Telangana fest gives KCR time to decide on new posts

Several legislators are eagerly waiting for Rao to announce the Cabinet expansion

Hyderabad: This year the festive atmosphere in Telangana state surrounding Bathukamma is unprecedented. This, however, also means that the TRS MLAs and leaders eyeing Cabinet and nominated posts will have to wait a while longer. The festival seems to have come as a big relief for Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao as it has given him time to select the most suitable candidates for the posts.

With ministers, legislators and leaders being asked to oversee Bathukamma arrangements for nine days in their respective Assembly constituencies since it has been declared a state festival, the Cabinet expansion and filling of nominated posts have been put on the backburner for the time being. Though Mr Rao had promised to launch new schemes from Dasara there is no word as yet on the pending Cabinet expansion and also the nominated posts.

Several legislators and party leaders are eagerly waiting for Mr Rao to announce the Cabinet expansion and also fill the nominated posts. The Chief Minister did fill some posts like that of the Telangana Public Service Commission with Ghanta Chakrapani as chairman, Telangana Press Academy headed by Allam Narayana etc., but a large number is still pending.

“We have no idea when the Cabinet expansion will take place. The Chief Minister has to decide. We can’t ask him since he knows when he should undertake the Cabinet expansion. We are busy with Bathukamma in our constituencies,” said a senior TRS MLA eyeing for a Cabinet berth.

According to another party MLC, the Chief Minister will undertake Cabinet expansion and fill the nominated posts between Dasara and Deepavali. “I am sure he will give a festival gift to the party leaders as he has done to other sections of people,” he said.

Interestingly, the TRS ministers, legislators and leaders are vying with each other to hog the limelight at the Bathukamma festivities. While Mr Rao is yet to join the celebrations, his Cabinet colleagues, legislators, leaders and cadre, especially Telangana Jagruti president K. Kavitha, have jumped into Bathukamma festivities across Telangana.

Though Bathukamma dance is traditionally performed by women and men only help them get flowers and carry it for immersion after the puja, for a change political leaders and government officials are dancing to Bathukamma songs and tunes along with women. Those who danced at Bathukamma events include Legislative Council Chairman Swami Goud, Deputy Chief Minister Dr T. Rajaiah, BJP MP Bandaru Dattatreya, Khairatabad MLA Chintala Ramachandra Reddy and MLA Srinivas Goud.

Meanwhile Telangana starts online campaign to promote Bathukamma

Telangana state government has launched a global online campaign to promote Bathukamma. A special website with information about Bathukamma, photos and videos of celebrations has been launched. Details of Bathukamma worldwide celebrations have been uploaded into the website.

Facebook and Google pages and a YouTube channel have also been launched as part of digital campaign. Already 6 lakh people have viewed the Bathukamma Digital Campaign on various platforms, according to CMO. Arrangements have also been made to webcast the October 2 Tank Bund Bathukamma celebrations on YouTube live across the globe.

Following are the links: Bathukamma website: http://bath-ukamma.
Bathukamma Face-book page:
Bathukamma YouT-ube channel: www.

( Source : dc correspondent )
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