WEDNESDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2018 WARANGAL | PAGES 20 | `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 JDS-Cong pip BJP in K’taka JDS-CONG ALLIANCE WINS 4 OUT OF 5 SEATS 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 P7 Rajan bats for RBI’s autonomy New Delhi: Amid mounting tension between the Reserve Bank and the finance ministry, former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan Tuesday said the central bank is like a seat belt in a car, without which accidents can happen. Pitching for respecting the institutional autonomy of the RBI, he said the central bank has the liberty to say no if the government pushes it to be lenient. Ahead of the November 19 meeting of RBI Board, he said the objective of the board is to protect the institution and not serve others' interests. "The RBI is something like a seat belt. As a driver, the driver being the government, it has the possibility of not putting on a seat belt but of course if you do not put on your seat belt you get into an accident and the accident can be quite severe," he told CNBC TV18. 8 P8 Leaders from various parties from the Jagtial constituency join the TRS at Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad on Tuesday No leader can match KCR stature: KTR OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: IT Minister KT Rama Rao on Tuesday said that there was no leader in the State to match Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s stature and no leader is tall enough to reach even the height of TRS president’s knees. In an informal interaction with media persons here, Rama Rao said that there was no chance of Mahakutami gaining strength in the State. He said that the TRS will win not less than 100 seats in the coming elections and there would be no effect of Mahakutami as people were happy with chief minister’s rule. There will be a resounding revolution on December 11, he added. Rama Rao alleged that Telugu Desam chief N Chandrababu Naidu has become adopted son of Congress party. “Uttam Kumars have turned into Uttara Kumars hence the Congress has adopted Chandrababu Naidu for saving themselves,” said Rao. There would be no issues which would have impact on the elections in the coming 30 days and there would be no impact of even the Congress party leaders like Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi campaigns in the state, he said. The Mahakutami is an unethical alliance. There will not be transfer of votes as Kutami leaders contend. “We also had alliance with TDP in 2009... we thought this will beneﬁt us. One plus one will be two but at times it will be zero also,” said Rao. The TRS leader said that Telugu Desam was the only party which had alliance with all the political parties except Jagan’s YSR Congress. He said that Naidu should answer why he joined hands with Congress party which he targeted earlier. He said that it was not for saving the country (Desam) but for saving his own Telugu Desam, he added. Continued on Page 4 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- The painful fact is we have lost in Bellary. I feel this is a warning to us and we need to work hard Congress party workers celebrate after party candidate Anand Siddu Nyamagouda was on Tuesday declared winner defeating his BJP rival Srikant Kulkarni by a margin of 39,480 votes in the Jamkhandi assembly by-poll election 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 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 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 4 62 Naxals surrender in C’garh ahead of polls n Rajnath terms it ‘huge achievement’ Raipur/New Delhi: Sixty-two ‘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 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 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. Congress does caste balancing act TJS SEEMS TO BE OKAY WITH 11 SEATS OUR BUREAU New Delhi/ Hyderabad: The Congress is trying hard to strike a balance among the castes in the distribution of tickets for the ensuing Assembly election to take by its stride all castes - BCs, SCs, and STs. The Screening Committee of the AICC, which has taken up the exercise of selection of candidates for the next polls, is striving hard to accommodate all the sections in the list of party nominees. As far as its alliance partner TJS is concerned, the Congress has offered 11 seats to which the latter is reportedly consented to. The only grouse they have is that it has not been allotted any seats in erstwhile Nalgonda, Khammam, Mahbubangar and Rangareddy barring Malkajgiri. According to sources, of the 94 seats to be contested by the Congress, the BCs would get a lion’s share followed by the Reddy community leaders. SC and ST leaders would be given their due share as per reservations and the SCs may get one more ticket. Of the 94 seats, the party has already ﬁnalised which 57 seats it wants to contest. "The problem in the remaining seats is due to seat sharing with the allies and multiple number of candidates seeking tickets. As the prospects of the Congress are zooming up in Telangana against the family rule of the TRS, Congress leaders Revanth Reddy and Jana Reddy coming out after the screening committee meeting in Delhi on Tuesday the competition for tickets is naturally severe. Our effort is to ensure a united ﬁght against the TRS misrule. We have by far been successful in it," sources said. However, there are about 20 most contentious seats at least in which the party is not sure of its choice. Mancherial, Madhol, Jukkal, Nizamabad Rural, Mahbubnagar, Kollapur, Deverakonda, Miryalaguda, Suryapet, Munugod, Patancheru, Medchal, Ibrahimpatnam, Rajendranagar, Mulug, Illendu, Yellareddy and Choppadandi apart from a couple of seats under GHMC are some of those. The party is also facing mounting pressure from some seniors to give at least two seats in each of the the Ramanagaram and Jamkhandi Assembly seats. The Congress scored a major victory wresting the BJP's citadel in Bellary (re- Parliamentary Constituencies to BCs' in view of their numerical strength. Senior leaders like V Hanumanth Rao, have been strident in voicing the demand. Party leaders said that the BCs may get 30, Reddy leaders may get 20, SC and ST leaders would get 32, Brahmin leader one, Kamma community two, Velama community 3 and Muslims four seats. The leaders said that the party wants to appease all the sections to win the next polls. Particularly the BCs would be given more tickets than the TRS to get the support of that community. The TRS may give 24 tickets to the BCs. AICC secretary Madhu Yaski Goud said that party president Rahul Gandhi was keen to give more tickets to the BCs as they form the majority of the population of the state. He said that the support of the people of backward communities was a must to defeat the TRS in the next election. Party leaders said that the Congress wants to take winning chances as well as the social justice into consideration while selecting the candidates. Rahul Gandhi made this clear to the party leaders after his election as president of AICC. The Screening Committee, which has been given the list of the best aspirants of the party, has been making vigorous exercise to select the candidates keeping the directions of Rahul Gandhi in view. The committee met twice so far in Delhi and it has held series of meetings with the party leaders in the state. The committee is taking the advices of the state leaders in selecting the candidates. A few leaders of the Congress said that support of the BCs was a must for the Congress to overcome the challenge of TRS. The ruling party has secured the support of BCs in the previous elections and swept North Telangana in them. The Telugu Desam Party used to be the favourite of the BCs before 2014 in Telangana. After the bifurcation of the state, they have tilted towards the TRS. Now the Congress wants to get their support. VIZAG LAND SCAM SIT names top politicians, babus • 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 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) 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 registration 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. 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 shut- tlers - Saina Nehwal and Pullela Gopichand and Anjaneyulu (wheelchair badminton player) 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 Ku- mar said. All the sportspersons and celebrities are rendering their service pro bono. The official said TV anchor Sujana who is suffering from muscular dystrophy also expressed her willingness to join the EC campaign along with other celebrities. The awareness campaign was being taken up through posters, audio and video clippings with a message. The arrangements being made at the polling stations for disabled persons to cast their vote will also be given priority in the campaign. For the convenience of the persons with disabilities (PWD), ramps will be constructed, and wheel chairs will be arranged at every polling centre to cast the disabled voters their vote without any hurdles. Transportation facility will also provided free of cost for them, Rajat Kumar said that around 15,000 wheel chairs will be procured for the PWD voters. Booth level officers (BLO) were given the responsibility of making all arrangements PWDs at all polling booths. Officials of the Election Commission already taken up the mapping of the voters with disabilities in every assembly segment, the CEO said.
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