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News Snippets

  • SC says it will revisit its definition of 'Hindutva' in the light of growing hate speeches
  • Indigo reduces the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra to three months after an inquiry committee finds that it was a Level 1 offense not meriting a 6-month ban
  • Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral says Delhi Police did not act on his phone call asking them to help 16 people trapped in riot-hit areas
  • AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, booked for murder and arson, says he is being framed
  • New HC bench allows the Delhi Police plea that the situation is no conducive to the filing of FIRs and also allows the Centre to become a party to the case
  • Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who was part of the bench that pulled up the Delhi Police for not filing FIRs against BJP leaders for hate speeches, transferred to Punjab HC
  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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KCR Is Boss In Telengana

By Linus Garg
First publised on 2018-12-14 20:52:45

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Sunil Garodia Linus tackles things head-on. He takes sides in his analysis and it fits excellently with our editorial policy. No 'maybe's' and 'allegedly' for him, only things in black and white.
When KCR dissolved the Telengana assembly nearly eight months before elections were due to seek a fresh mandate from the people, most observers termed it as a huge gamble. This became even more pronounced when the chief minister started talking about a non-Congress, non-BJP alliance at the Centre. Further, when a mahakutami – or a grand alliance took shape in the state with the Congress, the Telugu Desam and the Telengana Jana Samithi (TJS) joining hands with several smaller parties – it seemed that KCR had a fight on his hands. But, as the results show, the people have voted for TRS in larger numbers and KCR is back for a second term.

What clicked for KCR was the healthy rate of growth of the state in general and Hyderabad in particular. In the last few years, the metropolis has grown exponentially and is now giving tough competition to Bangalore. He also had a good number of welfare schemes and gave many freebies to the poorer sections of the society. He also had a relatively clean image although the opposition had levied charges of nepotism and corruption against him and his family. He is also seen as a mascot of Telengana pride.

What did not work for the mahakutami was the inclusion of Telugu Desam. People in Telengana have an instant dislike for Chandrababu Naidu and his party as he is seen as someone who opposed the formation of the state tooth and nail. They also remember that he wanted to take Hyderabad too. Then, the Congress too is not liked well. Even Asaduddun Owaisi asked the Muslims not to vote for the Congress. The TJS was a hastily formed party which did not have the wherewithal to fight the election, despite the reverence in which its founder M Kodandaram is held.

Although TRS has won a second term, he must not allow nepotism and corruption to anger the people. He must also continue with the policy of attracting investment by having investor-friendly policies and must ensure that while Hyderabad is developed in a planned way, other cities are not neglected. Telengana is attractive to investors as it has a pool of educated workers with good work culture and no militant trade unionism. KCR has a good record – he should now build on it in the second term.