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Narendra Modi has the “disease” that causes “communal madness”: K Chandrasekhar Rao

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Hyderabad | Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP are afflicted with a “disease” that has caused “communal madness” and prompted them to block enhanced job quotas for Muslims in Telangana, TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao said Friday, as poll-time rhetoric got shriller and nastier.

Rao, the caretaker chief minister, slammed the Centre for keeping on hold a decision on raising reservations for Muslims and Scheduled Tribes from 4 to 12 per cent and 6 to 10 per cent in state government jobs and educational institutions despite the state assembly passing a resolution.

“Narendra Modi and the BJP have a disease…In everything they see, they see Hindu-Muslim (divide). They don’t see anything else and so they did not do it (raise the quotas)…they have kept it pending,” he told an election rally at Narsampet.

Addressing another election meeting in Mahabubabad, the TRS president repeated his charge and accused the Centre of “religious madness”.

“Narendra Modi government has a disease. That is minorities (versus) Hindus….they are in that state of ‘mataparamaina pichi’ (communal madness)). It is because of this they blocked reservations for STs and Muslims,” he said.

Rao said he will ensure that the demand for raising the quotas was accepted if people elected TRS candidates from all the 17 Lok Sabha seats of Telangana next year.

“Not only the Assembly elections…with kindness, help us win all 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana. Only if we win can we make Delhi bend its neck. We will get our ST reservation, we will get our Muslim reservation,” he said.

The TRS leader claimed both the BJP and the Congress wanted to exercise complete control over the states.

“It doesn’t matter which of the two parties forms the government at the Centre. Their attitude is the same. Both Congress and the BJP want to concentrate all powers over states into their hands. This is their culture,” he said.

Rao once again batted for a non-Congress, non-BJP “federal front” government at the Centre to end that culture.

The TRS chief, who has been assailing the Congress-led opposition coalition that includes Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP, asked people at his Narasampet rally whether Telangana needed Naidu. He has been accusing Naidu of stalling the development of Telangana when it was part of undivided Andhra Pradesh.

He hit out at the Congress for merging the Telangana region with Andhra against the wishes of the people of Telangana. He also accused the Congress government of suppressing the agitation for a separate Telangana in 1969.

Rao said Congress leaders were silent when “injustice” was being done to Telangana region in undivided Andhra Pradesh and were trying to bring Naidu back to Telangana now.

Telangana Elections 2018

CPI sees BJP plot in KCR’s pitch for non-Congress, non-BJP front

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Hyderabad | The CPI Thursday said it saw a BJP plot in Telangana Chief Minister and TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao’s (KCR) efforts to promote a non-Congress, non-BJP front. CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy alleged that Rao’s moves to forge a coalition of regional parties were aimed at “breaking the anti-BJP united platform that is emerging in the country”.

“I don’t think there are any takers for him (Rao),” Reddy told PTI, claiming that KCR’s ploy to “equate” both the ruling BJP and the Congress was an attempt to help the saffron party break the anti-BJP front. “We certainly believe that the BJP is behind KCR’s efforts,” he said.

Rao’s actions in the last four-and-half years have always been in support of the BJP, Reddy said, pointing out that the TRS had backed demonetization, GST, NDA candidates in presidential and vice-presidential elections, and “helped” (NDA) during no-confidence motion.

“There is not a single time when he (KCR) criticized or opposed the BJP. So, we believe his actions are in support of the BJP. He continues to be the ‘B’ team of the BJP,” Reddy said.

A senior CPI(M) leader in Telangana also claimed that KCR’s plan was to divide the anti-BJP vote.

Soon after the results of the December 7 Assembly elections were declared, KCR had said that the TRS would play a crucial role in national politics.

He had said that a national party would emerge that would forge a coalition with a consortium of regional parties to take on the BJP and the Congress. “…Congress-mukt Bharat..BJP-mukt Bharat…that is needed”.

“The (proposed) federal front is for the people of this country, not for any individual. This is not aligning mere political parties. It is aligning the masses of India,” KCR had said.

The CPI was part of the Congress-led People’s Front formed to take on the TRS in the Assembly elections in the state.

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TRS vote share increases to 47 percent, up from 34 percent in 2014

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Hyderabad | The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which returned to power with a two-thirds majority in the December 7 Assembly elections, results of which were declared Tuesday, polled 46.9 percent of the total votes in the state.

This is nearly 13 percent more than what it had secured in the Telangana region of undivided Andhra Pradesh in 2014. The K Chandrasekhar Rao-led TRS won 88 seats in the 119-member Assembly, quelling the challenge of the Congress-TDP-led ‘People’s Front’ which also comprised the TJS and the CPI.

According to the statistics provided by the Election Commission, the TRS had secured 63 seats in the 2014 elections, polling around 34.3 percent of votes. This time, the Congress secured 28.4 percent of votes, bagging only 19 seats, two less than what it had won in the last polls, while the TDP could win only two against its tally of 15 seats in 2014.

The two other coalition partners failed to open their account. The BJP garnered seven percent, the TDP three percent and the Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM 2.7 percent.

According to state Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar, 73.2 percent of the total 2.80 crore electorate exercised their franchise. Chandrasekhar Rao’s nephew T Harish Rao romped home with a huge margin of 1,18,699 votes in the Siddipet constituency, the highest in the polls. He polled 1,31,295 votes, while his Telangana Jana Samithi rival Bhavani Marikanti secured 12,596 votes. Harish Rao was followed by Arrori Ramesh, who won from the Wardhanpet segment by 99,240 votes.

The Congress’ Athram Sakku won from Asifabad by a narrow margin of 171 votes over his TRS rival Kova Laxmi. Chandrasekhar Rao won by a margin of 57,321 votes over Congress rival V Pratap Reddy from the Gajwel constituency. Three TRS contestants registered their victory with margins of less than 1,000 votes over their nearest rivals.

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TRS will play a very crucial role in national politics: KCR

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Hyderabad | TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday dedicated the emphatic victory of his party to the people of the state and said the election results would enable it to play a crucial role in national politics.

“We dedicate this victory to the people of Telangana.

This is a positive vote for us,” Rao, who is set to return as chief minister for a second term, told a press conference.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi has secured a two-thirds majority, winning 81 seats out of the total 119 as per the latest vote count in the assembly elections.

The TRS was leading in six others, leaving the others way behind.

According to results and trends available at 5 pm, the Congress won 15 seats and was leading in four while ally TDP bagged two seats.

“We are going to play a very crucial role in the national politics…and we will show…we will give a new definition to the national political scenario,” he said, as TRS workers broke into celebrations.

“Today’s results…Telangana has shown the way to the whole nation. Today, Telangana stands (as) a non-Congress,non-BJP state,” Rao added.

Rao has been one of the votaries of a broad-based non-BJP and non-Congress federal front, and the win would further fortify his position as a regional satrap.

According to results and trends available at 5 pm, the Congress won 15 seats and was leading in four while ally TDP bagged two seats.

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