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2 YSRCP MLAs Served Notices in Cricket Betting Case

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The sensational Cricket Betting scandal unearthed in Nellore district recently, has leaped to the high-profile political zone. Two MLAs belonging to the YSR Congress party were served notices on Sunday in connection with the betting case.

Nellore City MLA Anil Kumar Yadav and Rural MLA Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy, who are currently in Nandyal, vigorously campaigning for the August 23 scheduled by-poll, were personally served notices by a team of police officials on Sunday asking them to appear for enquiry on August 22. Close pals of the two MLAs have already been arrested.

It may be noted that around 210 persons have so far been arrested this month in connection with the cricket betting scandal in Nellore district. During the enquiry, the police found evidence on the role of politicians from the data extracted from a laptop used by the main bookie Krishna Singh.

The police also gathered information from Singh on the role of an YSRC party MLA, who was allegedly paid Rs 40 lakh for shielding the betting ring from police officials. He further alleged that B. Srikant Reddy, who is a close associate of MLA Sridhar Reddy, was the mediator between bookies and politicians. Meanwhile, rumors are doing rounds that a few more YSRCP legislators would soon receive notices.

The two YSRC party legislators expressed surprise over having been served notices. They alleged that this could be a political conspiracy to deflate their campaigning and malign the party’s image ahead of the by-poll in Nandyal. They however affirmed to cooperate with police in the enquiry.

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Kotamreddy: A leader with ears to the ground

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Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy, YSRCP MLA from Nellore Rural constituency, is a typical grass-root MLA, who loves to be seen always among the people of his constituency rather staying in the cool comforts of Hyderabad.

During Assembly session, Sridhar makes his presence felt strongly by actively participating in debates, and stoutly defending his boss. Once the Assembly is adjourned, within minutes he hops into his car to gets back to his constituency. Not a single day passes without Reddy attending one developmental program or the other, somewhere in the sprawling constituency. Reddy, a first time MLA, loves to nurse his constituency like typical political leader, whose tribe is on the verge of extinction. Soft personality with loud voice, Sridhar, is a fine politician in the making, and he is known for his honest credentials.

On Monday morning Sridhar participated in simple tri-cycle distribution program to physically challenged people of in the constituency, without making big fuss. While delivering the tricycles to 105 individuals he said this was a beginning, the program continues as many more are in the need. He purchased these tricyles with his money and with a portion being contributed by KLSR Trust and ZP Chairman Bommireddy Raghavendra Reddy.

He assured the physically challenged people assembled there that he would strive to get suitable houses constructed for them.

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Jolt to Jagan in Nellore district ?

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

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

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

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

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

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