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South Turns Against The Centre

Ruling parties of all south Indian States are at loggerheads with the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre over a variety of issues The ruling parties in Karnataka and in Kerala – the Congress and the CPM, respectively – are the inevitable rivals of the BJP. While Telangana’s ruling party the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) was lukewarm towards the Centre for around four years, they too have now upped the ante against the BJP-led NDA, demanding reservation for Muslims in the state which was turned down by the courts. The only allies were the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh, which was part of the NDA and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in Tamil Nadu which has been deferential to the Centre since the passing of their party supremo Jayalalithaa in 2016. Now the BJP finds itself alone in the south, with both the TDP as well as the AIADMK deserting it. After a week of haggling, the Telugu Desam Party ended its four-year long association with the NDA following, what it called ‘betrayal’ by the BJP in keeping the promises made in Parliament – special status for Andhra Pradesh – during the historic debates on bifurcation of the state.…

KCR’s Third Front – A Political Mirage?

Regional politics and personal ambitions, with fragmented political agendas can render this an uphill task  Two months ago, TRS supremo and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) had declared that he had no interest in national politics and that his only goal in life was to transform Telangana into ‘Bangaru Telangana’ (Golden Telangana). This was in response to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s query on his interest in national politics, so that BJP could accommodate him in such an arrangement. His announcement on Saturday, March 03, about his plans to launch a Third Front as a national alternative to the Congress and BJP, has come as a shock to the regional leaderships of both the national parties in the state.…

The Countdown Begins for 2019

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has primed his weapons at the Prime Minister ahead of the 2019 state and general elections   Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) continued his volley of attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday saying that there had been all round response to his criticism of the Congress’ and BJP’s failure to lead the nation.…

Smartphones Outsmart Maoists

Potential recruits, hooked to smartphones and satellite television provided by government, are unwilling to take up arms Technology might have helped the CPI (Maoists) to hit out at the Congress leaders’ caravan in Darbha valley (Chhattisgarh) in 2013, but that same technology has now become their bear bug and bane, evaporating their ranks. “Electronic devices and internet had kept the youth occupied in rural areas and prevented them from getting attracted to Left-wing extremism,” said Telangana DGP M Mahender Reddy at a press interaction at the end of January.…

The Lede Exclusive: Few Takers For Kuwait Amnesty Scheme

27,000 Indians are considered to be undocumented and overstaying in Kuwait but only 5000 have come forward to use the scheme Only 18% of the undocumented and overstaying Indians in Kuwait have so far left Kuwait using the amnesty programme offered by the government, a senior official from the Indian embassy in Kuwait told The Lede. “There are around 27,000 Indians undocumented or overstaying who can use this amnesty.…

TRS’ God Incarnate

A year ahead of polls, the Telangana Chief Minister’s followers attempt to make him appear larger than life to curry favour from the leader  Popularity and personal charisma apart, Chief Minister of Telangana, K Chandrasekhar Rao’s followers are in competition to showcase him as a deity to be revered. And it was an apt opportunity on Saturday, the 64th birthday of KCR, as he is better known.…

Expletives Hurled As Telangana Readies For 2019 Polls

The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti and the Telangana unit of the Congress hit a new low in vocabulary  Last week Telangana stood spectator to a fierce volley of verbal brickbats and expletives by both the state Congress unit as well as the ruling TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samiti) leaders. The choicest expletives award was handed over from father to son this time - TRS chief and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, notorious for his expletive-laden speech, seems to have passed on the talent to son and IT minister, K Tarakarama Rao.…