www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: A few showers. Overcast Temp: Max.29C. Min.25°C. Humidity: 74% Sunrise: 05:58 Sunset: 06:20 Doctors of Osmania General Hospital attending to patients wearing helmets to draw the attention of the administration to the crumbling incidents in the hospital which is proving to be a nuisance to the patients as well as the staff S P2 Steepest prices Hyderabad `84.81 Diesel `78.39 Petrol Tenali boy among 3 shot dead in US New York: A 25-year-old Indian man was among three persons killed when a gunman opened fire in a bank building in the US city of Cincinnati before police shot him dead on Thursday. Pruthviraj Kandepi, who hailed from Tenali in Guntur district, was killed when 29-year-old Omar Enrique Santa Perez from Ohio opened fire at the headquarters for the Fifth Third Bank near Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati, police said. BUSINESS WINDOWS REGION H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H HIGH-TECH SYSTEM FOR FOOLPROOF POLLING KCR kicks off poll battle OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Turbo-charging TRS campaign for the Assembly elections from Husnabad in the erstwhile Karimnagar district, caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Friday scythed through the Congress and warned people that if the grand-old party came back to power, the days of long power cuts, gudumba, playing card clubs and break down of law and order would become the order of the day. Addressing his ﬁrst Praja Aseervada Sabha, which is one of the 100 meetings in 50 days, Rao asked the people to be wary of the Congress which is thirsting to come back to power to loot the state once again. “The Congress which had systematically destroyed Telangana was now eager to continue to return to old ways. Be careful about the enemy of Telangana,” he exhorted. He sought the support of the people for the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and said that he had started his campaign from Husnabad as he knew he would not face defeat if he begins any work in erstwhile Karimnagar district. Rao said that the Congress does not know how to run a government and on top of that, it would mortgage the interests of the state at the altar of Delhi. This apart, the Telangana Congress leaders spent all their lives at the feet of Andhra leaders before the formation of Telangana Caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao seeks the support of the people for TRS and states that he has started his campaign from Husnabad as he knows he would not face defeat if he begins any work in erstwhile Karimnagar district CLEAN ENERGY CAN STAVE OFF CLIMATE CHANGE ILLS: PM TRS poaches Suresh Reddy OUR BUREAU Caretaker Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief K Chandrashekar Rao taking the blessings of his teacher Veleti Mrutyunjaya Sharma of Siddipet before the public meeting in Husnabad on Friday Photo: G Shyam Kumar KCR, still a hit with the masses S Local state. “When the then Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said he will not give even one rupee to Telangana in the Assembly, these Congress leaders did not raise their voice, nor did they resign in protest. They made a show that they had resigned but signed ﬁles from their houses,” Rao alleged. Rao recalled Congress Legislature Party leader K Jana Reddy’s comments in Assembly. “Jana Reddy had said that he will seek votes wearing pink khanduva for TRS if the gov- ernment overcomes power crisis and now Jana Reddy open your eyes and see,” he said. He said if the TRS was voted to power again, the government would make Telangana as wetland of one crore acres. Stating that he was not satisﬁed with the salaries of the government employees, Rao said that if the TRS comes to power, the salaries would be increased to the extent the state’s ﬁnances allow. Continued on Page 4 Hyderabad: In a major setback to the Congress in Telangana state, former Speaker of Assembly in the undivided Andhra Pradesh and senior leader K R Suresh Reddy has announced that he would be joining the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS). Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao along with government advisor G Vivekanand and candidates of Armoor and Balkonda -- A Jeevan Reddy and Prashanth Reddy respectively -- met Suresh Reddy at the latter’s residence here on Friday and invited him into the TRS. It is a major setback for the Congress since it was trying to get back senior leader D Srinivas into its camp but the TRS inﬂuenced Suresh Reddy to join the party. Suresh Reddy has considerable inﬂuence in the two Assembly constituencies of Armoor and Balkonda. Suresh Reddy is likely to join TRS at Telangana Bhavan on September 12. Speaking to media persons, K T Rama Rao said that TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao felt that the services of leaders like Suresh Reddy are needed for the progress and development of the State. He said that Suresh Reddy would be bestowed with the position he deserved. Continued on Page 4 Former Speaker KR Suresh Reddy of Congress and IT Minister KT Rama Rao addressing media on Friday Akbaruddin wants to do HDK in Telangana OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Akbaruddin Owaisi on Friday said that his party would stake claim to form government in case the poll verdict throws up a hung Assem- bly. Addressing a meeting of the party activists in Hyderabad, Akbaruddin Owaisi said in such an event, “we will invite others to support us to form the government. If Kumaraswamy (HD Kumaraswamy of JDS) can become (chief minister) why can’t I become one,” he asked. It Karnataka JDS with 40 seats formed the government with support from the Congress as the verdict was a fractured one. Akbaruddin said that KCR has announced that there will be elections in November and he Congress to work on probable list after sealing political alliances OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The Congress party decided to take up the selection of candidates for the next elections as soon as the alliances with other parties are ﬁnalised. The party hastened the process of knitting an alliance with likeminded parties in view of the early elections to Assembly. It entrusted the responsibility of negotiation with other parties to a committee of senior leaders. Party state affairs in-charge RC Khuntia, TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy, former leader of opposition in Assembly K Jana Reddy, LOP in Council Shabbir Ali, working president Bhatti Vikramarka and three AICC secretaries would be members of the committee. The committee would discuss the alliance issue with Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and Communist Party of India (CPI). According to sources, the seniors committee would come to an understanding with those parties on the broad contours of alliance. If they agree to work with the Congress, the ﬁnal decision would be left to the TPCC. A senior leader of the party said that the negotiations with other parties would begin soon and within a week a clear picture would emerge. The seniors committee would consider the demands of the other parties and would decide whether it would be possible to accommodate them. After the number of seats to be left to alliance partners is decided, the Congress would begin the selection of candidates of the party. Continued on Page 4 TDP, Cong tie-up in the offing OUR BUREAU Hyderabad/ Amaravati: Alliance between Telugu Desam Party and the Congress for the Assembly elections in Telangana is more than likely. TDP chief and AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu who is arriving in Hyderabad on Saturday, is expected to discuss the issue ﬁrst with his Telangana state leaders before making his next move. According to sources, the TDP is not averse to joining hands with the Congress in facing the TRS in Telangana which is going to polls sooner than later. TDP general secretary and IT Minister N Lokesh dropped subtle hints to this effect on Friday that any de- n TPCC chief Uttam likely to meet Chandrababu Naidu today cision on alliance with likeminded parties or the Congress in Telangana would be decided by the Telangana state leaders. According to sources in the Congress, Telangana president N Uttam Kumar Reddy might meet Chandrababu Naidu and discuss the need for alliance in Telangana. He is expected to explain to him the need for a united opposition to take the TRS on. Both of them might discuss the way the BJP was acting in AP and Telangana. The TDP has been accusing BJP of using YS Jagan Mohan Reddy as its front in AP and the Congress has been alleging that the TRS president and caretaker chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao is working hand-in-glove with the saffron party. The TDP is also expected to go over identifying parties which have no problem in working with the Congress like the TJS and the CPI so that all of them could form into a front to take the TRS by its horns in the elections. “The TDP will beneﬁt more from alliance with the Congress in Telangana,” said one TDP leader in Amaravati. Konda couple to return to Congress fold OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Konda Surekha, MLA in the dissolved Assembly, and MLC Konda Murali are returning to Congress fold. Konda couple will be holding press meet in Hyderabad on Saturday to share views on switching loyalties from TRS to Congress. It may be mentioned here that Konda Surekha’s name was kept pending in the ﬁrst list of 105 candidates announced by TRS party that comprised a majority of sitting MLAs. Konda Surekha represented Warangal (East) constituency in the ﬁrst Telangana Assembly. She has been strongly pitching for Assembly ticket to her daughter Sushmita Patel. However, TRS could not accommodate her request and also did not include Surekha’s name in the ﬁrst list. There were reports that Konda couple was in touch with Congress leadership to shift to the national party in case TRS did not honour their requests. Sources stated that Congress accepted her demands to offer two tickets-for Konda Surekha and also her daughter. It is most likely that Surekha will contest from Warangal (East) and Sushmita Patel from Parkal constituency. would become chief minister in December. “Let us see who will become the chief minister. After the results, we may get an opportunity. Then we will ask other likeminded parties to support us to form the government,” he said. Poll panel team coming to check TS readiness New Delhi: Apparently preparing to hold early polls in Te l a n g a n a along with four other states in December, the Election Commission on Friday decided to send a team of officials to Hyderabad on September 11 for making an assessment of the poll preparedness of the machinery in the state where the ruling party has sought early elections by dissolving the Assembly. The decision was taken at a full meeting of the commission chaired by Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat. An official press note issued after the meeting said: "In view of the dissolution of the state Legislative Assembly of Telangana, the commission has decided to send a team of ECI ofﬁcials to assess the situation in the state regarding poll preparedness. A team of ECI officials headed by Umesh Sinha, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner, will be visiting Hyderabad on Tuesday, 11 September 2018 and will give the report to the Election Commission after the completion of the visit." Rawat appeared to hint at the possibility of holding Assembly elections in Telangana along with the polls due in four other states in December this year. After the meeting, he said the commission would review the ground-level status with the Chief Electoral Officer of Telangana and make up its mind about the timing of elections to be announced in due course. Continued on Page 4
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