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Lokesh rolled out 12 schemes in Mangalagiri


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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Mangalagiri BC leader leaps from Lokesh lap, lands on Jagan lap


The BC leader from Mangalagiri Assembly constituency in Guntur district, Ganji Chiranjeevi, who left the opposition TDP two weeks ago, had finally landed on Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s lap on Monday. The BC leader joined the ruling YSR Congress at Jagan Mohan Reddy’s camp office.

Chiranjeevi was backed by sitting MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy, local MLC and former minister Murugudu Hanumantha Rao and Kurnool MP, Dr Sanjeev Kumar, when he met the chief minister and joined the YSR Congress.

Chiranjeevi contested from the Mangalagiri Assembly constituency in the 2014 general elections on TDP ticket and lost the seat to Alla Ramakrishna Reddy of the YSR Congress by the lowest margin of 12 votes. It was the lowest margin in the 2014 general election.

However, Chiranjeevi was denied the party ticket in the 2019 general elections as Lokesh laid his hands on this segment, hoping that it would be a cakewalk for him to beat the 12 votes. Though Chiranjeevi was upset, the TDP leadership had accommodated him in the subsequent municipal elections. He was finally made the chairman of the Mangalagiri Municipality.

Ahead of the 2024 general elections, with Lokesh deciding to contest again from Mangalagiri, Chiranjeevi left the party early this month. He then moved to the ruling party beginning his new innings.

The TDP had earlier lost its senior leader, Murugudu Hanumantha Rao, a two-time Congress MLA, who joined the TDP before the 2009 general elections as he was denied the party ticket. Hanumantha Rao won in 1989 and 2004 elections. He had left the TDP after the 2019 elections and subsequently became MLC.

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Key TDP leader quits in Mangalagiri


A senior TDP leader from Mangalagiri Assembly constituency had resigned from the party on Wednesday alleging that he is being ill-treated by the leadership. Senior leader, Ganji Chiranjeevi, a BC leader, had been the official spokesperson of the party for quite some time.

Chiranjeevi had lost the Mangalagiri Assembly constituency in the 2014 elections. However, he had won as the council to the municipality and subsequently became municipal chairman. He was with Nara Lokesh in the 2019 general election and played an important role in the party’s campaign.

Chiranjeevi’s resignation comes hours after Nara Lokesh declared that he would contest from Mangalagiri in the next elections also. Lokesh discounted the campaign that he was looking for a safe constituency fearing defeat in Mangalagiri.

As if Lokesh’s statement has anything to do, Chiranjeevi sent his resignation letter to the party and addressed the media where he accused the party leadership of doing injustice to him. Chiranjeevi represents the dominant weavers’ community in the constituency.

Chiranjeevi is likely to join the ruling YSR Congress shortly, as is being speculated. He is the second senior leader in the constituency to leave the TDP. Former minister Murugudu Hanumantha Rao, also from the weavers’ community, left the TDP and joined the YSR Congress. He was later made the MLC.

Sources say that the YSR Congress had made some big promises to Chiranjeevi with an aim to defeat Lokesh again in the next election. Mangalagiri is one of the key constituencies where Jagan Mohan Reddy had set his eyes for the 2024 general elections.

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