www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL FRIDAY 5 APRIL 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.40C. Min.24°C. Humidity: 38% Sunrise: 06:03 Sunset: 06:25 New Delhi: The Reserve Bank of India’s decision to reduce the benchmark interest rate on Thursday for the second bimonthly monetary policy review in succession has now put the ball in the court of banks to see that RBI's action translates into cheaper loans for consumers. Muted growth and subdued inflation prompted the RBI on Thursday to lower its key lending rate for commercial banks by 25 basis points (bps) to 6 per cent. If the banks now decide to cut interest rates in line with the RBI's policy, housing, auto and education loans would become cheaper while the EMI burden on retail consumers would fall. A state-run bank official said there is likely to be a transmission of least 15 per cent of the RBI's cut in its repo, or short-term lending rate for commercial banks, and borrowers could look forward some reduction in their EMIs. Banks follow the RBI's monetary policy on raising or reducing lending rates and accordingly revise their retail loan rates. Continued on Page 4 BUSINESS EMIs set to fall after RBI’s rate cut STATE H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H ‘NYAY’ SCHEME A SURGICAL STRIKE ON POVERTY: CONG RBI GOES FOR SECOND RATE CUT IN A ROW KCR to do away with British-era revenue system ADEPU MAHENDER Mahabubabad: The state government has plans to do away with terms such as revenue, collector etc, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said, addressing an election rally for TRS Lok Sabha candidate Maloth Kavitha here on Thursday. “A plan is on the anvil to revamp the existing revenue department. In fact, the words ‘revenue and collector’ belong to British era and they are irrelevant considering the changes in the establishment where the government itself was dispensing ﬁnancial assistance to poor and farmers,” KCR said. Referring to plethora of land litigations in the state, KCR said that the state government has plans to introduce Conclusive Land Titling System (CLTS) providing guaranteed title, and compensation in case of any ownership dispute. With the kind of technology such as GPS that is available, the land disputes will be solved once for all, he asserted. Promising to establish a medical college in Mahabubabad at the behest of Maloth Kavitha, KCR said that he would return to Mahabubabad sometime later to look Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao at a public meeting in Mahabubabad on Thursday into problems such as irrigation and Podu land. The idea behind the creation of smaller districts is to take the administration to the doorsteps of people, especially in Mulugu and Mahabubabad where the population is predominantly tribes, he said. Talking on Lok Sabha elections, KCR said that country had seen enough of Congress and BJP who POLITICAL AD SPENDS ON GOOGLE PLATFORMS TDP No 1; BJP No 2; YSRCP No 3 New Delhi: A week before the ﬁrst phase of elections, ruling BJP has taken a big lead in advertising on Google and its affiliated platforms such as YouTube with an ad spend of Rs 1.21 crore, while its main rival Congress has spent only Rs 54,100, the search engine said. Google, in a report on political advertisement across its platforms - Google, YouTube and partner properties, said Rs 3.76 crore was spent by advertisers since February 19. "Our goal is to provide greater transparency in political advertising on Google, YouTube, and partner properties. This report includes information about Lok Sabha election ads that feature or are run by a political party, a political candidate, or a current member of the Lok Sabha," it said. Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP was the biggest ad spender with a total expenditure of Rs 1.48 crore. His ad spend was by two ﬁrms - Pramanya Strategy Consulting (Rs 85.25 lakh) and Digitant Consulting (Rs 63.43 lakh). BJP spent Rs 1.21 crore on advertisements during this period. TDP's rival YSR Congress of Jaganmohan Reddy was a close third with an ad spend of Rs 1.04 crore. Congress spent Rs 54,100 on Google platforms. The remaining spend was by Ethinos Digital Marketing (RS 1.56 lakh), Pammi Sai Charan Reddy (Rs 26,400), Harshnath Human Services (Rs 6,300), Jaskaran Dhillon (Rs 5,400), Vidooly Media Tech (Rs 1,300) and Akula Satyanarayana (Rs 400). With Andhra Pradesh going to polls in the ﬁrst phase on April 11, the state saw the biggest ad spend of Rs 1.73 crore, followed by Bihar (Rs 10.5 lakh), Maharashtra (Rs 17.19 lakh), Uttar Pradesh (18.47 lakh). Advertisement spend by Andhra parties is likely to dry out after April 11. The state will go to polls in a single phase on that day. Polling for all the 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state as well as 175 assembly seats will be held on April 11. between them ruled no fewer than 66 years. “Now time has come for the people to think about the Federal Front. If TRS can win 16 Lok Sabha seats, it will have a say in the Central government, which we need dearly for the overall development of Telangana,” he said. The wordy duel between Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi is only to cover up their parties’ failure, KCR said, stating that both the leaders have no concern towards people’s hardships. He said that Telangana had witnessed a huge development since its formation. The kind of growth Telangana had seen also shut the mouths of its detractors. Moreover, Telangana has become role model to many other States in the country, he said, referring to Rythu Bandhu, Rythu Bima, pension etc. “Even though the Congress had promised to waive off crop loans to the tune of Rs 2 lakh more than that of TRS’ Rs 1 lakh, farmers didn’t believe it. The TRS will keep its promise by waiving off crop loans in three or four instalments,” he said. Referring to sitting Mahabubabad MP Azmeera Seetharam Naik, the TRS supremo said that due to some compulsions he had to change the candidate. Seetharam Naik didn’t do anything wrong and party has utmost respect for him, he added. Minister for Panchayat Raj Errabelli Dayakar Rao, Parliamentary party leader K Keshava Rao, MLA B Shankar Naik, MLCs K Srihari and Satyavathi Rathod were among others present. Ex-Cong MP joins BJP New Delhi: Former Rajya Sabha member from Telangana Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu on Thursday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here in the presence of Union Minister JP Nadda. Bhaskar, who had served in the Congress for 25 years, had resigned from the primary membership of the Congress in March. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2012. Rapolu was upset with the Congress as he was denied ticket from Palakurthy constituency in Warangal district during the Assembly polls in 2018. Union Minister JP Nadda greets former Congress leader Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu after he joined BJP, in New Delhi on Thursday Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan and BSP chief Mayawati at a public meeting at LB Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday Don’t meddle in AP politics, Pawan appeals to KCR MAHESH AVADHUTHA Hyderabad: Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan said he was unhappy that a Dalit could not become ﬁrst Chief Minister of the new state and he also asked K Chandrashekar Rao to keep his hands off AP politics in the interests of the people. BSP chief and former UP CM Mayawati also criticised K Chandrashekar Rao on Dalit CM issue and lamented that development of SCs, STs and BCs that comprise more than 70 per cent of state population was ignored. BSP and Jana Sena, which came together to form an alliance, are contesting 12 MP seats together in Telangana Lok Sabha elections. Mayawati and Pawan Kalyan attended a public meeting that was held at LB Stadium on Thursday evening. The meeting started almost three hours behind scheduled time of 5 pm as both leaders ﬂew late after addressing a public meeting in Tirupati. Commenting on the "return gift" statement, Pawan Kalyan wanted KCR to take revenge on Chandrababu Naidu and his son Lokesh if needed, but he should stay neutral and not interfere in AP politics. "He can take action on Chandrababu Naidu in vote-for-note Pawan and Mayawati rue over Telangana not getting a Dalit CM case. Or he can seize his house in Hyderabad. On the pretext of taking revenge on Naidu he should not support Y S Jaganmohan Reddy," he said. How can KCR think of supporting a leader who is known to grab shirt collar of government and police officials. He (referring to YS Jagan) will bring a "rowdy rajyam" if voted to power, the Jana Sena chief said. Pawan Kalyan said his ambition of cleansing politics for good will become ineffective with such actions and hence urged KCR to do a rethink on his decision. Earlier, the Jana Sena president said that he had a wish that a Dalit should become the CM of Telangana state, that was formed after a long struggle. K Chandrashekar Rao might have had his reasons but many were disappointed, he said. Pawan Kalyan also stated that he would have given party tickets to OU students and other protagonists who played a key role in Telangana movement. Continued on Page 4 Rahul sends message of unity from Wayanad Kalpetta (Kerala): Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is fighting the Lok Sabha elections from his traditional bastion Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday filed nomination from Wayanad -- a Congress stronghold in South India. Hundreds of workers of the Congress-led UDF assembled outside the district collectorate in Wayanad, a scenic hill area in the Western Ghats of Kerala, as Gandhi ﬁled the nomination. Braving the scorching heat, thousands of party workers, in- cluding men, women and youth gathered in Kalpetta town and its suburbs to see the Congress' prime ministerial candidate, who landed here to ﬁle his nomination from the constituency which has the presence of various ethnic tribal groups. After completing the nomination procedures at the collectorate here, Rahul Gandhi along with Priyanka Gandhi and senior leaders of the Congress-led UDF in Kerala undertook a roadshow to greet the voters of this constituency. Continued on Page 4 Congress president Rahul Gandhi ﬁles his nomination from Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, ahead of the general elections, in Wayanad NATION FIRST, PARTY NEXT, SELF LAST, BLOGS ADVANI New Delhi: Veteran BJP leader L K Advani said that his party has never regarded those who disagreed with it politically as "antinational" or "enemies" but only as adversaries, remarks which come at a time when top BJP leaders have used anti-national barbs against political rivals on the issue of national security. Advani, who has been replaced by party president Amit Shah in Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat, wrote a blog 'Nation First, Party Next, Self Last' ahead of the party's foundation day on April 6, in ‘BJP NEVER SAW THOSE WHO DISAGREE WITH IT AS FOES’ which he said, "The essence of Indian democracy is respect for diversity and freedom of expression." In the blog, written on Thursday almost five years after he posted the last piece on its web page, the 91-year-old leader said, "Right from its inception, the BJP has never regarded those who disagree with us politically as our 'enemies', but only as our adversaries." "Similarly, in our conception of Indian nationalism, we have never regarded those who disagree with us politically as 'anti-national'. The party has been committed to freedom of choice of every citizen at personal as well as political dvani Ji Aperfectlytrue sums up the essence of BJP, most notably the guiding Mantra of ‘Nation First, Party Next, Self Last.' Proud to be a BJP Karyakarta and proud that greats like LK Advani Ji have strengthened it Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets level," he added. His comments assume significance as top BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah, have been attacking opposition parties with anti-national barbs in the aftermath of Balakot air strikes. Advani is one of the BJP founders and its longestserving president. He has been elected from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat six times since 1991. While he did not offer any direct comment on his party's decision to not field him in the polls, Advani conveyed his "most sincere gratitude" to the people of Gandhinagar. Defence of democracy and democratic traditions, both within the party and in the larger national setting, has been the "proud hallmark" of the BJP, he said adding, therefore, the BJP has always been in the forefront of demanding protection of independence, integrity, fairness and robustness of all our democratic institu- tions, including the media. Electoral reforms, with special focus on transparency in political and electoral funding, which is so essential for a corruption-free polity, has been another priority for our party, Advani said. As one of the party's founders, he said he deemed it his duty to share his reflections with the people of India, and more specifically with the millions of BJP workers, "both of whom have indebted me with their affection and respect". Continued on Page 4
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