Palvai’s Mortal Remains Shifted To His Native Village

The body of Palvai Govardhan Reddy who died at Kulu on Friday has been shifted to his native place in Nalgonda district on Saturday.

Hyderabad: Congress senior leader, Rajya Sabha member Palvai Govardhan Reddy’s mortal remains were shifted from Gandhi Bhavan to his native village on Saturday. The last rites will take place in Idikuda village of Chundur Mandal in Nalgonda district.

Reddy, who was in Kulu to attend a Parliamentary Standing Committee meeting on Friday morning, suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in his car. He passed away by the time he was shifted to a hospital.

A galaxy of leaders came to Gandhi Bhavan on Saturday morning and paid their last respects.

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I am sending Jobs list to Gandhi Bhavan: Farooq Hussain

Hyderabad: Former Congress leader and TRS MLC Farooq Hussain has informed that he was sending the list of jobs given by the TRS government till date to leader of opposition in the Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir and Gandhi Bhavan. On Saturday, Farooq Hussain asked the Congress leaders to stop making unnecessary criticism towards TRS government. He said that the Congress party was in power for 39 years but the Congress says something and does something. He predicted that the Congress party will not achieve opposition status in the coming elections. (NSS)

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Congress Will Dethrone KCR: Ponnala

Hyderabad: The people of Telangana feel that the Congress party would be able to dethrone K Chandrasekhar Rao’s government in case the Party leaders fought unitedly, former PCC chief Ponnala Laxmaiah said.

Speaking to the media at Gandhi Bhavan here on Friday along with TPCC vice-president Mallu Ravi, Ponnala said that Komatireddy brothers’ issue was in the high command’s notice and it will take corrective measure in regard to them. The efforts were going on to make the leaders work unitedly in the State. Stating that CLP leader K Jana Reddy would become Chief Minister of the State shows Komatireddy brothers’ lack of awareness. The Congress policy was that the elected representatives would elect Chief Minister candidate.  

He alleged that there was no relation between the KCR’s words and works in regard to water, funds and employment. The loan waiver scheme has become a deferment scheme, he termed and alleged that KCR was behaving like “me… my family… my rule and my wish”. The farmers were directionless with the non-availability of minimum support price to their produce, he lamented and said that the government was not in a position to respond on the deaths in government hospitals and the deaths taking place in the hospitals were never happened before.

The rule in the state was atrocious, he said and alleged that KCR was defeating the purpose  of achieving Telangana state. The people were coming on to roads to demand the Chief Minister, who has given assurances, to fulfil his promises. The government was looking at the activists as terrorists, he pointed out and alleged that the government was detaining the activists, attacking their residences at midnight undemocratically. Stating that the KCR government received Court slaps 33 times, he said that it has to see that the Court would not slap once again in regard to his land issue. He said that he will not speak further as it was under the House Committee purview.

Alleging that the KCR government was adopting negligent attitude towards government hospitals, Mallu Ravi demanded KCR to take corrective measures in government hospitals at least now. (NSS)

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Congress alleges irregularities in Group II exam, demands postponement

Hyderabad: Alleging that several irregularities took place in the Group-II examination held on November 11, Congress party has demanded the state government to postpone the remaining examination and conduct the examination flawlessly. It also demanded the state government to order an inquiry into the alleged irregularities and make it public.

Speaking to the media at Gandhi Bhavan here on Saturday, TPCC official spokesperson K Manavatha Roy made it clear that the Telangana Congress party would stand by the Group-II aspirants to see that they will not be meted out injustice.  The way the Group-II examination was conducted and the Singareni examination question paper leaked, they remind us of Madhya Pradesh  Vyapam scam.

He alleged that the candidates appeared for the Group-II examination would lose heavily as there were several loopholes in the conduct of the examination.  He asked the Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) to make it clear that as to how it could conduct the examination without having decoding system. He asked the state government to re-conduct the examination if the TSPSC conducted the examination without decoding system.

He claimed that the candidates appeared for the examination raising doubts over the way the examination was conducted without photo on OMR Sheet and without using bio-metric system. “It leads to chaos among the candidates as to who wrote on whose hall ticket”, he said. He also alleged that it was shameful on the part of the TRS government for asking the lady candidates to remove their ornaments including mangal sutra and mattelu. “It is nothing but insulting the Telangana daughters”, he said.

He alleged that the examiners, who have no experience in conducting the examination, gave once OMR sheet to another one and corrected with the whitener after realizing the mistake. “It is nothing but giving a scope to irregularities. The courts will not accept such mistakes”, he pointed out. He asked the government to consult the legal experts and does justice to the candidates.

TPCC leaders Chemakuri Sridhar Goud, Bomma Hanmantha Rao, Eguri Uday and Puppala Mallesh were present at the press meet.



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‘New Secretariat plan to make KTR CM’

  • Yashki flays KCR, alleges GHMC scam

Hyderabad: Reminding that no chief minister’s son has become a chief minister in the state, former MP and AICC official spokesperson Madhu Yashki Goud asked the Telangana State Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to remember that YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, who was chief minister’s son and had 150 MLAs’ support, didn’t become a chief minister of the state.  

Speaking to the media at Gandhi Bhavan in Hyderabad on Tuesday, Yashki asked KCR to tell whether the latter wanted to demolish the Secretariat to make his son as chief minister of the state in the name of Vastu. Yashki demanded the former to tender resignation owning responsibility for big scam that took place in GHMC.

Demanding the state government to order a CBI inquiry into the GHMC scam, the AICC spokesperson said that nothing will happen with Vigilance Committee. He alleged that both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states were ‘looting’ the people.


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Congress is Not Contemplating to Remove Jana Reddy: Khuntia

HYDERABAD: AICC secretary Khuntia on Saturday made it clear that the party high command was not contemplating to remove Jana Reddy from the CLP leader’s post.

Speaking to the media at Gandhi Bhavan here on Saturday, Khuntia said he did not collect any information from the MLAs on the continuance of Jana Reddy as CLP leader.

Stating that the party would not be affected with the exit of senior leader Srinivas, Khuntia said the party would conduct village level committee meetings across the Telangana State to strengthen the party. The party was also collecting donations for conduct of village level committee meetings, he added.

The AICC leader said the party aimed at enumerating 50-lakh party members in the Telangana State, and by the end of this month 25-lakh memberships target would be completed.

He said AICC vice-president, Rahul Gandhi, would visit Anantapur district as part of party membership campaign. Rahul will take up 10 km padayatra from 9 AM to 2.30 PM on July 24. He said the party has not yet taken any decision on Warangal by-election. He also revealed that former Speaker of Lok Sabha Meira Kumar’s name was not discussed for fielding her for the Warangal MP seat.

He also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi as to why he was not speaking on Vyapam scam. He informed the Congress Party would give Ifthar parties across the state to the Muslims on the occasion of Ramzan. (NSS)

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Gas Prices Remain the Same Even After Internationally Declined

HYDERABAD: Stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s letter to the people was full of falsehood, Congress senior leader and Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad contended there was no truth in the Modi’s statement that prices came down. He pointed out that petrol prices were not reduced even as prices of petrol declined internationally.

Speaking to the media at Gandhi Bhavan here on Friday, Azad said the increase in petrol prices burdened the people with several crores of rupees. Prices of essential commodities were skyrocketing and rural economy remained destroyed and nation’s growth rate slowed down. Modi has failed to fulfill the assurances made during the elections. The increase in Railway charges burdened the people heavily, he alleged.

Speaking about Congress, he said that the party MLAs would cast their votes only to the Congress candidate in the MLC elections. “I have faith in my party MLAs”, he said, adding that his doubt was about the political party that was trying to woo Congress MLAs to cast their votes in wrong manner.

Adverting to the TRS Government in Telangana, Azad said while they gave ministerial posts to women in Congress Governments, the TRS Government failed to induct even a single woman in the Chandrasekhar Rao’s cabinet. He felt both the NDA and TRS Governments utterly failed to provide job opportunities to the youth. He also alleged that the TRS Government failed to fulfill even a single assurance it made.

Azad said he was ready to meet chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States Chandrababu Naidu and Chandrasekhar Rao, respectively, if they invite him for ‘Tea’. He made it clear that he has no enmity with them and opined that character was different from politics.

Azad responded in this manner when the scribes asked him about Telangana CLP leader Jana Reddy meeting with TRS senior leader Keshav Rao recently and stated that there was nothing wrong in it.

Earlier, Azad inducted Nerella Sarada as president of Telangana Mahila Congress at a function held at Gandhi Bhavan. TSPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy, working president, Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, and opposition leaders in Telangana State Legislative Assembly and Council Jana Reddy and Mohd Ali Shabbir, respectively, were present. (NSS)

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TRS neglecting Dalits ’ Welfare: Congress

HYDERABAD: The Telangana Congress leaders have accused the TRS Government of completely neglecting the welfare of Dalits in Telangana State.

Addressing a gathering at Gandhi Bhavan on the occasion of birth anniversary of Ambedkar on Tuesday, TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged the State Government was not giving any importance to the growth and development of SCs in the State. He said the Dalits have been facing humiliation and discrimination under the TRS regime. Recalling the steps taken by the previous Congress Governments for the welfare of Dalits, he hoped that the golden days return for the Dalits of Telangana after his party returns to power in the State.

Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir said Ambedkar was in favour of smaller states, and based on his ideals, the Congress party turned the 60-year-old dream of Telangana into a reality. He accused Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao of openly cheating the Dalits of Telangana. Had KCR honored his promises, Ambedkar’s birth anniversary this year would have been celebrated under a Dalit CM, Shabbir said. He also slammed the government for not fulfilling any of the promises he made with the Dalits. Disclosing statistics, he said only 36 percent of 7,579.45 crore rupees meant for the SC Sub-Plan for 2014-15 was spent by the State Government. Similarly, he said, only 45 percent of 2,799 Crore rupees was allocated for SC Welfare and released during the financial year.

Meanwhile, TPCC Working President Bhatti Vikramarka announced that Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary celebrations would be celebrated throughout the year. Other senior Congress leaders, including AICC Secretary Khuntia, MadhuYashki, Mallu Ravi and others also addressed the meeting. (NSS)

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D Srinivas to report in 100 days

  • To pinpoint causes for rout
  • Says minorities lost confidence in TRS govt.

HYDERABAD: Telangana senior Congress leader D Srinivas, who was appointed chairman of high-level committee to prepare a report on the party position in the State in view of ensuing GHMC and municipal elections, said it was time for the party to look into the reasons why it could not retain power in the last year general elections in the State.

Talking to mediapersons at Gandhi Bhavan here on Monday, Srinivas said a meeting held at Ibrahimpatnam last year raised some issues like why the party lost its traditional vote bank during the last general elections. How to initiate and how to plan to get back its votes? “We came to know that the State government was planning to make some changes in school textbooks. We demand that the government constitute an all-party meeting. We demand that the government introduce Sonia Gandhi’s efforts in the history lessons of textbooks since Telangana was carved out as a separate State because of her”.

“It is very crucial to have a look on this issue. Congress could not come to power even after it delivered Telangana State. In the State every one wanted separate State. We are not regretting for creating Telangana. If it had given before one year, then it was easy to get into power. KCR himself agreed many a time openly that the Telangana State was created because of Sonia Gandhi. We have confidence that the Chief Minister would honor his promises”.

Regarding high-level committee, Srinivas said, “We never like to use the word settlers. We suspect they lost confidence here. The minorities also apparently lost confidence. We need to create confidence. Because of false promises given by some parties with the only target of coming to power, the settlers, minorities, Christians, Sikhs, and others are greatly disturbed”.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi was trying to appear as secular in the international platforms. But before the BJP came to power, every country believed that India is a secular country. Our target is to bring awareness among the different sections in the society in the State. Youth had many expectations when the State was created, but today they were in utter disappointment. On April 16, we will have a meeting in Gandhi Bhavan. Within hundred days, we will send a detailed report. Just with an emotional feeling, the people voted for the TRS party.

Even though people know the fact that Telangana was given by the Congress, because of Sakala Janula Samme, which was organized by the TRS, most of the voters were attracted to it”. (NSS)

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Digvijay Singh flays KCR for unkept promises

  • Alleges Water Grid Scheme is to make money
  • Naidu adopting dual standards
  • Achhe Din only for Modi, Amit Shah

HYDERABAD: AICC general secretary and Congress party in-charge of Telangana State, Digvijay Singh has alleged that a huge scam is taking place in Water Grid Scheme introduced by the Telangana State Government in near future.

Speaking to the media at Gandhi Bhavan here on Thursday, Digvijay Singh said that the TRS Government kept the assurances given by it on the attic. He said that the assurances like Steel Factory in Khammam, Railway Coach Factory etc, which were mentioned in AP Re-organization Act, have not been materialized yet. He said that the PCC has collected 50 lakh signatures demanding implementation of the assurances given during the division of the State.  He alleged that Telangana State Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao was giving priority to put up a show than working sincerely. He said that the people will not be benefited with the Water Grid Scheme, and predicted that the scheme will remain as a huge scam in near future. He alleged that the TRS Government is concentrating more on purchase of pipes than providing water to the people and said that there is no full-fledged project report with the Government.

Stating that the credit of giving Telangana State goes to Congress party, Digvijay Singh alleged that the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was adopting dual stand on the issue of State division.

Condemning the remarks of Union Minister Giriraj against the AICC Chief Sonia Gandhi, Digvijay demanded the Centre to drop the minister from the Cabinet.

Stating that the Congress party brought Land Acquisition Act by convincing all political parties, the AICC general secretary said that the BJP Government is trying to bulldoze the Bill. The good days (ache din) are only for Narendra Modi and BJP Chief Amith Shaw but not for common people, he said. He found fault with the BJP, which stated that it will discuss with all political parties on Land Acquisition Bill, questioning as to why it failed to discuss the same before bringing the Ordinance on Land Acquisition Bill.

Digvijay said that the Congress party will organize a rally in New Delhi on April 19 supporting the farmers and AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi will participate in the rally.  Responding on Graduate MLC election results, Digvijay said that the party didn’t move forward properly and hence the defeat in the elections. (NSS)

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Errabelli slams KCR for Eulogizing Nizam

Hyderabad: TDP floor leader in Telangana Assembly Errabelli Dayakar Rao today lashed out at Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for showering praise on the erstwhile Nizam rule.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Friday, Errabelli said it was very unfortunate that KCR has chosen to eulogize the notorious Nizam rule during which hapless women were stripped and made to play “Bathukamma” to avenge the Telangana Armed Struggle.

The TDP leader alleged that KCR was trying to derive political gain in the ensuing GHMC elections by making such strange comments. By his unwarranted praise of the Nizam, KCR hurt the people of Telangana, he said, adding that the Chief Minister had adopted double speak by singing psalms on Komram Bheem in Nizamabad and now praising  Nizam rule in Hyderabad.Dayakar Rao appealed to people not to fall  prey to the gimmicks of KCR. Bhopalapalli TDP in-charge Satyanarayana and elections committee member Shobharani were also present at the media conference.

Telangana Congress leaders Mallu Ravi and K Mahesh also today lashed out at KCR for singing the Nizam’s praises. Speaking to mediapersons at Gandhi Bhavan here, they criticized the Chief Minister for omitting Telangana Armed Struggle and eulogizing erstwhile Nizam’s dictatorial and feudal rule. Accusing the Chief Minister of playing a political game for Muslim votes in the coming GHMC elections, they said the people who fought for Telangana will be wary of this peculiar situation.

Comparing Nizam’s rule to that of British Colonial Rule, they found fault with the Chief Minister for praising such rulers. People will not hesitate to launch another revolt against the TRS Government if KCR failed to mend his policies, they warned. (NSS)

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