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BJP targetting Jagan to attract anti-YCP Seemandhra voters

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The election heat is rising in the elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). Now, the Bharatiya Janata Party Telangana leaders are making unsparing attacks on both KCR and Jagan Reddy. The YCP is not contesting the GHMC elections but still its name is being dragged into the election debates frequently there. Newly-elected Dubbaka BJP MLA M. Raghunandan Rao made sensational comments on the YSR death.

Raghunandan, in his inimitable Telangana style, warned KCR that he would meet the same fate as that of one leader who also behaved in the same way with arrogance. That particular leader became a ‘pavuram’ (dove) in Pavuralagutta and KCR would also meet a similar fate. Following this, the YSR social media activists launched a hate campaign against Raghunandan under the titles like ‘say no to hate’.

The YCP leaders asked why the BJP leaders were targetting the YCP though it was not contesting in the GHMC elections. They also called upon YSR family loyalists in Telangana Capital to vote for the TRS and ensure the defeat of the BJP everywhere.

On the other hand, the BJP was apparently trying to encash the anti-YCP feeling among Seemandhras residing in Hyderabad because of the heartburn against Jagan policies in sand, liquor, projects, etc in AP.

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Pawan vows support to BJP despite no tie-up

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Jana Senani Pawan Kalyan has made politically confusing statements on the issue of the alliances for the polls to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). He has admitted that his party could not reach a tie-up with the BJP because of some communication gap. However, the Jana Sena Party would give its unconditional support to the BJP.

Senani further wished that the BJP emerge victorious in the GHMC polls. At the same time, he admitted that there was a lot of dissatisfaction among his party leaders and cadres about the latest development.

Pawan said that like in Andhra Pradesh, his party would continue to work with and for the Bharatiya Janata Party as before. In unavoidable circumstances, the Jana Sena had to give its support to the BJP in GHMC elections.

Interestingly, though there was no alliance, Pawan Kalyan has agreed to do campaign for the BJP in the GHMC polls. Union Minister Kishan Reddy has himself announced that both the parties would work together for strengthening the leadership of Modi.

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GHMC polls: Will Jagan support TRS or BJP?

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In 2014 elections, the YCP contested the Telangana elections but could not make considerable gains despite the huge YSR fan following in that State. Both the TDP and the YCP became marginalised because of their basically obvious Seemandhra origins. The TDP had some relief as it won AP in 2014 while the YCP lost in the very first attempt after its formation. Ever since, Jagan Reddy changed his plans and gradually withdrew his party from the Telangana political scene. There were reports that Jagan’s withdrawal was part of a secret deal with KCR to support each other in their common cause to outsmart Chandrababu Naidu.

Now, the situation has turned different. Not all is well between Jagan and KCR. For the TRS chief, his party is facing a stiff challenge from the BJP there. Jagan Reddy has certain compulsions to avoid rivalries or differences with Modi-Shah. As such, by avoiding Telangana or GHMC elections, AP CM is keeping his party in a safe zone. In 2018, Jagan party supported TRS.

But then, the questions are arising why the YCP chief is not fielding his party candidates in the elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). Seemandhra people are a deciding factor in some pockets in Hyderabad. Jagan party got landslide victory with 151 MLA seats in AP. Still, AP CM decided to avoid GHMC elections. Whom will he support secretly? BJP or TRS? Can he afford to be equidistant with both these parties?

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Somu Veerraju visits Tirupati, criticises YCP

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The BJP leaders in both national and state levels are not criticising the YCP on different burning issues. But, when it comes to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, they do not waste a minute to attack the Jaganmohan Reddy Government. In the past two days, the porn link controversy is raging within the TTD and the SVBC channels. One low level attender, probably a temporary worker, has been given harsh punishment.

Amid these issues, BJP AP President Somu Veerraju visited Tirumala temple and had darshan of Lord Balaji. After his darshan, he came out and made his comments in his usual typical style of not letting listeners know whom he is criticising. When his attention was drawn to the controversies on the Seven Hills, Veerraju started and launched an attack on the ruling YCP. He said that the TTD properties and resources were under threat from the ruling party leaders. The Government should take greater steps to ensure protection to the Sri Vair properties.

Veerraju stressed the need for spending every single rupee donated by the devotees for the devotional and spiritual programmes meant for the overall welfare of the people. He further said that he prayed the Lord of Seven Hills to confer some good intention on the present rulers to work for the protection and development of AP as a whole. The State has got immense natural resources. The Government should proceed with a proper intention to use them for the betterment of the people.

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Pawan owning up BJP victories as his own?

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Jana Senani Pawan Kalyan is not reacting much on the burning public issues these days. However, he is occasionally releasing his statements on political matters of interest. Whenever there’s an occasion, he is not leaving that opportunity to praise PM Modi to the skies.
Now, the NDA pulled off a surprise victory in Bihar assembly elections. Senani commented on it, saying that the people have put lots of faith and confidence in the leadership of Modi. The exceptional results in Bihar are an indication of this.
Pawan Kalyan asserted that the Central Government schemes have earned the goodwill of the people. The average voter is more than happy. Senani has expressed his greetings and congratulations to PM, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP National President JP Nadda. Pawan has also praised the BJP leadership in respect of its victory in Dubbaka in Telangana.
On the other hand, the TDP and other opposition parties are strongly criticising CM Jaganmohan Reddy on the joint family suicide in Nandyal. Whereas, the BJP has not taken much interest on this along expected lines. Likewise, Pawan was also silent for the most part. Only his partymen are making mild comments. Questions are being asked whether Pawan is simply following the BJP agenda. He is elated and considering BJP victories as his own.

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Lotus blooms in Dubbaka, KCR car deflated

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The BJP scripted history by recording its first-ever win in the dominant bastion of Reddys in Dubbaka. In the triangular electoral fight between TRS, BJP, and the Congress Party, the BJP pulled off a victory by a wafer-thin margin over the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi. 

While the first rounds clearly went in favor of the saffron party, the TRS narrowed the gap by gaining momentum in the last rounds from 13th to 17th. Till the final results were announced, anxiety gripped both the TRS and the BJP camps as the voting could have tilted in any which way. At one point, the votes polled via postal ballot showed the TRS ahead of the BJP. However, the BJP took the lead in the last three rounds of 20, 21, and 22.  

In the nail-baiting counting, the BJP candidate M Raghunandan Rao defeated TRS candidate Ramalinga Reddy’s wife Solipeta Sujatha by a wafer-thin  
margin of votes. While Solipeta Sujatha polled 61,302, Raghunandan gave a tough fight by polling 62,772 votes. The BJP pinned high hopes on Raghunandan Rao although he had lost the 2018 Assembly and 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Congress has fielded Cheruku Srinivas Reddy, the son of late former minister Cheruku Muthyam Reddy, who polled 29,239 votes.

The BJP seems to have made it’s first big has made deep inroads in the state which appeared to be impregnable with K Chandrasekhar Rao being at the helm of affairs. The BJP’s candidate M Raghunandan Rao, who belongs to the dominant Velama caste, defeated TRS candidate Ramalinga Reddy’s wife Solipeta Sujatha by over more than 1,470 votes that have been dominated by the TRS. Although Raghunandan Rao had lost the 2018 Assembly and 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he is no political greenhorn. 

Raghunandan’s victory clearly showed that the sympathy factor did not work in the favor of widow Sujatha. TRS appeared to be confident in retaining  

the seat by fielding Solipeta Sujatha, wife of Ramalinga Reddy, whose death in August caused the vacancy.

The BJP’s campaign onslaught was led by none other than Minister of State for Home Kishan Reddy, while TRS has deployed its master strategist and finance minister T Harish Rao to script sensational victory. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao exuded confidence that the TRS would win Dubbaka seat with a massive majority of more than one lakh votes. Harish Rao has aggressively campaigned in Dubbaka tearing into the BJP camp. However, 
Harish Rao’s strategy clearly seems to have failed.

Dubbaka witnessed no-holds-barred high-decibel campaigning. The intense rivalry saw a pitched battle between the TRS and the BJP workers. Days before polling, the police raided the residences of Raghunandan Rao’s relative and seized Rs 18.67 lakh in cash. The BJP cried foul and alleged that the TRS government used the police machinery to plant the cash in Raghunandan’s relative’s residence. Following this, high tension prevailed after 
Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar was arrested. Immediately, Kishan Reddy left to Siddipet and camped in Dubbaka for the poll campaign.
Kishan Reddy extensively toured Dubbaka to canvass for Raghunandan Rao, clearly showing that the party took the bypolls quite prestigious and the national party’s efforts to make inroads into Telangana.  

Kishan Reddy held several meetings with the local BJP leaders to discuss the poll strategy and the issues that need to be highlighted. The saffron party made all-out efforts to upset the TRS chances and wrest the seat from the pink party. While the TRS tried to nail the BJP over the three farm bills introduced by the central government, the BJP leaders highlighted on lack of any visible development in the constituency.
 
Dubbaka has seven mandals of which two are in Medak district and the rest in Siddipet. In a constituency with more than two lakh voters, at least 40,000 belong to the Mudiraj community, 30,000 comprise Golla Kurma and Yadavs and 30,000 from Goud, Munnur Kapu and Padmashali communities. The
constituency shares its borders with Gajwel, represented by K Chandrasekhar Rao, Sircilla which is represented by the Chief Minister’s son and IT Minister KTR, and Siddipet which is the stranglehold of CM’s nephew Harish Rao.

There was little doubt that the KCR-led TRS party viewed the BJP as a greater political threat than the now decimated Congress, which was the main opposition in the state. With the TRS drubbing at the Dubbaka hustings, the BJP seems to be slowly emerging as the main opposition in Telangana. One significant factor for the saffron party to make inroads in the state is Congress’s failure to challenge the ruling TRS.

It was after the 2019 elections that the BJP began making a foray into the politics of Telangana. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP’s candidate D 
Arvind defeated KCR’s daughter Kavitha in the Nizamabad constituency, thereby causing a huge embarrassment to the TRS.

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BJP leading in Dubbaka counting, tension to KCR

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The Dubbaka postal ballot counting gave initial joy to the TRS cadres. It gave the TRS nominee Solipeta Sujatha the lead over her nearest rivals. But, the TRS euphoria was very short lived. The BJP nominee Madhavaneni Raghunandan Rao began his lead in the very first round of the EVM counting. He got over 341 votes lead over the TRS. The Congress nominee Cheruku Srinivasa Reddy was lagging behind in third place.

Raghunandan Rao got 3,208 votes in the first round while Sujatha polled 2,867 votes. Congress nominee had to be content with just 648 votes.

By the time the second round of counting was completed, BJP candidate’s lead increased further to 1,135 votes over TRS. The consecutive lead of BJP nominee Raghunandan Rao gave a severe blow to the analysts’ expectations that the TRS would retain its hold.

During the campaign itself, Minister T Harish Rao commented that there was serious negative public opinion against their party’s existing leadership in Dubbaka. However, the TRS made all out efforts to win the voters favour.

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No place for communal agenda in Telangana: KTR

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In a big setback to the saffron party amid the ongoing tussle between ruling TRS party and the BJP, the saffron party’s senior leader and state spokesperson Ravula Sridhar Reddy who quit the party on Monday joined the pink party in the presence of IT and MAUD minister K T Rama Rao.

The IT minister welcomed Sridhar Reddy into the party fold along with several BJP leaders. 

Welcoming Sridhar Reddy into the party fold, KTR came down heavily on the BJP stating that the party is daydreaming that it can make inroads into the Telangana. 

He said the central BJP leadership is breaking the country’s agricultural backbone through its farm farm policies which is detrimental to the interests of the farmers.

 “We used to pride on the slogan Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan. Now, with the central government’s polices the plight of both jawan and kisan are deplorable. Strong regional party leaders like Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao are setting an example to the country. The regional party leaders will join forces to oppose the draconian policies of thr central government. Some regional party leaders are rallying around KCR garu to lead from the front,” KTR said.

Further, the TRS working president said the BJP had promised that it would deposit Rs 15 lakh in each poor man’s account by bringing black money stashed in Swiss banks, but the saffron party brought black laws that divide the country. “All sections of people in the country are opposing BJP. The BJP is trying to create communal divide in the State. Communal agenda had no place in Telangana,” he said.

Joining the party, Sridhar Reddy asserted that he was unhappy with the recent developments in the party.  

Sridhar Reddy contested on the BJP ticket from the Jubilee Hills Assembly seat in the 2018 elections, and lost to the TRS candidate. Sridhar Reddy’s resignation of comes ahead of GHMC elections and a major boost to the pink party.

The Telangana State Election Commission (TSEC) on Saturday announced November 13 as the date for the publication of Photo Electoral Rolls of all wards under GHMC.

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Kishan ready for Dubbaka. Battle lines drawn

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Minister of state for home Kishan Reddy will be touring Dubbaka to canvass for BJP candidate Raghunandan Rao, clearly showing that the party has taken the byelections quite prestigoulsy and the national party’s efforts to make inroads into Telangana.

Kishan Reddy said the central home ministry will deploy special police observers and central forces to ensure free and fair polls in Dubbaka.

Kishan Reddy will be leaving Hyderabad at around 9 am and participate in a meeting show at Bhoompalli X Roads between 11 to 12.30 pm.

Subsequently, MoS for Home will leave to Siddipet to attend another meeting at around 1.30 pm and later reach Dubbaka to take part in a meeting at 4.30.

In all the meetings, Kishan Reddy will sit with local BJP leaders to discuss the poll strategy and the issues that need to be highlighted.
Dubbaka byelection is scheduled for November 3.
Kishan Reddy had already complained to the State and Central Election Commission. He also spoke to Union Home Minister Amit Shah regarding the Siddipet incident where BJP state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar was arrested and the police conducted searches at the residences of Raghunandan Rao’s kin and seized more than Rs 18 lakh cash.

While the BJP accused thr police of planting the cash, and alleged that due diligence was not followed in conducting raids at the BJP leaders house, Siddipet CP vehemently denied the same. Police said that the cash was meant for influencing voters, in view of the election.

Later in the day, BJP State president Bandi Sanjay Kumar was taken into preventive custody by the police as he reached Siddipet from Karimnagar in support of Raghunandan Rao.

TRS appears to be confident in retaining the seat by fielding Solipeta Sujatha, wife of S. Ramalinga Reddy, whose death in August caused the vacancy. The TRS is banking in sympathy vote.

The Congress has fielded Srinivas Reddy, son of former state minister Cheruku Muthyam Reddy.

Chief Minister and TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao exuded confidence that the party’s candidate will win one lakh margin, while Harish Rao is leaving no stone unturned by camping in Dubbaka for the last several days and intensified the poll campaign by reaching out to voters in his own inimitable style.

He is tearing into the opposition camp with his fiery speeches and aggressive rhetoric.

On its part, the saffron party is making all out efforts to upset the TRS chances and wrest the seat from the pink party. It will be interesting to see how things will pan out. As things stand, battle lines have been drawn with the TRS and the BJP flexing muscles to prove a point.

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Vijayashanti back to BJP fold?

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Firebrand leader and actor Vijayashanti is set to gravitate towards the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) again.

Vijayashanti who began her political career with the BJP in 1997 is likely to return to the BJP, going by the indications.

On Monday, Minister of State for Home Kishan Reddy met Vijayashanti in a closed door meeting that lasted more than 30 minutes fuelling speculations that she may join the BJP.

Vijayashanti, who served as general secretary of the BJP’s women wing, fired at the TRS government for the searches at the residence of relatives of Raghunandan Rao and the arrest of BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar.

She said the TRS is worried that the party may lose the Dubbaka seat to the BJP and misusing the police force in order to instill a sense of fear among the BJP cadre.

The yesteryear actor quit the BJP in 2005 and floated her own party Talli Telangana but later merged the party with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). Following differences with the party leadership, the former Medak MP joined Congress in February 2014 and unsuccessfully contested from Medak assembly constituency on a Congress ticket. Like Khusbhoo, Vijayshanti has been miffed with the Congress leadership and kept away from the party activities.

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Dubbaka polls: BJP misleading police planted cash: Siddipet CP

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Siddipet police Commissioner Joel Davis dismissed allegations that police was trying to plant the cash bag at the residence of BJP leaders and termed the allegations as “absolutely wrong and misleading”.

The police on Monday had seized Rs 18.67 lakh cash in Siddipet town from the house of a relative of BJP candidate M Raghunandan Rao. Joel Davis more than 30 people attacked the election team and snatched the money and separate cases were registered with regard to cash seizure and the snatching incident. According to him, Rs 12.8 lakh out of the seized money was snatched away allegedly by some unidentified persons.

Joel Davis said the intention of the police was only to ensure free and fair polls in Dubbaka. He said it is wrong and unfair to cast aspersions on the police. “We work under the directive of the Central Election Commission. Our operation is to ensure free and fair. Prima facie we found that the money was intended for the purpose of influencing the voters. Our operation was 100 per cent transparent,” he said.

On Monday, the BJP leaders and workers in large numbers gathered in Siddipet and protested against the police, alleging that the police was trying to plant the money, a charge vehemently opposed by Joel Davis.

On hearing the news of the money seizure, Sanjay and other leaders were prevented in Siddipet from going to Dubbak.

According to him, the attack on the team was planned and they would probe if any conspiracy angle was behind it.

Meanwhile, Telangana BJP President Bandi Sanjay Kumar on Tuesday undertook “Deeksha” (sit-in protest) alleging that the ruling TRS party is planning to postpone Dubbak Assembly by-poll by hook or crook and is using police force to harass his party workers.

He demanded that the Siddipet Commissioner of Police Joel Davis be transferred immediately as the official was rude with him and some of senior leaders of BJP and prevented him from going to Dubbak though he obtained permission from the Election Commission as star campaigner for the Assembly by- poll.

Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy on Monday night met Raghunandan Rao in Siddipet who briefed him about the incident.

Kishan Reddy said he will take up the issue of police high-handedness to the notice of Election Commission and Union government and party central leadership.

He said Union Home Minister Amit Shah had telephoned him to enquire about the arrest of BJP leaders and searches at the residence of Raghunandan’s kin.

He termed the arrest of state BJP lesders, including party president Bandi Sanjay as highly objectionable and that he would take it up with the central Election Commission and election code violation of the TRS government.

He said the TRS party is frustrated at the growing strength and popularity of the BJP in the state. He accused the ruling TRS of misusing the police force to create fear among the BJP ahead of the election campaign for Dubbaka bypoll.

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Tirupati bypolls: Sunil Deodhar holds meeting with State BJP leaders

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Ahead of the bypolls for Tirupati Lok Sabha constituency, leaders of the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have geared into action.

The Lok Sabha seat in Tirupati fell vacant after YSRCP MP Balli Durga Prasad Rao Garu succumbed to Covid-19 in a private hospital in Chennai. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Tirupati in the 2019 general election as a member of the YSR Congress Party. The YSRCP leadership is banking on sympathy vote by allocating the Tirupati ticket to one of the members of Balli Durga Prasad.

On Saturday, BJP Andhra Pradesh affairs in-charge Sunil Deodhar had a hush-hush meeting with the state BJP leaders including party president Somuraju Veeraju, Vishnu Vardhan Reddy, Kanna Laxminarayana among others and chalked out the strategy to be adopted in the upcoming Lok Sabha bypoll in Tirupati. The BJP has decided to have a political truck with Jana Sena Party led by Pawan Kalyan.

Sources said the BJP is likely to focus on the increasing attacks on Hindu temples and raise issues like the gutting of the chariot at Antarvedi, chariot burning in a temple in Bitragunta in Nellore, the vandalisation of Nandi idol in the 12th century Kasi Visweswara Swamy temple at Makkapeta in Chittoor and the attack on Shiva temple in Agara Mangalam village in Gangadhara Nellore Mandal of Chittoor district. among others.

Further, the BJP is likely to corner the ruling YSRCP government led by Jagan Mohan Reddy in attempts to dilute the age-old practices in Tirumala. The BJP may focus on the controversial decisions taken by the TTD Board with regard to the proposed sale of Sri Vari assets in Tamil Naidu, deviating from the age-old practice of signing declaration form if the devotee happens to be a non-Hindu. TTD chairman Subba Reddy, maternal uncle of Jagan Mohan Reddy, had allowed the Chief Minister to enter the abode of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala without signing the mandatory declaration form. The state BJP will also focus on the TTD’s move to invest the Tirumala funds in central government securities, stocks or debentures.

“In order to understand the ground realities, continuously listening to karyakartas & leaders & taking their feedback on the situations are of utmost importance. Had a one-on-one conversation with Karyakartas of Tirupati organisational district of @BJP4Andhra,” tweeted Sunil Deodhar soon after meeting the state BJP leaders and activists.

The central BJP has recently appointed Somraju Veeraju, a Kapu, to consolidate its base among the community, which has a large population in the Andhra Pradesh, while the two regional parties in the State — the YSRC and TDP — have their support base among the Reddy and Kamma community respectively.

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Dubbaka BJP leader suspended; Raghunandan Rao cries phone tapping

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Party leaders cutting across political parties are taking the Dubbaka byelections quite prestigiously.

After KCR decided to field Sujatha Reddy, wife of Solipeta Ramalinga Reddy, Cheruku Srinivas Reddy quit the TRS and joined the Congress Party in the presence of TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy at Gandhi Bhavan. While Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had announced the candidature of Solipeta Sujatha, the Congress had decided to field Cheruku Srinivas Reddy, son of four-time MLA and former Minister late Cheruku Muthyam Reddy.

On Wednesday, BJP president Bandi Sanjay suspended Dubbaka party leader Kamalakar Reddy for violating the party’s discipline. The state BJP has decided to field Raghunandan Rao for the Dubbaka seat.

A miffed Kamalakar Reddy criticized the party for announcing the candidature of Raghunandan Rao president stating that he is not the right candidate to contest the elections. Political observers believe that suspending a party leader ahead of the bypolls will not bode well for the BJP. Political analysts opined that internal bickering and infighting should be discussed within the party, but suspending Kamalakar Reddy at this juncture will play a significant impact for the BJP.

Meanwhile, Dubbaka BJP candidate Raghunandan Rao on Wednesday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission of India and Union Home Minister Amit Shah that the Telangana government is snooping on him.

In the complaint, Raghunandan Rao alleged that the KCR government was misusing the Telangana police by resorting to phone tapping. He appealed to the central government to initiate a probe into the phone tapping issue. Further, the BJP leader alleged that the police were resorting to phone tapping at the behest of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and finance minister Harish Rao. The TRS is making all efforts to retain the seat, while the Congress party has started conducting meetings with local leaders. Harish Rao has already made several visits to Dubbaka constituency.

The Election Commission of India has decided to conduct the byelections for Dubbaka – the lone vacant Assembly seat in Telangana- on November 3.

Dubbaka fell vacant after its former TRS MLA S Ramalinga Reddy died due to a heart attack. The notification for the Dubbaka byelections will be released on October 9, while nominations should be filed on or before October 16. Nomination withdrawal will be accepted on or before October 19. The polling for Dubbaka will be held on November 3 and the counting of votes will take place on November 10.

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All eyes on BJP-YCP affidavits on Capital shifting

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The High Court of Andhra Pradesh has indeed pushed the BJP and YCP into a corner by asking for affidavits on the political parties’ stand on Amaravati Capital before and after 2019 election. Especially, the BJP would find it indeed a very tight-rope walk to strike a balance in its arguments. Its alliance partner Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena has already filed its affidavit categorically favouring only one Capital which should be at Amaravati. It has opposed 3 Capitals.

Ever since the Capital shifting row came to the fore, the BJP has been speaking in two voices. Its leaders Somu Veerraju and GVL Narasimha Rao have been consistently saying that the AP Government has a right to change Capital. The Central Government has no role to play in this. At the same time, they are saying that the previous TDP regime has failed to complete the Capital within five years of its rule. However, AP should protect the interests of Amaravati farmers in the event of forming 3 Capitals.

All such confusing arguments so far made by the BJP and its Spokesman GVL would not help to satisfy the High Court now at this juncture. The BJP would have to simply say whether it supports Amaravati as only Capital City or not prior to election and what its present stand is. BJP has been arguing that it has always asked for the High Court in Kurnool, which is a matter for political debates but not filing affidavits in the court.

On its part, YCP will have a very tough time to support its 3 Capitals plan. CM Jagan Reddy himself welcomed Amaravati Capital in the Assembly before elections but later he came up with 3 Capitals in the name of development of all regions. How YCP would now explain its changed positions in its court affidavit is now a matter of curiosity?

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After TDP, it’s BJP leaders’ turn to taste Police travel treatment

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Everybody has seen how the AP Police have forced the arrested TDP leaders to travel in police vans for long, long distances as a unique kind of punishment. In the name of investigation, Atchannaidu was made to travel for over 700 kms even though he was recovering from surgery. Now, a similar kind of treatment is being given to the BJP leaders. The same BJP leaders, who watched as silent spectators previously, are now expressing serious dissent against the ruling YCP attitude.

The latest victim is BJP senior leader Vishnu Vardhan Reddy, who is one of those leaders to speak softly towards Jagan Reddy regime now and then. But now, Vishnu Vardhan Reddy has been placed under preventive arrest. Not stopping at that, he was taken around in police vans for over 350 kms throughout the night.

Vishnu Vardhan’s only crime was that he reached Amalapuram as part of BJP AP President Somu Veerraju’s call for ‘Chalo Amalapuram’ to register protest against Antarvedi chariot burning. VV Reddy expressed concern that the police were not even telling where he was being taken and where he was being detained. He said that he was seeing the arrests of dissenting opposition leaders only under the Jagan Reddy Government.

The BJP leader has asked whether CM Jagan and AP Police have written for themselves a separate Constitution to suppress the rights of the people of the State.

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Veerraju, BJP leaders arrested ahead of ‘Chalo Amalapuram’

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The Jaganmohan Reddy government has banned the ‘Chala Amalapuram’ programme called by the BJP and Jana Sena leaders. The police imposed prohibitory orders in the entire Konaseema region in Godavari districts. Section 144 and 30 were declared in the region to prevent any protest on temple attacks in Konaseema.

As a preventive measure, BJP AP President Somu Veerraju and several of his party leaders were arrested and told not to go to Amalapuram. All major leaders in Godavari districts were placed under house arrest and strict warnings were issued. The government acted very quickly considering the volatile political situation as feelings are badly hurt on the issue of Antarvedi chariot burning.

Veerraju reacted sharply to the arrests and issued a strong warning to Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy. The BJP leader told the CM that he would face the consequences like Chandrababu Naidu if the BJP leaders were not allowed to exercise their democratic right to express protest.

Veerraju asked the CM to explain why the culprits in temple attacks were turning out to be insane persons while those throwing even a stone at churches were branded sane and being arrested. The BJP would not tolerate this sort of discrimination any more.

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Telangana BJP slams Jaya Bachchan over her drug remarks

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Telangana BJP chief spokesperson Krishna Sagar Rao on Tuesday called MP Jaya Bachchan a hypocrite over her remarks on that the entire film industry was being defamed in the drug racket case.

Participating in Zero Hour in Rajya Sabha, Krishna Sagar Rao Jaya Bachchan instead of condemning the drug menace is backing the film industry which is mired in the drug racket. “She has not condemned drug addiction and peddling by actors in Bollywood, Tollywood, Sandalwood, instead she is backing the film industry,” Sagar Rao fired at her.

He said to top it Jaya Bachchan had sent a notice in RS alleging conspiracy to defame the film industry. He said several Bollywood actors were booked under the Narcotics Act and yet the yesteryear actor was supporting the film industry. “It is hypocrisy and shameful that she gave a notice in the House over the issue. What and who is she trying to protect? She should be asking the Central government’s support to deal with the drug mafia in Bollywood with an iron hand,” he said.

Jaya Bachchan had given zero hour notice in the Upper House over an alleged conspiracy to defame the film industry stating that people in the entertainment industry are being flogged by social media. “People who made their names in the industry have called it a gutter. I hope that the government tells such people not to use this kind of language,” she said in Parliament.

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Veerrajju to breathe new life into BJP with new jumbo team

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BJP Andhra Pradesh President Somu Veerraju is going ahead at a jet speed to strengthen his party. Actually, he has now strengthened his squid by appointing a 40-member strong jumbo team. Ever since he took over, Veerraju has been creating a distinctive mark for himself by making contradictory and controversial political statements. While making both pro and anti-Jagan Reddy statements, Veerraju has given a latest interview to Venkata Krishna of ABN channel.

Veerraju asserted his party’s equi-distance with YSRCP and TDP in his interview but at the same time, he appealed to ABN channel to take a critical view of Chandrababu Naidu’s style as well. Veerraju has been constantly in the public spotlight on each and every issue.

Now, Veerraju’s latest game plan is to pursue his ‘mission AP’ by gearing the party machinery up for the challenge. Accordingly, he has appointed a 40-member team with 10 vice presidents, five general secretaries, 10 secretaries, six official spokespersons, a treasurer and state party office secretary.

The new Vice Presidents are Vishnu Kumar Raju, Malathi Rani, Nimmala Jaya Raju, Adinarayana Reddy, Relangi Sridevi, Vijaya Lakshmi,
Venugopal, Surender Reddy, Ravela Kishore Babu, and Chandramouli.

The new general secretaries are Vishnu Vardhan Reddy, Suryanarayana Raju, PVS Madhav, Madhukar and L. Gandhi. The official spokespersons are Bhanu Prakash Reddy, Sambasiva Rao, Anjaneya Reddy, Tirupati Rao, Suhasini and Srinivas.

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Can BJP create a strong Hindu vote bank in AP?

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Within 15 months of his rule, the young and aggressive Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy has given many burning issues for the Opposition parties to start their agitations to attract the attention of the people. Undoubtedly, the credit for bringing Pawan Kalyan and the BJP would only go to the CM whose party leaders’ political harassment has forced Jana Senani to join hands with the saffron brigade. Now, the joint force of the BJP and Jana Sena is posing enough of a challenge that the Jagan Reddy regime has shivered at just a call for ‘Chalo Antarvedi’ against chariot burning.

Complacency of the part of YSRCP has led to a general impression that there are increasing attacks on Hindu temples even as all Opposition parties and devotees are becoming greatly agitated. Seeing massive response, the BJP leaders have become confident of carrying out their plans to divide AP voters along religious lines thereby to grab power in Andhra Pradesh by pushing the TDP aside in the next elections. But the question is whether the Hindu voters could be divided as a single block to benefit the BJP so much in AP.

It is a confirmed fact that the caste factor dominates the electoral politics in AP. More than anything else, even NTR could counter political maneuvers of Congress in his time because of his caste’s solid support. The same is the case with Pawan Kalyan whose caste is giving undivided support along with a small margin of his fan base. As such, Kapus may sail with the BJP because of the Senani factor. But, it cannot be the same with the Kamma voters. Though they are Hindus mostly, majority of them will support TDP regardless of strong religious feelings. Similarly, majority Reddys who are Hindus will also go with Jagan.
If BJP really wants to divide AP voters along religious lines, surely it would have to invent a miracle formula that would work despite all odds.

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BJP demands probe into Rakul’s drug links

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The State BJP leaders on Saturday demanded a thorough investigation into the drug nexus of Tollywood in the wake of reports that Rakul Preet Singh figured in the list of actors allegedly named by Rhea Chakraborty during interrogation by the Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB).

BJP spokesman K Krishna Sagar Rao said he will write to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Minister of State for Home Kishan Reddy seeing a probe into the drug racket while urging Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao to initiate a thorough investigation.

“Rakul Preet Singh is Telangana brand ambassador. She had been preaching against drug abuse, through state government-sponsored publicity programs. This shows the hypocrisy of such actors. How can the government continue to have her as the brand ambassador of Telangana,” he said.

“Many such drug users in Tollywood are bad role models, he added. He also said IPS officer Akun Sabharwal had done a thorough investigation into the drug mafia influence in not just Tollywood, but the probe was water-down because of political pressure.

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