TRS Pragathi Nivedana Sabha | Chandrashekar Rao presents progress report, hints at early Assembly polls

Fireworks display at the venue of TRS’ massive public meeting the Pragathi Nivedana Sabha at Kongara Kalan in the outskirts of Hyderabad on September 2, 2018. Photo: YouTube/TRS Party  

In what is perceived as a show of strength by the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) ahead of the Assembly elections, the party organised a massive public meeting — “Pragathi Nivedana Sabha” — at Kongara Kalan in the outskirts of Hyderabad on Sunday evening.

The public meeting turned out to be a mega show of strength and an occasion to present the progress report of the government in the last four years. However, the much-speculated announcement of early Assembly polls did not come up.

The party billed the event as the first of its kind in the country and claimed to have mobilised about 25 lakh people. One lakh vehicles, mostly tractors covered with party posters, reportedly transported the participants from all districts to the venue which is spread over 2,000 acres.

Here are the updates:

 

8 pm

TRS supporters clog roads

Telangana Rashtra Samithi supporters return from the party's public meeting, Pragathi Nivedana Sabha held at Kongara Kalan in the outskirts of Hyderabad on September 2, 2018.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi supporters return from the party's public meeting, Pragathi Nivedana Sabha held at Kongara Kalan in the outskirts of Hyderabad on September 2, 2018.   | Photo Credit: G. Ramakrishna

 

Traffic jam at Bonguloor X Road as TRS supporters return from the Kongara Kalan meeting. The party claimed that a lot of people could not reach the venue as they were stuck on the roads leading to the meeting.

7.15 pm

Keshava Rao to lead manifesto committee

Telangana Chief Minister and TRS chief K. Chandrashekar Rao addresses the party’s Pragathi Nivedana Sabha meeting at Kongara Kalan in the outskirts of Hyderabad on September 2, 2018. Photo: YouTube/TRS Party

Telangana Chief Minister and TRS chief K. Chandrashekar Rao addresses the party’s Pragathi Nivedana Sabha meeting at Kongara Kalan in the outskirts of Hyderabad on September 2, 2018. Photo: YouTube/TRS Party  

 

“Telangana stands first in the country in terms of economic growth over 17% for the last four years. In the first five months of this fiscal it is estimated at 17.83%,” KCR says.

“10 years of Congress rule the revenue from sand mining was only Rs.9.6 crore sand mining, but in 4.6 years of TRS rule it has gone up to Rs.1,980 crore.

“We are committed to improve the State's revenue and take up more and more development and welfare schemes for the people of Telangana.

“For minorities the GoI has allocated only Rs.4,600 crore in the budget for minorities development but Telangana Govt has allocated Rs.2,000 cr. in the last budget.

“Every claim of State's development achieved during the last four-and-a-half years is before the people to see and we need not recite everything.

“Welfare has to go up further along with improvement in the State's revenue. Needy sections like unemployed youth would also be taken care of in future.”

KCR says Rajya Sabha member K. Keshava Rao will lead the manifesto committee of the party for the next elections.

He hints at increase in the amount of social security pensions given to aged persons, widows, physically challenged and single women.

“Opposition parties have  single-point agenda of removing KCR from power. I appeal to people to double think about the hurdles of progress,” he says.

He says,“People should think over whether to hand over the decision-making powers to Delhi or to keep with themselves like the people of Tamil Nadu were doing.”

Political decisions will be presented before people in the days to come, he says.

Thus the TRS concludes his speech without the much-speculated announcement of early Assembly polls. But, he has dropped enough hints about such an announcement.

After his speech, begins a fireworks display, which is expected to go on for an hour. 

Fireworks display at the venue of TRS’ massive public meeting the Pragathi Nivedana Sabha at Kongara Kalan in the outskirts of Hyderabad on September 2, 2018. Photo: YouTube/TRS Party

Fireworks display at the venue of TRS’ massive public meeting the Pragathi Nivedana Sabha at Kongara Kalan in the outskirts of Hyderabad on September 2, 2018. Photo: YouTube/TRS Party  

 

7.05 pm

KCR presents progress card of his govt

After the history of the Telangana movement, KCR now moves on to the welfare measures taken by the first Telangana govt headed by him.

“After achieving the Statehood and coming to power with the people's blessings it was a journey through the darkness in the first six months as we had no idea about our economy and needs.

“The seeds for Mission Kakatiya were sown during the movement days itself as myself, Prof. K. Jayashankar sir and irrigation expert late R. Vidayasagar Rao had long sessions of discussions on how to revive Telangana's basic irrigation sources — minor irrigation tanks.

“Suicides of handlooms weavers at Sircilla and Bhoodan Pochampally had disturbed me and in spite of my pleas to the then government no succour was provided to the community in distress. Now we are able to provide some relief to weavers by giving them work and subsidies on raw material to improve their incomes.

“Our Govt. has distributed 70 lakh sheep to sheep-rearing communities and now the sheep population has grown to over 1 crore.

“Rs. 4 per litre incentive is also being given to dairy farmers supplying milk to cooperative dairies in the State.

“A poor father's grief that he is uanble to marry off his daughter due to financial problems had moved me forced me to think about the initiative of Kalayana Lakshmi, which is one of the 76 schemes which we did not promise in our 2014 manifesto.

“Our Govt. has started a large number of residential schools as part of KG to PG education to extend quality education to children of backward communities of the society.

“What we have done so far for the poor and backward sections are not enough and we need do much more.

“Rs. 5,500 crore given to farmers as input assistance for Kharif cultivation at Rs. 4,000 per acre. Assistance for Rabi cultivation is on the way.

“Rythu Bandhu input assistance scheme will continue as long as TRS is in power. We have also introduced Rs.5 lakh life insurance cover to farmers irrespective of the cause of death.

“Mission Bhagirtha water has reached 22,000 villages already and it would reach in another week days to the remaining 1,300 villages. Tap connections to every household would also be completed before the summer season.

“Reverse migration is taking place in the erstwhile Mahabubnagar district following giving water to about 9 lakh acres last year.”

6.40 pm

Mr. Chandrashekar Rao begins his address after very brief speeches by senior party leaders such as  K. Keshava Rao and Kadiyam Srihari.

Telangana Chief Minister and TRS chief K. Chandrashekar Rao addresses the party’s Pragathi Nivedana Sabha meeting at Kongara Kalan in the outskirts of Hyderabad on September 2, 2018. Photo: YouTube/TRS Party

Telangana Chief Minister and TRS chief K. Chandrashekar Rao addresses the party’s Pragathi Nivedana Sabha meeting at Kongara Kalan in the outskirts of Hyderabad on September 2, 2018. Photo: YouTube/TRS Party  

KCR says he opposed hike in power charges when he was in the Cabinet of N. Chandrababu Naidu way back in 2001. “But, the then rulers did not heed to my request that it would harm the interests of Telangana farmers who largely depend on groundwater for irrigation”

“Then I started the movement for statehood for Telangana with a handful of people with me. Afterwards, it’s all history as every section of the Telangana society backed the movement for a separate Telangana.

“I had told those along with me in the initial days of the movement that the journey for Statehood to Telangana would gain the momentum along the course.

“I had to struggle hard to muster support of 36 parties at the national level by explaining the justification behind the separate State demand.”

6.25 pm

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao arrives at the dais. All ears are on the meeting to see what Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao would say. Ahead of the meeting the Telangana Cabinet met, but it ended without taking a decision on the much-speculated issue of early Assembly polls.

Asked whether the issue of Assembly dissolution was also discussed, Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari said they briefed the media on the decisions taken as per the agenda of the meeting. “There will be another cabinet meeting soon to take more decisions.”

5.45 pm

 

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao’s son and State Minister K.T. Rama Rao at at the party’s Pragathi Nivedana Sabha meeting in Kongara Kalan on September 2, 2018. Photo: YouTube/TRS Party

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao’s son and State Minister K.T. Rama Rao at at the party’s Pragathi Nivedana Sabha meeting in Kongara Kalan on September 2, 2018. Photo: YouTube/TRS Party  

 

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao’s son and State Minister K.T. Rama Rao arrive at the Pragathi Nivedana Sabha meeting. His sister and Nizamabad MP K. Kavitha is also on the dais. Mr. Chandrashekar Rao is expected soon. 

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao’s son and State Minister K.T. Rama Rao and daughter and Nizamabad MP K. Kavitha during a media interaction at the party's Pragathi Nivedana Sabha meeting venue on September 2, 2018. Photo: Twitter/@trspartyonline

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao’s son and State Minister K.T. Rama Rao and daughter and Nizamabad MP K. Kavitha during a media interaction at the party's Pragathi Nivedana Sabha meeting venue on September 2, 2018. Photo: Twitter/@trspartyonline  

 

4.40 pm

 

The crowd begins to swell at at the ruling TRS party's Pragathi Nivedana Sabha at Kongara Kalan on Sunday

The crowd begins to swell at at the ruling TRS party's Pragathi Nivedana Sabha at Kongara Kalan on Sunday   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

 

The crowd has begun to swell as the time for the meeting to begin approaches. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is expected to begin his speech very soon.

4 pm

Deputy Chief Minister Mohd. Mahmood Ali, Ministers Narsimha Reddy, Kadiam Srihari, Ajmeera Chandulal, P. Srinivas Reddy, T. Nageshwara Rao arrive at Kongara Kalan by helicopter. Other Ministers also expected to reach by helicopter to the venue.

 

3 pm

NRIs from several countries are also attending the meeting.

Narsimha, a NRI from Cincinnati, USA, who came for the Pragati Nivedana Sabha of the TRS from the USA

Narsimha, a NRI from Cincinnati, USA, who came for the Pragati Nivedana Sabha of the TRS from the USA   | Photo Credit: Ravikanth Reddy

 

Narsimha, an NRI from Cincinnati, said he had come here to show solidarity with the government. He hails from the Nagarjuna Sagar constituency in Nalgonda district and has been an active member of the TRS since the Telangana agitation days.

Ravinder Gaddampalli, an NRI from Raleigh in North Carolina who recently shifted to India, said several NRIs had come for the meeting.

The TRS-affiliated associations in the USA and Australia have also sent some delegates for the meeting, reports R. Ravikanth Reddy from Kongara Kalan.

2 pm

580 buses cancelled, public transport crippled

With the TSRTC hiring out nearly 90% of its buses in the Khammam region for the public meeting near Hyderabad on Sunday, the public transport system was crippled, hitting the commuters hard.

Those bound for various destinations to attend weddings in the peak-wedding season had to depend on private vehicles, at extra cost.

Passengers waiting for buses at the Jubilee Bus Stand.

Passengers waiting for buses at the Jubilee Bus Stand.   | Photo Credit: Syed Mohammed

 

The cancellation of nearly 580 buses of the total 630 buses in Khammam region by the RTC authorities drew sharp reaction from aggrieved passengers. Some passengers entered into an argument with the staff manning the enquiry counter at Khammam bus station on Sunday morning.

Sources said that 105 of the total 125 buses in Bhadrachalam depot and 100 of the total 104 buses in Kothagudem depot in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district were hired for meeting at Hyderabad by the local ruling party leaders by paying the prescribed hire charges in advance.

“There is no rationale in hiring out such a large number of buses for a political party’s meeting, leaving commuters scramble for public transport,” said Ramesh, a passenger bound for Hanamkonda.

TSRTC sources said that a couple of Garuda, Rajadhani and super luxury buses were operated on important routes on Sunday.

The staff at the enquiry counter on the premises of Khammam bus station maintained that the information on cancellation of bus services on Sunday was made public in advance and that the regular operation of bus services will be restored in the early hours of Monday.

- P. Sridhar, Khamman/Bhadradri-Kothagudem

1.45 pm

Traffic steady on NH65

The Nalgonda police posted at the two toll gates, Kethepalli and Choutuppal on the NH65, said it has recorded close to 1500 vehicles passing through, on Saturday and on Sunday morning.

There was no traffic situation on the highway.

Police say they are maintaining three separate lists, districts-wise — Nalgonda, Suryapet and Khammam — to monitor vehicular traffic.

About 200 vehicles — mostly RTC buses, tractors and private cars — were seen today. The highway is decorated with TRS banners and pink flags on the median, setting the mood for the mega rally.

However, around 22 kms away from here, villagers of Ghatuppal mandal in the district staged protests and took out a rally observing a voluntary mandal bandh. Aggrieved that it was not declared a mandal, Ghatuppal villagers burnt effigy of its MLA Kusukuntla Prabhakar Reddy. 

- B. Pradeep from Choutuppal, Yadadri-Bhuvanagiri

1.30 pm

 

Rare moment for father-daughter police duo

Jagtial SP Sindhu Sharma (left) and her father Umamaheswara Sharma (right) at the TRS Pragati Nivedana Sabha bandobust on Sunday

Jagtial SP Sindhu Sharma (left) and her father Umamaheswara Sharma (right) at the TRS Pragati Nivedana Sabha bandobust on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

 

The lead up to the public meeting had a rare moment for a father-daughter police duo who was posted at the venue to supervise security.

Sub-Inspector Umamaheswara Sarma was all smiles as he saluted his daughter Sindhu Sarma, a  superintendent of police who was recently transferred to the Jagtial District and is yet to take charge.

Mr. Sarma joined the duties in 1985 as Sub-Inspector and rose to the level of non-cadre SP over a period of three decades. Sindhu Sarma is a 2014 batch IPS officer who got her first posting at Peddapalli.

- M. Rajeev, Hyderabad

1: 15 pm

TSRTC buses off city routes

Very few buses are seen at the Mahatma Gandhi bus station. While the super luxury and other buses were plying for regular passengers, the ordinary bus services were diverted for the public meeting.

Very few buses are seen at the Mahatma Gandhi bus station. While the super luxury and other buses were plying for regular passengers, the ordinary bus services were diverted for the public meeting.   | Photo Credit: Syed Mohammed

 

A vast majority of Telangana State Road Transport Corporation's (TSRTC’s) ordinary buses were off the scheduled city bus routes on Sunday as they were engaged by the TRS for it's ‘Pragathi Nivedana Sabha’.

However, a large number of buses at the MGBS appeared to be from neighbouring states such as Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka

Around 67% of the transport juggernaut's fleet was directed to the public meeting.

However, the Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS), a major route embarkation and disembarkation point, remained abuzz with activity with near regular inflow of passengers. However, a large number of buses at the MGBS appeared to be from neighbouring States such as Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

According to TSRTC officials, Super Luxury, Vajra, Deluxe, some Express buses and rear engine buses were operational across the city and State.

With most ordinary buses being unavailable, the TSRTC deployed it's mini buses and air conditioned buses to cater to passenger needs in the city.

TSRTC officials said that they were banking on the long weekend — Saturday, Sunday and Monday (which coincides with Janmashtmi) and expected fewer passengers. They also hoped that awareness about the public meeting would make daily commuters and travellers to plan their journeys much in advance. — Syed Mohammed from Hyderabad

1:10 pm

Adivasis stay away

Lambadi women at the ‘Pragati Nivedana Sabha’ organised by the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi at Kongara Kalan in Ranga Reddy district on Sunday.

Lambadi women at the ‘Pragati Nivedana Sabha’ organised by the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi at Kongara Kalan in Ranga Reddy district on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal

The Adivasis belonging to old undivided Adilabad district have by and large abstained from attending the Telangana Rashtra Samiti's jamboree of a public meeting, Pragati Nivedana Sadassu at Kongara Kalan near Hyderabad on Sunday.

Ethnic people from the mandals of Jainoor, Sirpur (U) and Lingapur in Kumram Bheem Asifabad district even sent away some of the buses which were sent to their habitations for transporting them to the venue early during the day.

Reports said the number of aboriginal people intending to attend the public meeting was meagre from Utnoor in Adilabad district which is the nerve centre of all tribal activity in these parts. There were hardly any Adivasis from Adilabad district head quarters who travelled to Hyderabad.

According to information, only a handful of aboriginal people who are grassroots public representatives or hold some post in the party only went to the meeting from KB Asifabad and Adilabad districts.

The 'boycott' has come in the wake of the ongoing conflict of Adivasis with the Lambada tribe in which the former have accused the government of being a mute spectator and thereby denying them justice.
The call for boycott of the meeting was circulated in social messaging platforms especially in groups which predominantly have ethnic people as members. The messages question the general silence of the government on the question of removing Lambadas from the list of Scheduled Tribes and subjecting them to injustices of different kinds. S. Harpal Singh from Adilabad

1:00 pm

10,000 TRS supporters reach venue

 

Close to 10,000 TRS supporters have reached the ‘Pragathi Nivedana Sabha’ venue at Konagara Kalan by Sunday noon. There is smooth flow of vehicular traffic towards the venue so far. Police are monitoring the flow of traffic and arrival of people at the various galleries from a makeshift control room with 200 CCTV cameras and over 20,000 police personnel. — Abhinay Deshpande from Kongara Kalan

12:30 pm

Roadside eateries closed on highway

TRS party workers have lunch on the roadside near Muppireddypally on the Nagpur Highway, in Telangana.

TRS party workers have lunch on the roadside near Muppireddypally on the Nagpur Highway, in Telangana.   | Photo Credit: Mohammed Arif

 

Vehicle wearing pink flags of the TRS were on the way to Hyderabad on Sunday afternoon. There were no road blocks as all eateries along the highway remained closed.

All dhabas were shut with a exhibit that they will be open by evening. A few vehicles stopped on the roadside for the party worker to have the food supplied to them. Liquor shops were also closed.

Almost all the buses were full. Each mandal was allotted with 10 buses, while it was small vehicle for Tandas. Party leaders have informed that more than 500 government and private buses were hired by the party. — R. Avadhani from Toopran

12 Noon

Kongara Kalan braces for traffic chaos

TRs MLA from Qutubullapur K.P. Vivekananda Goud drives an autorickshaw to the Pragati Nivedanan Sabha venue.

TRs MLA from Qutubullapur K.P. Vivekananda Goud drives an autorickshaw to the Pragati Nivedanan Sabha venue.   | Photo Credit: Abhinay Deshpande

 

All roads lead to Kongara Kalan, about 40 km from Hyderabad, which is set to host one of the largest public meeting ever witnessed in the State.

The ruling party is reputed for organising massive meetings since the separate Statehood movement days and arrangements for the meeting too are being made accordingly to mobilise huge numbers.

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11:00 am

Bumper-to-bumper traffic on NH-44

There is continuous flow of vehicles on NH-44 leading to the TRS event. Vehicles on the highway were inching closely in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Since the toll plazas was kept open one side towards Hyderabad, leaving the vehicles without collecting toll charge, there was not much traffic hurdle.

Out of a total of 637 RTC buses in the erstwhile undivided district, 498 buses were hired by the TRS, allotting as many as 83 buses to six Assembly constituencies. Three constituencies Yellareddy, Jukkal and Banswada were given private buses.

By 11 a.m., 125 RTC buses, 65 private buses and 285 toofans/DCMs and 84 cars passed through toll plaza at Indalwai. A total of 559 vehicles passed with TRS activists.

“Jai Telangana, jai TRS” slogans revered along the road. — Ram Mohan from Nizamabad

10:30 am

Bus services minimal at Khamam

Khammam bus stand wears a deserted look as services as bus services remained cancelled due to the 'Pragathi Nivedana Sabha' public meeting to be hle on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Sunday.

Khammam bus stand wears a deserted look as services as bus services remained cancelled due to the 'Pragathi Nivedana Sabha' public meeting to be hle on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: G.N. Rao

 

Little over 50 of the total 630 buses in Khammam region of the TSRTC ply on important routes as TRS district leaders hire around 580 buses for Pragathi Nivedana Sabha public meeting,

TSRTC's partial services caused inconvenience to passengers bound for various destinations. Khammam MLA Puvvada Ajay Kumar left for Kongara Kalan after flagging off special buses hired for the meeting at Raparthinagar in Khammam. - P. Sridhar from Khammam

Meanwhile, TRS leaders from Aler constituency in Yadadri Bhuvanagiri say 3000 motorcycles, 120 tractors, 250 buses and 300 DCMs are being arranged to reach the meeting venue.

10:00 am

Heavy vehicle flow towards Hyderabad suspended

Heavy vehicles have been stopped on the Nagpur highway, near Medak.

Heavy vehicles have been stopped on the Nagpur highway, near Medak.   | Photo Credit: Mohammed Arif

 

Adilabad police, since early on Sunday, stopped movement of all heavy vehicular traffic on NH 44 to preempt any congestion on the road. Vehicles were stopped at the inter-State border with Maharashtra near Dollara village in Jainad mandal.

According to Adilabad DSP K. Narasimha Reddy, over 600 lorries have been stopped around 10 a.m. Rural CI A. Pradeep Kumar said 300 more vehicles are expected to be stopped until 2 p.m.

The vehicles were diverted to four holding points near the border, on the route leading to Jainad, near Chanda (T) and near Mavala.

The traffic of buses and four wheelers were moving smoothly across the toll plazas AE Rolmamda in Adilabad district and Gamjal in Nirmal district. — S. Harpal Singh from Aidlabad.

 

KCR to put off Assembly dissolution

A day ahead of a mammoth public meeting of the ruling TRS here on Sunday, the much-hyped Cabinet meeting is likely to confine itself to ratification of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s populist schemes.

Sources said Mr. Rao was unlikely to pursue his idea of dissolving the Assembly and forcing early elections to capitalise on the “feel good factor in the State”. He will not create confusion at the rally that was primarily meant to present the four-year progress report of the TRS government, they added.

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Thick blanket of security

The Telangana police have made ‘unprecedented’ security arrangements for the Pragati Nivedana Sabha (PNS) in terms of traffic management and deployment of force at the venue. With the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi claiming to mobilise over 25 lakh supporters for its meeting at Kongara Kalan on the city outskirts on Sunday, over 20,000 police personnel including one Inspector General, two Deputy Inspector General, and 10 Superintendent of Police rank officers will be deployed at the venue, said Additional DGP (Law & Order) Jitender.

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Mammoth meet

 

One lakh vehicles, mostly tractors covered with party posters, will transport the crowd from all districts to the venue spread over 2,000 acres. The party has hired 7,300 State transport buses, which is expected to affect the regular road transportation.

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