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Jagan unveils pylon for Rs 368 Cr YSR Vedadri project

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy has unveiled the pylon for the Rs. 368 Cr worth YSR-Vedadri Lift Irrigation Project today. He did this by pressing the remote from his Camp Office at Tadepalli. The project was aimed at providing irrigation water to several villages in the upland mandals of Krishna district.

While the Chief Minister unveiled the pylon online, several Ministers took part in the foundation stone laying programme at the project site at Vedadri village. Irrigation Minister Anil Kumar Yadav laid the foundation stone. Ministers Perni Nani and Kodali Nani were present. MLA Samineni Udaya Bhanu was also present.

The project was sought to be completed within 18 months. The irrigation water would be provided to eight villages in Jaggaiahpeta, 10 villagees in Vatsavai mandal and another 10 villages in Penuganchiprolu mandal. Over 38,607 acres would be irrigated with the water from the present project.

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Jagan promised a difference. But why is poaching rampant?

In a major setback to the Telugu Desam Party, former Minister and party senior leader Sidda Raghava Rao joined the YSRCP in the presence of Chief Minister and YSRCP president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy at his camp office. He joins the list of exodus of TDP leaders to the YSRCP. Earlier, three TDP MLAs — Vallabhaneni Vamsi, Maddali Giri and Karanam Balaram — met Jagan at his camp office in Tadepalli recently.

Political observers claimed that Jagan is threatening the opposition party leaders with police cases as a pressure tactic to arm-twist them to join the YSRCP. Analysts view the defections as mere political opportunism. Defections are no more a pre-election phenomenon in this age of falling democratic values.

The YSRCP is either using force  or luring the TDP leaders with money as a part of its big game plan to remove or weaken the opposition TDP. What’s happening here is the plain assertion of power.  What is the YSRCP worried about when it enjoys an absolute strength in the House with 151 seats in the 175-member Assembly? Probably, Jagan continues to fear that Naidu can make a comeback in the next General Elections.

The fragile TDP is struggling to keep its flock together even as there is a buzz that at least three more MLAs were ready to flee to the YSRCP. Despite the poaching by the YSRCP underway, the TDP says it’s confident that the current crisis is temporary. “TDP is a cadre based party, it had witnessed several ups and downs since its formation, and the present crisis would also be overcome. TDP is a political university with a capacity to create 100 new leaders for every single dropout or deserter. The TDP is a workshop that gives shape to good leaders,” Naidu ascertained.

Critics say that even Naidu used the same strategy to break the YSRCP. After winning the 2019 elections, Jagan recalled how Naidu had allegedly purchased 23 MLAs and three MPs of YSRCP like cattle and said he will not repeat Naidu. “There should be some difference. I am not Naidu to take MLAs from the Opposition without respecting the anti-defection law,” Jagan had stated. However, Jagan instead of focussing on development of the virgin state like Andhra Pradesh seems to be busy poaching TDP leaders.

Law does not prohibit defections but says individual members would incur a disqualification on defection. Naidu had alleged that Jagan lured one TDP MLA with financial benefits and another MLA with mining leases and business concessions. TDP MLCs were being lured with financial benefits and being threatened to shift loyalties, to the proportion never seen before.
“This is totally contrary to the CM’s statement in the Assembly that if anybody was taken from TDP, they would be first made to resign from their posts. YSRCP should explain why it has not asked the three MLAs and two MLCs to resign. The CM should explain why it has not disqualified the defected MLAs and MLCs,” he added.

While the Constitution prohibits ‘defections’. However, politics of opportunity and deception facilitate them. The infamous ‘Aya Rams and Gaya Rams’ of the 70s and horse-trading is back with a vengeance. Take the case of Vallabhineni Vamsi. The Gannavaram MLA declared his support for the ruling party. TDP had suspended Vamsi. But Jagan made it clear that to join the YSRCP, Vamsi should first resign as Gannavaram MLA which he hasn’t for obvious reasons. Assembly Speaker Tammineni Sitharam considered him as a special member in the House making it clear that the Speakers and Chairmen of Councils will serve their political parties and act if only their actions suit their outfits. We have seen the ruling party purchase 23 MLAs like sheep in the market. We have seen the leader of the House (chief minister) make four of them ministers. We have seen the speaker not disqualifying those MLAs. Democracy killed. That will not happen in my term as leader of the House. If any such MLA defects from one party to the other, you (Speaker) can disqualify such an MLA,” Jagan was quoted as saying in The Times Of India. Why wasn’t Vamsi disqualified, then? Political bias cannot lead to any legal action because of glaring loopholes and limitations that render the anti-defection law toothless in the Indian political system. The anti-defection law appears to be in need of some urgent surgical treatment through amendments in the Constitution. There is an urgent need to give some teeth to The Tenth  Schedule to avert undemocratic practices adopted by any political outfit be it the YSRCP, TDP, TRS or the BJP.

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Jagan govt to face contempt of court case on Vigilance office shifting to Kurnool

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Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s hasty decision to shift Vigilance office to Kurnool ignoring the AP High Court orders is all set to land YSRCP government in legal trouble.
 
A group of advocates and others are going to file  contempt of court case against Jagan government in the AP High Court on Monday against the GO issued by the Chief Secretary on relocation of the Vigilance department office Kurnool from Velagapudi.

The lawyers want to bring to the notice of the court whether the GO was issued with the concurrence of Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy or because of the oral instructions of the CM and whether pressure tactics were used on CS to issue the GO.

Though the High Court expressly ordered the Chief Secretary to not to issue any GOs, irrespective of the decision of the state government,  till the date specified by the court, the GO has been issued worrying t he government servants and employees about her. They worry whether the government will make the scapegoat?

The GO has fuelled speculations that relocation of the government offices commences with the shifting of the vigilance commissioner  and other offices will follow suit soon.

The GO did not explain reasons for relocating the offices.

Though Kurnool has been designated as the judicial capital of AP, the two offices have no relevance with the judicial capital. The two offices are functioning from AP Secretariat for long.
 

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Too many hurdles for Jagan ‘Operation Aakarsh’?

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The ruling YCP wants to gain majority in the Legislative Council but it has got just 9 MLCs of its own. It has added another 2 MLCs from the TDP. So, the YCP so far could get 11 MLCs as against the total 58 members in Council. Unfortunately for CM Jagan Reddy, the main opposition TDP has got near brute majority as it has got 32 MLCs. This is after excluding the two TDP members who shifted loyalties to YCP. While Jagan got huge majority in the Assembly, Chandrababu Naidu nearly got the same advantage in the Council. As such, the YCP has no choice but to win over nearly 20 MLCs more from opposition parties. The YCP has to lure a minimum of 10 members more from the TDP itself.
Political analysts say that there are too many hurdles before Jagan Reddy to successfully implement Operation Aakarsh in AP Council under present circumstances. Immediate obstacle is that most MLCs of TDP are die-hard activists some of whom are there since the inception of the party in 1983. Council Chairman Sharif is one such leader. Another hurdle is the unfavourable numbers game. TDP still holds massive majority. Even the BJP and other opposition parties are not willing to support YCP under changed political situation. There is also a view that an anti-Jagan rule sentiment has already built up among the people because of his policies of demolitions, cancellations and political harassment. Can Ministers overcome all these hurdles to help Jagan in Capital shifting immediately?

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BJP mind games with AP regional parties?

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The Amaravati Capital crisis and the YCP-police harassment have come as a big blow to both the main Opposition parties, TDP and Jana Sena. On the other hand, CM Jaganmohan Reddy is himself badly disadvantaged because of his Rs. 43,000-Cr CBI illegal assets cases. In such a difficult situation, the BJP strategists have begun mind games with all the AP regional parties. Their big chance came when Jana Senani Pawan Kalyan literally surrendered to the BJP terms and conditions for their alliance. Very smartly, BJP is saying now that Pawan has come forward for their alliance unconditionally. Prior to his talks with Sunil Deodhar, Pawan spoke of ‘direct action’ of their two parties on Capital shifting agitation but there was no such announcement now. BJP leaders got what they wanted which was making Pawan to openly support the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

BJP has dismissed all possibilities of any tie-up with TDP in 2024 elections. BJP MP GVL Narasimha Rao says that their parties will win next elections in AP. There was a record for their party to start with less than 1 per cent vote share and go on to form governments in some states. With Pawan support, BJP is planning to finish off regional parties’ domination in AP. Has Pawan taken a calculated risk? Or did he make a self-goal by accepting unconditional alliance? Another speculation is that BJP-Pawan alliance will hurt TDP in future but not YCP.

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Andhra, Telangana CMs discuss political developments

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Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana met here on Monday to discuss various issues including the latest political developments at the national level in the wake of the nation-wide protests over Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

After landing here from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy drove to Pragati Bhavan, the official residence of his Telangana counterpart K. Chandrashekhar Rao.

Rao accorded a warm welcome to Reddy and hosted a lunch for him. After the lunch, they discussed various issues.

While the agenda of their meeting was not officially announced, the two leaders understood to be discussing the political developments at the Centre in the wake of ongoing protests against CAA, National Population Register (NPR) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The two Chief Ministers are likely to discuss CAA and related issues to take a stand in view of nation-wide protests. Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had voted against the Bill in Parliament while YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) led by Jagan Mohan Reddy had supported it.

They are also likely to disuss a joint strategy over NPR in view of the demands from various sections, especially Muslims to halt the work on NPR as they believe it to be the first step for NRC. The work on NPR is scheduled from April 1.

Telangana Chief Minister is under pressure from its ally All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and other Muslim groups to stay NPR as done by Kerala and West Bengal. Rao has come under criticism for his silence over the NRC and NPR.

Jagan Mohan Reddy, who was criticised for backing Citizenship Bill in Parliament, last month made it clear that he will not support NRC or any other move by the Centre which discriminates against the minorities.

This is the fourth meeting between Rao and Reddy since the later assumed office in May last year. The earlier meetings were focused on issues arising out of bifurcation of undivided Andhra Pradesh in 2014 and sharing of river waters.

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Union Ministers appointments to Raju but not Vijayasai

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In violation of CM Jagan orders, Narsapur MP Raghurama Krishnam Raju has met two Union Ministers in Delhi without taking prior permission of Vijayasai Reddy. He also moved socially and shook hands with Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Raju is also taking a delegation of Thurpu Kapu leaders to meet Minister Gehlot to demand inclusion of their community in OBC list. The MP is being received very well by YCP Ministers who, on the other hand, are putting AP Government Special Representative Vijayasai Reddy at a distance.

CM Jagan Reddy has already imposed restrictions on YCP MPs in Delhi. Following this, most MPs are avoiding direct contact with PM and Amit Shah and Union Ministers. It is because they are upset about Jagan order to take prior permission of Vijayasai Reddy. When AP Governor visited Delhi recently, Vijayasai Reddy met him without giving information to the other MPs. They are unhappy with that incident and they had to meet the Governor very late.

Reports say that the gap between the YCP MPs and Jagan-Vijayasai duo is increasing steadily. Jagan Reddy is very angry against Raghurama Raju’s rebellious activities. But he is not ready to take any action against him considering his strained relations with Modi-Shah duo already. BJP Delhi leaders are no doubt carrying forward their anti-Jagan agenda effectively.

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Rs 25,000 Cr loans in 6-month rule: How much in 5 years?

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The AP people are waking up to more shocking news every few days. Now, it’s getting confirmed that CM Jagan Reddy government brought and spent Rs. 25,000 Cr worth loans in the first six months of its rule. Not a single work in any development project is completed in this period. All major projects like Polavaram and Amaravati are stopped. What has this government done with this money? Even, the Navaratnalu Cash Transfer promises are not being fully implemented. Rythu Bharosa is partially given to farmers beneficiaries.

Is YCP government spending huge loans on unproductive sectors? Hundreds of crores are taken away in the name of painting the ruling party colours to government offices and public facilities. Tens of crores are spent on just furniture and maintenance of CM personal residence at Tadepalli in Amaravati and also at Lotus Pond in Hyderabad. Jagan Reddy used to blame Chandrababu Naidu for the mounting debt burden. At least, Naidu showed a few structures and projects. Now, no such development activity is taken up in last six months but YCP has successfully spent massive loans with no visible results.
Very alarming to imagine how many more loans Jagan will bring in the name of Navaratnalu promises in five years.

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IYR’s two-language media formula for Jagan

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Ex Chief Secretary IYR Krishna Rao has expressed doubts over the possibility to implement only English medium in government schools. He says that no government can outrightly deny the opportunity to students to study in their mother tongue. To support his comment, IYR refers to the guidelines given in the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 (RTE Act). This Act has clearly stressed the need for any state government to ensure comfortable education to the children which is possible only in the local language spoken in the homes of the region.

IYR Krishna Rao says that the YCP government would have no choice but to give a choice for the children to study in either Telugu or English medium. There is undoubtedly a rising aspiration among the people in villages for imparting English medium education to their children. But this involves too many problems. There is the risk of students not being able to follow lessons in English. This is why the RTE Act especially prefers mother tongue because the children will be able to grasp the subjects and learn things with ease. Also, the children should be given a choice to shift the medium to Telugu if they are not comfortable with English medium.

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Jagan One Chance became death sentence for AP: Naidu

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Former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu began his day-long Sand Deeksha at Dharna Chowk in Vijayawada demanding free sand policy in the state. Naidu said that he had seen 11 Chief Ministers in his long political career and Jaganmohan Reddy is the most hopeless CM of them all. In the past five months, 50 construction workers committed suicides. Even politicians are committing suicides because of the YCP harassment. Jagan policy caused great suffering to 35 lakh construction workers and many more depending on 125 associated professions.

Referring to election promises, Naidu said that Jagan Reddy asked for ‘One Chance’ and the Andhra people surprisingly gave that opportunity to him. But that One Chance of Jagan has now become a Death Sentence for the poor people all over the state. Naidu asked why Jagan is not stopping illegal transportation of Andhra sand to Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Orissa.

Chandrababu said that Jagan Reddy is crossing all decency as he is threatening to continue sand crisis if the cement industry managements don’t pay hefty amounts to YCP. Naidu deplored that Jagan is cruelly manipulating everybody despite its disastrous impact on poor people.

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Jagan irresponsible on Amaravati, says Economic Times

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The Economic Times, a financial daily from the Times of India group, published a very pitiable editorial on the fate of Amaravati Capital City. The paper wrote how Andhra Capital had risen to have a huge potential in terms of attracting investments, real estate growth and contribute to nation building as a whole. To kill such a promising city, it would be an unpardonable and irresponsible act on the part of CM Jaganmohan Reddy, the paper said.

Editorials in Economic Times are taken very seriously by industrialists and governments in India and abroad. For obvious reasons, the Jaganmohan Reddy government got very bad image in national media right from the beginning mainly because of its prejudiced Amaravati policy. But the Economic Times described Amaravati as a unique model in the entire world as it could create a huge economic potential in a short period with minimal resources at hand. However, CM Jagan didn’t ever talk about or even mention Amaravati name even after his 100 day regime.

Other national media are also publishing negative editorials on Jagan Rule. The Indian Express, the Tribune and the Asian Age commented on the dismal performance and oppressive rule of Jagan.

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Will KCR give a reasonable deal to AP?

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All Andhra people know how TRS boss Chandrasekhara Rao has whipped up anti-Andhra feelings and misled Sonia Gandhi to get separate Telangana statehood. KCR did not come forward for solving the reorganisation issues with AP government till there was Chandrababu Naidu as CM. But now, the same KCR is showing never before enthusiasm to solve all bifurcation issues amicably and for giving equal justice to both the states.

Doesn’t KCR know that the highest revenue-earning Hyderabad capital city was bagged by Telangana? AP had no capital city nor any resources. When AP leaders demanded fulfillment of Special Status promise to their States, KCR began demanding the same for Telangana. Now the same KCR is promising a better deal to Team Jagan to solve AP Bhavan, electricity dues, 9th and 10th schedule organisations.
KCR is saying that AP Bhavan in Delhi has been a heritage asset of Telangana. He has set his sights on this centrally located building in the country’s capital city. But as per the bifurcation act, AP has to get its share of 58 per cent while Telangana will get only 42 per cent as per population figures. AP is arguing that AP Bhavan should be divided as per this ratio. Will KCR give an equal and reasonable deal to AP? Analysts say that going by track record, KCR is sure to outwit Team Jagan and deprive AP further.

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Video: Jagan and KCR attends Visakha Sri Sarada Peetham Heir-Incarnation

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Jagan balancing act between KCR and Modi

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AP CM Jaganmohan Reddy is almost caught between TRS and BJP. Telangana CM Chandrasekhara Rao talked of getting national project status for Kaleswaram. But he did not even go and raise it before PM Modi at the Niti Ayog meeting. However, Jagan met Modi and pleaded for special status for his state. There is talk of clear distance growing between KCR and Modi but Jagan is maintaining somehow equal closeness to both leaders.

Now, KCR is facing criticism for his changed policies even as the Modi government is slowly becoming unfriendly to the TRS government. The scene has reversed because earlier BJP used to favour Telangana and discriminate against AP. Jagan has got Modi’s approval for release of huge Central funds for Polavaram and backward areas. Amid these developments, KCR is arriving in AP today to invite Jagan to be the chief guest at Kaleswaram inaugural function.

Jagan’s situation is becoming sandwiched between two rival parties. Analysts say that Jagan has compulsions towards both Modi and KCR which is why he will be playing a balancing act very cautiously.

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Most likely Ministers in Jagan Cabinet

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Total 25 Ministers:

1 Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy
2 Mekapati Gowtham Reddy
3 Balineni Srinivasa Reddy
4 Buggana Rajendranath Reddy
5 Mekathoti Sucharita
6 Alla Nani
7 Kodali Nani
8 P Anil Kumar Yadav
9 K Parthasarathi (Yadava)
10 Botsa Satyanarayana (BC)
11 Dharmana Krishna Das (BC)
12 Avanti Srinivas
13 Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose
14 Dadisetti Raja
15 Kurasala Kanna Babu
16 Perni Nani
17 Pushpa Srivani
18 Narayana Swamy
19 Amjad Bhasha
20 Cherukuwada Sriranganadha Raju
21 Vellampalli Srinivas
22 Thaneti Vanitha
23 Pinipe Viswaroop
24 Mopidevi Venkataramana
25 Gummanuru Jayaram

Speaker – Tammineni Sitaram
Deputy speaker – Kona Raghupati

4 Reddys, 4 Kapus, 7 BCs, 5 SCs, 1 Kamma, 1 Muslim, 1 Vysya, 1 Kshatriya and 1 ST. One Brahmin to be deputy speaker.

Cabinet Ministers will be sworn in in Amaravati on Saturday at 11.49 am
The Cabinet meeting will be held on June 10 at 10.30 am.

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Jagan to target Naidu on Amaravati and Polavaram?

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CM-elect YS Jaganmohan Reddy has already given enough hints what his policy would be towards former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu. He is going to take a very serious view of the land pooling scheme taken up for the Capital City. The major allegations being made by YCP leaders are that Naidu and his benami leaders have bought lands at cheaper rates and safely excluded these lands from land pooling scheme.
Jagan has already said that there was a big scam in Amaravati lands. Some villagers outside Amaravati lands were objecting to their lands being taken for the capital. The YCP leaders have demanded justice for these farmers and the new government is all likely to consider their plea.
Also, Jagan’s target will be the second most important project of Naidu and it is the lifeline project of Polavaram. The YCP is complaining that there was lot of corruption in this project also. Only time will tell whether Jagan will streamline and continue these projects or not.

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Stalin in role to rope in KCR, Jagan

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UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is said to be in close touch with DMK leader M.K. Stalin on building the numbers for the UPA, if push comes to shove following the counting of votes on May 23.

Stalin, whose party is an ally of Congress, is reportedly working the channels to get the support of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), who are likely to be crucial for government formation in the event the Lok Sabha elections throw up a fractured verdict.

This assumes significance in the backdrop of TRS chief’s May 13 meeting with Stalin in Chennai. Though KCR reportedly discussed his idea of a Federal Front and urged Stalin to support the proposed alliance of regional parties, the DMK leader requested him to back the Congress for formation of a non-BJP government.

Since Stalin has taken an initiative, the Congress leadership is believed to have felt it appropriate to entrust him with the task of holding further talks with both KCR and Jagan.

Telangana has 17 Lok Sabha seats and TRS is confident of making a clean sweep with its ally All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) expected to retain Hyderabad.

Banking on her experience of the 2004 and 2009 elections when she successfully cobbled together Congress-led alliance, Sonia Gandhi has stepped up her efforts to once again prepare the ground for the coalition.

As part of this, she has invited political heavyweights for a meeting on May 23.

Andhra Pradesh has 25 Lok Sabha seats. KCR is counting on the support of YSRCP to have joint bargaining power for the Telugu states.

Since KCR considers Telugu Desam Party (TDP) as anti-Telangana, he has thrown his weight behind YSRCP and invited it to join hte federal front.

The TDP, which pulled out of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) last year, is working for a non-BJP alliance led by the Congress.

TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu is already believed to have communicated to Congress leadership that he will have no problem to TRS being part of UPA. However, he may have reservations about Congress efforts to seek support of YSRCP.

One of the reasons cited by Naidu for his decision to pull out of NDA was BJP warming up to Jagan.

Since UPA may need the support of both, the Congress party is understood to have already initiated efforts to persuade Naidu to take a soft stand in the matter.

It is in this context that DMK leader Durai Murugan’s meeting with Chandrababu Naidu in Amaravati on May 14 is seen as important.

TRS, which won five Lok Sabha seats in 2004, had joined Congress-led UPA after the polls. KCR served as minister in Manmohan Singh cabinet for a couple of years before resigning over the demand for statehood to Telangana.

Though he hailed Congress for agreeing to carve out Telangana state and enjoyed a good rapport with Sonia Gandhi, KCR was accused of betrayal by Congress after he refused to merge TRS with the party.

“Jagan has already made it clear that whichever party gives special category status to Andhra Pradesh will get YSRCP’s support for government formation at the Centre. He has not ruled out support to Congress,” a YSRCP leader, who did not want to be identified, told IANS.

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Jagan , YSRCP leaders floating in dreams !

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Almost all the YCP leaders are busy making plans for their key roles and powerful positions. They firmly believe in their party running government from May 23. Jaganmohan Reddy is no exception to this and he is literally floating in CM dreams. Insiders revealed that Jaganmohan Reddy is making plans to conduct his first YCP Legislature Party meeting at Idupulapaya nearer to his father’s samadhi.

There is also talk that Jagan is not showing interest in conducting his swearing-in function in Amaravati capital city. There’s no clue as yet on this but Jagan is considering various other options for the same. His party leaders are also speculating on who will be given which ministry. Many MLA hopefuls are already making representations to Vijayasai Reddy and YV Subba Reddy. There’s talk that either Roja or Kodali Nani will be made the home minister. The party leaders are also discussing that Jaganmohan Reddy will pursue cases against Chandrababu Naidu to target him and cripple his party once YCP comes to power.

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Will BJP arm-twist Jagan ?

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Barely few days left for the election and it is still not clear as to which party would YSRCP support in the Centre where the rumours are spreading about BJP asking YCP to merge into their party .TDP is a part of the ‘Mahagathbandhan,’ while JSP has formed an in-state alliance with BSP, CPI, and CPM. In the recently held India Today Conclave 2019, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy said that he is not against anyone and would support a party which would grant the special category status to A.P. He further stated that he is keeping his options open. So, it is clear that he will not announce any alliance till the results of the elections are announced. This is a calculated move because announcing support to any of the national alliances will have a direct impact on the voters decision.

The conjecture in the state is that Jagan will support the BJP. Both, Chandrababu Naidu and Pawan Kalyan are alleging that Jagan is an ally of BJP and is deliberately staying mum about it. Aligning with BJP might be detrimental to YSRCP. In the past five years, BJP has neither granted AP the special category status nor extended any financial aid. Also, the ‘Modi Wave’ no longer exists. Demonetisation has distressed the common man and has dented Modi’s image. Considering these factors, YSRCP might have chosen to remain silent about their probable alliance.

Amidst the secrecy and speculations, a common question is doing the rounds; why would Jagan support the BJP? Well, the reasons could be plenty. But, the main one seems to be to free himself from all the charges against him. According to the 47 pages affidavit presented to the election commission by Jagan, there are 31 criminal cases pending against him and most of them pertain to his disproportionate assets. Also, he was arrested by the CBI for embezzlement and was jailed for 16 months. However, he is neither proven guilty nor acquitted of the charges. Therefore, Jagan’s predicament will be fully exploited by the BJP. Arm-twisting is not new to Modi-Shah. Post Jayalalitha’s demise, they have manipulated the political scenario in Tamil Nadu and made sure that AIADMK joined hands with the BJP. Similarly, they will corner Jagan and demand his support in return for saving his assets. Consequently, Jagan will have to walk down that path in order to clear himself from the allegations and safeguard his assets.

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Andhra Vs Telangana – it’s a battle of sentiments now

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K Chandrasekhara Rao came to power by whipping up Telangana sentiment in 2018. In Andhra politics, such regional sentiments usually do not work. Even if they are there, they will not work like a miracle. It’s because Andhra voters are divided across caste and religious lines vertically. The scene has changed to a large extent this time. There is an under current of Andhra sentiment which is in a subtle, steady form.

While KCR used abusive and offensive language to raise T-sentiment, Chandrababu Naidu is just sharply criticising Jagan, Modi and KCR. Naidu’s game plan is clear. He does not use offensive language like he never did in his four decades of long political career. But he is bringing up Andhra sentiment in an indirect way. Thus, anti-Modi and anti-KCR sentiments are building up across the state, which is raising pro-Andhra sentiment eventually.

It is in this respect that the opposition YCP is not able to take full advantage of anti-government factor. Even Jana Senani Pawan Kalyan is not able to make expected impact just because he is not fully addressing Andhra sentiment. Analysts say that like Telangana, there is a chance the TDP will finally get an edge by riding the sentiment wave.

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