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South Connect: BJP took to streets to support farmers; CM describes protesters as ‘goons’

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The BJP in Karnataka took to the streets on Wednesday in support of the section of sugarcane farmers protesting against the state government this week. Senior BJP leaders including leader of the opposition BS Yeddyurappa. Kumaraswamy was also criticised for appearing to dismiss the concerns of the protesters after he described the protesters as ‘goons’ and claimed that they were not sugarcane farmers. He also claimed that the opposition BJP was organising the protests in the name of sugarcane farmers.

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South Connect: MLA Abdul Gani joins Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSR Congress

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Setback comes to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party in Rayalaseema, after former Hindupur MLA Abdul Gani joined Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSR Congress Party. This comes just after former TDP leader defected to the YSRCP. Abdul Gani alleged that Chandrababu Naidu hasn’t done anything for minorities, and accused the party of not giving enough him respect despite his service to the party and him sacrificing the seat.

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South Connect: Telangana exit polls: TRS may retain state again

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K Chandrasekhar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi is set to come first according to most exit polls, with a tally that may come close to halfway mark if not past it. Telangana on Friday witnessed an around 70% voting in the assembly elections,which ended largely peacefully, though there were some reports of people complaining about their names missing from the voters’ list as well as of clashes.

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South Connect: “Would rename Karimnagar district to ‘Karipuram” Says Yogi in Telangana

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that if the BJP comes to power in Telangana, it would rename Karimnagar district to ‘Karipuram’. He also reiterated his earlier claim that the BJP will rename Hyderabad as Bhagyanagar. While campaigning in Telangana, Yogi had said that if BJP comes to power AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi will flee Hyderabad like Nizam was forced to flee. However, the statement is factually incorrect as the Nizam did not flee Hyderabad after surrendering to the Indian union.

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