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Jagan Reddy to meet KCR, Modi

YSR Congress Party president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, who is set to take oath as new Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh next week, will call on Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao here on Saturday.

Jagan Reddy, whose party stormed to power in Andhra Pradesh with a landslide victory on Thursday, will arrive in Hyderabad after the meeting of newly-elected legislators of the YSRCP in Amravati.

Jagan Reddy will meet Rao at the latter’s residence. They are likely to discuss the post-poll situation in the country, especially in the two Telugu states.

The YSRCP chief is expected to invite Rao to attend his swearing-in scheduled on May 30 in Vijayawada.

The YSRCP has bagged 151 seats in 175-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly and also won 22 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats.

Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) was rooting for the YSRCP in the simultaneous elections for Assembly and Lok Sabha held last month. Earlier, the YSRCP had extended its support to the TRS in Assembly elections held in December last year.

The TRS had also invited the YSRCP into Federal Front, an alliance of regional parties proposed by Chandrashekhar Rao. It also backed the YSRCP’s demand to the Centre to accord special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

On Sunday, Jagan will fly to Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to congratulate him on NDA’s landslide victory in Lok Sabha polls and for assuming office as PM for second term.

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KCR forced to accept Rahul as PM

At state-level, TRS chief and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao is on a mission to wipe out Congress from Telangana by encouraging defection of Congress MLAs and MLCs into TRS.

But at national-level, KCR is forced to support Congress and support Rahul as next Prime Minister, after Lok Sabha results on May 23.

KCR is trying to forge a Federal Front comprising of regional parties and Left parties to prevent Congress and BJP led coalitions from coming to power at the Centre.

But the feedback KCR has been getting from most of the regional parties and Left parties is that any Front without the involvement of Congress cannot come to power at the Centre.

With this, KCR is learnt to have come to the terms and accept the reality.

But KCR cannot accept this publicly because Congress is the main rival of TRS in Telangana.

To avoid this, KCR has come up with a new proposal of having a “Prime Minister from South India”.

If one analyses the KCR’s new proposal thoroughly, it shows how clever KCR is as a politician.

KCR wants to get closer to regional parties of Southern states and also convince regional parties of other states and also Congress and Left parties by floating this proposal.

KCR has now come up with a new theory of projecting Rahul Gandhi as South India leader on the ground that Rahul contested from Wayanad Lok Sabha seat from Southern state of Kerala.

If Rahul wins Wayanad seat and becomes PM, then he can be claimed as PM from South India.

KCR’s logic may sound strange for many but in the case of KCR nothing can be ruled out.

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KCR’s ‘1996 Formula’ Revolves Around PM From South

A Prime Minister from south India in a non-BJP, non-Congress concoction at the centre is Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s mission, say sources, as his meeting with his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday piqued political interest.

Mr Rao, aka KCR, discussed a federal front minus the BJP or the Congress, on the lines of the “1996-formula”, at the meeting, according to sources.

The “1996 formula” has not seen very successful prototypes. In the late 1990s, three prime ministers who took power at the head of unstable coalitions came and went in quick succession.

KCR, who has been at the forefront of “Third Front” moves over the past year, has also reached out to Congress allies like Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, whom he dialed yesterday, and DMK’s MK Stalin. These attempts are set against the final rounds of the marathon national election, which will end with results on May 23.

But sources in the DMK today said that Mr Stalin was “busy” with campaigning for the last round of voting on May 19, indicating a meeting on the 13th – announced by the Telangana Chief Minster’s office – won’t happen. KCR’s daughter and parliamentarian K Kavitha later said that no meeting had been fixed yet.

Sources say in his meeting with Pinarayi Vijayan, who leads a Left front government in Kerala, KCR proposed a prime minister “preferably from south India” but took no names.

Making his case, the Telangana Chief Minister reportedly reminded Pinarayi Vijayan of Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s decision to contest from Wayanad in Kerala against a Left candidate, when even the BJP is not in the contest (its ally Bharat Dharma Jana Sena or BDJS is contesting).

KCR’s assessment, according to sources, is that “neither the BJP nor the Congress will be able to form a government even with their present allies”. The two parties won’t even get anywhere near the halfway mark, he predicts.

Calling the meeting “politically very significant”, Mr Vijayan today said, “According to KC Rao, both the fronts may not get a majority. So, the regional parties will play a prominent role. There were no discussions about the PM candidate… Further discussions (on names, other details) will take place after results.”

Mr Vijayan had reportedly told KCR that his CPM’s central leadership would take a call on his plan after May 23. The outreach to the Left is a first by KCR.

Mr Rao had sent feelers to the DMK last year and even met party patriarch M Karunanidhi and his son Mr Stalin. The situation changed after Karunanidhi died a few months later and the DMK renewed its alliance with the Congress.

KCR also plans to travel North and East with his plan, and meet Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Last year, these meetings didn’t yield much. He met Mamata Banerjee and Naveen Patnaik, but was stood up by Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav when he travelled to Delhi to meet them.

Sensing that regional parties could play an important role in the next government, KCR decided to dissolve his government in Telangana and go for early polls last year. He was seen to prep for a role in national politics.

But the Congress has dubbed KCR’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi the “B Team of the BJP” and believes his efforts to rustle up a federal front will only help the BJP.

Though he has projected himself as equidistant to the BJP and the Congress, the Telangana chief minister has often been seen as backing the ruling party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on various issues.

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Huge rise in assets of KCR, TRS MLAs!

The Congress party on Monday demanded a detailed probe by the Income Tax department into the alleged increase in the value of assets belonging to over 40 Telangana Rashtra Samithi MLAs including their party president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in the last four to five years.

There were reports that the Income Tax department had issued notices to the TRS MLAs seeking an explanation into the huge rise in their assets.

“Many TRS MLAs accumulated huge wealth through illegal means and their assets were disproportionate to their know sources of income,” Congress treasurer Gudur Narayan Reddy said.

He demanded that the IT Departmnt should either conduct a high-level probe or recommend CBI or judicial enquiry into the swindling of public money by the ruling party legislators.

Reddy pointed out that KCR family and other TRS MLAs had earned huge wealth in very a short time.

“KCR family has officially entered the Rs. 100 crore club. It is the only family to have earned assets of more than Rs 100 crore without actually doing any known business. Entire world knows that KCR and all his family members are full time politicians. But all five family members who are in politics have earned huge assets without actually doing any business,” he said.

As per the latest affidavits filed by KCR and his family before the Election Commission, they have declared assets of Rs. 111.54 Crore. They include KCR: Rs 23.55 Cr; his son K T Rama Rao: Rs. 41.82 cr; nephew T Harish Rao:  Rs 11.44 cr, daughter K Kavitha: Rs 17.93 cr and another nephew J Santosh Kumar: Rs 16.80 crore.

The Congress leader said it appears that KCR’s family was taking all TRS MLAs along in making money.

Of 88 MLAs who got elected on TRS ticket, assets of 58 MLAs have increased by more than 50 per cent in the last four years from 2014-2018. The assets of 4 MLAs have increased by more than 1000% since 2014, he pointed out.

“This huge increase in assets of TRS MLAs is abnormal and could not be achieved through legal means of doing business. The IT Department must trace the origination of funds which were used to buy assets and also probe into the authenticity of sources of income declared by TRS MLAs in IT Returns,” he said.

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KCR Not To Back NDA After Polls

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All these days, there has been a talk that the federal front of regional parties being proposed by Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is nothing but a Team “B” of the National Democratic Alliance headed by Bharatiya Janata Party.

The Congress party was alleging that KCR had been trying to split the pro-Congress regional parties and attract them in the name of federal front only to weaken the Congress thereby benefiting the Narendra Modi-led NDA government.

Except making political criticism during electioneering, KCR has not taken up any aggressive campaign against Modi or the BJP, unlike his Andhra Pradesh counterpart and Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu who has been moving heaven and earth against Modi across the country.

This has led to the talk that KCR might join the NDA government after the elections, if the BJP-coalition comes to power.

However, the latest information from the party is that KCR, too, is not willing to join hands with the BJP.

In the event of the BJP-led coalition falls short of majority, KCR will not extend support to it nor will other federal front partners like YSR Congress or Biju Janata Dal.

According to a national media report, even if the federal front was to form the government, it will not seek the support of the BJP, but if necessary, will request the Congress to support it as had happened in 1996.

In a bid to project himself as anti-BJP or anti-Modi, KCR is planning even to approach the Left parties and request them to join the federal front.

He is likely to go to Kerala in a day or two to meet the Left front leaders. From there, he will be go all the states where regional parties are strong and mobilise their support to the federal front, the national media report said.

TRS own media exposing KCR is ‘fake’ everyday

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Strange and shocking it may sound. But it’s a reality being witnessed in Telangana every day in the morning  for the past one week.

TRS owned media Namasthe Telangana newspaper and T-News channel are exposing the ‘fake claims’ of their boss and CM K Chandrasekhar Rao on cleansing and updating revenue records.

While the entire media in Telangana has ‘surrendered’ before KCR fearing his witch hunting methods and dictatorial attitude, his own media is publishing prominently how KCR’s much-hyped land survey and revenue records updation was an utter flop and riddled in corruption.

TRS media has launched “Dharmaganta” campaign to expose how the new digital passbooks issued by TRS government are full of errors and how land owners are suffering on account of this.

KCR had made tall claims in the Assembly that only TRS government could cleanse revenue records in the entire country within a period of just one year.

He also boasted about cleansing revenue records in all the election meetings recently.

KCR claimed that TRS government has cleaned 93 per cent of revenue records, which is the unique feat in the entire country.

But now, his own media is dishing out banner stories on how this revenue records cleaning drive has ended up as a ‘farce’.

KCR launched this campaign in his media with an intention to prove that revenue department is corrupt and needs to be abolished.

However, his campaign backfired as it is exposing how KCR’s revenue record cleaning drive is flawed.

People are mocking at KCR by reading his newspaper and watching his TV channel saying that why did KCR faked all these days that his revenue record cleaning drive was a big success when his own media is exposing now how it is flawed.

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.

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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ow can KCR become PM with 16 seats?

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For the last few days, Telangana Rashtra Samithi leaders and Majlis-e-Ittahadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi have been making a big propaganda that chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao could as well become the Prime Minister of the country, if the TRS gets 16 MP seats in the Lok Sabha elections.

Their argument is that regional parties would get bigger number of seats than the BJP and the Congress party and therefore, they could form the government.

Since KCR with 16 seats would become a big force and he has been pushing forward the national agenda for development, all the regional parties will elect him as the Prime Minister.

This was ridiculed by BJP national president Amit Shah. Addressing a meeting at Shamshabad, Shah sought to know how winning sixteen seats in Telangana would make KCR the prime minister of the country.

“There is a Modi wave sweeping across the country. People of the nation want Modi as their prime minister one more time, only Modi can give a strong leadership to the country,” Shah said.

He said as long as KCR rubbed shoulders with the descendants of Razakars, he would not be able to make it to the national politics.

“KCR has no guts to celebrate the Telangana Liberation day, as he is afraid of antagonizing MIM.  KCR could not even expand his cabinet for three months even after winning the early elections with comfortable majority,” Shah criticized.

Why did KCR speak for Jagan in final moments?

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The comments made by Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, just 48 hours before closure of campaign for assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, extending support to YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy came as a surprise to political observers.

Though KCR announced long ago that he would work for the defeat of Telugu Desam Party president and chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu in the AP elections as a return gift and join hands with Jagan as part of his federal front efforts, he never made any attempt to campaign for YSRC nor did the TRS leaders visit Andhra Pradesh all these days during the campaign.

Even when Naidu was making strong comments against KCR and Jagan alleging a strong nexus between the two, KCR remained silent.

He did not even react when Naidu alleged that the TRS had sent Rs 1000 crore to Jagan towards election expenses.

But on Monday, KCR came out in the open in support of Jagan and he would help the YSRC in achieving special category status to AP. He also extended his support for the completion of Polavaram project.

One wonders whether KCR’s statements would work in favour of YSRC in the elections or help the TDP defend its allegation to prove the TRS-YSRC nexus. YSRC leaders are of the view that KCR’s statements completely nailed Naidu’s allegations.

“By saying that he was not against Andhra people and that he favoured special category status to AP, the TRS president only made a friendly gesture towards Andhra and it will help YSRC in a big way. He also wished the speedy completion of Polavaram, which is a positive sign. He did not make any negative comments against Andhra people,” a YSRC leader said.

But, another section of media says KCR’s open support to Jagan would prove counter-productive to the YSRC.

“The question naturally arises as to why the TRS did not support the no-confidence motion of the TDP against the Centre on special category status and had not supported the TDP in the House. Secondly, his own party leaders opposed special category status in public,” a TDP leader pointed out.

On Tuesday, Naidu questioned whether KCR would write to the centre immediately on Poalvaram and withdraw his government’s petition in the court.

Many other TDP leaders questioned why TRS leaders such as Harish Rao and other MPs had outright rejected Special Status to AP earlier.

It remains to be seen whether KCR’s last minute utterances would really help Jagan in a big way or cause damage to YSRC.