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YSRCP MLA Jogi Ramesh, activists attack Naidu’s house!

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In a shocking incident, YSRCP MLA Jogi Ramesh from Pedana constituency along with hundreds of YSRCP activists laid siege to TDP chief and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu’s residence in Undavalli in Vijayawada and pelted stones at the Naidu’s residence on Friday (today)

Tension prevailed at Naidu’s residence as TDP and YSRCP activists clashed with each other.

TDP activists prevented YSRCP activists from coming near the Naidu’s residence. Naidu was inside his residence when the violence broke out.

Several TDP activists including TDP MLC Buddha Venkanna were injured after YSRCP workers attacked them with stones and sticks.

Jogi Ramesh along with workers tried to lay seige to Naidu’s residence to protest the remarks made by TDP senior leader Ayyanna Patrudu at the memorial service for former minister Kodela Sivaprasad on Thursday.

Ayyanna Patrudu criticised that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy imposed an additional financial burden on the common and middle-class people by way of garbage collection tax. He made these comments after unveiling the statue of the late Assembly Speaker Dr. Kodela Siva Prasada Rao on the occasion of his second death anniversary at his native place Kandlakunta village under Nakirikallu mandal of Guntur district on Thursday.

Jogi Ramesh demanded Ayyanna Patrudu to withdraw his remarks against Jagan and tender apologies to Jagan and if not he will lay siege to Naidu’s residence.

Jogi Ramesh even warned Ayyanna that Chandrababu and Lokesh would be expelled from the state if his remarks were not withdrawn.

Heavy police was deployed to control the situation. The police resorted to lathi-charge and dispersed the mob.

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Is Chandrababu Naidu losing grip on TDP?

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Is Chandrababu Naidu losing his grip on the Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh? The recent incidents show that the leaders at the district level are becoming bolder and bolder. Some leaders have openly questioned Chandrababu Naidu’s leadership. On some issues, Chandrababu appears to be totally clueless on how to deal with the emerging situations.

First, it was Rajahmundry’s six-time MLA Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary. He threatened to resign from the party over his arch rival in the party – Adireddy Appa Rao – being given more importance. That he kept the party leadership on the edge for over ten days . He did finally fall in line, but not before making his point. Even at the press conference that he has addressed after his meeting with Chandrababu Naidu, Butchaiah Chowdary looked quite defiant.

No sooner did this issue subside than the Anantapuram TDP episode came to the fore. It was not an outsider who was maligning the TDP. It was an insider. JC Prabhakar Reddy made shocking comments on leaders like Palle Raghunatha Reddy. He said that Palle was colluding with the YSRCP only to save his 200 acres of landed assets. JC’s supporters even took to Facebook to accuse Palle of trying to put spokes in the works of Kia motors. Palle’s supporters criticised JC on several other issues.

While all this was happening, there was no action from party boss Chandrababu Naidu. Neither did he admonish anyone nor did he try to set the house in order. He stayed put at Hyderabad. His son Lokesh too did not intervene in the issue. Many in the party are now beginning to feel that Chandrababu Naidu is slowly but surely beginning to lose his grip on the party. They feel that Chandrababu Naidu should act sooner than later to set the house in order.

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Chandrababu launches Rythula Kosam TDP programme for farmers

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The Opposition TDP is planning to target the faulty handing of the farm sector by the YSRCP government in Andhra Pradesh. Starting from September 14, the TDP is organising an ambitious outreach titled “Rythula Kosam Telugu Desam.” This will continue till September 18. The TDP will expose the failures of the YSRCP government in the farm sector through this programme.

According to senior leader and former minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy, the programme is being organised as per the directions of party chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu. The party will organise one programme a zone in each of the five zones in the state. Under this programme, as many as 35 assembly constituencies would be covered. He said that the protests for the Rayalaseema zone would be held on September 14. On September 15, twin Godavari districts and Nellore would witness protests. Similarly, protests would be organized on September 17 in Ongole, Tirupati, Nellore and Chittoor regions. On September 18, protests would be held in Central Coastal districts of Krishna and Guntur.

Stating that the growth in agriculture has considerably come down after YS Jagan took over, Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy said that during the TDP rule, an impressive 11.5 per cent growth was registered. He said the TDP has failed on all fronts and the state has not seen any growth after YS Jagan took over. He reminded that the TDP while in power used to provide a subsidy of Rs 9000 per farmer. The present YSRCP government was giving only Rs 6500, he said.

The TDP said that the YSRCP government has stopped giving subsidies to the drip irrigation. While the Central government was providing 60 percent of the subsidy, the state government is coming forward to provide the remaining 40 per cent. As a result, the scheme is not being implemented in the state government, he said.

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Why is Jagan making the same mistake that Chandrababu did?

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Is AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy doing the same mistake that Chandrababu Naidu did before 2019? Will he end up making Nara Lokesh a hero the way Chandrababu made YS Jagan a hero? Why is YS Jagan, who wasn’t afraid of calling for the public hanging of Chandrababu, trying to impose curbs on the tours, meetings and public addresses of Nara Lokesh? Why this sense of fear and desperation?

Jagan clearly appears unnerved by the response that Nara Lokesh is eliciting wherever he is going. The TDP workers and sympathisers, who were confined to their homes, are coming into the open. His high-profile visits have become the talk of the town. All these appear to have unnerved YS Jagan Mohan Reddy so much that he has asked the administration to put spokes in Lokesh’s programmes. The police are imposing one restriction after the other on Lokesh Babu’s programmes in Andhra Pradesh.

It is worth recalling that while he was the chief minister, Chandrababu had betrayed similar kind of unease at YS Jagan’s forays to different places. He stopped Jagan when the latter tried to visit Vizag. As a result, Jagan became a hero and got lot of sympathy. In fact, these curbs were effectively used by Jagan to emerge as an alternative to Chandrababu. It now appears that YS Jagan is making the same mistake that Chandrababu committed. By trying to obstruct Lokesh, he is ending up making him a hero.

Lokesh is displaying unusual activism these days. He is rushing to any spot where a girl student gets attacked or a TDP man is assaulted. He is taking up various issues and is staging protests. This is galvanising the TDP workers, who were hitherto dispirited. By trying to stop Lokesh, Jagan is making him a hero. If the same trend continues, Lokesh may emerge as an alternative to YS Jagan in the days to come.

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Is it the end-of-the-road for Bhuma Akhila Priya?

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Is TDP boss Chandrababu Naidu contemplating of keeping once-popular Bhuma family scion Akhila Priya? Is he planning to throw his weight behind her bête noire AV Subba Reddy? Has Chandrababu decided that Bhuma Akhila Priya is not the political force that she used to be some time ago?

The Bhuma family is one of the most powerful political families in Kurnool district and has held sway in both Nandyal and Allagadda constituencies for over three decades. Bhuma Nagireddy was one time MLA and three-time MP from Nandyal. His wife Bhuma Shobha Nagireddy was a many-time MLA and a former minister. But ever since the demise of Bhuma Nagireddy, the family has lost its sheen and despite being given several chances, Bhuma Akhila Priya has failed to consolidate herself. What more? She has alienated several Bhuma acolytes. Many of those who sweated it out for the Bhuma family have now left the party.

Even within the Bhuma family, there is no unity. Akhila Priya’s brothers have joined the BJP. He has been actively working for the BJP. This too has weaned a significant section of the Bhuma supporters away from Akhila Priya. Sources say that Chandrababu strongly feels that Akhila Priya has failed to utilise the opportunities provided to her. Akhila Priya is now battling a slew of cases, including kidnap and extortion and may find it difficult to regain the lost ground. Also, there are several complaints about her husband’s undue interference in party affairs.

Hence the TDP has now lost interest in Bhuma Akhila Priya. Party sources are said to be courting AV Subba Reddy, who was a close follower of Bhuma Nagireddy but has fallen out with Akhila Priya mainly due to her alleged abrasive ways. The party is already said to be nurturing Subba Reddy and his daughter.

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Andhra police targeting TDP cadre, alleges Chandrababu Naidu

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The Andhra Pradesh police has come under attack from TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, who accused them of harassing his party cadre at the behest of the ruling YSRCP.

In a letter addressed to DGP Gautam Sawang on Wednesday, Naidu said that police atrocities have reached their limits in the last two years. “The reputation of police is hitting rock bottom with every passing day,” he declared.

Naidu alleged that false cases have been filed against six TDP activists of Mogulicherla village in Prakasam district. The local TDP leaders were let go late in the night but again summoned early next morning, Naidu alleged.

Unable to bear the police harassment, two of the TDP activists have attempted suicide. Only after that, the police have stopped the harassment, he alleged.

Those harassed include children aged between 6 and 10 years old, Naidu has claimed.

The TDP leader has demanded an inquiry into the Mogulicherla incident, and action in the matter.

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Is Chandrababu making the Tirupati mistake in Badvel too?

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Is Chandrababu making the same mistake that he has made in Tirupati Lok Sabha bypolls? Is he playing his cards early? Even as YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is keeping his moves a secret and is keeping cards close to his chest, Chandrababu Naidu has revealed his plans for the Badvel bypolls?

In Tirupati too, he announced the name of Panabaka Lakshmi too early for the YSRCP to plan its strategy in advance. The name of Panabaka was announced even without consulting the other contenders. This made some key leaders to stay lukewarm towards Panabaka. The YSRCP has surprised the political circles by choosing Dr Gurumurthy as its candidate. This has come as a shock to many as most people were expecting that Jagan would field someone from the family of Balli Durgaprasada Rao, whose death necessitated the bypoll.

In Badvel too, Chandrababu has announced the candidature of Obulapuram Rajasekhar, who was defeated by Dr Venkatasubbaiah. There is going to be a bypoll due to Venkatasubbaiah’s demise. Chandrababu has announced the candidature of Rajasekhar even before the notification was issued. In the 2019 elections, Venkatasubbaiah had defeated Rajasekhar by over 40000 votes. Chandrababu has made this announcement after consulting another strong contender Vijayalakshmi, who was hell-bent on fighting the bypoll. It is not known what her reaction would be.

On the other hand, YS Jagan has not yet announced his candidate. While Venkatasubbaiah’s wife Dr Sudha has already launched her campaign, Jagan might spring a surprise by bringing some other candidates. He did the same thing in Tirupati and had won handsomely. He is likely to announce his candidate now that the notification has been issued.

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Who won in Butchaiah-Chandrababu spat?

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Who has won in the Butchaiah Chowdary vs Chandrababu Naidu fight within the Telugu Desam? While Butchaiah is trying to make it out as if he had given an earful to Chandrababu on the internal goings on in the TDP, the reality looks otherwise. Butchaiah Chowdary has ended up achieving literally nothing and Chandrababu has only emerged stronger in the whole episode.

After meeting Chandrababu, Butchaiah has said that he was taking back the idea of resigning from the TDP. He also categorically said that there was no question of his joining any other party. One of his main complaint was that Lokesh Babu did not respond to his phone calls. He seemed to have got no assurance from either Chandrababu or Lokesh on this count. What more? He did not even get to meet Lokesh Babu. This only means that his gap with Lokesh will continue.

Secondly, he had said that there were major errors in terms of social equations and caste balance in the organisational appointments. Despite weeks of his protest and his 20-minute meeting with Chandrababu, there have been no changes in any of the appointment. By saying that his concerns were not limited to Rajahmundry, he has literally admitted that there is no change in the status quo in Rajahmundry politics. His disputes with Adireddy family will continue and that Chandrababu has not yielded an inch on this count.

Who is the biggest loser now? The biggest loser now is all those who stood by Butchaiah Chowdary. These leaders will now be targeted and they would be made to pay for their indiscretion. In future, these leaders would think twice before backing Butchaiah Chowdary. His comments on NTR’s leadership have also failed to achieve anything.

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Section of police harassing opposition leaders in Andhra: TDP

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TDP supremo and former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Monday alleged that Andhra Pradesh’s ruling YSRCP has introduced “police raj” in the state and that a section of police are only harassing opposition leaders.

“It appears that the ruling YSRCP-induced police raj has replaced democratic government in AP. A section of police are harassing opposition leaders, along with the general public, against the backdrop of any iota of dissent against the government,” Naidu in a letter to Director General of Police Gautam Sawang.

He alleged that police are “executing mid-night arrests of innocent people for voicing dissent, illegally placing opposition leaders under house arrest, detaining or harassing them will false cases for peacefully protesting anti-people policies” and others.

Citing the case of TDP leader from West Godavari district and former MLA Chintamaneni Prabakar, Naidu asked what was the need to arrest him under a range of charges as he only protested the high fuel prices and submitted a representation to the local tehsildar.

He also alleged that Prabakar was picked up while attending a wedding function in Visakhapatnam.

“What is the need to arrest an opposition party leader and former MLA in such an unscrupulous manner? Is it wrong to give representation to government over problems being faced by the people in order to bring the same to the notice of the government?” he asked.

He claimed that the state is allegedly witnessing murders and rapes on a daily basis “as police are ignoring law and order and singularly focusing on filing false complaints against TDP leaders”.

He noted people of the state are seeing “the high-handedness and undemocratic actions”, and the “present style of police functioning will remain a black mark” on it.

“It is hoped that at least now, police would focus on controlling crime (murders, rapes, etc), instead of harassing opposition TDP leaders,” he added.

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Can TRS, BJP counter Revanth with “Chandrababu link”!

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TDP chief and former AP Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu is no more active in Telangana or Telangana politics.

After Congress-led “Mahakutami” in which TDP was partner lost miserably to TRS in 2018 Assembly polls, Chandrababu distanced himself from Telangana politics completely and remain focussed only on AP politics.

However, after A.Revanth Reddy took over as TPCC chief in July this year, Chandrababu’s name came back into focus in Telangana politics.

This is because both TRS and BJP in Telangana are trying to check Revanth’s growing influence in Telangana politics by linking him with Chandrababu Naidu.

TRS working president and IT minister K.T.Rama Rao is referring to Revanth as Chandrababu’s ‘benami’ and a ‘puppet’ in the hands of Chandrababu.

KTR says Chandrababu took Telangana Congress as a franchisee and operating through Revanth since TDP has died in Telangana.

Ministers and MLAs in TRS are also singing the same song every day by conducting press meets.

Telangana BJP leaders too are targetting Revanth Reddy linking him with Chandrababu.

But the pertinent question being raised is can TRS and BJP succeed in pushing Revanth into defensive mode by linking him with Chandrababu.

Political circles say when half of the cabinet ministers in Telangana cabinet including CM KCR and Assembly speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy have TDP connections and worked under Chandrababu, how does it matter for the public if Revanth becomes TPCC chief after he quit TDP.

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Chandrababu steps in to iron out Lokesh-seniors tiff

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Chandrababu, it appears, is stepping in to iron out the differences between the senior leaders of the TDP and his son Nara Lokesh. It is being increasingly seen that the seniors are refusing to follow the diktats of Lokesh. Also, more and more seniors are finding fault with the way Lokesh is dealing with them. They feel that as colleagues of Chandrababu, they have to be given the kind of respect they deserve.

Sources say that as a minister and as the general secretary of the party, Lokesh encouraged a separate group in the party in each district. These leaders not only spied on the other leaders of the party, but also tried to trouble the well-entrenched seniors. Also, Lokesh had his own team of social media warriors, who were more personal soldiers rather than party faithfuls. Now that the party is out of power, these well-entrenched leaders are giving a torrid time to Lokesh.

In fact, many of the seniors did not like Lokesh’s dominance in party affairs. Lokesh had the final say on every matter of importance. Even the seniors had to wait for hours to get Lokesh Babu’s appointment. This was deeply resented by several party seniors. But, they had put up with him all these years. Now with the party not in power, these leaders are attacking Lokesh. The comments of “Party Ledu Bokka Ledu” by Atchen Naidu or the banner of revolt by Butchaiah Chowdary as seen in this light.

It is now being said that Chandrababu himself has stepped in to set things right. He is said to be talking to the senior leaders and is trying to patch up the differences. Of late, even Lokesh has changed quite a bit. He is now a master of what he speaks. Gone are the fumblings and gaffes. He is carefully practicing what he has to say. He has also brought a change in his looks and is more appealing to the youths. He is trying to be more proactive. Hence, Chandrababu feels that it is important to iron out the differences. The sooner it is done the better for the party, feels Chandrababu.

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Is TDP planning two yatras in 2023 to defeat YS Jagan?

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The TDP insiders say that both Chandrababu and Lokesh are planning to organize huge yatras across the state of Andhra Pradesh in 2023, which is a good one year before the elections. They want to time the yatra so as to create a massive buzz about the TDP. If sources are to be believed, two yatras would be taken out. One will be led by Chandrababu, while the other one will be led by Nara Lokesh.

The yatra is likely to cover the whole of Andhra Pradesh. If TDP insiders are to be believed, Chandrababu Naidu is likely to take up a bus yatra in view of his age, while Lokesh is likely to take up a bicycle yatra. This will help in improving the recognisability of the party’s election symbol. So,  a cycle yatra covering all the districts and major towns would be able to rejuvenate the party, the think tanks of the party feel.

The only issue of concern is Chandrababu’s age. He would be around 74 by 2014. Will he be able to withstand the pressures of the yatra? Sources say Chandrababu is known for taking care of his health. He is known to be a yoga and meditation enthusiast and is known to keep himself fit. So, party sources say that he would be able to withstand the rigours of the yatra. In fact, he had earlier conducted yatras ahead of the 2014 elections. So, party sources feel that he would be able to manage the tough rigout of the yatra.

The party also estimates that Jagan may not be able to take up a padayatra this time as he is in power and his presence is needed in the capital for longer periods of time. Similarly, his yatras would need more security that what is needed for a leader of opposition. So, the TDP estimates that Chandrababu’s padayatra would be able to elicit better response.

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Will YSRCP wean Kuppam away from Chandrababu?

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The ruling YSRCP is training all its guns on Kuppam in Chittoor district. Kuppam is former CM and TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu’s constituency and more significantly, is the only constituency in Chittoor district that did not return a YSRCP MLA. In all other seats, the YSRCP has notched up impressive victories.

Now, the YSRCP is allocating huge amounts to Kuppam. Every scheme of the YS Jagan government is given priority in Kuppam. The reason? The YSRCP wants to showcase its works and ensure that even Kuppam falls into its kitty in 2024. Apart from welfare schemes, the YSRCP government is allocating huge amounts for the schools in Kuppam.

For instance, an amount of Rs 30.36 crore has been allocated to the Nadu Nedu scheme, which is meant to improve the infrastructural facilities in the educational institutions. As many as 117 schools in Kuppam, Ramakuppam, Santipuram and Gurupalle mandals have been selected under this scheme. For the Kuppam Boys School in Kuppam, a staggering amount of Rs 90 lakh is being spent. The school would be developed as a Demo School.

The idea is simple. Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy is hell bent on weaning Kuppam from the TDP’s grip. He is doing everything possible to erode the ground from underneath Chandrababu’s feet. But, will he be able to take Kuppam away from Chandrababu Naidu? Will all these schemes and benefits defeat Chandrababu and his well-entrenched connection with the people of Kuppam? Let’s wait and see the game unfolds in Kuppam.

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Police behaved in high-handed manner against party leaders: TDP

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Chief, N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday alleged that Guntur police behaved high-handedly against its party leaders for meeting the family members of 20-year-old engineering student, N. Ramya, who was murdered in Guntur district on Sunday.

“The ruling YSRCP government should take immediate action against the police officials who were responsible for the attack on TDP leaders. What was the police doing and the Disha App failed when the brutal murder of a Dalit girl took place in the vicinity of the Guntur police station?” Naidu asked.

The former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister alleged that police attacked TDP leaders Nakka Anand Babu, Alapati Rajendra Prasad and Dhulipala Narendra, calling it a violation of human rights.

“It was a blatant attack on the democratic values of the country,” Naidu said.

It was painful to see a poor girl getting murdered when everybody else was celebrating Independence Day, he added.

The TDP supremo demanded that Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy pay a compensation of Rs one crore to Ramya’s family.

Naidu challenged the YSRCP government to nab the accused Venkata Reddy, who according to him was allegedly involved in the gang rape of the girl near the Chief Minister’s house.

“It was not so great to use power and might of the government to target TDP leaders such as Nara Lokesh, Nakka Anand Babu, Alapati Rajendra Prasad and Dhulipalla Narendra. What was Disha App doing when the girl’s murder took place in close proximity of the Guntur police station?” the TDP Chief said.

He claimed that the alleged absence of CCTV cameras in the heart of Guntur town exposed the lack of Jagan Mohan Reddy’s concern for the safety of women, adding that the Andhra Pradesh government and the police must be answerable.

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Naidu urges Andhra people to draw inspiration from freedom fighters

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Telugu Desam Party President and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday called upon the people of the state to get inspiration from the country’s freedom fighters who made supreme sacrifices in the great struggle for independence from the British Raj.

Naidu stressed the need for continuing the relentless fight against the suppression of the weaker sections and the backward classes and unchecked exploitation of the public wealth. “When similar oppression took place under the colonial rulers, the freedom fighters rose in revolt and fought valiantly till India achieved freedom. It was a matter of great pride that the whole country was celebrating Independence Day all over in the name of ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’,” he said in a statement.

However, he noted that “while our forefathers made sacrifices for freedom and rights, all obstacles were being created now for the growth and development of people in Andhra Pradesh”.

“What would be the meaning of sacrifices made by those great souls if those fruits were not passed on to the people,” he asked, stressing the need for all sections of society in the state to introspect and come forward to oppose “the oppressive tactics of the present rulers”.

“There was an emergent need to protect the state from the ongoing destruction. The immediate task before one and all would be to rally together to boldly confront and prevent the rulers from harming the state any further,” he said.

TDP national General Secretary Nara Lokesh, in a separate statement, extended his greetings to the people of the country on the occasion of 75th Independence Day celebrations.

He expressed the wish that the spirit of Independence Day would help the Andhra Pradesh people and make them free from harassment, false cases, oppression and from suicides of jobless youth.

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Andhra govt jeopardizing Visakhapatnam tribals’ future: TDP

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief and former chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu on Monday alleged that the Andhra Pradesh government is encouraging bauxite mining in Visakhapatnam forest area and thereby jeopardizing the future of tribals.

“Government is encouraging bauxite mining in Visakhapatnam forest, leading to jeopardizing the future of tribals,” alleged Naidu.

He claimed that the mining by people connected to the ruling YSRCP party has not stopped even after the tribal unions complained and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) told to stop.

Naidu alleged that none of the schemes TDP introduced are for the safety and welfare of tribals.

“There is no response from the government over the cancellation of tribal reservations GO-3,” alleged the TDP supremo.

He demanded that the government take action to revive the closed tribal schemes as well as putting an end to alleged illegal bauxite mining.

The former chief minister made these observations commemorating the International Day of World’s Indigenous People.

He went on to allege that the state government is harassing Polavaram project evacuees at every moment.

“Without giving compensation, the government forcefully made people vacate their homes, causing them to become homeless,” he added.

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Why Naidu isn’t questioning Centre over fuel prices, asks YSRCP

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Andhra Pradesh’s YSRCP government adviser Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy on Tuesday wondered why Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu is not questioning the Central government over skyrocketing fuel prices.

His query came as the TDP said it has decided to undertake protests on Saturday against rising diesel and petrol prices in the state.

Reddy also alleged that TDP leaders just organise some Zoom conferences, protests at home and take a few photographs of those activities to amplify them in their favoured media houses.

“Chandrababu Naidu and his party leaders do not have the right to question the state government on petrol and diesel prices issue. You do not have the stature to talk about (Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy) Jagan’s regime, even as he is managing a crisis situation without putting blame on anyone,” he said.

He cited the price hikes on fuel and road transport corporation fares during the Naidu regime between 2014-2019.

Meanwhile, he said that a lot of bad campaigns are going on against the government with respect to Amaraja battery company, adding that it is emitting dangerous pollutants and even the High Court had warned it.

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‘Chandrababu calling for coalition of registered parties’

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Navataram Party (NP) founder Ravu Subrahmanyam on Saturday said Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief and former chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu has called upon all the opposition parties to form a united front to take on the incumbent Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSRCP government in the future.

Subrahmanyam said Naidu made these observations when he met him on Friday night at Vijayawada for about half an hour.

He hinted that something on the lines of Andhra Pradesh Political Joint Action Committee (APPJAC) could come up for 2024 polls to face YSRCP.

“I was invited to meet Naidu on Friday. I met him at the TDP Mangalagiri office and spoke to him. Appreciating my work in the Tirupati Parliamentary by-poll, he said the time has come for all opposition parties to join hands,” said Subrahmanyam.

Though Navataram Party is a minnow compared to other established players, Subrahmanyam said Naidu promised TDP support for all the good work of the party.

Echoing with Naidu, he said TDP and other parties should join hands to achieve the goals of special category status, fulfil bifurcation promises, protect Amaravati capital, save Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) and others.

He alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre and the YSRCP in the state are implementing anti-people policies.

The Navataram Party founder said a coalition of opposition parties should fight together to expose the alleged misdeeds of YSRCP, even as he condemned the arrest of former irrigation minister and senior TDP leader Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao.

He also met with TDP leader Parachuri Ashok Babu.

In the recent Tirupati Parliamentary bypoll, NP contested the election under the glass tumbler symbol, which is also Janasena party’s symbol.

Despite several efforts, BJP and Janasena failed to restrain minnow Navataram Party from contesting the by-poll under that symbol as it ran the risk of confusing voters.

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TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu meets family members of Devineni Uma

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president and former chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday met the family members of Devineni Uma Maheshwara Rao to extend solidarity and console them.

Rao is currently under arrest for allegedly perpetrating an attack on YSRCP leaders in Krishna district.

Naidu said Rao has been targeted because he exposed the alleged illegal mining by the ruling party leaders at Gaddamanugu in Krishna district.

He said the ruling party leaders are not confident of coming back to power in 2024, which is prompting them to loot as much as possible.

The former CM warned of retaliation to the YSRCP leaders in the future.

Meanwhile, TDP national general secretary Nara Lokesh said that the alleged illegal mining activities of YSRCP leaders are getting unravelled one by one.

He alleged that under the mask of mining laterite, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s relatives are mining bauxite.

Lokesh said he will not rest until he exposes the alleged YSRCP mining mafia and ensure that the culprits go behind bars.

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Chandrababu’s biggest challenge: How to protect NTR Trust Bhavan

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Does Telangana CM KCR have an eye on the NTR Trust Bhavan, which is still the headquarters of the TDP? Is is planning to take over the major property on the prime land in front of the KBR park? The political circles are pointing out that the deliberate leaks from the KCR government are indications that he has some plans for the scheme.

The lease of the Telagnana Bhavan will end in 2027. Once the lease expires, the government is planning to turn the building into NTR memorial and snatch it away from the TDP. The government is ensuring that there are periodic leaks about this. In fact, there may not be much opposition if the building is converted into an NTR memorial. If the TRS manages to come back to power in 2023, it would be in a position to cancel the lease. Sources also say that the government may also cancel the lease before the expiry of the lease and take over the building.

Sources say that Chandrababu has appointed a president for the Telangana unit of the TDP only to show that there is some political activity and that the building is firmly in the party’s control. Periodic programmes and service activities in the name are meant to protect the building. However, it is now becoming increasingly clear that TDP has little future in Telangana region.

Already there are complaints from a section of the NTR Trust Bhavan employees that some workers from AP are ruling the roost and that they are jeopardizing the interests of the employees from the Telangana region. The Telangana origin employees have already written to Chief Minister KCR on this issue. Though KCR has not initiated any action, there are leaks from his government sources that the lease of the building could be reconsidered.

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