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BJP treating AP CM as a greater threat than Congress?

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These days, the BJP senior leaders are looking for every little chance to criticise and defame AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. They seem to be least bothered whether a given issue is worthy or not to be used to attack a high profile politician occupying such a high position.

An immediate example is the recent effort by BJP MP GVL Narasimha Rao to blow UNO invitation out of proportions. The Chief Minister’s Office quickly rose to the occasion and made public the UNO invitation leaving no chance for BJP MP to keep mum without making further statements.

Narasimha Rao’s doubt was that AP CM’s scheduled address to UN conclave on Sep 24 was merely a publicity stunt aimed at attracting the wider attention of the Telugu people not only in AP but also in US and other parts of the world. There would be little chance to mislead people with regard to a CM’s programme as the CMO activities are looked after by senior IAS officers who have vast administrative experience and who cannot go wrong in such important and sensitive matters.

AP CM has already reached New York and addressed a Telugu NRIs conclave. He is going to address world leaders as the keynote speaker at the conference to be organised by the UN Environment Programme in New York on ‘Financing Sustainable Agriculture: Global challenges and opportunities”.

As BJP leaders go speechless at this development, the TDP leaders are making merry by seeking to hit back at their opponents. TDP MP Maganti Murali Mohan has now said that the BJP leaders and PM Modi were apparently jealous of the many accomplishments of AP CM and more recently of the prestigious UNO invitation.

Ahead of 2019 elections, BJP wants to strengthen itself in southern states which is why its leaders’ anxiety and eagerness to take on rivals. After the narrow loss of power in Karnataka in May, 2018, BJP leaders realised how TDP had played its role in causing this defeat by making Telugus to favour JDS-Cong combine there.

Expectedly, BJP senior leaders are hell bent upon hitting back at AP CM and weaken his party by 2019 general elections. In the process, they are not bothering much to criticise AP Congress leaders and their activities.

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AP govt moves forward on land pooling, farmers look for muted Pawan

Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh government had made one step forward to take the lands of the farmers who have not given their lands in land pooling system to the government for the new capital. The government had issued land acquisition notification last week, notifying the lands of Undavalli and Penumaka villages that have been refusing to give land to the government for capital. The government had issued the notification under Clauses 1 (1), (B) under the Andhra Pradesh Land Acquisition, Relief and Rehabilitation Rules 2014.

While the government had notified 29 villages of Thulluru, Tadepalli and Mangalagiri mandals for the capital – Amaravati – and took up the land pooling system to collect the lands from farmers, the villages under Tadepalli and Mangalagiri have been resisting the pooling system. They have put up banners in Undavalli and Penumaka villages of Tadepalli mandal, Yerrupalem and Bethapudi of Mangalagiri mandal refusing to give their lands. Several of them have approached the courts against land pooling, while some of them have not given the required papers accepting the land pooling system. It was in these villages, Opposition leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan have toured in 2016 in support of the farmers. While Jaganmohan Reddy had promised to return their lands if they wanted once he came to power, Pawan Kalyan advised the government not to use force to take the lands. He had even asked the government not to issue land acquisition notification. Now that the government had issued the notification, the farmers are looking towards Pawan Kalyan to save their lands.

“Pawan Kalyan had promised to stand by us and he had promised to fight for us if the government issued land acquisition notification. Now, the government had issued the notification. We have sent a representation to the Jana Sena chief and waiting for him to react,” said Penumaka farmers’ leader Naresh Reddy. A team of farmers have also approached Pawan Kalyan seeking his intervention to save their lands.

The government can’t move even a inch forward in developing the new capital, Amaravati, if it failed to take lands in Undavalli and Penumaka, the mouth of the capital. It is by passing through these villages, one can reach Amaravati and it required lands to lay roads and bridges. The proposed six-lane Seed Access Road from Kanakadurga Varadhi (Chennai-Kolkata national highway) to Thulluru would require lands in Undavalli and Penumaka which are not given yet to the government. If these lands are not taken, the government cannot lay the road from Vijayawada to reach the new capital zone. The government would have to take a new route from Mangalagiri to the core capital area passing through Kuragallu, Neerukonda and Inavolu. The existing flood bank passing along the river from Prakasam Barrage is another option for the government if it cannot get the lands of Undavalli and Penumaka villages. The flood bank (karakatta) can be expanded and used as access road to the capital from Vijayawada through Prakasam Barrage. However, as Prakasam Barrage requires to be closed once in a year for maintenance of the gates, the government would have to use an alternative and permanent road from Kanakadurga Varadhi. This too has a big problem as the farmers of Tadepalli through which the road has to be formed, are opposed to the land acquisition. Caught in a critical situation like this, the government had issued the notification to acquire 680 acres of land in Penumaka village.

Farmers’ leader Naresh Reddy expressed confidence that Pawan Kalyan would come to their rescue and save them from the forcible acquisition of their lands. It is to be seen how Pawan Kalyan would react to the request from the farmers to whom he had promised to stand by.

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‘Will stand number one, any doubts?’

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Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday wished to see that VIT campus in Amaravati would find top place among all its campuses in terms of the parameters – sincerity, integrity and quality education. He was addressing people after laying foundation stone for Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) which is coming up in a sprawling 100 acres at Inavolu village in Thullur mandal in Amaravati.

The first greenfield university in the capital region, the VIT campus is likely to commence classes from the next academic year of 2017. Keeping the public glued to his speech, Naidu went on to say that he urged the VIT university to make the Amaravati campus the best in the country. The AP CM hailed the VIT varsity vice-chancellor Viswanathan for setting foot in the new capital with a view to impart quality education to students. He further reiterated that the State would become the best ‘Knowlegde Centre’ by providing quality education by the coming year.

Later, Naidu boasted the decisions had taken by giving permissions for software technology companies in Hyderabad. As a result, the Hi-Tech City came into being providing jobs aplenty to the youth.

Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, several AP Ministers and senior officials were among several others who took part in the foundation stone laying ceremony.

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