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Maoists eye Telangana comeback

Posted by Admin on December 27, 2009

The political turmoil in Andhra Pradesh over Telangana has rekindled Maoists’ hopes for a comeback in a state that was once their stronghold.

As a first step, Communist Party of India (Maoist) leaders are planning to initiate “peoples’ committees” to participate in democratic movements demanding a separate Telangana state.

Telangana is the traditional Naxalite heartland of Andhra Pradesh. But a savage counter-attack by the Greyhounds, a specialised anti-Naxal security force, in 2005 has weakened their dominance in this region.

“People want Telangana and we support it fully. Our cadres will participate in joint democratic movements along with other political parties,” said Koteshwar Rao alias Kishenji, a CPI(Maoist) politburo member, last seen publicly at a rally in the Telangana region in 1978.

He claimed to have spoken to some pro-Telangana politicians over telephone over the last couple of days but declined to reveal their identities.

“As the Maoists are planning to infiltrate the democratic mass movements, it has become necessary for us to keep vigil on activists with whom the Maoists may home some links,” a a senior intelligence officer told Hindustan Times on conditions of anonymity.

Four of the 13-member CPI(Maoist) politburo formed in 2007 are from Karimnagar district, a part of the proposed Telangana region. They are Ganapati (general secretary), Koteshwar Rao, Vasav Rao (alias Vasav Raj) and Cherkuri Rajakumar.

“We discussed formulating a common strategy for the movement,” said Kishenji, but refused to divulge further details.

“We made a strategic retreat in Andhra but it doesn’t mean we have no presence there. Though we lost several leaders our support-base has remained intact,” he added..

The Maoists have successfully employed the strategy Kishenji was hinting at.

In West Bengal’s Lalgarh, the Maoists engineered the formation of the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities in November 2008 and then took its reins in their hands.

The Maoists dominate three districts in the state – West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia.

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3 Responses to “Maoists eye Telangana comeback”

  1. asdadads said

    Credibility of current telangana movement by KCR & students:

    POINTS NEEDING CLARITY:
    1.division is not a simple family problem.we should be careful of what we ask and careful of whom we give power to after getting telangana.Its a higly responsible task.

    2.our politicians incapability or selfishness is reason for the underdevelopment in Telangana and not the andhra people.90 percent of Telangana politicians amassed atleast 100 crores by using power instead of fighting for peoples problems.

    3.what was done to alleviate problems in telangana by our telangana politicians?

    4.Who takes responsibility for development. Will anybody(who is supporting telangana state) take oath that they will face death penalty if Telangana is not developed by our politicians even after 10 years of telangana formation?

    5.THOSE WHO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE AFTER EFFECTS OF TELANGANA ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN BE LISTENED TO

    6.Those who are involved in the telangana agitation right now are politicians who donot have any ministries.Those who donot have any jobs or those who have government jobs and will never loose them at any cost and the students who anyway have no responsibilities or burdens whatsoever are the ones who are agitating.

    7.Instead of asking the telangana politicians of what they have tried to solve the problems of telangana area,people fell in to the trap of sentimental blackmail by politicians, especially KCR.Remember,He had not done anything as M.P or central Minister in his entire career.How can we trust & give a state to him

  2. vinci said

    asdadads said
    Credibility of current telangana movement by KCR & students:

    POINTS NEEDING CLARITY:
    1.division is not a simple family problem.we should be careful of what we ask and careful of whom we give

    I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE CLARIFICATION IN THE ABOVE CITED STATEMENTS OF ASDADADS:

    VINCI’S CLARIFICATION 1. when andhra pradesh was about to bifurcate from madras presidency was there a similar proposal to whom shall the power be vested ?? no it wasn’t ,then why should future political power proposal has to be done now ??

    ASDADADS SAID :
    2.our politicians incapability or selfishness is reason for the underdevelopment in Telangana and not the andhra people.90 percent of Telangana politicians amassed atleast 100 crores by using power instead of fighting for peoples problems.

    VINCI’S CLARIFICATION 2: In 294 AP Assembly seats majority of MLA compared 107 MLAs of Telangana or from Andhra Raylaseema region.
    187 MLA’S are from non telangana.

    So Telangana MLAs can not take their decision being minority in the assembly.Telangana leaders did not get due share of time to get elected as CMs Compared to population and number of seat in assembly. Where as 50 – 60 MLA seats Rayalseem people ruled most of the times as CMs for united AP. All the CMs elected from Rayalaseema and Andhra region are spending most of their funds in their regions.

    Like YSR got an University for Kadapa and an Super specialty hospital for Kadapa.

    NTR centralized Medicine admissions in Vijyawada starting on Central Health University.

    ASDADADS SAID : 3.what was done to alleviate problems in telangana by our telangana politicians?

    VINCI’S CLARIFICATION 3.: Telangana MLAs can not take their decision being minority in the assembly.So Telangana needs a CM who understands telangana and can work for Telangana betterment, Telangana people does not have any hope on CMs elected from regions can solve their problems or G.O/orders settle the isssues. Separate state is the only solution

    ASDADADS SAID :4.Who takes responsibility for development. Will anybody(who is supporting telangana state) take oath that they will face death penalty if Telangana is not developed by our politicians even after 10 years of telangana formation?

    VINCI’S CLARIFICATION 4:is it justified to fix time boundaries for development had to be acheived in a stipulated amount of time ???

    when Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated from madras state it took long and considerable amount of time (few decades)to emerge as present partially developed state

    is it justified for Telangana to acheive similar development and success in just 10 years ???when the Telangana state is formed there are factors to be resolved like socio and economic problems prevailing in telangana such as water,education,health.development doesnt only include skyscrappers,roads and infrastructure ,well it takes time for overall three dimensional development.

    ASDADADS SAID : 5.THOSE WHO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE AFTER EFFECTS OF TELANGANA ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN BE LISTENED TO

    VINCI’S CLARIFICATION 5:my statement no 4 is the clarification for ASDADADS’S 5TH query

    ASDADADS SAID : 6.Those who are involved in the telangana agitation right now are politicians who donot have any ministries.Those who donot have any jobs or those who have government jobs and will never loose them at any cost and the students who anyway have no responsibilities or burdens whatsoever are the ones who are agitating.

    VINCI’S CLARIFICATION 6.I woulnt go into details of the people who are involved in TELANGANA movement, kcr resigned his deputy speaker post,

    students with no responsibilites or burdens ??? have u gone to houses of each and every individual members of the movement ???

    when indian revolution was fought with british, everyone had responsibilites and burdens,still we wanted freedom,so our great leaders including bhagat singh prioritised peoples wishes and sacrificed their life who inturn, british governament stamped them as rebels and conspirators.

    ASDADADS SAID : 7.Instead of asking the telangana politicians of what they have tried to solve the problems of telangana area,people fell in to the trap of sentimental blackmail by politicians, especially KCR.Remember,He had not done anything as M.P or central Minister in his entire career.How can we trust & give a state to him

    VINCI’S CLARIFICATION 7:like other leaders in the past KCR aswell just thrown light on the telangana’s issue,as there was sheer outcry for seperate state by telangana masses,this is the outcome of years of supression,assault on telanganas culture and language

    not but not the least pls do watch this video and pls post u r comments/compliments as comments/compliments makes us strong and more determined to educate the masses

  3. vinci said

    ASDADADS SAID :2.our politicians incapability or selfishness is reason for the underdevelopment in Telangana and not the andhra people.90 percent of Telangana politicians amassed atleast 100

    VINCI’S CLARIFICATION 2:
    LANCO RAJ GOPAL’S STORY: rajgopal popularly known as laganapati (surname) was protesting against formation of seperate state telangana

    crores by using power instead of fighting for peoples problems.
    • His 7200 Crore illegal Lanco Hills Real Estate Project on the brink of collapse
    • Cheated AP Public to the tune of 1000 Crores through Lanco Kondapalli Power
    • Involved in illegal Hawala transfers. Lanco MD arrested recently with Hawala money
    • Involved in a mega insurance scam running into several Crores. Siphoned 1.53 Crores fraudulently from Basara IIT project and also from TTD Vedic University project.
    • Filed false affidavit regarding number of children during election
    • Lanco is involved in litigations with almost all the state governments where it has projects. It was thrown out of some projects for fraud.

    Lagadapati Raj Gopal alias Lanco Raj Gopal is a 45 year old industrialist turned politician known for his rabid hatred towards Telangana statehood movement. There is some background behind his hatred towards Telangana.

    Lagadapati bought 108 acres of land at Manikonda in Hyderabad from government of AP to develop an IT SEZ. Once the government allotted him the land, he has limited the IT SEZ, to less than 1/4th of the total land and converted this land into a real-estate
    venture named Lanco Hills. Estimated at Rs. 7,200 Crores, Lanco Hills is touted as the one of the largest real estate ventures in India.

    Raj Gopal is claiming all kinds of exemptions from government under the SEZ act for his real-estate business. He is duping the state and central governments by conducting his business under the “LANCO Hills Technology Park Pvt. Ltd” name. The state and
    central governments have already lost crores of rupees by waiving stamp duty and all kinds of taxes for this real-estate venture.

    Lanco also kept changing its company names to perpetuate this real-estate fraud. When it began, the company was called Lanco Technologies Private Limited”, it was subsequently changed to “Lanco Technology Park Private Limited” on June 7, 2005, to “Lanco Mantri Technology Park Private Limited” on November 24,2005 and further to “Lanco Hills Technology Park Private Limited” on July 6, 2006.

    As soon as construction started at Lanco Hills, news broke out that this land belonged to Hussain Shah Wali Dargha under Wakf Board.

    Wakf Board is equivalent to the Endowments department which takes care of Hindu Temple lands. This Muslim minority institution has thousands of acres of lands around Hyderabad.

    The Joint Parliamentary Committee appointed on Wakf land had last year found that of 1,600 acre prime Wakf land in Manikonda, 829.35 acres were encroached by the government, which sold the same to several companies including Lanco Hills.

    Following a writ petition, the Andhra Pradesh State high court had issued a stay in 2007 on construction at Lanco Hills. As Raj Gopal is an MP and had several connections in the right places, he managed to get the stay evicted. He also managed to stop the Wakf Board from approaching the Supreme Court.

    Meanwhile, the real-estate bubble in Hyderabad burst and buyers started dropping off Lanco Hills apartments like hot potatoes. When Lanco went for public issue, it promised to build 18.5 million sq ft in Lanco Hills. As soon as booking began, Lanco Hills had reported bookings of 4 million sq ft. In December 2008, it admitted that bookings were down to 2 million sq ft. Industry insiders say that the current bookings are much less than even that.

    Already reeling under a severe recession, the Telangana state announcement from Chidambaram rattled Lanco Raj Gopal severely. It is almost certain that his real-estate empire will collapse like a pack of cards if Telangana state is formed. Apart from financial losses, Raj Gopal fears that the newly formed Telangana government will initiate action against him for severe irregularities in the Lanco Hills project which include evading taxes under the SEZ act.

    And to stop that from happening Lagadapati is fuelling the United Andhra Pradesh agitation by engineering resignations of MLAs and MPs and also providing monetary support to the agitations in Coastal Andhra.

    Richest Politician in Andhra Pradesh

    Lagadapati is the richest politician in Andhra Pradesh. He declared assets worth Rs. 299 Crores in the recent election leaving behind Ex chief ministers Chandra Babu Naidu and Late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy.

    This perhaps explains why he could engineer such mass resignations in Andhra region.

    Why Separate Telangana.. Reason’s

    Hawala King

    In March 2007, the then Managing Director of Lanco Infratech, G Venkatesh Babu was caught at the Hyderabad Airport with unaccounted money of about Rs. 34 Lakhs. During interrogation, Babu confessed that the money belonged to Lanco. And immediately Lagadapati Raj Gopal swung into action and pulled all the ‘right’ strings to get his man and his company out of this tangle. So powerful were Raj Gopal’s contacts that the income tax department, while reporting this cash seizure, did not even release the name of the company to which Venkatesh Babu belonged to. The IT department’s official statement read “managing director of a power development and infrastructure company” was caught.

    Babu later changed his version and said that this money does not belong to Lanco but is his personal money. Media reported that this money is hawala money belonging to Lanco and is being used to pay kickbacks.

    False Affidavit in Elections

    A writ petition is filed in the Andhra Pradesh High Court challenging his election to the Lok Sabha from Vijayawada. The petition said that Lagadapati did not give information about his third son, which was mentioned in the affidavit submitted by him at the time of filing nomination. According to the petition Lagadapat had claimed he has two sons during 2004 elections and three sons during the 2009 elections. However, there was no mention of this third son in Lagadapati’s election affidavit and hence his election in invalid, the petition said.

    Insurance Fraud

    Lanco Infratech is under probe for reworking insurance deals to claim crores of rupees as reimbursement from state government corporations.

    The company, which handles mega construction projects for the state government, including the AP Health and Medical Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (APHMHIDC), renegotiated premium amounts with insurance companies and pocketed huge refunds. Even Lord Balaji was not spared as one of the Lanco projects now under the scanner relates to the construction of the Vedic University of the Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanam, sources said.

    The premium reimbursements related to the CAR (contractor all-risk) policies that Lanco Infratech had to take for each project as per the tender rules. Under the CAR norms, the contractor company, Lanco Infratech in this instance, would have to insure the entire project and claim reimbursement of premium from the principals, mostly government companies and TTD in one case.

    Lanco Infratech would first negotiate the policy with an insurer and pay up the premium. It would get the premium refunded from the contracting principal. Thereafter it would go back to the insurer to renegotiate the premium, saying it had got a lower quote from a competitor company. The insurer agreed to lower the premium and refunded the balance, which Lanco Infratech would not report to the principal and simply pocketed. The government companies have suffered huge losses by paying up higher premiums and this has been going on at least from 2007.

    The construction of an integrated educational complex for the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Basar in Adilabad district is a classic case. Lanco had bought insurance cover with the New India Assurance, Basheerbagh, for payment of Rs 1,89,60,000 as premium.

    After getting it refunded by the principal, APHMHIDC, Lanco Infratech went back to the insurer to renegotiate a steep drop in the premium. That deal through policy no: 610200/44/08/03/600 00027 yielded Lanco Infratech a refund of Rs 1.53 crore and the government corporation was in the dark.

    The projects for medical colleges in Ongole and Srikakulam had yielded premium refunds of Rs 17 lakh and Rs 11 lakh respectively.

    “Our vigilance officials are probing irregularities,” said the chairman and managing director G. Srinivasan of the United India Insurance Co. Ltd, acknowledging the Lanco scam. UIIC investigators are now busy checking whether some of their own executives had colluded with Lanco Infratech. A few other insurance majors figure in the list of insurers that Lanco had used in its fruitful project deals.

    Lanco Sasan Controversy

    In July 2007, the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) cancelled the bid of Lanco consortium for the 4,000 MW ultra mega power project in Sasan, Madhya Pradesh. The Lanco Group is alleged to have violated norms by quoting the financial and technical strength of its foreign partner’s parent company at the time of bidding.

    Vizhinjam International Transhipment Terminal Port Controversy

    Lanco was awarded the Rs.5,300-crore project on build-operate-transfer basis in May 2008 through global tender. Zoom Developers, the only other bidder other than Lanco was disqualified on technical grounds. Zoom went to court challenging its disqualification during the appraisal of its technical bid.

    The case moved from the Kerala High Court to the Supreme Court. After much litigation, Lanco decided to pull out from this project.

    Power Politics

    Lanco is perhaps the number one company when it comes to litigations and controversies. Almost all its power projects are mired in controversies. Let us examine some of these cases state-by-state

    Andhra Pradesh:

    The then Chandra Babu Naidu government entered into faulty Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Lanco Kondapalli Power which resulted in excessive payments to the tune of 586 Crores between 2001 and 2006. Andhra Pradesh Transmission Corporation has levied liquidated damages of Rs 95.16 Crores for delay in achieving commercial production.

    According to conservative estimates, Lanco Kondaplli Power Project benefitted to the tune of Rs. 1000 Crores from the faulty Power Purchase Agreements of AP state government.

    Punjab:

    Lanco bidded for 1320 MW Rajpura thermal plant in Punjab, but the PSEB Engineers Association has d said that the bid is very high and should be re-invited. The PSEB Engineers Association in its letter to Punjab Chief Minister had pointed out that the poor track record of Lanco in executing projects. Lanco has quoted Rs.1.829 per unit as fixed charges where as Sterlite had quoted Rs.1.20 per unit for Talwandi Sabo project in Punjab.

    Haryana:

    The former Finance Minister of Haryana Sampat Sing said in 2008 February that the Lanco Amarkantak Thermal Project project was full of loopholes and allegedly smacked of corruption and favouritism. He said the state government would purchase electricity at the landed cost of Rs 2.75 per unit under this deal, whereas from the Sasan project of MP, it would get electricity at the rate of Rs 1.19 per unit. This big difference showed that there was corruption in the deal, he alleged.

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