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CHANDRABABU HINTS AT SNAP POLLS IN ANDHRA

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu created a stir in the political circles by
predicting a snap poll in the State. He asked his party leaders and cadre to be ready to face the
elections at any time.

He dropped hints of an early election while addressing the State coordination committee of Telugu
Desam at Vijayawada on Friday. The meeting was attended by all the senior leaders of the party,
including Cabinet Ministers.

Naidu asked the party leaders to prepare themselves for the elections by strengthening the
organisation from the grassroot level.

“While retaining the existing vote bank of the party, you should work hard to strengthen the hold
over the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and all other sections of the society,” he told the
leaders.

He also wanted the senior leaders to hold monthly meetings in every district to prepare the party for
the elections. “Go to the people with the agenda of elections and start holding meetings in every
district,” Naidu said.

While analysing the strengths and weakness of the TDP, Naidu told the leaders that the party’s
vote bank had increased by 16.13 per cent and the Opposition YSRCP vote share had decreased
by 13.45 per cent. Congress vote share remains confined to 1 per cent, he said. But he did not
mention anything about TDP’s ally, the BJP, which has been dropping hints from time to time that it
may go alone in the next elections.
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KCR NON-COMMITTAL ON ENHANCED QUOTA: UTTAM

Accusing the TRS Government of doing injustice with all communities in the State, Telangana
Pradesh Congress Committee president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy on Thursday said that only
Congress party could ensure social justice.

Addressing a massive public meeting at Tandur as part of 126th birth anniversary celebrations of
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao was
cheating all the communities in the name of increase in their reservation percentage. Stating that the
Congress party has extended full support to the Reservation Bill which provides for increase in
reservation percentage for Muslims and STs, he said KCR was silent when Congress asked him
about their implementation. He said that the Chief Minister did not answer when Congress asked
him whether he would not seek votes from Muslims in next elections if he fails to implement 12%
quota. He said KCR’s silence clearly showed his lack of commitment. Similarly, he said that the
TRS Government delayed increase in ST quota although it had no legal complications.

Uttam Kumar Reddy demanded that the government increase the reservation to 50% for
Backward Classes and enhance quota for Scheduled Castes to 16%. He said that the reservation
for all communities should be proportionate to their population. He said that the TRS Government
delayed the revision of reservation percentage by almost three years and asked KCR to apologise
for the same.

Without naming KCR’s community, Uttam Kumar Reddy said while the Chief Minister has been
talking about giving reservation to all communities in proportionate to their population, one
community having less than one per cent of total population was ruling the Telangana State. He said
women, who constitute nearly 50% of the total population in the State, have no representation in
the State Cabinet.
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TRS ready for polls anytime: KTR

Jagitial: IT and Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao said the ruling Telangana Rashtra
Samiti (TRS) party was ready to face the elections any time.

In an informal chat with the reporters here on Monday, the Minister maintained that the Bharatiya
Janata Party was eagerly waiting for early polls. However, there was no competitor for the TRS in
Telangana. People had lost faith in Congress not only in the State but also in the Nation. With an
eye on early polls, the BJP was trying to strengthen its hold in Telangana, but except pointing
fingers at others, the Opposition parties had no other agenda, he added.

“Is it wrong to fulfil a promise made to public before elections”, he questioned referring to the BJP’
s criticism of the government’s decision to hike reservations for BC-E and STs.

Replying to another question, he asserted that there were no misunderstandings between him and
the Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao.

In an informal chat with media persons here on Monday, KTR said he had been attending the
Janahitha meetings as he was unable to interact with public after taking over Municipal
Administration Department. He said the next Janahita meeting would be held in Siddipet.

He also made it clear that he had no desire to become the Chief Minister and said that Chief
Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao would be in the CM’s position for a minimum of next ten years. In
politics, 64 is a young age and there is no need for KCR to stay away from politics, he opined.
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Telangana to hike reservations for ST, backward classes

HYDERABAD: The Telangana government will increase the percentage of reservations in
employment and education in the state. "The centre will have to give its approval and the
Presidential assent will have to be got. If any hurdles are created, we are ready to go to any lengths
in our war to implement increased reservations," chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said.

Firstly, the increase in reservations under BC-E as suggested by the BC Commission, will be done.
"This reservations should not be called Muslim reservation because it is not that. This is not a
religion-based reservations as that is not permitted. Reservations will be increased to the
economically backward in the BC-E," he said. At present there is four per cent reservation.

The cabinet will meet once again on April 15 at 2 pm to decide on the quantum of increase. "The
increase can be anything up to 12 per cent. We are also looking at increasing ST reservations up to
12 per cent," the chief minister said at a post-cabinet briefing.

The assembly will also meet on April 16 wherein the Telangana State Reservations bill will be
introduced.

Chandrasekhar Rao said the BC commission would be given six more months to study the social
conditions of backward classes and come up with suggestions. "BC reservations will also be
increased. There is also a need to increase SC reservations by at least one per cent," he said. Like
the BC Commission, SC and ST commissions will also be formed by the government.

Explaining that Tamil Nadu was implementing 69 per cent reservations, Jharkhand 60 per cent,
Maharashtra 52 per cent, and the north eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland
and Mizoram 80 per cent, the chief minister said the Tamil Nadu model would be implemented. As
of now reservations in Telangana state are 49 per cent.

"In a state where 90 per cent of the population is BC, SC, ST and minorities, it is only natural that
the reservations should be increased. This is what we said in our election manifesto and we will
implement it come what may," the chief minister said.

The chief minister explained that there was no stay in the Supreme Court pertaining to reservations.
"In fact, the chief justice of India himself said at a recent conference attended by the Prime Minister
and President that election manifestoes should not merely be a piece of paper. We are
implementing our manifesto," he said.

About some political parties like the BJP which was opposing increase in reservations for BC-E, he
cited the example of Rajasthan where the BJP itself had to take a decision on increasing
reservations.

"The issue of reservations should be left to the states. Prime Minister Narendra Modi should
convene a meeting of chief ministers and discuss the issue and give states the liberty," he said.
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Cabinet to take a call on BC panel report

The State government will have wide range of discussions with the communities concerned and
take measures for development and welfare of these communities.

Hyderabad: The Telangana State BC Commission submitted its report on ‘Enhancement of
Reservations for Certain Socially and Educationally Backward Communities’ to Chief Minister K
Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday at Pragati Bhavan.

Recommendations of the Commission are expected to be taken up for consideration in the Cabinet
meeting slated for Wednesday. The Commission in its report has focused mainly on the socio-
educational backwardness among the BC-E category communities. Based on the Commission’s
report, the State government will have wide range of discussions with the communities concerned
and take measures for development and welfare of these communities.

A special Assembly session may be convened to approve the Commission’s recommendations.
Once it becomes an Act, it will be sent to Centre for incorporation in IX Schedule

Commission chairman BS Ramulu, along with other members had a meeting with the Chief
Minister. Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali, BC Welfare Minister Jogu Ramanna,
Minorities Commission chairman G Sudheer, ST Commission chairman Chellpaa were present on
the occasion.

The Commission was constituted in the wake of the Sudheer Committee report which
recommended 9 to 12 per cent reservations for backward groups among Muslims. The BC
Commission was appointed on October 23, 2016 to look into problems of social status of BCs
and also to announce separate sub plan for BCs on the lines of SCs and STs. The five-member
panel was also empowered to hear complaints over inclusion or under inclusion of any backward
class.

The Commission held public hearings all across the State and received applications from different
organisations representing BCs and minorities.

The Chief Minister announced in the recently concluded Telangana Assembly session his
determination to take the battle for Muslim quota to Delhi. He even offered to stage a dharna at
Jantar Mantar by involving like-minded chief ministers on the issue if the Centre failed to include the
12 per cent quota for Muslims in the IX schedule of the Constitution after the State Legislature
passes the Bill.
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People want to hear, see and bless KCR: Harish Rao

Warangal Urban: People of the State are eager to listen to Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao at
the public meeting scheduled for April 27 in Warangal city as he has introduced many welfare
schemes in just three years after coming to power, said TRS senior leader and Irrigation Minister T
Harish Rao.

Harish Rao along with Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari, and other leaders inspected the site
identified for the public meeting at Prakshreddypet in Warangal city on Saturday. Speaking to the
press persons, he expressed confidence that the meeting would be a great success.

“The last meeting conducted during Telangana movement at the same venue was a great success.
Though the weather is hot, it would be a great success since the people were fervently waiting for
the meeting as they want to listen, see and bless CM as no major public meeting was held since the
party came to power three years ago,” he said and added that arrangements for the meeting under
the leadership of Civil Supplies Corporation Chairman Peddi Sudarshan Reddy were being  made
meticulously.

TRS had been receiving overwhelming response from people for membership drive, he said, and
added, “This is for the first time in the history that the people are coming to take membership even
after three years, the party came to power. The membership has crossed 70 to 75 lakhs and
people from many villages are coming forward for the membership. They are voluntarily joining the
party, and waiting in queues to take the membership be it active membership by paying Rs 100 or
the general membership by paying Rs 30,” he added.

Later, addressing the preparatory meeting held at a function hall attended by MLAs, MPs and
other leaders from the erstwhile Warangal district, Harish Rao said both TDP and Congress had
completely lost their ground in the State. He said Congress party was trying to create hurdles in the
execution of irrigation projects.

Listing out the development works taken up by the TRS government, he reiterated that he was
fortunate to get an opportunity to work under KCR.
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