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Telangana Assembly Election 2018: All you need to know

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Telangana Assembly Elections will be held on December 7 in one phase. The Chief Minister of Telangana KC Rao dissolved the assembly on September 6, 2018.

 

The election commission on Saturday announced the dates for polling in the five states- Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana for the assembly elections. The Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat informed that the polling in Telangana will be held on December 7 in one phase. The Chief Minister of Telangana KC Rao dissolved the assembly on September 6, 2018.

The last date of filing the nominations is November 19 while the final date of scrutiny of the candidate is November 20. The candidates can withdraw their nominations by November 22. The counting of results will take place on December 11.

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After carving out the state from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana Rashtra Samiti won total 11 parliamentary seats out of 17 seats with a 34.9% vote share.

Here’s everything you need to know:

 

Demographics:

Telangana is a recently framed state in India. The state was confined on 2 June 2014, maintaining Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, with Hyderabad as its capital. It is bordered by ChhattisgarhMaharashtra and Andhra Pradesh toward the south. The state has an area of 114,840 square kilometres and a population of roughly 3.5 crores (2011 insights), making it the twelfth biggest state in the country. Its huge urban ranges incorporate Hyderabad, Nizamabad and Karimnagar. Out of the total population, 1.76 crores are men and 1.73 crores are women.

Out of the total population of Telangana, 85.1% are Hindus, 12.7% are Muslim, and 1.3% are Christians and 0.9% others. Telugu and Urdu are the official tongues of the state. Around 77% of the inhabitants in the state speak in Telugu, 12% in Urdu and 13% speak diverse dialects.

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As many as 2.13 crores people reside in rural parts of Telangana forming 61.12 % of the entire state’s population. Whereas, 1.36 crores live in urban areas and form 38.88% of the state’s population. The Scheduled Caste makes up to 54.09 Lakhs of the population while the scheduled tribe makes up to 31.78 Lakhs.

 

Voter population:

According to the data published by Chief Electoral Officer of Telangana in the final electoral roll, the total voter population of the state is 2.53 crores. Out of which 1.28 crores are male while 1.24 crores are female voters. There are 2739 third gender voters.

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Constituencies:

There is a total of 119 constituencies in the Telangana Assembly and 1 seat is reserved for an Anglo-Indian community. Of the 119 seats, 18 are reserved for the Scheduled Caste candidates and 9 are reserved for the scheduled tribe candidates.

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Major Political Parties:

According to the election commission data, there are total six national parties in the state including Bharatiya Janata Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Indian National Congress and Nationalist Congress Party. There are as many as four registered regional parties- All India Majlis-EIttehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSR Congress).

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2014 Assembly Elections results:

The Telangana Assembly Elections were conducted on April 30, 2014. The Telangana Rashtra Samiti which had fought for separate statehood to Telangana for almost a decade swept the polls. Out of 119 seats, TRS won 63 seats, Congress won 21 seats while TDP won 15 seats. AIMIM won 7 seats, while BJP and YSR Congress party won 5 and 3 seats respectively. CPI and CPI(M) won one seat each while BSP won 2 seats.

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Prominent Leaders:

KC Rao:

KCR started his career with the youth Congress party in Medak district under the leadership of Sanjay Gandhi. Later he joined Telugu Desam Party led by NT.Rama Rao. He worked as a minister in both NT Rama Rao’s cabinet and Chandrababu Naidu’s cabinet. However, he resigned from the post and party in 2001 in order to form Telangana Rashtra Samithi. The aim of the party was to achieve a separate statehood to Telangana. After formation of the state, the party swept the polls and KC Rao was sworn in as the Chief Minister. Currently, he is the most popular politician in Telangana.

Nalamada Uttam Kumar Reddy:

Uttam Kumar Reddy was born on 20th June 1962. He represents the Huzurnagar constituency as a member of the legislative assembly of Telangana state and is a Congress state president. Before the separation of states, he was elected thrice to the state’s assembly. He was Former Minister of Housing, Weaker Selection Housing Programmes in Government of Andhra Pradesh.

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Akbaruddin Owaisi:

Brother of AIMIM President and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi, Akbaruddin Owaisi was born on 14th June 1970. He is an MLA based in Hyderabad. Akbaruddin has been elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Chandrayangutta constituency on four consecutive occasions, in 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014. He enjoys quite a popularity among Muslim population of the state.

 

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Union government sources allege AAP govt ‘stonewalling’ Phase-IV metro

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New Delhi | The AAP government has “stonewalled” the progress of the Delhi’s Metro’s Phase-IV project, leading to “substantial delay” and inconvenience to people, Union government sources claimed Monday.

The fresh accusation comes amid an apparent tussle between the Centre and the Delhi government after the Arvind Kejriwal dispensation imposed a condition of 50-50 per cent operational loss sharing while giving approval to the Phase-IV of the metro network late last month.

A Delhi government spokesperson countered the allegation, saying, the city government has already cleared the project from its side and “any delay that is now happening is from the Centre’s side”.

Highly-placed sources in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUA) alleged that “delay tactics of the Delhi government has derailed the metro Phase-IV project”.

The Delhi government has “stonewalled” the progress of the Delhi Metro’s Phase-IV project, leading to “substantial delay” and “causing inconvenience to people”, the sources alleged.

However, the city government spokesperson said, “The Phase-IV project was cleared in December and we had made conditions quite clear.”

“We will respond further as and when we receive any communication from the Centre,” the spokesperson said.

The HUA officials recently had said that it was examining the condition that the Centre equally share any operational loss with the AAP government, while asserting that it was a state subject and that other states might raise similar demands.

Sources said the Delhi government in 2016 had not “conveyed financial commitments in their in-principle approval of the Phase-IV”.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on January 24, 2017 had submitted the proposal without commitment of sharing of 50 per cent subordinate debt towards central taxes by the Delhi government as the city government did not approve of it, they said.

This was “contrary to the existing practice being followed for all 50:50 joint venture metro rail projects”, including earlier phases of the Delhi Metro, sources claimed.

The Arvind Kejriwal government had on December 19 approved the much-awaited Phase-IV of the DMRC.

An official of the ministry had said the Delhi government had also put a condition in its approval that it will not have any liability on loan provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to fund the project.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had told reporters after the approval that the city government will give its share of Rs 9,707 crore towards the construction work under the project, which is estimated to cost around Rs 45,000 crore.

Among the projects chosen under the Phase-IV are Rithala-Narela (21.73 km), Janakpuri West-R K Ashram (28.92 km), Mukundpur-Maujpur (12.54 km), Inderlok-Indraprastha (12.58 km), Tughlakabad-Aerocity (20.20 km), and Lajpat Nagar-Saket G-Block (7.96 km).

A Delhi government official had late last month said “in the past one year, the ridership has gone down due to various reasons. So, if Delhi has to pay 100 per cent of the operational loss, it will not be financially viable for it”.

Also, there are certain corridors that may not be profitable in the future or even do not reach the break-even level, the official had said.

HUA sources on Monday said the two conditions imposed by the Delhi government is “contrary to condition of sanction of the Phase-III of the Delhi Metro wherein operational losses are to be borne by the Delhi government”.

As per the terms of sanction of other metro projects, “repayment of external loan and operational losses” are to be borne by the state governments, they said.

The DMRC on January 10 this year had submitted the Phase-IV detailed project report comprising six corridors with revised costs, sources said.

“The HUA Ministry has started the appraisal process,” sources told PTI.

“The proposal is under appraisal by an independent agency in terms of the Metro Rail Policy, 2017. Since, the proposal of the Delhi Metro Phase-IV has again been changed by the Delhi government to six corridors, it again requires fresh inter-ministerial consultation as part of the appraisal process,” a source said.

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Attempt to murder case registered against Congress MLA who ‘attacked’ colleague

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Bengaluru | A case of attempt to murder was registered on Monday against Congress MLA J N Ganesh in connection with the alleged brawl with lawmaker colleague Anand Singh at a resort near here, police said.

The case was registered based on a complaint by Singh, who has been hospitalised for injury suffered in the brawl late Saturday night.

Singh and Ganesh, both from Ballari district, had a heated argument and came to blows at the resort where the Congress MLAs were herded together amid alleged poaching attempt by the BJP.

According to the FIR, besides attempt to murder, Ganesh has been charged with causing grievous injuries and giving threats.

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Punjab Assembly Speaker serves notice to Khaira

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Chandigarh | Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana K P Singh on Monday served a notice to Bholath MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira for his disqualification from the state assembly.

Khaira has been given 15 days to file his reply as to why action under the provisions of the 10th Schedule of the Constitution should not be initiated against him, a spokesman said.

“The Vidhan Sabha has issued a notice to Bholath MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira for disqualification under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution of India,” he said.

The notice was given to Khaira following petitions filed by Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema and Harsimran Singh, a resident of Bholath.

“In their respective petitions, they made references to the Speaker for Khaira’s disqualification,” the spokesman said.

In case Khaira failed to give a reply within 15 days, it will be presumed that he has nothing to say in this regard, the spokesman added.

In his petition to the Speaker, Cheema had said that Khaira had voluntarily given up the membership of the AAP and had floated his own political party ‘Punjabi Ekta Party’.

He had quit the AAP on January 6, six months after he was ousted from the post of Leader of Opposition of the Punjab Assembly.

However, he had not resigned as MLA and had dared the AAP to get him disqualified.

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