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Andhra MLC surrenders in ex-driver’s death case

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Anantha Uday Bhaskar, a legislator of Andhra Pradesh’s ruling YSR Congress Party, on Monday surrendered before the police in Kakinada in connection with a case relating to the death of his former driver under suspicious circumstances.

With pressure mounting for the arrest of Bhaskar, he surrendered before the police. The Member of Legislative Council (MLC) is likely to be produced before a magistrate on Monday night.

The police have also picked up a couple of friends of Subrahmanyam, the former driver of the MLC. They were with Subrahmanyam on May 19, the day when he died under suspicious circumstances.

The MLC’s surrender came amid mounting pressure from opposition parties, Dalit groups and people’s organisations for his arrest.

The YSRCP government has come under criticism for trying to shield Bhaskar.

The MLC came to Subrahmanyam’s house in Kakinada town with his body in the car in the wee hours of May 20. He told the driver’s family that Subrahmanyam died in a road accident.

However, Subrahmanyam’s parents did not believe his version and insisted that the MLC show them the evidence. They alleged that the MLC did not answer them and left the place in another vehicle leaving behind the body along with his car.

Subrahmanyam’s family alleged that Bhaskar murdered him and demanded the legislator’s arrest.

The family members said Subrahmanyam had worked as driver to Bhaskar for five years and had recently quit the job. However, the MLC was occasionally calling him for some work. They claimed that on May 19, the MLC took Subrahmanyam in his car and later sent a message to his brother that he died in an accident.

The driver’s family suspects that the MLC killed him as he had come to know of his many secrets.

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Andhra CM calls on WEF founder in Davos

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy called on World Economic Forum (WEF) founder, Prof. Klaus Schwab at Davos on Sunday.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) which began on Sunday.

The state government will later sign an agreement with the WEF. Through this agreement, the forum will guide the state in access to new technology, quality human resources for industries, sustainable products, worldwide distribution systems for state-made products, and data sharing and value addition to products.

Jagan Mohan Reddy will also meet Shyam Bishen, head of the department of health – WEF healthcare, and BCG global chairman Hans-Paul Barkner.

The Chief Minister inaugurated Andhra Pradesh’s pavilion at the WEF annual meeting highlighting the investment opportunities, officials said.

The pavilion with the slogan ‘People -Progress – Possibilities’ reiterates the state’s commitment for decarbonised economy and focused on investment opportunities.

A high-level delegation, led by the Chief Minister is participating in the meeting which will continue till May 26.

Reddy will also be holding discussions towards a decarbonised economy focusing on Industrialisation 4.0.

The state will showcase the strategy followed to curb Covid pandemic using Testing – Tracing- Treatment method and also the revolutionary measures taken by the government in education, health and development sectors, they said.

Andhra Pradesh will also focus on conventional energy resources and industrial waste treatment. The government intends to make room for the industrialisation of interconnectivity, real-time data, mechanisation and automation as part of the goal of sustainable economic progress and the chief minister and the state delegation will take part in the extensive discussions in Davos in this regard.

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Dead body found in MLC’s car

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A dead body was found in the personal car of ruling YSR Congress MLC Anantha Babu alias Anantha Udaya Bhaskar in Kakinada town of Andhra Pradesh during early hours on Friday. The body was identified as Subrahmanyam, a former driver of the MLC.

The parents said that the MLC took their son along with him in the evening and brought the body home stating that the youth died in a road accident. They alleged that the MLC had killed their son, but could not give any reason for the murder.

Sources say that the MLC took the youth, Subrahmanyam, from his home on Thursday evening. Subrahmanyam worked as a driver for him for quite some time and left the job for unknown reasons. However, the MLC went to Subrahmanyam’s house, picked him up in his car only to return home in the early hours with the dead body.

The MLC reportedly told the parents that Subrahmanyam died in a road accident and tried to convince the parents to take the body. As the parents protested accusing him of killing their son, the MLC left the car and the body at the place and fled.

The Kakinada police entered the scene and registered a case. They took the statement of the parents and sent the body to the government hospital for post-mortem.

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AP ZP schools students surprise CM, CS

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A handful of students from Zilla Parishad school from Kakinada district of Andhra Pradesh. They interacted with chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, chief secretary Dr Sameer Sharma and education special chief secretary Buditi Rajasekhar at the Chief Minister’s camp office on Thursday.

The students have been learning the English language for the past one year and have almost become masters. They spoke fluently and flawlessly. They were fearless and confident in their presentation during their interaction with the chief minister.

Coming from the SP school at Bendapudi village, the students, Myra, Karishma, Anudeep, among others, interacted with the chief minister thanking him for introducing English medium in the government schools. They also thanked the chief minister for developing the government schools under Nadu-Nedu.

School teacher, Prasad, took it as a challenge to teach English to the students. He taught them to speak fluently and with American slang, without fear or hesitation. They did not require any prompting. Neither they looked as if they were parroted.

He started the English Speakers’ Club in the school and drew a couple of students to start learning the language. Soon, the number increased and today every student in the school would love to learn the language.

“There is an influence of native language and hence the accent and pronunciation is different. Once I started the Speakers club, many students now have started to pick up the accent and prefer speaking in English rather than their mother tongue,” Prasad said.

The chief minister congratulated the students and the teacher for throwing a challenge to the world that they can speak fluent English. He also thanked them for utilising his dream project of giving quality education to the students in the government schools.

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Andhra Pradesh CM flags off 175 veterinary ambulances

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday flagged off 175 veterinary ambulances.

The ambulances, costing Rs 143 crore, were flagged off from the Chief Minister’s camp office here.

These vehicles have been launched under the first phase of Dr YSR Mobile Veterinary Ambulatory Clinical Services.

The state government has already announced that a total of 340 veterinary ambulances will be rolled up across the state at a cost of Rs 278 crore in two phases.

Meanwhile, a group of students studying at Bendapudi Zilla Parishad High School in Thondangi mandal of East Godavari district met Jagan Mohan Reddy at his camp office here on Thursday.

They interacted with the Chief Minister and expressed their views in English with fluency.

They said programmes like ‘Nadu Nedu’ in Government schools, and introduction of English as medium of instruction were really great and the Chief Minister is their ideal for implementing such programmes. Jagan Mohan Reddy was impressed and congratulated the students.

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Andhra to rename a district after Ambedkar

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The Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday decided to rename the newly-created Konaseema district as the Dr B.R. Ambedkar Konaseema district.

A notification to this effect is likely to be released soon. The decision came following demands from various parties, Dalit groups and public representatives to rename the district after the architect of Indian Constitution.

Some organisations had also staged protests demanding the government to rename the districts as Dr B. R. Ambedkar Konaseema district.

With Amalapuram as its headquarters, Konaseema district was created along with 12 other districts on April 4, taking the total number of districts in the state to 26.

A district each was named after freedom fighter Alluri Sitharama Raju, former Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founder N. T. Rama Rao, who was popular as NTR, spiritual leader Satya Sai Baba and 15th-century saint poet Tallapaka Annamacharya, popularly known as Annamayya.

The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government headed by Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had come under criticism from Dalit groups and others for not naming a district after Ambedkar.

Meanwhile, leaders of the YSRCP and different organisations have hailed the decision of the state government.

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TDP gears up for annual conclave ‘Mahanadu’ at Ongole

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Andhra Pradesh’s main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is gearing up to hold its ‘Mahandu’ or annual conclave near Ongole on May 27 and 28 with the party chief N. Chandrababu Naidu exhorting party cadres to be ready for early elections.

The party on Wednesday began preparations for the event on 80 acres of land at Manduvari Palem on the outskirts of Ongole town of Prakasam district.

It decided to organise ‘Mahanadu’ outside Ongole after the state government denied permission for conducting the event in Ongole mini-stadium.

The TDP alleged that the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government deliberately delayed the allotment of the mini-stadium for holding ‘Mahanadu’ and finally rejected permission.

‘Mahanadu’ is organised every year in May, coinciding with the birth anniversary of party founder and former chief minister N. T. Rama Rao.

During the two-day deliberations, the party discusses the political situation and passes resolutions on a host of issues.

The annual conclave this year will focus on the prevailing ‘anarchic’ situation in Andhra Pradesh and its future.

TDP national president and former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu has asked the organising committees to focus on novelty and the party ideological commitments during the two-day event.

Over 5,000 delegates are expected to attend ‘Mahanadu’, which is being held in Ongole for the second time. The town had last hosted the event 15 years ago.

At the ‘Mahanadu’, Naidu is expected to urge the party cadres to be ready to face the elections whenever they are held.

He had called upon the party cadre on Tuesday to get ready for ‘early polls’ if announced ahead of the 2024 general elections.

“Advance elections are likely in the state ahead of 2024. Cadres and leaders should be prepared for this. We should get ready to face any challenge,” he said during a teleconference with party leaders.

The TDP chief said all sections of people were facing severe problems under the Jagan Reddy regime. In a difficult situation like this, they were looking at the TDP as a symbol of hope and a chance for their future.

Naidu said that a strong anti-government wave was sweeping all over against the YSRCP regime. The people were giving a warm reception to the TDP leaders during the ‘Badude Badudu’ campaign against increased taxes. On the other hand, the government faced public anger during its ‘Gadapa Gadapaku’ programme.

Chandrababu Naidu pointed out that the general public were coming forward and eagerly narrating their hardships to the TDP leaders. This was a clear indication of the huge anti-government sentiment. The TDP re-emerged as a pillar of assurance for the future of the state, he said.

The TDP chief shared his experiences and huge response during his visits to the districts as part of ‘Badude Badudu’ campaign. The unpopularity of the YSRCP rule was evident among all sections and in all regions of the state. The Jagan regime is facing a very severe resentment, he added.

Naidu asserted that the TDP leaders at all levels should move closer to the people. The TDP cadres and leaders should be prepared to meet any challenge.

Chandrababu Naidu held a meeting with party mandal and village committees to review ‘Badude Badudu’, party membership drive, voter verification and ‘Mahanadu’ arrangements. He asked the party leaders to visit every household in their areas. All sections were welcoming the TDP leaders and pouring out their woes because of the wrong policies in the past three years.

The TDP completed its 40 years in March this year. It was on March 29, 1982 that N. T. Rama Rao, a popular Telugu actor, formed the TDP on the slogan of Telugu self-respect.

NTR, as he was popularly called, created a record of sorts by coming to power within nine months of forming the party.

He died in January 1996, a few months after his son-in-law Chandrababu Naidu led a revolt against him to become the chief minister of then undivided Andhra Pradesh. Naidu led TDP to power in 1999 and remained chief minister till 2004, when Congress wrested the power.

After bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, TDP formed the first government in the residuary state. In 2019, the party lost power to YSRCP led by Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.

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Krishnaiah is not the first non-local, why so much controversy on AP RS nominations?

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There has been serious controversy and even objections raised over the candidature of R Krishnaiah for the Rajya Sabha seat from YSR Congress Party in Andhra Pradesh. The criticism is that Krishnaiah is from Telangana and is non-local for AP. There is also criticism of his choice as some BC leaders from AP question whether they are not fit.

There are two issues. The first is that the YSR Congress Party is the own political party of Jagan Mohan Reddy and he is responsible for the decisions and the results. Others have little to speak about. The second issue is that out of four candidates, two are non-locals and they are from Telangana. Krishnaiah is not the only non-local. Along with him is S Niranjan Reddy, another RS nominee, who is also from Telangana.

The third issue is that Krishnaiah is not the only or the first non-local to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha seats from the state. Even after bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, the state had two non-locals sent to Rajya Sabha. Nirmala Sitaraman and Suresh Prabhu represent residuary Andhra Pradesh in Rajya Sabha. Another non-local, Parimal Nathwani, from Gujarat, is now representing AP in Rajya Sabha.

Similarly, several AP leaders were sent to Rajya Sabha from other states in the past. Even now, GVL Narasimha Rao of the BJP was sent to Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh. Earlier, vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu was sent to Rajya Sabha once from Karnataka and later from Rajasthan.

Rajya Sabha nominations are purely political and have no significance to the posts. These posts are used by the political parties to serve their political and other interests and they don’t represent the will of the people.

Unfortunately, only this time, and only in Krishnaiah’s case, this non-local issue is discussed for political reasons. Those who find fault with Krishnaiah’s candidature are surprisingly silent on the candidature of Niranjan Reddy.

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Jagan clears names for Rajya Sabha polls

YSR Congress chief and chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is understood to have cleared four names for the Rajya Sabha election from the state. The RS election is scheduled to be held on June 10.

Sources say that Jagan Mohan Reddy had cleared the names of sitting MP V Vijayasai Reddy, advocate S Niranjan Reddy, industrialist Beeda Masthan Rao and BC leader from Telangana, R Krishnaiah.

Jagan Mohan Reddy held a brief meeting with party senior leaders Vijayasai Reddy, Y V Subba Reddy and Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy at his residence in Tadepalli on Tuesday morning. It was in this meeting, Jagan had cleared the names. However, the names are not yet announced.

As the election notification is scheduled to be issued on May 24, the chief minister had cleared the names a week ahead. In fact, Jagan Mohan Reddy had completed the exercise much before the schedule was released.

He had considered the names of the industrialist Adani family for one seat. He also considered the name of former Central minister and film actor K Chiranjeevi for one seat. However, the two have turned down the offers for reasons best known to them.

It was said that Jagan had also considered the name of former Central Minister Killi Kruparani for one seat in the BC and women quota. However, sources say that the chief minister had preferred the candidature of BC leader from Telangana, R Krishnaiah.

Krishnaiah was the TDP legislator in Telangana, who later quit the party. He is one of the popular leaders among the BCs in the two Telugu states.

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TDP to hold its Mahanadu in Prakasam district

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The opposition TDP has finally settled down to hold its annual conclave – Mahanadu – in Prakasam district. The party initially planned to hold the event in Ongole town. But as the government refused to give the mini-stadium for the event, the party had moved to Manduvavaripalem village near Ongole town.

Party chief Chandrababu Naidu had formed several committees to monitor the arrangements and organise events for two days from May 27, marking the birthday of party founder late N T Rama Rao. The party would hold deliberations on the national and regional politics and formulate its strategy to come back to power.

The TDP had been working hard with Chandrababu Naidu touring the state on one side and his son Lokesh moving around on the other. Both the father and the son or rather the president and the general secretary, are in the midst of the people round the clock.

Chandrababu Naidu in his early 70s is not resting his foot with the prime objective of wresting power from the YSR Congress. He is leaving no stone unturned to defeat Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy in the next election. In fact, he is uncomfortable to sit in the opposition, though it was not the first time for him to be in the opposition.

He is also getting ready for any sort of sacrifice to forge alliances with other parties. He is in constant touch with Jana Sena, which is currently in alliance with the BJP. Though he is trying to forge an alliance with the BJP, the leaders are unwilling for alliance with the TDP anymore. They feel that Chandrababu Naidu is the most undependable politician.

The party is likely to discuss the alliances for the 2024 election at Mahanadu. The party is also likely to give a call to the non-YSR Congress parties in the state to come together to defeat Jagan Mohan Reddy.

The Mahanadu is likely to come up with statements on the state financial position, the law and order and the failure of Jagan government, besides other issues.

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Narayana’s daughters, son-in-law get anticipatory bail

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The Andhra Pradesh High Court has granted anticipatory bail to two daughters and son-in-law of former minister P. Narayana and some others in the Class 10 question paper leak case.

Narayana’s daughter P. Sharani, P. Sindhura, son-in-law K. Punith and 10 others of the Narayana group of educational institutions got anticipatory bail.

On a house motion petition filed by them, Justice K. Manmadha Rao passed the interim orders, directing the government not to take any hasty action against them. The court adjourned the hearing to May 18.

Narayana, a leader of opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and founder of Narayana Group of institutions, was last week arrested in the case.

A team of Chittoor police had taken him into custody in Hyderabad on May 10. He was produced before a magistrate in Chittoor in the wee hours of May 11. However, the magistrate granted bail to Narayana after agreeing with the contention of his counsel that he resigned from the post of the chairman of Narayana Group in 2014.

Narayana and seven others were arrested in a case registered in Chittoor town in connection with leakage of a question paper of SSC exams on April 27. The police had booked a case after the Telugu question paper was leaked from an examination centre and circulated in a WhatsApp group.

The case was registered on a complaint by the District Educational Officer (DEO) about the circulation of a Telugu language question paper on April 27.

In the wake of Narayana’s arrest, his daughters, son-in-law and others associated with the Narayana group moved the high court, seeking anticipatory bail.

The opposition TDP has condemned Narayana’s arrest and termed it as political vendetta by YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government, but the latter defended its action and alleged that the group was involved in several irregularities.

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Jana Sena office looks deserted while YCP, TDP offices are crowded

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Though elections are two years away and there are no signs of AP going for early polls, the offices of the ruling YSR Congress and the opposition TDP are crowded these days. The party leaders and the folks are reaching the party offices in large numbers every day making them crowded.

Ruling party supremo and chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is touring the districts and addressing public meetings. He had also activated the rank and file after the cabinet rejig. The party is holding a mass contact programme with MLAs and other elected leaders visiting every house in the state.

On its part, the opposition TDP too had started its mass contact programme, with its chief Chandrababu Naidu touring the districts. Naidu’s son and former minister Nara Lokesh too is on his tours across the state.

While these two parties are busy with one activity or the other, their offices at Mangalagiri are almost crowded with the leaders visiting them day in and day out. The YSR Congress office at Tadepalli and the TDP office at Mangalagiri project as if it is the election season. The aspirants are flocking on the party offices with an eye on the next election.

Surprisingly, the Jana Sena headquarters, which is located a couple of kilometres from the TDP and YCP offices, looks deserted. There is not much activity in the Jana Sena office at Mangalagiri. Party chief Pawan Kalyan is busy with his film shootings and did not visit the party office in the recent past.

Senior leader Nadendl Manohar is also not available to the party ranks at the Mangalagiri office. With the supremo and the number two leader unavailable, the party office wore a deserted look. Quite interestingly, the party’s lone MLA Rapaka Varaparasada Rao never visited the party office after his election.

Though there are a couple of dozens of elected representatives for the party from the local bodies, not any of them visit the party headquarters at Mangalagiri. The office gets activated only when Pawan Kalyan arrives and it has been so long that he had turned up in the recent past.

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AP Dy CM controversial comments on SC, STs

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Andhra Pradesh Dy chief minister Narayana Swami made controversial comments on SC and STs. Details as follows.

Narayana Swami is one of those lucky ministers who got extension in Jagan’s cabinet after the recent reshuffle of ministries by Jagan. He told that , it is because of his honesty he got the ministry yet another time. He then made some controversial comments on SC STs. He told that the youngsters belonging to SC, ST community and affiliating to TDP party are the reason for adulterated cheap liquor in the state of Andhra Pradesh. He told that these guys are intentionally poisoning cheap liquor to defame the government.

However his comments didn’t go well with many. It is natural for political parties to defame other parties. But targeting only Dalits belonging to the other party is something that was not done by politicians earlier. We need to wait and see how Dalit unions respond on this issue.

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Naidu says AP should not become another Sri Lanka

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TDP President and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said that like in Sri Lanka, the people of Andhra Pradesh were also being subjected to unprecedented oppression.

Naidu said the Sri Lanka rulers resorted to physical suppression of the people following the total collapse of their country’s economy. In AP also, endless attacks were being perpetrated on the citizens by undermining all institutions and systems.

On the third and final day of ‘Badude Badudu’ tour in Kuppam, the TDP chief addressed party youth activists meeting and road shows. He said his only wish was that the AP State should not slip into lawlessness and disorder like Sri Lanka.

Expressing concern, Naidu said, “My anguish is that Andhra Pradesh should not become another Sri Lanka. Our Government has taken state debt to Rs. 8 Lakh Crores. The people of the State would have to pay this debt for the next 30 to 40 years. This is a big concern for all of us.”

Chandrababu Naidu deplored that the financial standards of the AP people had touched a new low. The YSRCP ‘nava ratnalu’ (nine jewels promises) have turned into ‘nava randhralu’ (nine holes for YCP corruption). Jagan Reddy’s ‘badudu palana’ (unbearable taxes) was breaking the backs of all sections of society.

Naidu demanded that the government explain what happened to the job calendar that it had promised to release every year. The TDP gave Rs. 2,500 unemployment allowance, which was cancelled under the Jagan rule. The Chief Minister should clarify why he had denied this allowance to the youth.

The TDP chief called upon the youth to take the responsibility to rescue the State. Like nowhere else in the country, the petrol and diesel rates were increased in AP. The present rulers had no credibility and no respect for the people. They had changed ‘Gadapa Gadapaku YCP’ to ‘Gadapa Gadapaku Govt’ after seeing severe anti-YCP feelings among the public.

Naidu once again asserted that the farmers should strongly oppose the Government’s move to fix meters on the agricultural motors. The Government was trying to bring pressure on the farmers on the meters issue. Already agriculture was in a deep crisis. Once fitted, the meters would become the noose round the necks of farmers.

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Lokesh decries ‘cover-up’ of Proddatur gang-rape

TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh asked why ‘neither gun nor Jagan’ came to rescue when a Dalit girl was gang-raped and impregnated at Proddatur in the Chief Minister’s own native Kadapa district.

Lokesh called it ‘inhuman’ on the part of the police to cover up the molestation cum impregnation case. The woman police wing brought the gang-rape to light and tried to do justice to the victim girl but it all went in vain.

Lokesh demanded the Government to explain why the police officials did not immediately register the case. Instead of making efforts to nab the culprits, they made efforts to hush up the gang-rape. They silently shifted the girl to a private home in violation of the rules.

Lokesh recalled how crores of public money were spent on advertisements in the media to lift up Jagan Reddy image. They campaigned extensively that Jagan would come before the gun to rescue victims of atrocities. But now, neither gun nor Jagan arrived to prevent the Proddatur atrocity.

Lokesh said the offenders had molested and made a teenage girl pregnant. The YSRCP Ministers should answer why they failed to do justice to her. Was it correct on the part of Jagan rule to protect the accused? The Chief Minister had no right to talk about women safety any more.

The TDP MLC said that it had become a habit for the Government and the police to protect the culprits even in the most heinous of atrocities. Victims were being further victimised while the offenders were being protected under Jagan Reddy’s reverse rule.

Lokesh expressed concern that the Government was not taking any corrective measures to rescue women. The gangsters were taking drugs and drinking J-brands of liquor. They were committing non-stop atrocities. There was no safety at all to girls and women who were facing atrocities on a daily basis in some place or other.

The TDP MLC termed it as ironical that the woman home minister was not able to do anything to check the rate of atrocities on women. Jagan Reddy was preferring women as the home ministers but not showing any interest in woman safety.

The CM should realise that atrocities would come down only when deterrent punishment would be given to the culprits. A molestation accused took his own life fearing stringent punishment under the Chandrababu rule.

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RS Polls on June 10 in AP, TS

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The Rajya Sabha elections in the two Telugu states would be held on June 10. The Election Commission would issue notification on May 24.

The EC had announced the schedule for holding biennial elections to the 57 Rajya Sabha seats spread over 15 states. Andhra Pradesh would have an election for four seats while Telangana would have polls for 2 seats.

Suresh Prabhu, Y S Chowdary, T G Venkatesh and V Vijayasai Reddy from Andhra Pradesh, D Srinivas and Capt V Lakshmikanatha Rao from Telangana are retiring on June 21. The election is to fill these vacancies.

In Andhra Pradesh, it is almost clear that the ruling YSR Congress would send its retiring member V Vijayasai Reddy for another term. The YSR Congress would get another three seats now being vacated by the BJP.

Sources say that chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had cleared the name of Beeda Mastan Rao from Nellore for the second vacancy, followed by senior advocate and film producer Niranjan Reddy for the third seat. Sources further say that the chief minister had cleared the candidature of industrialist Gautham Adani’s wife Priti Adani for the fourth vacancy.

The chief minister had tried the candidature of film actor and former union minister K Chiranjeevi for the Rajya Sabha post. However, Chiranjeevi smoothly rejected the offer stating that he is now out of politics and doesn’t want to enter politics once again.

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Ex-Minister Narayana arrested by AP police

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The AP police have arrested former TDP minister P Narayana and his wife Ramadevi in Hyderabad on Tuesday. They are being brought to Andhra Pradesh in their personal vehicle and would be taken to Chittoor.

They were arrested in a case of Class X question paper leakage reported in Chittoor on April 29. The police have already arrested some teachers from the Narayana Group of schools besides some from the government schools. They are accused of taking photos of the question paper from the examination halls and sending them outside using their mobile phones.

After this incident, the government had declared all examination centres in the state as no mobile zones and had directed the teachers and officials not to carry their mobile phones either into the examination halls or the examination centres.

The state government alleged conspiracy by the Narayana Group of Institutions in leaking the question paper after the examination started. Narayana was a minister in the TDP government between 2014 and 2019. He was instrumental as municipal administration minister in land pooling in Amaravati villages for the capital city.

He lost the election from Nellore in 2019 and has been inactive since then. However, with his connections with the opposition TDP, he is accused of conspiring to defame the present YSR Congress government by leaking the question papers.

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Win as MLA, Kodali Nani tells Pawan Kalyan

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Former minister and the YSR Congress senior leader Kodali Nani pooh-poohed Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan’s claims of defeating the YSR Congress in the next election. He discounted the claims of the Jana Sena chief and TDP chief on forming opposition unity.

He asked both Chandrababu Naidu and Pawan Kalyan to form a grand alliance of all opposition parties first. He also sought to advise the Jana Sena chief to win as MLA from any constituency in the state before thinking of defeating the YSR Congress.

The former minister also asked the TDP chief to get his son Lokesh and foster son Pawan Kalyan elected to the Assembly from anywhere in the 175 Assembly constituencies in the state. He said both the son and the foster son have lost the 2019 elections, while Naidu himself saw a tough fight at his Kuppam constituency.

He also advised both Chandrababu Naidu and Pawan Kalyan to get the other opposition parties to win at least one assembly seat each, besides winning Lokesh and Pawan before speaking about defeating the YSR Congress and Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Kodali Nani wanted Chandrababu Naidu to focus on retaining the Kuppam constituency, besides getting his son and the foster son elected. He also advised the two leaders to focus on retaining the 23 Assembly seats that the TDP had won in the 2019 elections.

The YSR Congress leaders said that chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy is not looking for any electoral alliance to retain the power. He claimed that the YSR Congress would win even more seats than the 2019 elections.

He ridiculed the TDP and the Jana Sena leaders for forging alliance two years ahead of the elections. He said that statements of Chandrababu Naidu and Pawan Kalyan show their weakness in the electoral battle.

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Is Pawan Kalyan moving close to Naidu?

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Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan looks as if he is moving close to TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu. The two leaders have expressed the same opinion on opposition unity for the 2024 elections to defeat the YSR Congress.

There appears unanimity between the two leaders on defeating the YSR Congress for which they are advocating unity among the opposition parties. The TDP chief had even made a promise for greater sacrifice.

Pawan Kalyan had said in Nandyal district on Sunday that he strongly believes that he is ready for opposition unity. He also reiterated that he would work to keep that the anti-government vote is not divided.

The TDP chief and the Jana Sena chief have thus come for a common understanding though they are not allies now. While the TDP is in alliance with the Congress, the Jana Sena is in alliance with the BJP in the state.

Going by these indications, Pawan Kalyan is likely to sever ties with the BJP and have alliance with the TDP before the elections. As the BJP is not ready for any alliance with the TDP, Pawan Kalyan may dump the BJP and go into the TDP’s fold.

Interestingly, both Chandrababu Naidu and Pawan Kalyan are speaking the same language and making the same statements. The script is almost one and the same and that indicates that both Naidu and Pawan have come together strategically. Time only will tell when they come together physically.

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With 4% vote share, Jagan’s YSRCP can ensure smooth run for NDA

Andhra Pradeshs ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) may once again bail out the BJP-led NDA, which appears to be trailing behind the opposition by about 2 per cent votes in the Presidential elections scheduled in July.

Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSRCP and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) are the two parties which have always come to the rescue of the Narendra Modi-led government whenever it needed the support from outside the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to pass crucial Bills in the Parliament.

Though YSRCP leaders have still not revealed the stand they will take in the Presidential polls, political observers say that it is a foregone conclusion given the political compulsions of Jagan Mohan Reddy and the track record of the party in coming to the rescue of NDA in critical times.

As YSRCP’s value of votes is estimated to be 4 per cent in the electoral college for the Presidential polls, its role is likely to be crucial to ensure victory of the NDA candidate in the event of the opposition parties fielding a joint candidate.

The electoral college comprises members of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and all state assemblies.

Considering its strength of MPs in both the Houses of Parliament and its tally in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, YSRCP’s vote value is estimated at 43,674, the highest among the parties considered as fence-sitters.

“In the present circumstances, Jagan Mohan Reddy is not compelled to take an anti-BJP stance. He also has the comfort of claiming �elections to Constitutional positions must not be politicised’,” said political analyst Palwai Raghavendra Reddy.

Ever since YSRCP formed the government in Andhra Pradesh in 2019, the party enjoyed friendly relations with the Modi government.

Even in the 2017 elections for thre President and Vice-President, YSRCP had backed NDA candidates. It also supported the Modi government in the Parliament for passing crucial Bills like criminalisation of triple talaq and abrogation of Article 370.

The party also sailed with the NDA government on three controversial farm laws.

Political observers say that at a time when it is not having any problems with the Modi government, there is no reason why it should go against it in the Presidential polls. The cordial relations with the Centre are also helping YSRCP deflect criticism of the state government by BJP’s state leadership.

“YSRCP might not be prepared for a multi-frontal attack from all opposition parties in Andhra Pradesh,” said Raghavendra Reddy.

Since the BJP-led NDA is in a comfortable position after the saffron party’s victory in four out of five state Assemblies recently, YSRCP would not like to create problems for itself by opposing its candidates, as such a move could push the BJP closer to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in the state.

BJP’s central leadership appears to be in no mood to revive their alliance with the TDP, though TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu appears keen to join hands with the saffron party once again to put up a united fight by the opposition parties against the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in the state.

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