Category: Telangana

KCR’s gift to turncoat MLA, Rs 5 cr land for Rs 50 lakh!

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In Telangana, MLAs from Opposition Congress, TDP or any other party defect to TRS saying that they are ‘attracted’ by the development and welfare schemes implemented by CM KCR. They also claim that they defected into TRS for the sake of the development of their constituency.

But when this issue is dug deep, the shocking revelations come out how KCR is offering ‘attractive packages’ for Opposition MLAs to join TRS.

In the latest instance, TDP MLA from Sathupally, Sandra Venkata Veeraiah, announced to join TRS saying that people of Telangana want only KCR and TRS and for that reason he had decided to join TRS.

But it now came to light how Sandra stuck a ‘deal’ with TRS to change the party.

Sandra encroached 1,000 sq.yard plot belonging to government some 24 years ago. His house is adjancent to this encroached plot. Sandra extended his house to this encroached plot.

But in 2017, the TRS government damaged the structure built on this house and took possession of the land, when Sandra was TDP MLA.

But when Sandra offered to join TRS recently, the same encroached plot was offered to him.

KCR issued orders to revenue department to  regularise the land for a paltry amount of just Rs 5,000 per square yard while the present market rate is over Rs 50,000 per sq.yard.

With this, Sandra got plot worth Rs 5 crore for just Rs 50 lakh.

The money that should belong to the public went to Sandra’s kitty.

The TRS government bought TDP MLA Sandra by spending Rs 5 crore public money.

Even Congress MLA Puvvada Ajay secured regularization of 10,000 sq.yard land in 2016 for a cheaper rate after he defected into TRS.

Telangana media speculates KCR’s role at Centre

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Confident of a clean sweep in Lok Sabha elections in Telangana, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) could be eyeing a key role in the post-poll scenario at the Centre.

Specifically, this is about a role in government formation post May 23, based on speculation over one of the biggest imponderables in Indian politics — the expected number of seats a political party is likely to win in an election.

With polling for all 17 Lok Sabha seats over in the first phase on April 11, TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao is busy holding consultations with senior leaders and close aides on the possible scenarios at the Centre and how the party could play a role in national politics.

KCR, as Rao is known among his supporters, is said to be following the trends in various states to evaluate the situation and devise his strategy accordingly.

‘T News’, a Telugu news channel owned by KCR’s close aide and other pro-TRS media say that with 16 seats KCR will bring together other like-minded parties to play a crucial role in cobbling together a non-BJP and non-Congress alliance.

Other Telugu newspapers and television channels predict that KCR will be looking to play a greater role in the shaping the next government at the Centre. They say that in the event of a fractured verdict, KCR would be ready to do business with anybody at the Centre as the state’s interests will be paramount for him.

Telangana is looking for greater allocation of funds for several ambitious projects undertaken by TRS, KCR may back anyone offering better deal for Telangana, says the local media.

The TRS chief remains confident that neither the BJP nor the Congress will be in a position to come to power even with the support of allies. A populist leader, his confidence comes from the self-assurance that his political formula of being liberal with sops is successful.

Last year KCR mooted the idea of a Federal Front as an alternative to the BJP and the Congress. He believes that conditions are conducive for regional parties to form a government at the Centre.

The TRS chief, who also visited various states to call on leaders of non-BJP and non-Congress parties, did not hide his ambition of playing a key role at the Centre. Though during the campaign, he made it clear that he has no wish to become the Prime Minister, his son and TRS working president K. T. Rama Rao did not rule out the possibility of his emerging as the leader.

“Anything is possible,” KTR had told IANS in a recent interview. He claimed that the country needed the intellect of KCR to address the issues, which both the ‘so-called national parties’ failed to solve.

In fact, a fractured mandate could see other southern Indian politicians jousting for a role at the Centre. Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy of YSR Congress Party could emerge as one of the big regional players after the polls.

Though the Federal Front has not yet taken a shape, KTR remains optimistic that this will take no time once the results were announced. He pointed that United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was formed and a leader was chosen only after the elections in 2004.

KCR did not contest the Lok Sabha elections and TRS leaders say his next move would depend on the post-poll scenario. He along with his daughter K. Kavitha and close aide B. Vinod Kumar will be the key figures in national politics. Kavitha and Vinod Kumar are seeking re-election from Nizamabad and Karimnagar Lok Sabha constituencies.

In the event of KCR moving to Delhi, his son KTR will be his successor as chief minister. The TRS chief dropped clear hints by appointing him as the TRS working president soon after the party won second term in power with a landslide victory.

Even in KCR’s first cabinet, KTR was seen as Number 2. The young leader held several key portfolios, including industry and information technology, and was the face of the government at key national and international events.

KCR did not induct KTR and his nephew and key party leader Harish Rao in the cabinet this time, apparently waiting for a clear picture to emerge at the Centre. He has not allotted key portfolios like finance, industry, agriculture and irrigation.

Harish Rao, who was the irrigation minister in the previous cabinet, may be part of the cabinet headed by KTR — though there have been reports of differences between KTR and Harish but they publicly denied it.

During the campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, TRS urged people to give it all 16 seats (leaving Hyderabad for its ally All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen) so that the party can decide who should form the government in New Delhi and who should be the Prime Minister.

Cong MLA T Jayaprakash Reddy alias Jagga Reddy looking for excuse to join TRS

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It looks like senior Congress leader and Sangareddy MLA T Jayaprakash Reddy alias Jagga Reddy is desperate to join the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi like most of the MLAs in the Congress party.

This was evident from the way Jagga Reddy lavished praises on TRS president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday.

Addressing a press conference in Hyderabad, he welcomed the decision of KCR to ensure payment of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for every crop raised by farmers in the state.

“If KCR can implement his promise within a year all over the state, I will construct a temple for him in Sangareddy and worship him,” he said.

May be, he is sending feelers to the TRS president that he is also ready to join the ruling party. In fact, right from the day one of his election, Jagga Reddy has been making positive statements for KCR and appreciating his decisions at every platform.

However, he could not gain entry into the TRS like other MLAs, as it is learnt the local TRS leaders are strongly resisting him. Even KCR does not have good opinion about Jagga Reddy.

So, to be on the safe side, the Sangareddy MLA is also making positive statements for the Congress. He said apart from KCR, he would also construct temples for Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi who had granted separate Telangana.

Jagga Reddy expressed confidence that Congress will win the elections at Nalgonda, Bhuvanagiri, Malkajgiri, Khammam and Chevella.

Sai Pallavi Eyes Bollywood Records Now!

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he magic of Sai Pallavi and Prabhu Deva continues to create ripples on the YouTube.

Video of Rowdy Baby song has surpassed 400 Million views and is now posing a challenge to the Bollywood’s highest viewed videos of all time. Only ten videos from Bollywood were able to cross 400 Million mark till now!

Given the vast majority of people viewing Bollywood videos, Rowdy Baby getting 400 Million views is no mean feat.

The song is still getting millions of views every week and is set to cross the 500 Million mark very soon. Maari 2 is a flop at the box office, but the Rowdy Baby song has struck a chord with all the music lovers across the nation.

Yuvan Shankar Raja’s peppy tune and Prabhu Deva’s dance moves should get the credit, but it is Sai Pallavi’s fluid and graceful dance moves that made the viewers abuse the repeat button on YouTube.

It is a shame that none of the Telugu films had given Pallavi enough scope to exhibit her dancing skills. After all, Sai Pallavi has shot to fame with Dhee program, a reality dance show aired on ETV.

Pawan removes beard, turns philosophical!

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Following the conclusion of polling for Andhra Pradesh assembly, both the Telugu Desam Party headed by chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and YSR Congress party headed by Y S Jaganmohan Reddy are expressing confidence, at least for the public consumption, that they would come to power in the state.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has conceded defeat as its official spokesman G V L Narasimha Rao said YSRC is going to win the elections and BJP would replace the TDP as the main opposition in the next five years. The Congress is nowhere in the picture at all.

What is surprising is the silence being maintained by power star and Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan, who boasted earlier that his party would come to power in the elections.

He quietly went to the Dasavathara Venkateshwara temple at Mangalagiri and paid obeisance to the god. He served food to the devotees and also carried offering to the god.

Interestingly, Pawan, who had been sporting long hair and bushy beard, was found with a neat haircut and beard completely removed. He got back his filmy look though he appeared to have a little chubby face.

However, what was glaringly visible in his face was a philosophical look. Just before he visited the temple and had a haircut and shave, some photos released by party showing him sitting alone and listening to radio at his Mangalagiri party office clearly depicted that he was looking sad and philosophical.

Apparently, Pawan is reconciled to the fact that Jana Sena Party has failed to make any impact on the electorate and it might not win even half a dozen seats.

He is trying to put a composed look, but it is time for him to make some serious introspection as to whether politics is his cup of tea or not.

May be, he comes out with his stand soon after the results.

Why KCR is talking about ‘corruption’ of late

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KCR appears to be eagerly waiting for the election code to end on May 23 as he wants to take on ‘corrupt’  state government employees and teachers.

KCR is reportedly angry at government employees and teachers for turning ‘anti-TRS’ and not voting for TRS in Assembly elections in Decmeber 2018, MLC elections and recent Lok Sabha polls in March and April.

The ballot counting of employees votes who were assigned poll duties in Assembly polls revealed that employees and teachers voted in favour of Congress as Congress overtook TRS in all the ballot countings.

The three TRS supported MLC candidates for Graduates and Teachers constituencies also faced defeat at the hands of Congress and Left parties in the MLC polls held in March as employees and teachers voted against TRS.

In the recent Lok Sabha polls, though the results will be out on May 23, KCR got reports that majority of the government employees and teachers voted against TRS.

Angry at this, KCR has decided to teach employees and teachers a fitting lesson soon after poll code ends on May 23.

If KCR directly troubles employees and teachers, it will give scope for political criticism and backlash from employees, teachers unions and civil society groups.

To avoid this, KCR has come out with a strategy “Fight Against Corruption” terming government employees and teachers as corrupt.

KCR’s strategy is to garner the support of people against employees and teachers  in the guise of ‘fight against corruption’.

KCR already announced to abolish ‘corrupt’ revenue department.

He also announced to check corrupt staff in municipal and panchayat raj departments by bring new Acts by holding special Assembly session.

KCR is too desperate to take revenge against employees and teachers as early as possible.

He is planning to write to Election Commission to give permission for him to hold special Assembly session for two days to bring new Acts to check corrupt staff.

One wonders, whether corruption among government employees started only this month and was corruption not there when KCR became CM in 2014. What prevented KCR from acting against corrupt staff for the past five years?

The reason is simple. Government employees and teachers were ‘friendly’ with TRS then believing KCR’s promises that he will increase salaries, implement new PRC etc. But after five years, they realised that KCR only shows heaven in their hands and hardly fulfills any promises. They started working and voting against TRS.

This angered KCR, who has now found ‘fight against corruption’ as a weapon to settle scores with government employees and teachers.

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Randeep harassed my sister Kangana: ‘Manikarnika’ actor sister Rangoli Chandel

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Kangana Ranaut and Alia Bhatt cat-fight is getting worse day by day. After Kangana expressed her embarrassment over her comparison with Alia, the ‘Kalank’ actor took this comment sportingly and told Pinkvilla, “I respect Kangana’s work a lot and I respect her opinion. If she feels a particular way she must have reason to feel that way. I would rather remember how much she had praised me after watching Raazi. And I’d just like to focus on my work. Maybe she will appreciate me again if I work hard enough.”

Soon after Alia’s comment, her ‘Highway’ co-star Randeep Hooda supported the actress and took a dig at Kangana on Twitter. He wrote, “Dearest @aliaa08 I’m so glad you are not letting the opinions of very occasional actors and chronic victims affect you and your work .. kudos to you for your continued efforts to outdo yourself”

‘Saaho’ on Right Track, No Further Delay

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There have been posts on social media that the makers of Prabhas starrer “Saaho” will be pushed to Dussera due to delay in the production.

It is fact that “Saaho” has not yet completed its entire shoot but the team has slammed the reports of postponement.

The action extravagant will release as announced on August 15, 2019 in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam languages simultaneously.

Being made with Rs 300 Cr budget, “Saaho” is aiming to wrap up the shoot by May end or early June.

Three songs are left to be canned and one song is currently being shot at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad.

Director Sujith with his inexperience in filming such lavish budget is taking time to complete but the film is on right course, say the makers.

“Saaho” features Shraddha Kapoor as the female lead. It boasts of stunning action stunts that are choreographed by Hollywood stunt master Kenny Bates.

Cozy office for Jagan in Telangana secretariat

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Ever since the elections to Andhra Pradesh assembly were held on April 11, there have been reports from all parts of the state indicating that YSR Congress party is most likely to come to power.

This has led to several speculations in the social media on how Jagan would run the administration, where he would be operating from, how his relations with Telangana government headed by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao would be and how he is going to tackle the Telugu Desam Party.

According to one such speculative report, Telangana chief minister is going to spruce up the Telangana secretariat for Jagan and create a cozy, posh office for him.

Though KCR himself has not been visiting the secretariat, he might do so in the coming days and whenever Jagan comes to Hyderabad, he could run the administration from his chamber in the Telangana secretariat.

For the record sake, a part of secretariat in Hyderabad is still in the possession of Andhra Pradesh government and it will continue to be there for another five years.

However, the entire secretariat staff has moved to Amaravati in the last three years and so, even if Jagan comes to Telangana secretariat, there won’t be any staff for him.

However, if the report is to be believed, Jagan can use the chamber to hold negotiations with Telangana officials on key issues of mutual concern, whenever he comes to Hyderabad.

But it is unlikely that such a thing would happen, as Jagan has to run the administration only from !

VVPAT slips found in school: EC fails again

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In yet another glaring example of gross malfunction of the Election Commission in conducting the elections in Andhra Pradesh in a fool-proof manner, more than 200 slips from Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines were found in a corner of a zilla parishad school in Atmakur town of Nellore district on Monday.

Apparently, when the school reopened on Monday after a brief holiday period, some students found bunches of VVPAT slips in a corner of the school promises in open covers.

They immediately brought it to the notice of the teachers, who alerted the local media. They, in turn, informed the Nellore Collector, before flashing the news.

The Collector who made preliminary enquiries told the media that the slips from VVPAT machines could have belonged to mock-polling conducted for the polling staff much before the actual polling on April 11.

A team of officials led by local Revenue Divisional Officer Chinna Ramudu went to the school and hurriedly destroyed all the slips stating that they were used for the polling staff while conducting the test run of the EVMs.

As per the protocol, they should be destroyed immediately but due to negligence of the staff, some slips were left over in the school, he said.

Around the same time, Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu was speaking about lack of confidence in EVMs and demanding counting of slips from at least 50 per cent of VVPAT machines.

Chief Electoral Officer G K Dwivedi sought to underplay the whole incident, but the damage to the institution has already been done.