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2 officers resign in quick succession from PMO


Is all not well in the Prime Minister’s Office? Are there differences between the top officials? These questions are being raised after two key officials of the PMO have resigned in quick succession. Both the officials are considered quite close to the PM and had played a very important role in the PMO. Their sudden resignation has become a hot topic of discussion in the power corridors of Delhi.

On Monday, senior advisor in the PMO Amarjit Singh put in his papers. He used to take care of the social issues in the PMO. Singh is a Bihar cadre officer and has superannuated in the Rural Development department in 2019. Soon after his resignation, he was taken into the PMO as an advisor. He joined in February 2020 on a two-year contract. What is significant is that he had resigned almost seven months before the expiry of his term.

Former Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha, who has worked as the principal advisor in the PMO, too has resigned a couple of months ago. Both the officials have not specified any reasons for their resignation. Sources suspect that there could be an intense power struggle within the PMO and the officials may be working at cross purposes. Hence the resignations.

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Modi-Naidu meeting fixed on August 20


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has responded positively to the SOS sent by Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and asked the later to come over to New Delhi on August 20 to discuss the pressing issues of Andhra Pradesh.

In the growing hostile environment following the union minister Rao Inderjit Singh’s open assertion that there would be no special status to the Andhra Pradesh, Naidu wants to get some assurance on economic package in lieu of special status from the centre.

The situation has turned volatile with the self-immolation of Congress worker Muni Koti demanding special status to Andhra Pradesh. Centre’s assurance is necessary to silence the ferocious opposition party leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy in the ensuing Assembly session, likely to be summoned at end of August. Jagan has already called for a bandh on August 29, demanding conferment of special category status on Andhra Pradesh by the centre.

All opposition parties are intensifying their agitation on the eve of Assembly so session.
So, Naidu faxed a letter to Prime Minister seeking audience for the discussion of the situation in the state.

According to CMO, Prime Minister’s office is said to have fixed the meeting of PM and CM at 4 PM on August 20.

Naidu is going to submit the list of pending issues like financial assistance to the development of capital, to meet the revenue deficit, announcing Vizag railway zone etc.
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In order to blunt the YSRP’s attempt to foment trouble in Rayalaseema in the name of special status, Naidu today launched a slew of projects in Kurnool district. The projects include in ultra mega food park at Tangedancha (pic.above), Industrial hub at Orvakal. Later, he reviewed the progress of irrigation projects at Kadapa. The objective of these hectic tour is to disengage Rayalaseema people , especially, people from Kurnool, from the anti-government activities of YSR Congress. in Kurnool, out 14 Assembly seats, TDP won just three while YSRCP bagged 13.

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