Pawan Kalyan Supports Agitation On Dharna Chowk

Dharna Chowk at Indira Park is the dais for raising the voice against problems faced by citizens, Pawan said.

Hyderabad: The actor- turned-politician Pawan Kalyan tried to pacify the controversy he sparked over the appointment of TTD EO. Addressing the media on Thursday at Jana Sena party office, Pawan said that he is not against North India.

“I give a lot of importance to the Hindi language. There is a Hindi song in my film Khushi. But, I only said that South Indians too should be given opportunities on par with North Indians. I’m not against the appointment of Anil Singhal. When I met Modi in Ahmedabad I told him about the issues. I took the issue of discrimination against South Indians to Modi’s notice, he explained.”

People who want the country to be united must raise their voice on issues, but it should not affect the integrity of the country, he said.

Everyone has a right to protest in a democracy. And democracy gave the right to raise the voice when justice is not done, he said. Dharna Chowk at Indira Park is the dais for raising the voice against problems faced by citizens, he observed.

Announcing Jana Sena support to the agitation for Dharna Chowk, he said it’s not fair to stop peaceful protests.
Condemning the arrest of farmers who are protesting for support price, he said that he is not against any party. “I will be on people’s side,” he said.

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Dharna Chowk Dharna: Inspector Sridevi Caught On Camera

A police inspector in civil dress who posed as a local person demanding shifting of Dharna Chowk from Indira Park has shifted to police uniform and was caught by media camera embarrassing the Government and her department

Hyderabad: Call by opposition parties” Capture Dharna Chowk” on May 15 turned violent with police lathicharge and arrests of leaders near Indira Park. For the first time, local people came out with a slogan supporting the Government’s decision to shift Dharna Chowk. But it was a programme planned by T government as claimed by oppopstion parties, particularly by TJAC Chairman Kodandaram.

Adding strength to his comments, here is a picture which proves that police in civil dressed posed as locals with placards demanding shifting of Dharna Chowk.

Picture of local Inspector Sridevi in civil dress holding play card in the morning and wearing police uniform in the afternoon is going viral in social media now. But Sridevi’s version is different. As per Sridevi, she took the placard to control the disruptive situation and media with enthusiasim took the photo shot of it.

But no one is prepared to believe her and sridevi is also ready to face any kind of trail from department. She has since been punished by her department by a transfer.

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The Politics Of Dharna Chowk

As agitations and protests increased, the government has decided to shift Dharna Chowk from Indira Park to the outskirts of the city. The decision is bitterly opposed by the entire opposition and democratic forces in Hyderabad. The showdown on Monday was the result of oppressive measures taken by the government.

Hyderabad: The politics over Dharna Chowk reached its peak on Monday when various opposition parties and civil rights groups agitated against the relocation of Dharna Chowk, situated opposite to Indira Park.

Dharna Chowk was a place where grievances of the people were expressed. It had become more popular during Telangana movement, as it was mostly occupied by the Telangana agitators.

Before Dharna Chowk was created by the government, people used to protest opposite to the Secretariat near Lumbini Park in the city. As the traffic grew and it had become inconvenient to public, in the year 2000 the then Chandrababu Naidu government created Dharna Chowk for protestors to express their grievances.

Immediately, all the newspapers created new dateline for the area and appointed beat reporters too. That way it assumed importance and became an important landmark. For more than a decade and a half, agitators have been protesting there. The area was totally packed and it created a lot of inconvenience to the public during Telangana movement. But, people bore with it at that time.

Three years after Telangana was created, the TRS government chose to shift Dharna Chowk to somewhere in the outskirts. While Chandrababu Naidu is said to have taken the decision to give a good impression to the corporates which want to set up their units in the city, Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao seems to be having other reasons, though they have cited law and order problems as the main cause. Since Dharna Chowk was close to Secretariat and Assembly, people accepted the suggestion to relocate.

The agitations at Dharna Chowk grew in the last one and a half or two years. All the people who participated in Telangana agitation and trusted the promises made by KCR, are now questioning him as to what happened to the promises and why he is not fulfilling them. It has become a headache for the government as that is showing it in a poor light, though the media is not publishing the items prominently. Every day, somebody or the other is seen criticizing Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) for not fulfilling promises he made.

The TJAC led by Prof Kodandaram has been spearheading the campaign for Dharna Chowk. It is a well-known fact that Prof Kodandaram who played a crucial role during Telangana movement and was considered close to KCR, was kept at a distance after the State formation. The government wanted to suppress TJAC, as it started questioning its policies and about unfulfilled promises.

On the issue of Dharna Chowk, Kodandaram is said to be having the tacit support of opposition parties – Congress, BJP, Telugu Desam Party and Left. As a ‘Chalo Indira Park’ movement is planned on Monday, Prof Kodandaram  went underground along with his colleagues to avoid arrest by the police during midnight. As expected, they emerged at Indira Park on Monday morning to lead the campaign.

Even before, the TRS government cracked down on a rally by unemployed and took Kodandaram into custody. Now the TJAC beat the government in its game.

The abrupt decision of TRS government to shift the site is seen and criticised as the suppression of democratic rights to dissent by the KCR government. The opposition described the stir as a symbolic protest against the government for banning democratic movements at Dharna Chowk.

While Kodandaram said that it’s a protest to protect their Constitutional right, senior Congress leader Hanumantha Rao said that it’s a protest against KCR government.

The decision to shift Dharna Chowk was taken earlier this year after TJAC called for protests highlighting rising unemployment in the state. This led to a massive showdown between protesters and Police. Prof Kodandaram, along with many activists and leaders was detained. The protest to save Dharna Chowk has been going on for the past one month. The CPI and other Keft parties have organised relay hunger strike by people from various walks of life at Muhdoom Bhavan.

As the police gave permission to the people who were for shifting of the Chowk, chaos ensued on Monday morning. Though it is being said that Walker’s Association representatives and residents of the area are present there, they are identified as TRS activists by people there. Within an hour after the protest started and both the parties rose their voice and the police force was not adequate, confusion prevailed and both parties attacked each other with chairs and stones.

Incidentally, many photographs surfaced by Monday afternoon, showing the government supplying food to those activists (read TRS members) by government vehicles.

Now police are all set to take the blame for giving permission to both parties, however, they succeeded in dispersing the agitators for now.

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Dharna Chowk Turns Tense As Opposition Parties Occupy

Call by opposition parties against TRS Government’s decision of shifting Dharna Chowk turned violent after clashes between Communist activists and locals who were supporting government’s decision.

Hyderabad: Dharna Chowk, near Indira Park witnessed lathi charge on leaders of the opposition party with crowds pouring in favour of dharna.

Almost all the opposition parties reached Dhrana Chowk on Monday morning to capture Dharna Chowk. Activists belonging to CPI, CPI (M), BJP, Congress, Jana Sena, Democratic front and TJAC participated in huge numbers which was initially interrupted by the government with police deployed in large numbers.

Earlier attempts by TJAC were foiled by the government when they tried to hold an unemployed rally at the venue. Prof M Kodandaram was arrested as a preventive measure at that time, but now TJAC took utmost precautionary steps to make success of dharna and they went underground since previous night with their cell phone was switch off.

Symbolic protest by opposition parties was successful today with overwhelming support by huge cadre from all parties.

Meanwhile an association in the name of Morning Walkers staged a protest on Sunday in favour to government’s decision of shifting Dharna Chowk. “Several hospitals, Educational Institutions were located around Indira Park and we are facing traffic jams due to these dharnas, so we support Government decision”, morning walkers alleged.

But opposition parties claim that it was organised by ruling party to foil their Dharna on Monday.

Freedom fighters gave support to opposition parties and requested government not to shift the Chowk from City Centre.

TJAC chairman Kodandram was successful in bringing all political opposition parties on a single platform to fight against TRS Government.

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CPI Leader Narayana Does It Again

CPI leader Narayana who is known for making caustic comments is at it once again while criticising KCR for proposing to shift Dharna Chowk.

Hyderabad: CPI Narayana is known for slip of tongue especially when he attempts to express his outrage on many occasions. Here is another example for his loose tongue. He made a rather intemperate comment on Sunday regarding shifting of Dharna Chowk away from Indira Park.

We all know that Save Dharna Chowk, a new campaign has been going on for a few days by all opposition parties after CM KCR said that the Dharna Chowk will be shifted to outskirts of ciy.

T-Congress, TJAC and BJP staged dharnas and expressed protests against the move. Now CPI joined the protests and moved a step forward by saying no one will express sympathy for KCR should anything happen to him.

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Left To Hold Meet To Save Dharna Chowk At SVK

The CPI leader alleged that the police were arresting leaders of political parties and people’s organisations while they were trying to stage dharna at Indira Park

Hyderabad: The Communist Party of India State secretary and Indira Park Dharna Chowk Protection Committee convener Chada Venkat Reddy has called upon the people to attend the State-level meeting to be held at Sundaraiah Vignana Kendram on April 8 to “Protect Indira Park Dharna Chowk”.

In a press note here on Friday, the CPI leader alleged that the police were arresting leaders of political parties and people’s organisations while they were trying to stage dharna at Indira Park saying there was no permission to hold protests at Indira Park.

As part of the movement to protect the Dharna Chowk at Indira Park, the Dharna Chowk Protection Committee is organising a meeting on April 8, he said and called upon the people to attend in large numbers and make it a success. (NSS)

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2K Run For Dharna Chowk: Kodandaram, Others Arrested

Hyderabad: TJAC chairman Professor Kodandaram and many leaders of the Left parties were arrested here on Sunday morning when they tried to take out a procession from Sundarayya Vignyana Kendram (SVK). The proposed 2K run from SVK to Indira Park was in protest against the decision of TRS government to shift Dharna Chowk from Indira Park to Nagole or some other far away place in the outskirts of the city. The 2K run call was given by ‘Dharna Chowk Preservation Committee’. Along with Kodandaram and the Left party leaders, about 500 persons were taken into custody by the police. The surroundings of Indira Park resembled a battle field with the police present in full force.

Professor Kodandaram told the media after the police set him free that it is only the first direct action programme and it will be followed up by a number of programmes. He said the struggle will continue till the government rescinds and restores Dharna Chowk for the common people to express protest and discontent. It is the fundamental right guaranteed by the constitution and it cannot be abrogated by using brute force that is available with the government, he said.

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BJP opposes move to shift Dharna Chowk from Indira Park

Hyderabad: Telangana State BJP president Dr K Laxman today reiterated that his party would oppose shifting of Dharna Chowk from Indira Park.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Thursday, he said the Dharna Chowk at Indira Park was the place where Telangana supporters had organised dharnas in support of separate State. Indira Park is the place which gave life to various agitations, he observed.

The government wanted to shift the Dharna Chowk in a bid to prevent any resentment from the people, he alleged. Demanding withdrawal of any move to shift the Dharna Chowk, the BJP state chief alleged that the government’s move amounts to curbing of rights of people, employees, students and political organisations.

BJP floor leader G Kishan Reddy said Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar provided right to the people under Constitution to express their protest peacefully for solving their problems and in support of their demands.

It was not proper to shift the place where people tried to bring to the notice of the government about their problems peacefully by organising dharnas and protests, Kishan Reddy said. He said, “This is not Nizam period and dictator attitude would not be tolerated”. (NSS)

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Congress won’t keep quiet if Dharna Chowk is changed: VH

Hyderabad: Stating that the Congress would resist attempts of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to change the Dharna Chowk from Indira Park, AICC secretary V Hanumantha Rao today questioned the Chief Minister as how he could fulfill his personal vows of offering golden ornaments to Gods with public money.

Speaking to the media here on Saturday, VH said KCR was afraid of people and predicted that Tsunami will take place in TRS party soon. Stating that KCR was scared of a single person TJAC chairman Prof. M Kodandaram, VH wondered how the TRS supremo KCR could stand on his feet if the Congress cadre invades the roads.

Mohammed Ali Shabbir said spending Common Good Fund was against the law. The Chief Minister has failed to implement his promises. He has the habit of deceiving the law and the people, he alleged. (NSS)

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