www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL WEDNESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2018 PAGES 24 `5.00 Forecast: A few showers. Morning clouds. Temp: Max.31°C. Min.23C. Humidity: 69% Sunrise: 05:59 Sunset: 06:16 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H NOTA option ‘goes’ New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday withdrew the 'none of the above' (NOTA) option from ballot papers of the Rajya Sabha and the Legislative Council polls following a Supreme Court directive. On August 21, the apex court had said that NOTA would not be applicable as a ballot option in the Rajya Sabha polls. Rebel trouble in TRS OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: The plans of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi to defeat important leaders of the Congress are likely to fail with many TRS leaders who did not get party tickets are planning to contest as rebels. According to sources, the TRS has selected leaders of stature against some important Congress leaders like CLP leader K Jana Reddy, MLAs Komatireddy Venkata Reddy, Bhatti Vikramarka and others. In Nagarjunsagar, represented by Congress’ Jana Reddy, the TRS has given the ticket to Nomula Narasimhaiah. He was the candidate of the party during the 2014 elections (He joined the TRS from CPM and got the ticket on the last day of nominations). To his advantage, there is a good number of his community (Yadav) voters in the constituency. The threat for him is the unhappy leader from the constituency in the form of M C Koti Reddy. Sources said that Koti Reddy had expected TRS ticket and is unhappy with the decision of the party. Now, he is contemplating to contest as a rebel candidate. In Nalgonda, the TRS has ﬁelded Kancharla Bhoopal Reddy against four-time MLA K Venkata Reddy. Bhoopal Reddy, who stood second during the 2014 elections contesting as independent joined the TRS later. He was announced as the candidate on the day when he joined the TRS. Dubbaka Narasimha Reddy was the candidate of the TRS during the 2014 elections. It is said that Narasimha Reddy is contemplating to ﬁle the nomination as rebel candidate, which could leave an impact on the prospects of Bhoopal Reddy. The TRS has not announced any candidate for the constituencies of TPCC chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy (Huzurnagar) and N Padmavati (Kodada). The party has ﬁelded Lingala Kamalraj from Madhira represented by PCC working president Bhatti Vikramarka. TRS constituency in-charge B Ram Murthy expected the party ticket from the constituency. Murthy threatened to leave the party and contemplating to contest as a rebel candidate from the constituency but was convinced by K T Rama Rao. The minister reportedly assured Murthy that the party would accommodate him elsewhere and provided suitable position. Sources said that TRS candidate in Gadwal B Krishna Mohan Reddy is no match to the strong Congress candidate D K Aruna. Krishna Mohan Reddy had lost to Aruna with a margin of over 8,000 votes during the 2014 elections and the party leaders said that this time too the results would repeat. OUR BUREAU Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha being received by Rajat Kumar, Chief Electoral Oﬃcer, at Secretariat in Hyderabad on Tuesday Hyderabad: The Opposition parties on Tuesday lodged a strong protest against early elections in Telangana with the Election Commission of India (ECI) and demanded extension of the last date for the revision of electoral rolls in view of the festival season in Telangana. The EC has announced recently the schedule for the second summery revision of the electoral rolls. The ﬁnal electoral rolls will be published on October 8. A Congress delegation led by the party senior leader M Shashidhar Reddy demanded the official team of the Election Commission visiting the state on a two-day official tour to explain the reasons behind the deletion of nearly 20 lakh votes in the recent drive. Continued on Page 4 Oppn toils to form coalition against TRS Hyderabad: Not wanting to be left behind in the race, Opposition parties have begun their moves to cobble up a coalition to turn the heat on the ruling TRS. As part of it, leaders of all S Honorarium raised from `3,000 to `4,500 KCR plan to unseat Cong leaders goes for a toss Opposition voices against early polls OUR BUREAU Asha, Anganwadi workers get hike in incentives Seeks imposition of Prez rule in state Opposition parties came together on Tuesday and called on Governor Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan seeking imposition of President’s rule in the state to prevent the ruling party from abusing the Con- stitution to further its political interests. Leaders of the Congress, Telugu Desam, Telangana Jana Samithi and Communist Party of India were part of the delegation that called on the Governor seeking measures to ‘Save Democracy’. The delegation comprised N Uttam Kumar Reddy, K Jana Reddy M Bhatti Vikramarka (all Cong), L Ramana (TDP), M Kodandaram (TJS) and Ch Venkata Reddy (CPI). Continued on Page 4 Kodandaram eyes Warangal West seat ADEPU MAHENDER Warangal: Political circles are agog with speculation that Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) president Prof M Kodandaram, who played a key role in separate state movement as convener of the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee (TJAC), is likely to contest from the Warangal West Assembly segment in the ensuing elections. With the alliance talks still in nascent stage and the TJS state committee is yet to take a decision on party’s candidates, it is a bit too early to predict, but the party sources suggest that in all probability Prof Kodandaram will contest from the Warangal West Assembly segment from where TRS’ Dasyam Vinay Bhaskar won in 2014 elections. Even though the TJS has plans to contest elections from all the constituencies, it is apparent that the TRS political manoeuvring has forced all other major parties – Congress, Telugu Desam and CPI – to face the elections unitedly. With the TRS opting for early polls, these parties are trying to have a seat-sharing deal. According to reports, the TJS is hoping to get 15 seats in the possible poll alliance. Continued on Page 4 S Those drawing `2,200 will get `3,500 S Anganwadi helpers will get `2,500 from `1,500 Rescue personnel help the trapped passengers of an TSRTC bus which skidded into a deep gorge near Kondagattu in Jagtial district on Tuesday 56 killed as bus falls into gorge near Kondagattu KCR announces `5 lakh ex gratia OUR BUREAU Kondagattu (Jagtial): In a gory road accident, 56 persons were killed, and many others sustained grievous injuries when a TSRTC bus in which they were traveling fell into a gorge near Kondagattu, 180 km north of Hyderabad, on Tuesday. The mishap occurred when a Jagtial depot bus packed to brim, said to be carrying 86 persons, was heading to Jagtial from Shanivarampet through Kondagattu ghat road. It is learnt that the driver lost control over the wheel while negotiating a narrow curve on the 1.5 km ghat road. The over-speeding bus overturned at least thrice before it fell into a gorge. Even though the gorge is just about 25 feet deep, the impact caused by over-speeding was such that all those inside the bus not only suffered injuries but also suffered shock and asphyxia leading to large number of casualties. As many as 25 persons died on the spot, according to eyewitnesses. Speaking to The Hans India, Kondagattu temple assistant executive officer Srinivas said: “Instead of taking the scheduled route - via Nachupally and Thimmayapalle - the driver opted for the ghat road which turned out to be fatal.” It is learnt that the steep ghat road is not in ideal condition for motoring and has the history of witnessing quite a few accidents. Continued on Page 4 New Delhi: In good news for lakhs of Asha and Anganwadi workers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a hike in their monthly honorarium from October. In addition, all accredited social health activists (Asha) will be brought under the coverage of various social security schemes and provided free insurance cover under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Prime Minister Suraksha Bima Yojana. The social health activists will not have to pay any premium for the insurance coverage and will get Rs 4 lakh in case of any untoward incident, the prime minister said during a video interaction with Asha, ANM (auxiliary nurse midwife) and Anganwadi workers from across the country. The PM said the revised incentive will come into effect from October and it will reflect in their salaries from November onwards, which would be a Diwali gift for them. Those who drew an honorarium of Rs 3,000 will from now on get Rs 4,500 and those who used to get Rs 2,200 will get Rs 3,500, he said. The honorarium of Anganwadi helpers will be hiked from Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,500, he said. These are routine incentive given by the Centre to Asha and Anganwadi workers.
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