Will TDP Join Hands With Congress in Telangana?

Formal announcement by TPCC that it is willing to work with TDP and contest the next elections together hints at the polarisation of political forces against KCR has begun.

Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader S Jaipal Reddy said that party is ready to fight against KCR with the help of all opposition parties except BJP.

He also said that the congress will join hands with TDP if necessary though it opposed TDP in 2014 elections.

Same view was expressed by TTDP working President Revanth Reddy few days ago. When questioned how TDP will work with the Congress, Revanth said that fight in Telangana is against KCR , who belongs to TRS and there is nothing wrong in joining hands with Congress party.

Was this statement by Revanth Reddy was made at the behest of TDP chief Naidu or is it Revanth’s personal opinion is not known. But in coming days, we can see a lot of political polarisations in Telangana in an attempt to defeat TRS in 2019 elections.

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What About Sending Naidu To Jail: Congress Questions KCR

Telangana Congress Party dared Irrigation Minister Harish Rao to reveal the names of their leaders involved in the land scam.

Hyderabad: Congress leaders of Telangana challenged Irrigation Minister Harish Rao to reveal the names of their party leaders who are involved in the land scams if they have guts.

We are not frightened and we welcome the move if Government really takes strict action against the culprits who are involved in the land scam, including congress leaders, Shabbir Ali Said.

KCR only throws challenges with the statements but no action is seen further. What about Eamcet leakages and Nayeemudiin cases. Until now there ws no action taken, Shabbir questioned.

He also reminded KCR’s statement about AP CM Naidu that Even Lord Brahma can’t save Naidu from going to jail in Vote Note scam.

It is better for KCR to stop such political statements and act instead, they felt.

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Has Chiranjeevi Decided To Say Goodbye To Congress?

The absence of megastar Chiranjeevi at the Sunday Guntur rally addressed by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and many other national opposition leaders gave room to doubts about his continuing with the Congress.

Hyderabad: Congress party’s one and only charismatic leader of AP, formal central minister, Rajya Sabha member Chiranjeevi did not attend Rahul Gandhi’s meeting at Guntur on Sunday. Though Congress leaders claim that Chiranjeevi is on a family tour in China, indications are clear that the actor-turned- politician is distancing himself from the Congress.

AP Congress leaders told the media in Delhi when they went there to invite Rahul and leaders of other opposition parties that Chiranjeevi would attend the meeting which was expected to focus on Special Category Status. Even Chiranjeevi was not in the team that visited Delhi for inviting AICC Vice President.

Programme is scheduled long ago before Chiranjeevi left for China and it is well known for him that all top leaders from different parties will grace the meet, but he skipped the meet all the same and now sources say that Chiranjeevi will say goodbye to the party in near future.

Chiranjeevi, who came back with his 150th film Khaidi No. 150 is not pleased with party’s performance in AP after bifurcation and is keen on concentrating on his film career rather than politics.

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Congress Burns Amit Shah Effigy For SCS

Congress leaders have held a protest march and set the effigy of BJP chief Amit Shah on fire holding him responsible for not giving the special category status to the State. The Congress leaders raised slogans against BJP, Amit Shah and PM Modi as Shah was enjoying his lunch at CM Naidu’s residence.

Amaravati: Members of the Andhra Pradesh Congress led by its Mahila Congress president Sunkara Padmasri held a protest march against the visit of BJP chief Amit Shah to the city. They raised slogans against Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked Shah to go back.

The Congress leaders criticised the BJP leadership for going back on the promise of giving special category status to the State. The leaders said that the BJP MPs Arun Jaitely and Venkaiah Naidu have asked for 10 years of special category status to the state when the Bifurcation Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha. The BJP leaders have also promised to give 10 years of special category status to the State during the 2014 election campaign and have included the promise in their manifesto. A promise was made by the BJP and its then Prime Minister candidate Narendra Modi at Tirupathi. However, after winning the elections, the BJP had gone back on the promise, Padmasri alleged.

The Mahila Congress leader also blamed TDP president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for compromising with the BJP on the special category status.  She recalled that Chandrababu Naidu had asked the special category status for 15 years even as the BJP promised it for 10 years. Later, after the elections, Chandrababu Naidu had passed two resolutions in the Assembly seeking special category status to the State, she recalled. However, as the BJP refused to give it, the TDP had compromised, she alleged.

She also took strong exception to Chandrababu Naidu hosting lunch for the BJP chief and accused the BJP-TDP leaders of enjoying delicious food as people of the State were starving. She said that both the TDP and the BJP have failed to come to the rescue of the people who were facing problems like severe drought and unemployment. The Special Category Status would have given scope of creating employment opportunities while the backward districts fund, which was part of the Reorganisation Act would have helped in mitigating the prevailing drought, Padmasri said and wondered how the two leaders were enjoying the lunch at the cost of the people.

The Mahila Congress leader led the party workers to set the effigy of Amti Shah on fire in protest against the BJP-TDP failures.

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Jagan Promising Support To Modi, A Good Strategy

The YSR Congress Chief Jagan Mohan Reddy’s decision to support the NDA candidate for the presidential elections seems to be a well-planned strategy to keep his outfit off from the Congress.

Amaravati: The meeting of YSR Congress Chief Jagan Mohan Reddy with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the subsequent announcement of his support to NDA’s presidential candidate came as a rude shock to the Telugu Desam Party leadership in the State. The TDP, which is an official partner of the BJP-led NDA, felt threatened by the Jagan’s latest move.

The TDP-BJP relations are not well for the past sometime with a large section of the BJP leaders complaining against the TDP leadership in the State for causing hurdles for the growth of the party. Another section of the leaders who are in favour of the TDP are also not happy, as the TDP leadership is not giving due credit to the BJP’s support to the State government in the form of funds and programmes.

The BJP leadership took strong exception to the claims of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu that he had mounted pressure on prime minister to delegate the seven Polavaram mandals to Andhra Pradesh from Telangana. Naidu claimed that he pressured the BJP by threatening them that he wouldn’t take the oath. This warning, according to Naidu forced the BJP leaders and the Prime Minister to take up the merger of the seven mandals into AP in the first Cabinet meeting.

While this statement has gone well deep into the people and built a positive image for the TDP, the BJP leaders are upset over the way the TDP leaders took advantage.

“Neither the TDP leaders nor Chandrababu Naidu were aware of this plan. It was the initiative of Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who prepared the draft and convinced the prime minister. In fact, it was Venkaiah Naidu who took the file to the President and got the ordinance declared. The TDP leaders came to know about the issue only when it was included in the agenda for the first Cabinet meeting. But, the TDP is claiming credit for it giving no room for the BJP,” a senior leader quipped.

The BJP leaders also take exception for the proposed outer ring road for the new capital and an express highway from Amaravati to Ananthapur, which are funded by the Central government.

“Whenever the chief minister reviews the two projects, he never speaks a single word about the BJP leadership and the Central government,” is a big complaint from the BJP ranks.

Besides all these, the TDP leaders make adverse comments against the BJP, whenever Jagan Mohan Reddy meets prime minister or visits Delhi. Leaders like BJP Floor Leader Vishnu Kumar Raju have openly criticised the TDP leaders for such allegations.

“Does it mean that Modi or BJP can be purchased like the way the TDP leaders speak,” Vishnu Kumar Raju asked.

Meanwhile, keeping the fears of the TDP leaders on their relationship with the BJP, Jagan Mohan Reddy followed a clear political strategy to keep off the Congress in the Presidential elections.

Jagan Mohan Reddy, who revolted against the Congress leadership and floated his own outfit, does not want to be part of any group that has the Congress presence.

The opposition leader is very clear on this. He doesn’t want to be part of the Congress and doesn’t want to share dais with Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi. It is for this reason that he extended unconditional support to the NDA though it has to name its candidate for the presidential elections.

The strategy to keep off from the Congress might help Jagan and his party in the polarisation of political forces in the state and at the center for the next round of elections due in 2019.

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Gopal Krishna Gandhi, Joint Candidate Of Opposition?

Speculations are rife about the names of candidates who are to be fielded by both ruling NDA and joint opposition. The opposition parties have chosen former diplomat and grandson of Mahatma- Gopalakrishna Gandhi for the position, though it was not officially announced, say sources.

New Delhi: The effort of the opposition parties to field a joint candidate in the upcoming Presidential elections appears to be succeeding. The candidate they chose is none other than the former diplomat and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

Reports say that Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury spoke to him. Gandhi is also said to have the backing of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

A lot of effort was put in by the opposition parties to field a common candidate. Things speeded up once Sonia Gandhi entered the scene and contacted parties and their leaders to come together for Presidential elections. Whoever the joint candidate be, the credit for the effort goes to Sonia Gandhi.

Meanwhile, speculation is that the NDA might nominate Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu for the top post. However, till recently the name of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was also doing rounds.

Though Gopal Krishna Gandhi told media that he was contacted by Sonia and Yechury, he said that it was only a preliminary round of talk.

Name of former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar is also doing rounds as she has all the qualifications – a woman, Dalit and was well versed with the proceedings of Parliament. Since Congress is said to be sensitive towards women and Dalits, everyone was expecting the name of Meira Kumar. Sources say since many opposition parties were against the proposal, the name is not hyped.
Son of Mahatma’s youngest son Devdas Gandhi, Gopal Krishna in 1997 took up the position of Secretary to the President of India. Later he became the Governor of West Bengal in 2004 and was also Governor of Bihar (Additional charge) for six months.

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Actor-Turned-Politician Ramya Becomes Social Media Head Of Congress

Congress which was not pleased with the performance of MP Deepender Hooda as social media head chose actor-turned-politician Ramya, who is quite active on Twitter.

New Delhi: Congress party which has been on reshuffle spree chose actor-turned-politician Ramya to head the social media team of the party. The former Lok Sabha MP will replace MP Deepender Hooda. The Congress is unhappy with the way social media is managed by Deepender for the past year.

While BJP has been dominating the social media platforms, Congress presence appears peripheral. As party vice president is hell bent on making their presence felt in various social media platforms took the decision. To effect a change. According to reports, Ramya will be managing Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter handle. The former MP had her share of controversies. She had taken on the then Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar for his comments on Pakistan. She said, “Pakistan is a good country, not hell. Parrikar’s comments are not true.” However, there was a heavy backlash from the twitteretti and she got trolled badly. A case of sedition was also filed against her in Karnataka.

Ramya’s stint as Congress MP is quite short. She joined the party in 2012, contested from Mandya constituency in 2013 and lost the seat in 2014 general elections.

The grand old party is making changes in its party structure after a string of defeats in elections. Ramya’s Twitter handle is Divya Spandana/Ramya. She is active on the platform and has nearly five lakh followers.

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Bypoll Results: BJP Wins In Delhi, Himachal, Assam; Congress Retains Two Karnataka Seats

By-elections were held in 10 Assembly constituencies in eight states on Sunday. Two seats each are in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh and one each in West Bengal, Assam, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Delhi

New Delhi: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won Assembly bypolls in Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Assam on Thursday while it was leading in Rajasthan as results poured in for the nine seats where by-elections were held recently.

In Karnataka, the ruling Congress has won both the seats. Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP suffered a humiliating defeat in Delhi at the hands of its main rival, BJP.

By-elections were held in 10 Assembly constituencies in eight states on Sunday. Two seats each are in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh and one each in West Bengal, Assam, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Delhi.

The victory in the National Capital was sweet music for the BJP ahead of the municipal polls.

The BJP registered a victory in the Rajouri Garden assembly bypoll, handing a humiliating defeat to the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, which finished a distant third.

In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP retained the Bandhavgarh assembly seat after defeating rival Congress. BJP nominee Shivnarayan Singh defeated Congress’ candidate Savitri Singh from the seat in Umaria district.

The bypoll was necessitated as BJP MLA Gyan Singh got elected to the Lok Sabha in November last year from Shahdol in a by-election.

In Himachal Pradesh, BJP candidate Anil Dhiman won the Bhoranj (SC) assembly seat in Himachal Pradesh.

The seat fell vacant following the death of BJP stalwart and former minister Ishwar Dass Dhiman, who won the seat six times in a row since 1990 and now his son Dr Anil Dhiman has retained the seat.

The strength of the BJP has thus increased to 28 in the 68-member House.

The showing was good for the party in Assam also where its candidate Ranoj Pegu won the Dhemaji assembly by-election defeating his nearest the Congress rival Babul Sonowal.

The bypoll was necessitated following the election of BJP MLA Pradan Baruah as MP from Lakhimpur Lok Sabha seat.

The BJP had won 60 of 126 assembly seats and formed the Government in partnership with its pre-poll alliance partners last year.

The Congress party retained its hold on Karnataka though there is a general perception that the Congress Government is unpopular and the BJP is about to win the next elections. But the Congress has proved that it is still in command by wining Nanjangud and Gundlupet Assembly seats.

The by-elections were necessitated in Gundulpet following the death of Cooperation Minister Mahadevaprasad and in Nanjangud, it was caused by the resignation of Srinivas Prasad as Congress MLA after he was dropped from the ministry. He crossed over to the BJP.

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Congress Refutes TD Charge

Hyderabad: Dismissing Telangana Telugu Desam Party (TTDP) working president A Revanth Reddy’s allegations,  Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader K Jana Reddy has said the former’s allegations were emotional.

Reacting to Revanth Reddy’s allegations on Tuesday, Jana Reddy said there was no meaning in them. “I will answer if TD Chief N Chandrababu Naidu criticises us. I will not respond to the allegations made by Revanth Reddy,” he said.

The people would decide in 2019 elections as to who were the waste people, he said and opined that the State government should give clarity on debts.

It may be mentioned here that Revanth Reddy alleged that the main Opposition, Congress, has failed to raise the deer hunting in Bhupalapalli constituency by a Deputy Chief Minister’s son. He had also alleged that both the TRS and the Congress parties behaved like two pieces of one cloth. (NSS)

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KTR To Congress: It Is Like Devils Quoting Scriptures

Hyderabad: In a scathing attack, IT Minister KT Rama Rao on Friday lambasted the Congress leaders saying they were neck-deep in scams during their previous regime. Their attitude was similar to a cat eating 100 mice and went on spiritual tour.

As part of discussion on demands in Legislative Council on Friday, the Congress alleged that the TRS government filled with corruption. Reacting on it, KTR alleged that the Congress only indulged in schemes and scams and asked the latter to tell as to what it was done to the people in the last 40 years.

He claimed that it was atrocious on the part of the Congress leaders as they were not in a position to digest the development of the state. “The Congress leaders have to extend their support as the state is developing”, he suggested. He said that the state will not develop in case the Congress leaders grown beards, moustaches by sitting in Gandhi Bhavan. 

COURTESY: NSS

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Komati Sure To Defeat TRS In 2019 Polls

Hyderabad: Nalgonda Congress MLA Komatireddy Venkat Reddy has said he was the only MLA who spoke on corruption in the Assembly.

In an informal talk in the Assembly lobbies on Thursday, Venkat Reddy alleged that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was not implementing the schemes on the pretext of paucity of funds though the Opposition was mounting pressure on the State government.

He pointed out that the State government had spent Rs 20,000 crore on pipes for the Mission Bhagiratha and the TRS leaders were getting five per cent commission from the companies.

“I don’t know why the State government finalised only three companies though 14 pipe companies are ISI branded”, he pointed out.

He also exuded confidence that the Congress leaders would expose the TRS government’s corruption and defeat the TRS in the 2019 elections. (NSS)

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Congress May Turn A Desert Before Next Polls: Rasamayi

Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) MLA Rasamayi Balakishan has predicted that Congress Legislature Party leader K. Jana Reddy would join the ruling party and the Congress would become a desert six months before the 2019 elections.

Speaking to media persons at Assembly lobbies here on Thursday, Balakishan said he was following the footsteps of Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao. He said he made Gollapally as a cashless village in his constituency like Ibrahimpur village in Siddhipet constituency.

“Though I have completed toilets and water pits by 100 per cent, but I am not getting adequate publicity. It is my misfortune,” he bemoaned and alleged that the officials were not giving priority to the MLAs. (NSS)

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Probe Sought Into Mission Bhagiratha; Congress Walks Out

Hyderabad, March.22 (NSS): The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) has staged a walk-out when the TRS government refused to appoint a House Committee on the alleged irregularities in the Mission Bhagiratha Scheme.

Not satisfied with the IT & Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao’s reply on the demands, Congress MLA Komatireddy Venkat Reddy dared the state government saying that he was ready to tender resignation in case he failed to prove the allegations made against the Mission Bhagiratha Scheme.

“I will tender my resignation in case I failed to prove my allegations on Mission Bhagiratha. I will not contest elections again. Four Andhra contractors formed into a ring and looted Rs 10,000 crore”, he alleged.

Reacting to it, KTR said the State government was acting transparently. The TRS government would not be afraid of Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, who approached the State Vigilance Committee (SVC). The TRS government was ready to provide water and also make the Opposition drink the water. “The TRS government always thinks in people’s perspective”, he said and alleged that Komatireddy was much interested in contracts and sub-contracts instead of providing water to the people and the previous government failed to provide water to fluoride-affected villages in Nalgonda district.

He said the entire country was looking at Telangana for developing in a fast phase within three years. He said the TRS government was doing wonders in the State whereas the Congress had miserably failed to do anything to the State in the last 60 years. The TRS government was cleansing the dirt left by the previous Congress government.

Angrily reacting, Komatireddy reiterated his demand asking the State government to appoint House Committee and prove its sincerity if it was really acting transparently in regard to Mission Bhagiratha.

He also alleged that the entire country was discussing on the huge corruption in the state and such a huge scam never took place across the country. He said during 2004-14 Congress government, he made the government to supply drinking water to 700 villages, in which many were suffering from fluoride problem in Nalgonda district.

Intervening in the discussion, CLP leader K Jana Reddy said it was not only Komatireddy’s demand and it was the demand of the Congress. Ruling out appointment of House Committee on the alleged irregularities in Mission Bhagiratha, KTR said the Congress leaders were mentally disturbed and were trying to rub the same on the State.

He asked the Congress MLAs to shed tension and remain peaceful. He said there was no need for appointing a House Committee as Komatireddy had approached the SVC.

The CLP leader asked the TRS government to prove its sincerity when it was not at fault. He said that his party was staging walkout as the State government was not accepting their demand of appointing the House Committee.

After Congress’ walkout from the Assembly, Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao alleged that the Congress staged walkout due to jealousy at the monumental development taking place in the State during the TRS government.

The Congress was indulging in mud-slinging by making baseless allegations against the State government. He made it clear that TRS government would complete the Mission Bhagiratha and Mission Kakatiya under any circumstances. (NSS)

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TRS will face Congress fate, predicts Laxman

Hyderabad: BJP State president Dr K. Laxman stated that the TRS government would face the fate of the Congress in case it wants to continue the suppressive rule.

Speaking to media on Tuesday, Laxman made it clear that the BJP will fight the anti-constitutional attitude of the State government inside and outside the Assembly. He informed that the BJP Yuva Morcha has given a call for ‘Chalo Assembly’ on March 24 in protest against the “anti-people” policies of the State government and against the State government’s attitude towards BJP activists.

Alleging that the police detained BJP Bhongir president and party activists illegally, Laxman demanded that the government release them immediately. He alleged that the TRS government was implementing “dictatorial rule” in the state by saying there was no chance to stage protests and dharnas. (NSS)

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BJP Victory: Congress Ridicules MIM For Blaming Secular Parties

Hyderabad: The Congress has strongly condemned MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi for blaming secular parties, including Congress, for the victory of Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

“Having sabotaged the secular votes by creating a division through polarisation, Asaduddin Owaisi was trying to defend his stand by blaming others. MIM president entered Uttar Pradesh by wearing a communal mascot, which was laced with hate speeches delivered by him and his brother in the past. He was fully supported by the BJP-backed media, which gave his party more prominence than the Congress, Samajwadi Party or other secular groups. The number of seats from where MIM fielded its candidates was immaterial for the BJP and it only took advantage of MIM’s presence in the electoral battle and won the elections due to polarisation of votes and also due to division of secular votes,” Greater Hyderabad Congress Committee (GHCC) minorities department chairman Sheik Abdullah Sohail said on Monday.

Reacting to Asaduddin Owaisi’s question on BJP’s victory in Uttarakhand and other places where his party did not field any candidates, Abdullah Sohail said the MIM president himself should give an answer to this question.

“If MIM’s approach was secular and it had the support of Dalits and other sections of the society, then why it remained confined only to Uttar Pradesh? Why it did not field any candidates from Uttarakhand where Muslims constitute about 14 per cent of the total population? Why Asaduddin Owaisi focused only on 33 out of 403 Assembly seats in UP, which had a significant Muslim population?” he asked.

Abdullah Sohail said that the MIM leaders acted as per the directions of BJP chief Amit Shah and fielded candidates from selective Assembly constituencies where polarisation and division of votes was essential to help the BJP win elections.

He said if MIM was serious on expanding its base to other parts of the country, then it would have contested in all States and from all seats. Since it wanted the BJP to win UP elections, it entered the State with a specific agenda and accomplished its goal, he said adding that MIM had benefited the BJP and Shiv Sena in a similar fashion during Maharashtra Assembly elections.

The Congress leader asked Asaduddin Owaisi to stop cheating the people by projecting as if MIM was a new-born political party which is taking baby-steps in politics. “MIM has celebrated its 59th Revival Day on March 2 this year. It won first municipal election in Hyderabad in 1961, entered Assembly in 1962 and has been winning Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat since 1984. During the last 59 years of its existence, it never tried to expand its network out of Hyderabad and survived by blackmailing other political parties. It made friendship with any party in power in the State and deceived it just before elections to keep its option open for post-poll alliances. Asaduddin Owaisi was part of Congress-led UPA alliance for almost nine years. MIM severed ties with the Congress on flimsy grounds just before elections and later became an ally of TRS after 2014 elections. It is bound to break its ties with TRS sooner or later and it will join hands with any party which comes to power in 2019 General Elections,” he said.

Abdullah Sohail asked Asaduddin Owaisi to do a serious introspection of how his behaviour has been causing immense damage to the Muslims across the country. He said Owaisi should not sabotage the interest of entire community for short-term gains. He appealed the Muslims of Karnataka and Gujarat to stay cautious against the MIM’s entry into their states in view of Assembly elections next year.

COURTESY: NSS

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Gutta Slams Congress For Obstructing Growth

Hyderabad: MP Gutha Sukender Reddy on Sunday lashed out at the Congress leaders for coming in the way of development works in the State.

Talking to media persons here on Sunday, Gutta accused the Congress leaders of coming in the way of growth of the State by causing hurdles to projects in power and irrigation sectors. He alleged that Nalgonda MLA Komatireddy Venkat Reddy was behaving in a foolish manner on Yadadri power plant issue.

“Yadadri power plant will be completed by the government as per plan to tide over power problem, but the jealous Congress leaders were creating hurdles to growth process,: Sukender Reddy fumed.

The State government was making rapid strides in every sector towards reaching its destination of Bangaru Telangana and the Congress was making cheap politics for mileage, he rebuked.

He also asked the Congress leaders to shun disinformation campaign against the government which was giving top priority to welfare and development. The people will revolt against the Congress leaders if they failed to mend their ways of obstructing the development, he warned.

The Congress has already lost its sheen and will totally vanish from the State if they continue to malign the image of the government, he said. The State government with a focus on welfare and strengthening rural economy has come up with unique programs like giving boost to fishermen community and Yadavas in the villages, which the previous governments never thought of, he said.

These programmes, he said, will prove handy and remain game changers in the near future and one has to appreciate the programmes for giving push to the downtrodden and masses at rural pockets, who are neglected for decades, he felt. (NSS)

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Secret Pact Between MIM And BJP Helps Split In Votes: Congress

Hyderabad: The Congress on Friday appealed to the Muslim community to stay cautious against the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) which is covertly helping the Bharatiya Janata Party strengthen its roots across the country.

“MIM is playing into the hands of BJP to polarise elections. They experimented the polarisation of voters by contesting Maharashtra Assembly elections held in 2016. Their entry helped the BJP and Shiv Sena win the Assembly polls due to division of secular votes. Although the MIM won two seats, it ensured the victory of BJP/Shiv Sena in most of the seats it contested in Maharashtra. The MIM repeated the same thing in just concluded Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Although the party was rejected by the UP voters, MIM was able to help the BJP win 19 out of 33 seats from where it contested,” said Greater Hyderabad Congress Committee (GHCC) minorities’ department chairman Sheik Abdullah Sohail and TPCC official spokesperson Syed Nizamuddin in a media statement.

Abdullah Sohail said that the MIM was fully aware that the contest in UP polls would be multi-cornered and any division in secular votes would help the BJP. In order to prevent division of secular votes, the Congress and Samajwadi Party entered into an alliance. But Asaduddin Owaisi not only fielded his party’s candidates, but also ran a high profile campaign while addressing multiple public meetings in a day. All this was done to polarise the voters in those constituencies. Consequently, the BJP won from 19 out of 33 seats, he said.

Further, Abdullah Sohail said that the MIM’s presence directly ensured BJP’s victory in three Assembly segments. In Gainsari constituency, BJP candidate won with a margin of just 2,303 votes and this became possible due to 3,160 votes secured by the MIM candidate.

Similarly, MIM candidate’s 2,933 votes helped the BJP win Shrawasti seat with a margin of just 445 votes. Likewise, the MIM helped BJP win Tanda seat. Here, MIM secured 2,070 votes while BJP’s candidate won with a margin of only 1,725 votes. He said some UP leaders have rightly described MIM as “Vote Katwas” (vote cutters).

The Congress leader said that MIM candidates put together secured just 1,75,594 votes from 33 constituencies. But their entry polarised the entire elections in UP. After the announcement of results, MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi has been pleading innocence stating that his party alone should not be blamed for division of secular votes.

He said MIM neither had organisational or ideological presence in Uttar Pradesh before the Assembly elections. Except for the hate speeches of Owaisi brothers, the MIM had no other identity. Therefore, the MIM’s entry was clearly aimed at uniting non-secular votes in favour of BJP.

Meanwhile, TPCC spokesperson Syed Nizamuddin asked the MIM to explain the sources of funds it had spent in UP elections. MIM never contested from all 15 seats of Hyderabad district. But how did it manage to contest in over 30 seats in UP and Asaduddin Owaisi even hired a helicopter to address maximum number of public meetings in a day?

Further, Asaduddin Owaisi was given too much prominence by a section of media which is known for its tilt towards BJP and Sangh Parivar. He pointed out that the same media never did a story on the actual problems being faced by the Muslim community.

The Congress leaders said the MIM was now planning to enter Gujarat and Karnataka to help the BJP win Assembly elections scheduled next year. However, they said that the Congress would not allow MIM to spread its evil tentacles further.

“We will expose the MIM on all streets and corners of Hyderabad and at all other places where they exist and wish to exist. MIM has turned elections into a business where Owaisi brothers make investment by giving hate speeches. Later, they field candidates from the constituencies selected by the BJP and make money,” they alleged.

Abdullah Sohail and Nizamuddin also demanded a probe into the increase in assets of Owaisi brothers since 2014 General Elections. (NSS)

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Congress blamed for the non-completion of projects

Hyderabad: Irrigation minister T. Harish Rao on Friday blamed the Congress leaders for causing hurdles and delaying the Udaya Samudram Lift Irrigation Scheme in Nalgonda district.

Replying to a question regarding Udaya Samudram Project in the State Assembly, Harish Rao squarely blamed the Congress for constantly creating impediments to the efforts of the State government in taking up various irrigation projects. The Congress has been filing cases in courts and thus coming in the way of taking up the projects, he observed.

The minister pointed out that the state government acquired 140 acres as per GO 123 for the purpose of Udaya Samudram Project and even as the farmers were ready to give the rest of the required lands for the purpose, the Congress leaders brought a stay from the court on the implementation of GO 123, he said adding that out of 3,248 acres of required land, 1,017 acres was acquired so far. Due to land acquisition problem, the work is getting delayed, he added.

Harish Rao also declared that the State government would complete Udaya Samudram Project within 10 months if the Congress leaders withdraw the court cases. He reminded that after the Land Acquisition Act came into being in 2013, no irrigation project has been completed all over the country.

If need be the Congress leaders can visit other  states and find out for themselves this aspect and reiterated that it was the Congress which is coming in the way of taking up irrigation projects, he reiterated.

The minister declared that the project would be completed at any cost by June 2018 and one lakh acres ayacut would be developed.

courtesy: NSS

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Congress sets NDA effigy on fire for horse trading in Goa, Manipur

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Congress held a protest against the NDA government’s unethical politics in preventing the Congress from forming governments in Goa and Manipur States where the party had emerged as the single largest party in the recent elections.

Led by AP Mahila Congress president Sunkara Padmasri, and Krishna district Congress president Dhanekula Murali Mohan Rao, the Congress activists raised slogans against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA government at the Center. They accused the BJP leadership of misusing the Governor’s office by not following the tradition of inviting the leader of the single largest party to form the government. They said that the Congress had emerged as the single largest party in both the State Assemblies. However, they said that the Governors of both the States have invited the BJP leaders to form the government thus encouraging defections.

Padmasri accused the BJP leaders of being power monger and defeating the peoples’ mandate given in the elections. Though the Congress had not secured majority in the Assemblies, the party was ahead of the BJP and was the single largest party, she said. She criticized the BJP leadership for ignoring the Constitutional obligations and standing practices in the country by not inviting the single largest party to form the government.

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Navjot Singh Sidhu Joins Congress, Welcomed By Rahul

New Delhi: The entertainer par excellence Navjot Singh Sidhu has formally joined the Congress party in the presence of its Vice President Rahul Gandhi here on Sunday less than three weeks before the polling in Punjab for Assembly elections. Polling in Punjab is scheduled to be held on February 4 along with Goa.

Navjot Sidhu was member of Rajya Sabha some months ago representing the BJP. He felt neglected by the BJP leadership and resigned from the party. He had consultations with Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Admi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal toying with the idea of joining the party. Kejriwal is understood to have offered the position of deputy chief minister to Sidhu but the condition that only from one family would be fielded in the assembly elections has deflected the latter towards the Congress party. The Grand Old Party has agreed to give tickets to both Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur. Sidhu would be contesting from Amritsar East constituency beside campaigning in all the 70 constituencies as a star campaigner. His wife has already been included in the list of Congress candidates. Her constituency is yet to be finalized. Sidhu demanded the post of deputy chief minister. It is not yet clear if the Congress has accepted the demand. The chief ministerial candidate of the party is Captain Amarinder Singh who is presently spearheading the party’s campaign as the PCC chief. When asked about Sidhu’s demand, Amarinder said party vice president would take a decision on this demand at an appropriate time.  He denied the allegation that he was not very enthusiastic about Sidhu joining his party.

The 56-year old Sidhu had several rounds of discussions with Rahul Gandhi before he decided to join the party. Rahul has welcomed the former cricketer and parliament member into the Congress. They met four days ago. Soon after the meeting on Sunday afternoon, the AICC spokesman Randeep Singh Sujrewala tweeted, “INC welcomes S. Navjot Singh Sidhu & thanks Rahul Gandhiji for bringing likeminded people under the Congress umbrella.”

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal has questioned Sidhu joining a party that had attacked the Golden Temple. Sidhu left BJP on a complaint that he was forced to give up Amritsar Lok Sabha seat for the sake of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who contested only to lose to Captain Amarinder Singh, former chief minister.

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Congress accuses CM of speaking lies in Assembly

Hyderabad: Alleging that the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was speaking lies in the Legislative Assembly, the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) has stated that it has boycotted the House for a day protesting against the unilateral attitude of the Speaker  S Madhusudhana Chary.

Speaking at the Assembly media point here on Thursday, TPCC chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged that there was no truth in the Chief Minister’s statement in the House that the government has given 10 times more compensation to the land losers at Mallannasagar project. The State Government was not updating the market rates of the lands and it was using the House as a place for TRS policy propaganda. Nobody understood whether the Land Acquisition Bill 2016 was an amendment or a new Act of State Government, Uttam said and alleged that it was unfortunate that the Speaker too has no information about it.           

CLP Deputy leader T Jeevan Reddy bemoaned that the Chief Minister and Assembly Secretary Raja Sadaram misled the House on Wednesday.

TPCC working president Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka alleged that the TRS party was killing democracy in the Legislative Assembly. He said that the Congress party was seriously condemning the remarks made against the Land Acquisition Act 2013, on Wednesday in the august House. It was passed in the Parliament and endorsed by none other than the President of India. It was not proper for the Chief Minister to make remarks as he wished against the Land Acquisition Act 2013 made by the Parliament during the UPA government. The government hurriedly passed the Bill in the Assembly by suppressing the opposition parties thinking that the facts may reach the people in case the opposition parties spoke on the Bill. The Speaker was not following the traditions of the House, he alleged. -NSS

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