ANDHRA PRADESH

Briefly

TRS will dictate terms: TDP

Hyderabad: The Telugu Desam Party has said the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) will start dictating terms to the Congress on who should be the Chief Minister if the combine comes to power. Speaking to presspersons here on Saturday, the TDP spokesman, G. Jaipal Yadav, and the former MLA, M.V. Krishna Rao, said people of coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema, who would cast their vote in the second phase on April 26, would not accept the Congress-TRS alliance. Asked how many seats they expected the TRS to win to be able to bring pressure on the Congress, Mr. Rao said the sub-regional party would secure 15 to 20 seats. He admitted that "there is definitely a regional sentiment in Telangana," and added "but no one knows how far this trend is healthy." The leaders said the nation would have been better off if only Congress leaders had fulfilled their promise of eradicating poverty and creating one crore jobs. Its leaders were again making tall promises like free power and interest rebates on crop loans which would cost Rs. 60,000 crores to the exchequer.

Our combine will win: BJP

HYDERABAD: The BJP has dismissed reports that the party and its alliance partner, Telugu Desam Party, will lose the elections, and asserted that the combine will win with a good majority.

The BJP official spokesman, G. Kishan Reddy, said at a news conference here on Saturday that the Congress and its allies were in no position to win because people had realised that a vote to these parties meant regression in development. Mr. Reddy said it was unfortunate that infighting in the Congress had already begun over the Chief Ministerial candidate before the election results were out. He warned that the State would go through a phase of political instability if the Congress was elected to power.

Independents' vehicles seized

CUDDAPAH: The police seized two vehicles belonging to Independent candidates of the Pulivendula Assembly constituency on Saturday on the charge that they were canvassing for the contestants of recognised political parties. The police seized the vehicles on the directions of the Returning Officer, B. Vijayendira.

200 litres of arrack seized

In another development, the Pulivendula Excise Inspector, S. Munisankaraiah, and his staff seized 200 litres of arrack being carried in 10 cans on five donkeys at Nagarigutta in Pulivendula on Friday evening. Poojari Gopal, who was allegedly bringing the consignment, fled the spot. Excise officials also destroyed 1,400 litres of fermented jaggery wash near Nagarigutta.

Meanwhile, an election task force team seized sarees, blouse pieces, coconuts and `kumkum bharinas' being distributed to voters in Kota Street in Proddatur town on Friday evening, but followers of a contestant who distributed them fled the spot on spotting the team, the Returning Officer of the Proddatur segment, Ramachandra Reddy, said.

Shift CI, demands Congress

CUDDAPAH: The Congress incharge of Kodur, Batyala Chengalarayulu, the party candidate for the Kodur Assembly constituency, G. Venkateswara Prasad, and 200 functionaries staged a dharna in front of the Kodur MRO office on Saturday demanding that the Kodur Circle Inspector, N.T. Rama Rao, be kept off from election duty. Accusing the CI of being `pro-TDP,' they wanted him to be posted out of the Kodur segment.

Removal of Shyam Rao flayed

HYDERABAD: Fifteen convenors and secretaries of the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee Scheduled Castes Department have condemned the party's action in removing G.B. Shyam Rao from the post of chairmanship of the department and suspending him. In a statement here on Saturday, they contended that Mr. Rao was neither involved in the incident of burning down the effigy of the SC Department chairman, G. Venkatswamy, at Gandhi Bhavan nor in campaigning against the latter in his Peddapalli Lok Sabha seat.

Cops face quarry workers' ire

ELURU: A Circle Inspector and a head constable sustained grievous injuries when they were reportedly stoned by a mob of striking quarry workers at Gowripatnam, near Kovvuru, on Friday night. According to information reaching here, the CI, G. Jayasinga Rao, and the head constable, Satyanarayana, were hospitalised when the agitation by the quarry workers snowballed into pelting of stones at the police. The quarry workers resorted to a rasta roko following an assault on a worker allegedly by a quarry owner, Andru Manohar Babu. The protesters detained him for a few hours demanding apology from him.

Nizamabad records 43oC

Hyderabad: There was rain at a few places in Rayalaseema on Saturday while it was isolated in coastal Andhra and Telangana. Hanamkonda received a rainfall of 5 cm, Veeraghattam 4 cm, Parvatipuram 3 cm, Kurnool, Mahabubnagar 2 cm each and Tadipatri and Cumbum 1 cm each.

The day temperatures fell at one or two places in coastal Andhra.Nizamabad recorded the State's highest temperature of 43 degree Celsius. On Sunday there will be isolated rain in coastal Andhra, Telangana and Rayalaseema.

Posted special officer

CUDDAPAH: The Warangal SP, Nalin Prabhat, was posted special officer to oversee polling in the naxalite-affected Rayachoti and Lakkireddipalle Assembly constituencies in Cuddapah district, according to a statement from the SP's office. Mr. Prabhat had earlier served as Cuddapah SP.

Donated

HYDERABAD: The Telugu Association of North America has donated an amount of US$ 29,250 to the Sai Oral Health Foundation for its continuing work on ensuring oral health to people from backward rural and tribal areas and to provide fluoride-free drinking water to villages in Nalgonda district, a press release said.

Kurnool plunged into darkness

KURNOOL: Hailstorm lashed Kurnool city on Saturday evening paralysing normal life. The city was plunged into darkness as the power supply system was badly damaged with twisted poles and snapped wires. Hoardings and tree branches fell on electrical wires. The authorities were not sure of restoring power supply immediately.

Poll staff protest

KURNOOL: The poll staff drafted from Mahabubnagar district for the election duties in the Kodumur constituency resorted to rasta roko as there was nobody to complete the formalities and guide them. A similar protest was staged at Yemmiganur. Senior officials of the district rushed to the two places and pacified the agitated staff.

Collector's orders

ADILABAD: The District Collector,Vikas Raj, on Saturday ordered Government departments to recognise the community certificate as permanent proof of date of birth, caste and residence of individual applicants. A press release here asked the officials to return the original community certificate to candidates while retaining a certified copy.

Supplementary SSC exams

ADILABAD: The advanced supplementary exams for SSC would be held between May 26 and June 8, according to an order of the Director, Government Exams. This was conveyed in a press release here on Saturday by the District Educational Officer P. B. Narsinga Rao.

Elected vice-president

NIZAMABAD: Kishore Jhawar, a resident of Nizamabad town has been elected vice-president of the International Human Rights Association (India), Nizamabad chapter. The National joint secretary of the association, Naresh Hamilpurkar, in a communication informed Mr. Jhawar, about the appointment.

Office-bearers elected

WARANGAL: A. Raghava Raju has been elected president of the Kakatiya University Administrative Officers' Association. According to a press release, others elected to the new body are; N.S.R. Murthy (vice president), R. Sathyapathy (general secretary), M.N. Swamy and V. Krishnama Charya (joint secretaries) and G. Mohan (treasurer). The university vice-chancellor, Chandrakant Kokate, and the registrar, N. Satyanarayana, congratulated the elected members.

Seminar on UGC infonet

WARANGAL: The Kakatiya University library is organising a seminar-cum-workshop on `e-consortia of UGC infonet' on April 26 at the Physics seminar hall. According to the member-in-charge, K. Suresh Babu, and the librarian, K. Ramanaiah, the UGC through its organ, Information & Library Network, at Ahemdabad is establishing a consortium of e-journals, which could be accessed on the Internet. The director of INFLIBET T.A.V. Murthy would deliver the keynote address.

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