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South Connect: NYT journalist stopped by protesters mid way to Sabrimala

Anusha Bhattacharya

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A New York Times journalist named Suhasini Raj climbed part-way up the Sabarimala hill on Thursday morning. Suhasini who was apparently climbing the hill to report on the story. Initially, the protesters began shouting at her. Suhasini reportedly told protesters, that she was 50 years old, but they remained suspicious and understood at some point along her journey that she was below the age of 50. Suhasini later told the media that she did not wish to hurt anyone’s sentiments.

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South Connect: 40 days and still no cabinet in Telangana: questions Congress

Anusha Bhattacharya

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The Telangana Congress on Sunday questioned the delay in forming the state cabinet by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Speaking in the Legislative Assembly, Congress leader Venkataramana Reddy pointed out that it had been 40 days since the results of the election were announced in December, but the cabinet was yet to be formed. TRS had swept the polls held on December 7, winning 88 out of the 119-seat Assembly in the state. The Congress leader demanded that the cabinet expansion take place soon, and pointed out that there was barely a month or two remaining, before the model code of conduct would be imposed in the state again, for the Lok Sabha elections. He also said it was affecting the everyday functioning of the state government as well.

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South Connect: KCR skips opposition’s “United India Rally”

Anusha Bhattacharya

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is one of the prominent regional leaders who will be skipping the mega anti-BJP rally in Kolkata organized by his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, as the Congress was also invited to the event. On Friday TRS chief called up Mamata Banerjee and explained to her that he would not share the stage with Congress leaders. He also stated that the first Assembly session of his state was presently underway. KCR has floated the idea of a non-Congress and Non-BJP Federal Front and said that a consortium of regional parties would emerge in the country soon.

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South Connect Ep 109: MLA poaching row: Mumbai at the centre of Karnataka’s operation lotus

Anusha Bhattacharya

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Karnataka’s ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition and the opposition BJP traded MLA poaching charges on Monday, and the drama shows little sign of abating. First, a top Karnataka minister levelled horsetrading charges on the BJP, saying three Congress MLAs were in a Mumbai hotel with leaders from the saffron party. Then BS Yeddyurappa, the BJP’s Karnataka unit chief, accused Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy of trying to lure his party’s MLAs using “power and money”. The BJP’s MLAs are currently staying in a hotel in Gurgaon, Haryana. Kumaraswamy says there’s no question of instability in his government. However, Karnataka MLAs are currently spread out across three states.. Maharashtra, Haryana and their own.

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