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CEC OP Rawat to meet Telangana political parties today

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Hyderabad | A team headed by Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat would be meeting nine recognised political parties on Monday evening here.

The team comprising of 11 members will be in the city for three days to review the poll preparedness and leave for the national capital on October 24, an official release said.

“The OP Rawat team will be meeting nine recognised political parties in the evening between 4.30 and 6 pm at Hotel Taj Krishna. Each party will be given 19 minutes to voice its views. Later the team will have a meeting with the Telangana Chief Electoral officer Rajat Kumar and police nodal officers,” it said.

Election Commissioners Sunil Arora and Ashok Lavasa would also be coming here as part of the team, Rajat Kumar had earlier said. “They would review the preparedness for the polls. If there anything that their attention is drawn then they will look into that also,” Kumar had told PTI. The is the first visit of the EC after the election schedule for the state was announced.

The team would meet all the electoral officers and Superintendents of police of all the districts on Tuesday, the release said. On Wednesday, it will hold meetings with Senior officials of Income Tax Department, Railways, Airport and various Banks.

On October 24, the Rawat team is expected to meet with the Chief Secretary SK Joshi and DGP Mahendar Reddy. It would leave for the national capital on the same day after addressing a press conference in the afternoon, the release added.

The Election Commission (EC) had on October 6 announced the election schedule for five states, including Telangana, which will go to the polls on December 7. The assembly polls in Telangana were originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections next year, but the Assembly was dissolved on September 6 as per a recommendation by the state cabinet.

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Telangana: Election Commission caps candidates’ cash expenditure limit at Rs 10k per day

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Hyderabad | The Election Commission has reduced the cash expenditure limit of a contesting candidate to Rs 10,000 per day from the earlier Rs 20,000, Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar said here on Friday.

Speaking to reporters, he said the EC’s decision was communicated to him on Thursday and the directive will be strictly implemented. The EC has fixed an upper limit of Rs 28 lakh for expenditure of a candidate in the coming Assembly elections in Telangana.

“The cash transaction per day has been reduced to Rs 10,000. It was Rs 20,000 earlier. This will help curb illegal money flow during the elections. We are interacting with Intelligence wing of the Finance Ministry on a regular basis,” he said. On the distribution of money to lure voters during elections, he said civil societies should play a pivotal role in curbing the menace.

The CEO Thursday said the police and Income Tax departments in separate searches seized about Rs 70 crore unaccounted cash on different occasions since the Model Code of Conduct was implemented in the state. Also the Excise and Police sleuths seized liquor worth Rs 6.70 crore, he said.

Replying to a query, he said corporates and firms should declare paid holiday on the poll day to enable their their employees cast votes. “Employees are entitled to vote on that day. Not granting of paid holiday to employees entitled to vote on the date of poll by the employer is against the provision of Representation of People Act. It is a non-cognisable offence,” Rajat Kumar told PTI.

He said permission should be granted to employees to vote in cases in which the firm can not declare a holiday. He said he is writing letters to the CEOs of information technology firms and pharma companies requesting them to campaign for larger turnout of voters on the poll day

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TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao richer by Rs 5.5 Crore but owns no car

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Hyderabad | Telangana caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is richer by nearly Rs 5.5 crore, and acquired 16 acres of agricultural land during the past four years, according to the affidavit he filed along with his nomination for Gajwel Assembly constituency.

However, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti supremo, whose party symbol is a car, does not own one, according to the affidavit he filed Wednesday. The total value of his movable and immovable assets stood at Rs 22.61 crore in the latest affidavit against Rs 15.95 crore in 2014. His liabilities have grown by over Rs one crore to Rs 8.89 crore.It was Rs 7.87 crore in 2014, the affidavit says.

In the 2014 general elections, he showed that he owned 37.70 acres of agricultural land and the latest affidavit says that it is 54.24 acres. Rao says he is facing as many as 64 criminal cases related to the separate Telangana agitation. They are in various stages.

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Congress releases 2nd list of candidates for Telangana assembly election

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Hyderabad | The Congress party on Wednesday releases its 2nd list of candidates for the upcoming assembly elections in Telangana.

In a the 2nd list the Congress party has announced  10 candidates two days after its announced the 1st list containing 65 candidates with a total of 75 cadidates in the 119 seat Telangana assembly. The Congress party has formed an alliance with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) and Communist Party of India named as ‘Mahakutami’.

According to the list Congress spokesman Dasoju Sravan Kumar will contest from Hyderabad’s Khairatabad constituency. Gandra Venkat Ramna Reddy will contest from Bhupalapalle ticket, P. Vishnuvardhan Reddy will contest from Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad. Jajala Surendar from Yellareddy, Adluri Laxman Kumar from Dhamapuri, K.K. Mahendar Reddy from Sircilla, K. Laxma Reddy from Medchal, C. Pratap Reddy from Shadnagar and Kandala Upender Reddy from Palair constituency.

Former TRS leader Former MP Ramesh Rathod is been given a ticket from the Khanapur constituency who joined Congress after being denied by a ticket from the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS). The Congress party has given tickets to 7 candidates who previously lost in their respective constituency in 2014 election.

Former Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president Ponnala Lakshmaiah name is apparently missing from the list as he is seeking renomination from the Jangoan constituency. However, according to sources, the reason stated behind his absence from the list is the possibility of Telangana Jana Samithi chief, M. Kodandaram contesting from the same constituency.

Assembly election will be conducted on December 7 in the state of Telangana. While the results will be declared on December 11 along with Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram.

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