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Wednesday, November 07, 2007


After a long and successful reign as the Telugu film industry's most popular actor Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao -- or simply NTR -- was keen to do something for the people. He resolved to dedicate his life to social work after he turned 60. While filming Sardar Paparayudu in October 1981, he suddenly announced plans to float a political party.

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Nara Chandrababu Naidu has strengthened the TDP network and is credited with making the party a major player in Indian politics. After the 1996 general election, he declined to lead the United Front government and instead preferred to be the kingmaker. His alliance with the BJP has paid off -- he has secured many sops for his state, more than any other BJP ally, even though he supports the the National Democratic Alliance only from outside.


Conventions have been given the go-by in convening the Winter Session of Parliament with the period of notification, the number of days to MPs for submitting questions and Ministries to prepare their answers, and the procedures for taking up . . . (Conventions Given Go-By For Winter Session , Pioneer, Akhilesh Suman, Nov 07, 2007)

TDP president Mr N Chandrababu Naidu today alleged that chief minister Dr YS Rajashekar Reddy had asked him to “shut up” during the Business Advisory Committee meeting convened by the Speaker to discuss the agenda for the AP Assembly’s winter session. (Ysr Asked Me To Shut Up: Naidu, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

A united opposition is all set to bring out the knives against the Government on a host of contentious issues with the winter session of the Assembly commencing on Monday. (Winter Session Of A.P. Assembly To Be Stormy , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)

Sections of the media have discerned a softening in CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat’s stand on the nuclear deal. (Complex Manoeuvres Over The N-Deal , The Economic Times, Editorial, Economic Times, Nov 02, 2007)

The Chhattisgarh Police have recovered a mobile phone from the possession of Narayan Sanyal, the highest-ranking Maoist ideologue lodged in Bilaspur Central Prison. (Chhattisgarh: Naxal Leader In Jail Swallows Sim Card, Indian Express, Nitin Mahajan, Nov 02, 2007)

The Left's efforts to organise opposition against the UPA's economic policies got a boost on Tuesday when the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) joined the Left-sponsored farmers rally along with the newly-floated UNPA. (Ncp Joins Left To Flay Upa's Economic Policies , Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 31, 2007)

The Left and the United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) came together on a common platform attacking the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government on farmers’ issues in a rally organised by the All-India Kisan Sabha on Tuesday. (Left Attacks Upa On Farmers’ Issues, Asian Age, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 31, 2007)

POLITICAL leaders have feet of clay. This has been borne out, once again, by former Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy spiriting away Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs to a resort in the outskirts of Bangalore. (Herd Of Mlas, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Oct 30, 2007)

Give me the liberty to know, to utter and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” (Mirroring A Democracy, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 29, 2007)

The leaders of the United National Progressive Alliance on Friday asked the people of the State to strengthen the hands of former chief minister S Bangarappa by supporting the Samajawadi Party as he had launched several innovative programmes . . . . (He Has Always Stood For The Values He Cherished , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 27, 2007)

The season of film festivals is upon us once again. (Special, Statesman, A N Sudarsan Rao , Oct 27, 2007)

The Left is not ready to become part of any Third Front, although it has decided to launch “joint struggles” with the United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA). (Left For ‘Joint Struggles’ With Unpa But Won’T Join Third Front, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

The contours of the new political realignment with the Left moving closer to the UNPA camp became clear on Thursday as the crucial outside supporters of the UPA government announced that they hold the same platform with the “Third Front. . . (Left Parties, Unpa Iron Out New Deal, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

The Left dropped hints of its intention to stitch a non- Congress and non-BJP alliance after UNPA Chairperson Mulayam Singh met CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat and his CPI counterpart A B Bardhan. (Unpa, Left To Coordinate Against Upa , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

The glimmerings of a new alternative could be seen on Wednesday when Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav met Left leaders Prakash Karat and A.B. Bardhan and agreed to cooperate in Parliament on the Indo-US nuclear deal issue. (N-Deal Cements New Third Front, Asian Age, Seema Mustafa, Oct 26, 2007)

With the Manmohan Singh government and the Left parties engaged in the war of nerves on the nuclear deal, communists have paced up the process of engagement with the UNPA to put pressure on the Congress-led coalition and corner it on the floor of. . . (Mulayam Briefs Karat On Third Front Meeting, Tribune, R. Suryamurthy, Oct 26, 2007)

Giving in to the Left's bullying on the India-US nuclear deal is unlikely to remove hurdles in the path of the UPA Government as the comrades are all set to broadbase their opposition on several other key policy issues. (Left Firms Up Anti-Cong Stance, Pioneer, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

Not only is history against any kind of Third Front, but its future also is bleak. (A Distraught Group, Pioneer, Kalyani Shankar, Oct 26, 2007)

The former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu, on Wednesday criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for ignoring a delegation of Members of Parliament from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) which has been seeking an appointment . . . (Manmohan Ignored Farmers’ Team From A.P., Says Naidu , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 25, 2007)

While pressing for a discussion in Parliament on the nuclear deal with the United States, the United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) on Wednesday made it clear that it would not insist on the issue being put to vote. (Unpa Not To Insist On Vote, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 25, 2007)


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