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Is there democracy or emergency in Andhra Pradesh, asks BJP

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Andhra Pradesh BJP President Somu Veerraju on Thursday lambasted the state government and asked if there is democracy or emergency in the state.

“I am asking Jagan Mohan Reddy whether there is democracy or emergency in your government? If you have the right to impose emergency, you can impose it. But we are observing several incidents. When we called for ‘Chalo Antarvedi’, you arrested our leaders all over the state,” said Veerraju.

He alleged that the government is filing several police cases on the basis of social media posts, including allegedly arresting people just for sharing information.

Veerraju claimed that thousands of people are being arrested and BJP leaders are not being allowed to visit Ramateertham, where an idol of Lord Ram was desecrated and decapitated by unknown miscreants.

“The government has to issue a statement as to why these things are happening. The DGP has claimed that BJP’s role is there in temple attacks. First he said there was no role of political parties,” he said.

The BJP President said his party leaders had tried to discuss these baseless allegations with the government.

He also asked if posting on social media about fallen temples is equal to demolishing them. Veerraju said it is a shameful act of the government to arrest senior BJP leaders who wanted to discuss these allegations.

“As there is an undemocratic rule in the state and attacks are happening on Hindu temples, the BJP will not keep quiet. It is a cowardly act to block the BJP in this manner,” he said.

According to Veerraju, no BJP activist is scared of these activities by the government and the party is poised to take out ‘rathyatras’ soon.

He also claimed that an attack on BJP is an attack on Hindus.

Veerraju said a report has been submitted to Union Home Minister Amit Shah about the state of affairs in Andhra Pradesh.

Incidentally, senior leaders such as C.M. Ramesh were arrested by the police on Thursday.

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Rath Yatra – new mantra of TDP and BJP to beat YCP

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The TDP has already announced its massive Rath Yatra plans in nook and corner of the Tirupati parliamentary segment. Now, the BJP has decided to hold a Rath Yatra from Kapilatheertham in Tirupati to Ramatheertham in Vizianagaram district.

Interestingly, the BJP leaders said that this is going to be a joint Rath Yatra with the Jana Sena party. It will start from February 4. The objective of it is to protest and create awareness among the people on the rising attacks on the Hindu temples and idols.
As expected, the BJP is drawing plans to to take advantage of the political situation. But the TDP supremo is making advance strategies to steal the thunder from the BJP.

Already, Chandrababu Naidu has taken the lead on the issue of the Ramatheertham idol desecration. This has put a severe strain on the BJP AP leaders.

Now, the BJP AP leaders are under greater burden and pressure to make the temples agitation and Rath Yatra a success.

Doubtless to say, the BJP’s pro-YCP stance under Somu Veerraju has hurt the saffron party very badly as far as its future political prospects are concerned.

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BJP seeks Andhra DGP’s removal for blaming it for temple attacks

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BJP’s Andhra Pradesh unit has reacted strongly to Director General of Police Gautam Sawang’s statement blaming the BJP leaders for a series of attacks on temples in the state and demanded his removal.

Party’s state unit chief Somu Veerraju demanded that Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy should respond immediately to remove Gautam Sawang from the DGP’s post for making baseless allegations.

Addressing a news conference here on Sunday, the BJP leader said Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy should respond to the remarks made by the police chief.

He said it was unfortunate that instead of taking action against those involved in the attacks on temples, false cases were being booked against the BJP cadres.

Somu Veerraju said the YSR Congress party government should specify what is its objective. He alleged that the government is working to hurt the religious sentiments of the Hindus.

He found fault with the DGP’s statement and said no action was taken against the burning of ancient chariot at Antarvedi, desecration at Ramateertha temple and attacks on several other temples but the police chief announced booking of cases against the BJP leaders.

He said the officials enumerating properties of temples should also undertake the exercise in cases of churches in the state.

The BJP leader demanded an immediate halt to religious conversions in the state.

He said the government was acting with the intention to weaken Hindutva.

He wondered if the government is paying salaries to pastors for doing conversions. “When churches have assets worth thousands of crores, why should the government build churches,” he asked.

The BJP leader demanded a white paper on the assets owned by the churches and said the party would submit its report to the Centre on church assets.

Gautam Sawang had on Friday released details of political links in the desecration of temple idol cases and false propaganda on social media. He claimed that 21 people belonging to the TDP and the BJP were identified and 15 were arrested so far. Amongst the 21 people involved in nine cases, 17 belong to the TDP and four to the BJP. So far, 13 of those from the TDP and two from the BJP have been arrested, he had said.

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AP TDP leaders admit getting contacted by BJP

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BJP has very high expectations as well as plans with respect to their political fortunes in Andhra Pradesh. They have started contacting leaders of the opposition party of the state. While some of the leaders announced that they denied offer from BJP, some others openly revealed their vacillation about leaving TDP or continuing in TDP. But both admitted getting contacted by BJP. Details as below.

Kala Venkat Rao, senior leader of TDP rubbished the ongoing rumours in social media about him changing the party and joining BJP. He admitted that he was contacted by Somu Veeraraju, who invited him into BJP. But, he added, that was almost 4 years ago and now he has no plans to ditch TDP. He told, in a rather filmy style, that he will continue in TDP till the end of his life.

On contrary, Padala Aruna, another TDP leader of North Andhra openly commented that she is not able to take decision on joining BJP. She told, she was getting good offer from BJP but she is not able to end her 33 year old relationship with TDP. Also, she added, TDP party is not giving her any opportunity despite being loyal to the party for more than 3 decades.

From the statements of TDP leaders, it is clear that, BJP has been trying to occupy the second place in the state by relegating TDP to the third, the same way it did to congress party in Telangana. But it seems, at this moment, it is not that easy for the saffron party to achieve the same. We need to wait and see whether BJP will be successful in pulling any TDP leaders into their fold or not.

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Veerraju on twin missions of ‘Aakarsh and temples’

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BJP AP President Somu Veerraju is carrying out multiple tasks at one go these days. He has led his partymen in an unforgettable fight at Ramatheertham where he swooned along with his party leaders recently. He has also announced an agitation to fight for the protection of the Hindu temples and idols.

Simultaneously, Veerraju has speeded up his ‘Operation Aakarsh’ to attract the outside leaders into the BJP fold. Needless to say, the BJP leader is knocking on the doors of every probable leader to win over and claim that as his trophy. But, the situation is quite different in AP. The outside leaders are not so much attracted to the BJP policies with regard to AP.

However, Veerraju has recently met with film actress Vani Viswanath. There were also rumours that she would soon join the BJP but it was not yet announced. Obviously, she might be thinking again and again to join the BJP considering its present plight in AP politics.

Veerraju is also meeting major Kapu leader in Godavari district who is Mudragada Padmanabham at Kirlampudi tomorrow. It is well known Mudragada is devoted to only is caste agenda which is something undigestible to a single religion party like the BJP. Also, rumours are afloat that Veerraju is meeting TDP leaders Kala Venkatrao and Padala Aruna. Having no choice, Venkatrao has already reiterated that he would not leave the TDP under any circumstances.

The BJP is trying to win over Venkatrao since he is removed from the TDP AP president post and Atchannaidu is brought in that place.

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Has BJP missed a golden chance to capture AP?

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The BJP national leadership suddenly woke up to the ongoing controversy surrounding attacks on temples in Andhra Pradesh. But the Modi-Shah duo have certainly realised the mistake quite late. In the absence of any big recovery, the party is now trying to do some damage control.

The BJP central leadership is deeply regretting its failure to quickly grab the Ramatheertham opportunity to make it a State and National level issue. Eventually, the party top leaders have allegedly given a thorough warning to their AP incharges and State unit leaders never to make such mistakes again. Moreover, the central leadership has pressurised the AP leaders not to spare the Jagan Reddy Government on Ramatheertham and other attacks on temples.

It is only after this warning that BJP AP President Veerraju and other leaders started putting up a big show of protests against the Jagan rule. Whatever, other top BJP leaders in the state were not showing so much support to Veerraju team. Now, the BJP has even come out with ‘Rama Rath Yatra’ to make up for the lost opportunity.
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What has upset the BJP central leaders is the fact that their arch enemy Chandrababu Naidu has walked with the whole credit in highlighting the Ramatheertham incident at the state and national levels. Analysts say that only an Advani type committed leader is required to make Rath Yatra a success in AP. But right now, the present team in the BJP AP unit has no such highly devoted leader.

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CM KCR ‘peshi’ running land, sand and drug mafia: BJP

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The counter attack on the arrest of TDP leader Bhuma Akhila Priya came from unexpected quarters. The BJP has taken advantage of the Hafeezpet Rs. 2,000 Cr land dispute to corner the TRS regime. Former MLA and senior BJP Telangana leader NVSS Prabhakar has straightaway demanded the KCR Government to explain about the role of his relatives in the Hafeezpet land scam.

The BJP leader alleged that KCR’s family members were also involved in the land dispute. The KCR Government’s land regularisation scheme and Dharani were aimed at protecting the illegal encroachers only. The police should bring out facts about the involvement of the TRS leaders along with Akhila Priya and Praveen Rao in the Hafeezpet lands issue.

Mr. NVSS Prabhakar alleged that CM KCR’s peshi has become a hub for the sand, land and drug mafia which is ruling the roost in Hyderabad and surroundings. The TRS and the MIM leaders have a role in the Hafeezpet lands dispute. It is an open secret that the KCR’s family hand is there behind every land scam in the Telangana Capital.
Doubtless to say, the BJP is all set to use the multi-crore land scams along with the religious issues to attack and counter KCR in the coming days.

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BJP fighting ‘epic battle’ with AP police at Ramatheertham

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All small and top leaders of BJP AP unit landed in Vizianagaram for their ‘Dharma Yatra’ on the Ramatheertham idol desecration. The police also arrived there in double the number of BJP cadres. Very dramatically, the police refused permission to the BJP crowds to go to the hilltop temple.
BJP AP President Somu Veerraju raised the battle cry and pushed ahead through the police barricade. There was a lot of pushing and shoving between the BJP activists and the police. Veerraju had fainted in the process. Another state leader Vishnu Vardhan Reddy also fell down.
BJP national leader GVL Narasimha Rao had threatened to talk to Union Home Minister Amit Shah about the incident. GVL asked why the AP Government gave permission to the YCP and the TDP leaders to visit the Ramatheertham temple but not the BJP leaders.
Obviously, the BJP AP leaders were trying everything they could to take the Ramatheertham controversy to the next level. But questions are being asked whether the BJP leaders can beat the mind games of Jagan Reddy and Chandrababu Naidu in AP.

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BJP’s Hyderabad corporators try to lay siege to CM’s residence

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The newly-elected corporators of BJP in Hyderabad on Tuesday tried to lay siege to the Telangana Chief Minister’s official residence, protesting the delay in formation of GHMC council.

The corporators of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gathered near ‘Pragati Bhavan’, the official residence of the chief minister, and raised slogans against the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government.

They said though a month has passed since declaration of results of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the government has not formed the council.

The corporators, who were carrying party flags and placards, questioned the delay in issuing a notification to constitute the council.

They said despite being elected to GHMC, they are unable to undertake any works in their wards. They said corporators elected in 2016 elections were still acting as sitting corporators.

They held a meeting at Hotel Haritha Plaza near Pragati Bhavan and after the meeting tried to proceed towards Pragati Bhavan to lay the siege.

However, police swung into action to detain the corporators and shift them to police vehicles.

The corporators recently met Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan to complain that State Election Commission (SEC) has not issued gazette notification constituting GHMC council.

Elections to 150-member GHMC were held on December 1 and the results were declared on December 4.

Ruling TRS emerged as the single largest party by winning 56 seats but fell short of majority while BJP put up an impressive show to emerge as the second largest party with 48 seats. Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) finished third with 44 seats.

The election of mayor and deputy mayor will take place next month after the issue of gazette notification constituting the council.

The council will have 191 members including 41 ex-officio members. TRS has 30 ex-officio members while BJP has only two.

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Sanjay’s sharp comments on Jagan, Somu is no match to Bandi?

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Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay has fiercely attacked Jagan today in the wake of the attack on Hindu temples in AP. His comments were so sharp and put YSRCP fans on social media into defense. But at the same time, it raised questions that whether Somu Veerraju, chief of AP BJP is on par with him to lead the party into a success. Details as below.

Somu Veerraju has definitely done a much better job than the former chief Kanna Lakshmi Narayana. Somu Veerraju has a much better rapport with the ally Janasena and has great clarity on how social equations work in the state of AP. There was a lot of euphoria in BJP and Janasena cadres when he took over the charge. However, in recent times, there are allegations against him that while he is very fierce in attacking TDP and other parties, he is not showing the same arrogance while attacking YSRCP.

In complete contrast, Bandi Sanjay has made very strong comments against Jagan today and asked the people of Tirupathi to polarize to defeat Jagan, and he also urged them not to divide based on caste. His attack on Jagan went viral on social media and many netizens were seen asking Somu Veerraju to follow the path of Bandi and vehemently attack the ruling party.

But the analysts opine that it is the success that speaks in any industry. As Bandi has recently tasted back to back successes his statements suddenly assumed a lot of significance. Tirupathi elections will be a real litmus test for Somu Veerraju and he plays the cards will finally decide how strong and how strategic he is

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High tension at Ramatheertham amid YCP-TDP-BJP protests

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Ramatheertham temple area turned into a battle zone due to gathering of huge crowds there. Activists of YCP, TDP, BJP and Hindu organisations thronged the temple. Hindu devotees raised slogans Jai Sriram and protested against the YCP leaders for creating disturbances at the temple.

The BJP leaders turned angry at the police for blocking them from going to the temple while allowing YCP MP Vijay Sai Reddy and his party leaders. Unexpectedly, very huge crowds gathered at the temple in view of the visit of TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu. TDP activists kept raising slogans in favour of Mr. Naidu and against Vijay Sai Reddy visit.

At one time, the TDP activists turned angry and pelted chappals and stones at the Vijay Sai Reddy convoy. A windowpane was broken in the incident. The police found it difficult to manage the crowd. The arrival of Vijay Sai Reddy simultaneously with Mr. Naidu created disturbances at the temple premises.

The police also did not give permission to the BJP and Hindu leaders to go to the temple in view of Vijay Sai’s visit. They raised slogans in protest against the YCP on the occasion.

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YSRCP leaders in the trap of political opponents, Jagan irked

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YSRCP leaders seemed to be fully trapped by the political opponents in the last couple of weeks and the inability of the party leaders to counter the allegations made by the opposition seems to have irked the party supremo Jagan.

Pawan trapped the Nanis and other YSRCP leaders:

YSRCP leaders spent the last week of 2020 completely defending themselves against the allegations made by Janasena chief Pawan Kalyan. In fact, YSRCP leaders did not expect such a huge response to his tour. Pawan too targetted the sycophancy of some leaders of YSRCP vehemently and his comments went viral on social media, giving headache to YSRCP leaders. In a vain attempt to defend themselves, they lambasted Pawan as a package star, but that allegation has now become a cliche and didn’t have any impact on the people. At the same time, Pawan’s allegations on Kodali Nani that he is more interested in his clubs rather than the roads of Gudivada found huge acceptance among the people of his own constituency. While YSRCP leaders targetted Pawan with personal attacks, Janasena leaders question YSRCP not assisting cyclone-affected farmers.

Now YSRCP in BJP’s trap:

BJP, the party that got lesser votes than NOTA in 2019, has now found an agenda to embarrass YSRCP in the state. The damage to Hindu Temples and the government’s inability to find and punish the victims has become a huge turning point in the politics of AP. The way the Ramateertham incident unfolded is a clear indication of how AP politics will turn in the near future. Jagan and his party leaders are not able to counter strongly whenever ‘religion’ is at the core of the issue.

Jagan irked with YSRCP leaders getting trapped:

Jagan seems to have been irked with the current developments. It seems Jagan’s plan was to heavily advertise the government’s scheme of distributing housing plots to the people but even the ministers who convened the press meets to praise the government and hail Jagan’s decisions got trapped when the reporters asked them questions on Pawan’s comments about Gudivada roads and farmers’ issues and on the attacks on Hindu temples. They spent more time answering these questions and defending themselves rather than publicizing the housing for all scheme. At the same time, there are more people who did not get the plots than those who got and those who did not get the plots are accusing about politicizing the scheme and benefitting only a few.

Overall, YSRCP government seems to be in an embarrassing position at the moment as they are yet to punish the culprits who damaged the temples and yet to provide the assistance to the farmers.

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Jagan-BJP-Pawan on a secret mission to outsmart Naidu?

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It is well known the BJP and Jaganmohan Reddy have secret understandings on many issues in AP. On his part, Pawan Kalyan may have political differences with the YCP but ultimately he would have to go soft and toe the pro-YCP line usually taken by the BJP. For long, it has been the joint strategy of the BJP-Jagan duo to weaken and push the TDP to a distant third place in the State. Now the question is whether Jagan-BJP-Pawan would be able to outwit and corner Chandrababu Naidu in the coming months.

Right now, the BJP AP leaders are concentrating on Tirupati bypoll. Somu Veerraju is making whirlwind tours there. On the other hand, their ally Pawan Kalyan has suddenly held a tour in Krishna district to corner the Government on farmers’ suicides. Pawan’s tour coincided with the Rythu Kosam programme launched by the TDP and also Nara Lokesh’s visits to damaged crops. Both Lokesh and Pawan levelled serious allegations but the YCP directed all their counter allegations against the Jana Senani. From the Chief Minister to his Ministers, the entire Cabinet reacted and criticised Pawan like never before. Finally, the YCP succeeded in giving maximum publicity to Senani’s tour. Was it part of a calculated plan to divert people’s attention from the TDP rising allegations?

Even Srisailam temple issue was also there. The YCP was levelling all types of allegations and giving top publicity to BJP Telangana MLA Raja Singh’s criticism.
Similar publicity gimmicks were in Telangana at the time of the GHMC elections. KCR, KTR and TRS leaders fully criticised the BJP and gave it a lot of negative publicity. In the process, the Congress voice was not heard much and it eventually suffered a terrible electoral setback. Analysts say that the Jagan-BJP-Pawan trio will definitely make every effort to outsmart Chandrababu in the coming days. Only time will tell whether the neutral voters and backward classes will keep the TDP strong enough or not.

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Can BJP use ‘Telangana strategy’ to corner Naidu?

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Everybody knows that Telangana State throws up ample chances for the voter polarisation along religious lines. That has become a big advantage for the BJP. In addition to that, KCR has extended indirect support. KCR has his own strategy in doing so. On the one side, the BJP will become strong which is enough only to weaken the Congress more than the TRS. On the other side, KCR has got indirect support from the MIM, which will never ever support the BJP anytime in future. As such, KCR is safe as long as the BJP and the Congress are equally strong but not enough to threaten the TRS winning chances.
Now, the irony is that the BJP AP leaders are hoping to use the Telangana tactics in Andhra Pradesh as well. They are going to use those strategies in the Tirupati byelection immediately. This means the BJP wants to take indirect support from Jagan Reddy just like they did in Telangana. The ultimate game plan is to make sure that the TDP would be pushed to a third place in Tirupati bypoll. A second place would be more than enough for the likes of BJP AP President Somu Veerraju and such leaders in order to claim great credit before the Modi-Shah duo.
There are calculations now in political circles that the BJP-Jagan strategy would be to use money and muscle power. Also, being in power in AP and at the Centre, both the parties have got the obvious advantage to hold a sway on the election machinery and the polling process just like in the recent GHMC elections.
But, the question remains whether the BJP, which got less than 1 percent vote share in 2019 in AP, can push the TDP to a third place in Tirupati now. That too, at a time, when the anti-establishment sentiment is evident against the Jagan regime and also against the Modi regime for not fulfilling Special Category Status promise and the like. Like in Telangana, the BJP also has no chance for instigating communal feelings to get huge electoral benefits. Only a miracle can make the BJP dream come true in Tirupati.

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BJP spent Rs 50,000 Cr in Tirupati: No chance for Pawan

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The BJP AP leaders are giving blow after blow to the people with their non-stop sensational statements. Their latest comments are regarding how the Modi Government has done lots of things to develop Tirupati. BJP AP President Somu Veerraju has gone a few steps forward and claimed that the Modi regime spent over Rs. 50,000 Cr for the overall development of the Tirupati Lok Sabha constituency.
All these thousands of crores were spent for laying national highways, development of smart city, infrastructure, national institutions like the Indian Institute of Technology, etc in the temple town and its jurisdiction. What more, a port and many industries have also come up. There are fast growing special economic zones like Sri City.

Now, the question is arising whether the BJP still deserves to put up its candidate in Tirupati bypoll instead of the Jagan Sena Party of Pawan Kalyan. The BJP Government might have spent Rs. 50,000 Cr but it got less than 1 percent vote share in the entire AP in 2019 while it got far lesser percent vote share compared to Pawan in Tirupati LS seat.

Nevertheless, the BJP leaders are raising their voice each day as if there is no party in AP that is ready to give any type of political or electoral challenge to it. The BJP AP leaders are considering as if both the ruling YCP and the Opposition TDP are non-existent while Pawan Kalyan’s party is no more than their pocket organisation.

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Tirupati BJP-Pawan candidate not yet decided: Purandeswari

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The Bharatiya Janata Party used to be known for its discipline in the beginning. But it seemed to be changing its style to suit the emerging political requirements on the national level and also in the States. BJP AP leaders have already announced that their party would field its nominee in Tirupati bypoll as part of their alliance with the Jana Sena. But now, BJP National General Secretary Purandeswari came out with a different statement. She said that their alliance nominee was not yet decided and it was still open for discussions at both ends.

Purandeswari further said that the BJP national leadership would not figure in this aspect. The joint candidate would be decided at the level of the State level leaders. The BJP AP President and the Jana Sena President would hold discussion on this and take a final decision.

But the question is that BJP AP President Somu Veerraju was already saying at different forums that it would be the BJP candidate who would contest the Tirupati bypoll. At the same time, Pawan Kalyan had also silently formed his own party committee to go around and study the field level situation whether they would stand the chances or not.

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BJP targetting Naidu, KCR, Mamata but not Jagan

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All over the country, the Modi-Shah regime is giving nightmares to rival parties. Under their leadership, the BJP has been giving a tight fight to KCR and threatening to displace Congress in Telangana. It has won over MPs of the TDP at the national level. The BJP has succeeded now in winning over 11 MLAs of Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress at one go. Of them, a former minister was included.
Political observers in Telugu states are raising questions as to why the BJP is not putting such focus to disturb and destabilise the Jaganmohan Reddy regime and his YCP in Andhra Pradesh. It is true that Jagan was giving unconditional support to the BJP in the Parliament. Still, Modi-Shah’s usual style of aggressive expansion is largely missing in AP.
Analysts say that the BJP found itself in a helpless situation in Andhra Pradesh as of now. It has to put up a very strong fight against the YCP if it wants to polarise the Hindu vote banks among the backward classes and some upper castes. But that is not possible for the BJP since it is getting support of Jagan in the Rajya Sabha. Whereas, the TDP has everything to gain since it is agitating against the Jagan regime in every aspect from Amaravati to atrocities on Dalits, BCs, STs and Muslim Minorities.
It looks like the political wings are not so favourable for the BJP’s bold dreams of capturing power in AP in 2024 polls.

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BJP’s Hyderabad corporators take pledge at Charminar temple

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The Bharatiya Janata Party’s newly-elected corporators in Greater Hyderabad on Friday took a pledge at the Bhagyalakshmi temple abutting historic Charminar.

Party’s Telangana unit president Bandi Sanjay Kumar administered oath to 48 corporators. They took a pledge to stay away from corruption, serve the people and abide by the party principles.

Temple committee welcomed Sanjay Kumar, MLA Raja Singh and corporators, and felicitated them. They all had “darshan” before taking the pledge.

Putting up an impressive performance in the elections held on December 1, the BJP won 48 seats in 150-member Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

Speaking on the occasion, Sanjay said the BJP may not have its candidate as mayor but its corporators will work for the development of the city.

He slammed the TRS government for delaying the mayor’s election. He said the government conducted the GHMC polls in haste before the end of the municipal body’s term but it is now delaying election to the post of mayor.

Sanjay, who is an MP from Karimnagar, reiterated that the TRS was insulting people of the majority community to please a particular section. He said the BJP was trying to liberate Hyderabad from Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM). He said the people should ponder why there was no development in the old city.

Stating that the BJP achieved the victory in the GHMC polls because of the blessings of Bhagyalakshmi, Sanjay said he would again visit the old city.

Police had made tight security arrangements on the occasion to prevent any untoward incident.

The controversial temple, which saw expansion in recent years, was the focal point of the BJP’s GHMC poll campaign.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah had also visited the temple on November 28 to begin his day-long campaign for the BJP.

The communally sensitive old city in the past witnessed tension and clashes over the temple. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on several occasions has asked for removing the illegal structure which came up in the 1960s. The Hindu groups have claimed that the temple is as old as Charminar, which was built in 1591.

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Dismiss Vellampalli for Dargah comment: BJP tells Jagan

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Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivas has been a target for the BJP leaders from the beginning. It’s well known how the BJP keeps mum on all major issues relating to Andhra Pradesh but makes a big issue when it comes to temples. Now, Minister Vellampalli has once again drawn criticism for his latest statement on the Dargahs.

The BJP quickly responded and categorically demanded resignation of the YCP Minister. The BJP leaders asked how Vellampalli could say that the Government would construct Dargahs in the state. An effigy of the Minister was burnt in Tirupati temple town. The chief minister should take immediate action and dismiss the Minister.

Already, the saffron brigade has been angry with the Jagan Reddy government on the issue of religious conversions and other religion propaganda atop Tirumala. The Minister’s latest comments came like a big shock for the BJP AP unit. Its leader Vishnu Vardhan Reddy said that their party would take its struggle for the protection of the temples forward. He demanded immediate removal of the Minister from the cabinet.

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Is Jana Sena a frontal organisation for BJP?

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Ever since reaching an alliance with the BJP, Jana Senani Pawan Kalyan has been making compromises to fulfill the wishes of the BJP top leaders. He had even stopped making much noise on Special Category Status, AP funds, etc. He had also withdrawn his party candidates in the GHMC polls.
Now, things came to such a sorry point that Senani would henceforth have to make not just compromises but also sacrifices for the greater glory of the BJP. Pawan went all the way to Delhi and placed a request before the BJP top leaders for giving the Tirupati ticket to the Jana Sena. They formed a committee.
But, now, BJP AP President announced unilaterally that their party nominee would contest the Tirupati bypoll. GVL and other BJP leaders were also making similar comments. Obviously, Veerraju’s comment came as a last punch. With this, the Senani and his Sainiks were stunned into silence.
The BJP’s sudden twist had left Pawan Kalyan almost speechless and devoid of an immediate counter strategy. Analysts say that the Power Star would now have no chance but to either withdraw or enter the contest by breaking the alliance. It is going to be indeed a very difficult decision for Pawan, whom the BJP is just using as a frontal organisation.

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