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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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Court takes cognisance of defamation plea against Shashi Tharoor for remark against PM Modi

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New Delhi | A Delhi court on Friday took cognisance of a criminal defamation complaint filed against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for his alleged “scorpion” remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal fixed December 22 for recording the statement of the complainant, Delhi BJP leader Rajeev Babbar. The complaint alleged that Tharoor, with “mala fide intention, made the statement which is not only abuse of the Hindu deity but also defamatory”.

In his complaint, Babbar said being a vice-president of the BJP’s Delhi unit, he was “identified as a worker/supporter of Narendra Modi and BJP” and that Tharoor’s statement hurt his religious sentiment.  The complaint termed the statement “intolerable abuse” and “absolute vilification” of the faith of the people.

Tharoor stoked a controversy last month while speaking at the Bangalore Literature Festival, claiming that an unnamed RSS leader had compared Modi to “a scorpion sitting on a Shivling”. The complaint has been filed under sections 499 and 500 of IPC relating to defamation. If convicted, Tharoor may face a maximum punishment of two years in jail.

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Uttar Pradesh: Thakur leader Raja Bhaiya launched new political party

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Lucknow | Six-time MLA and Thakur community Raghunath Pratap Singh on Friday announced the launch of his new political party called ‘Jan Satta Party’.

Addressing the media during the launch Singh said,”I have completed 25 years in politics, have been an Independent politician and MLA, so now have decided to form a political party.” He further added that he has approached Election Commision for registration.

Popularly known by the name Raja Bhaiya, Singh is currently an MLA from Kunda in Uttar Pradesh. He was a cabinet minister of Food and Civil Supplies Department during the Samajwadi Party government. He has also served as a minister in the cabinet of Kalyan Singh, Ram Prakash Gupta and Rajnath Singh’s government.

According to political pundits, the formation of a new political party by Raja Bhaiya is an attempt to influence the upper caste of voters in Uttar Pradesh which will indirectly help the BJP in the upcoming elections against the possible SP-BSP alliance. Earlier a close aide of the Samajwadi party, Raja Bhaiya in the last Rajya Sabha elections voted for the BJP candidate. He clearly stated that he won’t be voting in favour of the BSP candidate in the Rajya Sabha polls due to his differences with BSP supremo Mayawati.

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Afridi’s comments on Kashmir endorsed by Pakistan citizens: Shiv Sena

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Mumbai | The Shiv Sena Friday latched on to former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi’s remarks that his country “does not want Kashmir” and said all sane Pakistanis would endorse the view.

The Sena, in an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, said Pakistan’s government and military chief gave more impetus on trying to harm India than governing the country as a result of which it has to seek external financial aid even 70 years after Independence.

In a video that has gone viral, Afridi is heard saying, “I believe that Pakistan does not want Kashmir, and India too should not be given the state. Kashmir should be an independent country.” He went on add that “humanity” or “insaniyat” should be prioritised.

In a swipe at the affairs of his own country battling financial woes and sectarian strife, the Pakistani all-rounder added, “Pakistan can’t handle its four provinces”. Afridi, while speaking on the matter later, however, has blamed the Indian media for quoting him out of context. Making a U-turn, Afridi has now said that “Kashmir belongs to Pakistan”.

The Sena’s editorial Friday stated, “Pakistan has become so poor in trying to support terrorism and corruption that it now is left with only the option of selling cattle and vehicles from the Prime Minister’s residence.”  It claimed that Pakistan was on the verge of a financial breakdown and it had been relegated to begging for a bailout from countries like China, after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) turned down its aid request.

“If the country needs financial oxygen to keep its economy going, alive, how will it take care of Kashmir? Not just Afridi, every sane Pakistani will hold the same view. However, who asks the common man there?” the editorial questioned. “The government and the military chief there give more impetus on harming India than doing good for its people. Therefore, they have to beg for aid even 70 years after Independence,” it said.

The Sena further dubbed Afridi as “anti-Indian” and said he has, in the past, made derogatory statements against India. Citing examples, it said Afridi had shown a soft corner for 13 terrorists eliminated by Indian security forces, and has been repeatedly advocating Independence for Kashmir.

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