KCR In Top Political Gear At Warangal Meet

KCR went ballistic at the Congress and the TDP in his address at Warangal meet but kept mum on the BJP.

Warangal: Launching a scathing attack on Congress, narrating the various welfare measures targeting BC vote bank and seeking another five-year mandate to rule were the highlights of the speech of TRS supremo and Chief minister K Chandrasekhara Rao at the well-attended public meeting at Warangal on Thursday.

In his first mammoth public meeting after the plenary of the party, he went ballistic in full political gear and urged people to look at the various schemes undertaken by him since the formation of the State and stressed the need for continuation of ‘TRS rule’ for continuation of the ‘development process’.

KCR appeared fully in poll mode as each and every word of his speech has indicated it. He targeted every section of the society, BCs and farmers mostly, and asked them to vote for his party again in 2019 Assembly polls.

Coming down heavily on the main opposition party, the Congress, he said, ‘but for their inaction and laxity as well as corrupt practices, Telangana would not have remain under-developed and wept for decades. Had there been no Congress and TDP’s misrule, I would not have called for separate statehood’.

Lambasting former chief ministers, Mr Rao said, “Congressmen are numbskulled persons, morons. Earlier, YS Rajasekhara Reddy stated in Assembly that he is not a stumbling to the formation of Telangana and every congress leader has received benefits from him. Another CM, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy bluntly told Harish Rao and Eetela Rajender that he will not give even a single pie to Telangana region. None of our Congress leaders could resign in protest. TRS on the otherhand, threwaway resignation letters umpteen times. TRS is not after power. Telangana has been in distress because of Congress. This prolonged agony will not end overnight and we have to strive hard to wipe it out and achieve Golden Telangana.” KCR took potshots against Uttam Kumar Reddy, TPCC Chief, who has taken a vow to sport beard till TRS is defeated, K Narayana who said he would chop off his ear if TRS wins the local body elections. Chief minister expressed confidence that his party would romp home in 2019 too.

But, interestingly, KCR kept silent on BJP although he is well aware of the fact that the saffron party is desparate to penetrate into Telangana. Perhaps keeping in mind the future political scenario, he was mum on BJP. It might be recalled that many surveys have already predicted that BJP will emerge victorious in 2019 General Elections as well. If it were true, Telangana government would have to maintain a cordial relationship with the Centre.

KCR did not forget to invoke the name of party ideologue Prof Jayashankar who is no more. Paying rich tributes to the visionary, Mr Rao said had Jayashankar been alive, he would have been extremely happy after seeing this pace of development.

Mr Rao’s strategy is clear. He would go on a development plank for the ensuing Assembly polls. Branding his usual assault on Congress and TDP stating them as the successors of united AP’s ‘misrule’, he will seek votes again for a second term. Obviously, the huge gathering has cheered TRS leadership which is planning to hold some more big public meetings in the months to come.

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Digvijay’s Tweet Angers Telangana

Digvijay Singh’s tweets about bogus ISIS sites have stirred up a row with the TRS.

Hyderabad: AICC senior and Telangana In-Charge Digvijay Singh’s tweet on Chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has stirred up a row with the young Minister KT Rama Rao frowning upon him and demanding an apology.

The former chief minister of undivided Madhya Pradesh, Digvijay Singh tweeted in the following way:

“Telangana police has set up a bogus ISIS site which is radicalizing Muslim Youths and encouraging them to become ISIS module. The issue is whether Telangana Police should be trapping Muslim Youths in becoming ISIS modules by posting inflammatory information? Is It Ethical? Is it Moral? Has KCR authorised Telangana Police to trap Muslim youths and encourage them to join ISIS?”

These tweets have angered the TRS Government deeply. It couldn’t fathom the basis for Digvijay’s remarks of bogus ISIS sites.

Rebutting the charge immediately, KTR tweeted, “Most irresponsible and reprehensible thing coming from a former CM. Request you to withdraw these comments unconditionally or provide evidence.”

Even the DGP of Telangana Anurag Sharma has condemned the charge made by Divijay Singh. He said, “Unfounded allegations from a senior responsible leader will lower the morale and image of the Police engaged in fighting anti-national forces.”

The TRS cadre has also taken exception to the accusation leveled by Digvijay Singh. Maganti Gopinath, TRS MLA lodged a complaint against the senior congress leader at Jubilee Hills Police Station.

“Mr. Digvijay’s irresponsible statement can create social unrest. Hyderabad is peaceful and Diggy’s words are aimed at creating trouble. He should be dealt with under the law.” the MLA stated in his complaint.

Congress seem to be unable to digest the pungent criticism made by KCR in his recent public meet at Warangal, where he branded the Congress leaders as imbecile, brainless duds.

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KCR Leaves For Delhi With A Host Of Issues

The CM is likely to take up many sensitive issues, enhancement of reservations tp Muslims and STs being one of them.

Hyderabad:  After attending the plenary of Telangana Rashtra Samiti on Friday, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao left for Delhi a day before NITI- Aayog meeting.  It is learnt that he was carrying a list of issues he wanted to take up with central government.  There was news that he would be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi too, to ask for his intervention in some of his pet projects. Primarily, his intention is also to solve the enhancement of quota to Muslims and STs’ which the BJP State unit has been vehemently opposing.

The State officials prepared detailed note on these issues. The main issue the CM would be taking up with PM Modi is forest and environmental clearances for the Kaleshwaram and Palameru- Rangareddy lift irrigation projects, said official sources.

Addressing TRS plenary on Friday, Rao stressing on agriculture and farmers problems noted that he would demand for linking of NREGS to agriculture related works in the country. However, he is likely put this demand before NITI-Ayog strongly, as the party passed a resolution urging the Centre for the same.

President’s assent for the Telangana Land Acquisition Bill is one of the issues that Rao is going to take up when he meets PM and likely to seek his intervention. The Bill passed by the State Legislatvie Assembly was sent to Centre for President’s assent.

“The bill which has been cleared by Home Ministry, is presently pending with Ministry of Law and once CM takes it up with the PM, the Centre will approve and send it to the President,” an official revealed.

The CM is also expected to ask for liberal funding to Mission Kakatiya and Mission Bhagiratha, as NITI- Aayog already recommended funding for the two flag ship programmes of the State government.  However, the Union ministry did not sanction funds till day.

He is would also explain in the meeting the State’s decision to deposit Rs 4,000 into farmers accounts and start a discussion on the issue.

As reservations have become a prickly issue, the CM is likely to request the government to give liberty to State governments to enhance the quota as per local needs.

 

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KCR Sounds Poll Bugle, Makes Free Fertilizer Major Slogan In Plenary

Doling out ₹ 4,000 per acre for farmers is going to be a major campaigning point in 2019 elections for KCR

Hyderabad: Riding on a popular support for his rule, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao (KCR) has sounded bugle for the 2019 general elections by making a strong plea to support him in the making of stronger, richer Telangana. Speaking at the 11th plenary session of TRS on Friday at Kompally in the city outskirts, he said the new state has already earned a name of traversing on a growth trajectory and he is confident of making it richer on all fronts.

Stating that farmer in the state should become king in Telangana, KCR dwelt at length on his new scheme of providing Rs 4,000/ to all the ryots in the state from the next financial year – made it amply clear that it is going to be one of his major poll slogans.

Besides narrating a slew of welfare measures targeting all sections of the society,especially the BCs and the down-trodden, he added some more attractive features to the fertilizers scheme. “This Rs 4,000/ is not just for fertilizers. It can be used for anything. The farmers can buy fertilizers, pesticides, seeds , manures or ordure etc. This Rs 4000/ is only for one crop. The farmers can get another Rs 4000/ for summer crops too. This means they will get financial support twice a year. There are no restrictions. Just as we supply power free of costs to all the agricultural fields, just as loan waiver was extended to all farmers, free fertilizer scheme is also applicable to all ryots- big , medium, small and marginal farmers. In fact in Telangana majority of the farmers are having a field less than 2.5 acres (62%), where as 25 percent of ryots have nearly ten acres. “I promise you that this will continue till you sustain yourself,” KCR announced amidst continuous applause from the delegates.

The plenary has accepted a resolution put forward by Mr Rao urging the Centre to make MNAREGA scheme to be interlinked with agriculture sector. ” I am going to tell the Union government when I go to Delhi on April 23 to participate in the NIti Ayog meeting, ” he said.

KCR has also chanted welfare mantra and outlined all his recent promises targeting vulnerable sections of the society. He has also indicated that some more sops are also in the offing.

Lacing his speech with barbs against the rulers of United AP, KCR pooh-poohed congress’ claim that free fertilizers scheme was a copy of their slogans. Congress has made itself a laughing stock with this statement, he remarked.

Doling out ₹ 4,000 per acre for farmers is going to be a major campaigning point in 2019 elections for KCR

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KCR Re-Elected As President Of TRS

this journey will continue and the party will remain forever in the hearts of five crore Telangana people in the decades to come” Mr Rao stated.

Hyderabad: There is no signal as such on change of guard and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was today unanimously re-elected as the president of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), the party he formed in 2001.

Announcing this , Home Minister and election officer Nayani Narasimha Reddy said that there were no other nominations and everything is in favor of Mr Rao . Soon after the announcement at Telangana Bhavan, party leaders and activists raised slogans and distributed sweets. The election formality was completed just two hours ahead of formal start of proceedings of party’s 11th plenary at Kompally.

Thanking everyone for electing him, Mr Rao said TRS is now the biggest political party in the country with a membership of whopping 75 lakh. This is possible due to the unstinted support from the Telangana people towards TRS, he added. “we started the party for achieving separate state and during the struggle, we faced many an ordeal. Finally, we achieved the separate state and since then, there is no looking back for the party. People have been reposing faith in us and in a way entire Telangana has become a member in the party. This is possible because the party is doing exactly the same as per people’s aspirations.  So, this journey will continue and the party will remain forever in the hearts of five crore Telangana people in the decades to come” Mr Rao stated.

As per the election schedule, the process of filing the nominations for the party president’s post began on April 14 and continued till April 18. The nominations were scrutinised on April 19 and yesterday was the day for withdrawl, Mr Nayini said.

12 sets of nominations were filed in KCR’s favor by ministers, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, zilla parishad chairpersons, chairmen of state-run corporations, heads of agriculture marketing committees and presidents of district party units.

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KCR Moves Ahead On Free Fertiliser Scheme

KCR is trying to take forward his promise to farmers to pay for the fertiliser input @ ₹4,000 per acre.

Hyderabad: After making a dramatic and rather epoch-making announcement, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao has moved ahead on the free-fertilizer scheme for all the farmers from the next financial year. The CM held a high level review meeting on Thursday at Pragati Bhavan on government’s financial assistance to farmers for the purchase of fertilisers and constituting Farmers Associations and the ruling measures to implement these schemes.

This meeting is significant as it was held a day before the crucial party plenary. This is being seen to instill confidence in the ryots and the cadre and convey a message that his government will match the assurances with deeds.

Taking a cue from the former Chief minister of united AP- Mr YS Rajasekhara Reddy- the Telangana CM said that the government will make every effort to turn agriculture into a festival. The CM desired that farmers’ suicides should stop in the State, the state should become a role model for agriculture in the country and the farmers who are feeding the society should enjoy proper respect.

“We have decided to share the increasing burden of investment on farmers. The government will bear Rs 4000 per acre for the purchase of fertilisers. Besides this we are also improving the marketing facilities. We will make all arrangments to get the Minimum Support Price. We have already kept ready godowns with a capacity of 20.5 lakh metric tonnes. We will also strengthen the Agriculture department. In Telangana we have 2112 Agriculture Officers including those newly recruited. Their services are available now. We will have one officer per every 5000 acres,” the CM said.

“We will change agriculture lands in Telangana State into crop colonies. Officers should tell the farmers what crops they should go in for based on the type of soil, rainfall and temperatures. Farmers should go in for crops based on the advice given by the officers” he stated. The CM has decided to hold a conference of agriculture officers in the state on 25th April 2017 at HICC in Hyderabad.

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Will KTR Be Made TRS Working President In Party Plenary

KCR would like to project his son as the future CM. Will he make him party’s working president during the plenary?

Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samithi, TRS, which has flexed its muscle after a series of electoral gains and ever-increasing popularity- is holding a crucial plenary from April 21 for two days at Kompally in the city outskirts. There will be a massive public meeting on April 27 –its foundation day- at Warangal.

The regional outfit which grew stronger after the formation of the State is busy drawing its electoral strategies and the plenary is one such occasion for the leadership to give a direction to the cadre for the 2019 polls.

On government side, Chief minister K Chandrasekhara Rao is already on the job and announced sops like free fertilizers to all the ryots from the next financial year and increased quota for muslims. He is eyeing the huge BC vote bank and sops to them have also been worked out.

On organizational front, the membership drive, starting with block-level offices etc were already done and in a way, party structure was streamlined.

Be it as it may, holding of plenary at this juncture appears rather strategic in more ways than one way. Some feel this is unnecessary since there has been neither anti-incumbency factor nor any need for organizational rejig. But, party conclaves generally take place when everything is on the right track and there are less voices of discontent.

According to well-placed sources in the party, one of the plans of KCR appears to be to lay a perfect grounding to make his son KT Rama Rao (KTR) as his successor. There was a broad agreement in the party for KTR’s leadership but handing over the baton rather smoothly is a tough task. KCR has methodically groomed his son by making him part in every important task and simultaneously cut to size KTR’s only challenger Irrigation minister T Harish Rao. The clout around Harish Rao has been weaned away. KTR too, on his part, has proved his mettle and has received support from all walks of life. Both in the state and outside, he is hugely popular.

Now KCR would gauge party’s mood for KTR’s elevation through the plenary. There was a demand to make him as a working president for the polls but it is unlikely that an announcement would be made to that effect. Another demand is that KTR should be projected as Chief ministerial candidate for the 2019 polls but KCR, known for his shrewdness and dexterity in handling things, would not take such a hasty step at this point.

Interestingly, KTR has been making district tours in the name of Janahita Sabhalu which are apparently intended to get more public support. In one of the recent interviews- he stated that KCR would be the CM for the next ten years and added that at 63, his father is reasonably less-aged in politics. Interestingly, he averred that he has no differences with Harish and that the latter would not cross over to Congress. “One thing is clear: This jamboree is not just for drawing 2019 poll strategy. It is very much part of KCR’s plans for KTR’s coronation” a senior leader of the party quipped.

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KCR To Take Up Quota Issue With PM

Amidst uproar by State BJP leaders against enhancement of quota to Muslims and BCs’, KCR is mulling over to seek support of the PM

Hyderabad: While the State BJP unit is dead against the enhanced quota for Muslims and STs’ in the State, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is mulling over to seek the support of Prime Minister Modi for implementing it when they meet on April 23.

The Chief Minister will be participating in the NITI- Ayog general council meeting, to be chaired by the Prime Minister, for which he would be leaving for Delhi on April 22.

The CM is planning to brief the PM about the Bill, which was passed by the State Assembly enhancing quota in jobs and education for Muslims from 4% to 12% in accordance with the election promise made by TRS. For STs’ the quota will be increased from 6% to 10%.

However, senior leaders of BJP like Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu vehemently opposed these reservations on the premise that quotas based on religion were unconstitutional.

Along with the issue of reservations, the CM might also take up pending issues like release of more funds for development of BCs, irrigation and other projects, bifurcation related issues like division of the High court and others listed in the 9th and 10th schedule of AP Reorganisation Act etc. Chandrasekhar Rao is will also be meeting Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti and others.

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A movie on KCR

A bio-pic on KCR is in the offing. The award-winning producer Raj Kandukuri had already discussed with KTR and Kavita in this regard.

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Hyderabad: Of late, the movies that are being made on celebrities are turning out to be big hits. Even the Indian audience started enjoying such bio-pics.

In this context, a film on KCR would not be surprising. Hailed as the person who achieved statehood for Telangana, KCR is literally in the heart of every Telanganite. His charisma and the way he is striving for the development of the State made Raj Kandukuri make a film on KCR. Incidentally, he is the one who produced the National Award-winning film ‘Pelli Choopulu.”

He is making all preparations to start shooting and release the film in 2018.

The film is being produced under the banner Dharma Patha and the title is yet to be decided. Madhura Sridhar, apart from directing the film, is busy writing story and screenplay. His schedule has become hectic as he is the one who has to choose the actors and technical staff.

The film being made on KCR will concentrate on his leadership qualities, his role in leading Telangana movement and administrative abilities. The producer has already met KTR, Kavitha and others and got their approval. Sources close to the producer said that KTR and Kavitha will directly oversee the story and screenplay of the film. However, the producer and director of this film are yet to meet KCR.

Buzz in Tollywood is that the son and daughter of KCR would be playing an important role in the making of the movie.Sensational director Ram Gopal Varma also announced that he would make a film on KCR.

The fans of KCR who are in India and abroad are eagerly waiting for the film which is being made under a good banner.

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KCR To Work As Coolie For Two Days

The Chief Minister named the initiative to extend for a week as ‘Gulabi Cooli Dinalu.’

Hyderabad: Chief Minister of Telangana, K Chandrashekhar Rao, who is known for springing up surprises decided to work as a coolie for two days in a week. He would be available for daily wages.

The Chief Minister named the initiative to extend for a week as ‘Gulabi Cooli Dinalu’. Although he did not specify what he would be doing, he said that he would lead by example.

He announced that all ministers, MLAs, leaders and activists belonging to the party will raise funds by working as coolies for two days in a week. This money will be spent during the annual convention of Telangana Rashtra Samithi.

The congregation will be held on 21st at several places across the State followed by a huge public meeting at Warangal.

By doing this, the idea is that the TRS leaders would earn enough to pay for travel and food expenses to attend party convention.

The TRS has already taken membership drive, which was a huge success according to the party.

“We have collected nearly 35 crore rupees in the membership fee and that is reaching our party bank account,” the Chief Minister revealed.

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The Sensation Called KCR

The grand promises made by the CM to farmers and minorities are only made with an eye on 2019 election.

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is known for his sensational statements. Be it the decision to increase the quota for Muslims and tribals, or the fresh announcement to provide free fertilisers to farmers, every statement he makes create waves. His knack for tackling with people makes him one of the most charismatic leaders in the country.

After coming to power,  KCR has developed and executed strategies to keep the masses on his side. He implemented loan waiver, which was his election promise, in four phases, and now he gave assurance to free fertilizers.

Both the promises, one related to quota and the other connected to the free supply of fertilizers, were made in a bid to keep these sections on their side. There are chances that the reservation issue might become contentious, as the BJP in the State is opposing it.

The Chief Minister has already made it clear that the reservations were not based on religion, but on the socio-economic backwardness of Muslims.  He announced that a special session of TS Assembly would be held on April 16 to pass this legislation.

These announcements are luring, but how far can these promises be implemented is the question being posed by many.  Such populist measures would only become a burden to the treasury, the analysts argue. They feel that though Telangana is a surplus State, there are many areas that are to be developed. They  also remind KCR of the problems his government would face in fulfilling the election promise he made about loan waiver.

The present State budget is around a lakh crore, and implementing free supply of fertilizers requires huge funds. In this context, analysts say that implementing quota on one side and freebies to the farmers on the other would only push the government into financial crisis.

However, the announcement that the free fertilizer scheme was going to start from the next financial year only suggests that the eyes of KCR are set on 2019 elections.

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KCR Announces Freebies To Farmers

 KCR not only announced free fertilisers to farmers from next year, he also promised to deposit of Rs. 4000 per acre in every farmer’s account before May 30

Hyderabad: The Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao who participated in a meeting with farmers on Wednesday at Pragathi Bhavan announced various decisions intended for the farmers. A  large number of farmers who came from across the State to thank the CM for implementing loan waiver were showered with additional boons. The CM made sensational promises.

Speaking on the occasion, CM assured the farmers that they would be provided fertilisers free of cost. “There are 55 lakh farmers in the State and everybody will be provided with free fertilisers,”  he added, The farmers responded jubilantly to his announcement. “However, you should buy pesticides and seeds”, he suggested. He said that five bags of fertilisers would be provided per acre. “We would continue this until the farmers ask us to stop the scheme,” he added.

He told them that funds would be allocated in the next budget for the supply of fertilisers.  Until and unless the farmers are supported in various ways, it’s not possible to turn Telangana into a progressive State, he told.

He also promised them that an amount Rs. 4,000 per acre would be deposited in the accounts of farmers before May 30 every year. He suggested the farmers should form societies in every village.

He also vowed that he would bring Godavari waters to one crore acres of cultivable land. He told them that the government is striving to supply water to every acre in three to four years.

The Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy speaking on the occasion said that this is a historical day in Telangana. He also praised the KCR saying that he was the only  CM who waived loans of lakhs of farmers. Though the Centre, RBI did not co-operate, he waived loans worth Rs. 17 thousand crores for 36 lakh farmers he said. He thanked the CM on behalf of farmers in four phases. MP Kavitha, Mission Bhageerath vice chairman Prasanth Reddy and others participated.

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KCR: Party Plenary On 21, Warangal Public Meet on 27

The plenary is going to be the 16th annual meeting. The party had waged heroic battle for a separate statehood and achieved its goal.

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister and TRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) has announced on Wednesday evening that the party plenary would take place on April 21 and a huge public meeting will be held on April 27. He said TRS has got 75 lakh members among 3.64 crore population in Telangana. The plenary is going to be the 16th annual meeting. The party had waged heroic battle for a separate statehood and achieved its goal.

KCR had appealed to all the members to bear the expenditure to visit Warangal to attend the meeting. He asked them to save the daily wages for a week for the sake of the party. He said he would also work somewhere for two days to earn wages.

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KCR: Telangana To Follow TN In Implementing Reservations

He reminded the people that Supreme Court Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar said poll promises have become a farce since they have not been sincerely implemented.

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao (KCR) has declared on Wednesday evening that the Government has accepted the recommendations made by Chellappa Commission and BC Commission regarding reservations.He said his Government would follow Tamil Nadu model in exceeding fifty percent reservations cap.

KCR said Telangana Assembly would meet on the 16th to pass a resolution on reservations for BC (E)-Muslims and Tribals. There are reservations for Muslims in Kerala (12 percent), West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Manipur, AP and Telangana. There are more than fifty percent reservations in Tamil Nadu (69), Jarkhand (60),Maharashtra (52) and four North-Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram which have been implementing 80 percent of reservations for Tribals. He said 16.3 percent of Telangana State are Tribals.

He reminded the people that Supreme Court Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar said poll promises have become a farce since they have not been sincerely implemented. TRS Government will implement all the promises made in the manifesto. He said SC Commission and ST Commission also will be formed soon.

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CBN, KCR: Two Buddies From The Same School

There are striking similarities between the politics of Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Though they belong to the same school, KCR appears to be leading CBN since 2014.

Hyderabad: Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were together in politics for two decades. They have been in adversarial roles for more than a decade. But there are striking similarities between the two successful politicians.

To start with, both started their political careers with the Grand Old Party. Both made rounds in Delhi for recognition and positions. They were encouraged by senior Congress leaders. While Rajagopala Naidu got the Congress (I) ticket for N Chandrababu Naidu (CBN)  to fight in 1978 elections and YS Rajasekhar Reddy helped him  initially to get a berth in Anjaiah’s  Cabinet, it was Madan Mohan whose footsteps K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) followed. CBN won in 1978 elections and became minister. But he lost in 1983 to a candidate fielded by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), floated by his father-in-law NT Rama Rao.  CBN slowly migrated to TDP. KCR, on the other hand, migrated to the TDP before getting the party ticket for the Assembly elections in 1983. He lost to his mentor Madan Mohan, who was a Congress candidate, in 1983 by some 800 votes. But when the mid-term elections were held, after overcoming Nadendla’s challenge, in 1985, KCR won never to lose an election again.

CBN encashed  the disillusionment widespread in his caste with NTR who married Lakshmi Parvathi and gave her a share in power. Newspaper baron Ramoji Rao encouraged CBN to revolt against NTR and grab the reins.

CBN had the fortune of his father-in-law being the Chief  Minister who left the nitty gritty of the party affairs to his younger and dynamic son-in-law. CBN has taken advantage of NTR’s weakness for Lakshmi Parvathi. He became the Chief Minister of AP after dethroning NTR.

When CBN has preferred former CBI director Vijayaramarao Rao over KCR after 1999 elections and made the former a minister and appointed the latter as deputy Speaker of AP Assembly, he committed a political blunder. KCR had revolted, quit the job and the party and founded Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS). The rest, as they say, is history.

In 2014, both the friends won elections and became Chief Ministers. Compared to KCR, CBN is extra cautious. KCR had encouraged Talasani  Srinivasa Yadav m, a TDP MLA to defect to the TRS and inducted him into his Cabinet without any hesitation. KCR had got MLAs and MLCs belonging to the Congress, the TDP and the YSRCP to defect with impunity. CBN took the cue and admitted MLAs and MLCs from YSRCP and the Congress. CBN has taken 21 YSRCP MLAs into his fold and made four of them Ministers.

While KCR had made his son a minister in 2014 itself at the very outset, CBN took almost three years to induct his son Lokesh into the Cabinet. It was done through backdoor by getting him elected to Legislative Council by MLAs, the safest method possible. Lokesh was given the same portfolio IT which has been handled by KTR. The similarities between CBN and KCR  do not stop there.

CBN has also followed KCR by building a palatial house at Jubilee Hills. KCR had done it at Government’s expenses, called it the official residence of the chief minister while CBN had mixed both Government funds and personal funds in a rather murky way. KCR is younger than CBN by a couple of years. But KCR is bolder and faster compared to CBN. That is why CBN is seen following in the footsteps of KCR.

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CMs Of Telugu States Destroying Spirit Of The Constitution, Live In Fools’ Paradise

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have thrown up to stable Governments in 2014 elections. Why are the CMs indulging in horse-trading thus destroying common man’s faith in the Constitution?

Jaya Prakash Adusumilli

Of late, a vast majority of Indians  are  confronted with a piquant situation, wherein  the  so called  guardians of  Constitution  are  displaying utter contempt towards  the provisions of  the Constitution and the spirit behind it. The latest offenders on the  constitution being Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Speaker of AP  Assembly   and  the  Chief  Minister  of  Andhra  Pradesh, who are  considered  to  be  the  high  priests   of  Constitution  and  have  taken  pledge  in  the  name  of   the Constitution  to  protect the same, who have virtually molested the Constitution and the  new capital of Andhra Pradesh, ie., Amaravati is a silent spectator for the massacre of the Constitution.

As  per the  provisions of the  anti-defection law, which is a part  of the Constitution, the people’s representatives, who shift their loyalties to another party, run the risk of forfeiture of their representative status. However, in  the twin Telugu states of Telangana & Andhra Pradesh, the anti-defection law is nullified and  the turncoats are  rewarded  with  the ministerial berths. Even though  the  appointment  of  ministers  is  the  prerogative of  the  Chief  Minister, he shall  exercise  his powers  within  the  frame work of the constitution. He is legally bound to select his own party members or neutral members,  who  are  not  affiliated to any other political  party, as ministers  in  his cabinet. However, both the Chief ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are guilty of inducing defection in the  opposition  parties  by  offering  ministerial posts  as  a  reward  for  their  defection. The  Governor  is  duty-bound  to  remind  the  Chief  Ministers  of  this  provision  in  the  Constitution  and  shall  ensure  stoppage  of  horse  trading. However,  the  present  Governor  has  not  only  subjugated   the  Constitution    but  in fact  has  encouraged  defections  by  administering  the  oath  of   ministry  to  the  defected  members.    It  is  expected   that  the  President of  India  will  interfere  and  prevent the  Governor  from  violation  of  the  Constitution. But   President Pranab Mukherjee has displayed a studied silence on the matter.

Further,  the  role  of  Speaker  in  the  entire  episode  has  invited  all-round  condemnation. The office of Speaker is considered  to  be a sacrosanct institution and  stalwarts like Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar, Ananthasayanam Iyengar, who adorned the office of Speaker in the 1950s, have brought great credibility and respect to  the  institution. However, of  late, degeneration  and degeneration has occurred in the  august  office and utilizing the office of  Speaker to meet their personal ambitions and supporting the political needs of the ruling  party. The blame for degrading the Speaker’s position squarely lies on the doorstep of Congress party which has virtually destroyed the credibility of   the Speaker position. However, the political parties, which have criticized the Congress party, have further denigrated the Speaker’s post whenever an opportunity was presented before them.

In  the  first  Andhra Pradesh assembly  meeting  at  Amaravati, the Speaker has stated that the opposition party of YSR Congress party has a strength of 66  MLAs.     However, 20 of them have occupied  the Treasury  benches (The 21st defector Bhuma Nagireddy passed away recently) and the Speaker has chosen to ignore the same. Further,  the  speeches  made  by those 20 MLAs are being accounted on behalf of the YSRC party. The anti-defection law authorizes the Speaker to disqualify the defected MLAs. However, the present day Speakers, who are loyalists of the ruling party,   follow the disqualification process only in its breach for years together, to suit the requirements of the ruling party. Accordingly, one MLA defected from Telugu Desam party has become a minister in the Cabinet of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

The Chief minister of Andhra Pradesh has made a hue and cry at the  defection of a single member from his party, whereas, he has ensured defection of 21 MLAs from YSRC party and made four of them ministers in  his  Cabinet. In both these cases, the Speaker has scrupulously followed the dikat of the ruling party and made a mockery of the Constitution and democratic system.

But the big question before the general public is why the present day governments of both the Telugu speaking States are indulging in such nefarious activities. The people of the two States have provided them with absolute majorities and presented an opportunity for them to function as statesmen. However, they are stooping very low to destroy the opposition parties and living in a figment of imagination that their parties would be winning elections after elections by dismantling the opposition  and in the process they are surrounded by political touts and opportunists. In order to cover up their failures, they are creating a rift between various social segments. However, history of Indian elections  are replete with various instances to show that the general public may be stubborn and unrelenting on various issues but when it comes to choosing their leaders, they have an uncanny ability to separate  husk from the grain.

(The writer is a political analyst and former MLA from Vijayawada)

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KTR All Praise For CM’s Unique Welfare Programmes For Poor

Praising Kavita for her oratorical skills in Parliament, KTR said both of them got talking skills from people through statehood movement and not by his father as it was stated by one of the Union ministers.

Hyderabad: Municipal administration minister KT Rama Rao on Wednesday said his father K Chandrasekhar Rao was a Chief Minister with large heart and implementing various welfare schemes by spending a lot of funds and making Telangana an ideal State in the country.

Participating in TRS’ Janahitha programme in Armoor of Nizamabad district along with Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, local MP Kavita, advisor to Govt D Srinivas, Bibi Patil, MLA Jeevan Reddy and others, KTR said the KCR Government disproved former chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy’s remarks that Telangana statehood will create power problem and face Naxalite menace.

KTR also accused the previous Congress and TD governments of totally ignoring the plight of the poor, deprived classes, agriculture and irrigation sectors. The Congress ruled for 55 years and did not bother about welfare of the poor and the TD remain extinct in Telangana as the people stood solidly behind the TRS for his unprecedented welfare and developmental programmes, he said.

Announcing Rs 1,000 crore for development of Nizamabad district, which is an ideal in agriculture as well as for its role in statehood movement, KTR said they successfully overcame power crisis and giving nine-hour power to agriculture and offering fine rice to hostels, which was not in TRS manifesto.

KCR government, just in 33 months, has come up with various welfares schemes and Rs 1,000 is being offered towards pension to wipe tears of poor by spending Rs 5,300 crore by extending pensions to 40 lakh people from 29 lakh.

Chief ministers of other states have been asking their officials to study and replicate the welfare schemes of Telangana government. The State government has come up with “Amma Vodi” scheme and offering money to women for child delivery in the hospitals besides offering KCR kit with 13 items for mother and child.

Praising Kavita for her oratorical skills in Parliament, KTR said both of them got talking skills from people through statehood movement and not by his father as it was stated by one of the Union ministers.

“We have kept the crop loan waiver promise, which is being replicated in Uttar Pradesh as Chief Minister Adithyanath Yogi was waiving off Rs 36,000 crore farm loans besides introducing anti-Romeo squads on the lines of Telangana’s “SHE” teams”, he pointed out.

Speaking on the occasion, Kavita said KTR was not only brother to her, but also to all women in the State. She requested the Municipal Administration Minister (KTR) to sanction Rs 350 crore for development of all municipalities. Though several parties sprouted in recent times, only TRS got people’s support solidly and attributed it to growing membership.

Pocharam Srinivas Reddy said while Chief Minister KCR was implementing many welfare schemes for the people, KTR is a pearl in the Telangana Cabinet. He also said MP Kavita’s efforts fructified in getting Nizamabad-Peddapalli Railway line and Kaleshwaram project will be completed in 18 months, he added

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KCR Hails Constitution Amendment Bill

By giving constitutional validity to the National BC Commission like the SC/ST Commissions, it would do a great benefit to the people, especially the Other Backward Classes

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has welcomed introduction of a Constitutional Amendment Bill to accord constitutional status to the National BC Commission. He congratulated the Union government for the same.

The CM termed the act of providing constitutional status to the National BC Commission as a progressive act. He also said the TRS would extend its full support to the Bill in Parliament. The CM has instructed his party MPs to extend support to the Bill and vote in its favour in Parliament on behalf of the Telangana state and the TRS.

By giving constitutional validity to the National BC Commission like the SC/ST Commissions, it would do a great benefit to the people, especially the Other Backward Classes (OBCs), the CM opined.

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KCR Sends His Grandson To Bhadradri

The boy Himanshu has offered the pattu vastralu and talambralu to the deities.

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao who is supposed to offer the pearls and pattu clothes to the presiding deities of Bhadrachalam in Khammam district on the occasion of Sitarama Kalyanam- has sent his grandson -Himanshu to the divine wedding. It is a general practice since the days of Tanisha of 16th century to send pearls as talambralu to the Kalyanam and whoever is the ruler- has been following this norm till now. KCR, for unspecified reasons, did not turn up for the all important divine wedding- which is performed on Chaitra Suddha Navami every year.

The boy Himanshu has offered the pattu vastralu and talambralu to the deities. But since it is protocol to offer only by the rulers, Deputy Chief Minister Kadium Srihari, Endowments ministers A Indrakaran Reddy and local minister T Nageshwara Rao have performed duty of offerings on behalf of the government and CM. Himanshu was cynosure at the kalyana mantapam and the temple priests vied with each other to take the pearls from the boy who offered them on behalf of his family.

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KCR To Pass On The Baton To KTR

The way Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao (KTR), Telangana Minister of IT and Municipal Administration has been aggressively going about his ministerial as well as party work

Hyderabad: The way Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao (KTR), Telangana Minister of IT and Municipal Administration has been aggressively going about his ministerial as well as party work, it appears as though it is a matter of time before he takes over from his father.

Of late, KTR is seen addressing party men at places other than his constituency. After T Harish Rao, Minister for Irrigation, was persuaded by Radha Krishna, the owner of ABN-Andhra Jyothy and a close friend of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR), to say, in a live interview, that he would have no objection to work with KTR as Chief Minister, the passing of the mantle to KTR appears to be a mere formality. The interview that Harish Rao gave to the channel was contrived and planned so as to commit, Harish, KCR’s nephew, in case KTR is elevated sooner than letter.

That KTR is the natural successor to KCR has been established beyond doubt by the top most importance given to him by way of weighty portfolios and the extraordinary visibility in the media. KTR, on his part, has been behaving in a dignified manner without throwing his weight around. He has brushed aside the talk of his becoming the Chief Minister. The party cadres are, by now, mentally prepared to accept KTR as their future leader.

Elaborate arrangements are being made for party’s plenary in Hyderabad on April 21. A massive public meeting is planned at Warangal on June 6, Telangana Formation Day. KCR may make a major announcement or give a clear indication at one of the meetings. KTR may be anointed, to start with, as party’s working president, a prelude to taking over reins of the government.

It is interesting to watch how Harish Rao would react to the announcement that if and when made by the Chief Minister. Harish is a senior and more accomplished politician among the two young leaders. He has organisational strength and spends all his time for the party work and administration. KTR, on the other hand, prefers some private time for himself. He is a better speaker in English, Telugu and Urdu. As both are KCR’s close relatives and equally and eminently eligible to take over from him, the choice is certainly difficult to make. After a lot of dithering, KCR has apparently decided to hand over power to his son a la Mulayam Singh Yadav. Mulayam also has a loving younger brother , Shivpal Yadav, who is an organisation man like Harish. He has opted, soon after 2012 elections, to make his son, Akhilesh, who like KTR, is well behaved and foreign educated, the Chief Minister of UP.

It is to be seen if KCR will wait till 2019 election and then give the baton to his son or formalise KTR’s leadership of the party and government before the elections so that he can lead the charge in electoral battles.

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KCR, What is This?

Is this the man who said RFC will be ploughed with more than lakhs of Telangana farmers

Hyderabad: Decision donating more than 300 acres of land for the expansion of Ramoji Film City by CM KCR is just like giving a chocolate to a chocolate factory owner. Is this the man who said RFC will be ploughed with more than lakhs of Telangana farmers and land will be distributed if Statehood is a reality. More surprising about this donation is that the land could not be measured as it is on Hill Terrain. Even Government sources further added that land is not suitable to till.

RFC is the largest integrated Film City in the world built in 1633 acres and will deposit ₹ 36 crore as a compensation to the farmers for the newly acquired 300 acres. Right now the land is in the list of assigned lands and if any one comes forward as a protest against giving away the land, the Government has a plan to pay the compensation for farmers who lost the land due to RFC extension.

Revenue Department, without any hesitation, gave away the land after getting directions from CM KCR.

This is the first, biggest land allotment to a private company after Telangana state is formed, this speaks volumes about the relationship between Ramoji and KCR. The opposition flayed Telangana CM. One has to see how hardcore Telangana activists welcome it.

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