3 of a family die in sudden thunderstorm

Thunderstorm claimed three lives from the same family in Vikarabad district.

According to the police Fakhruddin along with his wife Kajabi, 38 and two children Tabasamu, 16 and Akram, 12 were at the farm when suddenly they were caught unaware by a thunderstorm followed by heavy rain. They immediately took shelter under a nearby tree.

But during the storm, the tree  fell on them killing Kajabi and the two children. Fakhruddin was injured. The villagers rushed them to hospital where the three were declared brought dead. Doctors have put  Fakhruddin under medical care.

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After meet, Oppn leaders flag EVM concerns with poll body

Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Abhishek Manu Singhvi of the Congress, TDP’s Chandrababu Naidu, Satish Chandra Misra of the BSP, Sitaram Yechury of the CPI(M), D Raja of the CPI, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal, Derek O’Brien of the TMC, Ramgopal Yadav of the SP, Kanimozhi of the DMK, Manoj Jha (RJD), Majeed Memon (NCP), Devinder Rana (NC) are taking part in the meeting among others

Top opposition leaders met here on Tuesday, ahead of the Lok Sabha poll results on May 23, to discuss the possibility of a non-NDA alliance staking claim to government formation.

They also met the Election Commission (EC) to press for their demand of tallying the paper trail of votes (VVPATs) with the electronic voting machine (EVM) figures.

Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ashok Gehlot, Abhishek Manu Singhvi of the Congress, TDP’s Chandrababu Naidu, Satish Chandra Misra of the BSP, Sitaram Yechury of the CPI(M), D Raja of the CPI, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal, Derek O’Brien of the TMC, Ramgopal Yadav of the SP, Kanimozhi of the DMK, Manoj Jha (RJD), Majeed Memon (NCP), Devinder Rana (NC) are taking part in the meeting among others.

“On VVPATs and the EVM tally, the EC is yet to come out with a procedure in case there is a mismatch. Even if there is one mismatch in the VVPAT samples picked for counting and EVMs, to maintain the integrity of the electoral process, all VVPATs in that Assembly segment must be counted,” Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Yechury said.

Opposition parties turned out in high numbers at the election Commission office on Tuesday with various demands they termed as ‘confidence-building measures’.

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said: “The Supreme Court has allowed for 5 VVPATs to be tallied. VVPATs be tallied first-up and there should be re-polling if any discrepancy is found. The EC said that they’d decide, they have an open-mind.”

“If he EC disagrees with us, if 75% of vote is before you, how does it matter if VVPATs are counted first? EC hasn’t decided,” he added.

The Election Commission will meet on Wednesday to discuss the issue.

Lok Sabha Election Live Updates: Uddhav Thackeray to meet Amit Shah in Delhi

Two days ahead of the counting of votes for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, 21 opposition parties, including Congress, will meet the Election Commission on Tuesday to flag concerns regarding Electronic Voting Machines and the VVPAT (Voter Verified Paper Trail). The Opposition’s move came after exit polls predicted an easy victory for the BJP and its allies. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah will meet Union council of ministers at the party headquarter on Tuesday to discuss the future course of action. Later, Amit Shah will meet NDA leaders.

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Rajamouli Refuses To Make Changes To #RRR

Media has been speculating that Rajamouli is considering to rope in a Bollywood actress for the female lead opposite Tarak’s character in #RRR.

British actress Daisy Edgar Jones was the first choice for this role, but she walked out of the project for some personal reasons.

Rajamouli has been looking for a replacement since then, but hasn’t found anyone suitable as yet.

The Baahubali director has been reportedly advised to alter the script so that they could rope in an Indian actress for the character. But Rajamouli is refusing to make any changes to the script now.

His team is looking for other options and have shortlisted a few of them. The female lead opposite Tarak will be finalized shortly.

Meanwhile, Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram is under serious consideration as the universal title for #RRR.

It will be made official once Rajamouli is convinced that there isn’t a better alternative than Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram.


Second Heroine Finalized for Allu Arjun

Director Trivikram has penchant for roping in an upcoming actress or a struggling actress for the second female lead to add glamour to the screen.

He takes in popular heroine as the main actress. In his current film with Allu Arjun, he has already finalized Pooja Hegde as the prime female lead.

Now he has given a major role to upcoming actress Ketika Sharma. She will be playing second heroine’s role.

Ketika first became popular with her Instagram photo shoots and videos and then landed in Puri Jagannadh’s son Akash Puri’s second film “Romantic”.

Ketika will be shaking a leg with Allu Arjun in couple of songs though the main romantic track will be on Pooja Hegde and Bunny.

The film will commence its second schedule shortly.

Charming Nagarjuna turns golf player

King Nagarjuna is undoubtedly the handsome-est hero and an exclusive still of the Akkineni hero proves so.

This pic is from the sets of ‘Manmadhudu 2’ and Nag is seen in golf sport outfit and looks absolutely like a pro.

His charm isn’t come down by an inch as he looks lean even than before and that’s because he maintains his body perfectly.

He eats healthy stuff and works out regularly which are the secret behind his super fit body.

After wrapping up the Portugal schedule recently, the shoot will commence in Hyderabad soon. So far eighty percent of the shooting has wrapped up.

‘Manmadhudu 2’ is an actor Rahul Ravindran directorial and has Rakul Preet Singh in the female lead role.

The film will have cameos of Samantha, Keerthy Suresh and Akshara Gowda.

ABN Radhakrishna testing KCR’s patience

Owner of ABN-Andhra Jyothy group Vemuri Radhakrishna is testing the patience of TRS chief and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao with his ‘anti-Telangana’ campaign in his newspaper and TV channel every day.

KCR is very angry at Radhakrishna for spewing venom on Telangana State and TRS government ever since Telangana Assembly elections in December 2018, when Radhakrishna openly supported TDP-led Mahakutami.

Though KCR wanted to teach a fitting lesson to Radhakrishna soon after assuming charge as CM for second term in December 2018, the ‘elections season’ and model code of conduct prevented him from doing so.

But of late, Radhakrishna has crossed all the limits in exhibiting his ‘anti-Telangana’ stand through his newspaper and channel.

Last week, he wrote about Telangana power sector in doldrums while the fact remains that TRS government has been giving 24×7 quality power to all sectors without any power cuts, when power cuts and power holidays were a routine thing in Undivided AP.

Moreover, the TRS government is the only state in the country to provide 24×7 free power to farmers.

Today, Andhra Jyothy newspaper carried a banner story saying that Telangana State is in deep financial crisis due to huge debts made by TRS government and there are no funds even to pay salaries to employees, let alone paying bills to contractors and implement welfare schemes.

This news angered KCR so much that he directed finance secretary Ramakrishna to convene a press conference, condemn Andhra Jyothy report and tell facts to people as he cannot talk on this issue due to model code of conduct.

Ramakrishna held a press meet in Secretariat today to reveal how Telangana State continues to be No.1 in the country in terms of GDP growth, State Own Tax Revenue Growth, capital expenditure etc and how it’s debt burden is within the FRBM Act limits.

KCR is waiting for model code of conduct to end to deal with Radhakrishna in a stern manner for resorting to malicious campaign against Telangana by distorting facts.

Radhakrishna already faced the ire of KCR when he became CM in 2014. KCR banned ABN Andhra Jyothy channel in Telangana soon after becoming CM but allowed it after two years after Radhakrishna fell on his feet.

Despite this, Radhakrishna seems to have learnt no lessons and continue to indulge in anti-Telangana propaganda to please his ‘boss’ TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu.

But this time, TRS party sources said Radhakrishna will have to face severe consequences as KCR is in no mood to spare him come what may.

What to do if Modi returns

The outcome of the exit polls conducted by various agencies are learnt to have pushed Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao into a state of dilemma as what strategy he has to adopt in the coming days.

KCR, who was dreaming to play a major role in the national politics and bring about a qualitative change in the country’s administration, is wondering what he could do in the coming days, in the event of the return of Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party with thumping margin.

If the BJP falls short of magic figure by a few seats, the TRS would get some breather and can expect to play a major role at the Centre.

Since the BJP will have to depend on the alliance partners, he can push for a couple of cabinet berths besides securing funds to the state liberally.

But, if the BJP itself gets absolute majority without depending on the allies, KCR might stay away from the BJP as he would not have much importance at the Centre and might have to face the same situation as TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu had to face between 2014 and 2019.

So, the TRS chief has called for a meeting of all senior leaders of his party at Pragati Bhavan on May 23 to discuss and finalise strategy to be adopted post the Lok Sabha elections results.

He is expected to disclose his mind at the meeting, after taking suggestions from the leaders.

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Pawar called Jagan? YSRC scotches rumours

Here is yet another piece of rumour in political reporting.

A local English daily from Vijayawada reported that YSR Congress party president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had received a call from Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, on behalf of the Congress party, seeking the former’s support to the anti-BJP coalition.

However, Jagan did not pick up the call from Pawar despite repeated attempts.

Apparently, the YSRC chief is not ready to open any channel of communication yet and wants to maintain status quo till the results are out on May 23, the report said.

The same report was picked by some national channels on Tuesday and tried to make it a big breaking news. But none of these channels could get any official quote either from Pawar or from Jagan’s party leaders.

In fact, YSRC official spokesman Ambati Rambabu made it clear on Tuesday that the report was purely hypothetical and speculative and hence, there was nothing to talk about it.

“We shall give clarity on what our role in Delhi would be only after the election results on May 23,” he said.

Though it is true that Jagan wants to keep his options open on the role to be played by his party at the national level till the results are declared, he is not so discourteous to reject calls made by a senior leader like Sharad Pawar.

“He would have definitely answered the call made by Pawar and told him that he would not like to give any commitment till May 23 evening. After all, who knows what would happen after May 23,” a YSRC source said.

Secondly, nobody would expect Sharad Pawar to talk to Jagan while participating in the negotiations with Telugu Desam Party supremo N Chandrababu Naidu.

If the Congress leadership is really keen on taking the support of Jagan, there are other leaders like his family friend K V P Ramachandra Rao and others.

So, all gas in this gossip!

Chandrababu working hard to stay relevant in Delhi

Taking centre stage in national politics, TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu has been holding series of meeting with leaders of various parties to forge a non-BJP coalition at the Centre and all his efforts appear to be aimed at making himself relevant in Delhi.

He held talks with leaders that included United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia, Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Delhi on Saturday and Sunday.

He also flew to Lucknow to meet Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and her alliance partner Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav. Back in Delhi on Sunday, he briefed Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi on the meetings with BSP-SP leaders.

Naidu also called on Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) head Sharad Yadav, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader S. Sudhakar Reddy, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechuri and many others.

Even Sunday’s exit polls, which predicted a second term for BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre, could not deter Naidu from embarking on another round of meetings.

Rubbishing the predictions and exuding confidence of his Telugu Desam Party (TDP) retaining power in Andhra Pradesh and non-BJP parties coming to power at the Centre, he left for Kolkata to meet West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee to discuss the post-poll strategy.

From Kolkata, he arrived in Delhi, where he is expected to hold talks with more leaders over the next two days. “I will continue my efforts till May 23,” declared Naidu.

Since the time he pulled out of the BJP-led NDA last year over the issue of special category status to Andhra Pradesh, Naidu has held talks with various non-BJP parties in order to bring them together in an coalition headed by the Congress.

His efforts hit a pause when parties like the BSP, SP, TMC and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) decided not to have pre-poll alliance with Congress. However, Naidu was back in action as soon as the Lok Sabha polls ended.

Though facing a tough challenge at home from his main rival the YSR Congress Party, the 69-year-old remains confident about his poll prospects. And instead of just confining himself to state politics, he is trying to play a key role at the Centre.

TDP leader Khambampati Rammohan Rao believes it is Naidu’s urge to serve the nation that gives him the confidence to pursue his efforts.

“He is doing all this in national interest. The need of the hour is to bring a change at the Centre,” Rao told IANS.

Rao pointed out that Naidu earlier proved his skills as a national leader in 1996-1998, when he cobbled up the United Front (UF), a coalition of 13 parties which then ruled at the Centre. As the convenor of the UF, Naidu played a key role in making H.D. Deve Gowda and later I.K. Gujral the prime ministers.

The TDP leader also recalled how Naidu played a vital role in the candidature of A.P. Abdul Kalam as the President of India in 2002.

Expressing confidence in Naidu’s skills, he said: “We feel he will bring many parties on the anti-NDA platform.”

Political analyst Palwai Raghavendra Reddy, however, felt that Naidu was putting in all the hard work only to stay relevant in the national politics.

“Whether Naidu wins or loses elections in his state, his next destination is Delhi. He has to be relevant in national politics irrespective of the result in Andhra Pradesh,” Reddy told IANS.

According to the analyst, if Naidu loses the polls in Andhra Pradesh, he may not sit as leader of the opposition in the Assembly, where Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is sitting as the chief minister.

“In such a scenario, Naidu may make his son Lokesh or some other TDP leader the leader of opposition and do his politics from Delhi,” said Reddy.

He said that even if Naidu retained power in Andhra Pradesh, he needed support from whoever came to power at the Centre.

“The state will need all the support from Delhi to implement his poll promises and execute ongoing projects like Polavaram and construction of state capital,” the analyst said.

He believes if the NDA falls short of numbers, Naidu may even extend support to it. “If Modi forms the government again at the Centre and Naidu retains power in Andhra, the latter may join hands with the NDA even if it needs no support because he needs handholding by Delhi to run the state,” Reddy said.