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Andhra leaders are ‘Teasing’ us : Telangana JAC convener

The Telangana JAC convener Kodandaram is angry with the leaders from the Telangana and the Rayalaseema regions. Today speaking to the media he claimed that these people do not have any work except to “tease” the Telangana leaders.

“How would you explain the decision taken by the the Samaikyandhra leaders to conduct a public meeting in support of United AP in Hyderabad on 7th this month. On that day there is one public meeting in Hyderabad by Muslims in support of separate Telangana. They are conducting the meeting on that day only to tease us” he said.

He appealed to the Andhra and the Rayalaseema leaders to not to test their patience.

Kodamdaram also expressed grief for Vaishnavi and her father Prabhakar Rao. While Vaishnavi was killed by her kidnappers, her father Prabhakar Rao died today in the hospital in Vijayawada as he got heart attack after hearing about the murder of Vaishnavi.

Telugu News channels making same mistakes with Vaishnavi as they did with YSR

Recently I was examining a patient in UK who has a slight kidney problem. As I was trying to figure out the next mode of treatment for him, his behavior did not seem ‘normal’ to me. He was overtly submissive and he talked in gloomy voice. So I referred him to a Psychiatrist. Later the Psychiatrist called me up and informed me the cause of his problem. Since the past one month his son who just returned from the war in Iraq, viewed only the channels telecasting the war on Iraq. In the process the entire family was indirectly forced to view the daily deaths on the TV forcefully since the entire family had just one TV.

The logic is simple. If we keep on hearing inspirational programs then our spirits build up and people try to fix their problems rather than just keep thinking about their problems. But if one keeps viewing, hearing or talking about gloomy or sad things with no solutions to offer then that person would only be subjected to ‘Psychiatric Depression’.

The Telugu news channels are doing the same thing. It is really unfortunate that Vaishnavi was brutally murdered. But instead of advising the government or the people on what steps can be taken to prevent such incidents, they kept on telecasting only the crying scenes, remains of Vaishnavi (few bones) etc. This would only make the entire Telugu people undergo ‘Mass Depressive Behavior’. The entire Telugu people are in a danger of going through Mass Depression.

When Mass Depression envelopes a group of population, studies have shown that the rate of suicides increase. It was the ‘Mass Depression’ which made many people commit suicides after the death of the late CM YS Rajasekahar reddy. For few days after YSR’s death, all the news channels broadcasted only sorrowful songs and all the entertainment channels were stopped by cable operators. It was this reason why the suicides increased after YSR’s death.

Coming back to the Vaishnavi’s episode, one news channel went to the extent of graphically creating the shadow of Vaishnavi and made it a 30 minute program. In the program the shadow visits the remains of Vaishnavi, her school and waves goodbye to Vaishnavi’s school friends. What does the channel want to achieve? Do they want Vaishnavi’s friends who are just small children get nightmares of the shadow or Create fear in public?

The Telugu News channels didn’t seem to have realized their past mistakes. Instead of concentrating on how ‘brutal’ the murder of Vaishnavi was! they should have aired news regarding how to prevent such kidnappings and brutal murders. Take the example of USA. After 9/11 attacks, the US government had seen disturbing footage of people jumping from the WTC building. But the channels didn’t show the footage at all nor did it show any Mutilated/Charred bodies so as to keep the US population in normal spirits and not cause behavioral problems in Americans by showing such footage.

‘May the souls of Vaishnavi and Prabhakar Rao rest in peace and god bring peace to their families’.

Congress will be ‘Destroyed’ if they backtrack on Telangana : Nagam

TDP leader Nagam Janardhan Reddy today slammed the Congress leaders from Telangana for failing to come to Telangana agitations these days. The venue was the assembly premises in front of the Gandhi statue where the leaders of TRS , Congress and the TDP were supposed to attnd. However only four members of the Congress party came for the dharna.

This made Nagam comment that the Congress leaders are not serious on the Telangana issue and are also not giving importance to the Telangana political JAC. He warned the Congress party that if they backtrack on the Telangana issue then the Congress party would be completely destroyed in the Telangana region.

This statement from the TDP leaders was not taken lightly by the Congress leaders present there. Congress leaders asked him to make CBN take a firm stand first and later start accusing him. They reminded that it is the Congress party which can give Telangana and they need no advices from either CBN or Nagam. Later the TRS leaders pacified both the groups.

Reader’s Comments : Why ”Politicians” are Not Commiting Suicides???

Why Politicians are not Committing Suicides?This question might look little absurd but if we peek little deep there is much more inside!!!

As we all know that many students and youth had lost their lives by committing suicides or in the police riots during the Telangana agitations of Late 60’s and 70’s and Jai Andhra movement of 70’s.Also since the last two months many students/youth from Telangana have committed suicides in support of Telangana statehood and to a lesser extent for the sake of Samaikyandhra (united Andhra Pradesh) in the Seemandhra region.

Suicide is an act or instance of killing oneself intentionally and there are many underlying reasons for its tendencies like Mental/psychiatric disorders, Depression, Schizophrenia, Alcoholism,Drug abuse,Financial difficulties etc.Now we know that suicides are committed by people who are weak mentally/psychologically,innocent and who cannot think on their own.

Nowadays, the political leaders are showing various statistics of how many students have committed suicides during various phases of Telangana agitations.One leader tells the figure is 350 and another says it is 650 etc etc. So,the politicians demand/want Telangana because these many students have laid down their innocent lives.Politicians doesn’t even think twice under what circumstances did the student die and what problems he/she is facing which prompted them to commit suicide, what they want is just the death of the student and they will fly down like Vultures,let out some Crocodile tears and include one more death in the suicides list.When ever the need arise the politicians claim that they are ready to lay down their lives for the cause but none have done that till now.

Well, if we take the statistics not even one politician died by committing suicide or in the police riots since the Telangana movement started.Now we should know that the Politicians are exactly opposite to that of the people who have committed suicides i.e the politicians are very strong mentally,always in euphoria(no depression at all),they have clear thinking(to be in power all the time) and live in reality unlike schizophrenics and they can mesmerise and evoke mass hysteria with emotional speeches when ever they want.

Now,who perpetrated,evoked and instigated suicides of innocent students???The answer is definitely the POLITICIANS for their own Political/Financial gains.If the same number of Politicians(as same number of students committed suicides)would have committed suicides the Telangana would have definitely formed 40 years back itself.But the politicians will not commit suicides because they are Selfish logical,pragmatic,rich and have to live and rule the innocent people after Telangana forms,so many burdens for the poor politicians!!

The students have become a mere Scapegoats in this highly charged Melodrama by the Selfish Politicians and it is high time that the Students/Youth come out of Amnesia and realize that ending their life at a tender age will harm their parents psychologically more than anyone else.

So,Let us all in Unison encourage the Suicides of Politicians and It is for sure that the Dream Of Telangana or Samaikyandhra will be at our Door step very soon!!because the Government will take the serious note of suicides of Politicians rather than suicides of Students!Just Ponder over it.

The Views and Opinions expressed are of Dr.Sumanth from A.P, Newsofap.com does not Approve/Differ with the comments made by the Guest.

The final ‘Winners’ are TRS & PRP?

TDP president, Chandrababu Naidu, as everyone knows went into ‘oblivion’ since the past three months. And he came out of his apparent ‘hiding’ only very few times since then. And latest, he came to Vijayawada yesterday to show solidarity with the ‘brutally’ murdered Vaishnavi’s family.

As everyone knows, he went into hiding so that he need not air his views of Telangana. It is an open secret that he does not want Telangana to form since it would mean an end to his career. Because if Telangana bifurcates, then he cannot become the CM of Telangana as he originally hails from Chittoor which is in Rayalaseema. And he would also fare badly in Andhra and the Rayalaseema as the people there would blame him for concentrating too much on the development of Hyderabad and the surroundings rather than Andhra and the Rayalaseema regions.

So, if Telangana forms, then he is in a real danger of being targeted both in Telangana as well as the Andhra and the Rayalaseema regions. Same is the case with Congress. It would also lose in Telangana since the credit for the formation of Telangana would go to KCR and the TRS and it would become a force to reckon with. And it would also lose in the Andhra and the Rayalaseema regions since he people there would blame the Congress High Command for bowing before KCR and giving Telangana.

So the final winners would be the TRS party in Telangana and Chiranjeevi’s PRP in Andhra and the Rayalaseema.

TDP leaders claim that CBN is doing the right thing by going into obvious ‘hiding’. They remind how the Telangana people were angry with Chenna Reddy for backstabbing the Telangana movement for the sake of CM seat. But after four years they forgot the whole issue and voted the Congress back to power. However some people say that there is no comparision between 1970’s with 2010. At that time the media houses were very few unlike dozens of news media today. They would not let the people forget anything easily.

I will Commit Suicide if Telangana Forms : Lakshmi Parvathi

The maverick woman Lakshmi Parvathi has today warned that she would commit suicide if the UPA government agrees to the formation of Telangana. She claimed that ex PCC president K Kesava Rao and Union minister Jaipal Reddy are planning to split the state into pieces and are also trying to help P Chidambaram become the PM of India in case Manmohan Singh retires in 2014.

She also slammed the CM Rosaiah and TDP president Chandrababu Naidu. She asked Rosaiah to firmly control the violence against film or quit his post if he is unable to do so and also has a piece of advice to CBN. She asked CBN to come out of his house and state his support for United AP firmly.

18 Months for the Sri Krishna committee on Telangana

As the five member committee on Telangana has been announced, it comes with many riders. The committee has the leisure of submitting its report in eighteen months. Sri Krishna, the proposed chairman of the committee claimed that such long time is justified since they have many issues to tackle and many opinions to take. He claimed that they need atleast three months to set up an office.

However the committee does not have any official recognition. So even if they submit a report in 18 months, the Sri Krishna report does not carry any weight.

Many Telangana leaders now question whether the Congress High Command is sincere on the Telangana issue. They say that giving 18 months for the committee to submit its report is just a delay measure. The TRS party leader say that it is a ploy of the Congress party to delay the issue as far as possible and thereby giving it a natural death.

“But we will react officially only after the final modalities of the committee are revealed” TRS leaders say.

A Home Ministry spokesperson said the committee will hold wide-ranging consultations with all sections of people and different political parties and groups in Andhra Pradesh.

“If it is a step back to explore whether to give Telangana or not then we will not be happy with it.We are demanding a committee for the formation of Telangana within a timeframe,” TRS leaders say.

Chandrababu Naidu speaks about illicit liquor not Telangana

TDP president Chandrababu Naidu has today came out to speak, hold on, it is not about Telangana but of illicit liquor deaths. Today speaking to the media he slammed the government for failing to tackle the illicit liquor business in Andhra Pradesh. He put the entire blame on the CM Rosaiah. Referring to a HIV positive woman who lost her husband and father in the tragedy, he said that he would help her as well as the families whose family members expired after drinking the illicit liquor.

The reporters were left dejected after Chandrababu Naidu refused to speak about the Telangana issue. He parried the question by saying that it is the Congress party which can give or reject Telangana.He said that both Telangana and Seemandhra are like two eyes to me and will comment on the committe at the appropriate time.

11 ‘T’ MPs to resign

All the 11 Congress MPs from Telangana have decided to submit their resignations following the new statement of Chidambaram on the ‘T issue. The MPs met union minister S Jaipal Reddy and discussed this issue with him.

The MPs have now decided to resign and they will meet Sonia Gandhi and submit their resignations to her. The ‘T’ MLAs and MLCs too are now submitting their resignations one by one.

Mahesh Babu attacked By TRS

After attacking the film unit of Manoj and Allu Arjun , the agitators have now turned their ire on prince Mahesh Babu A group of agitators attacked the unit members of Mahesh Babu’s new film that is now in progress at Vikarabad.

The agitators damaged the camera and other equipment and raised pro Telangana slogans. While the attack on Manoj and Allu Arjun is in view of the Samaikhya Andhra stand taken by Mohan Babu and Chiranjeevi , it is a surprise why Mahesh Babu was attacked.

Krishna has not come out with any statement in support of Samaikhya Andhra. It seems that agitators are determined to disrupt all film shootings in Telangana irrespective of the actors involved.

Chiru, Pawan’s farmhouses attacked

Farmhouse of Chiranjeevi in Jinnaram in Medak district was attacked by scores of TRS activists. They damaged the farmhouse and vowed to stop all films of the actors’ family.  The T agitators also attacked the farmhouse belonging to actor Pawan Kalyan The farmhouse is located near Shankarpally. The police however managed to stop the attackers from causing damage to the property.

Investigation on Lgadapati escape episode

The state government has appointed the Crime Investigation Department’s additional director general of police, Mr A. Siva Narayana, as the special officer to probe into the escape episode of the Vijayawada MP, Mr Lagadapati Rajagopal, from the Vijayawada General Hospital.
The home minister, Ms P. Sabita Indra Reddy, said that Mr Narayana has been asked to submit the report at the earliest.
The DGP, Mr R.R. Girish Kumar, and other senior officials met the Chief Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, and Ms Reddy to discuss the situation.
Meanwhile, the IPS officials who had disagreed with the state government’s move of suspending the commissioner of police, Mr K.V. R. N. Reddy, expressed their dissatisfaction by meeting top police officials.
The IPS officials, who met informally, have decided to take up the issue on larger scale.

48-hour Bandh in Telengana region affects normal life

Normal life in entire Telangana region, including twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, and the adjoining areas of Rangareddy and Medak was seriously affected as Telangana Rashtra Samithi(TRS) called for a 48-hours bandh from midnight lastnight demanding separate statehood.

All business establishments, hotels and restaurants, markets, petrol pump stations, bank ATMs and cinema halls remained closed.

Government and private degree colleges, universities and other educational institutions were already closed as the government declared 15-days holidays from yesterday in view of the volatile situation.

Today being Sunday, it was a relief for employees of Government and Banks, Public Sector Undertakings and IT companies.

Prohibitory orders were clamped in the twin cities yesterday in view of ‘Black Day’ today on the 17th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid.

The state-owned Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) buses had suspended district and city services in all Telangana districts, forcing the commuters to depend on three-wheelers which were charging exhorbitant rates from the public.

According to the South Central Railway (SCR) the movement of the Kerala Express, AP Express and one goods train were delayed for a few hours at various stations in the Karimnagar area as the agitators blocked the tracks as part of their 48-hour bandh call given by the TRS.

The agitators stopped the AP Express and a Goods train at Uppal in Karimnagar district and the Kerala Express at Bellampally in Adilabad district.

However, the trains were cleared following intervention by the police.

Government puts Telangana on back burner

Appearing to put the Telangana issue on the backburner, the Centre said on Wednesday (December 23) that the situation in Andhra Pradesh has “altered” since the announcement on creation of a separate state.

Wide-ranging consultations would now be held with all political parties and groups in the state, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said in a statement, adding that the Centre will take “steps to involve all concerned in the process”.

Recalling his December nine statement in which he had announced that the process of forming Telangana would be initiated, he said that since then the situation in Andhra Pradesh has altered and that “a large number of political parties are divided on the issue”.

Capping a fortnight of intense campaign by MPs of Telangana and non-Telangana regions, Chidambaram called a press conference at short notice and read out a four paragraph statement but took no questions.

He said the Centre made the statement on December nine on receipt of minutes of a meeting of all political parties convened by Chief Minister K Rosaiah in which a “consensus” emerged on the formation of a separate state of Telangana.

Chidambaram said, meanwhile, it is necessary that peace and harmony are restored in Andhra Pradesh and the state government is allowed to focus on governance and development. “The Central government appeals to the people of the different regions of Andhra Pradesh and to all political parties and students to withdraw their agitations and maintain peace, harmony and brotherhood,” he said.
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ABVP disrupts film shooting of Chiranjeevi’s nephew – Allu Arjun

Hyderabad, Dec 23 : Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s students wing Wednesday, extending support to the separate Telangana state demand, disrupted the shooting of a Telugu film of actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi’s nephew Allu Arjun at Anajpur near here, police said.

khil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists attacked the shooting unit of ‘Varudu’ and damaged its equipment
near Ramoji Film City on the city outskirts.

No one was injured in the incident. Eyewitnesses said Allu Arjun and other artists had to run for safety.

The attackers, who were holding ABVP flags and raising slogans of ‘Jai Telangana’, escaped after police arrived on the scene.

Allu Arjun is son of famous producer Allu Aravind, brother-in-law of superstar Chiranjeevi.

For the second consecutive day, relatives of Telugu film personalities opposing the proposed formation of Telangana state faced the ire of pro-Telangana groups.

Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) activists had Tuesday disrupted the shooting of a film of actor Manchu Manoj, son of veteran actor Mohan Babu. Manoj, his sister Lakshmi Parsanna and other artists of the yet to be named film had to run for cover.

The TRS workers were protesting Mohan Babu’s remarks opposing the proposed division of the state.

Chiranjeevi, who is the president of the Praja Rajyam Party (PRP), is campaigning for ‘united Andhra’. TRS and other groups have already stopped screening of films of Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan Tejan, nephew Allu Arju and other family members and also those of Mohan Babu.

Mohan Babu, along with his family members, Wednesday met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah and sought security for the film industry
. He also sought permission to hold a peace rally in Hyderabad. “The chief minister advised me to wait for two days,” he told reporters.

The veteran actor said his supporters would lodge complaints at various police stations against TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao for making provocative statements. He criticised Rao’s warning to film personalities to confine themselves to movies and not meddle in politics.

Mohan Babu, who is also a former parliamentarian, asked all film personalities to speak out on the Telangana issue and claimed that a majority of them were for a unified state.

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7700 couples tie the knot as part of TTD kalyanamastu

Seven thousand seven hundred couples tied the knot across Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday as part of the “kalyanmastu” programme being conducted by the Tirumala Tirupati Devstaham (TTD).

The kalyanmastu programme is intended to help poor people in the Hindu community, who cannot afford dowry or cannot afford the expenses of marriage and feasts, to get married with the TTD picking up the tab.

The TTD not only organizes the gold mangalasutram for the bride, it buys new clothes for the couple and hosts feast for sixty people on their behalf. The TTD has also announced that six members belonging to the bride and bridegroom family would be provided free darshan at the famed Venkateswara temple at Tirumala.

The couples were united in matrimony between 9.20 am and 9.32 am in Dhanista nakshatram in Vrischika lagnam. The TTD priests performed the ceremony in district headquarters as well as in the state capital.

In Hyderabad, Chief Minister K Rosaiah inaugurated the programme at Lalitha Kala Thoranum and Governor N D Tiwari blessed the newly wedded couples.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister K Rosaiah called upon public representatives and mandal-level officials to propagate the programme and motivate prospective couples.

The Scheme now in its fifth avatar, was the brainwave of former TTD chairman B Karunakar Reddy, who wanted to counter missionary propaganda and also give incentives to poor people.

KCR is a dirty insect: Mohan Babu

Aggressive actor Mohan Babu on Saturday spit venom on Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhara Rao for using derogatory comments against Andhra and Rayalaseema leaders who are undertaking fasts and dharnas for united Andhra Pradesh.

“KCR is a dirty insect. And a pest to the Telugu language and culture. He does not know how to speak and his derogatory comments are highly unpardonable. At least now, he should mind his language and slang,” Mohan Babu said, after calling on fasting Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal at Vijayawada.

The hero-cum-producer said he was feeling proud of various sections of people fighting for the unity of Telugu people. On Hyderabad, he reacted strongly saying it was not a “grandfather’s property” of any leader. “Hyderabad belongs to everybody. No one has the right to say that it belongs to Telangana alone,” he said.
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GHMC corporators’ special meet today

HYDERABAD: The Council Hall of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) in the head office complex is getting a facelift in view of the first ordinary meeting of the newly-elected council of GHMC to be held on January 18.This has been decided by Mayor B. Kartika Chandra Reddy after holding consultations with GHMC Commissioner MT Krishna Babu and other senior officials.Vacant spaces available in the council hall are being filled with temporary chairs to accommodate 150 corporators and 65 ex officio members comrising MPs, MLAs and MLCs. Existing bulbs are being replaced with new ones and the building is getting painted. After the swearing-in by the corporators and the election of mayor and deputy mayor, which was held at Jubilee Hall in the Public Gardens, the new council is required to meet in a month’s time.A few days ago the Telugu Desam corporators submitted a representation to the mayor, urging her to convene the meeting immediately to discuss the various civic and adminstrative matters. They brought to her notice that sanitation, water supply and sewerage, streetlights, spread of vector-borne diseases like dengue, chikunguniya and malaria, bad roads needed urgent attention of the corporation.A special meeting of corporators will be held on December 23 to discuss the modalities for election of chairpersons of ward committees. Previously, there was a chairperson for 10 wards. Now there will be one for 15 wards.Thus, there will be 15 ward committees and as many chairpersons now. These chairpersons constitute members of the Standing Committee.The meeting will also discuss the constitution of Area Committees as mandated in the amended HMC Act.GHMC authorities are busy renovating the old council hall for accommodating 210 members. The engineering wing has come up with a proposal needing a Rs 60-lakh budget to restructure the Council Hall by dismantling the walls and creating more space for increasing the seating capacity in a temporary measure.As a permanent measure the corporation has a plan to build a 15-storeyed office-cum-council complex on the Lower Tank Bund Road behind Indira Park. Construction of new building, which is to cost about Rs 50 crore, is going to be delayed by a few more years in view of the fund crunch. Hence the decision to make best use of the existing facility.

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No compromise on the status of Hyderabad

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhara Rao firmly believes that creation of a Telangana State is only a matter of time. He rules out any compromise on the status of Hyderabad, asserting that it has to be the capital of Telangana, but at the same time, reassures that people from the other regions would be welcome here even after separation. Excerpts from an interview: Q: Do you think that the Centre will keep its commitment on creation of a Telangana State?A: I have no doubt whatsoever and I am willing to wait to enable the Centre take forward the process. I am sure the Home Ministry has already initiated the process. Those, who are against it, are now saying that the Assembly should necessarily pass a resolution. This is not correct. According to Article 3 of the Indian Constitution, the President is only required to refer the matter to the Assembly for “expression of its views.” The view of the Assembly is not binding and this was clearly laid down by the Supreme Court on more than one occasion including at the time of the formation of Bombay (Maharashtra) State. What everyone should understand is that the decision was announced on behalf of the Government of India and by the Union Home Minister whose ministry has to deal with issues relating to separation of states. As far as geographical territory is concerned, Telangana as a state was administered either by the Government of India or a local government for eight years before it was merged with the Andhra State to create Andhra Pradesh. Therefore, the Telangana region that existed as on October 31, 1956, (before the merger) can be separated again now. There are established procedures to settle other issues like bifurcation of assets, sharing of resources, etc., and they can be followed.Q What is your response to the agitation in coastal and Rayalaseema regions that the state should remain united?A: There is no basis for their argument and they have no clarity on what they are seeking. The so-called “Samaikhya Andhra” stir (united Andhra) has no samaikhyata (unity) at all. Chiranjeevi has his own agenda. Chandrababu Naidu of TDP has his own. They know that separation is a reality and are only preparing for future political activity in the coastal and Rayalaseema regions. In fact, the agitation is being run by a handful of vested interests (read businessmen-politicians) who have made huge investments in real estate in Hyderabad and are, therefore, keen on status quo. I am getting hundreds of messages from ordinary people in coastal and Rayalaseema regions that they would be happy if the state is created because that would spur growth in their regions. I am sure the Union Government will sooner than later put an end to this artificial agitation in the other two regions.Q: The bone of contention, if the state has to be split, appears to be Hyderabad. Are you open for any options?A: There are no options. Hyderabad has always been a part of Telangana and will remain so. The proposal in certain quarters that it could be made a common capital is meaningless and impractical. Any capital is formed from the point of view of administrative convenience. From any part of Andhra, one has to travel 200 km through Telangana to reach Hyderabad. When the state is split, why would the people of coastal region prefer to do this? In fact, they would like their capital to be closer to them and develop. People are going to beat coastal leaders if they propose a common capital. Yes, for some time, may be a year or two, the coastal government can run its affairs from Hyderabad till infrastructure is created in their capital.Q: What about the suggestion that Hyderabad can be made a Union Territory?A: This is foolish. Was Madras declared a Union Territory when Andhra split and was it done in the case of Bombay? Or more recently, why was Bhopal not declared UT when Chhattisgarh was created? This apart, UTs have been a failure. The Indian government has already started rolling them back, whether it be in Goa or Delhi. It is, therefore, absurd to make the suggestion in the case of Hyderabad.Q: But there seems to be a genuine concern among students and coastal industrialists that they would be unwanted in Hyderabad once the state is split?A: This is a mischievous propaganda. If Indian students can go to the US and elsewhere to study, why can’t they come to Hyderabad? Likewise, more sops will be offered to industrialists and the film industry to set up new units and expand further. Industrialists from coastal Andhra like from anywhere else, will be welcomed with a red carpet. They will get more than what they are being offered now. But, why are we asking for a separate State? It is because development can never substitute independence, self-rule and self-respect. We have no hatred towards the people of Andhra. What is the difference between a rickshaw-wallah in Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad? That’s why I am saying people at large in the coastal region are not opposed to separation and they are sending messages to Congress president Sonia Gandhi not to be carried away by the current agitation for a unified State. The other point one has to appreciate is that except during my fast when there was minor violence, the nine-year struggle for statehood has been totally peaceful. Even now, despite severe provocation from coastal leaders, the people of Telangana have not resorted to any form of retaliation This, despite the fact that no Telangana person has any assets in the coastal region while businessmen from there have innumerable assets and properties in Hyderabad and elsewhere in Telangana. Andhras living in and around Hyderabad should understand this and not fall prey to false propaganda.Q: How about the argument of coastal leaders that they have invested a lot of money in Hyderabad and now, you are asking them to just pack up?A: This is again a false propaganda, aimed at misleading everyone. They have only invested in land and made money out of it. Here, I should bring to light a historical fact. In the early days of Independence, Telangana, which existed as a separate state for eight years, was the richest in the entire country with an annual surplus budget of Rs 63 crore. Salaries of employees and judges in Telangana were higher than their counterparts in Andhra State. As a matter of act, they were poor, we were rich. But, once the state was formed, they came here for a living, aggrandized the properties of Telangana people and multiplied them. Over the years, the situation has so deteriorated that people, who live in two-thirds of the slums in Hyderabad, are from Telangana. Today, Muslims of Hyderabad sell blood to celebrate Eid. That is their trauma. Laying of four-lane roads and building international airports cannot be called development. Real development is one which enables the majority to live with dignity and self-respect. In terms of per capita income, Hyderabad has slipped and today, Visakhapatnam has the highest per capita income.Q: Why do you say Telangana cannot develop in a united State?A: Because, it is proven over the past 50 years. At the time of unification, the Godavari anicut, which is just stonewalled, had an ayacut of only three lakh acres. Likewise, the Krishna delta ayacut was 2.5 lakh acres. Once the state was unified, the surplus funds of Telangana were used to develop these two deltas so much so that Godavari ayacut has now gone up beyond 10 lakh and the Krishna ayacut to around 14 lakh acres. On the contrary, almost all projects meant to provide abundant water to farmers in Telangana have been abandoned and the ayacut in the region, over the years, has gone down by 10 lakh acres from the earlier 20 lakh. Why should lakhs of people from Mahboobnagar migrate during summer in search of employment? Who will answer for the fate of more than 30,000 workers from a single district in Telangana — Karimnagar — who are still languishing in jails in the Gulf having gone there in search of livelihood? Such examples are countless and all of them led to the trauma of the people of Telangana. That the region is neglected has been accepted by almost everyone. There is no need to establish it again and again.Q:  The oft-made criticism against protagonists of Telangana is that they are merely demanding separation but do not have a clear social and economic agenda for the new State if and when it is created?A:  This is also wrong. Telangana has an excellent tropical climate. We have different varieties of soils, huge mineral resources, forest wealth, an average rainfall of around 1,000 mm and hard working people. We have engineers, IT professionals, intellectuals and highly talented people in many other fields. We have excellence but never got an opportunity.  All of them, including NRIs, are anxious to give their best to develop the region. We already have plans to develop a model city using clean and green technologies. Satellite townships will be promoted around the capital. All pending irrigation projects would be given priority, particularly small ones which can be completed quickly. The Godavari valley in Telangana, which has coal, water and other minerals, can be developed as a major industrial hub. We will prove that we need not be lectured on how to develop and that we are capable of doing it ourselves.

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KCR issues ‘nuclear’ threat

HYDERABAD: A combative Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhara Rao on Tuesday issued a slew of warnings to the Centre, the Coastal and Rayalaseema leaders and the Tollywood, in a speech laced with emotion, sarcasm and an ample dose of humour.Addresing Praja Rajyam leaders and workers from Warangal, who joined the TRS, at the party headquarters here, he threatened to create a Constitutional crisis if the Centre reneged on its promise to carve out a separate Telangana State.‘‘We also know how to set in motion a Constitutional crisis. Cutting across party lines, all the 100- odd Telangana MLAs and MPs will resign,’’ he said, adding that there would be a “nuclear explosion” if the Centre went back on its word.In the same breath, he cautioned leaders of the ongoing united State movement against staking claim to Hyderabad at the time of division of the State.‘‘If anyone says a word that Hyderabad is not part of Telangana, we will cut out their tongues,’’ he thundered and alleged that Andhra leaders had not built even a single railway station in the State capital. ‘‘All the development in Hyderabad was done under the Nizam’s rule,’’ he claimed.He said the TRS would resort to ‘‘direct action’’ if leaders of the united State movement continued to make provocative statements and reeled out a list of various issues on which he alleged that Andhra leaders had let down the Telangana region in the past 50 years. Taking on the Tollywood, he justified the attack earlier in the day by his partymen on the film unit of a movie which has in the lead Manoj Kumar, veteran actor Mohan Babu’s son. ‘‘The film unit members should thank their stars that our activists did not harm them,’’ Chandrasekhara Rao said.He wondered why Mohan Babu, a supporter of the united State stir, was making a hue and cry over losing a day’s shooting. ‘‘Our people in Telangana are sleeping on empty stomach. What’s a day’s shooting?’’ he quipped.He made it clear that the tinsel town should stick to film-making and not venture into politics. ‘‘If they support the united State stir, they will have to face trouble,’’ he said. ‘‘If Mohan Babu takes a pro- Andhra stand, why should people in Telangana watch his films? We will watch films of Telangana actors.Mohan Babu asks us if Hyderabad belongs to our maternal uncle. I say does it belong to his maternal uncle,’’ he remarked.On Lagadapati Rajagopal, Chandrasekhara Rao refused to comment.‘‘Rajagopal is a small fry. I don’t have to stoop to his level to make comments on him,’’ he said.

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100 Telangana legislators ready to quit, says TRS chief

HYDERABAD: Stepping up pressure on the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhara Rao on

Tuesday claimed that over 100 legislators from Telangana, cutting across party lines, were ready to resign if the central government backtracked on separate statehood to the region.

KCR, as Rao is popularly known, said all MPs from the region had left for Delhi with their resignation letters in their pocket. Telangana region sends 17 of the state’s total 42 MPs to the Lok Sabha.

The TRS chief made the claim even as Congress’ central leaders held a series of talks with MPs and leaders from Telangana, coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.

With MPs, state legislators and other leaders from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema opposing division of Andhra Pradesh, there are indications that the government might backtrack on its Dec 9 announcement to initiate the process for formation of Telangana.

As the protests continue in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema for the 12th day, Congress leaders from the two regions are hoping that the centre would come out with a new statement Wednesday.

KCR, whose party has only 10 legislators among the total 119 legislators from Telangana, said all the legislators from the region were in touch with him over phone.

The TRS president warned of a blood bath if the centre backtracked on its statement. “If the centre created any hurdles, 400,000 people out of the four crore population of Telangana are ready to sacrifice their lives,” he said.

He ridiculed the ongoing exercise of holding talks with Andhra and Rayalaseema MPs. “What is there to talk? The state formation has already been announced and there is no territorial dispute involved. The borders are clearly demarcated. Hyderabad State (Telangana) and Andhra State had clear state borders as on Oct 31, 1956 – a day before they were merged (to form Andhra Pradesh),” he said.

KCR said there was no question of compromise on Hyderabad being capital of Telangana and warned of teaching a fitting lesson to those demanding that Hyderabad should not be included in Telangana.

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All attention on PM’s Telangana statement

HYDERABAD: Leaders of all regions — Telangana, Andhra and Rayalaseema — are waiting with bated breath for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement on the partitioning of the State.It will be a truly unenviable task for whoever has been entrusted with drafting the announcement. They will have a terribly hard time of it, trying to cushion the blow for any particular region.After meeting the prime minister in New Delhi today, Andhra and Rayalaseema MPs are hopeful of a statement in their favour. Says Eluru Congress MP Kavuri Sambasiva Rao: “The statement may not say that the earlier one on Telangana by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram would be withdrawn.It might say the Centre would take a final decision on Telangana after a thorough and wide ranging debate on the issue.’’ He expects the statement to be made in the next two days.In the wake of Sambasiva Rao’s announcement after meeting the prime minister, leaders of both Andhra and Rayalaseema regions are preparing to meet in the State capital after the Centre’s response to decide their future course of action. For their part, Telangana Congress leaders believe that the statement would not conflict with the one already issued.Meanwhile, they are contemplating moving the party high command for action against Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal who is agitating in favour of “United Andhra Pradesh’’ which they say amounts to violation of the party line.State Congress Parliament Members Forum convener Ponnam Prabhakar, MPs Madhu Yashki and V Hanumanth Rao charged Rajagopal with provoking the people of Telangana.Congress leader and former minister R Damodar Reddy demanded that the State Government shift Rajagopal from NIMS since his stay at this hospital might lead to breakdown of law and order. Everyone had a right to live in Hyderabad but creating tension by making provocative statements cannot be condoned, he said.Congress leader and former minister T Jeevan Reddy alleged that Vijayawada police officials colluded with Rajagopal and helped him escape from hospital in Vijayawada.Meanwhile, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leadership is optimistic about the statement due from New Delhi. Party chief K Chandrasekhar Rao is confident that the UPA will complete the process within months for creation of a separate State.

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Aggressive actor Mohan Babu on Saturday spit venom on Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhara Rao for using derogatory comments against Andhra and Rayalaseema leaders who are undertaking fasts and dharnas for united Andhra Pradesh.

“KCR is a dirty insect. And a pest to the Telugu language and culture. He does not know how to speak and his derogatory comments are highly unpardonable. At least now, he should mind his language and slang,” Mohan Babu said, after calling on fasting Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal at Vijayawada.

The hero-cum-producer said he was feeling proud of various sections of people fighting for the unity of Telugu people. On Hyderabad, he reacted strongly saying it was not a “grandfather’s property” of any leader. “Hyderabad belongs to everybody. No one has the right to say that it belongs to Telangana alone,” he said.

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