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Jagan present, KCR absent from PM’s video conference!

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (today) held a video conference with the Chief Ministers of all States to discuss on Covid situation in the state in the wake of sharp increase in Covid positive cases and Omicron variant across the country for the past one week.

However, Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao skipped the PM’s video conference, while Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy attended promptly. CMs of all the states took part in the meeting.

This triggered speculations over why KCR stayed away from Modi’s meeting. Of late, KCR and his son KTR are attacking the Modi and BJP-led NDA government on all the issues.

KCR even gave a clarion call to people in Telangana and across the country on Thursday to root out Modi government at the Centre for its anti-farmer, anti-people policies, which attracted national headlines in all newspapers and TV channels today.

KCR is also meeting leaders of various political parties and bringing together anti-Modi forces to defeat BJP in 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Against this backdrop, KCR reportedly decided to skip the meeting convened by Modi, held a exactly a day after he appealed to entire nation to root out Modi government.

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KCR readies next weapon to attack Modi, asks farmers in all States to revolt!

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Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has registered a strong protest against the Central government ‘s decision to increase the price of fertilisers, which will put agriculture sector into a crisis and break the backbone of farming in the country. The CM will write a letter to PM Narendra Modi registering his protest against the increase of fertilisers’ prices.

The CM expressed his anger that the Central government which made tall promises that it would increase the farmers income double fold by 2022, is now increased the prices of fertilisers at an all time high to break the farming community’s back. It is highly reprehensible that the Central government which promised to double the income of farmers took a U turn and increased the agriculture expenses. This shows that the BJP government is totally against the farmers and it is proved right beyond any doubt. The CM said there is deep conspiracy behind the central government policies and actions to make the lives of farmers miserable. Decisions like to install meters to motors to collect the power charges, not linking NRGE with the farm sector, increasing the fertilisers prices to all time high, not purchasing the Paddy cultivated by the farmers, all these draconian decisions of the BJP government at the Centre have made farmers life difficult to survive. One should oppose the actions that would make farmers becoming a labourer in his own land.

The CM gave a clarion call to people in the state and people across the country to root out BJP government which is weakening the rural economy, hereditary trades, playing havoc with the farm sector only hand over agriculture sector to the Corporates.

The CM has expressed anguish that the BJP government at the Centre had removed subsidies on the fertilisers, which were in vogue for several decades, and the situation came to such a pass that the farmers had no option but to take up their plows and revolt against the Central government.

The CM urged the people to confront the BJP on the matter at every opportunity. He made it clear that if the central government fails to withdraw the increased prices of fertilisers, there will be statewide and countrywide agitations to against the Central government. He also urged the farming community in the state to expose the BJP’s conspiracy and join the struggle to make the Centre withdraw the fertiliser price hike.

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KTR takes a dig at PM Modi over security breach incident in Punjab

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TRS working President K.T. Rama Rao on Wednesday dubbed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “anti-farmer” and said that the incident in Punjab shows where he stands today in the country.

“The Prime Minister’s convoy was stopped on the road for more than 20 minutes in Punjab. This shows where he (Prime Minister Modi) stands today in the country,” the TRS leader said while referring to the incident in which Prime Minister Modi’s convoy was stuck in Bhatinda when he was on way to Ferozpur to address a rally.

KTR, as the Telangana minister is popularly known, said “no other Prime Minister in India had ever face this situation”.

Addressing a news conference, he claimed that Prime Minister Modi “failed” to fulfill promises he made to the nation.

He recalled that the Prime Minister had “promised” a house to every family and water, electricity connections and toilets to every household by the year 2022. “Leave alone India, we did not see this happen even in his own state Gujarat. He utterly failed in delivering his promises,” KTR said.

KTR, who is son of Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao, said the Prime Minister Modi’s promise to double the farmers’ income by 2022 “remained on paper”.

Running of bullet trains in the country by 2022 was another ‘jumla’ of BJP, KTR asserted.

He described BJP as ‘Bakwas Jumla Party’ and alleged ‘jumla and hamla’ is all that they did in seven-and-a-half years of their rule.

He pointed out that under BJP rule the country has the “highest rate of unemployment, highest inflation, highest fuel prices and largest number of industries getting closed”.

“When we call them out for their jumla, they do hamla (attack) by using their partners. The BJP’s partners in NDA are CBI, ED, NIA and some others,” he said.

KTR vehemently attacked the BJP leadership for indulging in “cheap and heinous” politics. “They only want to create communal disturbances and get votes in the country.”

The TRS leader lashed out at BJP president J.P. Nadda for stating that Chief Minister KCR has lost his mental balance. KTR said, “it was Nadda whose mental balance has gone for a toss.”

Further, on Nadda calling Kaleshwaram project a “ATM for KCR”, the TRS leader pointed out that while replying to question in Parliament Minister of State for Jal Shakti Bisweshwar Tudu had stated that there were “no instances” of corruption noticed.

KTR also stated that the Kaleshwaram Project, which is the world’s largest lift irrigation project, received “applause” from everyone. “Nadda has lost his mind and is just reading out anything given to him by the local BJP leaders,” he said.

KTR highlighted that people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar (which is Nadda’s birthplace) are migrating to Telangana for livelihood, after seeing the “useless” governance of the BJP.

Meanwhile, countering Nadda’s statement of “family rule” in Telangana, KTR stated that they were elected by people, and have come with a history of fighting for separate statehood for Telangana. He “reminded” Nadda that his mother-in-law Jaysree Banerjee was a Member of Parliament. He also took a series of names of BJP leaders who have multiple family members in politics.

The minister also mentioned that it was Telangana state which stood in first position with 96.8 per cent ODF villages followed by Tamil Nadu in second place. BJP governed states were nowhere to be seen, he said.

KTR claimed that BJP is only “copying” the schemes introduced by TRS government in Telangana. He stated that ‘Kisan Samman Nidhi’ was a replica of ‘Rythu Bandhu’, and ‘Har Ghar Jal Yojana’ was a replica of ‘Mission Bhagiratha’.

He alleged that BJP state president and MP Bandi Sanjay was seen “breaking” his head when he was being arrested by police. “He has lost his mind and Nadda came to support him. This is foolish. There is no difference between Nadda and Sanjay when it comes to their IQ,” KTR added.

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Stunned state BJP leaders go silent after Modi withdraws 3 farm laws

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There was a stunned silence in the BJP over the sudden decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withdraw the three farm bills. Top BJP leaders of Telangana, state president Bandi Sanjay and Union Minister G Kishan Reddy, who were in an internal meeting with the RSS top brass, were shocked to know about the PM’s announcement. They rechecked and confirmed about the repeal of the three farm laws.

Once it became clear that the farm laws were indeed repealed, they fell silent. No major leader visited the state party office on Friday. No one was available at the party office to answer the media queries. Leaders like Eatala Rajender and Raghunandan remained confined to their residences and refused to meet the media. KIshan Reddy, Bandi Sanjay and Premender Reddy were busy in the RSS meet held on the outskirts of the city.

Meanwhile, internal sources said that there were strict instructions from New Delhi to the state unit not to react to the development. The state leadership was reportedly told to remain silent. As a result, all the spokespersons remained unavailable to comment on the development. The state party office, which was a beehive of activity, has suddenly fallen silent. Except for a few employees, no major leader visited the office.

There is utter confusion in the party over Modi’s sudden announcement. For many party leaders, who till recently defended the bills, it was a shock. Many leaders were wondering as to why Modi, who never rescinded any decision so far, has taken back the three farm laws.

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Modi speaks to Jagan on Andhra flood situation

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy over phone and enquired about the situation in the state due to heavy rains.

The Chief Minister explained about the high intensity situation in Nellore, Anantapur, YSR Kadapa and Chittoor districts due to the heavy rains and the steps being taken by the government.

Reddy told the Prime Minister that Navy helicopters were being pressed into service.

The Prime Minister assured all help to the State in tackling the situation.

The Chief Minister will be conducting an aerial survey of the flood affected areas on Saturday.

Reddy will cover areas affected by heavy rains including Kadapa, Chittoor and Nellore.

Earlier, the Chief Minister told the state legislative Assembly that the state government will come to the rescue of the people hit by heavy rains and assured them all help.

During a short discussion on welfare of farmers, he said he has directed the district collectors of Nellore, Chittoor and YSR Kadapa districts to be liberal and compassionate towards the needs of the people.

He said two Naval helicopters were dispatched to Anantapur and YSR Kadapa districts each for rescue operations and discussions are being held to press five more naval helicopters into service.

Reddy expressed his deep condolences to the families of the people lost their lives due to heavy rains and directed the officials to provide them a compensation of Rs 5 lakh on war footing.

He said teams were formed to access the damage to crops and added that crop enumeration will be done once the rains recede.

He said seeds will be provided at 80 per cent discount to groundnut farmers whose crops were damaged by heavy rains in Chittoor, Anantapur and YSR Kadapa districts and at 80 per cent discount to paddy farmers in Nellore district.

The Chief Minister assured that the crop loss of Rabi season will be given in the same season before onset of Kharif.

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PM Modi serious on Jagan govt spending MPLADS funds on Churches

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The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) sought an explanation from the YSRCP government in Andhra Pradesh led by Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy on the issue of misusing MPLADs funds.

The PMO dashed off a letter to the AP Planning Department chief secretary on Saturday (today) to explain why MPLADS was not spent as per norms.

The Centre’s letter was in response to the complaint filed by YSRCP rebel MP Raghu Rama Krishnam Raju with Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the misuse of MPLADS funds by Andhra Pradesh MPs for the construction and maintenance of Churches.

Raju complained that MP from the Bapatla constituency allocated Rs 43 lakhs from his MP-LADS funds for the repair and renovation of Velamaveripalem Church.

He also brought to the notice of PM that AP CM Jaganmohan Reddy has allocated Rs 25 crore for the construction of 248 churches in AP.

He mentioned that all these Church construction works are happening in the guise of allocation to community centres upon unofficial communication from the party / government heads.

“None of the mandated rules like the annual audit at the Chief Secretary level, monitoring the implementation of the scheme at the district for any violation of allocations, 1% inspection by the state nodal authority annually and as well as a register maintenance regime for action items are not complied with,” Raju complained in his letter.

PM Modi who took cognizance of the matter instructed the Union Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation and nodal authorities of the state government who are wilfully encouraging religious conversion with funds meant for the public cause.

Accordingly, the union ministry has sought an explanation from AP government on this issue.

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Modi to fulfill KCR and Chinna Jeeyar Swamy’s wish!

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to fulfill the wish of both Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao and Tridandi Chinna Jeeyar Swamy by visiting Telangana in New Year 2022.

Jeeyar Swamy invited Modi to unveil ‘Statue of Equality’ of Bhagavad Ramanuja in his ashram in Muchintal village near Shamshabad on Hyderabad city outskirts on February 5, 2022.

In fact, Jeeyar Swamy along with My Home Group chairman Jupally Rameshwar Rao, both are considered very close to KCR, met Modi in Delhi on September 20 and invited him to unveil tallest statue of Ramanuja.

The PM readily agree and promised to attend the event without fail.

KCR also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 3 and invited him to attend the inaugural function of renovate Yadadri temple.

KCR announced to inaugurate Yadadri temple on March 28, 2022. Modi promised to attend the event without fail.

While Rs 216 crore was spent to make and install tallest statue of Ramanuja of 216-ft in 40 acres, Yadadri temple was renovated at a cost of Rs 1,200 crore.

Both these projects will be a major boost to Telangana and the Modi’s visit will further enhance the recognition and reputation of Telangana at global level.

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Why KCR relaunched attack on Modi and Shah?

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TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar is a shrewd politician. His strategies and counter strategies on any political issues leaves not only opposition parties but even his own party leaders and cadre in a state of confusion.

KCR used to aggressively attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi and union home minister Amit Shah earlier.

No one knows what happened after Lok Sabha polls in May 2019, KCR suddenly stopped criticising Modi and Amit Shah.

But KTR has been doing this job since then as he is leading from the front in attacking Modi and Shah.

This clearly shows that KCR himself roped in KTR to attack Modi and Shah as one cannot expect KTR to take this job without the permission of KCR.

However, on Monday (today) KCR changed the track yet again.

He attacked Modi and Shah not in a election rally but in the Telangana Legislative Assembly.

KCR alleged that Modi and Shah were discriminating against Telangana in tourism and heritage sectors by not promoting them at national level.

KCR also accused Modi and Shah of not giving Padma Awards to eminent persons from Telangana.

This sudden change in KCR’s stand triggered speculations that it was done keeping an eye on upcoming Huzurabad bypoll.

KCR wants to send a message that TRS and BJP are rivals and not ‘secret friends’ as being projected by the media and opposition Congress.

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Modi’s sudden visit shocks Central Vista engineers

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Prime Minister Modi is deeply adored and vehemently hated in equal measure. His detractors call him names and blame him for everything under the son. While those who like him praise him to the skies. But, love him or hate him, one cannot but wonder in amazement at his indefatigable energy. He never shows tiredness one bit in his daily routine.

After four days of hectic US visit, where he attended over 25 meetings, addressed the UN General Assembly, met several world leaders and then had 15 hours of back-breaking journey, the PM went on a sudden visit of the work site of the Central Vista project on Sunday night. With a couple of hours after returning from the US tour, the PM went on a sudden visit to the Central Vista project site.

The engineers working at the site were shocked and surprised to see Modi. They were nonplussed seeing him inspecting the construction works. He then enquired from them about the progress of the project. He spent over an hour with the engineers inspecting every inch. He asked pertinent questions and then asked them about their working conditions. This was a pleasant surprise for the officials. Later, the prime minister left for his residence.

The social media is flooded with the photographs of the PM’s sudden visit, posted by the staff working at the site. As it kicked up a storm, the media houses rushed to the site, but by that time, the PM was already gone. Modi perhaps is the only Prime Minister who hasn’t taken a leave or rested for a day so far despite being in the high office.

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Modi’s image removed from Supreme Court e-mails

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The Supreme Court administered a shock to the government on Saturday when it asked the Central government-run National Informatics Centre (NIC) to remove the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in e-mails sent to the advocates by the Registry of the Supreme Court. Late on Friday night, the registry of the Supreme Court said that it directed the NIC to drop the image from the footer of the emails originating from the e mail.

Instead, the registry has begun putting the image of the illuminated Supreme Court in place of Narendra Modi Modi’s image was put as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to mark the 75 years of independence next year. However, a lawyer petitioned against placing the ad containing a snapshot of Modi on the emails emanating from the Supreme Court.

The NIC said that the same format and script was being used on all NIC platforms. Earlier, a message from mahatma Gandhi was used on the occasion of Gandhi’s birth anniversary However, we have removed Modi’s image following the directions of the Supreme Court, an official said. He said the image of Modi was replaced by an image of the Supreme Court.

An advocate said that the Supreme Court should not only be independent, but also look independent. He said that the image of the Supreme Court should be seen as being different from that of a political party. Such association should be avoided, he said.

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KCR making grand arrangements for Modi’s visit to Yadadri

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Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao has started making grand arrangements for the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Yadadri temple.

It may be recalled that KCR invited Modi for the inauguration of renovated Yadadri temple complex, the dream project of KCR being undertaken at a cost of Rs 1,200 crore.

KCR extended an invitation to Modi when he met him in Delhi recently on September 3.

KCR requested Modi to attend the inaugural event as Chief Guest.

Modi readily accepted KCR’s invitation and promised him that he will attend the event without fail.

KCR informed Modi that the inauguration will be either in October last week or in early-November.

With just two months time left and several works remain pending in Yadadri, KCR is rushing to Yadadri on September 14 to inspect the works and speed up works to meet deadlines and to finalise grand arrangements for Modi’s first visit to Yadadri temple.

KCR is expected to spend five to six hours in Yadadri temple complex on September 14.

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KCR invites Modi for Yadadri Temple inauguration

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Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao on Friday (today) met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi after a gap of eight months.

The CM has invited the PM to come for the inauguration of Yadadri
temple inauguration programme on the occasion.

The State government has taken up the renovation of the Yadadri temple as a prestigious programme. The CM told the PM that the inauguration of the renovated Yadadri temple would be held in October or November.

The PM responded positively and gave clear assurance that he would attend the inaugural
programme.

The CM has requested the PM to allot land for the state to construct Official Building of State Government “Telangana Bhavan” in New Delhi like other states, which have their state Bhavans in the National Capital.

The PM who responded positively gave assurance that land would be allotted for constructing the official building of State Government “Telangana Bhavan” in New Delhi.

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Olympic glory: How Modi won a gold medal in politics?

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Who will have a cone of ice cream when ace shuttler PV Sindhu comes back from Tokyo Olympics with a medal? Who will congratulate the Indian Men’s hockey team when they win a medal after 41 years? Who will console the Indian women’s hockey player when the team lost their battle for the bronze? Who will call them and give a pep talk to them even as the losing Indian Hockey girls are weeping inconsolably in the team huddle?

No marks for guessing! It’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. From congratulating Meera Bai Chanu to Ravi Dahiya, Modi has used the Olympics like no other politician. India’s performance this time is the best and winner after winner thanked the encouragement given by Modi and the facilities provided by the sports ministry. Most medal winners were from BJP-ruled states and the cash rewards and awards flowed in.

More importantly, Modi knows how to beat the rivals in the political game. With one stroke of pen, he has changed the name of Rajiv Khel Ratna to Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna. Normally, removing Rajiv Gandhi’s name in normal times is a suicidal move. But, Modi timed it so well that no one can object to it. He is replacing Rajiv Gandhi’s name with hockey’s demi God Dhyan Chand. At a time when the nation is celebrating India’s best hockey performance in 41 years, he has used dead Dhyan Chand to edge out Rajiv Gandhi.

Not just that. There is a political angle to it. Dhyan Chand is from Uttar Pradesh and UP is going to polls sometime in March 2022. By honouring Dhyan Chand, Modi is also sending a political message to the UP voters. So, he killed many birds with one shot. He can claim that the improved medal tally is because of the government’s interest in developing and promoting sports.

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Modi’s dilemma: Huzurabad or Bhabanipur?

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When asked to choose between helping Eatala or hitting Mamta Banerjee, what will Prime Minister Narendra Modi choose? This, those in the know say, will determine the date of Huzurabad bypoll. They say that there is a link between Bhabanipur and Huzurabad.

Mamta Banerjee faces a tricky situation. Her party has won a thumping victory in West Bengal, but she herself stood defeated from Nandigram. So, she is now seeking byelection from Bhabanipur assembly constituency. The MLA from Bhabanipur has already resigned to make way for Mamta Banerjee. But, she has to get elected before October7. For this, the notification has to be issued by Mid August. If the notification is issued late, she would not be in a position to continue as the CM. She may have to resign for a day and get reelected or may have to appoint someone else as CM. Both ways, Mamta would be in deep trouble.

The Election Commission, which has been chided by the courts for holding elections during Covid pandemic, will now be very cagey about announcing the dates. If the Central government gives an adverse report, the bypolls could be delayed.

But this is bad news for Eatala Rajender, who is eagerly awaiting the bypolls. As of now, he is enjoying an advantage in Huzurabad. But, as the days pass by and as various schemes get implemented, the TRS may gain an upper hand. That would be bad news for Eatala. So, the question is what will the Centre do now?

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Hi to Modi BJP …bye bye Atal-Advani BJP

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This is a new BJP, not Atal-Advani BJP – this is a comment that we often hear from the BJP old-timers. They use this expression to decry the changing character of the BJP. They use this to say that Atal-Advani era politicians are more idealistic compared to today’s cutthroat politicians. However, after the latest reshuffle in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, the old generation is all but gone.

One look at the latest list of ministers shows that there are just about four ministers who had served in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet. They are Rajnath Singh, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Prahlad Patel and Sripad Yasso Naik. Rajath Singh was UP Chief Minister for some time and later became agriculture minister in Vajpayee cabinet. Later, he served as the BJP national president. In Modi 1.0, he was the Home Minister and in the Modi 2.0, he is holding the crucial defence ministry. Naqvi, Naik and Patel were ministers of state in Vajapayee cabinet.

The remaining ministers are all young and have become ministers at the centre for the first time. Interestingly, many of them are less than 55 years of age. A record 11 ministers in the Modi cabinet are less than 45 years of age.

The Modi 1.0 had several Vajpayee-era politicians as ministers. There were leaders like Menaka Gandhi, Suresh Prabhu, Uma Bharti, Anant Gite, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Vijay Goel in Modi 1.0. They all had served under Vajpaye. They were all dropped when Modi came to power in 2019. Then there were leaders like Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Anantakumar and Ram Vilas Paswan, who passed away. They were ministers under both the BJP PMs.

Interestingly, neither Modi nor Amit Shah were MPs when Vajpayee was the prime minister. Yes. Today’s BJP is not the BJP of Atal-Advani.

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Modi ignoring Jagan’s letters repeatedly!

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is frequently writing letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on various issues concerning AP.

But there is no response to any of the letters written by Jagan from either PM Modi or PMO (Prime Minister’s Office).

Jagan on Wednesday (today) wrote yet another letter to Modi complaining against Telangana government for utilising Krishna water for hydel power generation and pushing Andhra Pradesh into water crisis.

This is the second letter of Jagan to Modi in less than a week on the same issue.

It’s only last Thursday that Jagan wrote to Modi complaining against TS and requesting him to stop TS government from generating hydel power.

But there was no response so far from PM. With this, Jagan wrote a letter again to Modi today requesting him to stop Telangana government from utilising Krishna water for hydel power generation.

Not only this, even there is no response to Jagan’s letter written to Modi in March seeking his appointment to lead all-party delegation to him to submit a representation requesting Centre to stop privatisation of Vizag Steel Plant. But PM did not respond and did not give appointment so far.

Modi ignoring CM’s letters repeatedly is embarrassing YSRCP leaders and cadre.

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Jagan complains to Modi against TS Govt on Krishna water row!

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy dashed off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and union Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat late on Thursday complaining against Telangana government for unilaterally taking up hydel power generation at Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar projects by diverting Krishna water.

Jagan requested Modi to deploy CRPF forces and take control of these dams since TS government has deployed heavy police force and preventing AP officials to discharge their duties.

Jagan urged Modi to take steps to stop hydel power generation immediately. He expressed concern that Rayalaseema, Prakasam, Nellore districts in AP and Chennai will be worst affected if TS government takes up hydel power generation despite low water levels in dams.

Jagan said TS government’s moves are not good for relations between AP and TS.

Jagan requested Modi to see that TS government takes up hydel power generation only with the permission of KRMB.

He complained that TS government is taking up hydel power generation ignoring KRMB orders.

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Modi’s popularity is fast nose-diving

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An international survey by a prestigious approval rating tracker has proved once again that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity is falling down significantly. This year’s survey by American data intelligence firm Morning Consult says that while Modi is still the most popular in India, his ratings are falling down.

The survey report, which is out on Thursday evening, says that Modi’s approval ratings hav fallen down to 66 per cent from 75 per cent last year. The fall in just one year is a significant 9 per cent. The fall is clearly due to the inept handling of the Covid second wave in India, which left a trail of death and destruction in India. Also, there is a growing disenchantment with his handling of the economy also. Earlier, Modi’s approval ratings were the envy of every ruler. It was 84 per cent. From 84 per cent, the ratings fell down last year to 74 per cent. The latest approval ratings are at 66 per cent.

But there is some good news for Modi lovers. He still continues to top the chart of popular leaders across the world. The tracker, which surveyed 13 countries and their respective leaders, still puts Modi at the top of the chart. US president Joe Biden stands sixth among the 13 leaders. His approval ratings are 53 per cent. Vladimir Putin of Russia stands third, while Immanuel Macron of France stands fourth. Outgoing German chancellor Angela Merkel stands fifth.

The approval rating tracker puts Italian premier Mario Draghi next to Modi. His approval ratings are 65 per cent, just one per cent less than Modi. Mexican president Amlo has 63 per cent and he is in the third position.

Among all the 13 leaders studied, Japanese prime minister Sugo has the least approval ratings. He has just 29 per cent. So, it’s both a good news and bad news for Modi. The good news is he tops among the 13 leaders. But the bad news is – his popularity ratings are definitely nose-diving.

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Centre to vaccinate all Indians free of cost: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has indicated that in view of the demands of several state governments, the Centre will provide free vaccines to all the states. He also said that even those below 18 years of age would be given free vaccines. He said the free vaccine would be provided to people of all age and income groups. He said this ambitious programme would be unveiled from June 21.

In his broadcast to the nation on Monday, Modi said that those who want to pay and get vaccinated in private hospitals. The private hospitals will collect only Rs 150 towards service charges over and above the vaccine cost. He said the monitoring of the private hospitals would be left to the state Government. He said that the states would be allocated quotas and the state governments would be given prior notices to get ready for the vaccination.

In another major announcement, he said that the Pradhan Mantri Garib Yojana, under which free rice would be supplied to over 80 crore people till November. He said this would ensure that the people would not go without food.

He also decried the devious attempts made in some quarters to belittle the quality of India’s indigenous vaccines. He said such people were playing with the lives of gullible people. He also asked the public at large to be vigilant and follow all the Covid control procedures. He exuded confidence that India will defeat Corona and emerge stronger. He termed the Covid as the biggest threat to humanity in modern times.

Interestingly, this is the first public address that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made during the second wave of Corona. Though he has addressed the people at least 11 times during the first wave, he has not addressed the nation after the second wave struck the country by April-end.

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Modi shock to Jagananna, YSR cash programmes

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The BJP Government at the Centre has come out with a master plan to get full control on the implementation of all its 57 programmes in the respective States. It will no longer release Central funds directly to the State Governments. Also, funds will be released in four phases every year. Funds will be released only when 75 percent of funds would be spent with proof of works in the previous phase.

This has come as a rude shock to the AP government. For long, the BJP AP leaders have been complaining that Jagan Reddy has become a ‘sticker CM’ by using the Central funds for his programmes. They also complained to the Centre over how the AP government was giving more publicity to its Jagananna and YSR direct benefit transfer schemes while using the Central funds for the same.

The diversion of the NREGS funds for the YCP cash transfer schemes became a big issue. Now, no more diversion will be possible for Jagananna programmes. There will be round-the-year monitoring through nodal agencies formed by the Central Government. Bank accounts will be opened for each Central programme.

Also, there will be Central funds only when matching grants are released from the State. Too much hype on Jagananna, YSR programmes is proving disastrous. No doubt, AP would have to depend more on loans for its cash transfer schemes.

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