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Did Modi really enquire about the attack on Sharmila?


A section of the media in the Telugu states has been coming up with reports of Prime Minister Narendra Modi enquiring about the attack on YSR Telangana Congress president Y S Sharmila. The reports suggest that Modi had enquired about it with Sharimila’s brother and AP chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, when the two leaders met in Delhi.

It is also said that Modi had also personally made a phone call to Sharmila and enquired about the attack on her vehicle and the subsequent police action against her in Hyderabad. The police have lifted her vehicle using a crane when she was sitting inside the vehicle.

The reports say that the Prime Minister had expressed deep anguish over the behaviour of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi leadership and the Telangana police towards a woman leader. He is said to have condemned the incidents during his telephonic conversation with Sharmila.

However, there was no official confirmation about these developments either from the Prime Minister’s Office in Delhi or the YSRTP office in Hyderabad. Even Sharmila did not speak about the Prime Minister making a call to her.

But the media in the Telugu states and the social media too are speaking about this development. A section of the media even went on to say that Jagan Mohan Reddy was speechless when the Prime Minister questioned him about his silence to the ill-treatment meted out to his sister in the neighbouring state.

There is no rift between Jagan Mohan Reddy and K Chandrasekhar Rao, though the two states were fighting on sharing of interstate river water and bifurcation of institutions listed in Schedule IX and X of the AP Reorganisation Act 2014.

KCR is not happy with Sharmila for launching a regional outfit and criticising his leadership and the government. KCR’s son KTR and daughter Kavitha are also equally criticising Sharmial and the attack on her vehicle during her padayatra is said to be the reaction of the ruling TRS against her criticism.

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Naidu emphasises on digital knowledge at G-20 meet


Former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh and TDP president, Nara Chandrababu Naidu, at the G-20 meet on Monday laid emphasis on digital knowledge.

Addressing the G-20 meet held here with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in the chair, Chandrababu Naidu stressed the need for preparing a vision document, at least for the next 25 years, for future generations to focus on digital knowledge.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, acknowledged this and clearly mentioned the need for preparing the vision document on this.

Chandrababu Naidu asserted that India will emerge as number one or number two country in the globe “if we continue to encourage the digital world.” He said that India has a strong youth power and they should be encouraged to pursue their goals.

“The policies should be designed in such a way that they should create more opportunities for the youth. Only then will we progress well,” he stated.

Chandrababu Naidu, who is already known as a visionary, expressed his opinion at the conference that ”the best results can be achieved only by connecting the human resource power with knowledge economy.”

He said that Indians are really wealth creators across the world and wanted the youth to be encouraged further.

Presidents of various political parties across the country attended the conference held under the chairmanship of the prime minister.

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Jagan, Naidu to attend Modi meet on G20


Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu are attending a meeting in the national capital on Monday evening. The meeting is convened by the Central government where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address.

The meeting is convened to discuss the agenda for the G20 nation’s meeting scheduled to be held at the end of 2023 with Modi becoming its president this year. Modi took over as the president of the G20 nations in the first week of December 2022.

This is perhaps for the first time that both Jagan Mohan Reddy and Chandrababu Naidu are attending a meeting together. The Union government had invited the chief ministers and senior politicians in the country for the meeting to give their views for the next G20 meeting to be held in the country.

Jagan Mohan Reddy had been a trusted friend of the BJP ever since he won the elections in the 2019 battle. He refused to be part of the BJP-led NDA alliance but had been giving his support to the NDA whenever it was needed.

Jagan Mohan Reddy’s support became crucial for the BJP in the Rajya Sabha, where the ruling NDA is running short of numbers. Thus, the relationship between Modi and Jagan is visibly healthy.

On the other hand, Chandrababu Naidu broke the alliance with the BJP in 2018 and is now working hard to restore the relationship.

It is to be seen if BJP extends an olive branch to Chandrababu Naidu for the 2024 general election or not. It is interesting to note that Chandrababu Naidu had said that 2014 results would be repeated in the 2024 elections. This would mean restoration of alliance among the TDP, BJP and Jana Sena.

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No intention to privatise Singareni Collieries: PM Modi


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday made it clear that the Centre has “no intention” to privatise Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL).

Without naming Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), he said that some political forces were spreading rumours for their political interests.

The Prime Minister stated that there is neither a proposal under consideration for the privatisation nor the Centre has any intention to do it.

He was addressing a public meeting after inaugurating or laying the foundation stone of various projects at Ramagundam in Telangana’s Peddapalli district, one of the districts which have mines of SCCL.

Prime Minister Modi said that the “lie of those spreading rumours has been caught as Telangana government holds 51 per cent in SCCL”.

“The share of the government of India is 49 per cent and it can’t take a decision on privatisation,” he asserted.

He was apparently referring to a protest by TRS-backed employees’ union at SCCL and the trade unions affiliated to the Left parties against the alleged move for privatisation.

He claimed that in the past, there were scams of several thousand crores in the coal sector but for the last eight years there has been transparency in auction of coal mines and the profit from this is reaching local people.

Prime Minister Modi also remarked that due to his visit to Telangana and the massive turnout at the public meeting, some people in Hyderabad were having sleepless nights.

The Prime Minister inaugurated fertilizer plant at Ramagundam and dedicated Bhadrachalam Road- Sattupalli rail line to the nation, which has been built at a cost of around Rs 1,000 crore. He also laid the foundation stone for Medak-Siddipet-Elkathurthy section of National Highway 765DG; Bodhan-Basar-Bhainsa section of NH-161BB; Sironcha to Mahadevpur Section of NH-353C.

The Prime Minister said these projects of over Rs 10,000 crore will benefit farming and business sectors. These projects will boost business, create new employment opportunities and increase ease of living.

He pointed out that in the past India was dependent on imports to meet its needs for fertilizers as urea factories in the country were shut due to outdated technologies.

Prime Minister Modi said that before 2014, imported urea used to get diverted to chemical factories and farmers used to stand in queues throughout the night for fertilizers. He claimed that this diversion was checked with 100 per cent Neem coating of urea.

He said five fertilizer plants were being reopened. A plant at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and the second at Ramagundam have re-opened and they will provide 60 lakh tonnes of urea, saving thousands of crores to the country.

The Prime Minister said farmers of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra will get benefit from the Ramagundam plant.

Telangana governor Tamilisai Soundrarajan and Union Minister G. Kishan Reddy were present.

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Protests in Telangana against PM Modi’s visit


Leaders and activists of the Left parties were arrested by police in Telangana for staging a protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit.

The protests were organised in Hyderabad and Peddapalli district against Centre’s “discrimination” towards Telangana and its “failure” to fulfill commitments made to the state.

CPI national secretary K. Narayana was among those arrested in Hyderabad. Dressed in black and raising slogans of ‘Modi go back’, the protesters staged a demonstration.

Holding placards with slogans of ‘Go back Modi’, the protesters from ‘Chenetha Youth Force’ released black balloons at KBR Park in Hyderabad to protest the Prime Minister’s visit. They were protesting the GST imposed on handlooms.

After arriving at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad, the Prime Minister left for Ramagundam to inaugurate the Ramagundam fertiliser plant.

Protests were also organised by the Left parties and employees unions of Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) in Peddapalli district to oppose the Centre’s move to privatise coal blocks.

Posters, banners and flexis have also come up in Hyderabad and in Ramagundam questioning the Prime Minister about commitments made to Telangana at the time of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh that are yet to be fulfilled.

One of the banners questioned the Prime Minister as to what happened to the promises made to Telangana including Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR), textile park, defence corridor, Kazipet rail coach factory, Bayyaram steel plant, turmeric board and tribal university.

‘No entry’ posters with the Prime Minister’s photograph have also been pasted at various places, opposing five per cent GST on handloom.

Meanwhile, police arrested leaders and members of various unions of Singareni employees at various places for staging protests against Modi’s visit.

Wearing black badges and raising slogans, they staged protests in Mandamarri, Bellampalli, Srirampir, Godavarikhani, Kothagudem and other places. They were demanding the Centre to drop its move to privatise coal blocks.

CPI and Singerni union leaders were taken into preventive custody. CPI state secretary K. Sambasiva Rao and TBGKS general secretary Raji Reddy were arrested while scores of other leaders were placed under house arrest.

The Left parties had called for protest demonstrations in all the constituency headquarters across the undivided Khammam district.

The Communist leaders have alleged that the Centre is depriving Telangana of its due share in taxes levied by it.

Their protest is also against anti-worker and pro-corporate policies pursued by the Modi government as part of its aggressive privatisation drive.

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Corrupt will not be spared, says Modi in Hyderabad


Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that those who looted the poor in Telangana will not be spared.

He stated this while addressing BJP workers at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad soon after his arrival to inaugurate fertilizer plant at Ramagundam in Peddapalli district.

“I want to assure the people of Telangana that those who looted the poor will not be spared,” he said while calling on people to end corrupt and family rule in the state.

Without naming Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Modi alleged that the corrupt were joining hands to escape action. “Attempts are being made by the corrupt to form an alliance,” he said.

The Prime Minister remarked that the darkness of corruption, family rule and superstition is about to end in Telangana and exuded confidence that lotus (BJP’s symbol) will bloom everywhere in the state.

“People of Telangana want politics of people first, instead of family first,” he said in an attack on CM KCR.

He called corruption and family rule the biggest enemy of poor and development and said BJP was fighting against both and was committed to provide corruption-free governance to serve all families.

He said the party trusted by the people of Telangana committed the biggest betrayal to Telangana. “It is unfortunate that those who came to power in the name of Telangana themselves prospered but pushed back Telangana,” he said.

Referring to the recent Munugode Assembly by-election, Modi claimed that people reposed faith in BJP.

“The BJP workers brought the entire Telangana government to one Assembly seat. They forced the big leaders to kneel down. This shows you have people’s blessings and your hard work is showing results,” he said.

He said all by-elections held in Telangana in recent times have given the same message. “There will soon be a sunrise. The darkness of Telangana will be over and lotus will bloom everywhere,” he said.

Modi urged BJP workers not to get disheartened by abuses hurled at him by some people. “Due to frustration, fear and superstition, some people day and night abuse Modi. They have exhausted the entire dictionary to abuse me. Don’t worry about that. They can’t do anything except abusing me,” he said.

Modi told the party workers that 20-22 varieties of abuses were already hurled at him. He claimed that these abuses were giving him the energy to continue serving people.

He said he had the blessing of god that whatever abuses some people use against him get converted into nutrition and thus give him the energy to serve people.

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Telugu icons take their place of pride at Visakha meet


Local flavor was wafted through the public meeting held at the Andhra University grounds at Visakhapatnam on Saturday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy invoking the names of local icons drawing huge rounds of applause from the capacity crowd.

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy recalled the names of three legends from north coastal Andhra region in his speech as the people acknowledged with emotive reverence.

First, Jagan Mohan Reddy recalled the name of balladeer Vangapandu and quoted his famous song ‘Em pillado, veladaam vasthava’ drawing peals of praise from the audience. Next, he took to Sri Sri, the revolutionary poet quoting his most famous verse ‘Vasthunnai Vasthunnai Jagannadha Ratha Chakralu’ which depicts the ushering in of imminent change.

It was then the turn of Gurazada Appa Rao panthulu and his ever-inspirational ‘Desamante Matti Kadoyi, Desamante Manushuloi.’

The Chief Minister’s stress was on north coastal Andhra and the three icons belong to Srikakulam Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam and he used the simile of the sea and its waves with the huge crowd that converged at the venue.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his part started his speech wishing the people in Telugu and brought in the name of Viplava Veerudu Alluri Seetharama Raju.

‘Last time, I came to Andhra Pradesh for 125th birth anniversary of Viplava Veerudu Alluri Seetharama Raju and now I am here to inaugurate and lay foundation stone to various development activities,’ he said and showered praise on the people of Andhra Pradesh for their mingling nature and excelling in various fields.

He had also showered praise on people of Andhra for their nature of getting along with everyone and excelling in various fields and making their presence felt across the globe.

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No political significance to Pawan-Modi meet, says GVL


BJP MP, G V L Narasimha Rao, has said that there was no political significance to the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan in Visakhapatnam on Friday.

The BJP MP said that the leaders of the two parties were meeting as both the BJP and Jana Sena are allies. “It is a courtesy call and there is no political significance. This visit is only to dedicate some projects to the nation and to lay the foundation stone to some,” GVL Narasimha Rao told the media persons.

He brushed aside all speculations doing rounds in the political and media circles about the meeting. He said it was a friendly meeting and the two leaders would only exchange pleasantries. The BJP leaders also say that the Prime Minister could not meet Pawan Kalyan, during the latter’s visit to Bhimavaram in July this year.

There was speculation about the Prime Minister not inviting Pawan Kalyan but inviting Chiranjeevi to the meeting, where Narendra Modi unveiled the bronze statue of freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju. It was widely discussed that the Prime Minister had invited Chiranjeevi to come back to active politics and had offered Rajya Sabha position.

Earlier, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy too had offered the Rajya Sabha seat to Chiranjeevi. However, the actor is now focusing only on his films and is not interested in coming back to politics.

Sources say that these talks have widened the gap between the Jana Sena and the BJP leadership in the state politics. The meeting between Modi and Pawan now is only to cement the relations, the sources said.

However, the Jana Sena leaders have not made any comments on their leader’s meeting with the Prime Minister. Even Pawan Kalyan is yet to react to the meeting and reveal what had transpired between them.

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Pawan is likely to meet Modi at Visakha, what’s up?


Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Visakhapatnam. The Prime Minister is arriving in the port city on Friday evening and will stay till Saturday noon.

Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan too is leaving Hyderabad on Friday noon and will reach Visakhapatnam by noon. He would stay in the city for the two days.

Quite interestingly, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is also leaving for Visakhapatnam on Friday noon and will reach the city by evening. He would receive the Prime Minister and later join Modi in the official programmes on Saturday morning.

Sources say that Pawan Kalyan would meet the Prime Minister for a brief period. He is likely to complain to the Prime Minister against the state government targeting him. He is also said to be giving a report to the Prime Minister on the recent incidents in Visakhapatnam where his party leaders were arrested on false grounds.

The Jana Sena chief is also likely to explain the demolition of houses in the Ippatam village of Tadepalli mandal in the Guntur district. He is said to have made up his mind to explain the vendetta politics that chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy was following in the state.

However, the schedule was not fixed for the meeting between the prime minister and the Jana Sena chief. The meeting, if it happens, is likely to assume political significance amid reports coming up on the possible alliance between the Jana Sena and the TDP for the 2024 general election.

It is also not known whether the Prime Minister would invite Pawan Kalyan for the public meeting in which the chief minister would also be present. The Jana Sena chief was not invited for the Prime Minister’s meeting at Bhimavaram on July 4 this year.

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Telangana CM may again skip welcoming PM


For the fourth time in a row, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is not likely to receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi when the latter arrives here on November 12 to dedicate Ramagundam fertilizer plant to the nation.

With the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) slamming the Prime Minister’s Office for not sending an official invitation to the Chief Minister for the event, KCR, as Rao is popularly called, is likely to skip both the reception at the airport and the event.

KCR is likely to depute a state minister to welcome the Prime Minister on behalf of the state government.

This will be the fourth time in 10 months that KCR will not be receiving Modi on his arrival in Hyderabad.

The ruling party has taken exception to the PMO not extending proper invitation to the Chief Minister for the opening of fertiliser plant at Ramagundam.

The TRS leaders alleged that it is disrespectful on part of the PMO for not sending an official invite to the Chief Minister, ignoring the fact that Telangana holds 11 per cent share in the plant.

It accused the BJP-led government at the Centre of insulting Telangana people by sending a communication to the Chief Minister to participate in the inaugural event rather than inviting him.

TRS leader Krishank Manne criticized the Prime Minister for what he called doing a ‘tamasha’ when the plant was functioning for more than a year.

The TRS also claimed that the BJP was attempting to use the event to deflect attention away from the defeat in Munugode bypoll as well as from the ‘poachgate’ scandal in which four agents of BJP were caught while attempting to buy four TRS MLAs.

During his visit to Ramagundam, Modi is also scheduled to address a public meeting. The BJP is making arrangements to mobilise a large number of people for the meeting.

The last time KCR had skipped welcoming Modi at the airport was on July 2 when the latter had arrived for BJP’s national executive meet. State’s Animal Husbandry Minister T. Srinivas Yadav had welcomed him.

Earlier in May, KCR had avoided welcoming Modi when the latter was in Hyderabad to attend 20th annual celebrations of the Indian School of Business (ISB).

Just before the Prime Minister’s arrival, the Chief Minister flew to Bengaluru to call on former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda.

In February, KCR had stayed away from receiving Modi on his visit to the city to unveil the statue of equality.

This had evoked strong reaction from BJP leaders, who alleged that the Chief Minister is insulting the office of the Prime Minister.

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CPI plans protests during PM’s visit to Telangana


The Communist Party of India (CPI) has decided to organise protests during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Telangana on November 12 over the Centre not fulfilling the commitments made to the state.

CPI state Secretary K. Sambasiva Rao said on Tuesday that the Prime Minister has no right to enter Telangana as he fulfilled not a single commitment made to the state at the time of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

He told reporters that during the last eight years, the Modi government took no step on the commitments made to Telangana. He said the PM should clarify what it has done for the state in these eight years.

Rao pointed out that the Centre has done nothing to set up the Bayyaram steel plant, Kazipet railway coach factory, a tribal university and a central university.

Modi is visiting Telangana on November 12 to dedicate the Ramagundam Fertilisers and Chemicals Ltd to the nation.

According to BJP’s Telangana unit leaders, he will also address a public meeting at Ramagundam.

The CPI leader slammed the Modi government over privatization of public sector units. He said the CPI would strongly resist the Centre’s move to privatise Singareni Collieries Company.

He said his party would organise protests in Singareni from November 10 to oppose privatisation.

CPI-M state Secretary Tammineni Veerabhadram has already called up people to stage protests during Modi’s visit to Telangana.

He said activists of his party, along with the TRS and the CPI workers, would soon lay siege to the Raj Bhavan in protest against the policies of the Modi government.

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South stars Mahesh Babu, Khushbu, Mammootty, Mohanlal wish PM Modi


Actors Mahesh Babu, Khusbhu Sundar, Mammootty and Mohanlal were among those who wished Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday on the occasion of his 72nd birthday.

Taking to Twitter, Telugu star Mahesh Babu said: “Birthday greetings to our hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi! Wishing you great health, happiness and continued success.”

Actress and producer Khushbu, who is also a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said: “You need a vision. You need a will. You ought to have a dream. You need determination to bring in a change. And you have it all Sir.

“Thank you for transforming India into a nation to reckon with. Gratitude. Wishing you honourablle PM Shri Narendra Modi ji a very happy birthday.”

Malayalam superstar Mammootty wrote: “Birthday Wishes to Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra ModiJi.”

The other superstar of Malayalam cinema, Mohanlal, also took to Twitter to wish the Prime Minister. ” Warmest birthday wishes and much love to our Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji. May you have a blessed year filled with good health, happiness, and more success.”

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Telugu leaders greet Modi on his birthday


The leaders from the two Telugu states have greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday on Saturday. The leaders took to their twitter handle to greet the Prime Minister, cutting across the party lines.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy greeted the prime minister on his birthday. Jagan Mohan Reddy sent “warm birthday greetings and best wishes.” He also said in his tweet, “May God bless him with good health and long life.”

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao too had sent his greetings to the prime minister. He took his twitter handle to greet the prime minister, wishing him good health and long life. He said “On my behalf of the Government and people of Telangana and my personal behalf, I wish you a very happy birthday. May God bless you with good health and long life for serving the nation for many more years.”

Telangana Governor, Dr Tamilasai Soundararajan also greeted the Prime Minister on his birthday. “Your hard-work, dedication & efforts to bring new opportunities to youth of the nation to meet their aspirations are inspirational,” the Governor wrote.

TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu too sent his greetings to the prime minister through the twitter handle. “May God bless him with many more years of good health and energy to tirelessly strive for welfare of people and all-round development of the nation,” Chandrababu Naidu tweeted on twitter handle.

Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan issued a press release wishing the Prime Minister on his birthday. The Jana Sena chief said that Narendra Modi, who is serving the country for the second term as Prime Minister, had served the Gujarat state as its chief minister for four terms, and proved as a successful politician.

The Jana Sena chief also mentioned some important decisions taken by Narendra Modi as Prime Minister, including the introduction of GST, demonetisation, and resolved several major problems of the country.

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GVL invites Modi to AP to launch projects


GVL Narasimha Rao requests Narendra Modi to visit Andhra Pradesh to launch of central projects in Visakhapatnam

Vijayawada: Rajya Sabha MP GVL Narasimha Rao met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today in his office and requested him to make a visit to Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh at his early convenience to inaugurate and lay foundations for several prestigious national developmental and infrastructure projects.

In his letter, MP GVL Narasimha Rao mentioned several central government projects nearing completion in Visakhapatnam. These included Rs.26,000 crore Visakhapatnam HPCL petroleum refinery expansion and modernisation project; first phase of modern, green new campus of IIM Visakhapatnam; Cruise terminal in Visakhapatnam etc.

He also requested Prime Minister to lay foundation stone for several sanctioned projects in Visakhapatnam including the new office complex of the sanctioned South Coast Rail Zone with headquarters in Visakhapatnam; Rs. 400 crore (approx.) Visakhapatnam railway station modernisation project; 400 bedded speciality ESI Hospital at a cost of Rs.385 crore (approx.); Modern mega fishing harbour in Visakhapatnam etc.

In addition, several projects and developments in Eastern Naval Command and other defence establishments in Visakhapatnam can also be included as part of the PM’s visit, MP GVL added.

GVL opined that Narendra Modi’s visit to Visakhapatnam will bring spotlight on these major developmental projects and help people understand that these projects are initiatives of our Central Government.

On the occasion, MP GVL presented a handicraft idol of Lord Venkateswara to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy meets PM, discusses Polavaram project


Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help in completing the construction of the Polavaram project at the earliest.

He also urged him to approve the revised cost estimates of Rs 55,548.87 crore as already approved by the Technical Advisory Committee.

Jagan Mohan Reddy called on the Prime Minister at the latter’s residence in Delhi and discussed several key issues related to the state including Polavaram project, compensating resource gap funds, rationality in coverage of beneficiaries under National Food Security Act, arrears from Telangana Discoms to the state, and Special Category Status.

According to the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) here, Reddy requested Modi to reimburse Rs 2,900 crore which was spent by the state government towards the Polavaram Project, and to clear the bills on fortnightly basis like in other national projects and not component-wise.

The Chief Minister also requested him to provide Rs 10,000 crore on an ad-hoc basis so that the construction works of the project can proceed smoothly. He appealed to provide relief and rehabilitation package to the displaced families in a Direct Benifit Transfer (DBT) manner, which ensures transparency.

He asked the Prime Minister to release funds of Rs 32,625 crore under Resource Gap Fund for various pending bills under 10th Pay Commission, including social security pensions and others during the period 2014-15.

The Chief Minister explained to the Prime Minister that due to the lack of rationalisation in the selection of eligible persons under the National Food Security Act, the state is suffering serious losses and has already brought this matter to his attention, where a large number of needy and deserving persons were uncovered.

Reddy said that the state government is providing a ration to 2.68 crore beneficiaries, of which 61 per cent belong to rural areas and 41 per cent are from urban areas. He reminded that as per the law, 75 per cent of people in rural areas and 50 per cent of people in urban areas should get benefits under PDS and said that states like Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat, which are economically better than Andhra Pradesh, have almost 10 per cent more beneficiaries than Andhra Pradesh, due to which the state government is providing ration to the leftover 56 lakh eligible beneficiaries shouldering an additional burden of Rs 5,527.63 crore.

He said that the NITI Aayog has already met with the state government officials and told the Central government to revise the data in this regard and reminded the Prime Minister that the allocations to Andhra Pradesh should be examined.

He explained to the Prime Minister that 3 lakh tonnes of the rice quota allotted to the state every month remains unutilised, and asked him to allocate only 77,000 tonnes, which will be sufficient for the distribution without causing any additional burden on the Centre.

Discussing the promises given during state bifurcation, Reddy said that there was no rationality in the bifurcation, because of which the state suffered a lot and requested the Prime Minister to fulfill the promises given as a parliamentary witness including Special Category Status.

He said that special class status will boost the growth in the industrial sector, job creation, grants from the Centre, and tax concessions, thereby reducing the burden on the state.

The Chief Minister also told the Prime Minister that an arrear of Rs 6,756 crore receivable by Andhra Pradesh Generation Corporation Limited (APGENCO) from the Telangana government has remained unresolved for over eight years and requested the Prime Minister to direct the concerned authorities to settle the dues at the earliest so that the state power sector could be financially strengthened.

He also urged the Prime Minister to give approvals for setting up another 12 medical colleges in the state to cater to 26 districts. In regard to setting up an Integrated Steel Plant in the YSR district, he requested to allocate iron mines to APMDC for an uninterrupted supply of iron ore to operate the plant. He said that the allocation of mines is very important for setting up a steel plant, which enables a stable transport of ore.

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Jagan to meet PM, Prez, others in Delhi


Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital. While it is not known why the chief minister is meeting Modi for the second time in a month, sources say that Jagan Mohan Reddy would also be meeting President Draupadi Murmu and vice-president Jagdeep Dhankhar, who were elected to the respective posts recently.

The chief minister is also scheduled to meet Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman and Jal Shakthi Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in Delhi. The chief minister is leaving today evening and will reach the national capital by night. He would stay in his camp office at 1, Janpath.

The chief minister is likely to take up the issue of rehabilitation and resettlement (R&R) of the Polavaram Project displaced families. The R&R package was not completed during the TDP regime between 2014 and 2019. The TDP had focused only on the Pattiseema and diaphragm wall of the project, Jagan Mohan Reddy said during his interaction with the displaced families who were hit by the recent floods.

Jagan Mohan Reddy had promised them that he would get the R&R package at the earliest and ensure that the displaced families have a better life ahead. He had also told them that he would bring a better package for them from the Central government.

Hence, the Polavaram is one of the key issues for the chief minister to raise before the Prime Minister, the Jal Shankhi Minister and the Finance Minister, whom all he would be meeting in Delhi.

Once this key job is done, the chief minister is likely to meet the President and the Vice-President for whose election, the YSR Congress had extended unconditional support.

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PM Modi, other cabinet members pay tribute to Rakesh Jhunjhunwala


Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other senior members of the Union cabinet expressed deep grief over the passing away of noted stock investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala on Sunday.

“Rakesh Jhunjhunwala was indomitable. Full of life, witty and insightful, he leaves behind an indelible contribution to the financial world,” PM Modi said in a tweet, sharing a photograph of himself with the investor.

“He was also very passionate about India’s progress. His passing away is saddening. My condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti,” the Prime Minister added.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, “Anguished to learn about the passing away of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala Ji. His vast experience and understanding of the stock market have inspired countless investors. He will always be remembered for his bullish outlook. My deepest condolences to his family. Om Shanti Shanti.”

Union Defence Minister Rajnath singh said, “Shocked by the sudden demise of seasoned Investor, Shri Rakesh Jhunjhunwala. He will be remembered for his contributions in business and industry. He was at the forefront of creating a culture of investing in Indian stock markets. Condolences to his family and many admirers.”

Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said Jhunjhunwala was “an inspiration for wealth creation for crores.” “Deeply anguished at the demise of veteran investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala. He was an inspiration for wealth creation for crores. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and admirers. Om Shanti,” he said in a tweet.

BJP chief J.P. Nadda remembered the ace investor, and the “business magnate”, saying: “I am saddened by the terrible news of the passing away of veteran investor, business magnate and stock trader Shri Rakesh Jhunjhunwala this morning. May the departed soul rest in eternal peace and may Prabhu Ram give strength to his family members and loved ones. Om Shanti.”

A Chartered Accountant by qualification and training, Jhunjhunwala was 62 and is survived by his wife Rekha and two children.

Often referred to as the ‘King of Bulls’ in the stock markets, Jhunjhunwala’s latest venture Akasa Air’s maiden flight took off exactly a week ago on August 7, last Sunday.

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Will you withdraw freebies and go for polls, KTR asks Modi


Freebies to the people has become a controversial issue now with several top heads expressing their opinions against continuation of freebies. Chief Justice of India, Justice N V Ramana, Vice-President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu and many others have advised the political parties and the governments not to encourage freebies.

They have said that the freebies would cause major damage to the nation’s economy. These comments came simultaneously with the Reserve Bank of India releasing a note on the waiver of over Rs 10,000 lakh crore of bad debts to the big industrialists and business firms in the country.

Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken against the freebies for a healthy economy.

Telangana Rastra Samithi working president and minister, K Taraka Ramarao, reacted sharply to the Prime Minister’s comments and dared the BJP leadership to go for next elections after withdrawing the welfare schemes by the Central government and also all the BJP-ruled state governments.

KTR wanted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce the withdrawal of freebies and for the next round of elections to the Parliament and also to the states with a slogan of better economy without freebies.

KTR took strong exception to the term freebies and wondered how the BJP leadership is justifying debt waiver for the rich, while speaking very low of welfare schemes as freebies. He sought to advise the Prime Minister and the BJP leaders to stop favouring and promoting the rich and looking down at the poor.

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Modi talks to Naidu, TDP pins hopes on alliance


Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a brief chat with TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu at a meeting in Delhi on Saturday. The two leaders met at the national level meeting organised to celebrate Azaadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav in the country marking 75 years of Independence.

Chandrababu Naidu was invited by the Union government to attend the meeting which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was for the first time in the last five years that the two leaders spoke to each other.

After the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi walked down to Chandrababu Naidu and took him aside. They spoke for about five minutes in a pleasant situation.

The TDP broke alliance with the BJP in 2018 on the special category status demand. After breaking the alliance, Chandrababu Naidu joined hands with the Congress leaders to defeat the BJP in the 2019 elections. He toured in several states campaigning against the BJP.

However, the 2019 results showed different prospects for the BJP and the TDP. The TDP lost power in Andhra Pradesh, while the BJP retained power with greater majority. Since then, Chandrababu Naidu never took the opportunity to speak to the BJP leaders.

Back in Andhra Pradesh, there is a strong demand from the TDP ranks for alliance with the BJP and Jana Sena for the 2024 elections. While Jana Sena is ready for the alliance, the BJP had been saying that doors were closed for the TDP.

In politics, there will be no permanent friends and enemies. Likewise, the invitation to Chandrababu Naidu for the meeting and Modi interacting with Naidu have given scope for the TDP ranks to heave a sigh of relief. They are confident that Chandrababu Naidu would break the silence and restore alliance with the BJP in the next elections.

It is to be seen what is in store and whether the BJP would accept the alliance with the TDP or not.

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Black balloons released at Vijayawada airport during PM’ visit


Andhra Pradesh Police on Monday arrested three Congress leaders for releasing black balloons at Gannavaram airport during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit.

Some Congress leaders released the balloons as a mark of protest during Modi’s brief visit to Andhra Pradesh over the Centre not granting special status to the state.

The balloons were released near the airport when the helicopter carrying the Prime Minister had taken off for Bhimavaram.

After landing of his special aircraft at Gannavaram airport, the Prime Minister left for Bhimavaram in West Godavari district by a helicopter to launch 125th birth anniversary celebrations of freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju.

Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan and Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, who were at the airport to receive Modi, also left for Bhimavaram by another helicopter.

Taking serious note of the incident, police launched an investigation. They found that Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) secretary Rajiv Ratan released the balloons.

Since the area around airport was declared a no-fly zone in view of the PM’s visit, the release of balloons which came closer to the helicopters is being treated as a serious security lapse.

A case was registered against Rajiv Ratan, who is reported to be absconding. A police team was on the lookout for him. Meanwhile, police have arrested three Congress leaders for releasing the balloons.

State Congress leader Sunkara Padmasri was also detained by the police when she reached the airport raising slogans of ‘Modi go back’.

Holding a placard and raising slogans, she tried to move towards passenger terminal but was stopped and whisked away by police.

She alleged that both Modi and Jagan Reddy betrayed Andhra Pradesh over the issue of special status.

After the incident, police further stepped up security around the airport when Modi returned from Bhimavaram.

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