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Telugu Desam Party’s (TDP’s) Sandra Venkata Veeraiah, a four-time MLA, too made a similar statement expressing his wish to join the TRS.(PTI/ Representative Image)

Defections worry Congress in Telangana ahead of Lok Sabha election 2019

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Gali Nagaraja
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2019 08:13 AM IST
Two tribal lawmakers, Athram Sakku representing Asifabad in Komaram Bheem of Asifabad district and Regula Kantha Rao from Pinapaka in Bhadhradri Kothagudem district, resigned from the grand old party and crossed over to chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s TRS.
The total strength of the Telangana cabinet has gone up to 12 after the induction of the new ministers(HT Photo)
The total strength of the Telangana cabinet has gone up to 12 after the induction of the new ministers(HT Photo)

KCR expands cabinet after 67 days; leaves out son, nephew

UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2019 02:57 PM IST
KCR’s son KT Rama Rao and nephew and Siddipet MLA T Harish Rao, who held important portfolios of information technology and irrigation respectively in the previous cabinet, were left out this time.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao.(PTI photo)
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao.(PTI photo)

2 months after re-election, KCR yet to finalise Telangana cabinet

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Gali Nagaraja
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2019 11:49 AM IST
It has been 64 days since Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao began his second innings as the chief minister of the country’s youngest state.
Telangana CM KCR is likely to meet his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam on February 14.(PTI)
Telangana CM KCR is likely to meet his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam on February 14.(PTI)

KCR, Yogi Adityanath to meet at religious ceremony in Visakhapatnam on Feb 14

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2019 09:25 AM IST
Both the chief ministers will attend the concluding ceremony of ashta bandhana maha kumbh abhishekam at the Sri Sarada Peetham headed by popular Hindu seer Swamy Swaroopanandendra from February 10 to 14.
The poster depicts “Democracy in Telangana” as Draupadi, wife of the Pandavas, being disrobed by Dushshasana, represented by election officers.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
The poster depicts “Democracy in Telangana” as Draupadi, wife of the Pandavas, being disrobed by Dushshasana, represented by election officers.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Congress poster compares poll malpractices to Draupadi disrobing, draws flak

UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2019 11:56 PM IST
The poster depicts “Democracy in Telangana” as Draupadi, wife of the Pandavas, being disrobed by Dushshasana, represented by election officers.
Files Photo: Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu at a press conference. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Files Photo: Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu at a press conference. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Chandrababu Naidu copying KCR’s welfare schemes to win Andhra elections, alleges TRS

Hindustan Times, Vijayawada/Hyderabad | By Gali Nagaraja/Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2019 06:55 PM IST
KT Rama Rao has said that after TRS won assembly elections in Telangana, Chandrababu Naidu has been copying KCR’s schemes to win Andhra state polls.
An electoral officer demonstrates the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) during the review meeting of poll preparedness of the state for the upcoming general elections, in Patna, Bihar.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
An electoral officer demonstrates the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) during the review meeting of poll preparedness of the state for the upcoming general elections, in Patna, Bihar.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)

EVMs fine, poll losers find problems, says TRS on tampering row

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2019 06:05 PM IST
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Tuesday dismissed fears of tampering in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), saying those who had lost polls had issues with the ballot machines.
Amid chanting of Vedic hymns by hundreds of pandits, KCR and his wife Shobha began the Maha Rudra Sahita Sahasra Chandi Yagyam by breaking a coconut and pumpkin in front of the massive yagyashala, the place where the ritual is conducted.(HT Photo)
Amid chanting of Vedic hymns by hundreds of pandits, KCR and his wife Shobha began the Maha Rudra Sahita Sahasra Chandi Yagyam by breaking a coconut and pumpkin in front of the massive yagyashala, the place where the ritual is conducted.(HT Photo)

KCR begins five-day mega yagyam for ‘better governance’

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2019 04:30 PM IST
Buoyant with the stupendous victory of TRS in the recent assembly elections, party president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday began a five-day mega Vedic ritual at his farmhouse in Erravelli village of Siddipet district to get ‘rid of all obstacles for his future endeavours’.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao. Three members of the legislative council (MLCs), who defected from Telangana Rashtra Samithi to Congress before the recent assembly elections, were disqualified from their membership on Wednesday.(PTI)
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao. Three members of the legislative council (MLCs), who defected from Telangana Rashtra Samithi to Congress before the recent assembly elections, were disqualified from their membership on Wednesday.(PTI)

3 TRS MLCs, who defected to Congress, disqualified from membership

Hindustan Times | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2019 07:13 PM IST
While Bhupathi Reddy was elected to the legislative council from Nizamabad local bodies’ constituency in 2015, Yadava Reddy was elected to the upper house by the MLAs in 2016 and Ramulu Naik was nominated under the Governor’s quota in 2014.
Telangana newly elected Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, center, arrives for the Telangana Formation Day celebrations at soon after his swearing in ceremony, Parade ground in Hyderabad, India, Monday, June 2, 2014. Celebrations greeted the creation Monday of India's newest state of Telangana, marking the formal division of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.(AP)
Telangana newly elected Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, center, arrives for the Telangana Formation Day celebrations at soon after his swearing in ceremony, Parade ground in Hyderabad, India, Monday, June 2, 2014. Celebrations greeted the creation Monday of India's newest state of Telangana, marking the formal division of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.(AP)

KCR’s poll doles may put a dent in Telangana coffers

Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2019 07:45 AM IST
The TRS has also promised to waive crop loans up to Rs 1 lakh. During the earlier stint, the government spent nearly Rs 17,000 crore for this scheme in four instalments.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president and Telangana chief minster K Chandrashekar Rao.(PTI File)
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president and Telangana chief minster K Chandrashekar Rao.(PTI File)

TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao ‘to back’ Jagan Reddy in Andhra assembly elections

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2019 03:56 PM IST
KCR, as Rao is popularly know, cannot have an alliance with the YSRCP as he has no presence in Andhra Pradesh, according to TRS leaders. But TRS will “take active part” in electioneering in Andhra, they said.
TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday in New Delhi(ANI)
TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday in New Delhi(ANI)

Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao meets PM Narendra Modi in Delhi

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2018 05:06 PM IST
This was Rao’s first meeting with Modi after the former won the assembly elections to return to power in Telangana.
Supporters of Telangana hold a balloon with an image of Telangana Rashtra Samiti TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao.(AFP File Photo)
Supporters of Telangana hold a balloon with an image of Telangana Rashtra Samiti TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao.(AFP File Photo)

TRS to reach out to TMC, SP, BSP to pitch federal front idea

Hyderabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2018 03:49 PM IST
TRS deputy floor leader in the Lok Sabha, B Vinod Kumar, said his party has already “sold the idea” of a united front to the regional parties.
In a sudden and swift development, Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday appointed his son and Siricilla MLA KT Rama Rao as the working president of the party(PTI Photo)
In a sudden and swift development, Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday appointed his son and Siricilla MLA KT Rama Rao as the working president of the party(PTI Photo)

To focus on national politics, KCR elevates son KT Rama Rao in big party rejig after Telangana sweep

UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2018 06:15 PM IST
It is for the first time in the 14-year history of the TRS that the post of a working president has been created with KCR, as he is popularly known, running the party single-handedly as all the while.
BJP national spokesperson G. V. L. Narasimha Rao claimed KCR’s efforts also show that the Congress and its President Rahul Gandhi were not acceptable to many regional parties as an alternative to the BJP,(PTI)
BJP national spokesperson G. V. L. Narasimha Rao claimed KCR’s efforts also show that the Congress and its President Rahul Gandhi were not acceptable to many regional parties as an alternative to the BJP,(PTI)

KCR pursuing his ambitions like other regional parties: BJP

Hyderabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2018 02:39 PM IST
The NDA headed by the BJP, he asserted was as strong as in 2014 and would return to power despite “rival ambitions of a multitude of rival friends”.
President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and lawmaker Asaduddin Owaisi(AP)
President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and lawmaker Asaduddin Owaisi(AP)

‘Congress doesn’t have the capacity to stop PM Modi,’ says Asaduddin Owaisi

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2018 09:58 AM IST
The Hyderabad MP said he has his ‘grave doubts’ about the Congress’ capacity to defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Assembly election results 2018: Out of the five states which went to polls in this election cycle, Telangana was the only one which had an umbrella coalition of anti-BJP parties.(HT File Photo)
Assembly election results 2018: Out of the five states which went to polls in this election cycle, Telangana was the only one which had an umbrella coalition of anti-BJP parties.(HT File Photo)

Assembly election results 2018: Big boost for TRS in seat, vote shares as Opposition alliance suffers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Jha
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2018 12:59 PM IST
The combined vote share of the Congress, TDP, Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Telangana Jan Samithi (TJS) was 6.42 percentage points more than the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) vote share in the 2014 assembly elections for the 119 seats in Telangana.
Congress workers celebrate the party's good show in assembly elections of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh at AICC headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday.(PTI)
Congress workers celebrate the party's good show in assembly elections of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh at AICC headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday.(PTI)

Elections results reactions: Congress, opposition parties hail anti-BJP wave, eye Delhi in 2019 polls

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2018 07:05 PM IST
Congress and opposition parties hailed the assembly election results on Tuesday, saying people wanted BJP out and are moving towards an alternative, as they hoped to repeat the performance in the 2019 general elections.
TRS supporters celebrate outside TRS Bhavan, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
TRS supporters celebrate outside TRS Bhavan, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Telangana assembly elections 2018: TRS sweeps Telangana, KCR wins by over 50,000 votes

Hyderabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2018 05:45 PM IST
Telangana assembly elections 2018: Soon after the vote count began at 8 am it became clear that Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi party will sweep back to power with almost three-fourths majority.
The one and only one factor that won the day for the TRS, appears to be the charisma of party president K Chandrasekhar Rao(PTI)
The one and only one factor that won the day for the TRS, appears to be the charisma of party president K Chandrasekhar Rao(PTI)

Telangana election results 2018: TRS heads towards a massive victory for second successive term

Hyderabad, Hindustan Times | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2018 11:11 AM IST
Going by the trends, TRS is likely to get a three-fourths majority in the 119-member assembly. It is a huge mandate for the party, which won 63 seats, just three seats more than the absolute majority, in 2014.
AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi has reiterated his support for TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao(File Photo)
AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi has reiterated his support for TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao(File Photo)

Election results 2018: Scramble for alliance in Telengana before results day

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2018 10:09 AM IST
Telangana Assembly Election Results 2018: The main challenge to TRS is the Maha Kootami or grand alliance of four parties led by the Congress. The Telugu Desam Party, which is in power in Andhra Pradesh, is part of this alliance, besides the Communist Party of India and the Telangana Jana Samithi
AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi has reiterated his support for TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao.(PTI file photo)
AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi has reiterated his support for TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao.(PTI file photo)

Telangana assembly results 2018: KCR’s gamble pays off, TRS set to form govt

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2018 12:27 PM IST
The main challenge to TRS is the Maha Kootami or grand alliance of four parties led by the Congress. The Telugu Desam Party, which is in power in Andhra Pradesh, is part of this alliance, besides the Communist Party of India and the Telangana Jana Samithi.
Telangana’s ruling TRS and the Congress-led opposition front are exploring options to come to power in the state in case no party wins a majority in the December 7 assembly election, ahead of counting on Tuesday (AP File Photo)(AP)
Telangana’s ruling TRS and the Congress-led opposition front are exploring options to come to power in the state in case no party wins a majority in the December 7 assembly election, ahead of counting on Tuesday (AP File Photo)(AP)

Telangana assembly elections: TRS, People’s Front explore options to win power if assembly hung

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2018 06:27 PM IST
Telangana assembly elections: While both the TRS and People’s Front have been expressing confidence that they would win the elections, they are not taking chances and are exploring various options in case they fall short of absolute majority mark of 60 seats in the 119-member assembly.
Telangana assembly elections 2018: AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi Monday said TRS will form the next government in Telangana on its own strength and his party will stand by it and its chief K Chandrasekhar Rao.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Telangana assembly elections 2018: AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi Monday said TRS will form the next government in Telangana on its own strength and his party will stand by it and its chief K Chandrasekhar Rao.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Telangana assembly elections 2018: TRS will form next government on its own strength, says Asaduddin Owaisi

Hyderabad | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2018 03:00 PM IST
Telangana assembly elections 2018: AIMIM contested eight seats in the December 7 Assembly elections as against the seven in 2014 polls, and supported the TRS.
Telangana assembly elections 2018: Polling officers check election materials before taking it to their polling stations in Hyderabad.(AP)
Telangana assembly elections 2018: Polling officers check election materials before taking it to their polling stations in Hyderabad.(AP)

Telangana assembly elections 2018 records 67.5% voter turnout

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivas Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2018 10:52 PM IST
Telangana assembly elections 2018: The turnout is marginally lower than the 68.5% that was recorded in the Telangana region in the 2014 elections, which was held together for the erstwhile undivided Andhra Pradesh.
Telangana assembly elections 2018: Congress President Rahul Gandhi with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu during a public meeting in poll-bound Telangana state.(PTI)
Telangana assembly elections 2018: Congress President Rahul Gandhi with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu during a public meeting in poll-bound Telangana state.(PTI)

Telangana elections exit polls show KCR’s early poll gamble may pay off

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2018 11:40 PM IST
Telangana assembly elections 2018: Telangana was supposed to hold its assembly elections in May 2019 along with the Lok Sabha elections. However, caretaker chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR), who heads the TRS, dissolved the assembly in September 2018, forcing an early election to be held in the state.
Telangana elections 2018 Live updates: 67% polling till now, voters still in queues.(AP)
Telangana elections 2018 Live updates: 67% polling till now, voters still in queues.(AP)

Telangana elections 2018 highlights: 67% polling recorded

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2018 10:04 PM IST

After a high-voltage campaign that saw war of words among contending parties, Telangana is set for Assembly polls on Friday with the Congress-led alliance challenging the ruling TRS, and the BJP seeking to make it a triangular contest. According to Telangana’s Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar, polling will be held from 7 am to 5 pm in 106 constituencies while in 13 Left Wing Extremism affected constituencies polling will conclude at 4 pm.In the five hours of polling, 41.96% had voted in Telangana in assembly elections that could set the tone for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.Campaigning by political parties came to an end at 5 pm on Wednesday. The assembly polls in Telangana were originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections next year, but the House was dissolved on September 6 as per a recommendation by the state cabinet. (Click here to follow live updates of Rajasthan assembly polls)It is to be seen if KCR’s gamble to opt for early elections pays off.The Congress has stitched together “Prajakutami” (People’s Front) along with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and the CPI to take on the ruling TRS, led by caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR).The TRS, seeking a second term in office, is going alone, as also the BJP.

After spending the past month criss-crossing the state, KCR spent the final day of campaign in his own constituency of Gajwel.(File Photo)
After spending the past month criss-crossing the state, KCR spent the final day of campaign in his own constituency of Gajwel.(File Photo)

Telangana assembly elections 2018: KCR’s early polls gamble put to test

Hyderabad/Mahbubnagar/Warangal | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2018 11:18 PM IST
Telangana assembly elections 2018: On Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi and Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu held a joint rally where they attacked both PM Modi and K Chandrasekhar Rao for shattering the ‘dreams’ people had when Telangana was created.
Telangana Congress working president A Revanth Reddy addresses the media in relation to the recent raid in his residence by Income Tax department, in Hyderabad.(PTI)
Telangana Congress working president A Revanth Reddy addresses the media in relation to the recent raid in his residence by Income Tax department, in Hyderabad.(PTI)

Telangana Congress leader held ahead of KCR’s meeting, released later

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2018 08:19 PM IST
Telangana Congress working president Anumula Revanth Reddy, who was arrested by the police in an early morning swoop on his residence in Kodangal of Vikarabad district, was released in the evening following a direction from the Hyderabad high court.
Smriti Irani on Tuesday alleged that the ruling TRS had ‘failed’ to take the central schemes to people at the grass root level.(PTI)
Smriti Irani on Tuesday alleged that the ruling TRS had ‘failed’ to take the central schemes to people at the grass root level.(PTI)

Telangana assembly election 2018:TRS failed to take central schemes to people at grass root level, says Smriti Irani

Hyderabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2018 06:29 PM IST
Addressing an election rally at Nizamabad, she said if voted to power, the BJP would provide bicycles at free of cost to girl students from class VII to X, besides scooter at 50 per cent subsidy to young ladies pursuing higher studies.
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