HYDERABAD THURSDAY JANUARY 5, 2017 `4.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION DHONI STEPS DOWN FROM LIMITED-OVER CAPTAINCY With this, Virat Kohli is expected to take over the reins in all formats, starting with the ODI series against England. EXPECTED MOVE BY SKIPPER One of the most successful captains ever in international cricket, MS Dhoni, stepped down as captain two days before selection comittee meeting to pick squads for the limited-over series against England. The 34-year-old had already quit from Tests in 2014. THE MAN WITH THE MIDAS TOUCH Only captain in history to have won all three ICC Trophies (World Twenty20, Champions Trophy, World Cup). ■ Overall joint second-most successive victories as captain at the World Cup. ■ A Second most succesful ODI captain in terms of wins. ■ 110 WINS IN 199 ODIS AT 59.57 WIN PER CENT. HE LOST 74 CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUPATI Five states to go to polls between Feb 4 & Mar 8 Over 16 crore people will vote this year in the Assembly elections to five states. Here are the state-wise details A video grab of the CCTV footage showing the molestation | EXPRESS UTTARAKHAND 8 detained in connection with B’luru molestation UTTAR PRADESH 60 constituencies 403 constituencies Phase 1 | March 4 38 constituencies Phase 1 | February 11 73 constituencies Phase 2 | March 8 22 constituencies 70 constituencies EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MANIPUR Single phase | February 4 Single phase | February 15 THURSDAY COIMBATORE 05 01 2017 TELANGANA Hyderabad - Adilabad - Warangal Khammam -Nalgonda Adilabad Nirmal to Adilabad GOING PLACES ON WHEELS 77 km One of the newly-formed districts in Telangana, Nirmal was a part of Adilabad district Population Over 1 lakh Adilabad Dominated by a tribal population, the northern most district in Telangana depends on agriculture Mancherial Also a part of Adilabad district in the past, this welldeveloped town/city is home to Singareni industries Karimnagar This district also primarily depends on agriculture Population Over 10 lakh Peddapalli Once part of Karimnagar district, Peddapalli is likely to turn into an industrial hub Population Over 7 lakh Khammam Most of the locals depend on agriculture, on paddy, cotton and chilly plantations here. It is also home to a number of granite industries Population Around 8 lakh Warangal Considered Telangana’s second capital, it’s the second biggest city in the State after Hyderabad. People here depend on agriculture cultivating paddy, cotton, corn and groundnuts as well as vegetables Suryapet This was formerly part of Nalgonda district and is located between the capital cities of both the Telugu states. People are employed in the industrial sector dominated by cement industries followed by pharma and PVC companies 871 km Adilabad to Mancherial 157 km Nirmal Nirmal Mancherial T him a `100 note. He sensed my demonetised embarrassment and smiled. “You don’t have two rupees?” I found a five rupee coin in my purse. He gave me the Little Hearts and three toffees. “Change problems, Maydum. So toffees. It will be sweet like you,” he said. I laughed and walked away . Munching on the Little Hearts I walked by a group of truckers lounging by their vehicles. Despite myself, I smiled at them and a thought flashed in my mind as I did so: what if they get me wrong? “Bolo, Maydum,” said one of the truckers, a middleaged man. “What’s happening? How’s work,” I asked. “What can I say, Maydum? We have no work, so we are sitting here and cracking jokes,” said the trucker. But for demonetisation, these truckers might have been rumbling up NH 44 rather than trade jokes at this layby . “Our lives have become miserable after the government banned `500 and `1,000 notes,” he said although he didn’t in the least look miserable because of the jokes perhaps. His name was Mohammed and he has been driving for 25 years, eventually growing to own a truck. He transports cotton out of the markets of Adilabad. “Since the time this Prime Minister came there’s been nothing for us Muslims,” he said. “Now with demonetisation, there’s no money Cotton buyers pay by cheque and . we get diesel tokens. But what do we feed ourselves with?” Another man in the huddle, Mohammed Pasha, said he had had to cancel his daughter’s engagement. “I’ve been driving for 18 years. I was hoping to be done with one responsibility this year. Now I have to wait for another year. I have no hopes. Nirmal has become a new district, so maybe things will change a bit. But I’m unsure,” he said. It was only 4.30 pm but it got chilly in the bus as we left the hills north of Nirmal. The conductor told me to shut my window not because I might catch a cold but there were monkeys about in the green Karimnagar Hyderabad to Nirmal Peddapalli to Karimnagar 223 km 36 km Karimnagar to Warangal 80 km Warangal Warangal to Khammam 121 km Hyderabad Travelling through Telangana for our New Near travelogues, Rajitha Sanaka endures Mann ki Baat jingles, chats up lounging truckers, scolding sister-in-laws and a bajji vendor who packs takeaways for monkeys he TSRTC bus to Nirmal filled up slowly but we made speed as Sunday morning was sparse and we were on the outskirts of Hyderabad in 15 minutes. The conductor seemed relaxed as he sold me my ticket and signaled to the driver to turn on the radio. The man behind me grunted as the radio crackled to life with a message. “Mana PM manasulo maata vinandi (hear the PM speak from his heart). Tune in to Mann ki Baat in Telugu today!” said the voice full of exclamation marks. And my phone beeped. It was a WhatsApp message from VK-MyGovt: “Ee roju 11 gantalaku radio lo Mann ki Baat. Aa ventane Telugu lo vinavachu. Mobile phone lo vinataniki 1922 ki missed call ivvandi (Mann ki Baat at 11 am. Hear it in Telugu. Give a missed call to 1922.) No exclamation marks but the same importuning urgency . This was going to be a journey from one end of Telangana to another. But the State has the shape of a nautilus on the map – in time-honoured Telugu movie tradition, TRS poets think it’s like a pearl adorning the navel of India — and a passage from extremity to extremity is not going to take long. This journey from the capital in the heart of the State to the northern district of Adilabad is all of 300 km. Yet, I took three catnaps before I talked to the lady next to me. She said she was returning from Basavatarakam after a check-up. Basavatarakam is a cancer hospital in Banjara Hills in Hyderabad, named after the wife of the late N T Rama Rao. My co-passenger had had a tumour removed last year, and happily there was no sign that it , was growing again. I got off at Nirmal and had half an hour before my onward hop to Adilabad. I went walkabout around the terminus and stopped at a shop that reminded me of one close to my office in Begumpet. “Yes, Maydum, what you want?” asked the shopkeeper and I gaped at him. I only wanted one Little Hearts and I was going to give Mancherial to Peddapalli 47 km Peddapalli Linganna and his sister-in-law waiting for a bus at Adilabad to go to Nirmal What’s there to do but crack jokes and feed the monkeys? Khammam Nalgonda Railway journey Bus journey Truck driver Mohammed Ali shows the diesel receipt given by a customer instead of paying him in cash Since the time this Prime Minister came there’s been nothing for us Muslims... Now with demonetisation, there’s no money. Cotton buyers pay by cheque and we get diesel tokens. But what do we feed ourselves with. Our lives have become miserable after the government banned G500 and G1,000 notes Mohammed, a trucker Suryapet Suryapet to Nalgonda Khammam to Suryapet 69 km 61 km countryside. I spotted unplucked fields of cotton. The passenger next to me, too shy to furnish his name or be photographed, said things were better than in the last two years, which were affected by drought. “The rains in fact ruined the crops this year,” he said. After I got off at Adilabad, I managed to inveigle myself into a scolding a farmer was receiving from his sister-in-law. Linganna’s bus to Nirmal was due and bhabhi was using the time to admonish him for his laid-back attitude. Making myself welcome, I asked him if the last crop had gone well. She replied for him. “Most of it was damaged by the rain. But we could have saved something. If only he was responsible.” Linganna just smiled until the bus rescued him and I headed off to buy a snack from a bandi. I was disappointed by Adapu Ashok’s bajji bandi. The bajjis were cold and hard and open and who knows rotting? He took the demonetisation plea. “That’s how it has been in the past two months. We reopened only yesterday after 15 days idle,” he said. Before leaving hungry I asked him what , he does with the unsold bajjis. “In the morning, I pack them and give them to bus drivers going to Mancherial and Nirmal.” He explained himself just as I began to sympathise with the drivers. “They feed the monkeys.” Ashok had said he had no money for rent and had to feed a family of eight. But he seemed happy to be feeding the monkeys. A problem multiplied by division Lakshmi, 66, who sells corn outside Mancherial Railway Station SMALL LIVES MADE SMALLER In north Telangana, the note ban has doused the sense of hope a new year brings I t was on the bus to Mancherial that I remembered the bottles of anardana I had forgotten to pack. Adilabad had been chilly and I subsisted on a plate of two idlis and several packets of potato chips. There was no direct bus to Peddapalli, one of the new districts carved out by the TRS government. So I took the bus to Mancherial and was glad to be ushered to the Ladies seat. I had the window seat and the sun was out. But by the time I reached my destination, I had a headache, leaving me longing for anardana. From the bus terminus I rushed to the railway station to catch the Kagaznagar Express. On the way I spotted a Patanjali store and I , thanked the stars and Baba Ramdev. As I paid for a box of Amla Pachak, I asked the woman minding the store if the past year had been good to her. “It has been nothing less than perfect,” said Anasuya, her optimism surprising me. She commutes 20 km to the store every day but the job kept her happy “I am . single. No dependents and nothing to worry about. The note ban didn’t affect me,” she said, laughing. How so? “I don’t need a lot of money I can live on `2,000 a month. Big fami. lies are the ones suffering,” she explained. Still mulling over this new surprising angle to demonetisation, I stopped at the Women Police Station to eat my Amla Pachak. My headache had eased but now I was hungry I . espied an old woman roasting corn on the cob on the street outside and sensed an opportunity to have a conversation while I sated my hunger. I picked a cob and asked her to a rub a lot of lime and salt on it. As she took my tenner, I asked how business has been. The reply was a staccato burst of fire, taking down the entire political economy of Telangana: “My husband died six years ago and I haven’t received a single benefit from the government. I live with my son who has his own life. What Telangana? Curse Telangana. Nothing has happened since it came. There’s nothing for us. Not a house, not any money Is this the way to look after old people . like me?” And she declared: “Write this! I’ll never vote for Modi or KCR again.” Unlike the luscious American corn invading Hyderabad, this cob was of the native variety, hard to chew even for someone used to opening beer bottles with her teeth. The headache threatened to come back and so I licked the salt and lime and threw the cob away . The 30-minute journey to Peddapalli on the 12758 Up Kagaznagar Express was remarkable only for my encounter at last with the formidable mother-in-law passenger who insisted on keeping her bag on my seat rather than let me sit in it. The Peddapalli railway station was rather more interesting: it had more monkeys, looking diseased, than people. Selfie journeys Once superdistricts, Karimnagar and Warangal are discovering the wages of division since being cut down to size K arimnagar town patterns itself after Hyderabad: You have stand-alone Louis Phillipe stores, ‘Chaineese’ fast food centres, Bawarchi biryani franchises and needless honking in the streets. I stopped an auto and asked to be taken to the bus station for the journey to Warangal. It was 10 am and the driver Ravi said it would take less than five minutes. Speeding down a near-empty main street, I wondered if it was past rush hour but Ravi said this is what things have come to since three new districts — Sircilla, Jagtial and Peddapalli — were carved out of Karimnagar. Ravi didn’t sound like he liked it. “You used to be stuck in traffic jams until 12 noon on a working day After Karimna. gar was divided, people have moved and our business has fallen by 40 per cent. The decision may be good for the new districts, but it has been a blow to Karimnagar. He has a wife and child to support. He didn’t expect much from the new year. “What can you say? You saw how unpredictable 2016 was. Who expected the Delhi government to ban big notes? Who thought the new districts would affect Karimnagar. Anything can happen,” he said. I mulled over the irony of Karimnagar, the epicentre of the Telangana agitation, suffering the wages of division as I got onto the express bus to Warangal. It was a short hop of 80 km but the sun was warmer than it had been in Adilabad. The road was part of NH 163 connecting to the Vajpayee Golden Quad and Warangal was quickly reached, another town mimicking Hydera- 59-year-old G Ravi, who sells books at the railway station in Warangal You used to be stuck in traffic jams until 12 noon on a working day. After Karimnagar was divided, people have moved and our business has fallen by 40 per cent As I walked onto the platform, the announcement was being made for the Hyderabad-Howrah 18646 Up East Coast Express. I asked the ticket collector where my seat would be. He asked to see my ticket and wrote ‘50’ on the back. “Please take seat 51 in this compartment,” he said. I got on and opened a magazine to read when I realised he had come for me. He asked me to pay `50 and I gave him the money Now . what was that, 50, 51 and all that? I gazed out the window to unplucked cotton fields until another man, clad in a white shirt and trousers, asked me if my seat was reserved. I showed him the ticket. “Is pe Khammam jaate aap? (You want to go to Khammam on this ticket),” he said and then examined the ticket. He returned it and walked away I asked the man seated . beside me what had just happened. He looked at my ticket and explained, “You won’t find place in the general compartment. But with this ticket you can travel in the AC compartment also. Depends on how much the collector wants to charge,” he told me. Wait a minute, who gets the money? “It goes into his pocket, obviously . It is common here,” the man said. In Khammam, I was to wait for a contact to pick me up and so sat down with three greasy, chote samose when a 60-year-old daily wage worker came and sat by my side. She was ordering her husband to sleep on the cleaner side of the platform. “We came for his checkup,” Mareed Kausalya said, indicating her husband. He was diagnosed with ‘fever’. “There are hospitals in my village, but they don’t treat us well,” she said. Hopes, frustrations of people in Telangana in the New Year P6 Nalgonda The primary occupation of people in this district is agriculture where they cultivate paddy. Miryalguda mandal in the district has the second highest number of rice mills in Asia Ravi, an auto driver in Karimnagar bad with a flash mob distracting the bus driver from the green signal and the hoardings inviting youngsters to a DJ party . Before catching the train to Khammam, I thought I would dart into a book store to get a book worm’s perspective. I found a store in the station and bought three magazines and a novel — a bit ambitious for a two-hour-journey. The man in the store didn’t seem happy either. I asked G Ravi how sales have been and he said, “Not much. People buy newspapers and magazines. We get a 10 per cent commission. If there is a sale of `1,000, I get `100. That’s hardly anything.” Alarmingly, he added that he was thinking of quitting and taking up a security guard role. Warangal too has suffered from being sundered into several districts. Once the Uttar Pradesh of Telangana, it has been cut down to size. “People don’t come to Warangal too often now. They go to the new district HQs. The rush has come down. And the note ban has brought business down by 50 per cent,” said Ravi. “I will shift to something else now,” he told me. He looked bleak but he cheered up when I invited him to join me in a selfie. “People should learn about our misery,” he said as I thanked and left. Phase 4 | February 23 53 constituencies 117 constituencies Single phase | February 4 MARCH 11 RESULTS FOR ALL STATES GOA 40 constituencies What’s new this time? Nearly all ID cards to have photos All-women polling booths will be set up in certain areas Protection to members of SC/ ST community will be provided wherever required EC is mapping polling stations to make them disabledfriendly Phase 5 | February 27 52 constituencies Phase 6 | March 4 49 constituencies Phase 7 | March 8 40 constituencies Candidates should have bank accounts. Expenses above C20,000 should be made only through bank accounts/ cheques Candidates can spend up to D28 lakh in UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand and D20 lakh in Manipur and Goa Religion, caste out of way, de-mon to get full poll play Elections in five states considered by many as a referendum on the popularity of Modi govt and demonetisation; outcomes likely to impact 2019 Lok Sabha polls WHEN NOTE BAN BACKFIRED ON MORAJI DESAI Modi govt is set to face its first electoral response to note ban, just like the Moraji Desai govt in 1978 Banning high value notes took a heavy toll on Desai’s govt which performed poorly in six Assembly polls BJP leaders say there is no reason to compare as Modi was voted to power to fight corruption Deciding factor would be what people think; if the move was to curb black money or weaken oppn FULL REPORT: P7 06 Phase 3 | February 19 69 constituencies PUNJAB @ Bengaluru EIGHT persons were detained by the police on Wednesday in connection with the molestation of a woman in Kammanahalli, Bengaluru, in the early hours of Jan 1. The shocking incident was captured by a CCTV camera and drew widespread outrage after visuals went viral. On Wednesday, Hemanth Nimbalkar, ACP (East), formed teams headed by East DCP Ajay Hillori and northeast DCP P S Harsha, and picked up 12 persons for questioning. The police detained them based on mobile phones that were active in the specific location during the time. Four were let off after questioning. Police officials said the suspects are locals and may have known or seen the victim before. They followed the victim before groping her. Nimbalkar said, “We have registered a suo motu case. Teams have been formed to nab the accused and we have some leads. We will crack the case very soon.” Eight police inspectors and police sub-inspectors, besides police personnel from the technical wing have also been put on the case,” a police source said, adding that the victim is a student of a city college and is said to be from a north-eastern state. City Police commissioner Praveen Sood clarified that his tweet on Tuesday night about registering an FIR was in connection to the Kammanahalli case and not about the M G Road one as the investigators are yet to find evidence in that regard. The suo motu case was registered after Hennur police inspector Srinivas registered a complaint. Phase 2 | February 15 67 constituencies Can Budget be announced ahead of polls? The Election Commission is examining the representation of various political parties for not allowing the presentation of the Union Budget during the poll process of five states and will take a call on it soon. Various parties have opposed the presentation of Budget ahead of polls as the sops announced by the government could influence voters. P9 Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi announcing the poll schedule in New Delhi on Wednesday | PTI S A N T W A N A B H AT TA C H A R YA @ New Delhi WHEN five states go to the polls between Feb 4 and March 8, it would be more than just a vote for a clutch of provincial governments. A whole range of cross-state, even national, themes and factors will be at play this spring. The recent Supreme Court ruling on secularism, the second season verdict on demonetisation and the delicate balance of regional and national forces and what they represent, are all at stake. In addition to this, in the biggest state of them all, Uttar Pradesh, the intense flux the political equations were thrown into, has got a narrow time frame to resolve or reform itself -- the ruling Samajwadi Party’s future shape may even have a bearing going forward to 2019. If Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and patriarch Mulayam Singh come together in an acceptable arrangement, the contest will stay largely triangu- A15 trillion lar. Or if it is an uneasy truce, malcontents like Shivpal Yadav will have seven long phases -ranging from Feb to March 8 -- within which to subvert SP’s chances. In the event of an outright split, it becomes a highly unpredictable four-cornered contest with BJP handed a distinct advantage. The Congress as a minor fourth player could also be a factor if it can manage a tie -up with the Akhilesh-faction of the SP along with Ajit Singh’s Jat-belt party , RLD. Had it not been the size of the Assembly, all of 403 seats, with larger implications, UP could have been a straight contest between two regional forces, Akhilesh and Mayawati, with the BSP chief trying to make a comeback. But much is at stake for the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well. Not because it’s a prestige fight. The PM represents Varanasi in UP A win in the largest State could make the . next round of Assembly battles, like Gujarat, and 2019 easier. It would also have a direct bearing on the presidential polls scheduled later this year. Not to mention how an unsatisfactory tally in any of the five Assemblies, particularly UP, would also be read as a negative popular verdict on demonetisation. The impact of that policy move can already be felt on the poll process, with cash being in short supply. Not more than `20,000 can be spent in cash by candidates, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi ordained on Wednesday, while announcing the poll dates. These wider factors are why this poll season is being spoken of as a referendum on the Modi Government’s popularity As for the GOP the real stakes are in Punjab . , (polling on Feb 4) , Uttarakhand (Feb 15) and Manipur (March 4 and 8) and Goa (Feb 4), in that order. In Punjab, the Congress is not only fighting the ruling Akali-BJP combine, but also a desperate Arvind Kejriwal. According to sources quoted by PTI, C15 trillion of the C15.4 trillion banned notes have returned to the system, indicating almost all the black money managed to find its way back. The govt has not yet released the official data despite deposit deadline ending on Dec 31 STIRRING UP A HORNET’S NEST EXPRESS READ Former CS Pradeep Chandra takes potshots at govt ISRO to launch 103 satellites at one go EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Hyderabad There was a feeling among the public that sincere and committed officers were not rewarded Pradeep Chandra, former CS AMID criticism over the manner in which a section of officers were not treated properly, retired chief secretary K Pradeep Chandra took potshots at the state government for showing favouritism, at a felicitation function organised by the state government at the Secretariat here on Wednesday . Pradeep Chandra’s indirect reference to the manner in which he was treated is likely to trigger a debate on the way the state gov- ernment was treating officials, especially IAS officers. ‘‘There was a feeling among the public that sincere and committed officers were not rewarded. It is more so if the officer concerned is an SC,’’ he said. “After my retirement, I have received several calls from the people expressing anguish,” Pradeep Chandra said and suggested the state government to send some positive signals to the public otherwise, the staff would be demoralised. On the government not extending his tenure as chief secretary , Pradeep Chandra, who was in the post for just for one month, said, “Unfortunately, I was run out even without my fault.” Recalling his experiences as an IAS officer in his 34 years service, he explained how he rescued the then MLA Balaraju who was held hostage by Naxalites during his stint as Visakhapatnam district collector. Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who was present at the felicitation of former chief secretary Rajiv Sharma, was conspicuous by his absence this time. Tirupati: India’s space agency ISRO will launch a record 103 satellites at one go on a single rocket in February in a major feat not attempted by any country. The launch will be a major feat in country’s space history as no exercise on this scale has been attempted before. Forget rollout in April, GST won’t happen till Sept E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE deadlock over the Goods and Services Tax (GST) continued on Wednesday with the Centre and states refusing to budge from their respective positions on issues like control of tax payers and taxing high-sea trade. The stalemate threatens to delay the rollout of the tax reform till September. It was scheduled to come into force from April 1. While sectors like telecom, IT, banking and insurance want centralised registration, states have demanded an integrated GST law. The two-day meeting of the all-powerful GST Council, the 8th in a row, made little headway in finding a solution in this regard. “We know the difficulties, we are moving against time,” Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said. The Council will meet again on January 16 to discuss the issue of jurisdiction over assessees and hopefully find a solution to the differences on taxation of territorial waters. The states are demanding a status similar to the Special Economic Zones for their coast waters. “The issue of high seas being part of Centre or State territory is close to resolution. But, a Constitutional solution has to be found,” Jaitley said. The states have suggested that the Centre can make legislation that would allow the transactions in territorial waters to be treated as intra-state sales. Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said the other remaining issues before the GST Council include ways to fund the compensation to states for GST rollout and states participation in Integrated GST (IGST). “Working overtime, it should be possible to meet the deadline of September. I am not very optimistic about rolling GST out in June/July. Because it is a new tax and lot of complexity involved, it would be better to move in after full preparation. So GST, to my understanding, will be implemented from September,” Thomas Isaac said. States want 60:40 sharing ratio on taxes Some states want GST revenue from highest tax bracket to be shared in 60:40 ratio with the Centre, instead of the present 50:50. “Highest bracket is 28 per cent and of this how much will be the Centre and State’s share, nowhere in the law is it defined and it seems to be taken for granted it is 50:50. Ever since the Independence in the Centre-State financial relation, the imbalance has been growing wider,” Kerala FM Isaac said. Ever since the Independence in the Centre-state financial relation the imbalance has been growing wider and states’ rights have been curtailed. That can be corrected by ensuring State’s share in GST is 60% Thomas Isaac, Kerala FM FEE REIMBURSEMENT Opposition MLAs stage protest for four hours inside House, evicted EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Hyderabad OPPOSITION Congress, TDP and CPM members staged a protest for more than four hours in the well of the state Assembly before being evicted and shifted out of the Assembly premises by the police. The MIM and BJP too had protested the manner in which the House was adjourned. The Assembly took up short discussion on fee reimbursement scheme and scholarships to students on Wednesday . Replying to the discussion, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said that his government will continue the scheme introduced by the previous Congress government and will pay the fee reimbursement dues to students for the current academic year the following year. “We will continue the fee reimbursement scheme as it is. Even during the Congress regime, the dues were pending for one year. We have not changed any rules of the scheme,” the chief minister said. Not satisfied with the answer, the Opposition members sought clarifications on CM’s reply. At this juncture the deputy speaker Padma Davendar Reddy, adjourned the House. Furious over the move the Opposition continued their protests in the House seeking clarifications from Rao. All the floor leaders including K Jana Reddy (Congress), Akbaruddin Owaisi (MIM), G Kishan Reddy (BJP) and A Revanth Reddy (TDP) discussed about the manner in which the House was adjourned and decided not to leave the House. Congress members led by TPCC chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy squatted on the stairs leading to the Speaker’s chair followed by TDP and CPM member BJP and MIM members too stayed back in the House but sat in their seats. After half-an-hour, the BJP members met Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary and lodged their protest and left the House. MIM members too left the House after sometime but the Congress, TDP and CPM members stayed put in the House. As the Opposi- NSUI leader SRK Reddy who was injured while trying to lay siege to the Assembly in Hyderabad on Wednesday | EXPRESS NSUI CALLS FOR BANDH TODAY Protesting against the lack of assurance on release of fee reimbursement, the NSUI gave a call for state-wide bandh of educational institutions on Thursday. tion MLAs squatted inside, NSUI activists tried to lay siege to the Assembly but their attempt was thwarted by the police. A NSUI activist, SRK Reddy was injured , in the melee. With the opposition members not relenting, marshals have to physically lift them and shift them to their respective party offices. MORE: P5
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