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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Behind The Scene: KVR fails Naidu hopes!

Former Chief Minister and Telugu Desam president N Chandrababu Naidu feels he is a great strategist in politics, but quite often, he is proved wrong.

Look for instance, the appointment of former minister and ex-CBI chief K Vijayarama Rao as the president of Greater Hyderabad Telugu Desam. Naidu thought KVR is a non-controversial leader and has a lot of leadership qualities. Because of his clean image, KVR would do justice to all sections in the party, Naidu thought.

But KVR failed Naidu's expectations miserably. He doesn't come out of his glass houses and air-conditioned vehicles and has no contact with the people or party workers. Disgusted with his appointment, senior TD leaders like Talasani Srinivasa Yadav and G Sayanna, are keeping away from active party activities. And he has finalized names of all the TD divisional heads in the Greater Hyderabad without going into their credentials, causing a lot of unrest among the genuine party workers.

Now, after realizing that all is not well in the party under his leadership, KVR is pressurizing Naidu to send him to Rajya Sabha in the elections to be held in March. Thus, he has virtually thrown up his hands on running the city party. Now, the TD is totally in a disarray on facing the GHMC elections!

Chiru's party plans hastens Babu's blood bank

Former chief minister and Telugu Desam president N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday ordered demolition of a structure in TD headquarters NTR Bhavan to make way for a modern blood bank. Though the proposal of a blood bank has been on the cards for quite some time now, Chandrababu Naidu rushed through it after he got concrete evidence that film star Chiranjeevi was serious about his plans to launch a political party.

The film star has denied having authorised anyone to speak on his behalf that he was jumping into politics after quitting the film world. But he did not confirm or deny that he was launching a political party. Chandrababu Naidu gathered more information about Chiranjeevi's plans through his courses in the Tollywood and film personalities loyal to the Telugu Desam. A jittery Chandrababu Naidu wanted to speed up the blood bank plans and start work immediately after the harvest festival of Sankranti. Chiranjeevi himself is running a blood bank and Chandrababu Naidu wants to outsmart him through his own medical services.

The long defunct doctors' unit in the Telugu Desam was also revived. With the TD jumping into the election mood, service activities are also speed up. A modern blood bank is one of the service activities of the Telugu Desam to endear itself with the masses before the hustings. Let's see whether Chiru's blood bank will have more takers or will Chandrababu Naidu's blood bank will become numero uno in the State. Of course, not in terms of publicity but in terms of service.

TV to play spoilsport for junior doctors

The YSR government has decided to invoke the provisions of the Essential Services Maintenance Act against the striking junior doctors. If the provisions are invoked, then the doctors could be arrested and put behind the bars. The government may even take disciplinary action.

But the major problem before the State government is, against whom it should proceed. So it has got a novel idea of identifying the leaders behind the strike. But how? Just go through the news clippings shown on various TV channels and identify the most outspoken striking junior doctors. Once they have been identified, trace their addresses and swoop on them in the dead of the night. Arrest them and put them behind the bars.

So the TV has in a way become a major headache for the striking junior doctors. The best way left for the junior doctors is to revert to the good old days when there used to be just media statements written on a piece of paper and sent to newspapers. Now that the junior doctors have come to know the real intentions of the government and the damage their TV interviews are going to do, they will be very careful henceforth and shy away from the TV cameras.

Fact Sheet: YSR hits two birds at one shot

After promulgating the ordinance to prevent violent attacks on doctors and damage to the hospitals, Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajasekhar Reddy has decided to go tough with the junior doctors, who continue to be on strike demanding arrest of the MIM MLAs.

The Chief Minister, who had no other option but to go soft on the Majlis party in the interest of the Congress party, served a stern warning on the striking doctors stating that the government would invoke Essential Services Maintenance Act against the, if they do not join duties by Wednesday. YSR's decision followed a firm stand taken by the State High Court against the doctors.

While it appeared that the government was favouring the junior doctors, the Chief Minister's warning was a sort of slap on the face of the Opposition parties who are trying to gain mileage by supporting the doctors. YSR knows that his tough stand against the doctors would get him appreciation from people, especially the poorer sections, who regularly go to the government hospitals. And that is hitting two birds at one shot!

TRS brainwashes girls on Telangana

A shrewed politician that he is, Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhra Rao is now targeting the girl students to involve them seriously to participate in the separate Telangana movement.

More than 600 girl students attended the training classes on separate Telangana conducted by the TRS president at Telangana bhavan in Banjara Hills on Tuesday.

All the girls were provided with pink khanduwas and chunnis and were thoroughly brainwashed by KCR on the need to have a separate State. The classes will continue for few more batches, TRS sources say.

According to these sources, KCR is of the view that girls of Telangana have a far more understanding of the problems of Telangana and therefore, have more seriousness towards the movement. He has asked his party leaders to target only Telangana girls from government colleges, schools and corporate institutions and prepare training modules for them. The girls would be taught the history of Telangana, the injustice meted out to the region over several decades and why there is a need to have a separate State. Going by the response from the girls, KCR is more or less successful in his strategy.

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