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The Nizam’s Fancies

KCR’s decisions—and shenanigans over vaastu—make him seem quixotic

The Nizam’s Fancies
P. Anil Kumar
The Nizam’s Fancies
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His Many Whims

Saying one thing now, doing something else...the KCR way

  • Journalists have been barred from the secretariat wing where KCR sits. Some in the CPRO’s office were suddenly marched out by a constable acting on “oral orders” from the CM’s office.
  • Last year, cable operators ‘banned’ two TV channels—TV9 and ABN Andhra Jyoti—after KCR said they must be taught a lesson. After hectic negotiations, the ban on TV9 was lif­ted. The unofficial ban on ABN Andhra Jyoti continues.
  • The official vehicles used in the CM’s convoy used to be black. They’re now white because KCR believes that it’s a luckier colour.
  • He had announced that 1956 would be the cut-off date for students to prove their nativity; their parents must have been in Telangana in 1956. Earlier, if a person had studied from Class I to VII in a place, he or she was deemed domiciled there.
  • During polls, KCR called Modi a fascist and said there was no Modi wave. Of late, TRS is cosying up to the BJP for a possible tie-up and a few cabinet posts.
  • Centre had to step in before KCR agreed to release water from Nagarju­na­­sagar project to Andhra Pradesh.

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A couple of bureaucrats looking to cool off with a swim as Hyderabad grows hotter made their way to the IAS Officers Club. Changing into trunks, they proceeded to the swimming pool—only to find it filled to the brim with mud. A guard told the bewildered bureaucrats the pool had been emptied overnight and laden with earth on orders from the chief minister’s office. Telangana chief minister K. Chand­rasekhar Rao (KCR), who works from...

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