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Is this man behind the change in BJP leaders?

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The AP BJP, which remained sluggish and stayed in the cool confines of the offices, is now hitting the streets. The party is organising some agitation or the other these days. The leaders are taking active parts in these protests. Regardless of the response and attendance, the leaders and the cadre of the BJP are busy organising meetings.

What has changed in the AP BJP these days? If sources are to be believed, deputy national organising secretary Shiv Prakash Singh is said to be the reason behind this change. Shiv Prakash, who has taken over recently, is known to be very close to the national leadership. He is said to be the eyes and ears of Amit Shah and JP Nadda as far as the party’s organisational activities go.

From the first meeting Shiv Prakash Singh has told the BJP leaders of Andhra Pradesh to move out of the party offices. He has told them that they would be assessed on the basis of their actions on the ground. He has also kept a tab on what the leaders are doing. He is said to have told them that they should keep working on the ground regardless of the response from the people. If the organisational system is active, public support will come later, he reportedly told the party office bearers. It is because of this that the BJP leaders are now active on the streets.

Even Somu Veerraju is seen organising protests these days. Shiv Prakash Singh is said to be a tough task master and the BJP leaders are afraid that he would give adverse report against them to Amit Shah and JP Nadda. This mantra appears to have worked now. That explains why the BJP leaders are quite active these days in AP.

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Telangana’s BJP MLA ready to quit if CM promises ‘package’

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BJP MLA Raja Singh on Monday offered to resign if Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao was ready to announce a development package for his constituency.

Raja Singh, who represents Goshamahal Assembly constituency in Hyderabad, said that the Chief Minister remembers SCs, STs, BCs, farmers, poor at the time of by-elections, in a reference to the his announcement of ‘Dalit Bandhu’ scheme in view of the ensuing by-elections to Huzurabad Assembly constituency.

Under the scheme, which will be implemented on pilot basis in Huzurabad from August 16, each Dalit family will be provided financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh.

“People on social media are saying that if their MLA resigns, the constituency will get a package. I have been elected twice from Goshamahal and I am requesting you with folded hands, I am ready to resign whenever you want. My constituency also has SCs, STs, BCs and poor OCs. Announce a good plan for them so that every household get Rs 10 lakh,” he told the Chief Minister.

Raja Singh said he would convince his party President to let him tender his resignation but before that a package should be announced for the constituency. He, however, exuded confidence that people will once again elect him.

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How will posters of PV Sindhu, Meera Bai Chanu help BJP grow in Telangana?

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What has BJP’s growth in Telangana got to do with Olympian medallists Meera Bai Chanu and PV Sindhu? Believe it or not, this was the topic of heated debate in the Telangana BJP core committee meeting on Saturday. Interestingly, BJP national organising secretary BL Santhosh himself broached this subject. He was in the city on Saturday and held a series of reviw meeting with the core committee members and the executive committees of various affiliated organisations.

During the meeting, he is said to have sprung a surprise by asking as to why were there no congratulatory banners hailing the Olympic achievements of PV Sindhu and weightlifter Meera bai Chanu. He said these were achievements of young Indians and asked the party leaders as to why they were not being celebrated. He said there should have been posters hailing their achievements, he reportedly told them.

He is said to have expressed his displeasure over the party leaders not utilising the services of those below 25 years of age.”Why are not involving them in the party work?” he reportedly asked. He said that these people are going to become crucial in the 2024 elections and added that efforts should be made to rope them in the party work. Special programmes should be organised to involve them, he said. He said that congratulatory posters to PV Sindhu and Meerabai Chanu would go a long way in bringing the youth closer to the BJP.

He is also said to have expressed unhappiness at the Mahila Morcha leaders doing nothing to condemn the rape and abuse of women. “one or two leaders going t the victim and consoling her is not enough. Why did you not take up state-wide protests? Why were not every woman leader involved in the protests?” he reportedly asked. He is said to have asked the BJP leaders to go to the rural areas and work among the people. “What is the use of staying in Hyderabad? The party has to grow in the rural areas,” he said.

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Is TRS our friend or foe? Telangana BJP seeks clarity from high command!

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The Telangana BJP leaders are a confused lot these days. They fail to understand the party high command’s stand towards ruling TRS in Telangana.

On one hand, the BJP claims that it’s the only alternative for TRS in Telangana and will come to power in Telangana by defeating TRS in 2023 Assembly polls.

On the other hand, the party high command is not cooperating with Telangana BJP leaders in their fight against TRS and KCR.

Telangana BJP leaders are aggressively campaigning that KCR looted public money in the name of Kaleshwaram project and Mission Bhagiratha and BJP will send KCR to Chanchalguda jail soon after BJP comes to power in 2023.

On the other hand, the BJP-led government at the Centre is giving ‘certificate’ to TRS government in Parliament saying that there is no corruption in Kaleshwaram and Mission Bhagiratha projects.

Telangana BJP MPs Bandi Sanjay, Dharmapuri Aravind, Soyam Bapu Rao are frequently raising questions on corruption in Kaleshwaram and Mission Bhagiratha projects in Parliament with a hope that if Centre gives answer saying that there is corruption in these projects, it will give them a weapon to attack TRS government and also to push KCR into defense mode.

But every time, the BJP ministers in Parliament are replying that there is no corruption in the projects executed by TRS government.

This information is instead giving a weapon to TRS to attack Telangana BJP leaders saying that your own party’s government at Centre is certifying in none other Parliament that there is no corruption in TRS government.

With this, Telangana BJP leaders are confused on how to proceed on TRS and seeking clarity from high command to tell whether TRS is our friend or enemy.

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Has media cracked BJP secret code?

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Has the media found the key to BJP’s internal thinking and planning? Has it cracked the BJP code? Is it now able to predict the BJP actions with an air of certainty? Yes, say some key people in the media.

Normally, the BJP is like an iron curtain. The party’s internal goings-on never come out into the open domain. The party knows how to keep the media guessing and how to spring surprises. The party has achieved absolute surprise when it came to demonetization and Naga accord. Similarly, it has managed to keep under wraps the details of ministry formation and the allocation of portfolios. Even in the matters of internal security like the removal of Article 370 and Article 35 A, the party managed to keep secrets and surprise the media.

Ever since Narendra Modi took over, no minister is talking to the media. Those with deep media connections like Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj are gone and the present crop of leaders in the BJP do not entertain the media. Modi has also not addressed many media conferences. He is also not in the habit of giving interviews as a PM. As a result, there is an invisible curtain between the media and the government.
However, it now appears that the media is now able to see through the BJP’s iron curtain and understand its thinking. For instance, it was able to predict the cabinet reshuffle in advance. It is another matter, however, that many of its predictions with regards to ministers and portfolios went wrong. But, it still managed to predict a cabinet rejig.

Similarly, it managed to predict the resignation of Yediyurappa as the chief minister of Karnataka. In fact, it was able to predict the exact date when he would resign and got it right. Analysts, however, feel that more than the media cracking the code, it is the BJP which has realized the importance of traditional media like the print and electronic media. So, the party is planning these leaks and is getting them broadcasted. The analysts say that post-Covid failures, the BJP feels that it needs to open up with the media to contain the damage. Hence, the party itself is leaking information about its programmes, they say.

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BJP undertakes ‘Chalo Proddaturu’ to oppose Tipu Sultan statue

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Andhra Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Somu Veerraju on Tuesday undertook the ‘Chalo Proddaturu’ agitation programme to protest against the plan to install the statue of Tipu Sultan. Proddaturu is a town in YSR Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh.

“I am taking my first step to end the anti-Hindu sentiment of the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP),” alleged Veerraju.

He claimed that Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is making his MLAs and ministers to work with anti-Hindu sentiment.

Veerraju and several other saffron party leaders staged a sit-in to protest against the plans to install Tipu Sultan’s statue.

According to the BJP president, Sultan was a ‘barbarian with maniacal communalism who massacred thousands of Hindus’.

“He (Sultan) enabled rapes, demolished temples, resorted to forced conversions,” claimed Veerraju.

The opposition leader alleged that Reddy was supporting the setting up of a statue of the controversial figure like Sultan.

Veerraju has taken up Chalo Proddaturu, as part of the temple tour programme across the state, aimed at protecting them amid alleged attacks over the past months.

Under this programme on Monday, Veerraju visited Sri Kodandarama Swamy temple at Ekasila Nagari where Ram, Lakshman and Sita images were sculpted on a monolith rock.

He also visited Srisailam and delivered speeches on protecting temples.

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Peddi Reddy quits BJP, looking at TRS & Congress!

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Senior politician and BJP leader E Peddi Reddy, a two-time MLA from Huzurabad Assembly constituency tendered his resignation to BJP on Monday.

Though Peddi Reddy did not announce his future political plans, it is speculated that he has kept both options open of joining either TRS or Congress.

This is the second jolt to BJP in Telangana in less than a week as senior leader Mothkupalli Narsimhulu too quit BJP three days ago.

Interestingly, both Peddi Reddy and Mothkupalli joined BJP from TDP. Mothkupalli is expected to join TRS.

Peddi Reddy has been angry at BJP leadership ever since Etela Rajender joined BJP from TRS in June this year.

Peddi Reddy is upset at the party leadership taking Etela into BJP without even consulting him.

Peddi Reddy, a senior leader in TDP, joined BJP only in 2019 just before Lok Sabha polls in April 2019, with a hope that BJP will field him from Huzurabad Assembly seat in 2023 December Assembly polls.

The sudden resignation of Etela Rajender to TRS and MLA post in June this year forced bypoll in Huzurabad. Peddi Reddy expected that he will get BJP ticket to fight against Etela in bypoll.

But all his plans were dashed after Etela joined BJP in June and became BJP candidate for bypoll.

Peddi Reddy lost hopes of getting BJP ticket even in 2023 Assembly polls with Etela’s joining. Since then, Peddi Reddy is maintaining distance from BJP activities and openly expressing his resentment

Peddi Reddy, who was a general secretary of Telangana TDP, had served as minister during the tenure of TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu as Chief Minister in undivided Andhra Pradesh.

He won twice from Huzurabad in Karimnagar district from TDP.

Peddi Reddy did not get TDP ticket to contest Huzurabad seat in 2018 December Assembly elections because TDP offered the seat to Congress as part of grand alliance of TDP, Congress, TJS and Left Parties.

Upset at this, he quit TDP and joined BJP in 2019.

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BJP’s Somu Veerraju launches temple protection tour in Andhra

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Andhra Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Somu Veerraju on Saturday launched a temple tour programme across the state, aimed at protecting them amid alleged attacks over the past months.

“Since the time YSRCP took power in the state under the leadership of Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, many temples were attacked, that’s why, we will visit our temples and we will protect them ourselves,” said Veerraju.

He alleged that many idols were destroyed, chariots were burnt and attempts made to sell the temples’ assets.

To begin the temples’ tour programme, Veerraju first visited Shiva Swamulu, a sage who worships Lord Shiva.

Veerraju worshipped Lord Shiva there and also commemorated Guru Poornima by honouring Shiva Swamulu.

He led a team of BJP leaders, including the party’s state general secretary V. Vishnu Vardhan Reddy during the visit.

“I call upon all the Hindu relatives to participate and make this programme a success,” he invited.

Reddy said the saffron party leaders also visited Kanakadurgamma deity at Indrakeeladri by the banks of the Krishna river.

“We prayed to Kanakadurgamma for peace and happiness of all the people in the state,” added Reddy.

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Mothkupalli quits BJP, likely to join TRS

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The BJP in Telangana received a jolt today (Friday) as senior party leader and former minister Mothkupalli Narasimhulu tendered resignation to BJP.

Mothkupalli is likely to join TRS in a day or two in the presence of TRS chief and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

Mothkupalli, a senior leader in TDP and worked as minister in TDP government in Undivided Andhra Pradesh quit TDP after bifurcation of state.

He joined BJP two years ago. However he is upset at BJP leadership for not giving him priority in party and ignoring his seniority.

At this stage, KCR held all party meeting on Dalit Empowerment scheme at Pragathi Bhavan in June. Though BJP boycotted the meeting, Mothkupalli attended the meeting against party’s policy arguing that as a Dalit leader he attended the meeting to give few suggestions to Telangana government on Dalit scheme.

From then, speculations were rife in political circles that Mothkupalli has decided to quit BJP and join TRS.

Now that KCR is giving top priority to Dalits and launched Dalit Bandhu scheme, Mothkupalli reportedly got a call from KCR, his longtime friend in TDP, to join TRS.

Mothkupalli reportedly responded positively to KCR’s call and quit BJP to join TRS anytime.

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Is BJP using YSRCP to defeat opposition plans in Parliament?

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What is behind the sudden belligerence of the YSRCP MPs in both the houses of Parliament? The YSRCP MPs, whose presence was barely noticeable in the house, have suddenly hogged the limelight in the monsoon sector. They raised the issue of special status and even stalled the proceedings of the house.

But the past record of the YSRCP MPs has only shown them as trusted allies of the BJP. They have supported all the bills and key decisions that the Modi government took. They strongly backed even decisions like the Article 370 abrogation and the Ayodhya issue. But, this time around, the story is different. They have become hyperactive and are raising different issues in an unusually aggressive manner.

But, political observers say that the YSRCP’s newfound belligerence is actually part of a strategy that the BJP has unveiled to counter the Opposition. The YSRCP is stalling the house only to benefit the BJP government. By stalling, they are actually not allowing the Congress and other opposition to raise tougher issues like the fuel price, covid handling and other such things. This is nothing but bailing out the BJP from a tricky situation.

In the Rajya Sabha, an otherwise calm MP like Vijayasai Reddy entered the well of the house and shouted slogans demanding special status to the state. Similar scenes were witnessed in the lower house. By raising this issue and stalling the house, the YSRCP is bailing out the BJP. Political analysts say YSRCP-BJP jugalbandi is part of a well-thought out strategy to beat the other parties. Though the opposition parties have seen through this, they are unable to do anything about it.

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Ninda Stuti: Police complaint on singer Mangli

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Singer Mangli landed into another controversy, after Sarangadhari song controversy. BJP leaders filed police complaint on her for insulting Hindu gods and offending the sentiments of devotees. However, she tried to reduce the tensions. Details as follows.

What is the controversy:

Recent singer Mangli released a song on Bonalu, a traditional festival of Telangana. The lyricist attempted the song in “Ninda stuti “ lyrical style. It is a specific literary style in which devotee looks like blaming his idol but actually he is praising and that can be understood only after careful observation of his words. This is one of the complex literary style because even a small mistake can actually lead to wrong interpretation and one may feel that lyricist is actually blaming his God. In fact, the same thing happened with this lyric of Bonalu song and some Hindu devotees vehemently criticised singer Mangli for insulting Hindu goddess through this song. Of course fans of Mangli argued that, it is the mistake of the lyricist Rama Swamy but not her. However others pointed that the song was released on Mangli’s channel and it is her responsibility to ensure devotees are not offended. BJP leaders went one step ahead and filed police complaint in Rachakonda police station in Hyderabad . They also demanded that the original song be deleted from all the channels of social media.

Mangli’s quick response:

However singer Mangli quickly reacted to this. Instead of arguing or defending herself, she released a new song with modified lyrics. Modified lyrics are aimed at appeasing the devotees as all the negative words are completely removed from the song. It seems this modification of lyrics earned her respect from devotees and her fans.

What is “Ninda Stuti “ literary style:

The literary style like Ninda Stuti can be handled only by those poets who have lot of maturity as well as sensitivity to understand the emotions of devotees. Poets like Kasula Purushottama Kavi and Dr. C Narayana Reddy showed their mettle in handling this feature. Especially Kasula Purushottama’s Sreekakulandhra Shatakam is the most popular work in Telugu literature in this style.

Upcoming lyricist Ramaswamy, who wrote this Bonalu song, could not succeed in writing a “Ninda Stuti “ song without offending devotees. As Ninda (blame) dominated Stuti (praise) in this song, it disrupted the delicate balance that is needed in the ‘Ninda Stuti’ style of poems and songs. Probably it is better for upcoming lyricist and poets not to take up this literary style until they are matured enough to handle the same.

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Telangana to see competition of ‘padyatras’ by opposition leaders

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It’s still more than two years for Assembly elections in Telangana but the leaders of opposition parties are gearing up to undertake ‘padyatras’ or walkathons to mobilise people’s support for taking on the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Bandi Sanjay will be the first opposition leader to embark on the foot march. Trying to project BJP as the viable alternative to TRS, he will be launching the ‘padyatra’ from Hyderabad on August 9.

The MP from Karimnagar plans to cover a distance of 750 kms before winding up the ‘padyatra’ on October 2 at Huzurabad Assembly constituency, which is due for bypolls.

The newly-appointed president of Congress’ Telangana unit A. Revanth Reddy too plans to undertake ‘padyatra’. The firebrand leader, who is looking to revive the fortunes of the party in its former stronghold, will be announcing the details of his foot march after getting a nod from the party’s central leadership.

Y.S. Sharmila, the latest entrant into Telangana politics, too plans to launch a ‘padyatra’ in 100 days. The daughter of late chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, is hoping to recreate the magic of her father, who had started the tradition of ‘padyatras’ in state politics.

The starting point of Bandi Sanjay’s ‘padyatra’ will be Bhagya Lakshmi temple abutting the historic Charminar. Political analysts say the choice of the temple is another attempt by BJP to highlight its saffron agenda while trying to expose the alleged failures of the TRS government.

The controversial temple abutting historic Charminar in the communally sensitive old city was the focal point of BJP’s aggressive campaign in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) polls late last year. It was from this temple that BJP had launched its poll campaign. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had also visited the temple while campaigning for the party in GHMC polls.

BJP’s campaign involving several central leaders paid rich dividends to the party as it put up an impressive performance to improve its tally in the 150-member GHMC to 48 from just four seats it won in the 2016 polls.

This helped BJP to deny TRS a clear majority and emerge as the second biggest party, a position earlier enjoyed by its arch rival All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM).

The dates for ‘padyatra’ were also selected with a clear strategy. It begins on August 9, the Quit India Movement anniversary and ends on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

“Our fight is to ensure a democratic Telangana,” said Sanjay who alleged that KCR is ruling Telangana like a dictator. He plans more walkathons in the run up to the 2023 polls.

Under Sanjay, a fiery speaker, BJP has already achieved a few successes. The saffron party dealt a blow to TRS by wresting Dubbak Assembly seat in the bye-election, followed by an impressive show in GHMC polls. The saffron party’s victory march was halted by TRS recently which wrested a seat of Legislative Council and retained Nagarjuna Sagar Assembly seat. Sanjay through his ‘padyatra’ will be trying to send the message that only BJP can provide an alternative to TRS.

Revanth Reddy, whose appointment as Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC), infused new enthusiasm among Congress cadres is eager to take TRS head-on. He has decided to undertake ‘padyatra’ to start building on the perceived anti-incumbency.

A bitter critic of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao and his family, Revanth is likely to go all out to cash in on the support he enjoys among people, especially youth. However, in view of the groupism and internal differences in the party, he is treading cautiously by not announcing the ‘padyatra’ dates. “I can’t take the decision on my own. This has to be a collective decision,” he recently said.

Revanth Reddy is keen to carry everyone along in view of his earlier experience. He had undertaken 10-day ‘padyatra’ in February this year opposing the new farm laws by the Centre.

After addressing a rally of farmers in Nagarkurnool district on February 7, the Malkajgiri MP had launched ‘Rythu Bharosa Yatra’ on the spur of the moment. Encouraged by the public response, he continued to foot march. After covering a distance of 130 km, he addressed a public meeting at Tukkuguda near Hyderabad.

However, as Revanth Reddy had not taken permission from the party leadership, most of the leaders skipped the meet on the direction of then TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy.

Revanth Reddy is likely to use ‘padyatra’ to consolidate his position within the party as some sections of the party are still not happy with his appointment by ignoring several senior leaders. Analysts say he will also be using ‘padyatra’ to enhance his image as a leader who can take on KCR.

Reeling under defeat in two successive Assembly elections and series of defections, the Congress party desperately needs a programme like ‘padyatra’ to show that it is still a force to reckon with. By leading two huge protest programmes over fuel price hike over last one week, Revanth Reddy has already demonstrated that the party can bank on him to rebuild the organisation.

Telangana will also witness a ‘padyatra’ by Sharmila who launched YSR Telangana Party (YSRTP) on July 8. She vowed to bring back ‘Rajanna Rajyam’ in Telangana.

‘Rajanna Rajyam’ is referred to the welfare rule of her late father. Popularly known as YSR, he implemented several pro-poor schemes in the united Andhra Pradesh.

YSR family is known for undertaking ‘padyatras’ and succeeding in capturing power. In fact it was YSR who started the tradition of ‘padyatras’ in 2003. By covering a distance of 1,470 kms across 11 districts in two months, he succeeded in highlighting people’s issues especially the problems faced by farmers.

The famous ‘padyatra’ catapulted Congress to power after a gap of 10 years, ending the rule of Telugu Desam Party’s N. Chandrababu Naidu. It also helped YSR establish himself as a mass leader.

Since then the politicians including YSR’s rivals have been following in his footsteps. In fact, after YSR’s death in a helicopter crash on September 2, 2009, his son Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had launched ‘Odarpu yatra’ to console families of those who died of shock due to YSR’s death. The Congress leadership had asked him to stop the walkathon as this was seen as a move to garner public sympathy to stake claim to the chief minister’s post.

Chandrababu Naidu also undertook ‘padyatra’ before 2014 election and led TDP to form the first government in Andhra Pradesh after bifurcation.

It was Jagan who made history with the longest ‘padyatra’ in 2018-19 to lead his YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) to a landslide victory in Andhra Pradesh.

Jagan covered a distance of 3,648 kms, walking through 134 of 175 Assembly constituencies.

His sister Sharmila is now gearing up to embark on ‘padyatra’ in Telangana. She plans to begin the walkathon from Chevella in Rangareddy district, from where YSR had started his 2003 ‘padyatra’. Later, he launched all major government and party programmes from the same place as it was considered auspicious by him.

Sharmila believes that YSR lives in the heart of Telangana people and is confident of winning their support to bring back ‘Rajanna Rajyam’.

However, this will not be her first political walkathon. When Jagan was in jail in disproportionate assets case in 2012-13, she had undertaken ‘padyatra’ to mobilise public support for him. She had covered 3,112 km across the then undivided Andhra Pradesh.

By undertaking the ‘padyatra’ in her new political avatar, she hopes to repeat what her father and brother have achieved.

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Dark understanding between YSRCP, TDP in Andhra: BJP

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary S. Vishnu Vardhan Reddy on Saturday alleged that there is a dark understanding between the ruling Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) and the opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh.

“There is a fixing game going on between TDP and YSRCP. When TDP comes to power, they protect YSRCP and when YSRCP comes to power they protect TDP,” claimed Reddy.

He asserted that both TDP and YSRCP have done nothing for the state but looted it for years together.

After staying in the opposition for nearly 10 years, YSRCP completed two years heading the government whereas the TDP enjoyed power for more than 15 years with N. Chandrababu Naidu alone heading the TDP governments for 14 years.

Naidu was the longest serving chief minister.

BJP Rajya Sabha member G.V.L. Narasimha Rao has also alleged that the Andhra Pradesh government is resorting to financial bungling for the YSRCP to grab credit for central government schemes.

“Financial bungling in state government and YSRCP’s attempts to grab credit for central government’s PMAY,” alleged Rao.

Commenting on some sections’ interest in installing a Tipu Sultan statue in Kadapa district, Reddy claimed that he was a barbaric emperor who massacred Hindus.

He asserted that whether it is YSRCP or any other party, they will not allow such a move.

Earlier, Rao addressed the inaugural state level workshop of the BJP’s newly appointed convenors and members from different departments and cells at Rajamundry.

BJP aims to grab power in the southern state and is intensely organising the party and its cadres.

“While on one hand we must strengthen the party from the booth level onwards, on the other, through agitations we need to represent people even on the smallest issues. We need to fill the existing political vacuum in Andhra,” observed BJP’s national secretary and co-incharge for Andhra Pradesh, Sunil Deodhar recently at Gudur.

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YSRCP, BJP hail Centre for notifying Krishna, Godavari river boards

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The ruling Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Andhra Pradesh on Friday welcomed the Central government’s decision to notify the Krishna and Godavari river boards.

Andhra Pradesh government advisor, Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy said justice with respect to river waters is directed towards his state as he welcomed the gazette notification.

Reddy opined that had the purview of the river boards been decided at the time of united Andhra Pradesh’s bifurcation itself, projects like Palamuru-Rangareddy would not have been completed.

He said the Telangana government has wasted water for power generation which is detrimental to Andhra Pradesh’s prospects.

Though neighbouring Telangana was aggressive, Reddy said Andhra Pradesh was composed, including Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy going ahead constitutionally putting pressure on the Centre.

BJP Rajya Sabha member G.V.L. Narasimha Rao said the notification protects the interests of Andhra Pradesh and highlighted that either of the states can go ahead with projects only after mutually discussing and procuring the river boards’ assent.

Both the Telugu states — Telangana and Andhra Pradesh — can build water projects or use water for hydel power generation only after taking the river boards’ approval as mandated by the notification, Rao added.

“On behalf of BJP, we all thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat for releasing the notification aimed at doing justice to both the states, primarily to Andhra Pradesh which was losing out,” he said.

Besides the notification, the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) on Thursday directed the Telangana government to immediately cease power generation from the common reservoirs.

“The Telangana state GENCO authorities are once again requested to stop further release of water immediately through Srisailam left power house, Nagarjunasagar dam and Pulichintala project,” said L. B. Muanthang, member (power), KRMB.

He said that water drawn for power generation is incidental to irrigation and drinking water needs.

“It is therefore imperative to follow the water release orders issued by KRMB,” Muanthang added.

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Telangana BJP MP’s brother returns to Congress

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The brother of BJP’s Nizamabad MP Dharmapuri Arvind and the chief of BJP’s Mahabubnagar district unit on Tuesday decided to join the Congress.

Dharmapuri Sanjay, a former Mayor of Nizamabad, met Congress’ Telangana chief A. Revanth Reddy and announced his decision.

Sanjay, who is son of dissident TRS MP Dharmapuri Srinivas and elder brother of BJP MP Arvind, will be making a comeback to Congress.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) sidelined Rajya Sabha member Srinivas after he was reportedly found backing his son Arvind joining the BJP before 2019 elections. Arvind had defeated Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K. Kavitha to win Nizamabad seat in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Srinivas, a former minister in undivided Andhra Pradesh, was with the Congress before joining the TRS. Sanjay too had switched loyalties to the TRS along with his father.

Meanwhile, BJP’s Mahabubnagar district President Erra Shekhar also met Revanth Reddy and announced his intention to join the Congress. He is a former MLA from Jadcherla constituency.

Former TDP leader Gandra Satyanarayana also announced that he will be joining the Congress.

Meanwhile, Revanth Reddy claimed that leaders of various parties are in touch with him. He said three leaders from three different parties met him and announced their decision to join the Congress.

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Will Somu Veerraju fight with Narendra Modi?

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The regional parties have a kind of autonomy that the regional leaders of the national party cannot have. Everything they do needs the nod of the high command as in the Congress and as the national leadership in the BJP. Even in the Left parties, the local leaders have to follow the dictates of the Central party leadership.

But, Andhra Pradesh state BJP president Somu Veerraju seems to have forgotten this dictum. He seems to think that he is independent like the leaders of the regional parties. The other day, Somu Veeraju was asked a question about the privatisation of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP). Somu Veerraju said that he strongly opposes the privatisation and added that he would fight against the privatisation. He said the BJP would not allow the privatisation.

While it makes a good copy for the media, Veerraju perhaps forgot that his own party, the BJP, was in power at the Centre and that it was his supreme leader Narendra Modi who is hell-bent on privatising the public sector behemoths. In fact, Modi was merciless when some of his ministers could not speed up the process of privatisation and threw them out of his council of ministers. Given this, how can Somu Veerraju stop the privatisation of the VSP? Does it mean that he is ready to pick up a fight with all-powerful Modi and fight for the ‘rights’ of the Telugu people?

Will he even get an audience with the Prime Minister? With Modi on a privatisation, can Somu Veerraju stop the Juggernaut? How can the Telugus believe his words? Don’t they sound too hollow? Time Somu Veerraju realises the limits of a regional leader in a national party.

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Strange story of Khammam Boss: TRS ignores, BJP entices, YSRTP lures

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Time was when he was the unquestioned king of Khammam district’s politics. Wherever he was and whatever his position was, he became a byword for development. As Khammam’s strongman, he had his indelible imprint on the politics. But today, Tummala Nageswara Rao is unusually silent. All eyes are now on this politician and his next moves.

Tummala is currently in a political dilemma. He finds that the party he is in has no value for him. At the same time, he has no inclination to join the party that wants him. After he left the TDP to join the TRS, he was made a key minister in KCR cabinet. However, he lost the election in the 2018 elections and has been on the sidelines ever since. KCR clearly is according more priority to young Ajay Puvvada as he gels well with his son KTR. As a result, Tummala remains ignored.

His supporters and fans are in a mood of dejection. They feel that KCR should have rehabilitated a strong leader like Tummala. This perhaps is the first ever time in the four decades of his active political career that Tummala is without any position of importance for such a long time, they argue. Tummala too has been keeping away from TRS programmes and is largely keeping to himself.

Meanwhile, the BJP is desperately seeking him. The party has made several attempts to entice him. The BjP feels that his entry will drastically change the political landscape in Khammam. Several key BJP leaders have met him and tried to lure him into the party. But, Tummala largely remained lukewarm to the BJP offer.Meanwhile, there are reports that YS Sharmila too has sent him feelers. The party feels that Tummala’s entry could give the party the much-needed big bang.

As of now Tummala has gone on record saying that he would not join the BJP at any cost. He said he would remain with the TRS. However, with the TRS not rehabilitating him honorably, there is disquiet among his supporters. How long with Tummala douse these fires of disquiet remains to be seen.

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Party launch or film audio function? BJP satires on Sharmila

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The BJP on Thursday reacted satirically to the launching event of YS Sharmila’s party “YSR Telangana Party” (YSRTP) in Telangana.

It said the whole event was conducted in Hyderabad as if it was a film’s audio function and not as a political party launch.

BJP official spokesperson Krishna Sagar Rao said the venue for the party launch itself was wrong as no political party will be launched in a closed private A/C function hall or convention centre.

Political parties are launched in the midst of public gatherings, he stated

Rao lambasted Sharmila for launching her party in Telangana instead of launching in her native Andhra Pradesh.

Rao said Telangana people have no respect or love for YSR or his family as Telangana people strongly feel that it’s YSR who blocked the formation of Telangana State in 2004 itself and he obstructed it till his death in 2009.

Even today, everyone in Telangana and Andhra says that if YSR was alive Telangana State would not have been a reality.

Rao said Sharmila’s party has no role or space on Telangana political landscape and her party will vanish from Telangana even before it could fully take shape.

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Hi to Modi BJP …bye bye Atal-Advani BJP

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This is a new BJP, not Atal-Advani BJP – this is a comment that we often hear from the BJP old-timers. They use this expression to decry the changing character of the BJP. They use this to say that Atal-Advani era politicians are more idealistic compared to today’s cutthroat politicians. However, after the latest reshuffle in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, the old generation is all but gone.

One look at the latest list of ministers shows that there are just about four ministers who had served in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet. They are Rajnath Singh, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Prahlad Patel and Sripad Yasso Naik. Rajath Singh was UP Chief Minister for some time and later became agriculture minister in Vajpayee cabinet. Later, he served as the BJP national president. In Modi 1.0, he was the Home Minister and in the Modi 2.0, he is holding the crucial defence ministry. Naqvi, Naik and Patel were ministers of state in Vajapayee cabinet.

The remaining ministers are all young and have become ministers at the centre for the first time. Interestingly, many of them are less than 55 years of age. A record 11 ministers in the Modi cabinet are less than 45 years of age.

The Modi 1.0 had several Vajpayee-era politicians as ministers. There were leaders like Menaka Gandhi, Suresh Prabhu, Uma Bharti, Anant Gite, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Vijay Goel in Modi 1.0. They all had served under Vajpaye. They were all dropped when Modi came to power in 2019. Then there were leaders like Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Anantakumar and Ram Vilas Paswan, who passed away. They were ministers under both the BJP PMs.

Interestingly, neither Modi nor Amit Shah were MPs when Vajpayee was the prime minister. Yes. Today’s BJP is not the BJP of Atal-Advani.

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Was Kishan Reddy sidelined in BJP with tourism portfolio?

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The joy of union minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy of getting promotion as cabinet minister in Narendra Modi cabinet was shortlived after he was allocated the portfolio of tourism and culture.

This is because the ministry of tourism and culture is generally considered as a ‘loopline post’ in the union cabinet in any party government.

Normally, such insignificant posts are given to new entrants or those who don’t have much political significance.

Megastar Chiranjeevi was given this portfolio in the UPA government as a ‘return gift’ for merging his Praja Rajyam Party into Congress.

Then UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi wanted Chiranjeevi to be included in the cabinet as a thanksgiving gesture for merging his party into Congress but at the same time he should be given a portfolio which is not significant.

Now, poor Kishan Reddy who used to get more respect and recognition in the union home ministry even in his capacity as minister of state and deputy to home minister Amit Shah, has now lost his significance due to tourism ministry despite his promotion as cabinet minister.

Although Amit Shah is the home minister, it’s Kishan Reddy who used to handle entire home ministry all these days as Amit Shah entrusted him all the ministry tasks since he is busy with handling party affairs and elections in all the States. All IPS officers used to be under his control as they report to home ministry.

With Kishan Reddy working as ‘shadow home minister’ he used to get a lot of respect and command in New Delhi, which is no more the case now.

Looking at this, Kishan Reddy’s supporters in BJP are disappointed doubt that he was in fact sidelined by the party high command in BJP by giving promotion.

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