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Centre will not interfere but Capital shall not be shifted: BJP

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Bharatiya Janata Party Andhra Pradesh Incharge Sunil Deodhar gave a little more clarity on his party’s position on the issue of Capital shifting proposed by Jagan Reddy regime in AP. He asserted once again that the BJP-led Central Government would not interfere in the State Government’s decision to trifurcate AP Capital. But, at the same time, as a national political party, the BJP would strongly oppose the 3 Capitals decision of Jagan Reddy.

Deodhar emphasised the need for continuing Amaravati as the only Capital City of Andhra Pradesh. He also demanded justice to the thousands of farmers who have donated 34,000 acres of their ancestral property without thinking about the safety and security of their future generations and for the sake of constructing a great, potential capital city for AP.

Deodhar clarified that the Central Government cannot interfere because it is the privilege of the State to decide on its Capital City. The State Government is free to take whatever decision it wants to take in this respect. But, the ruling party in AP should consider the field level issue at hand and address the problems of the farmers. Doedhar asserted that the BJP and the Jana Sena would jointly hold protests for justice to the Amaravati Capital City residents.

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Park Hyatt snoop gate: Did YSRCP MLAs, MPs meet Sujana?

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The YSRCP tried to expose Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar, who was removed as SEC by the Jagan government, by selective leak of CCTV footage of him meeting two BJP leaders, including Sujana Chowdhary and former minister Kamineni Srinivas. However, the attempts to embarrass Ramesh Kumar by leaking the CCTV footage to the media seems to have put Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy in a spot of bother. It is learnt that the CCTV footage has left Jagan startled and worried.

The video clips showed BJP MP Sujana Chowdhary entering into a room on the eighth floor of the hotel, followed by former BJP minister in Andhra cabinet Kamineni Srinivas and Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar one after the other within a gap of two hours.

While the selective leak of CCTV footage showed only Ramesh Kumar, Sujana Chowdhary and Kamineni Srinivas entering and exiting Park Hyatt Hotel, it is learnt that several YSRCP MPs and MLAs have also met Sujana Chowdhary at the hotel but whose footage was not leaked to the media. The video footage in possession of the state intelligence sources has startled the rank and file of the YSRCP as many of the party’s leaders seemed to have met Sujana Chowdhary in the hotel room on the eighth floor of Park Hyatt.

The intelligence officials apparently submitted a report to Jagan along with the video footage, which said at least 30 MLAs and three MPs had met Sujana Chowdary at Park Hyatt. As is won’t, Jagan was baffled after seeing the report and the video footage. It is learnt that the CM is now worried and asked the party leaders to find out why the MLAs and MPs met Sujana Chowdhary. The YSRCP leaders, it is learnt, have met Sujana in a span of seven days. The big question now is who are these YSRCP MLAs and MPs who met Sujana? Are these MLAs and MPs looking to rock the YSRCP boat, jump the ship?

Sujana Chowdary had already stated that there was nothing secret about the meeting, the YSRCP leaders demanded that Ramesh Kumar be arrested. Sujana Chowdary pointed out that Kamineni Srinivas and Ramesh Kumar had met him at different hours in the hotel room, from which he had been carrying out official and business activities since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar had already written a letter to Andhra Pradesh governor Bishwabhushan Harichandan that the Andhra Pradesh government has been constantly spying and tracking his movements with the help of the police. Ramesh Kumar, who filed a contempt petition in the High Court against the Andhra Pradesh government, also stated in his letter to the Governor that there is 24-hour surveillance outside his Hyderabad residence in Prashasan Nagar.

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Central BJP leadership serious on Jagan govt for snooping on its leaders?

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The central BJP leadership seems to have taken a serious view of snooping on their party leaders.

It is learnt that the central BJP leaders have enquired about the selective leak of CCTV footage of their leaders private meeting at a five-star hotel in Hyderabad.

The central BJP leaders, including party president J P Nadda, are learnt to have enquired from party MP Sujana Choudhary and former minister Kamineni Srinivas about the snooping scandal.

Sujana Choudhary and former minister Kamineni Srinivas apprised the central BJP leadership about the private meeting they had in Park Hyatt. Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar, who was removed as SEC by the Andhra Pradesh government and later reinstated by the High Court, also met Sujana Choudhary at Park Hyatt which had sparked off a political row. Doubts were raised about how and by whom the CCTV footage was leaked in breach of an individual’s privacy.

According to a TV channel, the two BJP leaders told the central party leadership that the Andhra Pradesh government has carried out the surveillance on them in transgression of the Right to Privacy and accused Jagan Mohan Reddy of seeking to create a surveillance state. Further, Sujana Choudhary and former minister Kamineni Srinivas are believed to have told the central BJP leadership that the selective leak of CCTV footage in Park Hyatt was a”premeditated conspiracy to deflect the issue of various corruption charges against the YSRCP government including the purchase and management of 108 ambulances.

Serious allegations were recently levelled against YSRCP Rajya Sabha MP Vijaysai Reddy for favouring P V Ramprasad Reddy led Aurobindo Foundation for the maintenance and purchase of 108 ambulances. P V Ramprasad Reddy is the co-founder of Hyderabad-based Aurobindo Pharma and Vijaysai Reddy’s son-in-law’s father.

Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar had also written a letter to Andhra Pradesh governor Bishwabhushan Harichandan that the Andhra Pradesh government has been constantly snooping on his movements in Hyderabad with the help of the city police. In the letter, Ramesh Kumar, stated that there is 24-hour surveillance outside his Hyderabad residence in Prashasan Nagar. A four-wheeler and a two-wheeler parked outside his residence follows him wherever he goes. He also stated that his phone was tapped.

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BJP supports Dr Anitha, says they will take up the issue with Kishan Reddy

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Dr Anitha Rao is gaining support from all the quarters. Dalit groups and political parties are rallying behind her to decry the assualt on the lady doctor. After the TDP general secretary slammed the Jagan government for its inaction against those who filmed her while bathing, the local BJP leaders said they will bring the issue to the notice of the national leadership.

The Andhra Pradesh unit of the BJP said they will meet Union Minister of State for Home Kishan Reddy seeking stringent action against those who emotionally and physically assaulted the Dalit doctor. “”The incident where a lady doctor was allegedly filmed while she was bathing is very shameful and deplorable. In spite of this, the accused are openly roaming outside rather than being in jail, due to which there is a lot of anger among Dalits. The Chief Minister needs to undertake strict steps in this matter so that such things could be stopped from happening in the future. Atrocities on Dalits are on the rise. We will take up the matter with our home minister Kishan Reddy garu,” a local BJP leader said. He said the government should “take stringent and immediate action against the accused to make sure that such treatment is not meted out to anyone. This is the BJP’s demand,” he said.

On Tuesday, Dr Anita Rao demanded a CBI investigation stating that she has no faith in the Andhra Pradesh police after the Jagan government ordered a CID probe. Dr Anitha Rani levelled serious accusations against the YSRCP leaders saying the YSRCP leaders had filmed her while bathing and abused her with choicest expletives. She said, for more than two months, she was subjected to harassment by the YSRCP leaders for raising several malpractices and corruption issues in the government hospital. Further, she stated that when she had approached the Penumuru police to register a case against the YSRCP leaders, they ignored her complaint.

On Monday, Chittoor DMHO M Penchalaiah suspended the Dalit doctor and branded her mentally imbalanced. Penchalaiah while suspending Dr Anitha Rani said, “For over 15 years, she has not been properly treating the patients. She has often picked up arguments and fights with the staff of the hospital in Penumuru village of Chittoor district. Her state of mind is questionable.” Dr Anitha Rani had already moved the High Court. “The Andhra Pradesh government has so far not filed a counter in the High Court. This clearly goes to prove that there is no case against me. For two months, the police did not even register a complaint. I had submitted the videos and photographs. Now, suddenly the government has ordered a CID probe. I have no trust in the state police, the government should order a CBI investigation ,” she demanded.

She stated that efforts were being made to project her as mentally unsound by the state government because she raised certain malpractices in the government hospital in the Penumuru village of Chittoor district just as Dr Sudhakar Rao who was suspended, arrested and confined in a mental asylum for pointing fingers at the shortage of medical equipment.

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BJP leader tests Covid-19 positive in Telangana

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Senior Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) leader in Telangana Chintala Ramachandra Reddy has tested Covid-19 positive and is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital, here. His condition is stated to be stable.

According to hospital sources, the former MLA from Khairatabad was brought to hospital on Sunday with suspected coronavirus symptoms. His swab samples, sent to a government-run hospital, were found positive.

After he tested positive, his wife and son too were admitted to the same hospital. Their samples have been sent for testing.

He is the first political leader in Telangana to test Covid-19 positive.

Almost all Covid-19 patients are undergoing treatment at government-run Gandhi Hospital, the designated Covid facility.

Some private hospitals have also been permitted to treat Covid-19 patients. They are required to follow the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) protocol. The health authorities are required to regularly monitor status of patients in private hospitals.

However, they are not allowed to do Covid-19 testing. They send samples to Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) or other government-run hospitals.

The Telangana High Court had last week permitted private hospitals and laboratories to conduct Covid-19 tests, if approved by the ICMR. The court had found fault with the state government for not allowing private hospitals and laboratories to do the testing.

However, the health authorities have not yet issued orders for allowing tests in private hospitals.

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BJP ups ante against TRS on Covid test numbers in Telangana

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In the ongoing political war over the testing modalities in Telangana, the BJP on Tuesday fired yet another salvo against the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) government.

BJP’s state chief spokesperson K. Krishna Saagar Rao accused the state government of not issuing a Covid health bulletins in line with ICMR guidelines.

“Since 19th of April, the state government has been evasive on the number of tests it has conducted in the state, and also they keep making statements that raise the red flags. Minister KTR says ‘do we get medals if we test more’. CM KCR in all his PCs is quite evasive on the questions raised about tests, he doesn’t give answers. In fact he reprimands the journos who pose questions in that area. BJP is asking what is happening in this state, why is there no transparency, why is there no accountability, and don’t the citizens have the right to seek info on public health?” Rao said.

Over the past few days, the ruling TRS has been facing flak from the BJP over the tests being conducted and the information that is being released about the status of COVID-19 in the state.

On Sunday, BJP’s Telangana unit President and Lok Sabha member Bandi Sanjay hit out at the ruling TRS on the issue of testing. He had accused the state government of misleading the Central team which had visited Telangana to take stock of the measures to contain COVID-19 in the state.

A day earlier, state Health Minister Etela Rajendra had placed the blame for spreading Covid-19 in Telangana at the BJP’s doorstep, for permitting the Tablighi Jamaat meeting in Delhi.

Incidentally, the Congress party in the state has also been demanding that the state government conduct more tests.

Telangana’s Covid-19 tally on Monday stood at 1,085 cases, with 585 persons declared cured and 39 persons dead. The active cases tally stood at 471 on Monday.

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Telangana misled Central team, says state BJP chief

The political slugfest between Telangana’s ruling TRS and opposition BJP over the Covid-19 situation in the state continued on Saturday with the BJP’s state unit chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar alleging that the state government misled the Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) currently visiting the state.

Unhappy with the Central team for appreciating Telangana government’s efforts to contain Covid-19, Kumar dashed off a letter to the Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, alleging that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government misled the team with regard to the facilities offered to Covid-19 patients. He urged the Secretary to send another team for a visit.

Kumar, also an MP from Karimnagar, said that he was surprised that the team expressed satisfaction over the way the state government was implementing the Covid-19 treatment protocol.

The BJP leader alleged that the government failed to go for full-fledged testing. He said it was not even tracking secondary sources and contacts.

Kumar wrote that the BJP received complaints about the inadequate facilities at the Gandhi Hospital, where Covid-19 patients are undergoing treatment. He alleged that the hygiene in the hospital is far below the mandate and the bathrooms are inadequate and not maintained properly.

He claimed that the hospital declared a patient negative first and positive a few days later, resulting in his death.

The BJP leader sent the letter a day after state Health Minister Eatala Rajender slammed him for making baseless allegations and trying to communalise the issue. The minister had trained guns on the BJP, seeking an explanation as to why it permitted the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi which was attended by international delegates.

Rajender had targeted Kumar for not trusting even the Central team sent by his own party government.

Meanwhile, IMCT continued its visit to Hyderabad for the eighth day on Saturday to assess the Covid-19 situation and make necessary suggestions to the state.

The five-member team visited the ESI Hospital to see the preparedness to deal with the Covid-19 cases.

It later visited the Food Corporation of India (FCI) warehouse in the city to know about the rice stock position.

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BJP state presidents turn heat on Telangana, AP govts

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The state BJP heads of the two Telugu speaking states have turned the heat on the respective governments in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

In Telangana, a BJP delegation led by state party president Bandi Sanjay Kumar called on governor Tamilisai Soundarajan on Monday at the Raj Bhavan and complained that the KCR government had failed to chalk out and implement any concrete plan to combat the deadly virus. The BJP president pointed out to the governor that the biggest issue in front of the state government was to tackle the problem faced by the state farmers and the issue of migrant workers. While the state government had asked the farmers not to come to the towns with their produce but wait in their respective villages for procurement by the agriculture authorities, it had failed to make sincere efforts to fulfill its assurance that the entire produce of the farmers would be procured at their door step, the BJP president informed the governor.

Voicing the concerns of the state farmers, the BJP president said the farming community was still awaiting the delivery of tall promises made by Chief Minister K Chandraskehara Rao that the government will buy every single grain of the yield in the state. The BJP leader also through the governor demanded that the government expedite purchase process as the farmers cannot hold on
to their produce far too long.

In Andhra Pradesh, state BJP president Kanna Laxminarayana on Monday met Governor Bishwabhushan Harichandan and submitted three letters over the failure of the government on taking timely action in containing the spread of the virus. He said the government had undermined the severity of the pandemic and underreporting the cases in Andhra Pradesh. Further, Kanna in another letter appealed to the Governor to cancel the elections to local bodies considering the violence perpetrated by the YSRCP leaders against the opposition leaders. In the letter, Kanna also brought to the notice of the Governor that the YSRCP leaders forcibly prevented the Opposition leaders from filing nominations right in the presence of the police. In view of this, the governor should cancel the elections to the local bodies.

In the past, state BJP president shot off a letter to Jagan demanding that the government come out with a White Paper on how many testing kits were currently available, how many isolation wards were set up, the number of quarantine facilities in the state. He said there are trust issues with the people raising doubts over the number of tests being conducted and the availability of testing kits.

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BJP eagle’s eyes on Jagan illegal assets cases?

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BJP Central leadership has been saying from the beginning that their main focus is to come to power in Andhra Pradesh in 2024 elections. They took AP local body elections very seriously. But, ruling YSRCP struck fear, caused injuries and prevented BJP candidates from filing nominations. Now, personal attacks began against BJP State unit leaders especially State President Kanna Lakshminarayana. Amidst all this, questions are coming up whether BJP Central leadership has changed its political plans towards AP.

Actually, BJP had no plans to take serious view of Jagan regime for the first two to three years considering his massive majority in 2019 elections. Analysts say that all-Opposition attack and Jagan’s controversial decisions on PPAs and courts’ orders have changed BJP’s priorities. Moreover, these days, Jagan’s protecting angels like GVL Narasimha Rao are no longer speaking public in support of YSRCP. There are also reports that BJP Central leadership may put special focus on illegal assets cases and IT violations of Jagan Reddy. The general view among opponents is that Jagan may be strong politically but he is very, very weak considering his countless cases in CBI, ED and so on.

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Kanna, I’m asking you again. Have you not sold yourself out to Sujana Chowdary, asks Vijaysai Reddy

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Reacting to BJP state president Kanna Laxminarayana’s threat of filing defamation case, YSRCP Rajya Sabha MP Vijaysai Reddy continued his tirade against the BJP leader accusing him of dancing to the tunes of the TDP and that he was making allegations against the YSRCP government without the approval of the party central leadership due to some deal struck with BJP MP Y Sujana Chowdary.

Stating that Kanna Lakshminarayana is a highly corrupt man, Vijaysai Reddy again defamed the BJP leader saying, “Kanna is sold to the TDP for Rs 20 crore and BJP MP Sujana Chowdary has acted as a broker in this deal. Kanna, I’m asking you again. Have you not sold yourself out to Sujana Chowdary?”

To Kanna’s challenge to Vijayasai Reddy to take an oath in Kanipakam temple to prove his comments, the YSRCP MP addressing a press conference said he was ready to take an oath in Kanipakam or even Tirumala temple and asked “Kanna, I’m asking you again. Have you not sold yourself out to Sujana Chowdary? Let Sujana take an oath he has not brokered a deal, let Kanna take an oath he is sold to the TDP for Rs 20 crore .”

Claiming that he worked as a chartered accountant for Sujana Chowdary, Vijaysai Reddy levelled sweeping allegations against the BJP MP saying he had defaulted on loans by floating several shell and bogus companies. “I have evidence to nail Sujana. How much money did Sujana and Purandreshwari receive from the BJP central leadership? Kanna is sold to the TDP for Rs 20 crore and BJP MP Sujana Chowdary has acted as a broker in this deal.”

Further, Vijaysai Reddy said no power can stop the state government’s plan to make Vizag as the executive capital. “The executive capital will be set up in Vizag, whatever it takes,” Vijasai Reddy asserted.

On Monday, the BJP State president slammed the Jagan administration saying the government had put the lives of crores of people in Andhra Pradesh at stake by indulging in politics of pandemic rather than addressing several problems arising out of the corona virus.

On the controversy over the cost of procuring rapid testing kits from South Korea for screening of corona cases, Kanna said the government should come clean on the conflicting versions on the pricing of the testing kits. The government showed that the cost of each kit was Rs 730 plus GST while the health ministry stated that each kit was procured at Rs 640. The YSRCP mouthpiece Sakshi newspaper in its April 9 report stated that each kit cost Rs 1,200. As a matter of fact, the Sakshi newspaper reported that the kits were being exported to other countries from MedTech Zone. The Chhattisgarh government had procured each kit for Rs 337. “Which one of this is true? Why there are so many conflicting versions on the cost of each kit. The government should come clean on this. When I tweeted on this issue, Vijaysai Reddy leveled serious allegations against me,” he pointed out.

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State BJP sets up panels to monitor corona relief works

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As the state enters into second phase of complete lockdown, BJP state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar has set up Covid-19 to step up humanitarian help, interact with the party workers and the general public on a daily basis on the ground situation on the spread of the virus

The committees will assess the relief work being undertaken by the party and suggest measures to the State government on how to contain the spread of the virus. Three key committees involving law and order health, migrant workers welfare and essential commodities monitoring were set up.

The law and order committee comprises Goshamahal MLAvRaja Singh, MLC Ramachandra Rao, former MLAs D K Aruna, Motkpalli Narasimhulu, former MP Vivek, former MLA Dharma Rao, party general secretary Chinta Sambamurthy. The health Committee comprises former MLA T Rajeswar Rao, B S S Murthy, Dr Surendar. Essential Commodities committee MP Garikapati Mohan Rao, former MP Jithender Reddy, party leaders Chada Suresh Reddy, P Shekhar Rao, Laxminarayana and Dr Manohar Reddy. The health panel will monitor the supply of crucial medical equipment, including masks, gloves, PPEs in various hospitals.

The complete lockdown has robbed millions of migrant workers of their livelihood, loss of income source, shortage of food and growing uncertainity about their future. With the second phase of lockdown, the concerns of migrant workers have only heightened. The State BJP has set up migrant workers welfare committee which comprises former MP Rapolu Anand Bhaskar, Atloori Ramarkrishna, Uma Mahender and others to look into the issues being faced b them and try to address those issues.

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Pawan non-stop praise on BJP on its anniversary

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Jana Senani Pawan Kalyan is bonding closer to the Bharatiya Janata Party, both politically and personally. He has now heaped lot of praise on the BJP on its 40th anniversary. In a statement, Senani conveyed his best wishes to the state and the national leaderships of the BJP.

In the past, Senani found fault with the national party for not doing justice to Andhra Pradesh by conferring special status as per the Centre’s promise. He changed his policy and joined hands with the BJP to counter and confront the political harassment of YSRCP. He eventually formed an alliance with the BJP in the local body elections.

Ever since, Pawan has been increasingly appreciative of Modi government’s policies at the Centre. Now, he paid rich tributes to political stalwarts Atal Behari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani and Bhaironsingh Shekawat who laid strong foundations for the BJP. Pawan recalled how the BJP has spread to all four corners of the country in four decades. The party has won major elections all over the country. Pawan wished all the best for Modi, Amit Shah and JP Nadda in their efforts to take the BJP closer to the people.

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State BJP to move SC, seek cancellation of polls

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Andhra Pradesh BJP state president Kanna Lakshminaraya on Monday said the party will file a petition in the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of the civic body elections.

On Monday, YSR Congress Party already moved the Supreme Court against the decision of the State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar to postpone the rural and urban local bodies in Andhra Pradesh. The Supreme Court is likely to hear the case tomorrow.

Addressing a press conference on Monday, the BJP state president said YSRCP president and Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy seems to have resolved to make the elections to the local bodies unanimous in favour of the YSRCP by physically attacking the opponents and blackmailing them.

The BJP State president thanked the State Election Commission (SEC) for conceding the party’s plea to take action against YSR Congress Party activists for atrocities allegedly committed by them during the local body elections process. Three BJP MPs G V L Narasimha Rao, T G Venkatesh and C Ramesh met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and lodged a strong protest against the violence and attacks on the opposition parties ahead of the civic body elections. Lakshminarayana shot off a letter to Amit Shah on March 15 requesting the Central government’s immediate intervention.

On Sunday, Ramesh Kumar postponed the civic body elections citing the emerging challenges posed by the spread of coronavirus and that continuing with the election schedule may be detrimental and harmful to the public health at large.

Ramesh Kumar on Monday met Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan at the Raj Bhavan in Vijayawada and discussed the factors that led to the postponement of the elections. On Sunday, YSRCP president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy met the Governor complaining against the State Election Commissioner’s “arbitrary” postponement of the polls to rural and urban local bodies

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Can Shah take action against CM Jagan on local polls?

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BJP MPs GVL Narasimha Rao, CM Ramesh and TG Venkatesh have complained formally to Union Home Minister Amit Shah about YCP atrocities in AP local body elections. The MPs later told the media that Shah will take action against AP CM Jaganmohan Reddy for his party violence against BJP candidates. Is this just a publicity stunt or a real warning to YCP government?

On the other hand, YCP leaders with active support from the police are attacking and snatching nomination papers from opposition parties. They are not sparing BJP nominees as well. This has stunned the BJP AP leaders who have made strong complaints to the party Central leadership. Now, the pressure on BJP National President JP Nadda and Amit Shah to create confidence in BJP AP cadres. If they keep silent, it goes without saying that the BJP AP cadres will get thoroughly demotivated.

However, there are many doubts whether Shah can really take strong action against Jagan Reddy. Only recently, Modi-Shah received a return gift from Jagan who gave one Rajya Sabha seat to Reliance President Nathwani. It is being seen as a very tricky situation for Shah. Moreover, even the AP High Court is threatening to complain to Amit Shah Office about violations of Rule of Law in AP. Slowly, the burden of controlling Jagan Reddy is falling on Shah’s shoulders.

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Has Pawan become second fiddle to BJP?

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A look at the joint vision document of Jana Sena and BJP reveals interesting things about changing political ideology of Senani Pawan Kalyan. The very first paragraph talks highly of how Vajpayee wanted 60 per cent funds for local bodies while Modi is implementing this in letter and spirit. The second paragraph talks about how Modi government is implementing drinking water schemes, housing, employment guarantee and other schemes for rural people. This vision document highlights are provided in Jana Sena official website. Lot of change in Pawan political style.

After YCP attack on Jana Sena in Kakinada, Pawan rushed to Delhi to convince Modi-Shah to take action against Jagan Reddy Circar. But eventually, Pawan got convinced and almost converted by BJP intellectual leaders. Pawan used to dislike BJP leaders like GVL Narasimha Rao for supporting Jagan 3 Capitals. But Pawan is sharing dais with GVL and jointly addressing press conferences. Incidentally, GVL, Sunil Deodhar and such leaders are making Pawan criticise Chandrababu Naidu on a par with Jagan Reddy. Even the present vision document attacks YCP and TDP equally.

This was actually a line promoted by GVL who is known for his anti-Amaravati leanings. Has Pawan become a second fiddle to BJP GVL group? On the other hand, BJP AP President Kanna Lakshminarayana is making unsparing attack on Jagan. Analysts say Pawan got trapped and became a second-in-command to BJP rather than an independent force.

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Bandi Sanjay Kumar is new Telangana BJP president, will he infuse vigour in BJP?

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP has appointed 48-year-old Bandi Sanjay Kumar, MP from Karimnagar as the president of Telangana State unit, BJP national president on Wednesday sent an official communication to this effect. Sanjay will be replacing Dr K Laxman.

Sanjay Kumar, who had been active in RSS and ABVP, was elected to the Lok Sabha in the 2019 elections from the Karimnagar constituency

His elevation as state BJP president comes at a time when the party is keen on strengthening its base in Telangana. The party expects Sanjay’s appointment as Telangana State BJP president to create stir some enthusiasm among the cardre.

After the Congress weakened in Telangana and the lack of opposition, the BJP sees itself as an alternative to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi. This new found enthusiasm in the state BJP was largely after TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s daughter K Kavitha suffered a defeat in Nizamabad at the hands of the BJP’s D Arvind. The BJP also wrested the Adilabad and Karimnagar seats from the TRS. In Karimnagar, Bandi Sanjay Kumar defeated TRS senior leader Vinod Kumar by a huge margin of 89,508 votes.

Further, after the Congress and TDP weakening in Telangana, several leaders from the two parties have joined the BJP. In a shot in the arm of BJP, senior Congress leader and former minister in Telangana D K Aruna chose the BJP over the ruling TRS when most of the dejected Congress leaders titled towards TRS. Senior Congress leader C Damodar Rajanarasimha’s wife Padmini Reddy too joined the BJP in Telangana. Former ministers in undivided Andhra Pradesh – E Peddi Reddy and Boda Janardhan and former MP Suresh Reddy were some of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders who joined the BJP. State Congress leaders M Shashidhar Reddy, son of former chief minister Marri Chenna Reddy and the party’s minority cell leader Sheik Rahmatullah also joined the BJP.

It remains to be seen if the newly appointed State BJP president will be able to infuse new vigour in the party and turn the fortunes of the saffron party in Telangana.

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Who facilitated Scindia’s cross-over to BJP from Congress?

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The political crisis in Madhya Pradesh has seen Congress leader and former Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia switching over to the BJP, ending his 18-year-old association with the grand old party. Who made this transition for Scindia a smooth process? Who in the BJP was tasked with bringing Scindia to the saffron party’s camp?

Turns out, Zafar Islam, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson and a well-known face in the media, is the man who played a key role in bringing Scindia into the BJP fold.

Before entering politics, Islam worked for a foreign bank and drew a hefty salary. Later, influence by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s brand of politics, he joined the BJP.

It’s said the soft-spoken Islam enjoys a “good relation” with Modi, and perhaps that’s why the BJP high command handed him the responsibility of getting Scindia.

According to sources, Islam knows Scindia since a long time and both used to meet often during the former union minister’s stay in Delhi. However, since the last five months, Zafar was meeting Scindia “too often”, apparently to bring the latter to BJP camp.

Sources said both have met “at least five times” recently. And after the meeting, Islam used to present the “conclusions and derivations” before the BJP high command. It was only after those meetings, and a careful study of their outcomes, efforts to bring Scindia to saffron party’s camp and the “Operation Lotus” began, sources said.

According to sources, “in the entire operation, only logistic and other support was provided to the BJP… the entire operation went according to Jyotiraditya Scindia”.

Even on Monday and Tuesday, Jafar was present at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg during Jyotiraditya Scindia’s meeting with Prime Minister Modi.

In fact, when Home Minister Amit Shah went to Modi’s residence along with Scindia, Islam was present in the car.

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Why are Pawan and BJP not fighting for BC quota?

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The AP local body elections are indeed a deciding factor in the state politics right now. People will be giving their decision for or against the 3 Capitals announcement of CM Jaganmohan Reddy. Local issues may dominate to some extent, but the game-changing decisions in last nine months of Jagan rule have certainly affected the common man. Moreover, BCs took the worst hit as they are losing 10 per cent reservations because of Jagan’s decision not to file SLP in Supreme Court. Chandrababu Naidu has taken full advantage out of this. He has already begun campaigning with main focus on BC quota. He got his BC leaders file an SLP in the Apex Court as well.

Then what about Jana Senani Pawan Kalyan and BJP? Pawan has got more than 6 per cent vote share in 2019 elections. He cannot ignore the large chunk of BC votebanks like BJP, which got less than 1 per cent vote share in 2019. As of now, BJP advisors in Delhi are obviously taking decisions more or less in favour of Jagan Reddy. Is Pawan simply following BJP policy not to fully support any issue that is taken up by Naidu? Analysts say that such a policy will certainly hit Pawan while BJP has nothing much to lose in AP.

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BJP slams TRS’ silence over Waris Pathan, anti-India slogans

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The BJP’s Telangana unit on Friday asked Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao if he could still claim to be secular despite his TRA being associated with the AIMIM which made “hateful, insinuating statements” against a particular committee.

In the wake of controversial statements made by AIMIM leader Waris Pathan at a meeting in Karnataka and pro-Pakistan slogans raised in AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s public address in Bengaluru, BJP spokesperson K Krishnasagar Rao said: “Can KCR still claim to be ‘secular’ by being associated with AIMIM, while that party is making hateful, insinuating statements against Hindus with a communal agenda?

“Shouldn’t KCR as the President of TRS party clear his party position on the ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ statements made at MIM meeting?”

The Bharatiya Janata Party demanded that KCR, as Chandrasekhar Rao is popularly called, clear his party’s stand on both incidents.

“BJP questions why CM KCR has not condemned the threatening statements made against Hindus by MIM leader & the Pakistan Zindabad slogans at MIM organized meeting at Karnataka?” said Rao.

Rao also termed the Congress, the Left, the TRS and the Trinamool Congress as “communal parties”, saying that both incidents clearly establish the real agenda behind anti-CAA protests led by these parties.

“BJP strongly condemns MIM leader Waris Pathan’s unprovoked insinuation through his speech in an anti-CAA rally in Karnataka. MIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi did neither stall Waris Pathan’s speech nor condemned the venomous communal statements made by him,” he said.

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BJP’s losses becoming TDP gains in AP?

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Prior to Capital shifting announcement, the TDP was in its deepest crisis. The YCP was politically harassing TDP leaders with police cases. The BJP was also taking its full revenge against Chandrababu in its own way. But things changed dramatically in just two months of Amaravati Capital agitation. Now, all of a sudden, something unimaginable happened in Jagan’s own Executive Capital. Over BJP 300 leaders in Visakhapatnam shifted their loyalties to the TDP. This came as a bit of embarrassment to both BJP and YCP, whose combined goal was to actually finish off TDP.

More significantly, the BJP leaders were won over by controversial Vizag North TDP MLA Ganta Srinivasa Rao. In fact, Ganta is expected to shift his loyalty to BJP as he has been moving closely with the saffron party leaders for quite some time. Ganta also was alleged to have been in touch with BJP Delhi leaders. Much speculation began whether Ganta lost his confidence in BJP chances to gain political strength in AP. Undoubtedly, BJP indirect support to Capital shifting has eroded its credibility. Moreover, Modi did not give Special Status as well. Political speculation is that BJP’s losses will turn into TDP gains which may prove costly for YCP in the long run.

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