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Lokesh finally announces his padayatra

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TDP general secretary and former minister Nara Lokesh on Friday announced his proposed padayatra in the state. He told his party workers at Mangalagiri about his plans and asked the rank and file to make the programme a success.

Lokesh told the party workers that his padayatra would be held from January 27 for 400 days from Kuppam in Chittoor district to Itchapuram in Srikakulam district. Interestingly, his yatra starts at the constituency represented by his father Chandrababu Naidu and ends at the constituency represented by TDP MLA Ashok Bendalam.

Lokesh would walk for four days in his Mangalagiri Assembly constituency and would leave it to the party workers. He had been active in the constituency even after his defeat in the 2019 general election. He is available for his Mangalagiri Assembly constituency at least for three days a week.

Meanwhile, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu is busy making arrangements for his son’s padayatra. He had held a meeting of the party’s young leaders and told them to stand by Lokesh during the padayatra. He also requested the TDP NRI wing to be available for Lokesh’ padayatra in providing the logistics.

Chandrababu Naidu wanted to take up a bus yatra initially but felt that padayatra would be better for Lokesh to reach out to the people. Bus yatra has some limitations while padayatra is open to the people who can walk with the leader.

After prolonged deliberations, Chandrababu Naidu zeroed in on Lokesh padayatra and the leadership is currently busy working on the route map and the strategy.

The party is also organising a back office to handle both the logistics and the communication so as to be available for both the people and the media.

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Lokesh rolled out 12 schemes in Mangalagiri

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) general secretary, Nara Lokesh, on Friday said that he being in Opposition has been implementing at least 12 welfare programmes in Mangalagiri Assembly segment and if comes back to power one can easily imagine how many more such schemes will be implemented.

Participating in the ‘Badude Badudu’ programme in Indira Nagar area in Mangalagiri town, Lokesh said that programmes like Anna Canteen, NTR Sanjeevini, tailoring machines for women under Stri Sakthi scheme and Pelli Kanuka are being implemented by him. Under the NTR Sanjivini scheme free medicare has been extended to at least 1,000 patients til now, he said.

“Free medicines are going to be supplied soon to diabetic and hypertension patients while eight persons have been extended assistance under the Self-Employment scheme,” Lokesh said. He promised to resolve the drinking water and power supply problems in the hilly areas once the TDP is back in power.

The TDP will also build houses for the poor when it comes back to power, he said, adding that pattas will be issued to the lands for those who are living in the hilly terrains. Lokesh is highly critical of local MLA, Alla Ramakrishna Reddy, terming him as a mini-psycho. He said that the local MLA is taking kickbacks from the real-estate contractors and is helping them to demolish the houses of the poor.

Coming down heavily on the Jagan Mohan Reddy government, the TDP general secretary said that the State is now witnessing a psycho regime. The Chief Minister is trying to extend the ‘J-brand’ liquor scam to the whole country, he said and stated that once the TDP is back in power the whole liquor scam will be exposed and those responsible for the scandal will be brought to book.

When an old woman, Siva Parvathi, approached him for help during the programme, the kind-hearted Lokesh immediately bought a pulling cart within half-an-hour exhibiting his great concern towards the needy.

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Lokesh to start his padayatra on January 27

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Former minister and TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh would be launching his padayatra from January 27, 2023, according to the sources in the party. He would start his marathon walk from the Kuppam town, which is now held by his father and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu.

The TDP sources say that the party had finally cleared the programme and had instructed the party top leaders to coordinate. The padayatra has been on the cards for the past one year, with the TDP giving leaks to the media about it to test the pulse of the people.

Lokesh has been moving closely to the masses particularly in the last one year, with the party launching the Badude Badudu programme to highlight the price rise in the YSR Congress-led government. He is addressing the media, interacting with the people better than in the past.

Sources say that Chandrababu Naidu wanted to launch the padayatra but due to his age, the mantle fell on Lokesh.

Chandrababu Naidu is now currently busy making arrangements within the party for the padayatra, including logistics. He is keeping senior leaders by the side of Lokesh to ensure that the things are kept in place.

Media coordination and security are the two major points where Chandrababu Naidu is more concerned about Lokesh. The party is deploying a couple of teams even from among the NRIs to coordinate with Lokesh and the party.

According to the available information, Lokesh would be on his padayatra for one year and is said to be concluding it in Itchapuram town of Srikakulam district.

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Lokesh visits Ippatam, meets house owners

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Former minister and TDP general secretary, Nara Lokesh, on Wednesday visited the Ippatam village of Tadepalli mandal and interacted with the house owners whose compound walls and sheds were demolished by the state government for the road widening.

The TDP general secretary visited the demolished portions of the houses and enquired about the damage caused to the house owners. The residents complained to the former minister about the government’s proposal to widen the road in the village, while the approach road is too narrow.

Some of the villagers have also complained to the TDP general secretary that the government demolished the houses with vengeance against them as they have given their lands to the Jana Sena for its formation day in March.

The villagers have also complained to the former minister that those who conducted surveys in the village were different and those who demolished the houses were different. They also told the TDP general secretary that the government and the officials have betrayed the people by pulling down the sheds and compound walls by force.

The villagers also complained to Lokesh that they have filed a petition in the high court against the road widening proposal. Though the case is pending in the court, the government destroyed the houses by ignoring the case pending in the court.

A couple of days ago, Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan had also visited the village and extended support to the villagers. He cautioned the state government against vendetta politics and said that the people would pull down this government.

The Jana Sena chief had also announced Rs 1 lakh each to the house owners whose houses were demolished by the government officials. The TDP and the Left parties have also condemned the demolition of the houses.

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Not Ambedkar but Raja Reddy constitution is being implemented in AP, says Lokesh

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) general secretary, Nara Lokesh, on Tuesday said that it is Raja Reddy constitution but not Ambedkar’s being implemented in Andhra Pradesh.

Lokesh, who earlier had a mulakath with the Proddatur party incharge, Mr Praveen Kumar Reddy, at the Kadapa Central Jail, told media persons here that the TDP leaders and party activists are being subjected to harassment by filing false cases against them if they fight for public issues or for the rights of the people.

“The State police personnel are ignoring the Indian Penal Code but implementing Jagan penal code and the State is now witnessing reverse policing,” he commented.

If the TDP leaders are moving around or if they raise any issues, the Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, who is taking shelter in Tadepalle palace is feeling nervous, Lokesh said adding that 70 party activists were killed while illegal cases were filed against 60 TDP senior leaders and over 5,000 party activists.

Stating that former minister, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, is such a leader who had donated assets worth crores of rupees for the poor, he said that this Government had filed false cases against him.

“When the other party senior leaders and former ministers, Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and Nimmakayala China Rajappa, visited Kakinada to attend a wedding, a case under the SC,ST Atrocities Act was registered against them. So also, illegal cases were filed against party state unit president, Atchen Naidu, as he raised some questions against the ruling party on the Floor of the Assembly,” Lokesh observed.

Mentioning several such instances like filing of cases under SC,ST Atrocities Act against the TDP SC leaders, MS Raju and Anitha, the TDP general secretary said that the party leaders went to Jagan’s home constituency Pulivendula to console the family members of one Nagamma, a Dalit woman who was murdered.

“This is the reason as to why I am saying that the State is now witnessing reverse policing,” he said and demanded that all the illegal cases filed against the TDP leaders be withdrawn immediately.

Stating that the MLA of Proddatur, Rachamallu Prasada Reddy, is against the sand mafia in his constituency and is the hand behind the cricket betting mafia too, Mr Lokesh said adding that he is collecting crores of rupees from the others involved in such mafia.

“Though it is more than two years since a complaint has been lodged against the Proddatur MLA and his brother-in-law in the murder of the local TDP leader, Nethanandam Subbaiah, but till now no FIR has been registered,” Lokesh pointed out.

Strongly condemning the searches conducted on the hotel in which Jana Sena chief, Pawan Kalyan, is camping, the arrest of the Jana Sena activists and creating hurdles to his programmes, Lokesh stated that the entire credit of developing the State goes only to the TDP.

It is the TDP that supplied water for Pulivendula, he said that Jagan, in these three years, has done nothing for his home district Kadapa.

“Jagan, who could not rebuild even the bus stand in Pulivendula which was demolished six months ago, has no right to talk about development.,” he observed. The TDP general secretary maintained that Jagan has done nothing for Kadapa and no steps have been initiated yet to construct the Kadapa steel plant for which the foundation was laid three years ago.

Lokesh asked Jagan as to why he is not talking about the murder of his paternal uncle, Vivekananda Reddy, when he made so much fuss while in the Opposition. One of the accused, Dasthagiri, who turned approver, is now facing threat to his life, Lokesh added.

Jagan Reddy, who accepted Amaravati as the capital on the Floor of the Assembly, is now changing tack. He made several allegations against Amaravathi but could not prove even a single allegation, Lokesh noted. “Since there is no possibility to loot Amaravathi as it is formed with a clean record, the ruling party leaders have now decided to move to North Andhra for the purpose,” the TDP general secretary added.

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Lokesh slams ‘Jagan Sarkaru Paata’ in Group-I jobs

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TDP general secretary and former minister Nara Lokesh on Tuesday urged the Governor to order a judicial inquiry into the Government’s fraud in the Group-I interview selections held by the AP Public Service Commission (APPSC).

Lokesh said that hundreds of meritorious candidates got a raw deal and total injustice as a result of irregularities in APPSC Group-I selections.

The TDP MLC warned that their party would expose Jagan Reddy’s ‘Sarkaru Vaari Paata’ (auction of Group-I posts). The Government should clarify why over 326 candidates were selected in digital valuation as against just 124 in manual valuation. The Governor should get it thoroughly investigated.

Lokesh pointed out that the Jagan Government had told the court that digital valuation was carried out in total transparency. In such a case, why were there many discrepancies and variations? Has any magic taken place in digital valuation?

Lokesh said the names of over 202 candidates, who were selected previously, were missing from the latest selection list. What reliable answer could the Government give on this aspect? Was there any Jagan drama in selection of Telugu medium candidates? Over 142 Telugu medium candidates got selected in digital valuation as against just 47 in manual valuation.

Condemning the YCP policies, Lokesh asked whether the differences in digital and manual valuations were aimed at benefitting some vested interests. Over 75 candidates were selected in the sports quota. But, this number was reduced to 48 by taking eight months for completing manual valuation which should have taken just three months.

Lokesh said at every instance, it was clear that the Group-I selections were full of irregularities. The Governor should focus on the Government-sponsored frauds in the selections. Justice should be done to the deserving candidates who got a raw deal because of the differences in valuation.

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Lokesh calls govt grossly insensitive to criticism

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TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh on Thursday accused the YSRCP Government of turning ‘grossly insensitive’ to endless criticism over the alarming condition of AP roads. Lokesh said the Government was showing zero response even though the people were complaining about roads being unfit for walking, leave alone motorable.

Lokesh termed it ‘pitiable’ that the rulers of neighbouring States were showing Andhra Pradesh as an example for under-development and retrogression. Even apolitical personalities like Chinna Jeeyar Swami were commenting on the bad condition of AP roads.

Lokesh released a video in which China Jeeyar commented that the latest road journey from Jangareddygudem to Rajamahendravaram would go down as a memorable event. Jeeyar made this observation while mentioning the potholes and the tough travel that marked severe ups and downs all through.

Lokesh pointed out that Chinna Jeeyar would always keep aloof from politics and ever busy with dissemination of Hindu dharma. But he had now responded with anguish on AP roads. It was imaginable what would be the feelings of everyday road users in the State when occasional visitors were passing such serious comments.

Condemning the ‘arrogance’ of YCP leaders, Lokesh strongly objected to ex Minister Avanthi Srinivas threatening a media journalist by his caste. Avanti had tried to intimidate journalist Ganesh at the Rythu Bharosa event at Padmanabham mandal in Vizag district.

TDP MLC said Avanti Minister had called the journalist as ‘panthulu’ and behaved in an insulting manner towards Brahmins. Not only that, Avanthi Srinivas had verbally abused even the farmers, who raised his voice, and the police officer for not restraining the farmer.

Lokesh claimed that the rising frustration of the ruling YSRCP MLAs would only indicate that their days of rule were numbered. The ruling party leaders were blinded by excessive power. They were not hesitating to insult everybody in public. He said that it was only due to peak level frustration that the former minister abused the journalist by caste, verbally abused the farmers and then showed his impatience to the sub-inspector on duty.

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Lokesh nails Jagan on paddy purchase in AP

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Former minister and TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh on Thursday blamed chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy for not purchasing paddy from the farmers. He wrote a letter to the chief minister asking to purchase 100 per cent paddy produce and make early payments to the farmers.

The TDP leader said that the government had failed to give minimum support price to the farmers which why the farmers were committing suicides. He said several farmers in the state have committed suicide this season as the Jagan government failed to procure paddy. In some cases, the government did not make payments, Lokesh said.

Lokesh also wanted the chief minister to help the farming community in the state in real terms rather than speaking highly about Rajanna Rajyam or Rythanna Rajyam. He wanted the chief minister to stop making tall claims about his government’s support to the farmers. He asked the chief minister to meet any farmer in the village and find out the truth.

The farmers did not get the kariff payments from the government, while several farmers’ paddy was not purchased yet, the TDP leader said. He further alleged that the farmers were in second thoughts on going for the rabi season as their investment in the kariff did not come yet.

Lokesh said over 83 lakh tonnes of paddy was produced in 39.15 lakh acres during 2021-`22 kharif season. The Government had purchased just 40.48 lakh tonnes only through 5,312 rythu bharosa kendras till now. Over 42 lakh tonnes of kharif paddy was yet to be purchased from the farmers. How could the rabi purchase centres be opened without completing even fifty percent of kharif paddy purchases?

The TDP MLC expressed concern that even the rabi paddy was not being purchased completely. The Government promised to purchase 50 lakh tonnes but it had stopped this abruptly. It procured 47.32 lakh tonnes paddy during 2020-`21 kharif season but stopped at 40.48 lakh tonnes this year. There was a deficit purchase of over 7 lakh tonnes this year when compared to last year.

Expressing serious concern, Lokesh said over Rs. 1,000 Cr dues were not being paid to the paddy farmers while not completely purchasing even their produce. The support price of Rs. 1,960 per quintal was announced for A-grade and Rs. 1,940 for common variety but the farmers were not getting even this price.

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Lokesh calls Jagan a ‘betrayer of employees’

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TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh on Monday accused Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy of telling ‘concocted stories’ to cover up his failure to fulfil his election promises made to the people.

Lokesh asked how long Jagan Reddy would continue to hide behind the barbed wire fences through illegal arrests and non-stop suppression. By totally neglecting his promises after winning the polls, the CM has turned into a ‘betrayer of employees’.

Lokesh said the Chief Minister had wasted three years of precious time without fulfilling his promise on cancellation of the contributory pension scheme (CPS) for employees. At the time of elections, the CM told the employees to rest assured that the CPS would be cancelled within one week of coming to power.

The TDP MLC condemned the government’s suppression of the peaceful protests of the employees now. The arrests of the UTF leaders and the CPS Employees Association leaders were deplorable and objectionable.

Lokesh asked the Chief Minister to explain whether the aggrieved employees had no right to protest when he had failed to fulfil promises made to them. Should the people of the State silently suffer when Jagan Reddy would go deceiving them with his false promises, he asked.

Lokesh said the employees had not forgotten how forcefully and assertively Jagan Mohan Reddy made the promise to cancel the CPS at the time of 2019 elections. Jagan repeated the promise on the CPS at every election meeting and during his massive padayatra as well, he said.

The TDP MLC slammed the Chief Minister for making impractical and illogical promises in the 2019 polls with the sole aim of gaining victory by foul or unfair means. Now, when the concerned sections were coming on to the roads, the Jagan rule was suppressing their protests with an iron hand.

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TDP government had rejected Pegasus offer to sell spyware: Lokesh

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) General Secretary Nara Lokesh on Thursday revealed that the his party’s previous government in Andhra Pradesh had rejected the offer of Pegasus to sell its spyware to the state.

Lokesh, who was Information Technology Minister in the TDP cabinet headed by his father N. Chandrababu Naidu, clarified that the TDP government did not purchase any spyware.

“Yes, Pegasus offered to sell its spyware to the AP government as well but we rejected it,” he told reporters.

Lokesh denied that the TDP government purchased or used any spyware. “We never indulged in any illegal phone tapping. If the government purchased the spyware, there would be a record of it.”

He was reacting to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s purported claim that the Chandrababu Naidu government purchased the Pegasus Spyware. “She was misinformed. If we had resorted to such things, Jagan Mohan Reddy would not have come to power in 2019,” he said.

“I don’t know whether she has indeed said that, and where and in which context. If she did say that, she is certainly misinformed,” said Lokesh adding that Chandrababu Naidu would never indulge in such illegal acts.

“If there had been any such thing, would the (current) Jagan regime spare us? In the last three years, they have tried every trick to fix us in one thing or the other but failed, because we did nothing wrong,” said Lokesh, who is a member of the Legislative Council.

Lokesh further said that immediately after coming to power, Jagan Reddy had got all files in the IT and all other departments inspected thoroughly. He would have taken action if any illegal act was found, he added.

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Lokesh has a strategy for Guntur

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Nara Lokesh is said to be planning to execute an innovative idea in the TDP’s Guntur unit. He has reportedly realised that several senior leaders have lost their will to fight further battles against the ruling party in AP. Internal reports have revealed that several such big names have entered into tacit understanding with the ruling YSRCP in the local body and municipal elections.

These leaders have not even tried to defend Chandrababu Naidu when he was under attack. In Guntur, leaders like Prathipati Pulla Rao, Alapati Rajendra Prasad, Yarapatineni Srinivas Rao and others ruled the roost when the TDP was in power. Now these leaders are not to be seen anywhere. Except perhaps Dhulipalla Narendra, all other leaders are playing safe.

So, Lokesh reportedly decided not to give tickets to any of these leaders. However, to ensure that they do not turn against the party, their wards or heirs would be given the party tickets. This way they would be forced to work for their wards in the elections. At the same time, they would be kept off the picture so that the anger of the lower level cadre against them is minimised.

With these young heirs and wards of the senior leaders, he would be in a position to form a team of young leaders. These young leaders will not be carrying the old baggage of their parents. They will be able to work afresh, feels Lokesh. This strategy will help in rebuilding a new TDP, feels the party sources.

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An NTR statue in every AP village: Lokesh Babu’s grand plan

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With 2024 just three years away, the Opposition TDP is trying to re-invent itself. The party is now trying to turn the tide of defeat into a huge success by taking up a massive outreach very soon. This outreach is all set to last for over a year so that all parts of the state are covered. If TDP insiders are to be believed, this yatra would be spearheaded by Nara Lokesh and he would in all probability invoke the name of his grandfather NTR.

Sources say that the main slogan of the yatra would be “Jai NTR – Jai Telugu Desam.” NTR’s charisma, leadership and pro-people attitude would be invoked throughout the yatra. According to TDP insiders, Lokesh will take a leaf from YSRCP’s YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and install NTR statues in every village. Like YS Jagan, Lokesh will inaugurate these statues en route his yatra. This would help in establishing Lokesh as the heir of NTR. A plan of action has reportedly been readied up for the unveiling of NTR statues in every village of the 13 districts in the state.

Along with this, Lokesh will be assisted by a team of advance party, who will identify the major problems of every village. Lokesh will speak about these problems when he visits the village. Thus, this will help Lokesh establish a powerful connect with the locals. In addition, the party network will help him about the local histories, traditions and other issues that could be mentioned during the yatra.

The TDP thinking heads feel that Lokesh will have one great advantage over his father Chandrababu Naidu. There would be no mention of the soured relations between NTR and Chandrababu and the memories of the August 1994 coup. Lokesh can start afresh and can capitalise on the grandfather-grandson connect. The nitty gritty of the yatra are reportedly being worked out.

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Come to help of private school teachers immediately: TDP to CM

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national general secretary Nara Lokesh on Thursday appealed to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy to immediately come to the rescue of private school teachers.

“I bring to your urgent attention an issue that remains under-reported and unrecognized by the government. The first and second waves of the coronavirus pandemic have left thousands of private teachers in financial and mental turmoil,” said Lokesh.

Considering this predicament, especially in the light of a private school owning couple committing suicide recently in Kurnool district, he demanded that the state government provide immediate assistance.

The TDP’s second in command advised the Chief Minister to learn from Telangana and Karnataka which doled out financial assistance and provisions to the beleaguered private teachers.

“Similarly, there must be immediate financial and in-kind transfers to their families in the short-term in AP, on the lines of what other governments have done,” he noted.

According to Lokesh, there are 12,000 private schools in Andhra, providing employment to nearly 1.25 lakh teachers who are receiving only 60 per cent to 70 per cent of their salaries, including lack of clarity on retrenched teachers.

“Thousands of teachers in private schools have been receiving salaries irregularly since the lockdowns began in March 2020. Over the last five months, nearly 5 lakh members of the teaching and non-teaching staff working in schools, colleges and universities have borne the brunt of the economic recession resulting from the Covid pandemic,” he observed.

He reminded that several Telugu and English dailies reported how private school teachers were forced to sell vegetables, do manual labour, work as construction labourers and take up other odd jobs to make ends meet.

“There is an instance of a Telugu lecturer with a PhD in Kadapa who was forced to do agricultural labour to support his family. Another Telugu teacher from Nellore was forced to sell bananas to sustain himself and his family amid the Covid pandemic,” Lokesh lamented.

Highlighting that these are only a fraction of several such tragic stories, Lokesh said caring for them and ensuring their dignity and livelihood will ensure that these teachers’ services to our current and future generations will continue.

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Has YSRCP erred in arresting Lokesh Babu?

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Has the YS Jagan Government erred by arresting Lokesh? Will this boomerang on the YSRCP government? It’s not just the arrest and the way of the arrest, but also the way the police shifted Lokesh from police station to police station in the name of giving station bail that would create a wave of sympathy for him, according to sources.

YS Jagan was arrested when he called on the kin of Ramya, who was brutally done to death by her stalker in Guntur on Monday. The police behaved very rudely with the TDP leaders, including Lokesh. Former Minsiters like Dhulipalla Narendra were dragged into the police vehicles and were taken to the police station. There is a lot of criticism of the way political activists and former ministers were treated.

Meanwhile, Lokesh was taken to Prattipadu police station. From there, he was taken to Guntur police station in the name of giving station bail. Protesting against this and against the arrest of his party leaders, Lokesh did not partake of his meal on Monday afternoon. At the same time, there were protests across the state against the arrest of Lokesh. This spontaneous protests across the state is an indication that the YSRCP has handed a potent weapon to the TDP.

Even YSRCP insiders feel that there was no need to arrest Lokesh. Earlier too, he had called on such victims and the government did not react. As a result, there were not given adequate coverage. But, this time, by arresting Lokesh, the government itself has allowed this visit to become a newsworthy thing. The media covered the arrest and the subsequent events widely and the newspapers too are going to flash it prominently. Thus, the YSRCP inadvertently given an opportunity to the TDP.

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Lokesh, TDP leaders arrested

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TDP MLC, former minister and son of TDP Chief N.Chandrababu Naidu, Nara Lokesh was arrested on Monday (today) when he went to Guntur to console the family members of Ramya, a B.Tech student, who was brutally murdered on the road in broad daylight by a jilted lover on Sunday.

The AP government imposed heavy police restrictions at the residence of Ramya and not allowed anyone to visit their house.

Lokesh was arrested and shifted to Tadipatri police station when he attempted to visit Ramya’s house

Senior TDP leaders and former ministers Dhoolipalla Narendra, Nakka Anand Babu, Alapati Raja were also arrested.

This led to clash between police and TDP activists.

The police dragged former ministers and pushed them into the vehicles and shifted them to police stations.

TDP activists alleged that while police allowed YSRCP leaders to visit Ramya’s house, they prevented TDP leaders.

Nara Lokesh was arrested for first time in his political career.

Nara Lokesh had a heated argument with police when they arrested him and while shifting him to police station.

This incident created severe tension in Guntur on Monday.

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Take stringent action against police for Majji’s suicide: TDP

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national general secretary Nara Lokesh on Saturday demanded stringent action against police officials who were allegedly involved in harassment that led to the suicide of two young persons recently.

“Stringent action must be taken against police officials responsible for the suicide of two youngsters. Government should immediately provide aid to their families,” said Lokesh.

Majji, a resident of Rajamahendravaram rural released a video message before committing suicide, in which he recounted the ordeal he has been put through by a police constable from Chillakallu.

Majji said he brought two bottles of liquor from Telangana into Andhra Pradesh to treat his friends a year ago but was apprehended by the police at Chillakallu near Jaggayapeta in Krishna district.

Though he brought only two bottles of liquor, he alleged police wrongly booked the case as five bottles and a constable by the name Shiva called him to demand Rs 1 lakh or face a fake marijuana case.

Continuing in the video, the helpless youth said he did not know what to do and apologized if he had ever hurt them and went on to take the extreme step.

Besides this, Lokesh cited the case of Alisha’s suicide from Bhattupalem in Guntur district due to alleged excise officials’ harassment and claimed that young people are sacrificed for Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s greed for money.

“Majji’s suicide is a sad development. Just for two bottles they (police) harassed him to death, then what punishment should be given to Reddy for Rs 25,000 crore illegal liquor business,” alleged the TDP’s second in command.

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Restore all subsidies, benefits to weavers: TDP

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national General Secretary Nara Lokesh on Saturday demanded the Andhra Pradesh government to restore all subsidies, benefits and disaster relief assistance to the weavers of the state in the interest of their overall development.

Extending greetings to the weaver community, Lokesh made these remarks on occasion of National Handloom Day.

“It’s unfortunate that the YSRCP government had stopped all the benefits that were being given to the weavers’ families. More than Rs 50,000 worth incentives and concessions were denied to each weaver per year,” he alleged.

The TDP leader also claimed that the state government led by Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is only doling out Rs 24,000 to the weavers, and even that fails to reach most of the weavers.

“The purchase of weaver’s products by APCO has also been stopped under this negligent government. The weavers are out of work while the income of the labourers has also shrinked,” Lokesh alleged.

He also said that the state government did not come to the rescue of the weavers at the time of crisis.

The TDP leader said that he made several requests for providing Rs 1.5 lakh subsidy loans to the weavers for setting up their own looms, but the state government turned a deaf ear.

“The Chief Minister had ignored the demand for providing Rs 10,000 cash assistance per month to each weaver’s family during the Coronavirus pandemic,” he alleged.

Lokesh said the ruling YSRCP will pay a heavy price if it continues to betray the people with empty promises.

He also demanded that benefits under ‘Neta Nestham’ should be given to all the weavers’ families immediately, including reviving all the welfare programmes and incentives, which were in place in the state during the previous TDP government.

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Lakhs of cusecs of water going waste into sea at Pulichintala: TDP

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national general secretary Nara Lokesh on Friday lashed out at Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy for the breaking of a floodgate at Pulichintala Project and said that lakhs of cusecs of water is going waste into the sea.

“Lakhs of cusecs of water is going waste into the sea,” said Lokesh and alleged that the corruption during Y. S. Rajasekhar Reddy’s time is getting exposed now in his son Jagan Mohan Reddy’s time.

He alleged that massive corruption occurred in the name of Jalayagnam which was undertaken during the former CM’s tenure.

Earlier, he targeted Jagan Mohan Reddy over the job calendar.

The TDP general secretary said the Chief Minister creates illusions about things which will not work out and called the job calendar as one such.

He demanded that the CM cancel the job calendar which he issued recently and release a new one with 2.3 lakh jobs and extended his support to a bunch of jobless youth fasting at Vijayawada dharna chowk.

Lokesh called on all the jobless youth to register on the website created for this purpose, and fight till they get jobs by taking on the CM.

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Jagan can never silence our voices: Nara Lokesh

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national general secretary Nara Lokesh on Friday stated that Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy can never silence their voices.

“Jagan Reddy can never silence our voices. We will continue to fight on behalf of people,” said Lokesh.

He made these remarks in the light of the arrest of senior TDP leader and former minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao.

Rao has been arrested for allegedly perpetrating an attack on ruling YSRCP leaders.

However, the TDP’s second in command countered that Rao was fighting illegal mining in the Kondapalli forest region.

“The fascist government has filed a false SC/ST case on Rao. His only fault was to fight against the rampant illegal mining in the Kondapalli forest region,” claimed Lokesh.

He termed the police case on Rao as a ‘reverse case’, interpreting it as allegedly a case on the person who was attacked rather than on the attackers.

“Filing a case on a victim is reverse. In the reign of a reverse chief minister, everything is reverse,” he claimed.

Lokesh alleged that YSRCP MLA Vasanta Krishna Mohan has openly threatened Rao.

“If a YSRCP MLA can openly threaten Rao and harm him right in front of police, imagine what these goondas would do to common citizens,” he alleged.

According to the TDP national general secretary, the day isn’t far when people would teach a lesson to the ‘fascist’ YSRCP leaders a lesson.

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AP govt acting vengefully against Devineni Uma: TDP

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national general secretary Nara Lokesh on Wednesday alleged that the Andhra Pradesh government is allegedly acting in a vengeful way against former minister Devineni Uma Maheshwara Rao because he is exposing corruption.

“Just because Uma is exposing corruption, the ruling party is vengeful against him. What happened to the police when some rowdies attacked the former minister?” alleged Lokesh.

He questioned whom the law is favouring and demanded to know if people will be killed if they question?

“Is this democracy?…The DGP has to answer,” he said.

According to the TDP’s second in command, Rao was targeted because he questioned the alleged illegal mining in Kondapalli forest worth thousands of crores of rupees by YSRCP leader Vasanta Krishna Mohan.

Lokesh alleged that Rao is being targeted at the behest of government adviser Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy.

The TDP general secretary claimed that police did not arrest the people who allegedly attacked Rao under IPC sections.

If this was the case with a former minister, he wondered what would happen to common people and warned the police that they meet the fate of their boss living in Tadepalli.

Lokesh said it will take only a little time but the culprits will stand before the law soon.

Police arrested Rao and shifted him to Nandiwada for allegedly perpetrating an attack on ruling party leaders.

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