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Is Babu under increased threat from Maoists?

Vijayawada: The revelation of AP DGP N Sambasiva Rao that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, among others, was under threat from the Maoists, is sending shock waves among the TDP ranks, besides generating debate among the people. The DGP had admitted that the Chief Minister and several politicians and police officers were facing threat to their lives from the Maoists. He made this admission during a brief interaction with the media persons in Visakhapatnam on Friday. He said that the encounter killing of 31 Maoists in the boarder recently had intensified the seriousness of the threat from the Maoists.

Chandrababu Naidu was under threat during his earlier stint. It was this threat that had resulted in a landmine attack on him at Alipiri near Tirupathi in 2003. He survived the attack with minor bleeding injuries. His car in the convoy was damaged badly as the vehicle was bulletproof. The government had then increased his security. Though he had lost power in the two subsequent elections, 2004 and 2009, the security cover continued for him as Leader of Opposition. Now, after his return to the power, the security cover is further increased.

Last week, the State police have added another 50 personnel to provide him security cover particularly during his travel from his Undavalli house to the interim secretariat at Velagapudi. The police have changed his route on the flood bank (karakatta) to the Undavalli Caves, Penumaka to reach the secretariat. Earlier, he was passing through the flood bank from his house to Velagapudi passing through the narrow roads all the way, including the roads in Venkatapalem. The narrow flood bank, located along the Krishna river, was found more dangerous in terms of security for the Chief Minister following which they have changed the travel direction.
The Chief Minister lives right on the banks of river Krishna and a small portion of his house is in the river water. He travels on a single road surrounded by agriculture fields, including banana gardens and a number of culverts. The house too is surrounded by the thick banana fields posing a real security threat to him and one wonders how the police are allowing the Chief Minister to reside and travel under such hazardous conditions.

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CM vetoes Dy CM instructions

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Widening the gulf between the chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and KE Krishnamurthy, government, today kept in abeyance all the transfers of deputy collectors, the revenue department made on Tuesday.

According to sources in the government, the transfers were made at the instance of deputy chief minister KE Krishnamurthy ,who is also the revenue minister. The GO was issued by principal secretary J C Sharma. But, suddenly, Sharma himself issued another GO keeping all the transfers in abeyance on Wednesday. There has been some tension regarding the administration of revenue department between the chief minister and deputy chief minister for quite sometime.

KE has been unhappy with his reduced role in revenue matters. At the same time, he was also unhappy that municipal minister P Narayana is acting like de facto deputy CM. To prove this capital region has been cut off from revenue minister and Narayana has become uncrowned king of revenue affairs in the region. Around the same, allegations were leveled that crores of rupees changed hands in the first round of deputy collector transfers in the state. Much to the embarrassment of KE, the CM is said to have sought explanation from the revenue minister. Posting of a deputy collector in Vizag at the instance of a minister from the district, which opposed by another minister, spilled into streets. The issue proved that money was involved in the postings of deputy collectors in a big way. The charges of corruption in the transfers in the revenue department had created a lot of bad blood between the CM and Dy CM.

Now again the transfer of about 20 deputy collectors triggered another round of ugly controversy in the government.Sources said complaints have reached CM about the large scale corruption involved in the postings and retentions of deputy collectors, who play crucial role in land related matters.
In Andhra Pradesh revenue department, irrespective of the party in power, is most unpopular department. Every minister and influential MLA wants to have his own man posted as the RDO (deputy collector) in his constituency or district. Each posting carries a reward of money running into 50 lakh to a crore.

Angry over the transfers, the chief minister Naidu is said to have asked the deputy CM to withdraw the order issued yesterday. Principal secretary, JC Sharma, issuing a GO on Wednesday, has kept all the transfers in abeyance

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CM Naidu Feels Insecure in Hyderabad

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Agriculture minister Prattipati Pullarao said chief minister Chandrababu Naidu was feeling insecure in Hyderabad.

Addressing a round-table in Vijayawada, Pullarao said, “Greater Hyderabad Municiapl Corporation has refused to give permission to construct house. Water supply to his Lake View guest house camp office is erratic. His phones have been tapped. The CM has been under constant watch.”

If this was the plight of the chief minister, imagine the problems of 40 lakh Andhra settlers in Hyderabad, Pullarao asked.

He put the blame for the sorry state of affairs at the doors of Raj Bhavan. Governor ESL Narasimhan was not able to protect the rights of Andhra people in joint capital of Andhra Pradesh.

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