“Our candidates are mostly women who work in the NGO sector and have grassroots experience. There are many retired IAS officers who are joining our party. The candidates will depend on their own resources for campaigning,” Shetty said.
Ravinder has been farming since he was 22. He says that for over 30 years, he used to borrow money ahead of every crop season to purchase farm tools, fertiliser and seeds, and hire labourers for harvesting. He says Rythu Bandhu changed all that.
Leaders of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) can’t really put their finger on what is holding KCR back. The results, declared on December 11, had swept KCR back to power with a thumping majority of 88 of 119 seats.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu who accuses Modi of reneging on his promise to grant Special Category Status (SCS) to the state has called for massive organised protests by TDP workers and people to oppose PM's visit.
The high-rises dotting the landscape are spacious flats for All India Service officers, MLAs and MLCs, non-gazetted officers, and class IV employees. Some of the buildings have got their first coat of paint and plumbing works are being carried out, and would be ready in two months
The TDP parted ways with the BJP, its ally of four years, in March 2018, with Naidu citing denial of Special Category Status to the state — as promised under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 — as the reason.
Construction of the actual high court building at Justice City in the capital region is yet to start. Once that is completed, the HC will shift there and the interim complex to be inaugurated today will house the City Civil Courts.
Telangana has 59.48 lakh landholdings, as per the 2015-16 Agricultural Census. These farmers are already receiving Rs 8,000 per acre per year as agriculture investment support under the Telangana government’s Rythu Bandhu scheme.
Yogendra Yadav, president of Swaraj India, said, “This is a desperate measure to buy the farmers’ votes by transferring Rs 2,000 to their accounts before the election... Farmers will surely reject this dishonourable bargain.”