www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL TUESDAY 9 APRIL 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.43C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 11% Sunrise: 06:00 Sunset: 06:26 STATE WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H UOH, OU, AU IMPROVE RANKING IN OVERALL CATEGORY SETBACK FOR MALLYA AS UK COURT REJECTS HIS PLEA Naidu calls KCR bluff on SCS, Polavaram Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu during an exhibition titled 'Jewels of India- The Nizam's Jewellery Collection', in the National Museum in New Delhi on Monday HANS NEWS SERVICE Spiceworks opens IDC in Hyderabad Hyderabad: US-based IT company Spiceworks on Monday announced the opening of its India development centre in Hyderabad. The new office expands Spiceworks product, engineering and development footprint beyond North America and furthers the company’s focus on building products and experiences that deliver greater insights for technology buyers, intelligence for technology vendors, and direct connections between buyers and sellers in the $3-tn IT industry. 8 P8 Abrogating 370, 35A will lead to Azadi: Farooq Srinagar: National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Monday said abrogating Article 370 of the Constitution will pave way for 'freedom' for people of Jammu and Kashmir and asked the Bharatiya Janata Party try joining the hearts and not break them. Abdullah's remarks come on the day BJP released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls in which the party reiterated its commitment to scrap Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir. 8 P7 TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao addressing an election meeting in Vikarabad on Monday NAIDU’S GAME OVER: KCR n INDICATES THAT TRS WILL WORK WITH JAGAN ON SPECIAL CATEGORY STATUS HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: On the penultimate day of campaigning, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao spit ﬁre against his bete noire N Chandrababu Naidu saying that his game was over. Winding up his campaign for the Lok Sabha elections at Chevella on Monday evening, KCR said that TRS would work with Jaganmo- han Reddy. He said Naidu has been criticising him and was even cursing Hyderabad. “Let me tell you, he has been talking out of frustration as he knows its khel khatam for him. I have the latest survey report Jagan is going to win with huge majority. In Telangana TRS will win 16 Lok Sabha seats and MIM will get one seat and in AP YSRCP will win 20 Lok Sabha seats. We will support Andhra Pradesh in its demand for special category status,” he said. In another sensational statement, KCR said he never opposed Polavaram project. “Naidu has no intelligence, I have. I know the statistics better.” He said even this year 2,600 cusecs of water had gone waste into the Godavari river and we are only demanding our share. At no point of time did we oppose Polavaram. He further said people of Telangana or TRS has no issue with people of Andhra. People are good our ﬁght is only with few “kirkiri leaders” like Naidu. Chandrashekar Rao said that Telangana has the policy of live and let live. “We want to be good and also want others to be good. Andhra Pradesh should get special status and this was supported by our secretarygeneral K Keshava Rao in Rajya Sabha and our MPs in Lok Sabha many times. We don’t have the habit of whispering in ears like you. We don’t talk like a ‘sannasi’ like you. Our Telangana MPs will also support Special Status,” he added. He further said that TRS has been supporting Polavaram project. “We have allocation of 1,000 tmc ft of Godavari water. We never questioned Polavaram... we also support Polavaram as 206 tmc ft of water got wasted in sea. You don’t have the wisdom but we have it. Andhra people are good but there are some ‘kirkirigallu’ like you there,” said KCR. The TRS chief said that he was happy that both Congress and BJP were copying his schemes. Continued on Page 4 Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu demanded his counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao to write a letter to the Centre stating that TRS supports Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh and also approach Supreme Court seeking permission to withdraw all the cases it had ﬁled against Polvaram project by Tuesday evening. In a strong reply to the statement of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao that TRS was never opposed to Polavaram project and had supported SCS in both houses of Parliament, Naidu said his continuous public bashing of KCR had now made him to come with new tricks. Naidu tried to whip up the sentiment further saying that in 2004 KCR went with Congress, in 2009 he had an alliance with TDP and in 2014 after elections he purchased TDP MPs and abused people of Andhra in the most vulgar language. Continued on Page 4 Jagan to work with TRS for Spl Category Status HANS NEWS SERVICE ‘TIME HAS COME FOR TS TO PROVE ITS MIGHT AT CENTRE’ PAGE 3 Kakinada: With one day for the high decibel campaign to end, YSRCP president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Monday reiterated that his party would work with TRS to achieve Special Category status. Criticising the government for its failure to work for the beneﬁt of the people, Jagan said TDP was neck deep in corruption, nepo- tism, casteism coupled with rowdy and murder politics. He said a vote for YSRCP would be a vote for change. He said if voted to power YSRCP will develop Machilipatnam port in 4,800 acres and people who would be displaced due to land acquisition would be adequately compensated. The TDP government had notiﬁed over 33,000 acres for the port but the project never took off. The situation is that people who own the land cannot even take bank loans. Referring to Pasupu Kumkuma scheme, Jagan said the chief minister was cheating women. He had scrapped the zero-interest loan facility for self-help groups in 2016 and the amount being paid in the form of interest was many times more than what they were earning. Continued on Page 4 Big efforts to reach voters n High-pitch poll campaign comes to an end today HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: The highpitched poll campaign comes to an end on Tuesday in Telangana as the elections for 17 Parliamentary constituencies are scheduled to be held on Thursday. On the last day of the campaign, BJP national president Amit Shah will take up a whirlwind tour of a few some Lok Sabha constituencies while TRS working president KT Rama Rao will be busy holding a series of road shows in Malkajgiri and Secunderabad Lok Sabha constituencies. The Congress, TRS and BJP contestants will be organising mini public meetings in their segments to woo the voters. Amit Shah, accompanied by a few national leaders, will attend election rallies in the Chevella Lok Sabha segment from where BJP leader B Janardhan Reddy is contesting. Shah will also attend a public meeting in Shamshabad. As part of winding up the poll campaign, BJP will conduct a bike rally in Hyderabad Lok Sabha segment to be attended by Union Minister Hardeep Singh and other senior leaders. KTR has been invited to join roadshows and bike rallies in Secunderabad, Hyderabad and Chevella segments. The TRS working president was busy holding evening roadshows for the last 10 days in the three important Lok Sabha segments which are crucial for TRS to win 16 out of 17 Lok Sabha constituencies. Continued on Page 4 YSRCP chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy in a roadshow at Machilipatnam in Krishna district on Monday FIVE CHILDREN DROWN IN WELL HANS NEWS SERVICE Gadwal: In a tragic incident, five children, all below 12 years, were drowned in a well at Nagar Doddi village of Maldakal mandal in Jogulamba Gadwal district on Monday. According to villagers, the deceased were identified as Yamuna (12), Chinnari (10) and Bujji (8), all belonging to the same family, and the remaining two as Chinnari (9) and Kavita (12), from different families. It was suspected that these children could have tried to get into the well for swimming and drowned. SC orders increase of VVPAT veriﬁcation New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Election Commission to increase the VoterVeriﬁed Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips from one EVM per Assembly constituency to ﬁve. "If the number of (VVPAT) machines can be increased to a reasonable number, it would lead to greater satisfaction, so the endeavour of the court is to ﬁnd a viable number of VVPATs," a bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said. "This court would like to observe that neither the satisfaction of the Election Commission, which is a constitutional body, nor the system of EVMs, is being doubted," the bench said. The court also said that it was not questioning the accuracy of election results, but the issue was of satisfaction of the electorate. The court's direction came on a plea by leaders of 21 Opposition parties who wanted it to be hiked to 50 per cent of EVMs per Assembly constituency. The Opposition parties had argued that the Election Commission was conducting VVPAT matching for less than 0.44 per cent of EVMs in the country. The Election Commission said that based on inputs from the Indian Statistical Institute, a sample survey of 479 Assembly segments would generate 99.99 per cent accuracy. The poll body at present matches VVPAT slips of 4,125 EVMs under the "one EVM per Assembly segment" guideline. Following the court order, the Election Commission will have to count the VVPAT slips of ﬁve times as many machines in each constituency, or that of 20,625 EVMs. `8 cr seized from BJP office staff Hyderabad: The Central Zone Task Force sleuths on Monday seized Rs 8 crore in cash allegedly belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party and nabbed seven persons. It is learnt that Telangana BJP president K Laxman gave a cheque to the office assistants to withdraw money from Indian Bank at Narayanaguda in the city. According to Task Force sleuths, in view of the closure of banks for three days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, they kept a watch over main branches of all banks. At about 1 pm, on credible information, they intercepted a car at Himayathnagar Y junction and seized Rs 2 crore from T Pradeep Reddy (32), private employee (in Harsha Toyota) and G Shankar (33, event manager), who was at the wheel. Towards evening, IncomeTax officials and Election Returning officer reached the Narayanaguda police station and questioned the persons who are taken into custody. The seven persons were quizzed for half-an-hour on the transactions of Rs 8 crore and the account related to the amount. After checking the documentary proofs of the transactions and cross checking with the bank officials, they left the police station. On the police inquiry, Pradeep Reddy disclosed that the money was handed over to him by N Gopi at Indian Bank, Narayanaguda branch and also revealed that some more money was available with him at the bank. The police reached the bank along with Pradeep and seized another Rs 6 crore from Gopi (47, office assistant of the BJP office) and nabbed four more persons G Sukumar Reddy (43), S Chalapathi Raju (53, office assistant of the BJP office), J Indu Sekhar Rao (70) and R Brahmam (31, another driver). The Task Force sleuths handed over the seized cash and persons to Narayanaguda police for further action.
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