www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL TUESDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Showers late. Increasing cloudiness Temp: Max.30C. Min.18°C. Humidity: 41% Sunrise: 06:41 Sunset: 06:10 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS Hard to decipher KCR’s moves on cabinet expansion HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: What is in Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s mind is the big question haunting all political parties in Telangana. While TRS leaders puzzled on the protracted delay in the formation of cabinet, the opposition parties contended that non-formation of the state cabinet in full strength is the TRS supremo’s deliberate attempt to keep the state politics on tenterhooks till the Lok Sabha election which are to be held in two months. Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, of Canada, perform during the ice dance free dance competition at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships on Sunday Interim CBI chief Rao apologies to SC for shifting officer New Delhi: M Nageswara Rao on Monday admitted that as an interim chief of the CBI he committed "mistake" in transferring former joint director A K Sharma and apologised to the Supreme Court saying he had no intention to circumvent its orders. Rao, who filed an affidavit in response to a contempt notice issued to him on February 7, said he was praying for an unconditional and unqualified apology by the apex court. ‘India could become 2nd-largest economy’ New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said India would continue to be the fastest-growing large economy and could become second-largest economy in the world by 2030. Albeit several speculations are doing rounds that KCR may induct his cabinet anytime before the commencement of the budget session of the Assembly this month end, the TRS leaders said that the senior leaders, including KCR’s close aides – K Keshava Rao, V Prashant Reddy and S Subhash Reddy who are in regular touch with the CM – have no clue whether KCR did any exercise for expansion of the cabinet since he assumed CM’s office two months ago on December 13. Currently, Home Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali was the lone minister in the KCR’s cabinet. KCR government has been permitted to constitute 17-member cabinet. “TRS working president KT Rama Rao is also oblivious of the KCR’s strategy behind the delay in the formation of the state cabinet. Within a week after TRS coming to power for the second consecutive term, KTR has been elevated second in command in the party. Initially, leaders expected KTR will take care of the party and also look after key depart- ments in the government. KCR’s scion was also kept in the dark on the cabinet expansion,” a senior leader said adding that no leader knows how long the suspense on cabinet formation will continue. Some leaders are hopeful that the cabinet formation will be completed before the beginning of the budget session. While a few said that KCR is already busy ﬁnalising the names and consuming more time as the TRS chief wanted to allot the minister portfolios in proportionate to population of each community. In the previous cabinet, Reddys were given top priority by allotting six cabinet berths followed by BCs and Velamas. This time, KCR wanted to allot BCs substantial number of berths in his cabinet. The main opposition, Congress leaders, opine that KCR was postponing the cabinet formation intentionally. Earlier, the Chief Minister Office (CMO) itself leaked information that the cabinet expansion will be done after Sankranti. Continued on Page 4 MANY LEADERS ONE VOICE AT DEEKSHA Naidu drums up support from anti-Modi forces W CHANDRAKANTH New Delhi: AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu succeeded in making the entire gamut of the anti-Modi opposition come together in voicing its support to the demand of Special Category Status of AP and for mounting pressure on the Centre to implement the 18 major promises made in the AP Bifurcation Act "at least now" and announce special category status in the ongoing session. The political who-is-who of the country was present at the ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ venue to express their solidarity with Naidu and denounced Prime Minister Narendra Modi who failed in keeping the promises made to AP by him and other BJP leaders. Sport- AP CM Chandrababu Naidu during ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’, a day-long fast to demand special status in New Delhi, Monday ing black dress in protest against the central government’s failure to accord special category status before launching the Deeksha, Naidu visited Rajghat and offered prayers at Mahatma Gandhi memorial. Later he garlanded the statue of Dr BR Ambedkar. Thousands of people, includ- ing ministers, MLAs, MPs and leaders of various people’s organisations sporting black dresses extended their solidarity to the Chief Minister by participating in the Deeksha. The AP Bhavan premises and its surroundings were seen buzzing with hectic activity as people, including women and children in black robes thronged the area sporting placards demanding special category status to AP. Addressing the gathering, Chandrababu Naidu said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been resorting to suppressive tactics as the state government demanding for special category status. He expressed hope that the justified protest for special category status will yield good results. The Chief Minister said that he is ready to furnish details as required by the central government. He said that leaders at the central level should protect the federal structure and safe guard the interests of state governments. If the rulers failed to respect the sentiments of people, they will teach a lesson to the BJP. He said Telugu people are known for their self-respect. Continued on Page 4 Naidu ends fast with lime water oﬀered by Deve Gowda Former Minister T Srinivas Yadav reviewing arrangements for the birthday celebrations of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on February 17, at Jalavihar at Necklace Road in Hyderabad on Monday Ministerial aspirants out to impress KCR on his birthday HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s 66th birthday on February 17 will be a show of strength of the TRS senior leaders who aspire to become ministers, corporation chairmen and other nominated posts. All the leaders are busy making arrangements on a largescale to get KCR’s attention in the state capital and also in districts. Former minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav already announced organising KCR’s birthday on a grand scale in Hyderabad, while other senior leaders, including former ministers are planning in districts. Srinivas Yadav said that the chief minister’s birthday will be celebrated by organising several programmes which includes poor feeding and blood donation. TRS working president K T Rama Rao, Nizamabad MP K Kavitha, T Harish Rao, MPs and MLAs of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation are invited to witness the KCR’s birthday bash. Continued on Page 4 GANDHIS LAUNCH MISSION UP Priyanka roars into UP with roadshow Congress President Rahul Gandhi and All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary of Uttar Pradesh East, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, during a roadshow, in Lucknow, Monday Lucknow: Making her political debut as Congress general secretary, Priyanka Gandhi on Monday roared into Uttar Pradesh with thousands cheering as her cavalcade slowly made its way through the city during a roadshow, being seen as launch of the party's campaign in the state ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Accompanied by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and in charge of the western region Jyotiraditya Scindia, the beaming 47-year-old sported a kurta and a stole and waved at the teeming party workers jostling for a glimpse. When the three leaders embarked on a roughly 25-km-long roadshow, from the airport to the party headquarters, to woo voters in the Lok Sabha polls, rose petals and marigold garlands were showered at their cavalcade. As her 'rath' inched through The Indira Gandhi 2.0 factor Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has a striking resemblance to former PM Indira Gandhi and the Congress has made sure to exploit the gene factor. The bus Priyanka Gandhi was in had posters of her against the backdrop of Indira Gandhi. Priyanka Gandhi's sarees, her sharp nose, the hairstyle, all remind of Indira Gandhi. But apart from her looks, Priyanka's mannerisms are also much like Indira Gandhi. "The harder we fall, the stronger we rise, this is what I learnt from Indira Gandhi," Priyanka Gandhi had once said. While Indira Gandhi was the first female prime minister of India, Priyanka Gandhi too has been vocal about women empowerment. major thoroughfares, enthusiastic people and party members took vantage positions to click a prized photo. Enthusiastic Congress workers took to the streets to celebrate the arrival of the two new AICC incharges, with party tricolours and hoardings all over giving the city a festive look. Since morning, Congress workers were seen busy giving ﬁnal touches to the arrangements for the roadshow, distributing food packets, tea and water to passersby. Patriotic songs were played on loudspeakers perking up the mood. Some posters showed Priyanka in 'Durga Mata' avatar riding on a lion. "Maa Durga ka roop behen Priyankaji" (Sister Priyankaji is Maa Durga's incarnation) said one poster, while some others highlighted her resemblance to Indira Gandhi, her grandmother. Continued on Page 4 Indian workers rally for merit-based immigration plan Washington: About 200 Indians rallied in front of the White House on Sunday in support of a Trump administration plan for a "merit-based" immigration system that they argue would beneﬁt thousands of high-skilled visa holders who've waited years to become legal permanent residents. The demonstrators, many of them software engineers and other technical workers from South Asia who hold H1B visas, said a backlog in green card applications has kept them in limbo while their children face the risk of becoming too old to beneﬁt from the immigration process as dependents. At the rally, organized by the Illinois-based Republican Hindu Coalition, they urged President Trump to cut through the backlog and place a higher priority on the problems faced by immigrants in the United States legally. "When DEMANDS OF H1B VISA HOLDERS Indian H1B visa holders hold a rally outside the White House with several demands for immigration reforms in Washington on Sunday l Immediate clearance of Green Card backlog l Removal of country caps for Green Card allotments l Grant of Green Cards to H4 children I came here, my daughter was 6 years old," said Nandu Konduri, 45, a software engineer in North Carolina, who has been waiting for his green card application to be processed since 2007. "Many kids have already aged out. We feel stuck." Indians are among the country's fastest-growing immigrant populations, with about 3.5 million people nationwide and nearly 137,000 Indian immigrants in the Washington region, according to U.S. Census estimates. With Trump also believed to be considering reforms that would prevent H1-B holders from extending their three-year visas, some anxiety has rip- pled through that community as well as others with large numbers of highskilled workers in the country. Some groups have found hope in a Trump proposal, announced last month, that calls for assigning points to green card applicants based on such factors as age, education and English skills. Under that plan, family-based immigration — in which US citizens and legal permanent residents can sponsor their family members — would be limited to spouses and minor children. Trump's plan also offers a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children in exchange for those reforms and $25 billion in funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border — a deal Democrats in Congress have said would be dead on arrival. The demonstrators referred to their children as the "DALCA" group, an acronym for a lamb curry dish that, in this instance, also reminded bystanders that the "L" stands for "legal" immigrants. "No DACA without DALCA" the demonstrators chanted. Continued on Page 4
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