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Will Naidu’s dream rail chug by 2018?


In the backdrop of the reports that centre refused to give go ahead on the Vijayawada metro rail because of traffic un-viability, chief minister Chandrababu Naidu asked metro-rail man Sreedharan to complete the first phase of Vijayawada Metro Rail Project by August 2018 and Visakhapatnam by December 2018. Sridharan is advising the state on metro rail projects. Recently, the Centre has reportedly ruled out any financial assistance to the Construction of Vijayawada Metro Rail because of financial un-viability.

According to sources in the government the Centre has made it clear that metro rail in Vijayawada is not viable with the population being less than 20 lakh. It also stated that because of less population , the metro project was liable to run into losses. This forces the people to think that Naidu was giving unnecessary and unrealistic hype to his projects in new capital region to gain political mileage. today’s the meeting between chief minister Naidu and Sridharan took place to allay the misgivings among the publi. The chief minister informed Sridharan that the project could be executed with the support of Japan International Cooperation Agency .

“We should expedite the process of setting up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) and appoint a permanent officer who will monitor the progress of the project,” Naidu told Sridharan. They have decided to meet on September 9, in Vijayawada.

Naidu shared experience of his Turkey trip. He said the traffic management system in Turkey was efficient. “Their road and rail systems are managed well. This has not only increased the tourist arrivals but also improved the per income ,” the chief minister explained.

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Purandewari’s Elevation: What is BJP’s Game Plan?


Two Telugu leaders, one from Andhra Pradesh, the other from  Telangana, have been given national assignments by BJP leadership. While new comer, D Purandeswari is appointed in-charge of Bharatiya Mahila Morcha, senior leader Muralidhar Rao will look after Bharatiya Yuva Morcha.  Incidentally both are from ruling communities, Kamma (Purandeswari) and Velama(Muralidhar Rao).

What surprises many is Purandeswari’s elevation to the national level. During entire UPA tenure, she was a minister and Congress leader. She opposed the division of Andhra Pradesh and quit Congress only to join BJP which was a staunch supporter of the division.

Is there anything more than what meets the eye in the projection of Purandeswari, daughter of TDP founder NT Ramarao?

Purandeswari has been a successful parliamentarian ever since she entered the Lok Sabha in 2004. Her rise in New Delhi was quick for two reasons: one-she is a daughter of NTR and arch rival to brother-in-law N Chandrababu Naidu, and two- her articulation and affable nature.

What would be the game plan of BJP in promoting Purandewari to national level? Would she be the chief ministerial candidate of BJP in Andhra Pradesh in case the BJP and TDP fall apart in in the state?  Or is it a ploy to remove her from state to please TDP chief minister Naidu? She is  one leader to be watched out in Andhra Politics.

Muralidhar Rao, an alum of Osmania University, is influential leader, like Ram Madhav, in RSS. Till assigned BJP, Rao was in-charge of Swadeshi Jaganran Mach. Known for intellectual understanding, articulation and commitment, Rao has been given very important assignment by BJP president Amit Shah, to organize youth toward’ Modi’s BJP.

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