www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER 2018 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Decreasing cloudiness Temp: Max.28C. Min.18°C. Humidity: 46% Sunrise: 06:26 Sunset: 05:34 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H PATAN AFZAL BABU Hyderabad: With just one week left for Assembly elections in Telangana, betting market has become active in many assembly constituencies where prominent leaders are testing the poll waters on December 7. Bookies are putting huge amounts of money on the table for the majority margin to be secured by TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao and the party leaders KT Rama Rao and T Harish Rao. The results will be declared on December 11. The hype created on the winning prospects of Congress candi- Punters ﬁsh in poll waters BETTING THRIVES OVER PARTIES’ PROSPECTS date V Pratap Reddy, who is pitted against KCR from Gajwel assembly constituency for the second consecutive time, is attracting punters to bet crores of rupees on the poll outcome. Some predicted KCR will secure nearly one lakh majority as against 20,000 he got in 2014 elections with the development mantra. The rival group sees Reddy giving tough ﬁght to the TRS chief and the majority is likely to be modest this time. The betting gangs are also speculating Harish Rao and KTR will win with massive majority. Harish won the last elec- tions with a margin of more than 90,000 votes and KTR trounced his rival by nearly 20,000 votes. Sources said that Telangana Congress leaders A Revanth Reddy (Kodangal), Komatireddy brothers – Venkat Reddy (Nalgonda) and Rajagopal Reddy (Munugodu) and DK Aruna (Gadwal) and from TRS - D Nagendar (Khairatabad), T Srinivas Yadav (Sanathnagar) and BJP leader G Kishan Reddy contesting from Amberpet assembly segments are among the important leaders chosen by the bookies on their winning prospects. Continued on Page 4 KCR calls Rahul joker, Modi a liar OUR BUREAU Azhar begins new innings as TPCC working president Hyderabad/New Delhi: Cricketerturned-politician and former Congress MP Mohammad Azharuddin was on Friday appointed working president of the party in Telangana days ahead of the Assembly elections in the state. Congress president Rahul Gandhi also cleared some fresh appointments in the Telangana Pradesh Congress, approving the names of two vice presidents - Vinod Kumar and Jaffer Javed, eight new general secretaries and four secretaries in the state unit. Continued on Page 4 Hyderabad: Ridiculing ‘Khao Commission Rao’ comments, TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao on Friday said that AICC president Rahul Gandhi was speaking like a joker and alleged that the Congress chief throughout his life had received commissions. KCR also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and cautioned the voters against the two leaders stating that there were only two sides one Congress-TDP combine and other is TRS. “I don't know whether Rahul Gandhi has brains or not? He talks like a joker. He says TRS changed the designs of projects for pocketing commissions. These are all ‘faltu’ words. Come, let us go and check the projects named after Indira and Rajiv Sagar. Do you think we were given commissions to participate in Telangana agitation for 15 long years,” asked Rao adding Congress is known for taking commissions. TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao at an election meeting in Mulugu Assembly constituency on Friday He alleged that the Congress leaders were slaves to Delhi. Chandrashekar Rao targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi at all his public meetings on Friday. “Can a leader of the stature of Prime Minister talk lies? Narendra Modi says there is power problem in the State. I challenged him to have debate in Nizamabad but he did not respond. Mr Modi your party is in power in 19 states. In any of the states, is there any scheme like Rythu Bandhu and Rythu Beema? People will not believe you if you speak lies. We are supplying power to Rajasthan today and it is not a lie," said Rao. The TRS president pointed out that he could also allege that Modi was involved in a corruption of Rs 30,000 crore but it does not proper on his part to expose it now. Chandrashekar Rao asked the voters to give return gift to him in the form of electing TRS candidates for making several towns as districts. “If KCR was not the chief minister, your town would never have become a district,” said Rao. He promised to make Mulug as a special tribal district. The chief minister also cautioned the people against Praja Front leaders asking them not to trust these 'Topi walahs'. “They are coming to you wearing topis, do not trust them otherwise they will take you for a ride,” said Rao. The TRS chief said that he would salute Muslim brethren. “You supported Telangana agitation and with your prayers we achieved separate State. Central government gave Rs 4,000 crore for minorities in the country but Telangana government allocated and spent Rs 2,000 crore. We take all sections with us," claimed Rao. Continued on Page 4 LAGADAPATI PREDICTS VICTORY FOR 10 REBELS OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Former MP Lagadapati Rajagopal has predicted that about eight to ten rebels who are in the fray as Independents are likely to win the Assembly polls in Telangana and play a crucial role in the formation of the next government by whichever party it might be - either the TRS or the Congress-led Praja Front after December 7 polls. Rajagopal, whose surveys are known to come close to the election results, created ripples on Friday with that he would reveal the contents of his survey on December 7. "There is interest among the people in both Telugu states on the outcome of Telangana elections," he said, adding that there may not be hung Assembly. He said he would release the names of the Independents (rebels) two every day before the arrival of the polling date. As for the prediction for Friday, he said Independents Sivakumar Reddy and Jadhav Anil Kumar, who are in the fray for Narayanapet and Boath (ST) Assembly seats will win, Rajagopal said and made it clear that he was not a member of any political party as of now.
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