WEDNESDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2018 KURNOOL | PAGES 16 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Holiday Notice The Offices of The Hans India will remain closed on Wednesday November 7, 2018 on account of Diwali. There will be no issue of the edition on Thursday November 8. Happy Diwali WINDOWS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H VIZAG LAND SCAM SIT names top politicians, babus Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath performs 'harati' of the artistes dressed as Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman after their arrival for the Deepotsav, grand Diwali celebrations, at Ram Katha Park in Ayodhya on Tuesday Women targeted by Sabarimala protesters Thrissur: A video journalist was injured after protesting devotees targeted media persons at Sabarimala on Tuesday morning. Hundreds of protesters gathered at Sannidhanam or the inner courtyard after a woman devotee, suspected to be in the menstrual age, tried to enter the temple. The police have confirmed that the devotee is 52-year-old Lalitha, from Thrissur, who had come to the temple with her son. The two were escorted to the temple by the police. "I am not afraid, I want darshan of Lord Ayyappa," Lalitha told reporters. A woman who reached near the 18 holy steps of the hilltop shrine was heckled by agitators over her age. 8 P11 • Cabinet decides to form 3-member panel to initiate action • HR Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao given clean chit OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Approving the inquiry report submitted by Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Visakhapatnam land scam, the cabinet on Tuesday decided to constitute a three-member committee to suggest ways to take action against the high-proﬁle politicians, government officials and other inﬂuential persons who are involved in it. According to sources, the SIT identified Dharmana Prasada Rao, former Minister for Revenue and a retired IAS officer along with other political leaders and officials as having involved in tampering land records in the district. The SIT gave a clean chit to HR Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, who was in the centre of controversy when it first erupted. The SIT was constituted more than a year ago when Minister Ayyanna Patrudu levelled allegations against Srinivasa Rao but the SIT did not find any evidence in support of his involvement. The report listed three collectors, 10 DROs, 14 RDOs and 100 staff members of the Revenue Department as accused in the case. It was pointed out that there were IAS and Grade I officers involved in it. It suggested suspension of some of the officials and cancellation of regis- DIG of Police and SIT head Vineet Brijlal, Joint Collector G Srijana and Deputy Executive Oﬃcer of TTD handing over the SIT report to Commissioner of Police T Yoganand in Visakhapatnam (File photo) tration done in respect of land whose records had been tampered. The cabinet, headed by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, met at Secretariat on Tuesday and decided to constitute the three-member committee to study the nature of the cases involved in the scam, action that has to be taken against the politicians, IAS official, other state government officials and other individuals involved in it. The three-member Committee will have Secretaries of Revenue, General Administration Department and Law departments as members. The Chief Minister directed the committee to submit a report to government within next thirty days. The Committee was also mandated to suggest how government land could be recovered from the illegal possession of the accused persons. The Cabinet also discussed the type of action to be taken against the officials involved in tampering of land records and corruption in this case. Continued on Page 15 JDS-Cong pip BJP in K’taka JDS-CONG ALLIANCE WINS 4 OUT OF 5 SEATS Bengaluru: In a stunning blow to the BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the JD(S)-Congress coalition on Tuesday worsted the saffron party 4-1 in the Karnataka byelections, winning two Lok Sabha and two Assembly constituencies, while conceding only the Shimoga parliamentary seat. In what was considered the semi-ﬁnal ahead of the next year's general election, it was a resounding victory for the ruling coalition in just six months after the May 12 Assembly elections, which had returned a hung verdict, forcing the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) to come together to form a coalition government on May 23. Hailing the victory, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy called for opposition parties to unite under the leadership of Congress president Rahul Gandhi to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party in the next year's Lok Sabha elections, as peo- Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at the TDP coordination committee meeting in Amaravati on Tuesday this huge achievement," he tweeted soon after the surrender. Polling for the 90-seat Chhattisgarh Assembly is scheduled to be held in two phases - on November 12 for 18 seats and on November 20 for 72 constituencies. Most of the constituencies in the ﬁrst phase fall in the state's Bastar region. Celebrities to raise awareness among voters EC enlists support of VVS Laxman, Pullela Gopichand, Saina Nehwal, Vijay Devarakonda, Abhinaya Sri and Goreti Venkanna OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: A galaxy of sportspersons and ﬁlm personalities will hit the campaign trail equivalent to political leaders’ in the poll-bound Telangana state. While political leaders work for their own parties, the celebrities are set to play the role of ambassadors for the Election Commission of India (ECI) to educate the voters the importance of exercising their franchise in the Assembly elections. Former cricket player VVS Laxman, ace shuttlers - Saina Nehwal and Pullela Gopichand and Anjaneyulu (wheelchair badminton play- served) Lok Sabha seat, where its candidate VS Ugrappa defeated BJP's J Shantha by a margin of 2,43,161 votes. Continued on Page 15 OUR BUREAU n Rajnath terms it ‘huge achievement’ Narayanpur district, Inspector General of Police (Bastar) Vivekanand Sinha said. The Home minister said the success of the government's surrender policy was pushing Naxal cadres to shun the path of violence. "...I congratulate the state Chief Minister @drramansingh, the DGP and the police force for ple were looking for an alternative. While the JD-S and the Congress won the Mandya and Bellary (ST) Lok Sabha seats, they also bagged the Ramanagaram and Jamkhandi Assembly seats. The Congress scored a major victory wresting the BJP's citadel in Bellary (re- K’taka bypoll a curtain-raiser: Naidu 62 Naxals surrender in C’garh ahead of polls Raipur/New Delhi: Sixtytwo ‘hardcore Naxals’ surrendered before security forces in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, police in the poll-bound state said, a development Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh described as a ‘huge achievement’. Of the 62 Naxals, 55 surrendered with their arms and ammunition in Congress party workers celebrate after party candidate Anand Siddu Nyamagouda defeating his BJP rival Srikant Kulkarni by a margin of 39,480 votes in the Jamkhandi assembly by-poll election on Tuesday The painful fact is we have lost in Bellary. I feel this is a warning to us and we need to work hard This election is the ﬁrst step. There are 28 LS seats. We'll work with Congress to win all of them. That is our goal er) and Mahendra (visually-impaired international cricketer) were selected from the sports community to take up campaign on behalf of the commission on the do’s and don’ts in the poll season and also the use of EVMs and VVPATs ( Voter Veriﬁable Paper Audit Trail) at the time of casting their vote. Telugu ﬁlm hero Vijay Devarakonda, actress (hearing impaired) Abhinaya Sri and popular folk singer Goreti Venkanna also jumped into action to create awareness on the electoral system among the people, Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar said. Continued on Page 15 Amaravati: Upping the ante against the BJP, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday said that byelection results in Karnataka were the writing on the wall of what was going to happen to BJP in the next general elections. The BJP lost all but one of four Lok Sabha seats and the lone assembly seat for which by-elections were held which showed that the BJP's fortunes were on a downward spiral. Interacting with the ministers after the state Cabinet meeting at Secretariat, Chandrababu Naidu said that the Karnataka voters had taught a ﬁtting lesson to the fascist BJP by trouncing its candidates at the bypolls. He said that the defeat of BJP was an expression of public anger against autocratic ruling of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Congress- JD (S) coalition has won a majority of the bypolls which indicated that the people were supporting the alliance. Lambasting Modi for the failures on all fronts, Chandrababu Naidu said that the NDA dispensation remained a mute spectator when the prices of essential commodities were going up. The Centre was responsible for making the CBI, RBI, IT and ED discredited. Their credibility was at its lowest ebb, he said. He shared his view that the BJP was resorting to bullying tactics with an intention to destabilise the TDP government using its investigation agencies. He said that the RBI governor had contemplated resignation because of the interference of the Centre in its functioning. He said that the people were fed up with the attitude of Narendra Modi and were longing for a change.
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