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CBN critical about APCC rally, says will take a call on Jana Sena alliance in 2019


Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was critical about the public meeting to be conducted by Congress party at Guntur on Sunday and questioned “why is Rahul Gandhi coming? (Is he coming) to see if people of Andhra Pradesh are alive or dead?” He deplored that the congress after causing serious damage by bifurcating the state, is now rubbing salt on wound. AICC Vice-President Rahul Gandhi along with the leaders of the two communist parties, the DMK, the SP will be conducting a public address demanding Special Category status to the state.

Speaking about Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena, Chandrababu in an interview with NTV said that as a political party it can contest in elections. He said that their party will review its alliance with Jana Sena at the time of elections in 2019 and it is too early to talk about it. The TDP supremo’s response is similar to Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu who repeatedly said that BJP will observe the situation in 2019 and then take a call about alliance with TDP. Kalyan who supported the NDA partners – BJP and TDP in 2014 is seen distancing himself from both the parties.

With Congress trying to unite parties with Special category status sentiment, the political atmosphere is likely to transform. Jana Sena seems to be inclined towards the left parties. A major section of BJP in the state wants to break the friendship forged with TDP. However, Chandrababu time and again said that TDP will continue in power forever in the state. BJP and Jana Sena are constructing their party, while congress is trying its best to come back after failing to secure one seat in 2014 elections in Andhra Pradesh.

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Will Pawan and Jagan share stage with Rahul Gandhi ?

Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) is gearing up for Prateyka Hoda Bharosa Sabha demanding the implementation of special category status (SCS) for the state as per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act 2014. Congress called for all the parties to unite for protest against NDA to join them at Muslim College at Guntur on 4th June along with Vice-President Rahul Gandhi . The Congress which lost popularity among the people post bifurcation is using SCS as an opportunity to reach out to its electoral in the state.

Congress is clearly gearing up aggressively for the 2019 elections and the process is initiated by the Guntur meeting. APCC which is well aware of the political dynamics, gave a call for all parties on one stage. In this backdrop APCC leader Dr Raghuveera Reddy met leaders during his Delhi tour last month and sought assistance from various parties. SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury, JDU leader Sharat Yadav, CPI leaders Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, D.Raja, DMK, NCP and RJD and 14other party leaders are likely to participate in the rally. Raghuveera Reddy in his open letter invited YSRCP leader Jagan Mohan Reddy and Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan who earlier staged protests for SCS in their own way. If the political parties in the state are seriously concerned about SCS, they would unite analogous to the parties that united during Telangana Agitation. The response to this meeting will change the political atmosphere in the state.

On Friday, Chairman of NITI Aayog, Arvind Panagariya said that SCS is a closed issue. AP has been granted special package which has more benefits than SCS and said that no state has SCS now. He quoted that after 14th finance commission the entire funds are directly given to state.

Navyandhra Pradesh which was established with deficit budget was promised special category status by Narendra Modi and Chandrababu Naidu for ten years at Tirupati public address in 2014. But NDA government backtracked on the request and gave special package instead of Special category status. Chief Minister Chandrababu also welcomed the announcement of package by the ally BJP. This has become a boon for the Congress, which literally lost its popularity.

SCS has become a sentiment for the people of state. Congress accusing BJP and TDP for cheating the people is conducting programmes like public ballot and public charge sheets. Not only SCS, they are also demanding special packages to backward areas of Uttarandhra and Rayalaseema immediately as per the provisions of reorganisation act.

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Rahul Gandhi’s Dynasty Politics Salvo Backfires, TRS Attacks Congress

Rahul Gandhi’s salvo targeting Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao over dynastic politics has ricocheted back, with TRS leader K T Rama Rao calling it “joke of the millennium”.

“Some so called national leaders of national parties who can’t even win an election in their own backyard, make tall claims elsewhere ????. Indian Notional (sic) Congress leadership talking of family rule has to be the joke of the millennium. Classic comedy ????,” Rao, son of the chief minister, wrote on Twitter.

The Congress vice president was in Sangareddy in Telangana on Thursday where he attacked the chief minister, accusing him of taking care of only his own family.

Without naming Rao’s son K T Rama Rao, a minister in his government, daughter and Lok Sabha member K Kavitha, and nephew Harish Rao, also a minister, Gandhi had asked if students and farmers fought for the creation of Telangana for a “single family”.

“Has the state been created just for four people,” Gandhi said, and alleged that the chief minister was not taking along with him students, youth, women and backward classes.

In New Delhi, apparently apprehensive of the possibility of questions being asked about Gandhi’s remarks against dynastic politics, some Congress leaders at the party’s briefing were overheard talking about the likely posers from the media.

Union Minister Smriti Irani quickly latched on to it and posted on Twitter: “Comedy of errors? Dynasty ke statement par dynasty ke supporter kya bolein iss par gehen calculation” (Serious calculation over how supporters of dynasty should respond to statement on dynasty).”

In a video of the Congress’ press conference put out by Irani, a party leader is heard talking to its spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi about Rahul Gandhi’s comments.

He is also heard on microphone telling Singhvi that nobody from the Gandhi family has been in power since Rajiv Gandhi, apparently a suggestion to counter questions on Gandhi’s dynasty jibe at Rao.

Later, Singhvi mounted a counteroffensive against the BJP, saying the saffron party has been an ally of the Akali Dal and Shiv Sena, which pursue dynastic politics.

“When you talk of errors and a miss, you obviously don’t look at the detail and the BJP will answer this question. All those who ask this question, like BJP and others, like an ostrich in the sand forget to ask the question of Akalis or the Shiv Sena who are their longest allies. Dynasty is forgotten that time,” he said.

Singhvi said in the last 28 years, of which Congress has been in power for 16 years at the Centre, no leader from the Gandhi family has occupied any government office despite winning elections. “So let us put things in perspective. I think this (the question about dynastic politics) has lost its logic,” he said.

“It is an irony that a member of the Gandhi family, which is the biggest example of the dynasty politics in India, is accusing another leader of promoting dynasty,” BJP’s media department head Anil Baluni said.

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Telangana was not formed to become farmers’ graveyard: Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi addressing a public meeting organised by the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee at Sangareddy, said that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is behaving as if the state’s water and land belongs to him. He said that KCR’s house worth 350crore rupees was built using the money of students and people. He said Telangana was not formed to attract MLA’s from other parties into TRS. Rahul asked “Did four crore people struggle to work for one family. Did the students and farmers fight for the family?”

The Member of Parliament of Amethi deplored that Narendra Modi in Delhi and KCR in Telangana amended the land acquisition bill brought by the UPA government. He said that when congress comes to power in Telangana, his party will promote Made in Telangana and phones manufactured in the state will have made in Telangana imprinted on it. He said that the country is facing severe unemployment problem now which is highest in past seven decades. He critiqued the PM and CM for failing to create the said employment for 2 crores people and job for every household as per their respective promises. The Congress leader said that youngsters are leaving villages in search of jobs. He said that KCR is working for the sake of contractors and land mafia.

Rahul said in the CM’s own constituency 100 farmers committed suicide. He held that the state was not formed to become a farmers’ graveyard. The congress vice president said that rupees 70,000 crore was disbursed as part of loan waiver scheme during the Congress regime in a single phase. He critiqued the loan-waiver scheme of TRS and questioned, “why are the patta books and women’s jewellery still in the banks if loan waiver is done? What kind of loan waiver is this if banks are not giving new loans to farmers?” He said that the state’s dreams cannot be realised in three years but grilled if the state is going in the right path to realise the dreams? Rahul questioned the gathering if the future of the state should rest in the hands of four people.

Responding to the allegations, Telangana Minister Municipal Administration and Urban Development K T Rama Rao tweeted “Some so called ‘national leaders’ of ‘national’ parties who can’t even win an election in their own backyard, make tall claims elsewhere”. He said that Congress leadership talking of ‘family rule’ is joke of the millennium. Later terming congress as Scamgress, the Minister of Information Technology said that congress leaders talking about corruption is even bigger joke. He criticised that the scripted speeches lack facts and clarified that there are already 5 mobile companies manufacturing from Telangana. KTR said that while congress gave 70000 crore rupees for entire country, the TRS government waived of rupees 17,000 crores of farm loans in just one state.

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T-Cong stages dharna against National Herald case


Congress workers from Hyderabad old city on Saturday held a demonstration near historic Charminar protesting against what they said the NDA government’s vindictive attitude towards AICC president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi in National Herald case.

Party general secretary G Niranjan, who led the demonstration, said National Herald was a newspaper which served the cause of Indian Independence and there was nothing wrong in Sonia Gandhi assisting the trust running the paper to continue its publication. He said Sonia and Rahul did’t have any ulterior motive in investing Rs 90 crore in National Herald paper, he said. ” But it is unfortunate that BJP led NDA government wants to exploit the case, filed with bad motive, to settle political scores with the family of Sonia Gandhi,” Niranjan said.

Besides Niranjan, TPCC secretaries Rajaratnam, Allam Bhaskar, Mamidi Gopi, B Venkatesh Mudiraj, K Venkatesh, G Kanhayalal, Krishna Kumar, Md Moosa, Parvatala Rajender, SP Kranthi, P Rajesh etc participated in the program.

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Delhi HC Blow to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi


Blow to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi. Delhi High Court rejects their plea from personal appearance or to stay the summons of a trail court before which Sonia and Rahul will have to appear in connection with National Herald case.

Rank and file in the Congress party are remind tightlipped following the Delhi High Court rejecting a plea of the party President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi. Both the Congress president and her son had challenged the summons issued them ordering their personal appearance in connection with the National Herald case by a trail court.

In a one liner, Justice Sunil Gaur said the “petitions are dismissed”, in his judgment. The judge has also refused another plea of the counsel appearing for the accused seeking exemption from their personal appearance before the trial court. Sonia and Rahul, along with five others – Suman Dubey, Moti Lal Vohra, Oscar Fernandez, Sam Pitroda and Young India Ltd – were summoned by a trial court in connection with allegations of cheating and misappropriation of funds to acquire the property of the now defunct daily newspaper National Herald. Now the five accused will have to appear before the trail court where the case will come up. The Delhi High Court had issued interim order on August 6, 2014 staying the summons by the trail court, until their petition is disposed off by the High Court.

Dismissing the pleas, Justice Sunil Gaur said “No” to the pleas of the counsel and senior advocate Harin Raval, saying that either an exemption from personal appearance be granted , or the August 6, 2014 interim order staying summons be extended, the judge said.
The petition against the accused has been filed by former Union Law Minister and BJP’s firebrand leader Dr Subramanian Swamy.

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It’s high time Rahul made AICC president: Sachin Pilot


Former union minister and Rajasthan PCC president Sachin Pilot feels it is high time that Rahul Gandhi made AICC chief in order to make the party fit for 2019 elections. Sachin Pilot, who was in Hyderabad today in connection with the Warangal byelection, was categorical in his views that Rahul leadership was necessary to take keep the party flag high. Sachin, a member of Rahul’s ‘young brigade’, said Rahul’s leadership was necessary for the transition of the party from the present state to the election mode in 2019. The young Congress leader left for Station Ghanpur to participate in Congress election campaign for Sarve Satyanarayana, Congress candidate in Warangal byelection.

He attributed the credit of the success of the Bihar experiment to the AICC vice president, who is said to be the author of the Bihar’s grand alliance. It may recalled that the Congress won 28 seats of the 41 it contested. For the party it was a massive mandate given the fact that the party had just four seats in previous Assembly.

In his view the Bihar Assembly elections has rejuvenated the Congress and boosted the morale of the rank and file. ” The party is now showing signs of recovery after the drubbing it received in Lok Sabha polls last year,” he said.

“But more than that, it’s a fact that secular parties came together on a platform- grand alliance. Rahul Gandhi was the one who first broached the idea and had a meeting with Nitish Kumar. Nitish had been projected as CM candidate and then of course, Lalu Yadav joined the alliance,” he said in an interview to PTI.

Asked if the poll outcome would hasten the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as party President, Pilot said it all depends on the Congress Working Committee, party President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul himself.

“But we will like it to happen as soon as possible because now the party is steadily (growing in strength again) and we have elections in Assam, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal etc.”, Sachin said hoping that party would emerge much stronger under Rahul’ s leadership.

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Rahul Gandhi steps in for special category status for AP


The issue of special category status for Andhra Pradesh has been continuing with all the opposition parties are accusing the NDA government in centre for not keeping its promises. Though there were not many leaders at the centre who have raised this issue, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant special category status for Andhra Pradesh soon.

In his letter, Rahul urged the Centre to grant special category status and announce a time frame for fulfillment of commitments made in Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014.

He also alleged that its more than a year that Modi government came into power, but most of their promises to the state did not see the reality.

“I have toured the state twice in the last year and it is facing revenue deficit which in turn makes all the developmental schemes to be stalled. Therefore centre’s attention and support is necessary,” Rahul said.

Earlier, the Congress vice president fired on TDP government in state and main opposition party YSRCP for not mounting pressure on Union government for special category status.

Lets us see if Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is set to visit Andhra Pradesh on October 22 to lay the foundation stone for Amaravathi, the new capital of the bifurcated state would make any statement on special category status.

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Sonia’s term as AICC president extended


Today, amid speculation that Congress president Sonia Gandhi would step down and Rahul Gandhi would be anointed as AICC president, Congress Working Committee extended her term by one year. The Congress is in celebratory mood over its success in the rolling back of the controversial Land Acquisiton bill by Modi’s NDA government.The following is the text of her speech in CWC meeting held at 10, Jan Path, New Delhi.

Dr. Manmohan Singh ji,
Rahul ji,
Colleagues and Friends,

I welcome you to this meeting of the Congress Working Committee. We last convened barely two weeks after the Modi Government had first promulgated its draconian Land Ordinance. For reasons best known to it, the Modi-Government chose to disregard the will of Parliament and displayed an inexplicable hurry to snatch lands from our farmers.

Thanks to our Party’s sustained campaign, the government has been compelled to withdraw its anti-farmer amendments. The credit for this goes to every worker of the Congress Party, who under Rahul’s active guidance, carried out a sustained agitation. I should make a mention of all like- minded political parties and all members of civil society who joined hands with us in this fight. It goes without saying that lakhs of farmers across the country tirelessly demonstrated and agitated against this Ordinance. Even today they are under great distress because of excess rain or drought conditions, yet no adequate relief has reached them thanks to the Modi-government’s insensitivity to their plight.

Similar campaigns will now need to be mounted against the assault on tribal welfare,onwomen and child welfare, on labour laws, on laws that protect the environment and forests, on RTI and on our flagship initiatives MGNREGA which are being systematically undermined.

The U-turn on the Land Ordinance is evidence that the government is out of touch with ground realities. It has become painfully clear that most of the pledges made by the Prime Minister during his election campaign were nothing more thanhawa baazi. The Modi Government has failed abysmally to match words with deeds, to match media events with actual accomplishments, to match headlines with substance. The economy is on a downward slide while prices continue on their unrelenting rise. As for promises such as the creation of jobs or slogans such as Make in India, the less said about them the better. The autonomy and integrity of vital institutionswhich have stood the country in good stead are being systematically eroded. Writers and progressive thinkers are being physically eliminated. The media is being threatened with notices and other repressive measures. History is sought to be rewritten with special targetting of Jawaharlal Nehru, the architect of modern India and builder of democratic institutions.

This should hardly come as a surprise to us. The country last week was given clear evidence of what has been obvious for a long time—that the Modi government is controlled and directed by the RSS, whose agenda is well known to all of us. The security situation in our neighbourhood has deteriorated considerably. Our jawans and civilians are being increasingly targeted. Instead of a coherent policy on Pakistan , this government can’t seem to make up its mind on what it should do. From aggressively mocking Dr. Manmohan Singh and his policy during the election campaign, the Prime Minister has been reduced to unedifying flip-flops casting doubts on what he really stands for.

The Congress party has always been and will be accountable to party workers and to the people of India. And today we have gathered to deliberate on another important agenda. Our priority must be to strengthen our existing support base and actively reach out and win the confidence of new constituents.

To successfully implement these initiatives we will need to bolster organisational institutions right from the grassroots level. The party unit which is closest to the people, the Block Committees and Booth Committees, must be sufficiently empowered. As we are embarking on registering new members, we have to ensure that our internal processes and systems are sufficiently robust to recognize, reward and nurture talent. A transparent mechanism to recognize and reward hard working and performing workers should be institutionalized. As a party we have always championed the rights of the marginalized sections of society such as women, adivasis, dalits, minorities and OBCs. It is onlythrough affirmative action that we will guarantee greater say in the working of our party to these sections of society.

The proposed amendments to our Constitution, which have been circulated to you, were first presented to this committee on 13th January 2015. They were a result of extensive deliberations guided by the Vice President. I believe these proposals reflect the opinion of a large number of party workers and are built upon our continued commitment to inclusion and empowerment. These amendments will require some time to be implemented, but once done they shall go a long way in making our party institutions truly responsive and equip it to face the challenges that lie ahead.

Let us now proceed with the Agenda.

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Rahul moved by tearful stories of Osmania students


Rahul Gandhi is disappointed with what is happening in the state of Telangana. He is worried that the Congress objective of according statehood to Telangana ie an inclusive Telangana, is being subverted and the state is slipping into a dictatorial model like the one at the centre. He told this a large contingent of Students from Osmania University who called on him to invite him to address a public meeting in the campus.

Family rule or caste rule would spell disaster to the society, the AICC vice-president cautioned alluding to the KCR’s family grip over Telangana government.

Rahul accepted their invite to pay a visit to  Osmania university and address a public of the Student JAC  in the campus. About 50 students of JAC, accompanied by  PCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy and working president Bhatt Vikramarkha Mallu, MLAs DK Aruna and Sampath Kumare met him in 10, Jan Path in New Delhi. According Bhatti, the public meeting is expected in the last week of August and date would be finalized later.

Rahul reportedly moved by the narratives of  students leaders, who said they were  jettisoned and ditched by the TRS government  just because they come from lower castes and demanded starting of job recruitment.

” We spent the hard-earned money our parents sent us to finish education on the Telangana movement with the hope that separate state would meet our aspiration of employment and well being  by filling the vacancies. Now we lost money, education and precious time of life. And there are no jobs. Our parents are a dejected lot. The students  of traditional universities are largely from social and economic weaker section. The TRS government has created  a situation where we are compelled lead another movement with objective of social justice,” is what the students told Rahul and he shared their sentiments.

“The students said the same state for which we sacrificed everything by braving lathis, tear gas, arrests and firing, is nor employing the same brutality when we ask for job,” they said.

Rahul extended support to the second Telangana movement, which students are planning, to reorient the TS towards social justice and equitable distribution of resources.

Rahul sees Telangana as a ray of hope because it is the only state in India, where Congress is still in good shape and where there is scope for bouncing back to power if worked hard. Rahul readily agreed to pay a visit to Telangana for two days towards end of the month.




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“Modi Prime Accused and Naidu A.2”


All Congress MPs decided to intensify their fight to achieve special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

While Rahul Gandhi himself will raise the issue in Lok Sabha, as the grand old party has no representation from Andhra Pradesh, Rajya Sabha members from state  press for the status in Upper House.

This was the decision taken in a Congress MPs meeting convened by  AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday in Parliament House New Delhi to discuss the broken promises of NDA including the issue of special category status.

Rahul said while Modi led NDA was prime accused in the denying the special status to Andhra Pradesh, the ruling party of Andhra Pradesh was accused number 2(A.2).

“The UPA government made a commitment to bestow the special status on Andhra Pradesh following the demand from the Opposition leaders such as  Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitely at the time passage of the AP Reorganization Bill in 2014. As per the commitment UPA initiated the process. Manmohan Singh’s cabinet had referred the matter to the Planning Commission of India, wbich was abandoned by the NITI Aayog,” he said.

Rahul said as there was no planning commission now, Modi cabinet could straightaway  accord special category status to Andhra Pradesh citing the special circumstances under which the state was bifurcated  and the resultant loss to the state like capital, revenue etc.

“While Modi government is not ready to give the concession to the state, TDP, even though part of NDA government, has failed in putting enough pressure on the NDA,” Rahul said calling upon the Congress and the people of the state to wage a battle treating Modi as prime accuse and TDP’ Naidu accused number 2. Besides Congress MPs KVP Ramachandra Rao, T Subbirami Reddy and JD Seelam, AICC  AP incharge Digivijay Singh was also present in meeting.

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OU student-JAC to invite Rahul to campus


Osmania University, the hotbed of separate Telangana  politics, is now training its guns on Telangana government. The student JAC of Osmania University is planning huge public meeting in the campus and it wants AICC vice president Rahul to address the student community which reeling under severe unemployment.

Rahul’s support to students and his entry into the campus is expected to take the campaign against TRS government to a new height.

Rahul Gandhi

For quite sometime, the Students have been unhappy with the TRS government. During the days of T-movement, the students had been offered a bright future by the TRS. Leader of movement K Chandraseakhar Rao assured a recruitment spree for  vacancies in the government. Telangana state has become a reality. But jobs remained a distant dream.

The government , instead of issuing notification, chose to regularize the services of contract employees, leading to violent protests by the students. It is almost one year, the TRS government  has not given  a single notification for the jobs which has worried the students and parents as they have been  preparing for the competitive exams for years spending huge money and precious time.

The students now want Rahul Gandhi to stand by their side  in their fight for jobs. According to Congress sources Rahul Gandhi is more than willing to interact with the students.Today the about 20  student-JAC leaders had a meeting with TPCC president N Uttamkuar Reddy at Gandhi Bhavan.

A team of students a leaving for New Delhi on August 6, to meet Rahul and to formally invite him to  the public meeting. Rahul is scheduled to visit Telangana on August 21 and August 22.


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TRS is scared of Rahul Gandhi: Uttam


Telangana PCC president N Uttamkumar Reddy said some sections in Congress were demanding that former speaker Meirkumar  be fielded from Warangal Lok Sabha constituency byelection as party candidate.

In a informal chat with media, Uttam said the names of former deputy chief minister Damodar Rajanarasihmha and former union minister Sarve Satyanrayana were also under consideration.

Stating that no final decision had been taken on the candidate, the PCC president said talks were still under way.

As part of the preparations for the Warangal bypoll,  party would organize mandal-wise meetings in the district from August 5 to August 14.

He accused TRS government of deliberately undermining the Indiramma Houses as the scheme was the flagship program of Congress government. ” We are organizing protests across the state,”he said adding that he would participate in the Huzurnagar program.

TRS government in Telangana was scared of Rahul Gandhi’s tour in Telangann and his proposed interaction of with student leaders  said TS PCC president N Uttmakumar Reddy.

He said  Telangana government was hurriedly issuing notification for recruitment various positions just because Rahul is slated to visit Hyderabad and other places in Telangana on August 21 and August 22.

Rahul’s tour had a salutary effect on the government, he added.

He said the former Sanga Reddy MLA Turupu Jayaprakash Reddy alias Jagga Reddy was scheduled to join Congress on August 17.

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Rahul Effect?: Naidu shifts focus on Rayalaseema


Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu appears to have shifted his focus on Rayalaseeama. Wednesday was the day of Rayalaseema in AP secretariat.

For the past few months, the region is not all in the news, except for looming drought in wake of failure of monsoons to bring enough rains so far. This region’s Anantapur district receives lowest rainfall in India, after Jaisalmer.

There has been growing resentment among the leaders of R’seema that Naidu is giving short shrift to the region just because his TDP did not get enough seats from the region. YSR Congress and Congress have raised the banner of revolt to highlight governmental apathy towards the region. Oppositon leader YS Jagan toured the region in the name Odarpu yatra. AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi toured Anantapur  and distributed financial assistance to family members of those farmers who committed suicide, all this happened while Naidu was busy with Pushkaralu.

Both parties are planning a movement, though separately, for the allocation of more funds for the early completion of Galeru-Nagari and Handri-Neeva projects.Congress seniors DL Ravindra Reddy and C Ramachandraiah have called upon people of Rayalaseema to take to streets to fight for the rights of the backward region, “as the TDP government is reneging on its promises made to Rayalaseema.”
While the Opposition parties have been more visible in region, governmental activity is conspicuously absent.

Rubbing salt to the wound,  for the past one year, coastal Andhra, because of the development of high profile capital, business conclave in Vizag, Godavari Pushkaralu, tours of Singapore teams etc,  has attracted an envious attention.

Naidu seems to have realized the political ramifications of these lopsided developments.

He devoted most of Wednesday to Rayalaseema.

He held a video conference with the collectors of Anantapur, Chittoor, Kurnool and Kadapa districts and inquired about the progress of ongoing irrigation projects in the region.
Chief Minister directed the officials to complete all the unfinished works of Handri-Neeva Sujala Sravanti (HNSS) phase-II by December 2015 as the project is key to store Krishna waters, which will be brought to Rayalaseema after the completion of Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Project, aimed at diverting Godavari waters to Krishna Basin. He also ordered the officials to ensure that
Galeru Nagari Sujala Sravanti (GNSS), Telugu Ganga and Srisailam Right Branch Canal, be completed at the earliest.

Interestingly, the State government also announced an interim special package with an amount of Rs 49.5 lakh to support the families of 33 farmers, who had committed suicide in Ananatapuramu. Is it not Rahul effect?

YSRC has fired the salvo that without completing either the Handri-Neeva Sujala Sravanti (HNSS) or Galeru Nagari Sujala Sravanti (GNSS) project, how you divert Krishna Waters simply by finishing Patti Seema.

He gave Collectors, Engineer-in-chiefs and Chief Engineer’s extraordinary powers to expedite the completion of works od the pending projects.




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Rahul’s New Andhra Politics – No Sonia, only Indiramma


Rahul Gandhi’s trip to Anantapuramu district on the pretext of consoling the families of those farmers who committed suicide in the past one year in TDP rule out of indebtedness is not an innocent yatra of a Congress leader to extend some monetary assistance.

There is a clear and ambitious political design to relaunch Congress party in Andhra Pradesh and reposition it as the active opposition party.

Rahul took up Padayatra from Obuladevara Cherutu (ODC)  in the backdrop of a significant political development in the  state. Choosing ODC itself as the starting point of his padayatra is a politically loaded move.

Rahul's Padayatra

Void in Opposition

Rahul was quick to notice that there is no opposition party in the successor state of Andhra Pradesh.  He noticed that  farmers and weavers are bereft of any real political backing as both Opposition YSR party and ruling Telugu Desam party have surrendered to Prime Minister Modi for different reasons. YSR Congress leader Jaganmohan Reddy who is neck deep in corruption charges and probes is not in a position wage a war with centre to extract major concessions to state as his clash with Modi only strengthen the hands of his rival Chandrababu Naidu. He would be finished in no time if Modi and Naidu were to join hands. So Jagan is behaving like a party that has “observer status” in NDA. His fight, even though centre is backing out on in the implementation of provision of Andhra Pradesh Reoragnization Act-2014, is with  Naidu alone. Centre has no role in his scheme of things.

Naidu’s Achilles heel

Similarly chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu doen’t want to antagonize Prime Minister Modi, despite the brazen apathy being shown to Andhra Pradesh post-bifurcation.

Naidu knows very well that Modi is not extending the expected support on lines previous the NDA led by Vajapayee used to do. But, he can’t afford to say it in public and invite wrath of Modi, who is on a stronger wicket. In the past one year, there has been no public meeting where Naidu has not admitted that  Modi was his leader and the country was in safe hands. The cash-for-vote scam has further weakened his position at the national level. There is no force in TDP’s fight for special status, grants to bridge deficit, liberal assistance capital construction etc. Rahul is quite  aware of the weak points of Naidu.

Rahul’s Ambitious Plan

When ruling party and opposition party have jettisoned fighting spirit, Rahul wants Congress to fill the gap as real and active opposition party. He wants to turn the non-presence of Congress in Assembly into an opportunity and transform the Congress into a party among the people and on the streets to fight for every issue. PCC president N Raghuvira Reddy has been implementing this for quite some time. Today Rahul formally launched this line of struggle.

No Sonia, only Indiramma

Another important political element in Rahul trip is setting aside party president Sonia Gandhi, who is largely being seen as responsible for the painful division of Andhra Pradesh. People are still not coming to grips on Sonia’s role in carving out Telangana. In sync with the mood of the people, Rahul  did not talk of Sonia Gandhi much in his speeches. However, the AICC vice president invoked the name of Indira Gandhi, his grandmother,  in more than one way. The tour of Rahul is governed by the realization that  Indiramma is more relevant to Andhra now than Sonia Gandhi. The choosing of Obuladevera Cheruvu is a calculated decision and meant to evoke memories of Indira Gandhi. He could have started his payatra from any other village. But It misses the political element. In 1979 India Gandhi visited the village and addressed the people. Rahul paid tributes to his grandmother and planted a sapling at that place to keep the memories of Indiramma alive for ever. Similarly, he uttered name of  Indiramma several times and said his grandmother had great affection for Telugu people and he also inherited the same love for Andhra People. Though fresh in mind, he did not recall his mother’s tours to Anantapuramu district.

We have keep our fingers crossed for Rahul meta design to revive the party and make it politically fit to contest 2019 elections. Or it has to search for an ally in YSRC or some other non-entity.


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Rahul woke up from slumber- YSRC


The Principal Opposition party strongly responded  to Rahul’s biting  criticism that there was no oppostion in Andhra Pradesh.

YSR Congress wondered that howAICC  vice president Rahul Gandhi suddenly woke up from a deep slumber  and all of a sudden wanting to console the farmers of of Andhra Pradesh.

The party   said its only a ploy  to regain a foothold in the state.

“Rahul Gandhi who did not react to the major issues that have been affecting the State suddenly descended on the State only with ulterior and political motives as the Congress Party, which was responsible for division of the state, was and is working in tandem with TDP,’ Party leader K Parthasradhi  remarked  on Friday.

Before pointing  accusing finger at the Opposition  he  should first make it clear as to why the Congress Party did not raise in Parliament the issue of the tragedy at Godavari Pushkaralu  and  the encounter deaths of Tamil Nadu workers at Sheshachalam forest in the name of red sanders smugglers, he said.

He said it was the main Opposition YSR Congress that had taken up the issue of Polaravam, special status and others with the Centre time and again.

Rahul Gandhi’s  tall talk would  be of no help to him or his Party, Partha Sarathi said.

He alleged that the entire exercise seems to be sponsored by TDP as the two parties had worked in tandem on earlier occasions .

Attributing  Congress victory in the State in 2004 and 2009 to YS Rajasekhar Reddy’s persona he said the Congress was wiped out in post- YSR elections and had no scope of any revival.



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Rahul consoles Anantapuramu “victims” of TDP rule


AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi assured the people of Andhra Pradesh that he would go to any place to fight for the implementation of Polavaram project and to achieve the special category status to the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Addressing a rally in Obuladevaracheruvu village in Anantapuramu district on Friday he said he would not back out from these demands like TDP and BJP.

Recalling that BJP had assured to bestow special status on AP,  he said now both TDP and YSRC leaders had conveniently compromised with Modi government.  Rahul said  to reach the top rank among the Indian states AP needs special category status.

He said Congress would stand by the farmers and weavers of the state and fight for the improvement of their lives.

” My grandmother Indiramma had a special bond with Andhra Pradesh people. She visited this village when I was a child. I am proud to say that I too have an equally strong bond with the people of Andhra Pradesh,” he said.

Rahul who arrived in the village this morning  from Bengaluru to console the families of farmers and weavers whose committed suicide because of growing indebtedness during the one year rule of TDP.

He  accused PM Modi of trying to rob the lands of formers to give away them to corporate companies.

“ The UPA government had  brought about the land acquisition bill in such a manner that no government can take away their lands on the pretext of SEZs or some other purposes. Now, Modi government is planning to dilute statue. We won’t allow,” he declared.

Rahul gave away ex-gratia on behalf of Congress party to 45 families.

He visited the place and planted a sapling  where his grand mother Indira Gandhi  addressed the public meeting in 1979.

Rahul, after interacting with farmers launched his 30 km-long  Padayatra from Obuladevaracheruvu to Mamillakunta village to meet other families of farmers and weavers.

Earlier,former union minister and Congress leader K Chiranjeevi rapped Telugu Desam government for cheating farmers in the form of  loan-waiver. He said suicides among the farmers were on the rise in state. In the past one year, Chiranjeevi  said, state reported an increase of 35 per cent in suicides. This data was official and compiled by national crime records bureau, he added.

He lambasted the TDP chief minister Naidu for cheating poor farmers after getting votes on the promise of loan waiver.

He said a farmer present in the meeting told him that for a loan of about Rs 4000 he got only Rs 110 waiver.

“Just like Sonia visited the area before 2004 to console the families of farmers who committed suicide as a result of 9-year TDP rule, Rahul was here to again console and reassure the victims of present TDP rule.  He said as in 2004, in 2019 as well, history would be repeated and Congress would come to power,” Chiranjeevi said.

PCC president N Raghuvira Reddy translated Rahul’s speech in to Telugu.

All senior leaders from the state including C Ramanchandraiah, KVP Ramachandra Rao, T Subbiramireddy etc participated in Padayatra.


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Rahul can’t pay homage to YSR


YSR Congress has said that AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi has no moral right to pay homage to YS Rajasekhar Reddy  as the Party had worked in tandem with TDP in harassing his family member by foisting false cases against YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to garland  YSR Statue in Anantapuramu district during his padayatra on  July 24.

The party alleged that after Congress drew a blank in 2014 election, now Rahul Gandhi is trying to invoke YSR for mileage and this was  a shameless  act, the party said.

“Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Andhra Pradesh to console the family of farmers who committed suicide is ridiculous as Congress has worked hand in hand with TDP right from the death of YSR till the division of the state and even after,” party spokesperson Vasireddy Padma remarked.

Congress has played a crucial role in the division of the State and helped out TDP on many aspects, including transfer of votes in the general elections and now the Congress leader coming to the State to console the farmer suicides is ridiculous, she said.

“When YSR family members sought permission to carry out the Odarpu Yatra, it was denied and they were insulted by the high command and when YS Jagan Mohan Reddy came out of the Party he and his family members were harassed and false cases were foisted.

This apart the high-command has seen to it that the name of YSR was included in the FIR. How can such a party pay homage to YSR now,” she asked

She recalled how Congress which had announced Rs 1 lakh ex-gratia to the kin of those who died of shock on hearing the sad demise and backed out.



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Rahul to walk 10 km to meet Anantapuramu farmers


Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is arriving in Anantapuramu district on July 24 to interact with farmers and weavers who have been in distress for years.  Anantapuramu is one of the districts in the country where farmers and weavers committed suicides more in number following crisis in their field affected their livelihoods. Suicides are still continuing in the district. Rahul has chosen the district for  padayatra to enthuse the Congress leaders and workers who have also been in distress since 2014 election, when the party failed win a single seat in Assembly. Following rout many leaders, including former PCC president Botsa satyanarana, left the party to join YSR Congress. In the padayatra, consisting of three stretches, Rahul will spend time with farmers, weavers and students from rural areas to instill confidence in them that Congress would stand by them and fight for redress. Following is the route map of Rahul’s padayatra and his proposed activities in Anantapuramu district.

06:30 am:                  Dep from Bangalore

07:15 am                    Reach Kodikonda Checkpost (Karnataka – AP Border)

VP is received by APCC leaders at the Border

08:00 am:                  Arrival ObulaDeveraCheruvu in AnanthapurDist

08:05 to 09:45am     Padayathra begins (Obuladevera Cheruvu to Mamilakuntapalli): 3 kms

Padayathra commences from Indira Gandhi Dias in the village.


  • Garland statues of Dr B.R. Ambedkar and Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy (5 minutes)
  • Interaction with Farmers and Weavers at Dias 1 of the village (45 minutes)
  • Interaction with Students (10 minutes)

09:45am                      Reach Mamilakuntapalli village

09:45 to 10:00am        Meet late Harinathreddy’s family (suicide victim’s family)

10:00 to 11:00am        Padayathra second stretch (Mamilakuntapalli to Daburavaripalli): 5kms

11:00 to 11:45am        Interaction with women Self Help Groups and visit Deburavaripalli habitation

11:45 to 12:30pm        Padayathra final  stretch (Daburavaripalli  to Kondakamarla): 2Kms

12:30 to 1: 30pm        Interaction with MGNREGS workers and family members of migrant labour

2:30pm                        Arrives in Puttaparthy

3:15 to 4:45pm            At Puttaparthy

  • Receive representations from people
  • Interaction with Senior Congress leaders
  • Visit Mahasmadhi of Sri Saibaba


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Rahul to Rub Shoulders with Anantapur Farmers


AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi is expected participate in a Padayatra in Andhra Pradesh and a dharna in Telangana in next 30 days as part of his program to revive the party in a territory which was once fortress for the party.

The scion of Nehru-Gandhi family is on a mission to enthuse the party workers who are disillusioned by the rout Congress faced in  2014-election in two Telugu states.

He discussed his tours to Anantapuramu on July 24, and Hyderabad in the first week of August with PCC leaders of the two states on Wednesday in New Delhi.

The Congress vice-president held separate discussion with TSPCC president N Uttamkumar Reddy and working president Mallu Bhatti Vikramarkha and APCC president N Raghuvira Reddy .

In Anantapuramu district, besides interacting with farmers who are in distress, Rahul will lead a padayatra to express solidarity with the farmers of the district, APCC president N Raghuvira  Reddy said.

Rahul had undertaken padayatra in  Nirmal of Adilabad district  on May 25 to express solidarity with the kin of those farmers, who committed suicide in the new state in the past one year.

In his August visit to Hyderabad the Congress vice president will sit in  dharna to pressure on the TRS government to address problems being faced by people of the state.

He said to have advised the AP and TS Congress leaders  to mobilize party machinery for agitations on the failures of their respective State governments in past one year.
Telangana PCC chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy, party State working president Bhatti Vikramarka and APCC chief N Raghuveera Reddy, who were in the national capital on Wednesday, called on AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh first and later party vice president Rahul Gandhi.

“The AICC vice president is keen on reviving the party in the TS. He asked us to formulate an action plan as to how to undertake agitations on issues concerning people in the State,” TPCC chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy said.

Later, while addressing mediapersons in Delhi, APCC chief N Raghuveera Reddy said Rahul would be undertaking padayatra from Obula Devara Cheruvu  to Kondakamarla in Anantapur district on July 24.

He further disclosed that the AICC vice president would interact with farmers, weavers, agricultural labourers and members of women self-help groups during his padayatra to have first hand knowledge of their problems.

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