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Is Jagan slipping into bad politics again?

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Politics is all about power and the state power is meant to acquire ownership over the state assets. The welfare of the people is only a byproduct of competitive politics. Once you acquire ownership through political power, you can do whatever you desire. You can sell off the government and farmers’ lands, mortgage or transfer them to corporates, you can buy luxury buses and cars for your tours, you can renovate camp office and office with hundreds of crore, you can even rebuild them in the name of vastu, you can demolish buildings, get new ones constructed… all with peoples’ money. It’s this ownership that engenders the fiercest battles in politics.
Anybody(no need to cite names)who is in politics plays the game only to win the ownership of the vast estate called state.

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Politicians, however, should not be too obsessed with this motive to gain power. This is bad politics and It would jeopardize the basic objective. Jagan’s political career is marred by bad politics from the very beginning itself. He earned notoriety as a son who tried to sit on thrown through a signature coup even before the funeral rites completed to his dead father. How far it is true, whether Jagan is directly involved in it or not, or some J-zealots did all this is immaterial now . But it had become a major sources of embarrassment for Jagan. It is difficult to erase this episode from the memories of the people.

Everybody was under the impression that Jagan was a man in a hurry and he himself spoiled his chances of becoming chief minister. All his hard labor, Odarpu Yatras, fierce speeches, YSR good will and even the belated-stubborn stand he took against the partition of the state could not save him from the ignominy of the defeat in 2014. Reason, the bad politics he practiced. He was too obsessive with the post of chief minister. Ask anybody in state, pat comes the reply, “had he been a bit patient, he would have become the chief minister in 2014.”

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The dharna, he organized near CRDA office in Vijayawada on Wednesday, was clearly an indication to the replaying of the old tragicomedy. The program was meant to organize farmers against the forcible and undemocratic way of acquisition of fertile lands by the government to build a ‘world-class’ capital. It was definitely not the time to talk about becoming chief minister. He should have resisted the urge to tell the people that no force on earth could stop him from becoming chief minister. He should have confined himself to the issues of capital and politics of TDP.

He clearly and unwittingly announced to the whole world that he was organizing these struggle to become chief minister. He also forecast the political fall of chief minister Chandrababu Naidu. His obsession with the post of chief minister was so strong that he got slipped into a delirium of one-upmanship which has not gone down well with those who were observing him from afar. It was clear that what was happening there at the dharna was not the fight for justice, but a fight to settle scores with Chandrababu Naidu.

“Since Chandrababu Naidu is determined to build the capital, It should be opposed with equal determination as an opposition leader” was what his speech conveyed to the people across the state. It appeared as if he was organizing dharna with a sole motive of becoming chief minister rather than coming to the aide of the farmers, who are set to lose multi-crop and uniquely fertile lands. Till then, the TDP, which had been on the defensive on capital lands issue, grabbed the opportunity to launch an aggressive attack on him for this “would be chief minister” remark. Not only the ministers, even the intellectuals at the Special Status Sadhana Samiti had to appeal the political parties not attempt to settle scores using problems of the people.

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This too much obsession with the post of chief minister, when the elections are too far away, has the potential to derail his agitational politics. It may earn him tons of cheers from his cheerleaders and those affected farmers, but it would hardly please others who are outside the pen of YSRCP.

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Jagan: The fast and furious leader of AP

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YSR Congress party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy is a radically changed man these days, at least in public. He is the youngest man leading a political party in India. He is the most politically controversial leader and also most politically persecuted man. He is the only party president in the country to have got his assets attached by ED. Arguably, India’s richest party boss and the only party president to go to jail in cases related to the disproportionate assets. Jagan’s too short a political career is marked by too many first rank controversies.

His was the only party which scored highest marks in the surveys before elections. All these feature have made Jaganmohan Reddy most curious personality of Indian politics before 2014. His defeat was one of the most talked about subject among the political analysts.

These unwholesome ‘firsts’ have not eroded his confidence in future. Jagan, though lost in elections,
has not gone on vacation to regain strength like Rahul Gandhi. The defeat and insults, instead of weighing him down,appears to have strengthened his resolve to emerge unscathed from the cases.

Even though he is the president of the party, embarrassingly he is surrounded by senior leaders,some are even veterans.To stand out among these leaders, he has to do works which these leaders can not even think of. Jagan certainly has chosen an arduous journey of agitations, tours and fasts. I don’t want to attribute this to his family’s factional history. Present restive Jagan is totally a product of the politics he has been perusing.

He transformed himself into an angry young man, rather, these circumstances have made him into perpetual fighter. See, how many times he organized dharnas. How tirelessly he has bee on tour. He sat on indefinite fast once in Hyderabad. He staged two fasts in New Delhi and observed two-day fast in support of farmers, who were fighting land pooling by the government. He undertook a two-day samara deeksha in Magalagiri. He sat on two-day rythu deeksha in Tanuku.

Now, he is going to stage a dharna in front of krishna collectorate in Machilipatnam on August 25, protesting government’s apathy with regard to Kothamajeru viral fever victims. Similarly, next day on August 26, he is scheduled sit on a fast in against the forcible acquisition of fertile lands in river front villages in Amaravati capital development region.

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Political storm clouds hover over Vijayawada

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In the next few days Vijayawada, the temporary seat of government of Chandrababu Naidu, is all set to be encircled by intense political storm.

While Janasena president and movie star Pawan is going make a whirlwind tour of river front villages, YSR Congress has announced its program of agitation against the invocation land acquisition act to acquire the multi-crop lands in Amaravati capital region.

Pawan is said to have cancelled his movie shooting to visit these villages. His proposed visit has already unsettled the ruling Telugu Desam party. As per some sources in TDP, a meeting is likely between chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and Pawan. A team of ministers are planning to meet Pawan to make him understand good intention of government in acquiring the lands for world-class capital.

Any climb down by Pawan after these meetings would erode his image as a power star among the people Andhra Pradesh. Sitting unseen Pawan has raised temperature in the region by tweeting support to the people and urging the government to spare these ‘green-mines’ on the banks of River Krishna. Pawan opposed desctruction of the multi-crop lands in the name of capital construction.

For the past three four days farmers have been organizing dharnas in front of capital region development authority (CRDA) office. Today YSR Congress organized protest in front of CRDA office in Tullur. The party announced their program and it would culminate in party president Jagan’s diksha near the CRDA office in Vijayawada on August 26.

Before that the party would organize Rastha rokho on Prakasam barrage on August 23, and on 24 , YSRC leaders stage a protest dharna near CRDA office, Nidamarru followed by a public meeting. And on August 25, the party is going to organize a bandh in support to agitating farmers in Nidamarru, Betapudi, Penumaka and Tadepalli mandals.

As all opposition parties have undeclared solidarity among themselves versus TDP government all other parties are expected joint the programs and make it a success.

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Jolt to Jagan in Nellore district ?

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Who said municipal minister P Narayana is only an education-businessman and not a politician? The businessman is acquiring political color. He is planning to gain control of the politics in the district from politicians proper. To prove his manipulative skills, Narayana is all set to bring Nallureddy Prasannakumar Reddy back to Telugu Desam Party and present him as a trophy of his triumph in politics to his boss Chandrababu Naidu.

And, of course, also to rein-in Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy. The rise of Narayana in Nellore district stopped Somireddy in his tracks. Somireddy, though a powerful spokesperson of the party, could not get MLC nomination last month.This is the talk in political circles.

Prasannakumar Reddy has sent enough signals to YS Jaganmohan Reddy that can’t continue in the YSRCP for “personal” reasons. First he expressed his inability to meet the expenditure of running the Nellore district party office. His complaint is that head office (read as Jagan) is not sharing the burden of office expenditure. Later he said he had resigned from the post of district president of the party. Later, at the intervention of YS Jaganmohan Reddy he agreed to continue as the president. Exactly one month later, Yesterday, in a press conference in Kota, he reiterated that he had resigned from the post of district party president. He also said this was final. He, however, clarified that he would continue to sail with Jagan.

Who believes it? This is typical of whispers politicians produce before they plan to leave a party. The talk in the YSR Congress is that he is a gone case. His followers say Prasannakumar Reddy is not getting due importance in the party, even MP Mekapati is also ignoring him.But, others are of the opinion that Reddy sees no future for YSRCP in the district, so wants to take a decision about his future much in advance.

Prasannakumar Reddy was originally a TDP MLA. He got elected to Assembly in 2009 as TDP candidate and later switched to Congress under the spell of YSR and then to YSRC aftre YSR death. He resigned from the Assembly and won the subsequent byelection in March 2012 as YSRCP candidate. In 2014 he lost to TDP again. As he is out power and has to bear the expenditure of party activities, he is thinking of coming back to TDP which is in power. In the next three and half year, he could get enough strength to face the 2019 election with the support of ruling party and ministers like Narayana.

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Jagan arrested and released

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The Delhi police stopped Jaganmohan Reddy’s march towards Parliament after the dharna at Jantar Mantar in the afternoon today. Police took him into preventive custody as the march was expected to obstruct traffic in the key Jantar Mantar Road.

Jagan started his march to Parliament House with thousands of party worker after the dharna to demand special category status for Andhra Pradesh raising slogans against BJP regime at centre.

Police raid on the march created some confusion  and in the melee some leader have reportedly received minor injuries.

Jagan, without resisting the arrest, followed the police into the vehicle he was shifted to Parliament Road police station near Jantar Mantar.

Jagan’s followers staged a protest outside police station against the arrest and demanded the release of their leader.

However, the YSRC chief was released from  police station after sometime.

Emerging from the police station, Jagan took objection to police highhandedness. He said many MLAs and MPs had been injured in the police raid.

He said he courted arrest sensing some trouble from the police and  any defiance would lead to lathi charge.

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Photos : Y.S.Jagan Dharna at Delhi for AP Special Status

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Jagan’s open letter to speaker and CM

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Opposition leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy took strong objection to the constitution of general purposes committee (GPC)and  convening the  meeting on August 11, at a time when the entire opposition party would be away in New Delhi for  a dharna.

In a six-page letter written to Assembly speaker Kodela Siva Prasadrao and chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu he deplored that they were violating conventions of the Assembly in setting up committees.

Questioning the motive of the formation of the committee, which was long forgotten, Jagan said the committee was fully loaded with members of ruling party and principle of  proportionate representation was conveniently ignored.

He said the agenda of the meeting also was not conveyed to the opposition party.

The general purposes committee normally advises on the affairs of the House.

The present committee has 25 members including the speaker. What is surprising  that out of 24 members  21 are from ruling party and remaining three are from the YSRC.  Jagan questioned the logic behind the disproportion of the members from the ruling and opposition parties.

The YSRC president alleged that the speaker office refused to inform his MLA of the agenda of the meeting when approached.

He suspected that the meeting  was being convened only to justify and get ratification for the removal of YS Rajasekhar Reddy’s portrait from the Assembly Hall with brute majority.

Jagan listed out 19 points the party going to raise in the next session of Assembly.

The list of issues include Cash-for-vote scam, causes for the stampede during Pushkaralu in Rajahmundry,  TDP MLA Chintamaneni Prabhakar’s attack on MRO Vanajakshi, Rishiteswari suicide and the government’s attempt to shield culprits, scam in the Pattiseema lift irrigation project, modification of barytes mining tenders, coal scam, business deals in the name of Capital construction through the controversial Swill Challenge method, Job for each family, unemployment allowance etc.

By convening GPC meeting, Jagan alleged, the government was planning to sabotage the raising of these issues in the next session of the Assembly.

The alleged that there was a clear motive to bypass the opposition party in calling the general purpose committee meeting on August 11, even though  YSRC dharna on August 10 in Jantar Manar, New Deli for special status  had been notified much in advance.

Jagan  demanded the speaker to scrap the committee which was not once convened when  TDP was in power between 1995-2004 or constitute the committee by giving proportionate representation to the parties in the House.

He advised speaker to fix the date of the meeting on a mutually convenient day and to keep the opposition posted with the agenda well in advance.

 

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Jagan’s visit to KothaMajeru Village

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YSRC president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy had visited Kotha Majeru village of Challapalli mandal in Krishna district. Mr. Reddy had interacted with the locals and inquire about spread of viral fevers in the village.

 

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YSRC to mobilize two trainloads of people to Delhi Dharna

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TDP Chandrababu Naidu’s weakness is YSRC Jaganmohan Reddy ‘s strength. Sensing that the TDP is not able to wage a battle for special category status, YSR Congress wants to exploit it to become  the champion of the cause and mobilize people around the issue. As the TDP cabinet could not take a stand on the union planning minister Inderjit Singh’s assertion that they had no plan to accord special category status to any state, Jagan has given a call to his party workers to make the August 10 New Delhi Dhrana a grand success.in. It accused the TDP of setting aside the demand for special status for considerations. As the field is left open for opposition party, YSRCP is mobilizing two trainloads of party workers to Delhi for its Dharna.

“Two special trains will leave on August 7 from Anakapalle and Tirupati covering all the districts to ferry Party leaders and cadre to participate in the dharna and the March to Parliament on August 10 ,” party leader Botsa Satyanarayana said Saturday.

He said it was very evident from the tone and conduct of TDP Government that it was trading the Special Status issue for other considerations and was mortgaging the interests of people in Delhi for personal and political gains.

Party MPs, MLAs, MLCs and district level leaders will join the dharna, he added.

Taking objection to the tall claims of Chandrababu Naidu on his influence in conferring highest civilian award to Abdul Kalam, Botsa asked why the same influence did not work in the case of  TDP founder leader NTR.

 

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Jagan to stage dharna before parliament on Aug 10

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YSR Congress will stage a dharna on August 10 at Jantar Mantar in Delhi to protest against the delay in according the Special category state status to Andhra Pradesh and to highlight the TDP Government’s indifference on the issue.

Party president and Opposition leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will lead the dharna  and a  march of party MPs, MLCs, MLAs, and other leaders, to the Parliament.

“Though our Party President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has time and again brought the issue to the notice of the concerned authorities in Delhi there was no response and the State Government has been silent on the issue for reasons not known. Hence we have decided to hold a dharna in Delhi on August 10,” party leaders Pilli Subashchandra Bose and Jyothula Nehru announced  on Thursday.

The special status issue was raised by BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu, who wanted it to be extended to ten years and not five years, while the then Prime Minister Dr Man Mohan Singh has assured of special status. Our state can develop industrially and on other fronts only if the special status is accorded.

As the TDP government is not taking any initiative, we will pursue the matter by holding a dharna,” they said adding that perhaps Andhra Pradesh is the only State in the country which has no capital in its territory.

Earlier in the day, Jagan held a meeting with the party leaders and discussed the political developments in which the special status and the strategy for the ensuing assembly session were discussed, they said.

 

 

 

 

 

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Y.S.Jagan Rythu Bharosa Yatra in Anantapur

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Jagan to join Rahul to defeat Land Bill

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YS Jaganmohan Reddy led YSR Congress will join hands with  Congress party in opposing and defeating  the Land Acquisition Bill in parliament.

The Parliament monsoon session is commencing from July 21, and it is going to be crucial one for both BJP and Telugu Desam party. The YSRC parliamentary board has asked its members to vote against the Land bill in Parliament. This brings YSRC closer to the Congress which is campaigning for the defeat of the Land Bill-2015.

This is for the first time, Congress and YSR Congress, which TDP president Chandrababu Naidu used to call “mother Congress and child Congress”, coming closer.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has given a call to all opposition parties in  parliament to defeat the bill which is going to amend the existing land acquisition act brought about by UPA government.  All non-NDA parties are opposing the bill and are expected to join hands to defeat the bill. It is really testing time for Modi  led NDA government, whose numbers fall short of majority in Rajya Sabha.

Even though the Bill will have no problem in getting the nod of Lok Sabha, it is certain to pave the way for unity of opposition parties. On record, the YSR Congress has nine members in Lok Sabha, one is from Telangana and eight from Andhra Pradesh. Of the eight, MPs  SPY Reddy and Kothapalli Gita have switched sides and they may vote in favor of bill.

“We strongly oppose the Land Acquisition Bill which allows the acquisition of multi crop lands without incorporating the necessary buffers like social impact assessment and consent of the farmers,” Party MP and floor leader in Lok Sabha Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy told reporters after the Parliamentary Party meeting held under the chairmanship of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. YSRCPP met  to discuss the strategy to be adopted in the monsoon session beginning July 21. Many issues such as special status to Andhra Pradesh, high level probe into cash-for-vote scam, expediting the construction of Polavaram project, implementation of other provisions in the AP reorganization Act will ensure that YSRC and Congress are in the page during the session.

 

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Threat to YSR Legacy in TS: Jagan’s Intriguing Silence

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In Telangana, politics always makes strange bedfellows. The enemies forget their past and embrace, and the very next moment brandish the swords to cut throats. This is how politics flourished in the region and going to flourish in future as well. Otherwise, YSR Congress can’t be expected of maintaining deafening silence even though chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is destroying  the traces of YS Rajasekhar Reddy from the soil of Telangana.

A leader, who never fails to refer to the name of Maha Neta (this is how YS Jaganmohan Reddy addresses his father) has been silent in Telangana on the annihilation of YSR’s projects. Why is it that Jaganmohan Reddy, who wants to build his political empire on the legacy of his father, is winking at the acts of destruction of YSR legacy? Is it just because, he wants to take help of chief minister Chandrasekhar Rao, in weakening TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu. His silence lends credence to the talk that Jagan is in league with KCR.

As Jagan is silent, Congress is owning up YS Rajasekhar Reddy in the new state to derive political advantage.

1. Neither Jagan nor his sister Sharmila in her tour in Telangana last month asked if there was need to abandon the Pranahita-Chevella project,  which was the dream-project of YS Rajasekhar Reddy. YRS laid foundation for the project in 2008 and works have been taken up spending thousands of crores of taxpayers money.

It is the Congress which alleged that KCR was obliterating the YSR legacy.  They charged that  KCR had abandoned the project just because it had been initiated by Rajasekhar Reddy.

2. Entire Mahabubnagar district is up against KCR government for setting aside four irrigation projects, Nettempadu, Kalwakurthi, Koilsagar and Bhima in favor of a new project Palamuru-Raga Reddy lift irrigaton project. Congress sounded war bugle against ignoring the project which are in the final stages of completion. According to G Chinna Reddy (MLA Vanaparthi), DK Aruna (MLA, Gadwala), Bhatti Vikramaraka (TPCC working president) a meager allocation of Rs 500 cr – Rs 600 cr was enough to complete these projects.

“If completed, these projects would helpirrigate 8 lakh acres in the district,” Bhatti told Telugu360.com. A meeting of Congress leaders held  two days ago at DK Aruna’s residence had decided that Congress leaders visit these projects on July 24 and July 25 to study their status and place facts before the people, Bhatti said.

However, from the YSR Congress side, except the lone MP Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy(Khammam), no other leader reacted against  the abandonment of Pranahita-Chevella project in Telangana which people of Adilabad fear would deny water to their district. While the party president Jagan is not keen to  rub KCR on wrong side, as a party, YSRC also failed to take a view on the KCR’s decision. Jagan made a feeble voice only once against the taking up of Palamuru-Ranga Reddy Lift Irrigation Project some time back with out referring the four project ignored by TRS government.

Jagan’s inaction on the projects is being attributed to  the purported political understanding he has with KCR. Since Jagan sees little future for his party in Telangana, he seems to have settled for an undeclared alliance with KCR, who is hell bent on driving  away Naidu from Hyderabad.

Strangeness of these political games is that KCR and Naidu were friends in  2009 elections and the fell apart after the drubbing at elections. KCR hated YSR to the bone. As long as YSR was in power, KCR did not dare talk Telangana. Later , Jagan openly opposed Telangana. Now, KCR and Jagan  are not enemies, if not friends.

 

 

 

 

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Judicial Inquiry Only to Save Naidu: Jagan

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Leader of Opposition YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said the judicial  inquiry ordered by the State was only to cover up the failure and misdemeanor of Chandrababu Naidu for ignoring the VIP ghat and opting for the main ghat to offer Pushkar puja.

“The inquiry is only to save the skin of the Chief Minister and to come out unscathed by making some officials as scapegoats and it serves no purpose. It is obvious that the incident occurred as the devotees were bolted for over three hours and the single entry was opened after Naidu left the spot,” YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said in Kovvur, West Godavari district, on Wednesday.

Had Chandrababu Naidu honored the protocol and took the bath at the VIP ghat the mishap would have been averted he said adding that since  he had ignored it, he should be held responsible for the death of more than 30 persons who died in the stampede.

“When the gates were opened after testing the patience of the devotees for over three hours, the surge was fast and furious and in the melee stampede occurred which claimed over 30 lives. Only Chandrababu Naidu should be blamed for the tragedy,” he said.

Had it been someone else, the person would have been jailed by now. He is directly and indirectly responsible for the deaths, he said.

 

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Naidu pumping Bad Money into Horse-trading

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Opposition leader in Andhra Pradesh Assembly YS Jagan Mohan Reddy wondered how TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu clings to the post of chief minister despite his direct involvement in the cash-for-vote scam. Jagan worked more hard than any TRS leader to get Naidu implicated in the cash for vote scam as accused number 1 or 2. He rushed to New Delhi, met President Pranab Mukhejee and Home Miniser Rajnath Singh and submitted memoranda to this effect. He also demanded a high level inquiry by a central agency.

However, both parties in the cash-for-vote scam seems to be withdrawing slowly from the warpath. So, Jagan has chosen to tour Andhra Pradesh.The opposition leader is in Kakinada on Odarpu Yatra to console the families of those fishermen who died recently in cyclone. Jagan accused chief minister of spending the ill-gotten wealth for horse trading in Telangana State.

He said the fiver crore offer to a Telangana nominated MLA was stands testimony to the money politics Naidu was going to unleash in Andhra and Telangana. “It is unprecedented in the history of the country for a Chief Minister to involve directly in a bribery case involving crores of rupees to buy a vote of an MLA,” he said.“I fail to understand,” he said, “though there were audio visual proofs of the involvement of Chandrababu Naidu in the scam, as to why he is not being arrested and Chandrababu Naidu has no moral right to continue as Chief Minister,” he said. “Chandrababu Naidu has preached morals and ethics and demanded for the recall of the Governor. When he and his follower were caught on the video tape the tune suddenly has changed. He has no moral right to continue in the office,” Jagan said. (jnr)

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Jyothula Nehru Slams Babu

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[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]SRCP leader Jyothula Nehru has lashed out at Andhra Pradesh chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu. Expressing his anguish over the alleged involvement of Andhra Pradesh police in protecting fourth accused (A-4) Muthiah in cash-for-vote scam, Nehru said that it was unfortunate to send DGP to governor over protection of Muthiah. Addressing the media at YSRCP office in Hyderabad, Nehru questioned as to why AP Government is involving in cash-for-vote scam, as the issue is between TDP and Telangana Government.

He has further said that people came to know about the facts in cash-for-vote scam and thus stopped believing in Chandrababu Naidu’s statements. Expressing his concern about farming, Nehru slammed Babu and said that the chief minister was exerting extra burden on farmers by doubling the water cess. It has to be mentioned here that YSRCP has been vehemently criticising Babu ever since this scam broke out. In fact, its supremo YS Jaganmohan Reddy (although on pilgrimage now) shifted his base to Delhi and met several key leaders to explain the alleged involvement of Chandrababu Naidu in cash-for-vote scam.

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Jagan’s political tomfoolery in cash-for-vote scam

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It is pretty clear that the political heat between AP and TS governments is coming down.  An impression that things will be allowed to take their own course without any political influence with regard to the cash-for-vote scam and so called  phone-tapping charge by AP government is gaining ground. Not only have warring factions, TDP and TRS, fallen silent, the YSRC leadership which played in the sidelines has also stepped aside.  Centre took objection to the unsavoury remarks being made by AP ministers against Governor .  Finally, chief minister Naidu had to instruct his colleagues against attracting the wrath of Raj Bhvan. His office on Friday midday informed journalists about CM’s advisory to the ministers.

In whole drama, YS Jaganmohan Reddy, YSR Congress president and Opposition leader in AP Assembly, played a bit of tomfoolery.  Ever since the cash-for-vote sting tapes leaked to electronic media, it was Jagan who behaved like a man-possessed.

He thought the  cash-of-vote case was a great opportunity  to settle scores with  his bête noire chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and to send him to Chenchalguda jail, where the former Kadapa MP spent nearly one and half year.

He made more noise than any other politician in the state on cash-for-vote scam. He was more vocal in demanding that Naidu be made accused number one. He also demanded that Naidu should step down and face the probe. He also extended support to TRS government in Telangana to act quickly in arresting the AP chief minister. As if it was not enough he rushed to New Delhi and petitioned to the President Pranab Mukherjee and union home minister Rajnath Singh for a high-level probe in to Naidu’s role in cash-for-vote scam.

He lamented that Andhra Pradesh,under Naidu’s rule, had become a haven of corruption.

Jagan seems to have underestimated the depth of regional sentiment among the AP people following bifurcation of the state. His overt alliance with KCR, who is generally perceived as anti-Andhra, brought him disrepute among people of Andhra Pradesh. Chances are that he is seen as an ally of TRS in Andhra Pradesh, which does not augur well for his party.

 

 

 

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YS Jaganmohan Reddy-Profile

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YS Jaganmohan Reddy is the founder of YSR Congress Party, the main opposition in the Andhra Pradesh assembly.

Born to former chief minister YS Rajashekara Reddy on December 21, 1972, YS Jaganmohan Reddy entered Congress party after his father became chief minister for the first time in 2004.

In 2009, when the state went for general elections, Jagan contested for the Lok Sabha seat from Kadapa constituency with and won with an overwhelming majority. After sudden demise of his father, Jagan was unhappy with Congress. Subsequently, he resigned from Congress party along with his mother YS Vijayamma.

Jagan formed YSR (Yuvajana Sramika Raithu) party, which coincides with the initials of his father YSR. The sympathy wave and developmental programmes taken up by YSR between 2004 and 2009 gave decent political mileage to YSR as his party emerged as a strong alternative to Congress and TDP.

However, he apparently faced corruption charges and was sent to judicial remand for 16 months. He is currently the opposition leader in AP assembly and fights on farmers’ issues.  Jaganmohan Reddy displayed placards in Lok Sabha against the formation of Telangana state and categorically demanded that both the regions—Seemandhra and Telangana be done justice.

Jagan’s odarpu yatra (condolence tour) to extend solidarity to YSR’s admirers post his demise received thumping response.  YSRCP is regarded as the only alternative to ruling TDP in Andhra Pradesh.

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