www.thehansindia.com The great INDIAN showcase Come October and the travel calender gets busy with a host of indigenous festivals that celebrate India’s culture, music and art, and literary wealth. Here’s a lowdown on festivals to watch out for… SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER 2018 KURNOOL | PAGES 20 | `5.00 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H NDA alternative in the making OUR BUREAU Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat addressing a press conference in Delhi, on Saturday Telangana to go to polls on Dec 7 n Single day poll in MP, Rajasthan, Mizoram; 2-day poll in Chhattisgarh New Delhi: Setting the stage for the high-stakes battle between TRS and the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha polls next year, the Election Commission on Saturday announced the schedule for the Assembly elections for Telangana on December 7. The EC has also notiﬁed the schedule for Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh along with Telangana. Counting of votes in all the states will be done on December 11, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat said announcing the schedule at a press conference here. Continued on Page 4 12 NOV TS POLL SCHEDULE Gazette Notification 19 NOV Last date of nominations 20 NOV Scrutiny 22 NOV Last date for withdrawal 07 DEC POLL DATE 11 DEC COUNTING NO BYPOLLS IN AP New Delhi: There won't be any bypolls for the vacant Parliamentary Constituencies in Andhra Pradesh, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat said here on Saturday after declaring election schedule for Telangana along with Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram. Rawat said the resignation of some AP MPs were accepted on June 4 and as there was less than one year for the Lok Sabha regular schedule, byelections were not possible now as per the rules. Amaravati: Intent on taking Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the national level, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has decided to mobilise all anti-BJP parties together on issues that concerned the people at large. Though the idea is at an incipient stage, the die has, however, been cast that the TDP would look beyond AP to play an important role in evolving a sure-ﬁre alternative to the NDA at national level. Naidu, by stitching together a coalition, wants to pay back Modi for the political witch-hunt that has been going on in the state now in the form of raids by the Income Tax Department. The Chief Minister, who went into a huddle with his MPs, decided to ﬂog the Sarkaria Commission report on centre-state relations to raise the issue of how the states had been weakened systematically. Naidu, sharing his ideas with NAIDU WANTS MPs TO TAKE ON BJP ON ALL FRONTS Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu holding a meeting with TDP MPs at his residence in Undavalli on Saturday his MPs at his Undavalli residence on Saturday, said that the TDP would organise conclaves on centre-state relations and on distress in the farm sector. Naidu also wanted the MPs to apply their mind on how Rafale deal could be exploited to the maximum extent possible to the advantage of the opposition. Naidu asked the MPs to identify socio-economic issues that Naidu not to attend Babli case in person Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has reportedly taken a decision not to attend the Dharmabad District Magistrate Court in person on October 15 but will send an advocate to file recall petition. The court issued non-bailable arrest warrant against Chandrababu Naidu and other fifteen leaders in a case related to protest in Maharashtra by TDP against construction of Babli project in 2010. The CM held a meeting on this case with ministers and legal experts on Saturday at his residence at Undavalli in Guntur. The court orders had laid down that Naidu will have to attend the court in person on October 15. Rajya Sabha member Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar, who is a prominent advocate himself, said that if the court does not accept the recall petition to be filed by an advocate and again orders Naidu to appear before it personally, then the TDP will move the High Court. have a bearing at national level to pummel Modi in the next six months and thus discredit him in the eyes of the people. He further directed them to prepare a detailed roadmap for the next six months. He said that it must include the ﬁght against Centre, strategy to be implemented in Parliament and ﬁghting at the national level against BJP. Naidu explained to the MPs that replacement of the NDA at the Centre was a democratic compulsion since the BJP had turned fascist. If the TDP, whose intentions are anti-Congress, had joined hands with the grand old party because of the threat posed by the BJP which is more ominous and foreboding than the effect of the TDP adopting antiCongress posturing. Continued on Page 4 B Tech student drowned in sea OUR BUREAU Visakhapatnam: A joy trip to Rama Krishna Beach by eleven engineering students on Saturday turned tragic with one of them drowned in the Bay of Bengal. The victim was identiﬁed as B Nilesh, ﬁrst year Civil Engineering student of Andhra University. He is a resident of Maddilapalem area in the city. According to the information, students of Andhra University Engineering College, including four girl students went to RK Beach for playing kabaddi. After spending joyous movements, Nilesh and Sravan entered into the blue waters to enjoy the waves and they played for some time. Both failed to observe the rough tides. The place where they were playing with the tides, is considered dangerous during high currents. The civic authorities already cautioned the people that the place is not good for bathing and entering waters. When they shouted for help, some expert swimmers and ﬁshermen rescued Sravan and failed to rescue Nilesh. Continued on Page 4
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