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Cash-for-Vote scam: Telangana Anti-Corruption Bureau serves notice to two TDP leaders

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Hyderabad: Telangana’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has issued notice to two Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders, while party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu is also likely to be summoned for questioning in the cash-for-vote scam.

The ACB late on Tuesday served notice on TDP legislator, Sandra Venkata Veeraiah and another leader, V. Narender Reddy, who was TDP-BJP candidate in Telangana legislative council elections. They were asked to appear before ACB for questioning.

While Narender Reddy on Wednesday morning left for ACB office, Veeraiah, a member of Telangana assembly, said he was yet to receive the notice. For a second consecutive day, Hyderabad witnessed hectic activity relating to the case.

Telangana Director General of Police (DGP), Anurag Sharma, ACB chief, A.K. Khan and Hyderabad Police Commissioner, Mahender Reddyy met Chief Minister, K. Chandrasekhar Reddy on Wednesday.

The meeting assumed significance, as ACB is reportedly gearing up to issue notice to Chandrababu Naidu, and two MPs of TDP in the case.

The DGP had also called on the chief minister on Tuesday, while Khan met him twice.

TDP MLA, A. Revanth Reddy was arrested by the ACB on May 31 while he was offering Rs.50 lakh to nominated MLA, Elvis Stephenson, to make him vote for Narender Reddy.

In a trap laid on Stephenson’s complaint, the ACB also arrested Revanth Reddy’s aides, Sebastian Harry and Uday Simha.

An audio tape of Chandrababu Naidu’s alleged telephonic conversation with Stephenson surfaced on June 7. Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government has alleged that Naidu is the mastermind of the scam. (IANS)

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Addition of 2 New Districts in Telangana, Number Rises to 33

A final notification was issued by the Revenue Department about the creation of two new districts - Mulugu and Narayanpet.

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Telangana, District, Hyderabad
In 2016, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government reorganised Telangana to create 21 new districts. Pixabay

The number of districts in Telangana rose to 33 with two new districts coming into being on Sunday.

A final notification was issued by the Revenue Department about the creation of two new districts – Mulugu and Narayanpet.

While Mulugu has been carved out of Jayashankar Bhupalapally district, Narayanpet came into being with the division of the existing Mahabubnagar district.

This followed demands from the local people. The in-charge district collectors of the two new districts on Sunday inaugurated the collectors’ offices. Local public representatives attended the functions.

Telangana, District, Hyderabad
In 2016, TRS government reorganised Telangana to create 21 new districts. Pixabay

It had 10 districts when it came into being as India’s 29th state on June 2, 2014, after it was carved out of Andhra Pradesh.

 

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In 2016, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government reorganised Telangana to create 21 new districts.

Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao said smaller districts would help in better administration as they could have better focus on implementation of development and welfare schemes. (IANS)