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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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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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No invite to KCR, Jagan for Sonia’s meet?

The Congress party has made it clear that no invitation was extended to Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao and YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy for the meeting of anti-Bharatiya Janata Party leaders called by former Congress president and United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on May 23.

Senior Congress leader and AICC general secretary Ahmed Patel confirmed that Sonia had indeed written letters to all the like-minded parties, including Telugu Desam Party, to discuss the post-poll strategy on May 23 night.

However, he denied the reports that appeared in a section of media that Sonia had written letters also to the TRS and YSRC presidents requesting them to attend the meeting.

“As of now, only those parties which have been meeting regularly were invited to the meeting. We shall take a call later on the other parties,” he said.

While the Congress has been a bitter enemy of the TRS in Telangana, the Telugu Desam Party has fought a bitter battle with the YSRC in the recent assembly elections.

Moreover, the Congress leadership is not happy with the attempts of KCR to split the pro-Congress alliance partners in the name of federal front.

“For now, the Congress wants to adopt a wait and watch policy on the TRS and YSRC, which are believed to be closer to the NDA.

“If the Congress coalition can muster enough strength without depending on these two parties, it will not entertain them.

“But if the Congress badly needs the support of the TRS and YSRC, it will change the strategy later,” a party source said.

The Congress knows if it ropes KCR and YSRC into the coalition, it would mean the party has lost hopes of recovering in the Telugu states.

The two options before Naidu

There are to options in front of Chandrababu Naidu to protect himself and his associates: One is to retain power in Andhra Pradesh. This is the primary objective.

If the TDP loses in Andhra, there is absolutely no doubt that Chandrababu and his associates are in for big trouble.

YSRCP leaders led by YS Jagan had been subjected to a lot of harassment by the TDP these five years and they will return it in full measure to Chandrababu with ‘interest’.

There is a strong possibility of a CBI inquiry against Chandrababu Naidu and his men if the YSRCP comes to power.

In order to safeguard himself against such possible outcomes, Chandrababu needs to be on good terms with the Centre. This is his second option.

The BJP was never favourably disposed towards the TDP which makes it imperative for Chandrababu that an anti-BJP coalition led by the Congress forms the government.

It is for this reason that Chandrababu has launched a tirade against the BJP and trying his best to ensure that Modi does not come to power again.

If Jagan wins in AP but the Congress comes to power at the Centre, they can forestall any inquiries against Chandrababu.

If Chandrababu wins in AP and the BJP at the Centre again, once again, there will be no support forthcoming to Andhra Pradesh.

The utopian scenario for Chandrababu is if he wins in Andhra and the Congress at the Centre. Any takers for this line of thought?

Meanwhile, Chandrababu continues his diatribe against Modi on a daily basis ad nauseam. Will his efforts yield any fruit?

Pasupu-Kumkuma

The entire TDP is praying that the ‘Pasupu –Kumkuma’ scheme launched by Chandrababu Naidu that was originally announced on Jan 25, 2019 will tilt the balance in its favour at the polling booth hen counting takes place on the 23rd of this month.

Rs 10,000 will be paid to all eligible women of Self Help Groups and DWACRA and smart phones will also be provided to them. Approximately, 93 lakh women will benefit from this scheme and will cost the State around Rs 9400 crore.

Although the State government does not have the funds, it promised to make the payments by borrowing from Central Agencies.

Chandrababu Naidu cleverly ensured that the payments via cheque were made to the beneficiaries, right on the eve of elections in Andhra Pradesh.

The Party believes that the high percentage of women turning out in large numbers to exercise their franchise till late into the night is an indication that the women voted for them because of this scheme.

With all due respect to the TDP though, it is equally possible that people waited in queues for long periods of time to cast their vote because of the high level of anti-incumbency.

This election has been especially tough for Chandrababu Naidu as he has completely lost credibility.

Whether it be the ‘real estate’ venture called Amaravati, the failed ‘loan waiver’ scheme or his horrifying doublespeak over the SCS issue, he has lost the trust of the people.

Given such a high-level of anti-incumbency, will this one scheme by Chandrababu be enough to catapult him back to power? The TDP thinks so!

Besides, there is no guarantee given his recent track record that Chandrababu will make the payments punctually in future.

The people would also have taken this aspect into consideration which would mean that the women gleefully accepted the payments and then voted for the YSRCP.

In 2014, the TDP needed 6 runs off the last ball and contrary to all expectations; Chandrababu got a top-edge that sailed over fine leg into the stands.

Now, the situation is the same and TDP fans are desperately hoping that Chandrababu will once again clear the field. But miracles don’t occur frequently or else they wouldn’t be called miracles.

The last ball this time can easily be a replica of the IPL final between Chennai and Mumbai with Naidu in yellow representing the defending champs.

But there’s a silver lining for Chandrababu after all. He frequently keeps complaining that he is working so hard for the people that he cannot find even the time to play with his grandson.

Should the TDP lose on May 2, Chandrababu will have all the time in the world to fulfill this desire of his and what’s more, he can also catch up on the episodes of the serial ‘Pasupu Kumkuma’ on Youtube that was aired on Zee Telugu some years ago.

Finally ‘yellow media’ admits YSRC will come to power in AP

More than a month after polling and a week before counting of votes for AP Assembly elections, the pro-TDP ‘yellow media’ seems to have realised that YSRCP wil come to power in AP and Jagan will be the next CM of AP.

ABN-Andhra Jyothy group chairman Vemuri Radhakrishna has changed his pro-TDP stand and started writing annd publishing about YSRCP victory.

The Andhra edition of Andhra Jyothy newspaper today carried a banner story on Main Page 1 saying that YSRCP government has to spend Rs 56,000 crore to implement its poll promises,

This news report gives clear hints that Andhra Jyothy too beieves TDP will lose Assembly polls and YSRCP will win.

This news report says the finance department officials have already started working out modalities on the implementation of Jagan’s poll promises and assessed the amount of additional burden it will impose on state exchequer if Jagan starts implemeting his poll promises from June.

So, ABN Andhra Jyothy group seems to be slowly accepting the reality.

When will be the turn of another ‘yellow media’ Eenadu group to accept the same?

Will KCR, Jagan attend Sonia meeting

A report that appeared in a popular English daily that former Congress president and United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi had invited Telugu Desam Party, YSR Congress party and Telangana Rashtra Samiti along with other non-BJP parties for a dinner meeting in New Delhi on May 23 created ripples in political circles.

The meeting was reportedly called for to discuss the possibility of a non-Bharatiya Janata Party government at the Centre, after watching the results to be declared on May 23.

The report, on the face of it, appears to be purely speculative and far-fetched, as nobody knows what the outcome of the elections would be. If at all Sonia extends any such invitation, she would do it in the afternoon of May 23, when the trends would be clear.

The meeting can be held a day later, not necessarily on the same night.

Secondly, there are inherent contradiction within the report. How can TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu and YSRC president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy will attend the same meeting? For that matter, will KCR attend a meeting in which Naidu is present?

If the Congress admits YSRC and the TRS into the coalition, Naidu will opt of it. And other parties like Mamata or Samajwadi Party might be interested in losing Naidu.

If Congress wants to negotiate with Jagan and KCR, it will do it separately and not when Naidu is present.

In any case, if the reports are true, both TRS and YSRC prefer to join the NDA bandwagon, rather than the Congress, say analysts.

Moreover, the Congress knows if it ropes KCR and YSRC into the coalition, it would mean the party has lost hopes of recovering in the Telugu states and it amounts to admitting that the Congress will play second fiddle to these parties in their respective states!

 

Monsoon may hit Telangana 6 days late

The monsoon is likely to hit Kerala on June 4, three days behind schedule. It will hit Telangana state four to six days late, according to Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency.

Skymet said the onset date for Andhra Pradesh was not clear because of its proximity to the Bay of Bengal where many weather systems could change frequently. The agency said there would not be heavy rains during the onset unlike every year, which is an usual phenomenon. Scanty rains would prevail in the first half of June and pick up later. Heavy rain is expected in July everywhere, including in Telangana state.

The Indian Meteorological Department is expected to release its forecast on Thursday. Last month, the IMD had predicted a “near normal” monsoon.

Skymet CEO Jatin Singh said the monsoon would arrive over the Andamans on May 22, with an error margin of plus or minus 2 days. The initial advancement of the monsoon over peninsular India is going to be slow.

According to Skymet, there are 55 per cent chances of a below normal rainfall, which could experience the effect of El Nino, a phenomenon linked to the heating of the surface waters of the Pacific Ocean.

It said the monsoon would be “below normal” in the country with a Long Period Average (LPA) of 93 per cent and an error margin of five per cent.

Central India is likely to receive 91 per cent rainfall of the long period average (LPA, the average of the last 50 years). Rainfall in Vidarbha, Marathwada, west Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat will be ‘poorer’ than normal. Therefore, the regions of Telangana state which are adjacent to Marathwada and Vidarbha, like Nizamabad would receive slightly below normal rainfall.

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Stalin Pours Cold Water On KCR Plans

DMK president MK Stalin on Tuesday said he saw no chances for a non-BJP, non-Congress “third front” post-Lok Sabha polls, but a decision could be taken only after May 23, the counting day.

Stalin’s remarks come a day after TRS supremo and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekara Rao, who has been pushing for a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front of regional parties, called on the DMK chief here.

Stalin, also Tamil Nadu Leader of Opposition, said Rao had not visited the state for forging alliances.

“He did not come to form alliances. He came to Tamil Nadu to offer prayers in various temples and on that basis, sought an appointment with me for a courtesy call. That is all,” he told reporters here.

Rao had earlier visited the Sri Ranganatha Temple at Srirangam before meeting Stalin.

Asked about the possibility of a “third front” sans BJP and Congress, the DMK leader said, “It doesn’t seem to me that there is a chance for that.”

“However, that will be decided only after counting on May 23,” he added.