the same project, executed in China.

Transstroy, along with its Russian-based JV JSC UES, has been under scanner of the high power committee over allegations that its work experience certificates were not authenticated by the competent authorities for the projects executed by them in Russia.

However, Transstroy disputed the allegation and showed again its work experience for the projects executed in Russia. It also submitted a certificate issued by a Russian government undertaking. (మరింత…)

Transstroy is now the contractor to build disputed Polavaram Dam అక్టోబర్ 18, 2012

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, biodiversity, Congress, corruption, ecology, Godavari, Khammam, Koya, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Transstroy to implement Polavaram project

Special Correspondent, The Hindu, Hyderabad, October 18,2012

The consortium of Transstroy-JSC EC UES has finally been selected as the contractor to build the three main components of the Rs. 16,100-crore Polavaram project — rock-fill-cum-earthen dam, spillway and penstocks for 960-MW powerhouse planned as part of the project.

The selection has been made by the State Level Standing Committee (SLSC) headed by C. Muralidhar, engineer-in-chief, Irrigation, and reportedly approved by the High Level Committee which has Chief Secretary (Minnie Mathews) as its chairperson. The SLSC has other engineers-in-chief, the director, Finance, and the chief engineer, Central Designs Organisation, as members. Subject to final approval of the selection by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Transstroy consortium will be awarded the contract for the works. Transstroy-JSC EC UES quoted a price of Rs. 4,054 crore which was 14 per cent less than the IBM (internal bench mark) value fixed by the government at Rs. 4,717 crore. (మరింత…)

Telangana and Reddy – Kamma battles : Gautam Pingle సెప్టెంబర్ 6, 2011

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Reddys, Kammas and Telangana
Gautam Pingle

Economic & Political Weekly EPW September 3, 2011 vol xlvi no 36 p 19 – 21

Reddy-Kamma rivalry has defined politics in Andhra Pradesh in both the Congress Party and the Telugu Desam Party. The two communities used a pliant Telangana vote bank in their battles, but this option is now no longer available to them. Should that come in the way of the formation of a state of Telangana?

Take Andhra: there are only two major communities spread over the linguistic area. They are either Reddis or the Kammas. They hold all the land, all the offices, and all the business.
– Ambedkar 1955

Caste is an important factor in the political history of Andhra Pradesh and remains critical for political mobilisation. Most scholars have pointed out the hegemony of the Reddy and Kamma castes.
– Sri Krishna Committee (SKC) Report: 410

The Reddys and Kammas continue to hold economic and political power and are likely to continue to play an influential role in future decisions regarding the state.
– SKC Report: 310.

Caste and Party Politics

A Reddy-Kamma alliance with the Reddys playing a dominant role has become the leitmotif of the Andhra Pradesh (AP) Congress. This control is based partly on numerical strength, dominant status in villages and economic power. As for numerical strength:

…the regional distribution of upper castes varies with Coastal Andhra having the highest proportion at 32%, followed by Rayalaseema at 24% and Telangana having the smallest proportion at only 11% (SKC Report: 380).

Of the 11 cabinets formed from 1956 to 1980, the Reddy contingent supplied an average of 26% of the total with the brahmins (7%), Kammas (8%) and Kapus and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) (28%). This was in line with the general dominance of the Reddy community in the seven assemblies (with an average strength of 294 seats) during the period 1957 to 1985, when they had an average of 25% of the seats with brahmins getting 9%, Kammas 14% and backward castes 17%. While all this was going on, during the same period there was a total collapse of brahmin presence in the seven assemblies (from 23 to 11 MLAs) as well as in the same 11 cabinets (from 23% to 6%) (Reddy 1989: 305-06).

However, it is an odd but incontestable fact that a Kamma has never been a Congress chief minister. This is significant in that the Kamma community from 1953 until 1983 had almost totally supported the Congress Party with votes, funds and media support. That was to change with the advent of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which, in its turn, has had only Kamma chief ministers till date! While the Congress has some Kamma support and the TDP Reddy support, they largely reflect the interests of the dominant castes that control their fortunes. However, as Carolyn Elliott (1970) comments, these Reddy-Kamma equations are unstable and tend to fall apart. (మరింత…)