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‘Homework’ creates problem in House


An interesting, but heated debate took place on “homework” in Assembly today.

Participating in the debate on chief minister Chandrababu Naidu’ statement on the special category status to Andhra Pradesh, opposition leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy said he belonged to present generation while Chandrababu Naidu to the previous one, whose members were poor in knowledge.

“What I want to tell is why it is necessary to have a special status. We are in a situation where even the CM doesn’t have any understanding of the special status,” he said to cheers from his side and jeers from the treasury benches. ” Yes, ” he said adding that ” Chandrababu Naidu belongs to past generation. We belong to this generation. There are many things which Naidu doesn’t know and we know. We do home- work and he has neither patience nor time to do homework,” Jagan said provoking legislative affairs minister Yanamala Ramakrishndu.

“Jagan might be doing homework on the cases he was facing in courts,” Yanamala said.

Retorting, Jagan said Naidu also must be doing homework, but it could be on bailing himself out of cash-for-vote scam. To prove that he had done homework, Jagan showed to the house a bunch of paper, which, he said had been provided by the research section of Parliament on the benefits of special category status.

These comments plunged the house into disorder and the sub-plot cash-for -vote had become the main issue in the House.

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Assembly adjourned on second day as well


The second day of the monsoon session of Andhra Pradesh witnessed same hostile stance from the opposition YSRCP. The party today demanded the suspension of question hour to take up the special status debate forthwith. YSRCP members rushed into the well started raising slogans and displayed placards of their demand. Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao tried to persuade the opposition members of the importance of question hour. ” Question hour is important for many other members. Yesterday some members expressed their displeasure as they could not get their questions answered. Let us take up the issues after the question hour,” speaker said.

The opposition insisted on the suspension of question hour. “Yesterday, chief minister started making his statement at 1.30 PM and closed at 2pm. It was incomplete. So, today the statement should be taken up suspending question hour.” Jagan said.

Assembly affairs minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu also requested Opposition leader not to insist on the suspension of question hour. He rebuked YSRCP for demanding the suspension of question hour without even giving a notice. “You get only 2 questions as per hour the strength. If you don’t want the question hour you can go out and come back at the time of CM’s statement. You cannot dictate the house to take up the matter you like,” he said.

Jagan said what CM talked in the house and what furnished in the statement were not same. “Government did not mention the proposal to adopt a resolution. Speaker, however, defended the government stating that government was in no obligatin to reveal its program of action. In the morning, Immediately after the house assembled for the day, YSRCP MLA G Srikanth Reddy said the statement made by the chief minister on the floor of the house referred fight for special status. The statement was confusing as to the type of fight, he said. “How could the TDP fight by being part of NDA and allowing TDP ministers in the Modi cabinet?” he asked.

As the house was out of order with slogans being raised by opposition members in the well of the House speaker adjourned the house for 10 minutes.

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AP to promote SC& ST entrepreneurs


In a move with far reaching consequences, the state government today decided to promote scheduled caste and scheduled tribe entrepreneurs from every village. The government will identify five to six potential entrepreneurs and assist them in setting up units by giving them training and arranging bank credit. This way state wants to promote at least one lakh SC and ST entrepreneurs from 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh on a pilot basis. Similarly, the state will identify meritorious students from these section to groom them to get admissions to IIT, IIM and other institutes of national repute and also to crack the civil services exams. Social welfare minister Ravela Kishore Babau briefed the chief minister about the programs of the department in the review meeting held by CM in Vijayawada camp office.

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Exercise begins at centre for special assistance to AP


Centre is getting ready to rustle up a financial package for the state of Andhra Pradesh to be announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi very soon.

Highly placed sources in the state government told T-360 that the NITI Ayog has established contact with state planning department. A high level meeting with all the principal secretaries and special chief secretaries is expected to be held in mid September to discuss the various program of state government and schemes and projects which are in pipeline that need central assistance. The meeting will be on the lines of the one which erstwhile Planning Commission used to hold before the finalization of the state annual plan. The convention has now been discontinued after its scrapping. As the state wants some special assistance to extinguish the opposition rage in the state. So, NITI Ayog, which has been entrusted with the preparation of road map to channel the funds to the state of Andhra Pradesh, has begun the work in right earnest.

” Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is said to have given free hand to centre with regard to nomenclature the method of funding. Whether you call it special package or special status, he seems to have Rs 2.25 lakh crore assistance to the state to overcome the difficulties thrown by the partition of the state. So, centre seems to have begun the exercise,” sources in the government said.

Indicating the pattern of the funding, the sources said, they would announce the package for the next 10 years starting from 2015-16. They will calculate the department wise regular allocation and add some additional granting to show a mind boggling figure as is the case of Bihar. Any figure between Rs 1.50 lakh crore and Rs.2.00 lakh crore , could be trumpeted up as massive assistance. And it would serve the political purpose,” the sources added.
Prime Minister is coming to Andhra on October 22, to lay foundation stones for Amaravati capital and Polavaram multipurpose national project.

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Smriti Irani lays foundation stone for NIT in AP


Union HRD minister Smriti Irani on Thursday assured that the Union Government would extend all possible help to the Andhra Pradesh, in developing higher educational institutions in the State, which was in the throes of partition.

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The union minister was addressing a meeting in Tadepalligudem, West Godavari district, this morning after laying the foundation stone for the National Institute of Technology (NIT). Unions Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and union minister of state for science and technology YS Chowdary also participated in the program. She said it was a matter of pride and good fortune to lay the foundation for an institute of higher leaning in AP.

Irani said the Union Government would allocate Rs 700 crore for the establishment of an IIT at Tirupati, Rs 300 crore for NIT at Tadepalligudem and Rs 680 crore for an IIM at Visakhapatnam. AP NIT will have 480 seats and it will start functioning from a local engineering college.

Union minister Venkaiah Naidu said all assurances given to AP would be fulfilled. He said Congress attitude was hostile and non-cooperative. He said Congress divided the State in a hurry, without foreseeing complex consequences and the ways to address them. “The NDA Government is now trying to sort out one after the other all these issues. The exercise to grant special category status is also underway.”

Chandrababu Naidu, while thanking the union HRD minister for sanctioning NIT, hoped that that the Union Government would fulfill all the promises it made to the state.

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TDP Reenacting Cash-for-vote in AP as well


 YSR Congress alleged that the TDP was continuing its dubious policy of fielding candidates in MLC elections where it does not have required strength with the hope that it could buy the votes with money.

The party also alleged that the TDP had been misusing official machinery besides blatantly displaying its money power even after getting in to soup in Telangana region.

“As a matter of principle, we have fielded candidates only in Prakasam and Kurnool districts where we have strength. But TDP also entered the fray knowing fully well that it does not have sufficient numbers which shows that it is up to replaying the same script that backfired as cash-for-vote scam in Telangana,” party senior leader Botsa Satyanarayana said on Thursday.

He said the TDP was trying to misuse official machinery to manipulate the numbers and the officials should act should not become party to it.

During the day, a delegation of YSRC comprising Balineni Srinivasulu Reddy, YV Subbareddy, Adimulam Suresh etc lodged a complaint with state chief election officer Banwalal. They said TDP offered to pay upto Rs 3 lakh to the YSRC members to crossvote for TDP candidate in Prakasham MLC elections.

Stating that TDP MLC candidate Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy was luring MPTCs with money the delegation urged Election Commission to disqualify Reddy  from the contest.











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Tension Builds Up in Andhra and Telangana Over Section-8


As expected, the political situation in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana has turned volatile following report of purported legal clarification by attorney-general Mukul Rohatgi to Governor ESL Narasimhan that he could monitor the cash-for-vote scandal. While pressure is mounting on KCR to rush to Delhi to oppose any such move by centre and to sit on fast, if necessary, to scuttle move in tracks, cabinet ministers from Andhra Pradesh urged chief minister Chandrababu Naidu to put pressure to implement the section 8 of AP Reorganization Act-2014. Tuesday saw intense activity in TDP and TRS camps both supporting the view and opposing it vehemently. While Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao met the governor to know the veracity of the media report about the centre’s decision. TRS circles claim that Rao had opposed any change in the status quo in the name of empowering the Raj Bhavan with Section 8 of AP Reorganization Act-2014. All the JACs have clarified that they would oppose the invoking section 8. While TJAC chairman Kodandaraom said they would not allow the empowering Raj Bhavan with special powers. While admitting that there was no clarity on the matter, Kodandaram said, resorting to Section 8 means usurping the powers of state. He said Governor would have to take the opinion of the Telangana Government on the matter.

NGO’s leader Devi Prasad said they would not hesitate to launch an agitation to oppose the move. Ministers Tummala Nageswara Rao, Talasani Srinivas Yadav also opposed the idea of invoking the controversial provisions of bifurcation Act. Rajya Sabha members K Kesava Rao said there was no confirmation from the centre on the NDTV report on empowering the Raj Bhavan with special monitoring powers. Even CPM joined chorus. T-state CPM secretary Tammineni Veerabhadram said there was clear evidence for the involvement of Chandrababu Naidu in the cash-for-vote case. On the other side of the border ministers Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Pratipati Pulla Rao, Ravela Kishore Babu and P Narayana met chief minister Naidu and requested him to pressure on centre for the implementation of Section 8 of bifurcation Act. Similarly, minister Kamineni Srinivas and Deveneni Umamaheswar Rao also demanded the centre to authorize Governor to monitor all the cases under investigation. Talking to media, finance minister Yanamala said Telangana should not scuttle implementation of constitutional provisions. The ministers said Hyderabad had become insecure in TRS regime and only way for the protection of people was the invocation of Section 8. “TRS government is seizing the properties of institutes listed in schedule 9 and 10 of the Act which is illegal. Now phones of government functionaries have been tapped. Tomorrow attacks on properties of AP people cannot be ruled out,” they said. Meanwhile, there is even talk among the TDP circles that CM Naidu may go to New Delhi to exert pressure on the centre for the implementation of Section-8.

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New Policy: Liquor  to be Sold in Malls too in AP



Cash starved Andhra Pradesh government has decided to make the liquor available outside wine shops too.

So far, liquor sales are prohibited outside designated wine-shops.

The new excise policy announced this evening by minister Kollu Ravindra permitted malls and hyper markets to sell liquor.
Announcing State’s excise policy for 2015-17,  Ravindra said since liquor was being sold in malls and hyper markets along with commodities in metros and big cities, including Hyderabad, the government had decided to implement the policy in  AP as well.

“This will help maintain quality of liquor while expanding the market,” he said.

The malls would be asked to follow all the norms framed by the government, he added.

In tune with the trend in other states, AP would also encourage micro-breweries.
He said the shops in all the mandals would be run by the government and About 10 per cent of the total 4,380 shops would be in public sector.

The following is License fee for setting upof wine shops for different population slabs.
1.    Up to 5,000 population: Rs 30 lakh fees

2.     5,001 to 10,000:      Rs 34 lakh

3.    10,001 to 25,000: Rs 37 lakh

4.    25,001 to 50,000: Rs 40 lakh

5.    50,001 to 3,00,000    : Rs 45 lakh

6.    3,00,001 to 5,00,000: Rs 50 lakh

7.    5,00,001 and above    : Rs 65 lakh

The validity period of license will be from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017.
Liquor shops will not be allowed to use the names of Hindu gods as their shop’s names.

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AP to Roll Out New Liquor Policy


[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ndhra Pradesh Government is all set to release liquor policy today. In a note released to the press, the government has said that it decided to handle at least 10 per cent of liquor shops while 90 per cent will be handled by the liquor vendors who obtained licences.  The government, however, didn’t release the list of liquor shop owners. In its new liquor policy, liquor vendors will be refrained from the use of names pertaining to religious figures and Gods.

[pullquote position=”left”] Hailing Chandrababu Naidu, Balakrishna has stressed that only Babu has the capacity to run the efficient government. [/pullquote]

It is known that there were severe objections from the public over the use of Goddesses names and photos on liquor shops. On noticing the same, the government came out with this stringent regulations, said sources close to the officials. Meanwhile, TDP MLA Balakrishna has drawn curtains on the speculations. He put an end to the rumours that were rife over the change of chief minister and that Balakrishna would become the next Panneerselvam in Andhra Pradesh, given the ongoing infamous cash-for-vote scam that allegedly kept Babu in bad light.

Hailing Chandrababu Naidu, Balakrishna has stressed that only Babu has the capacity to run the efficient government. He was, however, tightlipped on the liquor policy as it’s known how his father, the then chief minister N.T. Rama Rao became a Godly figure amongst households for having banned liquor in Andhra Pradesh during his tenure.

Even KCR, who apparently idolised NTR, is bringing in new liquor policies in Telangana state that are undoubtedly objectionable to households. All in all, it looks like Telugu chief ministers are more concerned over the revenue generated by liquor shops.

(Phani B)

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CM Naidu Feels Insecure in Hyderabad


Agriculture minister Prattipati Pullarao said chief minister Chandrababu Naidu was feeling insecure in Hyderabad.

Addressing a round-table in Vijayawada, Pullarao said, “Greater Hyderabad Municiapl Corporation has refused to give permission to construct house. Water supply to his Lake View guest house camp office is erratic. His phones have been tapped. The CM has been under constant watch.”

If this was the plight of the chief minister, imagine the problems of 40 lakh Andhra settlers in Hyderabad, Pullarao asked.

He put the blame for the sorry state of affairs at the doors of Raj Bhavan. Governor ESL Narasimhan was not able to protect the rights of Andhra people in joint capital of Andhra Pradesh.

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TDP Uses Brahmastram Against Governor, Repents Later


As cash-for-vote scam involving TDP legislator from Telangana region is intensifying with ACB reportedly getting a letter from the election commission asking its sleuths for a stringent probe, TDP leaders are trying to use all their brahmastrams.

It is known that TDP folks recently brought in section eight of AP Reorganisation Act into the picture. As Governor ESL Narasimhan is not responding despite TDP supremo Chandrababu meeting him time and again over the implementation of governor’s law and order in Hyderabad, the party leaders chose to target ESL Narasimhan, the constitutional head of the state.

TDP senior leader Acham Naidu recently, in a press meet, addressed the governor as ‘you’ (without a pinch of respect) and said that he was acting as a ‘gangireddu’ (meaning a bull). Lashing out at governor, Acham Naidu said why governor was tight lipped when KCR said that Andhra Pradesh police cannot execute their duties in Hyderabad.

Centre Serious:

The Centre, which noticed these severe objectionable comments made by Acham Naidu against the governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states, has reportedly warned AP chief secretary that TDP leaders were launching verbal attacks against the governor.

Acham Naidu Apologizes and Withdraws:

After learning that Centre expressed its serious concerns over derogatory comments he made against governor, Acham Naidu spoke to the media and said that he was apologetic about the statements he made. He elucidated that he made those remarks only in agony after he looked at the situation of Andhra Pradesh. In case my statements had hurt governor, I withdraw them immediately, added Acham Naidu.

Need for Naidu to Control Leaders:

It is known that TDP leaders are speaking whatever they want that are sometimes lacking logic and sounding contradictory. Earlier, Parakala Prabhakar, who spoke about cash for vote scam has said that the voice in the audio tapes was not that of Chandrababu Naidu. Shortly, Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said that the audio was fabricated. 

Even as these leaders continue to make contradictory statements, TDP MLC Somireddy went a step ahead and said that TRS was obstructing the bail of Revant Reddy. How can a political party influence the court was the question then. He was allegedly trying to send wrong messages to people on courts, which was again a matter of serious concern,

This confusion among leaders must be curtained. It is high time for Chandrababu Naidu to bring in a proper code of conduct within the party. Verbal attacks on political leaders are at times acceptable as criticism, however, using the same policy for courts, constitutional heads and constitution is highly not acceptable. 

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Special Status to AP Pushed into Pipeline Over Cash-for-Vote Scam?


When the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh entered the parliament, everyone had one question—what would be the condition of residuary Andhra Pradesh as Telangana would retain Hyderabad.

Instead of fighting and debating on the prospects of Andhra—including Rayalaseema region, all the MPs from Seemandhra were giving their best shot for obstructing the formation of Telangana state, which was unavoidable given the political and socio-economic factors that lead to the movement decades ago.

At last the Congress government, on noticing that Andhra shouldn’t face the situation they earlier faced—setting up tents at Kurnool—when they were divided from Madras presidency, UPA Government then said that Hyderabad would be the common capital of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana state.

Technical limitations:

People and leaders from Andhra region were pacified with the move. However, they chose to ignore the very important factor—territorial boundaries.

Also, Telangana state was formed with 10 districts, which includes Hyderabad, Rangareddy and Medak districts that form the Nawabi City Hyderabad. This would simply mean that the revenue generated in Hyderabad would not be shared with Andhra Pradesh.

Technically, Andhra Pradesh was given a facility to run their governance from Hyderabad as they had no proper infrastructure (as quoted by many leaders) to run their government services–that too for a period not extending ten years.

Special status:

On noticing the same, the opposition NDA—BJP in particular pressed for special status for Andhra Pradesh for a period of ten years. After an extensive debate in Rajya Sabha with Venkaiah Naidu highting the need for recognizing the residuary state as special one, the UPA Government then nodded for special status for AP.

Pushed into the pipeline:

After BJP came to power at the Centre, the special status issue was slowly burried. The opposition YSRCP has been demanding Chandrababu Naidu for exerting pressure on the Centre over the same but to no avail.

Cash-for-vote scam:

The economic experts observed that Chandrababu Naidu, who is meeting key officials, is only concerned about protecting his image and his power as he’s just trying to demand for the implementation of ‘president’s law and order’ in Hyderabad.

What economic benefit will Andhra Pradesh have if all power and action by Andhra Pradesh is invested on that issue remains to be a debatable issue.
The political observers opined that the entire cash for vote episode has pushed the special status into the pipeline.

TDP must have worked towards the economic grants that the state deserve instead of involving in a political mudslinging and allegedly provoking people with words such as—you have ACB, I have ACB.  By taking up this petty political battle to Delhi, instead of facing the investigation and moving the court,  the chances of Chandrababu Naidu convincing the Centre over special status have presumably become grim.

It is hightime that Babu’s sarkar open its eyes to economic challenges that Andhra Pradesh is going to face over ignoring the special status to the state.

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