MIM Chief For Action Against Narcotic Suppliers

Hyderabad: MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi on Monday expressed grave concern over free availability and sale of contraband drugs and other intoxicant substances in the city ruining the life of youth.

Speaking in the State Assembly during the discussion of Appropriation Bill, Akbaruddin was aghast at the way the youth were getting addicted to psychosomatic drugs. The main reason for this was the free access to these contrabands being available in open market, he observed and pointed out some of the sources for these drugs were pubs, clubs and so on.

The MIM leader made a fervent appeal to the State government to take strict measures to check the sources which make available these drugs. He also wanted the government to make sure that the police act firmly against the drug peddlers besides launching a campaign to wean away the youth from these addictions.

Owaisi also expressed anguish over the manner in which the State government was allowing mushrooming of liquor shops in the twin cities.

Though there was a rule that licences should not be given to liquor shops near schools, residential areas, places of worship and so on, the liquor shops have sprang up everywhere and even big malls in Jubilee Hills, exclusively for liquor have come up, he observed and said the very fact that Telangana State tops in excise revenue speaks for itself how generously the licences are being given. 

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Akbaruddin wants GHMC to expedite Charminar Pedestrian Project

Hyderabad: MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi met the GHMC Commissioner Dr B Janardhan Reddy along with a team and discussed the development of Hyderabad Old City on Friday. He urged the commissioner to complete the Charminar Pedestrian Project work as soon as possible and make the Charminar surroundings available to tourists.

He also asked the commissioner to shift the businessmen on to a special bridge to be constructed on Musi River opposite Salarjung Museum. Such step will help rehabilitate traders around Charminar, he said. Akbaruddin suggested a night bazaar on the new bridge, lengthening the Chandrayanagutta flyover and development of the Murgi Chowk and Clock Tower.

The MLA and the commissioner reviewed Metro Rail works at Old City also. Metro Rail MD NVS Reddy, GHMC, HMR senior officials participated in the meeting. -NSS

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Demonetization debate to generate lot of heat

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has directed ministers and party legislators to take on the opposition and give a fitting reply if it tries to stall the proceedings of the Assembly’s winter session beginning on December 16.

According to information, the House is expected to witness heated arguments and a logjam as the BAC has agreed to take up the demonetization issue. At the insistence of MIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, KCR reportedly has agreed to discuss the “note ban” issue on the first day of the session itself.  The opposition parties are expected to seize every chance to take a dig at the State government for first opposing the note ban decision when the Centre announced it and later taking a U-turn.

The opposition is to take on the Centre as well as the KCR government over the note ban that has caused about Rs 3000 crore loss to the State exchequer. The treasury benches have been asked to be ready to give a spontaneous reply on the issues raised and calm down the members of the opposition. Congress and TDP have already announced to corner the government on crop loan issue, fees reimbursement, housing scheme for poor, land distribution for Dalits, redesign of projects and irrigation works and others. -NSS

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Appropriation Bill passed amid protests

  • TS Assembly adjourns sine die
  • Debates for 79 hours

HYDERABAD: Finally the budget session of Telangana on Thursday approved the Appropriation bill introduced by Finance Minister Etala Rajender amid opposition protests and congress members staging a walkout as leader of the house K Chandrasekhar Rao was not present.

Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary announced the house sine die after a prolonged debate which sought the Centre to continue levy policy besides taking up many issues. With this the state government got authorization to make use of the funds proposed under various heads of full time budget of Rs 1,15,689 cr.

The House which began on Mar 7 continued for only 14 days with 78 hours and 54 minutes session which saw the suspension of TD members for disrespecting national anthem. The Congress president Utham Kumar Reddy criticized that the budget proposals are far from the facts.

While MIM floor leader AKbaruddin Owaisi criticized as unfortunate that the chief minister is not present when the appropriation bill was passed. BJP member G Kishen Reddy sought the construction of hostels based on caste to address the grievances. Rajender stated that the funds will be used as per priorities for welfare, agriculture and others. Minister KTR said that the number of pensioners rose during their tenure. While commercial taxes minister T Srinnivas Yadav said that the Centre slashed the funds in its schemes. (NSS)

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Why is the younger Owaisi upset with TRS?

  • Akbar praised CM till he suddenly got worked up
  • Is the steering of the car slipping out of Owaisi’s hands?
  • Interesting movements in T Assembly

(P.Ravi)

Hyderabad, November 25: MIM’s Akbaruddin Owaisi made TRS taste its own medicine, today in the assembly, as he joined forces with the opposition parties in questioning Deputy Chief Minister and Health Minister Rajaiah on the bad state of government hospitals in Telangana. BJP member Laxman pointed out that Gandhi Hospital needs around 400 doctors, Akbar reeled out the various equipment that is not working at Osmania hospital. He demanded to know where the Rs 500 crore budget is being allocated and if the health minister visited any government hospitals at all.

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Refuting the allegations, Minister Rajaiah reminded that he had been serving people as a practicing doctor and knew the ground level issues. “I went to Gandhi hospital 5 minutes after I took over as health minister. I went to not just hospitals in Hyderabad, but also visited hospitals in 10 districts. We allotted 76 crore for medical equipment and every hospital has been allotted funds for upgrading the facilities,” he said.

MIM legislator Akbaruddin took the side of the opposition for a change. Interestingly this change came one day after he accused TRS and KCR of ignoring them and ill-treating them despite their (MIM’s) unconditional support to the state government. In fact he along with other members from AIMIM staged a walkout on Monday protesting the speaker’s decision in not allowing them to speak on the issue of providing employment opportunities. Speaker S Madhusudana Chary quoted Rule 344 and said they were not the signatories to the notice given under the rule. Asaduddin refused to accept the explanation and when he walked out of the House, TRS Minister Harish Rao went out to pacify the ally.

However, on various earlier occasions he had generously praised the TRS Chief. It was only the other day, when name change of the Hyderabad International Airport was being discussed; he zealously supported K Chandrasekhar Rao and reminded the TDP members on their role in the death of NT Rama Rao. On the first day of the assembly session itself he praised KCR and said he is the first CM to have spoken in chaste Urdu. On another occasion, when KCR was giving clarifications on the alleged land allocations made during Congress regime, Akbar vehemently defended the chief minister.

A few days back, MP Asaduddin Owaisi had said during a press conference that it is not just the steering of the car (read TRS) but also the brakes are with MIM. One wonders of the steering is slipping away from the hands of the Owaisi brothers.

Whatever is the reason for the rift between the two partners, in most probability it will be cleared and TRS will find a way to make up with its ally. Until then the party which, in the past, is known to have always given a hard time whenever they offered their support to the government, is getting to taste its own medicine.

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Whose power is it anyway?

(P Ravi)

Hyderabad, November 11: It was only yesterday that the Telangana assembly became the hot bed for arguments and counter arguments over farmer suicides and power crisis. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and several others including MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi blamed Andhra Pradesh and Chandrababu Naidu for the power problems. KCR also said that AP CM is the cause for Telangana’s problem and that according to the re-organisation law; Telangana should get 53.89% electricity, which is not happening since June 18, this year. AP government is blocking 980 megawatts of power from reaching Telangana state, he added. On the other hand, TDP MLA A Revanth Reddy reeled out figures from SRLDC data to show that TS drew more power than AP. According to the data, for the period from June 8 and November 1, from the total 27,948 MU utilised, Telangana state used 17,150 MU and AP 12,839 MU. Was it an intentional move by KCR to bring up the discussion on power just before the short discussion of farmers’ suicides, so that the opposition will have lesser chance of countering his allegations? If it was, then the move seems to have backfired as Revanth went on and on reeling out data.

Countering the allegations, today, AP finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said blaming AP for power crisis in Telangana was not in the right spirit. He said that when there is a problem, both the governments should sit together and sort out instead of levying accusations. While you say AP is not giving share in power from projects like Jurala, we say that Telangana state is in fact getting a better share. And there are a few projects from which Telangana is not sharing power with AP – he added. “If Telangana gets share in Jurala, then AP should get it from Sileru. TRS should stop trying to gain from stoking controversies. AP Chief Chandrababu Naidu works for the welfare of both the states.”

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