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Jagan to inaugurate 5.05 lakh houses on Dec 21

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Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy chaired a review meeting with the housing dept on the ongoing progress of the works under ‘Navaratnalu – Pedalandariki illu’. The officials briefed the chief minister that so far in the financial year 2022-23, they have completed works worth Rs. 4,318 Cr.

A total of 21.55 lakh houses are taken up in two phases. The officials said that these works are being expedited. They further said that once the rains subside, the construction of houses will be picked up every week and plans have been made to construct 70,000 houses per week from October.

The Chief Minister reiterated that when the construction of houses is completed, to ensure that minimum facilities like drainage, electricity and drinking water are provided at the Jagananna colonies. The chief minister also directed the officials to pay special attention for the construction of houses in agency areas.

‘There should be no compromise in setting up of minimum infrastructure facilities under any circumstances. ‘Come up with a clear plan on the priority works in terms of Jagananna colonies’ the chief minister said.

Further reviewing the AP TIDCO housing, the chief minister said that there should be special attention given to the management of Tidco houses.

The officials briefed the chief minister that the infrastructural works of TIDCO houses are moving swiftly and that the houses will be handed over to the beneficiaries by December.

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Jagan claims tangible change in agriculture sector

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Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has said that the change is visible through Rythu Bharosa Kendras (RBKs) right from supply of quality seeds to sale of produce besides providing insurance cover and nine-hour free power.

Rounding up the short discussion on Agriculture and allied sectors in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly here on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said, RBKs have been the most tangible units at village level which are offering numerous services to farmers and assured that the state did not and will not collect any extra amount on metres fixed to agriculture motors and it helps in providing quality power to farmers for nine hours in daytime.

Asserting that all the promises made in the manifesto to farmers have been fulfilled, the Chief Minister said nano technology would be implemented soon and about 2,000 drones would be pressed into service for spraying the pesticides in a scientific manner.

All the welfare schemes are aimed to benefit the farmers with a landholding of less than three acres who form 87 percent and many of them are also beneficiaries of other schemes under Navaratnalu.

Taking a dig at Chandrababu Naidu, he said the Opposition leader is synonymous to drought and during the past three years all water bodies including the major rivers are brimming with water and groundwater level has swelled while agriculture produce has increased drastically.

YSR Rythu Bharosa-PM Kisan, insurance scheme, zero interest scheme, and input subsidy besides RBKs have been very useful to the farmers. In the 10,778 RBKs qualified people were working to guide the farmers and people from NITI Ayog, World Bank and FAO also have visited them to study the functioning. Lab to land, YSR Yantra Schemes, Calamity and Price Stabilisation Funds have played their role in the time of crisis, he said.

The Government is committed to the welfare of farmers and will continue its proactive role in promoting agriculture and allied sectors, he said.

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Jagan’s move to rename NTR Health University kicks up row

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A proposal by the Andhra Pradesh government to rename NTR Health University as YSR Health University has kicked up a row with the main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) hitting the streets to strongly oppose the move.

The State Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council witnessed ruckus on Wednesday as the TDP legislators stalled the proceedings demanding the government to drop the move.

All TDP members were suspended from the Assembly as they disrupted the proceedings. On the orders of Speaker Tammineni Seetharam, marshals physically lifted them out of the House.

As soon as the Assembly met for the day, TDP members were on their feet to lodge their protest against ‘The Dr NTR University of Health Sciences (Amendment) Bill 2022’.

They rushed to the well and raised slogans of ‘NTR Amar hai’ and ‘Johar NTR’. Holding placards, the agitating legislators tore papers and threw them on the Speaker.

The health university is currently named after the late TDP founder and former Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao, who was popular as NTR.

YSR Congress Party proposes to name the university after former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy who was popularly known as YSR. Incumbent Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is YSR’s son.

TDP president and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu slammed the Jagan Mohan Reddy government for its move to change the name of the university. He said that the move shows the bankruptcy of the government.

Demanding that the name of the university should remain unchanged, Naidu vowed to strongly oppose any attempt to rechristen it.

Naidu questioned the move to rename NTR Health University that was founded in 1986. “The university was formed by NTR, how can you rename it after your father,” Naidu asked Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Naidu, who is son-in-law of NTR, told the Chief Minister that changing name of the existing institutes will not give him popularity and advised him to bring new institutes to the state.

Meanwhile, the police have beefed up security at NTR Health University in Vijayawada as large number of TDP leaders and workers were reaching there to stage a protest.

TDP leader Devineni Uma and other leaders were arrested by the police for staging protests.

It was in 1986 that NTR formed a separate health university to promote medical education in united Andhra Pradesh. After the death of NTR, then chief minister Chandrababu Naidu named the university after the late leader.

Naidu said no chief minister including Jagan’s father YSR thought of changing the name of the university.

The TDP leader said the chief minister who failed to set up a single new institute in the state during the last three-and-a-half years was changing the name of the university.

He alleged that the government took away Rs 450 crore funds of the university and did not conduct even a single convocation.

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TDP MLAs suspended from AP Assembly for fourth consecutive day

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Speaker Thammineni Sitaram suspended the TDP MLAs from the Assembly for the rest of the day on the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday. The members were sent out as they were holding protests at the Speaker’s podium asking for short discussion on welfare programmes.

Before the session started, the TDP MLAs and the MLCs reached the Assembly in procession holding placards stating that the government had neglected the welfare of the people. The MLAs and the MLCs alleged that the government had diverted the welfare funds from the budget and was doing injustice to the people.

The TDP MLAs alleged that chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had ignored the sub-plan funds for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes. They also blamed the state government for withdrawing Anna Canteens which were opened by the government during the TDP regime.

The TDP MLAs issued notice to the speaker seeking short discussion on the welfare programmes. However, the speaker rejected the notice and took up the business.

The MLAs raising slogans against the government held a protest at the Speaker’s podium. They demanded that the chief minister resign from his post as he failed to implement the welfare schemes in the state and withdrew the Anna canteens.

The speaker made repeated requests to the TDP members to retire to their seats and allow the House to conduct its business. However, the TDP members continued their agitation forcing the speaker to suspend them.

Minister Adimulapu Suresh alleged that the TDP members were politicising every issue. He said that the TDP had opened a few Anna Canteens in October 2018, with an eye on elections. The canteens too were few and were now being used only for political benefit.

He sought to advise the TDP leaders to stop politicising everything and asserted that people were watching.

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Jagan claims rapid industrial growth in AP

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Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy asserted that the State has been rapidly growing in the industrial sector and achieved a growth rate of 11. 74 per cent besides topping the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) charts in the country apart from generating employment and encouraging self-employment. The Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy said all this could not be seen by Chandrababu Naidu and his friendly media which has been spreading falsehood for political gains.

Rounding up the short discussion on Industries and Investments on Monday, Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the investments into the State have been growing, more than the previous government. He said that Andhra Pradesh has competed with 17 states to get the Bulk Drugs Park at Kakinada which would provide jobs to around 35,000 which costs Rs 1,000 crore. He regretted that TDP tried to play spoilsport by writing letters to the Centre to stall the project though we have taken all precautionary measures for effluent treatment.

Telangana and Maharashtra have been complaining to the Centre as they could not get the project while Chandrababu Naidu and his men have been trying to put spokes in it to disgrace the State through false propaganda, he said.

In the past three years, 99 industries have gone to steam in the State with an investment of Rs 46,280 cores providing jobs to 62,541 and about 40,000 more jobs would be generated through four Central Government PSUs that would soon be coming up. Discussions for setting up of 10 major industries are underway while four CPSUs like HPCL, ONGC and BEL.

The investments started coming in as we could give confidence and assure transparency which is why the captains of industry like Tatas, Birlas, Adanis and other big ticket companies started looking towards Andhra Pradesh and are coming to invest in the State, he said.

This apart we have promoted MSMEs by giving incentives as this sector alone provides 12 lakh jobs. We have also cleared the dues of the TDP government, he said.

The YSR Electronic Manufacturing Cluster, Mega Industrial Hub coming at Kopparthi and the Steel Plant at Jammalamadugu among others will provide jobs to locals and increase the standard of living and the State is getting the youth job-ready through skill development, he said.

He also gave data on the employment generation during the past three years which aggregates to 6.13 lakh jobs in three while it was just 34,108 during the previous government.

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Why Not 175 is the new slogan of YSR Congress in AP

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The ruling YSR Congress has intensified its 2024 election campaign even before 18 months. The party has come up with a new slogan to attract the voters. The new slogan starts on September 22, when Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy visits Kuppam Assembly constituency, which is represented by TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu.

The rank and file of the YSR Congress have started scripting the new slogan on the walls of Kuppam to dress up the town for the chief minister’s visit. The activists have also put hoardings and banners all over the town with the same slogan – Why Not 175?

The chief minister had started this slogan, first at the party MLAs meeting and for the second time at the review meeting with the Kuppam constituency workers on August 4. He told the party workers that the YSR Congress had defeated the TDP for the first time in the Panchayat Raj and Municipal elections in the Kuppam constituency.

Having defeated the TDP in the local body elections, Jagan Mohan Reddy told the party workers to get ready to defeat the TDP in the Assembly elections too. In fact, he had asked them that he would make local MLA candidate Bharat as the cabinet minister after the elections. This had given greater challenge to the party workers in the constituency.

The YSR Congress is taking this slogan as a challenge, particularly after the visit of TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu to the constituency last month which had witnessed violence. The activists of the two parties have openly locked horns leading to the local police book cases against the two parties.

As the chief minister is visiting the constituency, there is new enthusiasm among the party workers who have been working hard to make Jagan Mohan Reddy’s visit a success. It is to be seen how this enthusiasm brings votes in 2024 fulfilling the target of 175 Assembly constituencies.

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Jagan says opposition is misleading on state finances

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Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy gave a powerpoint presentation showing the facts and figures to say that the present government was performing better than the previous government.

A concerted effort is being made by Chandrababu Naidu and his friendly media to show the State in dire straits comparing it to Sri Lanka, while in reality the growth rate of Andhra Pradesh is very rosy and has been very encouraging, he said in the Assembly on Friday.

Braving Covid, the state had gone forward balancing welfare and development and State’s performance was far better than the national average, the Chief Minister said giving a graphic detail of the comparative figures on GSDP, debts, Government Guarantees and other indices to show the financial management which clearly are in favour of the State.

“The Gang of Four which follows the principle of plunder, stash and devour (dochuko, dachuko, thinuko) have started a vicious campaign to defame the government. People of the state need to know the facts that when the budget of the previous and our government is almost the same and the loans we have taken are less than Chandrababu Naidu regime, why could he not carry out the welfare schemes we are implementing,” he said.

The discussion on industries would be taken up on Monday.

Earlier Industries Minister G Amarnath said that the Opposition is trying to spoil the brand image of the State and have been writing letters to stall the industrial growth in the State. K Parthasarathi, Abbaya Choudhary and others listed out the failure of Chandrababu Naidu government and the initiatives and incentives being given by the State Government to promote industries

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Amaravati farmers’ padayatra diverted in Tenali

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The police have diverted the padayatra of the Amaravati farmers in Tenali town on Wednesday to avoid clash with the ruling YSR Congress activists. The farmers have planned to walk through the Itanagar in Tenali, as the residents of the area have donated Rs 5 lakh for the padayatra.

However, the police foiled the plan as the ruling YSR Congress activists gathered at local MLA, Annabathuni Siva Kumar’s residence. The police told the farmers to take another route and avoid passing through the local MLA’s house.

The farmers insisted upon going through the road and tried to break the barricades and pushed the police. However, the police stopped the farmers and requested them to change their route in the town to avoid clashes and not to create law and order problems.

After some time, the farmers accepted the request of the police and took another road, giving a sigh of relief to the police. The police said that the high court had already advised the farmers to avoid clashes with the other groups and not to create law and order problems for the police.

The farmers alleged that the police and the ruling YSR Congress leaders were trying to create problems for the padayatra. The farmers also alleged that the ruling party leaders were trying to use the police to stop their padayatra by showing some law and order problems.

The farmers also accused the ruling party leaders of waiting for an opportunity to clash with the farmers. It is to be seen how the police would handle the issues when the farmers padayatra comes across the counter rallies of the ruling YSR Congress.

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Centre to hold AP, TS officials meet on Sept 27

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The Central government had convened a joint meeting of the chief secretaries of the two states in Delhi on September 27. The Union Home Secretary would chair the meeting in which senior officials of the revenue, finance, agriculture, railways, food, health and family welfare.

The meeting is primarily to discuss and resolve the issues of the AP Reorganisation Act 2014. This would include division of the state and the Central institutions listed in the IX and X Schedules of the AP Reorganisation Act 2014.

The Central government had sent communication to the chief secretaries of the two states asking them to come for the meeting and represent their issues. The meeting is scheduled to take up key issues of the AP Reorganisation Act 2014, after eight years of bifurcation.

The interesting point is that the meeting also has the issue of the capital city development for Andhra Pradesh and its connectivity through the rapid rail system, as proposed in the Reorganisation Act.

While the previous TDP government had planned to develop a centralised capital at Amaravati and requested the Centre to finance it, the present YSR Congress government had proposed three capitals in a decentralised plan.

As the issue of financing the capital is listed in the agenda of the meeting, it is to be seen how the Andhra Pradesh government would respond.

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AP hospitals to focus on cancer care

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Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has asked the officials to focus on prevention and curative measures of cancer and LINAC machines should be available in four teaching hospitals.

During a review meeting on the Medical and Health Department at Camp Office on Tuesday, the Chief Minister told the officials to equip every medical college with a separate department for cancer.

In the four teaching hospitals of Vijayawada, Anantapur, Kakinada and Guntur LINAC machines (linear accelerators) should be set up and should be followed up in places in Srikakulam, Nellore, Ongole in a phased manner.

The Cancer Wing in seven medical colleges should be modernized and strengthened, the Chief Minister said, and in the new medical colleges that are coming up, modernized Cancer wings should be set up.

The chief minister told the officials to appoint a Special Officer to monitor the Family Doctor programme in districts. He further said that the problem of anemia should be solved within one year, he said. The Village Clinics should have 12 types of rapid diagnostic kits with 67 types of medicine, the Chief Minister said, adding that child health should be taken up on priority basis.

The condition of patients who are discharged should be followed up and data should be available in village clinics and village secretariats, the Chief Minister said. On receiving the call on 104 the patient must be told about the nearest empanelled hospital, he said.

The officials said that the virtual accounts have been created for beneficiaries of Aarogyasri and money has been directly credited into accounts which will directly go into the hospital accounts. Consent letters are also being taken from the patients while being discharged.

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Peddireddy heckles KCR on power dues

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AP Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy heckled Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao over the power dues from Andhra Pradesh to the Telangana Discoms. The Telangana chief minister had said that Andhra Pradesh has to pay Rs 17,000 crore to Telangana Discoms and asked the Centre to adjust TS dues to AP and pay the balance.

It may be mentioned that the central government had written to the Telangana state to pay Rs 6,000 crore power dues to Andhra Pradesh in 30 days or else the Centre would act accordingly. The central government cited the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act 2014 and also the representation of the Andhra Pradesh government.

The AP claimed that the TS government has to pay the power charges of Rs 3,000 crore and the interest of another Rs 3000 crore to Andhra Pradesh Discoms. The AP had been representing the case ever since the bifurcation, particularly after the capital was shifted to Amaravati in December 2014, six months after the appointed day, June 2, 2014.

Reacting to the Central government’s letter, the Telangana chief minister blamed the Centre for starting political witch-hunt. He termed the central government’s letter as political vendetta and said that the Telangana government would wage a battle against the centre.

Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy reacted strongly to the statements of the Telangana chief minister and said that there were records on the power dues. The records show who owes who and what amount. He advised the Telangana chief minister to look into the records and accounts and clear the dues to Andhra Pradesh at least now.

It is to be seen how the Central government would react to the fresh statement of the Telangana chief minister on the power dues to Andhra Pradesh.

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Villagers oppose municipality proposal in Amaravati

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The villagers of the Amaravati capital villages have opposed the state government’s proposal to create a municipality with Amaravati as headquarters. The district collector conducted grama sabhas in Lingayapalem and Uddandarayunipalem villages on the first day on Monday.

At Lingayapalem, there 79 villagers who attended the public hearing in the grama sabha of whom 78 persons have opposed the proposal, while one person welcomed it. In Uddandarayunipalem village, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for Amaravati in 2016, the entire village opposed the move.

The officials have to complete the exercise in the next five days by holding grama sabhas in 22 villages. The exercise was taken up to create Amaravati Municipality with 19 villages of Thulluru mandal and three villages of Mangalagiri mandal.

Earlier, in 2021, the state government had proposed for creation of Amaravati Municipal Corporation with 22 villages, against the 29 villages which were part of the Amaravati capital city. The villagers wanted the government to create a municipal corporation with all the 29 villages, which were notified earlier.

However, the state government had merged some villages in the Tadepalli-Mangalagiri Municipal Corporation, which was created early in 2021. The state government had merged the two municipalities of Tadepalli and Managalagiri and created a new municipal corporation. This is the second municipal corporation in the CRDA limits after the Vijayawada and Guntur municipal corporations.

It is now to be seen how the villagers handle the government’s move and how the state government makes its next move.

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Amaravati farmers padayatra ends at Mangalagiri on first day

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The long march of the Amaravati farmers marking 1000 days of their protest against three capitals, started at Venkatapalem in the morning on Monday and concluded at Mangalagiri on the first day.

The padayatra would reach Arasavalli sun temple in Srikakulam district. This is the second long march of the farmers in the last 1000 days. Last year, the farmers conducted the long march from Amaravati to Tirupati, where they held a public meeting, which was addressed by the leaders of all political parties, except the ruling YSR Congress and the CPM.

This time, when the farmers started the maha padayatra at Venkatapalem, the leaders of various opposition parties joined them and extended support to the farmers. There are about 200 farmers participating in the maha padayatra.

While the AP police have denied permission for the padayatra sensing law and order problem, the high court had given the clearance. The high court also directed the farmers to give their names and the identification cards to the police for want of security.

The court also directed the police to consider the farmers’ request for a public meeting at the end of the long march. The leaders of all political parties are likely to attend the public meeting, as they did in Tirupati public meeting last year.

Meanwhile, the ruling YSR Congress had condemned the padayatra alleging it as a drama of TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu. Half-a-dozen ministers from the state have expressed fears over the law and order problem to the yatra as it would hurt the sentiments of the people who are supporting the administrative capital at Visakhapatnam.

It is to be seen how the police would handle the issue if the law and order problem arises as feared by the ministers and DGP K V Rajendranath Reddy.

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AP Govt to give 5.18 lakh tabs to students, 72k smart TVs to schools

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The Andhra Pradesh government would give 5,16,740 tabs to the students in the government schools from the next academic year. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had told the officials to start procurement of the quality tabs.

At a review meeting with the officials of the education department on Monday, the chief minister also told the officials to provide internet facilities to all the schools, village clinics, village secretariats and the digital libraries across the state.

The chief minister wanted the officials to provide smart TVs in every classroom, with interactive facilities. The officials told the chief minister that 72,481 smart TVs are required in the first phase and this would cost Rs 512 crore to the exchequer.

The chief minister told the officials to acquire tabs and smart TVs with quality and guarantee. He also told the officials to have regular inspections of the schools which were developed under the Nadu-Nedu programme. The chief minister also told the officials to ensure that the infrastructure provided in the schools is well-maintained.

The chief minister told the officials to ensure that the Byjus staff would interact with the students and the staff using the tabs and the Smart TVs in the classroom.

The officials informed the chief minister that the Byjus is ready for operations and would reach out to the students in the government schools with their teaching and learning material.

Though the government had provided infrastructure in the schools, they would lose their quality unless they are not properly maintained. It is to be seen how far the officials maintain the quality where the government had spent a few thousand crores of rupees under Nadu-Nedu.

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Tension in AP town as TDP stages protest over ex-minister’s remarks

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Tension prevailed in Gudivada town of Andhra Pradesh’s Krishna district on Sunday during a protest by the leaders of opposition TDP against former minister Kodali Nani over his remarks against TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu, general secretary Nara Lokesh and women leaders of the party.

Police detained Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders who reached Gudivada and were proceeding to the police station to lodge a complaint against Nani, MLA from Gudivada.

Soon after the leaders left the TDP office, the police arrested them. They included former minister Uma Maheswar Rao and former chairman of RTC Varla Ramaiah. The arrested leaders were shifted to Gudur police station.

Some more TDP leaders reached the town either by APSRTC buses or on two-wheelers to stage the protest. They were on their way to One Town police station to lodge the complaint but they were stopped by the police, who had erected barricades.

The police officers told TDP leaders to give them their complaint. However, the TDP leaders insisted that they be allowed to go to the police station and lodge the complaint. There was heated argument between the two sides, leading to pushing and jostling.

In the melee, some of the leaders managed to remove the police barricades. Raising slogans against Nani, they reached the police station but found its gate locked. They questioned the police officers over locking the gate instead of receiving their complaint. The police officers allowed four leaders to enter the premises. They lodged a complaint against the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) leader and demanded action against him.

The TDP has taken strong exception to certain remarks made by Nani against women leaders of the party and also against Chandrababu Naidu and his son Nara Lokesh.

Earlier, a delegation of TDP leaders from Krishna district lodged a complaint with Tadepalli police against Nani.

Cautioning the YSRCP MLA to control his mouth, the TDP leaders said Nani would be chased away from Gudivada soon.

Women leaders of TDP had also tried to lay siege to the house of Nani in Gudivada on September 6.

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TDP leaders keep Gudivada on fire, police deny permission for rally

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The opposition TDP leaders on Sunday ignited fire in the Gudivada town of Krishna district, holding a protest against local MLA and former minister Kodali Nani for his alleged defamatory remarks against the TDP.

Kodali Nani has been locked in a war of words with the TDP leaders for the past two days. The TDP leaders took strong objection to the former minister’s remarks against Chandrababu Naidu, Lokesh and some women leaders of the party.

The TDP leaders took a dig at Kodali Nani for his uncharitable remarks against the TDP top leaders and the women. They condemned Nani’s comments and sought an open apology from him.

TDP former MLC Buddha Venkanna went one step forward and asked Kodali Nani to kill them or else they will kill him after the 2024 elections.

On Sunday, the TDP leaders planned for a procession in Gudivada town to lodge a complaint against the former minister with the police. However, the police stopped Devineni Uma and Varla Ramaiah on the way at Pamarru and shifted them to the Guduru police station.

However, TDP leaders Jayamangala Venkata Ramana, Bode Prasad and Kagita Krishna Prasad reached Gudivada town by the RTC buses, giving a slip to the police. They reached the house of local former MLA Ravi Venkateswara Rao and then proceeded to the party office.

The TDP leaders tried to take out a rally from the party office to the police station to file a complaint. However, the police stopped them and said that they have no permission to take out a rally. The police also offered to take the complaint there on the road, which the TDP leaders refused.

However, after some time, the police gave permission to four of the TDP leaders to come to the police station and lodge a complaint. Following this Venkata Ramana, Bode Prasad and Krishna Prasad, besides Ravi Venkateswara Rao went to the police station and lodged a complaint against Kodali Nani.

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Amaravati farmers gear up for Padyatra 2.0 from Sep 12

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With the Andhra Pradesh High Court giving its green signal, preparations were in full swing for the second Maha Padyatra by farmers to demand development of Amaravati as the state capital.

Amaravati Parirakshana Samithi (APS) and Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Amaravati farmers were gearing up to launch Maha Padyatra from September 12.

The long march will begin from Venkatapalem in Thullur mandal at 5 a.m. The mahurat has been fixed by priests. The participants will begin the walkathon after performing puja at Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple in Venkatapalem.

The Padyatra with the slogan ‘Build Amaravati Save Andhra Pradesh’ is proposed to conclude at Arasavalli in Srikakulam district on November 11 after passing through 16 districts. It is aimed at mounting pressure on the government to complete the constructions and infrastructure creation in Amaravati as ordered by the High Court on March 3 this year.

Special Srivari Rath prepared for the Padyatra will be formally flagged off at 9 a.m. The organisers have invited leaders of all political parties except the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP).

Leaders of Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress will be present at the launch programme.

On the first day, the Padyatra will conclude at Mangalagiri after passing through Krishnayapalem, Penumaka and Yerrabalem.

Meanwhile, the APS and JAC have submitted a list of 600 participants to the police. The organisers handed over the list to the office of the Director General of Police.

The High Court on Friday gave green signal hours after the police refused the permission for the long march aimed at demanding implementation of High Court orders for development of the state capital.

However, the court has given the nod to the organisers subject to the condition that not more than 600 people should participate in the march.

APS had approached the High Court, seeking direction to the police to give permission for Maha Padyatra.

Director General of Police Rajendranath Reddy issued an order late on Thursday night denying permission for the march on the ground that there was apprehension of breach of peace.

Last year, the farmers undertook a 45-day long Padyatra from Amaravati to Tirupati. Police had imposed various restrictions during the march titled Nyayasthanam (High Court) to Devasthanam (Tirumala temple).

In a significant judgment, the Andhra Pradesh High Court had on March 3 allowed 75 petitions filed by Amaravati farmers and others challenging the government’s move for trifurcation of the state capital.

After coming to power in 2019, the YSRCP had reversed the decision of the previous TDP government to develop Amaravati as the only state capital. It decided to develop three state capitals – Amaravati, Visakhapatnam and Kurnool.

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AP Assembly winter session to commence on Sept 15

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The winter session of the AP Assembly will commence on September 15. Governor Biswabhushan Harichandan had issued the notification convening the both the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council.

The Speaker of the Assembly and the Chairman of the Council would hold the Business Advisory Committee meetings of their respective houses on the first day to decide on the business of the two houses. The state government would decide on the number of the days for the session at the BAC meetings.

Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy would introduce his cabinet ministers to both the Houses during this session. The cabinet was reshuffled in April this year, after the budget session, which was held in March.

The chief minister is also said to be planning to have more discussions on the welfare programmes that the government has been implementing for the past three years. The chief minister is learned to have told his cabinet ministers to speak on every scheme and every programme of the government during the winter session.

The chief minister had also told his office to prepare notes for the members and the ministers to speak during the session. The chief minister’s office (CMO) is now busy preparing notes for the ministers and the members to speak during the session.

The heads of departments were asked to provide inputs to the CMO officials to prepare the notes and speeches for the ministers and the chief minister as well.

The chief minister is likely to use the winter session of the Assembly to drive home his point clearly to the people why they should vote for him in the 2024 general elections. He is likely to give statements in the two Houses making his welfare programmes in the last three years despite the bad financial situation.

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Complete Externally Aided Project Works Within Time: Jagan Reddy

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Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy held a review meeting on the External Aided Projects (EAP) and told the officials that there should not be any delay in the 10 projects worth Rs 25,497.28 crores.

The projects are coming with the aid of New Development Bank (NDB), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JAICA), World Bank and KFB.

During the review meeting held at the Camp Office here on Friday, the Chief Minister said that the projects should be completed as per the timeline.

In the arid lands of Rayalaseema, Prakasam and north coastal Andhra, tanks should be linked with lakes. Taking assembly constituency as an unit, the tanks should be mapped to match the data and water should flow by gravity from the lakes. This will result in a significant swell of groundwater levels paving way for environmental balance.
The land under the tanks can be irrigated giving scope for sustainable employment and income opportunities. This subject should be taken up after a comprehensive study and implemented with the aid of financial agencies like the World Bank, the Chief Minister instructed the officials.

The works on bridges, ROBs, flyovers should be completed with special attention.
With Ramayapatnam, Machilipatnam and Bhavanpadu ports coming up, there would be development around and creating a land bank is essential. This enables the port-based economy to develop, he said.

The review meeting was attended by Chief Secretary, Sameer Sharma, MAUD Special Chief Secretary, Y Srilakshmi, Finance Department Special Chief Secretary SS Rawath, Water Resources Department Chief Secretary Sasibushan Kumar, Highways and Buildings Department Chief Secretary MT Krishna Babu, Industries Department Director G Srujan, APUFIDC MD P Rajababu and other officials.

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Govt begins work on creation of Amaravati Municipal Corporation

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The Andhra Pradesh government had started the groundwork for creation of Amaravati Municipal Corporation with 29 villages, which were earlier part of the Amaravati capital city plan by the previous TDP government.

This is the second attempt by the present government to create a municipal corporation here giving urban recognition to these villages. The villages are under the Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Department. The YSR Congress government wanted to bring them under the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department, by creating a municipal corporation with 22 villages.

The government also conducted grama sabhas to elicit the views of the people from these villages. However, the villages passed resolutions in favour of creation of a municipal corporation with all 29 villages and opposed withdrawal of seven villages from the list.

The state government had created a new municipal corporation by merging both Tadepalli and Mangalagiri municipalities last year. The government also took four villages from the 29 capital villages list and included them in the Tadepalli-Mangalagiri Municipal Corporation.

However, the farmers of Amaravati, who have been holding protests for the past 750 days have opposed the government move to create a municipal corporation with only 22 villages against 29 villages identified earlier as the capital villages.

Though there are resolutions from all these villages on the issue, the state government had once again directed the Guntur district collector to hold grama sabhas and collect public opinion on the creation of Amaravati Municipal Corporation.

It is to be seen how the Amaravati farmers would react to the attempt by the government for the second time in the last two years.

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