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Telangana election results: BRS witnesses decline in citadel after misgovernance plagued KCR’s second tenure

The encouragement received by caste-based occupations through funds presented a rather grim picture for the future of many Dalit-Bahujan castes.

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As the counting of votes for the Telangana assembly election began, the early trends showed that the people of the state are crestfallen by the predominantly active BRS party. The Congress has taken over the ruling BRS which is looking forward to a third consecutive term in the state, as per the early leads. Nonetheless, the BRS’s fate lies between development and allegation of corruption in Telangana. 

BRS formerly known as Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) was founded in 2001, with K Chandrashekhar Rao’s single-point agenda of granting separate statehood to Telangana. Later, coinciding with the rise of Bharatiya Janata Party, Telangana was formed in 2014. Expectedly, the BRS won the first and second assembly election taking into consideration its expansive transactional welfarism, regional sentiment etc. 

Additionally, KCR also maintained a fair degree of communal harmony with special funds for the Muslim community. Though this year too, in a similar bid to woo the Muslim community the chief minister and BRS president KCR pledged to set up a special information technology (IT) park for the Muslim youth, people seem to be unmoved. The grand old party is witnessing an unprecedented decliner in its bastion.  

Despite various welfare measures schemes like Rythu Bandhu scheme for landowning farmers by granting Rs 5000 per acre twice a year, Dalit Bandhu scheme, which promised Rs 10 lakh to Dalit families to set up their own business, there has been a visible change in mood in the state. 

Though BRS delivered on transactional welfarism, it also neglected the aspirational demands rooted in the statehood movement such as ‘KG to PG’ free education. The party neglected higher education as apparently KCR was upset over youth being part of many of the social mobilisations in the state. Furthermore, Universities in the state functioned without vice-chancellors for well over three years after the formation of Telangana in 2014 and many of these universities still continue to starve for funds.

Meanwhile, the encouragement received by caste-based occupations through funds presented a rather grim picture for the future of many Dalit-Bahujan castes. The grand old party in the state presented subsistence welfare but abandoned aspirational imagination. The foreseen decline of BRS marks the shift from subsistence relief provided by patronage politics to aspirational politics based on self-respect and greater social equality.

Noteworthy is that the party’s misgovernance and loss of direction have marked the second term of KCR’s tenure. The party supremo’s narrow and casteist vision is seen to be represented by his abrasive, arrogant and non-responsive persona. Furthermore, he has also distanced himself from the mass leaders of the statehood movement and got many of them arrested. 

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Rajya Sabha Election: Congress wins 3 seats in Karnataka, BJP 1

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CM DK Shivakumar said this shows the unity and integrity of Congress. He thanked all the MLAs, party workers and the media. He said he is very happy that all the candidates from Congress won. He thanked all the voters, chief minister and the party workers and the AICC president also.

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The ruling Congress in Karnataka won three seats and the BJP one in the Rajya Sabha elections in Karnataka on Tuesday. The candidates who were selected to Rajya Sabha are Syed Naseer Hussain, GC Chandrasekhar and Ajay Maken who belong to the Congress, and Narayansa K Bhandage of the BJP.

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CM DK Shivakumar said this shows the unity and integrity of Congress. He thanked all the MLAs, party workers and the media. He said he is very happy that all the candidates from Congress won. He thanked all the voters, chief minister and the party workers and the AICC president also. He said he would like to thank Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge.

Congress candidates Naseer Hussain and former union minster Ajay Maken won with 47 votes, while GC Chandrasekhar secured 45 votes. The BJP won 1 Rajya Sabha seat from Karnataka with candidate Narayansa Bhandage securing 47 votes.

Each Rajya Sabha candidate needed at least 45 votes in the 224-MLA Karnataka Assembly to win a Rajya Sabha seat from the state. With 135 MLAs, the Congress had the exact number to elect its three candidates. The BJP has 66 MLAs, which secured a comfortable win for party worker Narayansa Bhandage.

The Rajya Sabha seats fell vacant following the retirement of 4 members – Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar (BJP) and Congress’s GC Chandrashekhar, Syed Naseer Hussain and L Hanumanthaiah

5 candidates contested for the 4 Rajya Sabha seats in the elections, including JD(S) contestant D Kupendra Reddy. The elections were marred by cross-voting. One of the BJP MLAs, ST Somasekhar voted for the Congress’s Maken, the other, A Shivaram Hebbar, abstained. Leader of Opposition R Ashoka said they would seek action against Somahekhar, and termed the MLA’s decision political suicide. Soon after voting, Somashekhar told the media that he voted as per his conscience.  

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi says BJP will win 10 seats or more from Kerala in Lok Sabha elections

The Prime Minister said during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Kerala gave a two digit vote share for the BJP but this time the party will win 2 digit seats from Kerala. He added the opposition parties have realised their defeat in the elections of 2024. PM Modi said they have lost their mental balance. He said the opposition parties do not have a roadmap for the country’s development.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Thiruvanthpuram on Tuesday that the BJP would win double-digit seats from Kerala in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The Prime Minister was addressing a rally of BJP workers to mark the conclusion of a month-long, state-wide padyatra led by party state president K Surendran.

The Prime Minister said during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Kerala gave a two digit vote share for the BJP but this time the party will win 2 digit seats from Kerala. He added the opposition parties have realised their defeat in the elections of 2024. PM Modi said they have lost their mental balance. He said the opposition parties do not have a roadmap for the country’s development.

He said their only agenda is to utter abuses against Modi. He said he is confident that Kerala will stand with him this time. This has been the prime minister’s third visit to Kerala in less than 2 months. The prime minister said the huge crowd that had joined the Surendran-led padyatra has made the BJPs target of 370 seats in the Lok Sabha easier.

The Prime Minister said he is committed to fulfill the expectations of people and this is Modi’s guarantee. He said the BJP-led union government has never shown any discrimination towards Kerala. He said in the last 10 years the BJP-led central government has ensured Kerala’s development and the wise people of the state know this.

PM Modi predicted that in the third term of the BJP government, India will become the largest force in the world and this is Modi’s Guarantee. He said the third Modi government will increase its fight against corruption. He added in the last 10 years, more than 25 crore people have been brought out of poverty. The Prime Minister referred to various development projects and schemes which have been launched during the BJP rule at the centre. 

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Union Minister Anurag Thakur shares BJP’s first-time voter campaign’s song

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Union Minister Anurag Thakur shared the Mera Pehla Vote Desh Ke Liye anthem on his Twitter handle on Tuesday. He urged everyone to share it and join the Mera Pehla Vote Mere Desh Ke Liye campaign.

The Union Minister encouraged people to motivate young voters to exercise their democratic rights as the nation gears up for its biggest festival of democracy.

He requested people to take on the responsibility of the campaign and celebrate the power of their collective voices online on the My Government India website and in colleges.

Responding to the union minister’s tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also urged people from all walks of life to spread the message about the Mera Pehla Vote Mere Desh Ke Liye Campaign among first-time voters.

Meanwhile, the election commission’s campaign, Mera Pehla Vote Desh Ke Liye, is underway to spread awareness among first-time voters and encourage young voters to exercise their democratic rights.

Earlier on Sunday, during Mann ki Baat, PM Modi urged first-time voters to come forward in large numbers and vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. He said that India takes pride in its youth power, which is full of enthusiasm and energy. He emphasized that the more young people participate in the electoral process, the more beneficial it will be for the country.

PM Modi said to the young voters that by turning 18, they have the opportunity to elect a member for the Lok Sabha. He further explained that this means that the 18th Lok Sabha will also symbolise youth aspirations. Therefore, the importance of their vote has increased significantly.

Notably, PM Modi also urged the influencers of the country, from the sports world, film industry, literature world, other professionals, or Instagram and YouTube influencers, that they too should actively participate in this campaign and motivate first-time voters.

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