Shani Shingnapur agitation: Bhumata Brigade’s Trupti Desai gets threat letter warning her of Dabholkar-like fate

Mumbai: Bhumata Brigade president Trupti Desai, who is spearheading the agitation against the Shani Shingnapur temple authorities seeking the end of 400-year-old tradition of not allowing women into the sanctum sanctorum, has received an anonymous threat letter on Friday warning her of dire consequences like thinker Narendra Dabholkar. Dabholkar was found murdered on 20 August 2013. His fault — he steadfastly vouched for the passing of the Anti-Superstition and Black Magic Ordinance in the Maharashtra Assembly.The two-page letter written in Marathi, a copy of which is with Firstpost, questioned her selection of Shani Shingnapur temple as her agenda at a time when her state Maharashtra is grappling with a plethora of other problems. The letter warned her either to stay away from the issue or face fatal consequences like Dabholkar. Desai has filed a complaint against unknown person at the Sahkar Nagar Police Station in Pune. A police officer confirmed about the threatening contents of the letter. “We will investigate the letter,” the police officer said. However, the Bhumata Brigade chief is not scared by the threat to her life. “No, I am not frightened by the threat. If anyone is threatening to kill me, the person should come on record. He is afraid of me. That’s why he has not dared to mention his name. This kind of threats are common in social service,” Desai told Firstpost from Pune. The letter asked Desai if she is aware that about farmers or school children committing suicide for want of money. It levelled charges against the Bhumata Brigade saying that the organisation is not doing enough when girls are repeatedly becoming victims of honour killing. The letter even had a suggestion for Desai advising her to focus on improving the quality of girl education. She made it clear that although she has filed a police complaint she does not want a security detail accompanying her. “I don’t want police protection and I have not asked for it. The home portfolio is with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis but look at the law and order situation in the state. In the last two and half years thinker Dabholkar and Pansare were killed but the main culprits are still not in police net. It’s really a shame on us,” Desai said. CPI leader Govind Pansare was fatally shot at on 20 February in Kolhapur last year. Despite the threat perception, the Bhumata Brigade head said the agitation would go on. “Last week we had asked for a meeting with the chief minister but he is too busy. Let’s see or else we will hold a big agitation once again at Shani Shingnapur,” she said.Refuting allegations that she was being used by the Congress against the BJP, Desai said, “I was a Congress worker earlier. After we formed the Bhumata Brigade in 2007 in the Pune district, I have been associated only with that.” Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam also backed the demand made by Bhumata Brigade on allowing women to pray at the sacred-most area of the temple. “I am of the belief that women should be allowed equal rights at all temples,” Nirupam said, adding, “Respecting women is our core value. They must be allowed in Shani Shingnapur temple.” The Maharashtra chief minister had voiced a similar opinion last week. “Indian culture and Hindu religion give women the right to pray. A change in yesterday’s traditions is our culture. Discrimination in praying is not in our culture. The temple authorities should resolve the issue through a dialogue,” Fadnavis, who also holds home portfolio, had said. Desai said that the Bhumata Brigade, which is the parent organisation of its women wing Bhumata Ranragini Brigade, has both men and women as its members tries to help women in distress regularly particularly from western Maharashtra — be it about eve teasing, dowry, exploitation, physical or sexual assault and corruption. On being asked if she the support from her family in her protest against the Shani Shingnapur temple authorities, Desai said, “Yes, the whole family is behind me specially my husband Prashant. I have a six-year-old boy as well.”

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Promises Free Rice For Poor In Budget

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in his budget today promised to provide 25 kilograms of free rice from the next fiscal to all families below the poverty line. His budget proposals revolved around his pet slogan — development and care. He set aside Rs. 100 crore for a new project named ‘kanivu’ (concern) for the poorest of the poor and those who suffer from various ailments. The monthly pension for all those who are aged 75 and above has been raised to Rs. 1,500. Some three million people will benefit from the insurance scheme launched by the prime minister after Mr Chandy said their insurance premium would be borne by the state government. He also set aside Rs. 764 crore for reviving the beleaguered agriculture sector and announced raising the farmers monthly pension to Rs. 750. “A sum of Rs. 500 crore is being earmarked to ensure that the benchmark price of one kg of rubber is kept at Rs. 150. In the present fiscal this amount was Rs. 300 crores,” said Mr Chandy. Three new agriculture colleges and a new agri-polytechnic will be set up in the new fiscal. Another Rs. 100 crore was set aside for building a new dam in place of the leaking Mullaperiyar dam. A total of Rs. 2,536.07 crore was set aside for major infrastructure projects like the Vizhinjam port, Kannur airport, Kochi metro, suburban rail corridor and the proposed light metro projects in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode. The budget also saw the earmarking of Rs. 5,000 crore to the local bodies in the state as part of the plan fund allocation. After KM Mani, the state finance minister, quit following an adverse court remark last year, the finance portfolio was handled by Mr Chandy. Mr Chandy presented the budget today amid slogan shouting by the Left opposition, demanding that he has no moral right to present the budget as he and a few of his ministers are under a cloud for accepting bribes in the bar and solar scams. The opposition walked out of the house and boycotted the session. Mr Chandy said the IT exports that stand at Rs. 11,000 crore are expected to touch Rs. 15,000 crore. He added that he is setting aside Rs. 483 crore for the IT sector. “Sam Pitroda had recommended the setting up of a knowledge city and for this 150 acres of land has been identified and a token sum has been kept aside for this project,” said Mr Chandy. He said Rs. 25 crore will be given to set up 1,000 start-ups. Mr Chandy presented a revenue deficit budget of Rs. 9,897.45 crore. By the time he finished reading it, Speaker N. Sakthan told the house that the two hour 54 minutes long speech is by far the longest budget speech in the history of the state assembly.

National Herald case: SC expunges certain Delhi HC observations

Before dictating the order, the bench told Kapil Sibal that he will have ample opportunity to raise all these issues before the trial court. The Supreme Court on Friday provided relief to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul, giving them exemption from personal appearance in the trial court in the National Herald case and expunging certain observations of the High Court but refused to interfere with criminal proceedings before the lower court. Allowing their plea for exemption from personal appearance before the trial court, which is scheduled to take up the matter on February 20, the apex court added a rider that it would be open to the magistrate at any stage to seek their personal appearance as and when required.Though BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who is the complainant in the case, contested the plea for exemption from appearance, a bench comprising justices J S Khehar and C Nagappan said that “in the peculiar facts and circumstances of this case and the position occupied by the petitioners, we are of the view that the presence of the petitioners before the trial court would cause more inconvenience than convenience.” “Petitioners shall be exempted from personal appearance and it is needless to say that it will be open for the trial court to seek their presence at any stage if and when their presence is required,” the court said. The bench, which passed the order after hearing senior advocates Kapil Sibal, A M Singhvi and R S Cheema, who were appearing for Gandhis and others, and Swamy, said, “So far as determination by the Delhi high court in rejecting the prayer for quashing the proceedings against the petitioner, we do not find justification for interfering with it.” Before dictating the order, the bench told Sibal that he will have ample opportunity to raise all these issues before the trial court. Sibal had sought urgent hearing of the matter on Thursday before a bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur which had assigned the matter for hearing before the present bench. (The High Court had on December 7, 2015 not only refused to quash the summons issued to the Congress leaders, but had also made observations on their “questionable conduct” on how they took control of the publication.) Subsequently, the Gandhis and others had appeared before a Patiala House court on December 19 last year when they were granted bail. The High Court, while refusing the plea of Gandhis and others, had said, “Questionable conduct of petitioners needs to be properly examined at the charge stage to find out the truth and so these criminal proceedings cannot be thwarted at this initial stage.” Along with the Gandhis, five other accused — Suman Dubey, Moti Lal Vora, Oscar Fernandes, Sam Pitroda and Young India Ltd–had challenged the summonses issued to them by a trial court on a complaint by Swamy against them for alleged cheating and misappropriation of funds in taking control of the now-defunct daily. Swamy had accused Sonia, Rahul and others of conspiring to cheat and misappropriate funds by just paying Rs 50 lakh by which Young India obtained the right to recover Rs 90.25 crore which the AJL had owed to the Congress party. Sonia, Rahul, Vora (AICC Treasurer), Fernandes (AICC General Secretary), Dubey and Pitroda were summoned under sections 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) read with section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. The trial court had on June 26, 2014 asked them to appear before it on August 7, 2014 but the order was stayed on August 6 by the Delhi High Court which on December 7, 2015 vacated the stay by rejecting the plea to quash the complaint and summons.According to Swamy’s complaint, all of them were directors of Young India Ltd (YI), a company that was incorporated in 2010 and which took over the “debt” of Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), the publisher of National Herald
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    India not immune to ISIS threat, says UAE

    ABU DHABI: Warning that India is not immune to the threat from Islamic State (ISIS), the UAE, which has deported about a dozen Indians with suspected links to the terror group, said on Monday that its anti-terror cooperation with India is going to get “more institutionalized”. “There are no grey areas. We need to tackle this (ISIS) threat and nobody is immune. If you think you are immune (and) you are going to be negligent, you are going to be hit. Everybody … whether India or the UAE,” Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, UAE’s minister of state for foreign affairs said here. Ahead of the UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayad Al Nahayan’s three-day state visit to India starting Wednesday, Gargash told NDTV in an interview that strengthening bilateral cooperation against terrorism would be an important component of the royal visit. Bilateral cooperation on terror was “working very well” and in the coming 12 months “it will be more institutionalized and work even better,” he said in the backdrop of the Gulf nation having deported to India a dozen Indians with suspected links to ISIS in recent months. Such cooperation was an important part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s discussions with the UAE leadership during his visit here in August, Gargash said. Underlining the threat posed by ISIS, the minister said, “no country was immune, no city is immune….. We need greater cooperation and zero tolerance for any sort of extremism, terrorism in order to confront this threat.” Asserting that there should be no distinction between one terror group and another, the minister said that there are no good terrorists and bad terrorists. The battle against terrorism was a “generational fight and the UAE is a worthy partner in this fight.” Answering a question about the joint statement issued after Modi’s visit here in which India and the UAE condemned efforts by some states to use religion to support and justify terrorism, which was seen as a veiled reference to Pakistan, Gargash his country doesn’t see “grey areas” in relation to terrorism. “In our rejection of terrorism, whether that is done by a non-government group or whether it is sponsored by governments, we put all that in the same pile. Terrorism is terrorism,” he said. He emphasized that UAE was not playing Pakistan against India or the vice versa. India was a big power both globally and regionally and relationship with it was not related to third parties.

    How Saudis sending ground forces into Syria will affect the civil war

    The sending of ground forces by Saudi Arabia into Syria will have immense ramifications for the country’s civil war and the wider region. The question, however, is whether it will actually take place. The Saudi announcement comes at a time when prospects for peace have faded with the collapse of the Geneva talks and the conflict has intensified with regime forces attempting to encircle Aleppo backed by heavy Russian air strikes. The already sour relationship between Russia and Turkey, backers respectively of the Syrian regime and rebels, has also worsened. Ankara accuses Moscow of being complicit in trying to impose a “starvation siege” on Aleppo while the Russians claim the Turks are planning to invade Syria.Any Saudi troops going into Syria will find themselves at the centre of a highly combustible situation. Although the ostensible reason for their presence would be to fight ISIS, they may find themselves clashing with Iranian ‘volunteers’ and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters. The leading Sunni state in the Middle-East, Saudi Arabia, will find itself in confrontation with the leading Shia state, Iran, and its allies. The bitter enemies have been engaged in proxy sectarian wars in a number of places, most currently in Yemen; this time they will be in the same battle-space. But will the Saudi ground intervention against ISIS actually happen? The Saudi and other Sunni Gulf states are part of the US-led air campaign against ISIS. But they have not even been taking part in this for months, forced to focus instead on air strikes on Iranian backed Houthi rebels in Yemen who are proving far harder to see off than expected.
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    Millennium after split, pope and Russian church to meet in Cuba

    Pope Francis and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church meet in Havana on Friday, nearly 1,000 years after Eastern Orthodoxy split with Rome, for the first encounter in history between a Roman Catholic pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch.The two religious leaders, guests of a Communist government, will address the millennium-long rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity. They are also expected to unite in an appeal for an end to persecution and killing of Christians in the Middle East. The meeting will also carry political overtones, coming at a time of Russian disagreements with the West over Syria and Ukraine. The Vatican and the Moscow Patriarchate made the surprise announcement just a week in advance of the meeting. Patriarch Kirill arrived in Havana on Thursday with his long beard, tall domed hat, white stole and black robes. He was welcomed by Cuban President Raul Castro, dressed in a business suit rather than his usual olive green military fatigues. Francis was due to arrive on Friday afternoon for a three-and-a-half-hour stop in Cuba on his way to a long-scheduled visit to Mexico. Castro is an ally of Russia who received Francis in Cuba just five months ago. The Argentine pontiff previously played a role in rapprochement between the United States and Cuba, who restored diplomatic relations last year after a 54-year break. Now the pope is seeking to repair a much longer rupture. Eastern Orthodoxy split with Rome in 1054, and today the Russian church counts some 165 million of the world’s 250 million Orthodox Christians. Kirill, on a longer stay, will also visit Cuba’s small Russian Orthodox Church, built from 2004 to 2008 and attended by Russian holdovers from the decades of Soviet influence in Cuba. Russian President Vladimir Putin has supported the Russian church, which in turn has backed Kremlin foreign policy, most notably in Ukraine and the Middle East. Putin has also improved relations with Cuba, which were strained following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. In 2001, during Putin’s first term as president, former Cuban President Fidel Castro approved construction of a Russian Orthodox church, which was given prime real estate on Havana Bay in what is now a booming tourist zone. In 2004, when he was head of the Russian church’s foreign affairs department, Kirill came to Havana to preside over a ceremony laying the first stone.

    Fear pervasive after Mexican prison riot that killed 49

    MONTERREY, Mexico — A prison riot that left 49 inmates hacked, beaten or burned to death opened searing questions about gang rule, extortion and human rights violations in Mexico’s overcrowded prisons, where people merely awaiting trial are mixed in with some of the world’s most hardened killers. Those questions were not abstract for Victoria Casas Gutierrez, a cleaning lady who had waited for hours Thursday for news of her 21-year-old son, Santiago Garza Casas, who was facing trial for allegedly acting as a lookout for a criminal gang. Santiago was sent to the Topo Chico prison in September for missing a parole appointment. He was immediately mixed in with a prison population that included murderers.With their gang ties and access to drugs and guns, many say the Zetas and Gulf cartels run the prison. “They charge taxes, and if the relatives don’t bring a certain amount … they beat them,” Casas Gutierrez said. The amounts charged depend on their crimes, but can be thousands of pesos. “Sometimes we have to sell our homes.” “There is vice inside and everything that is in there is their fault, the authorities,” she said. Casas Gutierrez was lucky; her son was not on the list of about 40 dead released Thursday, but some bodies were so badly burned it may take days to identify them. It was a Dantesque scene at the gates of the prison, as terrified relatives waited for more names to go up on the list of the dead posted in two letter-sized sheets on a wall. “Ayyy, my son is on the list!” 63-year-old Maria Guadalupe Ramirez screamed when she saw the name of her son, Jose Guadalupe Ramirez Quintero, 26. She collapsed into the arms of her daughter and human rights workers. Ramirez’s grief echoed the concerns of others whose loved ones were tossed into Topo Chico, despite being sentenced for minor offences or even while still awaiting trial. “He had already gotten out. They picked him up again just for drinking. … There is injustice in this prison,” she said, shaking her fists and sobbing. Authorities allowed hundreds of relatives to enter the prison Thursday afternoon. But even those who were able to confirm that their loved ones had survived feared for their safety. One woman, who declined to give her name, visited her brother briefly and said she saw genuine fear on his face. He was only 10 days from his release date after serving nine months for drug possession. “They have threatened them so that they don’t talk about what happened,” she said. “Only they know, but they don’t tell us anything.” “Who is going to assure me that they aren’t going do anything else inside,” she asked. No escapes were reported in the clash at the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey, said Nuevo Leon state Gov. Jaime Rodriguez. The riot took place on the eve of Pope Francis’ arrival in Mexico, a visit that is scheduled to include a trip next week to another prison in the border city of Ciudad Juarez. Rodriguez said in the morning that 52 people had died, but he lowered that by three in the late afternoon. The reason for the changed death toll was not clear. At a news conference the governor read a list of 40 names of confirmed victims, saying five of the remaining bodies had been charred by fire and four were yet to be positively identified. One of the injured was in grave condition. The fighting began around midnight with prisoners setting fire to a storage area, sending flames and smoke billowing into the sky. Rescue workers were seen carrying injured inmates — some with burns — from the facility. Rodriguez said the clash was between two factions led by a member of the infamous Zetas drug cartel, Juan Pedro Zaldivar Farias, also known as “Z-27,” and Jorge Ivan Hernandez Cantu, who has been identified by Mexican media as a Gulf cartel figure. But National Security Commissioner Renato Sales Heredia said later Thursday in a radio interview that authorities believe the fight was between two factions of the Zetas for control of the prison. A turf war between the gangs bloodied Nuevo Leon state and neighbouring Tamaulipas between 2010 and 2012. The Zetas once nearly controlled the area around Monterrey. The situation at the prison was so out of control that even Rodriguez acknowledged to local media that the two cartel bosses “were fighting for control” of the prison. Mario Martinez was still awaiting word on his father-in-law, who was being held at the prison pending trial. On Thursday afternoon he said the danger of violence inside was well-known long before the riot. “This (place) was a time bomb,” Martinez said. “The authorities should not ignore what the people inside are saying.”
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    Poets spellbound audience at Indian embassy mushaira

    Poets spellbound audience at Indian embassy mushaira - Feb 07 2016

    Charge d’ Affairs Mr. Hemant Kotalwar and Second Secretary Dr. Hifzur Rahman with Poets (Photo: K N Wasif) Mohammed Saifuddin, The Urdu speaking Indian community sank in the deep literary sea to quench their literary thirst as they got an opportunity to attend high profile Mushaira of Indian embassy after a long gap of over five years. The literary event of Mushaira is nothing less than a festival for the audience as it gives them an opportunity to listen to their favorite poets live. Even though the galaxy of poets on the stage missed the big and popular stars but it did not poured water on the expectations of audience. The new faces of Urdu poetry impressed the audience with their high caliber of poetry filled with melody of Urdu language. Carefully selected poets from different parts of India kept the audience spellbound till late night on the weekend. Second Secretary at Indian Embassy Dr. Hifzur Rahman who took charge of all the arrangements from selecting the names of poets to ensuring their comfortable stay in Riyadh, arranged everything professionally. Deviating from past practice, he avoided calling the big names of Mushaira but carefully chose a team of 14 genuine poets, most of them are not so popular. Hifzur Rahman said in his facebook account that even those friends who honestly supported him in organizing Mushaira were not comfortable with the selected names. Against the expectations of many the Mushaira proved to be a grand success, breaking all the previous records and raised a challenge to the monopoly of big names. Unknown faces like Akhtar Gwaliori and Nadeem Siddiqi exceptionally enthralled the audience with their recitations. Exceptional performance of Shakil Azmi, Dr Nusrat Mehdi, Malikzada Javed and Aqeel Nomani gripped the audience to such an extent that the audience did not allowed to get back to their seats. Shakil Jamali proved himself as a promising poet and outstanding anchor. Dr Trannum Riyaz, who presided over the Mushaira, was at her best while Mehshar Afridi, Afzal Manglori, Suhail Lucknowi and Hina Taimoori enthralled the audience by their beautiful poetry. Moreover, the audience proved their love and loyalty to Urdu poetry by honestly appreciating all the poets. The community leaders and office bearers of various Indian cultural organizations in Riyadh appreciated the efforts of Dr. Hifzur Rahman. Rahman in famous for his love and affection for Urdu literature and poetry. In his last tenure in Riyadh which spanned over four years, Indian community witnessed high caliber literary and cultural events. After he move from Riyadh the activities came to a standstill and so the annual Mushaira. Audience at Indian Embassy Mushaira (Photo: K N Wasif) His return to Riyadh raised new hopes and as expected he fuelled the new blood in the literary arena of the city. He is known for experience various new trends in arts and culture.  As Consul (Press, Information & Hajj) at Consulate General of India, Jeddah he set many new trends in cultural field. Similarly what he did this year in Riyadh, he set a new trend in Jeddah in 2005 when he gathered the galaxy of senior most poets at a single platform in Jeddah.  On this occasion he authored a book titled “Shamm-e-Sukhan” on tradition of Urdu Mushairas in Jeddah. With grand success of Mushaira the Indian community in Riyadh is over joyed and have very high expectations for many more high class literary and cultural events in Riyadh. Charge de affairs and DCM Mr. Hemant Kotalwar inaugurated the mushaira by lighting the lamp. Dr. Hifzur Rahman appreciated the poets for their renderings and said that poets play an important role in imparting knowledge through their social messages. Air India, Alnas, Arab National Bank, Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys (AMUOBA) Riyadh, Money Gram, FINFA, Mumtaz Group of Hotels, Fawri, Al-Wefaq Al Shaheqa Group, CCGS, ATEICO, Lotus Printer, Al-Kabeer, CocoPalm Restaurant, Infrability Solutions and Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Mishari Hospital sponsored the event.
    Noor Rahman Sheikh appointed Indian CG

    Noor Rahman Sheikh appointed Indian CG - Feb 01 2016

                                 Noor Rahman Sheikh SIRAJ WAHAB, Arab News JEDDAH: Mohammed Noor Rahman Sheikh, currently first secretary at India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, has been appointed India’s next consul general in Jeddah. The current incumbent, B.S. Mubarak, is returning to New Delhi after completing two years of his three-year term in Jeddah. The incoming consul general expressed delight at his appointment. “The news of my new posting as the consul general of India in Jeddah, having come on my birthday, has made my day unique,” Sheikh wrote on his Facebook account on Saturday. Sheikh served in Jeddah as deputy consul general and Haj consul until recently. He only moved to New York three months ago. Sheikh is returning to a city with which he is pretty familiar and comfortable. Just as Mubarak, Sheikh is down to earth and enjoys a good rapport with the large Indian population in and around Jeddah. A native of Imphal in Manipur, Sheikh is a product of the famed Indian Foreign Service (IFS). Diplomacy is his second love with his first being the National Defense Academy (NDA). Mubarak took over the post from Faiz Ahmed Kidwai in early 2014. The Jeddah position is critically important for India’s Ministry of External Affairs because it has the responsibility of arranging facilities for the nearly 170,000 Indians who come for Haj every year. There are nearly three million Indians in Saudi Arabia. Of them, a substantial number are in Makkah Region of which Jeddah is the main city. A number of former diplomats who were posted in Jeddah have gone on to assume important diplomatic positions for India. Prominent among them are Syed Akbaruddin, who is now India’s ambassador to the United Nations, and Dr. Ausaf Sayeed who is India’s consul general in Chicago. Talmiz Ahmad — who served as both the consul general in Jeddah and as ambassador in Riyadh and has now retired — is considered one of the most outstanding Indian authorities on Middle Eastern affairs.
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    Mayor, Bonthu Rammohan and Deputy Mayor, Baba Fasiuddin (BY M.Asif Ali, Special Correspondent, After getting thumping majority in GHMC elections, TRS Party got the prestigious posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor in GHMC Council. Bonthu Rammohan, who got elected from Cherlapally division became the First Mayor of the City after the Formation of Telangana, whereas Minority candidate and Borabanda Corporator Baba Fasiuddin became the Deputy Mayor of the City. A meeting of the newly elected corporators of GHMC was held at 8:00 a.m. today at Telangana Bhavan. Dy. CM of Telangana Mr. Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Home Minister, Mr. N. Narasimha Reddy and Municipal Administration Minister, Mr. K.T. Rama Rao attended the meeting. The names of Mayor and Dy. Mayor had formally proposed in that meeting. The name of Baba Fasihuddin proposed as Dy. Mayor. After this, a meeting of the corporators were held at the office of GHMC at 11:00 a.m. today. In the presence of Commissioner of GHMC and other officials, the election of Mayor and Dy. Mayor was held, whereas unopposed TRS corporators got the posts. Bonthu Rammohan, who got elected from Cherlapally division, the TRS youth wing President is said to be KCR’s blue-eyed boy. Rammohan Credentials as a staunch loyalist to his party and leadership helped him a lot. Moreover he is a favorite of K.T. Rama Rao who plays a major role in the victory of TRS. Even KTR challenged the opposition that If TRS will not get the 100 seats, he would resign from the Ministership. It may be mentioned that Baba Fasihuddin has been an active member of Telangana Rashtriya Vidyarti Sangam and he actively participated in Telangana movement. He mobilized youth force to muster support for Telangana Movement. He holds a great influence in student community. Also it is reported that Baba Fasihuddin enjoys the confidence of Panchayati Raj and IT Minister, Mr. KT Rama Rao. TRS party got the thumping victory and clear mandate in the recently held GHMC elections. Elections were held on all the 150 wards of the GHMC whereas TRS got the 99, and AIMIM stands second party with 44 seats. The congress, BJP and TDP combine were nowhere in the competition as they did not cross the single digit in the Elections. TRS Patry Supremo and Chief Minister of Telangana K. Chandrashekhar Rao stated that the victory of GHMC Elections are clear mandate for the Government and for their schemes. President AIMIM Barrister Asaduddin Owaisi thanked the people of City for their response towards the Party leadership.
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