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Liquor is state subject, GVL reminds AP govt

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Reminding the Jagan government that the purchase and sale of liquor was a state subject, BJP Rajya Sabha MP G V L Narasimha Rao on Wednesday stated that the Andhra Pradesh government was solely responsible for reopening liquor stores and that the central government gave only few relaxations for the benefit of the states.

Addressing a press meet, G V L Narasimha Rao said the central government allowed only a few relaxations, but was completely against the sale of liquor in light of the spread of the pandemic. However, all the chief ministers, in their meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had appealed to allow liquor shops to reopen as they are a major revenue generating way for the states. The state heads argued that excise duty on alcohol is one of the biggest revenue earners , and banning its sale at a time when other economic activity has come to a near halt has further aggravated the financial crunch they are facing. “The states had asked the central government for the reopening of liquor stores. Liquor sales is a state subject, the YSRCP ruling in Andhra Pradesh was issuing misleading statements that they had reopened liquor sales on the central government’s directive. This is completely wrong and misleading,” GVL said.

Reacting to the AP government’s decision to hike prices by 75% only to discourage liquor consumption, GVL said if the government was committed to eradicating alcohol in the long-term, the lockdown period was not the right time to impose prohibition in the state of Andhra Pradesh. “If the AP government has reopened liquor stores as part of the central government’s directive, why is that liquor has been banned in the states of Tamil Naidu,” he questioned and sought an answer from the ruling dispensation.

The Jagan government from May 4 allowed standalone shops to sell liquor between 11 am to 7 pm. After being closed for over two months of lockdown, a surge of tipplers raided the shelves at liquor stores and wine shops across the green and orange zones. There was utter chaos across the zones.

Persons visiting the shops will have to maintain social distance of at least six feet, but this norm was violated across the state even as the police tried to regulate the queues. Many of the tipplers were seen without masks, a norm for purchase of alcohol.

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GVL and Vijayasai silenced by anti-Jagan groups

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YCP MPs attacked and branded BJP MP Sujana Chowdary as a TDP agent. Consequently, Sujana had no option but to scale down his criticism against CM Jagan’s 3 Capitals decision. On the other hand, another BJP MP GVL Narasimha Rao has been continuing his comments in favour of the AP Capital shifting. This has led to an impression whether the Modi-Shah duo are also in support of Jagan arbitrary decisions despite the embarrassment to the Centre on the cancellation of PPAs of solar power companies.

In a timely counter, multiple attacks are launched against GVL by the CPI and TDP who began branding GVL as a Jagan Reddy agent in the BJP. GVL tried to fight back but he was forced into silence because of increasing criticism.
Now, YCP MP Vijayasai Reddy is defending GVL but it is only sending wrong signals. YCP is apparently alarmed that the only BJP MP supporting it is falling silent at a crucial hour. Moreover, anti-Jagan BJP groups are now bringing forward MPs like TG Venkatesh to strongly counter GVL and Vijayasai.

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GVL blaming voters, not Centre, for Jagan misrule?

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BJP strategist GVL Narasimha Rao is speaking more sarcastically than ever before. Probably, he is planning new strategies for the Centre to wait for some more time till AP gets into deepest crisis when BJP can defame the local parties and gain advantage. Now, responding on AP Capital shifting, GVL says once again that the Centre will not and cannot interfere in the 3 Capitals plan of the Jaganmohan Reddy government.

Interestingly, GVL gave reasons why Modi Circar can’t interfere. He said that it was the AP voters who elected the YCP government and the BJP was not responsible for bringing Jagan to power. So, Modi government need not risk to cross its constitutional limits to help AP people. But, it’s clear that GVL has conveniently forgotten how the BJP played an equally crucial role in giving a huge victory to Jagan in 2019 election. All the central agencies from CBI to IT held raids in TDP leaders during elections. Vijayasai Reddy literally dictated terms to the Election Commission of India. Modi’s past election strategist Prashant Kishore worked at different levels for Jagan success.

Considering above reasons, can GVL deny BJP role in Jagan spectacular victory? Analysts say that it’s not possible any more for BJP to escape totally from the responsibility for AP decline and ruin being caused by zero development and mounting debts. As on today, BJP is unable to defend itself on Capital issue. If Jagan causes greater harm, undoubtedly the BJP will be the second worst hit after the YCP.

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GVL failing to prevent anti-Jagan voices in BJP

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For reasons best known to himself, BJP MP GVL Narasimha Rao has remained a loyal lobbyist for Jaganmohan Reddy during 2019 elections and after. He is the only BJP leader who began talking quite early that the Central government would not interfere with the Capital City issue of Andhra Pradesh. A few days before Jaganmohan Reddy’s 3 Capitals announcement in Assembly, GVL made a passing remark that the AP government is free to made new decisions on the issue of Capital. But, soon anti-Capital shifting agitation reached a peak level. Then GVL maintained a low-profile for sometime. Leaders like Kanna Lakshminarayana and Sujana Chowdary raised their voices within BJP against Jagan Circar. Still, GVL tried to use his influence to win BJP national level support for Jagan but without much success.

Now, Union Minister Siddhartha Nath Singh made it crystal clear that BJP national party would take the same line as that of its AP President Kanna Lakshminarayana. The Minister sharply criticised Jagan Reddy Regime. He even mockingly asked how can AP with 13 districts opt for 3 Capitals while Uttar Pradesh with 75 districts is doing quite well with only one Capital. Siddhartha advised AP Circar to take training from the BJP government on how to run administration effectively and efficiently from one single Capital City. Obviously, pro-Jagan lobbyists like GVL, IYR and Somu Veerraju are only losing their credibility within BJP because of their inexplainable loyalty to YSR son.

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Naidu-Pawan duo can’t fire 6-ft bullet from BJP shoulders: GVL

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BJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao welcomed the latest statement of Jana Senani Pawan Kalyan who clarified that he never severed his ties totally with the BJP. He also welcomed Chandrababu Naidu’s positive comments towards the Modi-Shah leadership. At the same time, GVL cautioned the two regional parties not to dream of taking advantage of the BJP government at the Centre to take their revenge against the YCP.

GVL mockingly used a cinema song line and asked Naidu-Pawan duo not to fire a 6-feet long bullet from the shoulders of the BJP leaders in AP. Instead of dragging their political confusion, the two regional parties should come forward clearly if they have any plans to merge with the BJP. GVL offered to take the initiative positively if Pawan Kalyan takes an immediate decision in this regard.

GVL comments once again triggered political debates. Though he can’t win even a sarpanch or ward member election, GVL is talking as if he is the sole decision maker. GVL latest comments are also seen as favourable more to Jagan than to BJP.

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GVL asks Naidu if he is ready to merge TDP with BJP

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader G.V.L. Narasimha Rao said on Saturday that if N. Chandrababu Naidu is ready to merge his Telugu Desam Party (TDP) with the BJP, he is ready to talk to the party leadership.

Stating that BJP didn’t need any alliance with the TDP, he, however, said that if Naidu came forward for merging TDP with BJP, he was ready to discuss it with his party leadership.

Addressing a news conference here, he also said that TDP chief Naidu was regretting snapping ties with the BJP because he was scared of the future. He, however, clarified that he was not threatening the former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister.

“But, I don’t know if he is scared after seeing (P.) Chidambaram, (D.K.) Shivakumar and other leaders,” he remarked, referring to the Congress leaders arrested in corruption cases.

The Rajya Sabha member said that BJP didn’t need any tie-up with the TDP as the party lacked credibility and even ideology.

“There is no need for a tie-up with the TDP. It is a defeated party. Why should we save others. We want to emerge as a key force in the state on our own,” said GVL, as he is popularly known.

Claiming that the BJP had helped Naidu become the Chief Minister in the past, he said the TDP President never became the Chief Minister on his own.

“There is no need for friendship with the TDP. What do they have? They had four Rajya Sabha MPs, they joined our party. We don’t need Lok Sabha MPs,” he said.

GVL said the BJP will not become stronger because of other leaders joining the party. “How will our party grow if 10 leaders who lost the elections join us? They are coming to save their own political future,” he said.

GVL’s remarks assume significance in the wake of a recent statement by Sujana Chowdary, one of the Rajya Sabha members who crossed over to the BJP from the TDP in June. Chowdary had said that if Naidu had any proposal to work with the BJP, he would to talk to the BJP leadership.

GVL said this was Chowdary’s own proposal and remarked that since he had been with the TDP for many years, he may have some soft corner for the party.

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BJP leaders intensify attack on YSRCP

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BJP leaders, who have supported YSRCP before elections, started lambasting the ruling party after the elections. State BJP leaders as well as some central leaders leaving no opportunity to irk YSRCP. Recently GVL Narasimha Rao and Manikyala Rao made severe allegations on YSRCP.

BJP MP GVL Narasimha Rao questioned YSRCP on shifting capital. He questioned government about what benefit they will give for the farmers who pooled their lands for Amaravati. He also spoke about corruption in Polavaram. On the other hand, former minister Manikyala Rao also criticized YSRCP. However his statements looks like attempt to provoke religious sentiments. He told Jagan is giving endowment lands to Christians. However, he did not show any evidence for the same. It is known news that Kanna Lakshmi Narayana also supporting Amaravati as capital.

It looks like BJP leaders are increasing their dosage of criticism on YSRCP with each day. But YSRCP leaders are not countering BJP comments strongly giving impression to the people that they are scared of BJP because of CBI and ED cases on Jagan.

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Jagan considering Capital shifting: GVL

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For the first time, BJP MP and national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao issued a negative comment against the ruling YCP policy on Andhra Capital. In his capacity as spokesperson, he addressed a media conference in Delhi where he accused Jagan Circar of creating needless fears and tensions among the farmers who gave their precious lands for building Amaravati. GVL also made a shocking revelation that as per his information, the YCP government is not in a mood to continue Andhra Capital in Amaravati.

It was only a few days ago that BJP MP TG Venkatesh said that CM Jagan told BJP top leaders (Modi, Amit Shah, etc) in Delhi recently that he was going to shift Andhra Capital from its present location. This triggered rumours on Amaravati fate. Now, GVL’s comment is confirming these rumours.

At the same time, GVL voiced the viewpoint of BJP national unit. He said that Jagan Regime should not take any decision that would hurt the interests of the farmers. The ruling YCP should also give clarity on Amaravati so that there would not be tensions and concerns among different sections in Capital City area.

Expectedly, Sakshi media misinterpreted GVL comments saying that he had criticised previous Chandrababu Circar for taking a unilateral decision on Capital location.

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No information on Deputy Speaker post for YSRCP: GVL

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Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha Rao on Tuesday called on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy but made it clear that he has no information if the post of Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha was offered to YSR Congress Party.

The BJP MP told reporters after meeting Jagan Reddy at the latter’s official residence that it was a courtesy call and that they did not discuss politics.

Narasimha Rao said he did not know as to which party would be offered Deputy Speaker’s post. He said this would be decided by the BJP leadership.

The BJP leader said he did not know if the post was or will be offered to YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) led by Jagan Reddy.

His reaction was sought on reports that as both the Congress and DMK declined the offer of Deputy Speaker’s post, YSRCP, the third biggest opposition party, would be offered the post.

YSRCP, which stormed to power in Andhra Pradesh with a landslide majority, also won 22 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Narasimha Rao, who felicitated Jagan Reddy with a ‘shawl’, said he congratulated him on certain decisions taken by him after assuming the office. He said they discussed the issues related to the development of the state.

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GVL and Vijayasai react on excessive Iftar spendings

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BJP MP GVL Narasimha Rao has begun targetting the YCP government. He has indirectly questioned the wisdom of spending Rs. 1.8 cr on Iftar dinner when the AP state has a deficit budget problem. Iftar dinners are also organised in BJP-ruled states but they don’t have financial crunch on a huge scale.

Meanwhile, the YCP leaders are objecting to the comments on Iftar cost. Party MP Vijayasai Reddy tweeted saying that during Chandrababu Naidu’s rule, Rs 18 lakh was spent on nuts only for four persons. The YCP leaders say that the Iftar should not be seen as not just a dinner but something held in an official, formal way.

GVL Narasimha Rao’s response has created sensation in political circles as this is the first time that the BJP leader has reacted against the YCP government. This is ringing warning bells for YCP leaders who obviously cannot hit back at BJP leaders.

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BJP MP sings YSRCP tune

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BJP Rajya Sabha MP GVL Narasimha Rao convened press meet today at Delhi and made sharp comments on Chandrababu Naidu, who is voicing against Electronic voting machines malfunctioning.

GVL Narasimha Rao commented that Chandrababu Naidu is in frustration as his TDP party is on the verge of losing the election this time. He told that, 2 months back itself, BJP has complained to election commission to take some actions in Andhra Pradesh so as to conduct elections smoothly because most of the officers in Andhra Pradesh working under the influence of Chandrababu Naidu. However, election commission did not work on the actions suggested by them and that is the reason for current issues.

GVL Narasimha Rao also questioned why Chandrababu Naidu did not make any complaints on electronic voting machines during 2014. He made some other severe comments like Chandrababu Naidu’s comments against election commission are so cheap etc. But finally those who watched Narasimha Rao comments observed that he is singing exactly the same tune which YSR CP leaders are also singing these days.

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GVL fires at CBN’s one seat for BJP comment

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BJP MP GVL Narasimha Rao has broken his silence after a long time. He has taken objection to CM Chandrababu Naidu’s comment on the BJP for getting just one seat in Telangana assembly election. GVL says CBN seems to be very happy over BJP getting only one seat but this actually shows his impatience and lack of confidence with regard to his TDP’s decreased popularity in AP now.

GVL predicts that the TDP will win not more than two seats in the coming AP Assembly election which is evident from how Chandrababu Naidu’s ratings have gone down in recent times. The handing of the Jagan’s Kodi Kathi case to NIA will now bring out the truth behind the attempt to murder attack on none other than the Opposition leader in AP. GVL accuses Naidu of showing signs of frustration at a time when he should be preparing the TDP for the fast approaching general election.

The BJP leaders are taking a critical look at CBN’s approach towards to other political parties. They are unhappy that Naidu has taken a U-Turn and began attacking the Modi government. What is disturbing the BJP leaders most is the fact that Naidu has risen to play a crucial role in projecting the Congress party under Rahul Gandhi’s leadership as the strongest alternative to the Modi-led BJP in coming general election.

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BJP MP writes to Rajya Sabha ethics panel, seeks disqualification of two TDP MPs

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BJP MP G.V.L. Narasimha Rao has written to the Ethics Committee of the Rajya Sabha, alleging involvement of TDP MPs C.M. Ramesh and Y.S. Chowdary in “massive financial bungling and fraud” and has sought their disqualification over a “serious breach of ethics.”

“I’ve complained to Ethics Committee to sought disqualification of the TDP MPs — Y. S. Chowdary and C.M. Ramesh –, who have earned the dubious title of ‘Andhra Mallyas’ with massive financial scandals. Chowdary defrauded banks of Rs 5,700 crore and Ramesh evaded hundreds of crores in taxes,” Rao, a Rajya Sabha member from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said in a tweet.

Chowdary was Minister of State for Science and Technology in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government before the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) pulled out of it in March this year.

The letter has been written to Narayan Lal Pancharia, the Chairman of the Ethics Committee.

“I am writing to bring to your kind notice serious breach of ethics on part of two members of Rajya Sabha namely C.M. Ramesh and Y. S. Chowdary. Both are involved in allegations of massive financial bungling and fraud,” he said.

Rao said he has submitted “documentary proof” of allegations against the two leaders.

“Ramesh is involved in benami operations and evaded income taxes running into hundreds of crores. His public conduct has also been repugnant and unbecoming of an MP. In a recent TV debate, he has used obnoxious language and slur language against me, unbecoming of an MP,” he said in the letter.

Rao said that because of such cases of financial misappropriation and misconduct, the stature of Parliament and public faith in the great institution has been “damaged”.

He said that the Rajya Sabha has suffered a serious dent to its image due to financial allegations against Vijay Mallya, a former member of the house.

He alleged the case of Y.S. Chowdary was even more serious than Vijay Mallya’s, “as his business operations remain shady and seems thousands of crores” have been borrowed using political clout and patronage.”

“Y.S. Chowdary has been charged by several public sector banks of defrauding them and registered FIRs against his companies which resulted in the Enforcement Directorate probe,” he said.

The BJP leader said it is the mandate of the Ethics Committee to ensure that Members of Parliemant (MPs) maintain high standards of integrity. “I am writing to you to examine my complaint and to initiate suitable action against the two members to ensure the dignity and respect of Parliament is restored,” Rao said.

He also demanded that Chowdary should recuse himself from the deliberations in this matter except as an accused appearing before the committee to offer his explanations, as he was a member of the committee.

Chowdary had denied the allegations a day after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted raids on his firms and issued him summons.

He has said that none of the companies established by him were involved in any irregularities and termed the allegations as a conspiracy by the Centre to politically harm him.

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CBN ban on CBI to promote corruption in AP, says GVL

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The AP government’s ban on CBI has divided opinion sharply along political lines. WhileMamata Banerjee has already defended AP’s decision, BJP national spokesperson and MP GVL Narasimha Rao has criticised the Naidu government for what he described as its unacceptable move to promote corruption in the state. Rao asked as to why CBN has been feeling as if CBI raids were conducted on him while they were actually targetting some private companies with dubious credentials.

GVL has been in the forefront of carrying forward BJP attack on TDP whenever an opportunity arises. He said that the AP government’s decision would amount to protecting the interests of those who are amassing wealth by illegal means and by evading payment of required taxes. The BJP leader appealed to the people to realise the true intentions behind the state government’s decision and CBN was creating a pro-corruption atmosphere setting a bad example for other states while PM Modi was encouraging transparency and accountability in governance.

Meanwhile, CBI former JD Lakshminarayana has termed the AP decision as an incorrect one and the entire institution cannot be blamed if some unsavoury incidents took place within the CBI. He asked if one doctor fails to give satisfactory treatment, would anybody stop going to hospitals altogether.

Home Minister Chinarajappa said that there would be no question of fearing any negative reaction from the Centre. He said that already Karnataka government has withdrawn general consent. From now on, CBI will have to compulsorily take special permission from the AP government for taking up investigation on a case to case basis.

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GVL calls Naidu’s Delhi tour a ‘Save TDP’ trip

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BJP leaders are giving a new meaning to TDP President Chandrababu Naidu’s call for ‘Save Nation and Save Democracy’ slogan during his two Delhi visits. BJP MP GVL Narasimha Rao describes it as a ‘Save TDP’ tour wherein Naidu was desperately trying to protect his TDP from sinking in next elections.
Narasimha Rao has been making serious remarks and he is leading BJP’s campaign against TDP in AP now. His comments are dominating the party’s campaign more than AP party chief Kanna Lakshminarayana. During his current trip to Tirupati, GVL addressed media and spoke to party leaders there. He targetted Naidu for what he described as AP CM’s hard efforts to put together a strong pro-Congress front to oust Modi from power in 2019.

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CBN is daydreaming – BJP MP GVL Narasimha Rao

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BJP MP GVL Narasimha Rao pressed the anti against AP CM Chandrababu Naidu in the latest press conference. Talking to the media, the BJP senior leader said that, Chandrababu Naidu is daydreaming, and it is time for him to come back to reality.

‘I came to know that Chandrababu Naidu is uttering that he is the mastermind behind creating National Front. And it seems that he also said there was a time when even he could have become the Prime Minister. These statements are nothing but an attempt to save his political existence.

His statements are nothing but hilarious. Everyone knows how CM Chandrababu, who started his life with 2 acres of land became so rich. It is just a matter of time before Chandrababu Naidu is found guilty, and is made to stand in front of the people’, said GVL Narasimha Rao.

With both TDP and BJP criticizing each other, only time will tell who is the biggest loser, and who is the biggest gainer. Currently, both the parties are not having a great time in the state of AP.

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