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Telangana Elections 2018

Swami Paripoornananda joins BJP ahead of Telangana Assembly election

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New Delhi | Ahead of the state assembly elections in Telangana, Swami Paripoornananda head of Sree Peetham on Friday joined the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) in the presence of BJP president Amit Shah and National General Secretary Ram Madhav.

Addressing the media after joining BJP Swami Paripoornananda said, “I am happy to be part of this party…I am grateful to BJP president Amit Shah and Ram Madhav ji. I will follow them and work”. “I will work 24*7. I need nothing because Telugu people have given me a lot. I come here as a Karmachari (worker) and will remain a Karmayogi (one who desires nothing for his work),” he added.

Paripoornanda the founder of the Hindu Vahini is likely to hold contest election from the Greater Hyderabad seat of the Telangana Assembly. Earlier in July Swami Paripoornanada was banned from Hyderabad for six months for allegedly making provocative statements.

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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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