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Jolt to Jagan govt: AP High Court grants bail to Pattabhi Ram

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In a jolt to Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh, the AP High Court has granted bail to TDP leader Pattabhi Ram on Saturday (today).

He was arrested on Wednesday night for allegedly using abusive remarks against CM YS Jagan.

Pattabhi was produced before the Vijayawada court on Thursday by Governorpet police.

The judge ordered 14-day judicial remand to Pattabhi following which he was lodged in Rajahmundry central jail.

He was booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 153A (promoting enmity), 505 (public mischief), 353 (deter a public servant from discharge of duty), and 504 (provoking breach of the peace) and 120B (criminal conspiracy).

The TDP leaders and cadre celebrated bail to Pattibhiram across Andhra Pradesh. They termed court orders as a slap on the face of Jagan who is resorting to vendetta politics against his political opponents.

TDP president, former AP CM and Leader of Opposition in Andhra Pradesh Assembly, N Chandrababu Naidu wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah seeking the President’s rule in Andhra Pradesh over the police action against his party colleagues.

Naidu attached photographs, video clips and newspaper cuttings pertaining to Tuesday’s attack on TDP’s central office at Mangalagiri and other party offices and houses of party leaders in his letter to the President, the PM and Union home minister.

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TDP leader sent to jail for using abusive words against Andhra CM

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A city court on Thursday sent Telugu Desam Party (TDP) spokesman K. Pattabhi Ram to judicial custody for 14 days for allegedly using abusive words against Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Ram — arrested on Wednesday night, was produced in Third Additional Metropolitan Court, which remanded him to judicial custody for two weeks.

The opposition party leader was subsequently shifted to Machilipatnam Jail.

After the arrest from his house amid high drama, Ram was taken to Thotlavalluru Police Station.

The TDP leader’s lawyer moved the bail petition but the government’s counsel opposed the same citing several cases booked against him in the past. After hearing the arguments of both sides, the magistrate rejected the bail plea and sent him to judicial custody.

Meanwhile, Ram said he was not beaten up by police during the custody. He, however, denied that he used any abusive word against the chief minister or any other leader and said he was only highlighting the government’s failures.

Ram was arrested from his house by the police on Wednesday night, a day after his remarks triggered a huge backlash from alleged supporters of ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) who attacked the TDP’s central office at Mangalagiri in Amaravati and party offices in other parts of the state.

Pattabhi Ram’s house was also attacked by unidentified people on Tuesday.

Ram’s wife Chandra said he was arrested by policemen after breaking open the door. She said if anything happened to him, the government will be responsible.

According to police, the TDP leader was arrested in connection with a case booked against him at Governorpet Police Station. He was booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 505 (2) (Statements conducing to public mischief), 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) read with 120B (criminal conspiracy).

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Pattabhi comments, China Rajappa apologises

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Did TDP spokesperson Pattabhi’s over-enthusiasm in the drugs case put the party in a tight spot? Have his comments led the party to alienate a strong community from the party? Did his comments make former home minister China Rajappa apologize to the fisher-folk community? There is a lot of churning within the TDP over some of the comments that spokesperson Pattabhi made during the recent press conference.

During a recent press conference in Kakinada, Pattabhi accused Kakinada MLA Dwarampudi Chandrasekhara Reddy of being hand in glove with the drug mafia. During the course of the press conference, he said that the fishermen too were involved in the racket and cited the fire mishap in a boat as proof of his argument. He said the white smoke that emanated from the burning boat was because of the drugs.

His comments led to protests from the fisher-folk community, which staged dharnas and entered into heated arguments with Pattabhi and other TDP leaders. Finally, Nimmakayala China Rajappa pacified the protesters and offered apologies on behalf of Pattabhi.

In fact, the TDP leaders feel that Pattabhi should not have touched the fisher-folk. They feel that recent attacks on the YSRCP by the TDP leaders were well-received. They feel that Payyavula Keshav’s criticism of financial issues, Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy’s attack on corruption, the agitations led by Beeda Ravichandra and the protests by Nallamilli Seshareddy in Anaparthy were highly successful. Even Dhulipalla Narendra’s criticism of the issue of Amaravati lands were well received. But, Pattabhi’s comments have actually boomerangd.

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Andhra government creating Constitutional crisis: TDP

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A host of leaders from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Saturday criticized the ruling Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) for opposing the rural local bodies’ elections, even as they have been welcoming the polls since many days.

“Jagan Reddy’s government is unnecessarily creating a Constitutional crisis in the state. It is defying a Constitutional authority like the State Election Commission (SEC) from discharging its duties with cowardice and scared of opposition from the people,” alleged TDP spokesperson Kommareddy Pattabhi Ram.

Ram claimed that the right to vote is a fundamental right to choose a preferred leader, which the state government is allegedly blocking unconstitutionally and also allegedly attacking the SEC.

He highlighted that the state government is disobeying the High Court order to go ahead with the panchayat polls.

Ram said that since morning, YSRCP MLAs, MPs and even the Assembly speaker are talking and questioned them if they raised those points through their advocate general in the HC.

TDP leaders have also assailed a government employees’ association representative, Kakarla Venkatrami Reddy for making unacceptable remarks.

They accused Venkatrami Reddy that he is allegedly a follower of Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Likewise, TDP leader Syed Raffi highlighted that YSRCP leader and minister Peddireddi Ramachandra Reddy claimed that government employees will not take up election duty and questioned him if he was a government employees association representative?

“Who are you to say that? Who is the minister to say that employees will not participate in election duty? What authority does the minister have? Have you been elected as an employee leader?” posed Raffi.

He also questioned if employee leaders have become the ruling party’s representatives.

Ashok Parchuri, a former government employee and TDP leader said that neither the chief secretary nor others such as district collectors participated in the video conference convened by SEC Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar on Saturday.

“When these officers did not attend the conference, what was the need for the employee associations to say that they will boycott the elections,” said Parchuri.

He alleged that employees are making more derogatory statements than the government leaders.

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Vijaysai Reddy involved in Rs 307 crore scam, arrest him: Pattabhi Ram

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TDP official spokesperson Kommareddy Pattabhi Ram on Monday accused the Andhra Pradesh police of acting like a puppet in the hands of the ruling YSRCP.

The TDP leader told a TV channel that the Andhra Pradesh government was targeting him after he blew the lid on YSRCP Rajya Sabha MP Vijaysai Reddy and P V Ramprasad Reddy’s involvement in Rs 307 crore corruption in purchase and maintenance of 108 ambulances.

Pattabhi Ram said instead of arresting Vijaysai Reddy and Ramprasad Reddy, the police had come to his house to harass him for exposing the misdeeds of YSRCP leaders. P V Ramaprasad Reddy, is the co-founder of Hyderabad-based Aurobindo Pharma Ltd, and Vijaysai Reddy’s son-in-law Rohit Reddy’s father.

Backed with evidence, TDP official spokesperson accused Vijaysai Reddy and Ramprasad Reddy of resorting to large-scale irregularities in purchase and maintenance of 108 ambulances. Further, Pattibhi Ram sought to know why the Jagan government had issued GO 116 on February 13, 2020, to give the contract of maintenance of 108 services to Ramprasad Reddy’s Aurobindo Foundation. The TDP spokesperson pointed out that the said GO was issued in violation of an existing contract with the BVG-UKSAS Emergency Medical Services.

He sought to know why the Jagan government was silent on the issue when the same government had shown over-enthusiasm in arresting Atchannaidu. The TDP spokesperson said while Atchannaidu was arrested even when there was no evidence to prove his involvement in the ESI scam, the government was turning a blind eye to the involvement of Vijaysai Reddy in the Rs 307 crore corruption scam in purchase and maintenance of 108 ambulances.

“In Atchannaidu’s case, there is no evidence. The government has arrested Atchnnaidu only based on a letter. The vigilance report did not mention his name in the ESI scam. I have at least seven GOs to show the involvement of Vijaysai Reddy in a massive scam in purchase and maintenance of 108 ambulances. The TDP government did not cancel previous agreements and allowed GVK to run 108 services till September 2016. After the agreement expired, a tender was invited in which BVG emerged as the lowest bidder. A contract was signed with BVG to maintain 108 services from December 13, 2017, to December 12, 2020, for a period of three years. However, the present government in a tearing hurry brought in GO116 to give the maintenance contract to Aurobindo. Why did this government cancel the contract with BVG and preferred Aurobindo which has no prior experience in this field. Why was GO 105 issued on 5.9.2019 to add 432 new ambulances through a finance arrangement? I am ready to send all the documentary evidence I have with me to the DGP’s office. Let this government order a probe into the whole affair,” Pattibhi Ram demanded.

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