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South Connect: Andhra pradesh lawmaker shot dead by maoists

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An Andhra Pradesh lawmaker and a ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader were shot dead by Maoists in Visakhapatnam district.The daylight killings today triggered violence in the area and furious locals set police stations on fire in Dumbri Guda and Araku. A lot of files were burnt and furniture was damaged in the vandalism. Rao, who was the legislator from Araku was attacked when he was returning from a party event. Eyewitnesses said they were intercepted by a large group of armed Maoists.

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South Connect: Rebel congress MLAs return to Bengaluru, claims it was ‘miscommunication’

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Putting an end to the political crisis in Karnataka, five rebel MLAs returned back to Bengaluru last night. At least three MLAs have talked to the media and cleared the air over their absence. Talking to ANI Karnataka Congress MLA Mahesh Kumathalli said that he had small issues with Congress leaders and clarified that there was some miscommunication. Mahesh told the news agency that he was unhappy with some party decisions and has added that he had to return back because of the upcoming budget sessions. Another disgruntled Karnataka Congress MLA Umesh Jadhav also accepted that he had small issues with party leaders in his constituency.

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South Connect: KCR to appeal to voters to support Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSRCP

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is likely to make an appeal to the people of Andhra Pradesh to back YSRCP chief Jaganmohan Reddy in the upcoming Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the state, in exchange for the latter’s support to the Federal Front. Last month, in a major meeting, KCR deputed his son KT Rama Rao to meet with Jagan. The political leaders in both parties hope that with YRSCP and TRS predicted to win a large chunk of the 25 seats in Andhra Pradesh and 17 seats in Telangana respectively, Jagan joining hands with KCR for the Federal Front could make it formidable, or least give the front significant bargaining power.

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South Connect: CM Naidu undertakes day-long strike for special status

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is undertaking a day-long fast in Delhi on Monday, seeking special category status for the state and fulfilment of other commitments made by the Centre at the time of state’s bifurcation. Naidu will begin the ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan at 8 am after paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat. The Telugu Desam Party chief is likely to be joined by his cabinet colleagues, MPs, state legislators, and leaders of students and employees groups and mass organisations. Leaders of various non-Bharatiya Janata Party parties are likely to visit the Andhra Bhavan to express their solidarity with Naidu, the Chief Minister’s Office said. Naidu is expected to address the gathering after his fast ends at 8 pm. The Chief Minister will also submit a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind on February 12.

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