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Veerraju meets Pawan, what is in store?


BJP AP unit president and former MLC, Somu Veerraju, met Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan at the latter’s office in Mangalagiri on Monday. The two leaders are said to have discussed the prevailing situation in the state, particularly after the Visakhapatnam incidents.

Somu Veerraju and BJP senior leader, Daggubati Purandheswari, have earlier spoken to Pawan Kalyan when he was in Visakhapatnam and his movements were restricted to the hotel. They extended support to Pawan Kalyan and told him to restrain from taking any hasty decision.

Pawan Kalyan had said that he would not seek help from the BJP Central leadership nor would ask for any security. Stating that he knows Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah personally, he did not want to take the issue to their notice and seek support.

The Jana Sena chief said that he would take the issue to its logical end in Andhra Pradesh and would face the ruling YSR Congress leadership. There was no need for him to seek Central government support either.

Minutes after this statement, Somu Veerraju visited the Jana Sena office at Mangalagiri and closeted with Pawan Kalyan. Sources say that the BJP Central leadership received reports on the Visakhapatnam incidents and had asked Veerraju to meet Pawan Kalyan for a first hand report.

Sources indicate that the BJP Central leadership is waiting for Veerraju’s report on the incidents that led to the cancellation of the Jana Sena activities and return of Pawan Kalyan from Visakhapatnam. It is to be seen what the BJP Central leadership would do and how it would resolve the issue in the days to come.

The BJP Central leadership is equally soft towards the YSR Congress as the NDA government is running short of the numbers in Rajya Sabha. The YSR Congress with nine MPs in the Upper House is a crucial dependable party at the Centre and the leadership is not in a hurry to take any decision, the sources said.

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Veerraju changes tone towards TDP leadership


AP State BJP president Somu Veerraju has changed his tone towards the Opposition TDP. He said that the BJP national leadership or the local leadership has not forgotten the insult caused to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah by the TDP leaders.

“We have not forgotten how TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu made his party workers slap Narendra Modi’s photo with slippers,” Veerraju said in a meeting in Vizianagaram. He also recalled how the TDP leaders have hurled abuses at Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and the BJP at the Dharma Porata Deekshas held by the TDP before the 2019 general elections.

These statements come from the BJP State chief amid speculation that the TDP-BJP alliance would be restored ahead of the 2024 general elections. In fact, there have been several rumours doing rounds in the state about the possible restoration of alliance between the two parties.

It was said that Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan and BJP leaders Y S Chowdary and C M Ramesh were trying to restore the alliance. These leaders are in fact, closely associated with Chandrababu Naidu. Y S Chowdary, a former Union Minister and former MP from TDP had switched over to the BJP after the 2019 general elections.

Though in BJP, his heart beats for Chandrababu Naidu and in fact, he had admitted the same during his recent interview to a news channel. While things stand like this, Veerraju’s statement raised an eyebrow over the BJP alliance with the TDP for the impending elections.

It is to be seen whether the alliance works or the parties would go alone in the 2024 elections.

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Somu Veerraju writes to ABN Radha Krishna


BJP AP State president Somu Veerraju on Wednesday wrote a letter to ABN Andhra Jyothi managing director, Vemuri Radha Krishna threatening him of legal proceedings. Veerraju set the deadline of seven days for Radha Krishna to justify the reports that were published against the BJP leaders in the last three weeks.

Veerraju in his letter said that the Andhra Jyothi had published a story on a BJP leader who was accused of collecting money in four states and looting over Rs 30 crore. This story was published on September 6, 2022.

Another story about BJP national leadership enquiring about the illegal collections of the BJP leader and the story was published on September 18, 2022.

The third story that Veerraju referred to in his letter was about a BJP woman leader collecting money and the story was published on September 24, 2022.

Veerraju said that these stories are baseless and have caused serious damage to the party. He asked Radha Krishna to provide evidence to these reports.

The BJP president termed these reports as yellow media reports aimed at causing damage to the BJP in the public. He asked Radha Krishna to give evidence to the people to prove his charges against the BJP leaders or tender an open apology to the party through the paper.

He said the BJP would take serious legal action against Radha Krishna and the Andhra Jyothi media if they fail to respond to his letter in the next seven days.

It is to be seen how Radha Krishna would respond to this letter!

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BJP to hold 5k meetings in AP to expose Jagan govt


The BJP in Andhra Pradesh is planning to hold 5000 public meetings covering every village all over the state. The meetings would be addressed by the party state and national leaders, said AP BJP unit president Somu Verrerraju on Tuesday.

Veerraju said that the state government headed by Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy lacks clarity on administration and economic policies. He alleged that the government had completely failed to develop the state.

He also alleged that the Jagan Mohan Reddy’s government was not giving priority to the Central government schemes and regretted that the Central government is not even mentioned in the programmes.

The BJP would tell people about every scheme that the Central government is giving to the state. The party would invite the national leaders and Union Ministers for these meetings to create awareness among the people about Narendra Modi’s contribution to the state.

The party would hold service activities in the state marking the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi falling on September 17, Veerraju said.

Meanwhile, party general secretary Vishnuvardhan Reddy told the media persons at Kurnool on Tuesday that the economy in the state is on a collapsing stage. He blamed the chief minister for taking publicity by transferring funds to the people under various schemes.

Vishnuvardhan Reddy said that this government was functioning with the advisors rather than the ministers. The cabinet Ministers have no voice, while the advisors with the cabinet rank are running the government, the BJP State general secretary alleged.

Stating that people across the state were questioning the YSR Congress MLAs, he said that the BJP too would join in exposing the failures of the government. He asserted that the BJP in the state would soon emerge as a strong force.

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We will use Jr NTR services, says Somu Veerraju


Actor Junior NTR has been in the news in the Telugu states for the past one month. The media has been weaving stories around him ever since he met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Hyderabad last month.

There is a talk in the political circles that the BJP would help Junior NTR to split the TDP in Andhra Pradesh, while another talk is that Junior NTR would directly help the BJP in the two Telugu states.

However, the actor did not respond to any of these talks nor did he make any political statement about his meeting with Amit Shah.

The BJP leaders, including Union Minister for Tourism and Cultural Affairs, G Kishan Reddy, said that there was no political significance to the meeting between Amit Shah and NTR and asserted that it was just a formal meeting.

But, BJP AP president Somu Veerraju on Sunday made quite interesting remarks on NTR meeting with Amit Shah. He said the BJP would make best use of the services of Junior NTR in the two Telugu States.

If Somu Veerraju’s statements are to be taken seriously, it is clear that the BJP would use the actor in Andhra Pradesh in the 2024 general elections. Junior NTR has a great following in Andhra Pradesh and the BJP is pinning hopes of occupying the number two place in the state.

With all these plans on hand, Somu Veerraju’s statement assumes significance and it is to be seen how far Junior NTR would be able to help the BJP in the coming elections.

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Let Allow to Freely Celebrate Ganesh Fest in AP: BJP Demands Govt


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The BJP demanded to exempt Ganesh festival from unnecessary restrictions being imposed by State government on its celebrations. Addressing a letter to Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday, the BJP AP president Somu Veerraju stated that, “Ganesh festival is being celebrated traditionally since olden days and there were no untoward incidents happened in the past in our State. But, the AP Government issued special orders through police department, through which it has been creating fears among all festival committees across the State. Now, the pilgrims have fears that the government is not allowing them to organize the festival.”

Veerraju further explained that the police department was not allowing pilgrims to use sound systems, decorations, tents, sheds and others required for the celebrations. He stated that, by preventing pilgrims from these celebrations, the State government was acting like anti Hindu government. In the last year also, the State government didn’t allow pilgrims to celebrate the festival, in the name of COVID-19, but this time the BJP would not tolerate these kind of restrictions, he added. He said that this is first festival of Hindus and they had every right to celebrate it as they liked.

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Andhra BJP chief stopped on way to violence-hit Amalapuram


Andhra Pradesh Police on Wednesday stopped state BJP chief Somu Veerraju from visiting Amalapuram, which recently witnessed violence over renaming of Konaseema district as Dr B. R. Ambedkar Konaseema district.

The BJP leader, accompanied by his supporters, wanted to call on the victims of violence and also those against whom cases were booked.

The police, however, stopped his convoy near Jonnada in East Godavari district. Police blocked the road with a vehicle to stop the BJP leader’s vehicle from moving ahead. This led to a heated argument between the BJP leader and police officers. Veerraju insisted that police remove the vehicle and allow him to proceed.

Since prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC are still in force in Amalapuram, he can’t be allowed to visit the town, he was told. Tension continued for half-an-hour.

The BJP leader subsequently requested the police officers to allow him to speak to district SP over phone. Later, the police allowed him to visit Ravulapelm town to meet a party leader.

Amalapuram was rocked by violence on May 24 against the proposal to rename Konaseema district as Dr B. R. Ambedkar district.

During the large-scale violence that broke during a protest called by Konaseema Parirakshana Samiti, residences of a state minister and a MLA were set afire and dozens of people including police personnel were injured.

With the Dalit Hakkula Porata Samithi (DHPS) reportedly deciding to protest in favour of the proposal, prohibitory orders continued in the town. There is no permission for any public meeting or rally in the town.

The Konaseema district was carved out from East Godavari with Amalapuram as its headquarters.

It was one of the 13 districts created on April 4, taking the total number of districts in the state to 26.

The state government on May 18 issued a notification inviting objections and suggestions on the proposal to rename the Konaseema district after Dr Ambedkar. It sought suggestions and objections from the people residing within Konaseema.

People have been urged to send objections and suggestions, if any, to Konaseema district collector within 30 days.

However, some people from two dominant castes in the district — Kapus and Setti Balijas-came together to oppose the renaming. According to police, the coming together of these communities intensified the protests against the renaming of the district as more people participated in the agitation.

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More trouble for Somu Veerraju, long-kept family secret revealed


Troubles seem to be mounting for AP BJP president Somu Veerraju. After the unsavoury cheap liquor episode, now comes the case of his ‘son-in-law’ getting embroiled in a case of cheating and forgery. To wriggle out of this situation, Somu has let out a family secret that he had kept for the last several years.

He has revealed that he does not recognise his son-in-law as his daughter ran away from home and married without his consent. He said: “ I have three daughters, but only two sons-in-law. I did not marry off one of my daughters. So, the person involved in cheating and forgery is not my son-in-law.” Somu Veerraju’s eldest daughter eloped and married.

Somu Veerraju has also revealed that he has no relation with the person and asked people not to drag his name into the whole affair. He also wanted action be taken against the person as per the provisions of the law. Venkata Narasimham, who married Somu’s eldest daughter Surya Kumari, is booked under sections 406, 409, 420 and 465 of the Indian Penal Code.

Meanwhile Somu Veerraju’s daughter Surya Kumari to responded to the issue. She said that her father has no link whatsoever with the loan secured by her husband Venkata Narasimham. She also said that she has no link with her father and that he had not met her after the marriage. She said that some people deliberately wanted to defame Somu Veerraju and booked cases against her husband.

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Somu shoots of 5 letters to Jagan in 20 days


Shooting of letters to those in power is an old strategy of Opposition politicians. When nothing else succeeds and no agitation shows any impact, the politicians choose the letter-writing route. Dattatreya did this when he was AP BJP president. He shot off letters to YSR and even published the collection of letters into a book. These days, Chandrababu too is writing letters to the government officials on various issues. The latest to join the book-bandwagon is AP BJP president Somu Veerraju.

In the last 20 days, Somu Veerraju wrote as many as five letters on various issues to YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government. He seems to be of the opinion that letter-writing is a better strategy than issuing statements. One letter was on the statistics in the finance department of YS Jagan’s government. The second was on the contributory pension scheme. The third was on the restrictions on the Ganesha festival. Then he wrote about the lifting of police cases against some questionable politicians. The latest is about the problems being faced by the fisher-folk in AP.

Both Somu Veerraju and the AP BJP feel that these letters are having the desired effect. They feel that the government was responding to the letters. The party is of the opinion that the situation in the state is not conducive for street-fights and agitational activities. It feels that if the government responds to their agitation, the party can always claim a victory. If not they can take to streets and launch protests.

Initially, the government had responded to the letters sent by Somu Veerraju. This has emboldened the party. But, the ruling YSRCP is not responding to letters by Chandrababu Naidu. They are being consigned to the dust bin. Sources say that the government is responding to BJP’s letters because the party is not as powerful as the TDP is. They say that the BJP is deemed both toothless and harmless as of now.

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BJP’s Somu Veerraju launches temple protection tour in Andhra


Andhra Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Somu Veerraju on Saturday launched a temple tour programme across the state, aimed at protecting them amid alleged attacks over the past months.

“Since the time YSRCP took power in the state under the leadership of Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, many temples were attacked, that’s why, we will visit our temples and we will protect them ourselves,” said Veerraju.

He alleged that many idols were destroyed, chariots were burnt and attempts made to sell the temples’ assets.

To begin the temples’ tour programme, Veerraju first visited Shiva Swamulu, a sage who worships Lord Shiva.

Veerraju worshipped Lord Shiva there and also commemorated Guru Poornima by honouring Shiva Swamulu.

He led a team of BJP leaders, including the party’s state general secretary V. Vishnu Vardhan Reddy during the visit.

“I call upon all the Hindu relatives to participate and make this programme a success,” he invited.

Reddy said the saffron party leaders also visited Kanakadurgamma deity at Indrakeeladri by the banks of the Krishna river.

“We prayed to Kanakadurgamma for peace and happiness of all the people in the state,” added Reddy.

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Will Somu Veerraju fight with Narendra Modi?


The regional parties have a kind of autonomy that the regional leaders of the national party cannot have. Everything they do needs the nod of the high command as in the Congress and as the national leadership in the BJP. Even in the Left parties, the local leaders have to follow the dictates of the Central party leadership.

But, Andhra Pradesh state BJP president Somu Veerraju seems to have forgotten this dictum. He seems to think that he is independent like the leaders of the regional parties. The other day, Somu Veeraju was asked a question about the privatisation of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP). Somu Veerraju said that he strongly opposes the privatisation and added that he would fight against the privatisation. He said the BJP would not allow the privatisation.

While it makes a good copy for the media, Veerraju perhaps forgot that his own party, the BJP, was in power at the Centre and that it was his supreme leader Narendra Modi who is hell-bent on privatising the public sector behemoths. In fact, Modi was merciless when some of his ministers could not speed up the process of privatisation and threw them out of his council of ministers. Given this, how can Somu Veerraju stop the privatisation of the VSP? Does it mean that he is ready to pick up a fight with all-powerful Modi and fight for the ‘rights’ of the Telugu people?

Will he even get an audience with the Prime Minister? With Modi on a privatisation, can Somu Veerraju stop the Juggernaut? How can the Telugus believe his words? Don’t they sound too hollow? Time Somu Veerraju realises the limits of a regional leader in a national party.

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Andhra govt deems Polavaram to be ATM: BJP

Andhra Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Somu Veerraju on Tuesday castigated the state government for allegedly deeming Polavaram project to be an ATM.

“Looks like this government is also thinking that Polavaram is an ATM just like the last government,” alleged Veerraju.

His remarks echo similar comments made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against Nara Chandrababu Naidu earlier.

On Monday, Veerraju inspected the Polavaram project along with a team of BJP leaders.

He claimed that the state government is wasting time by taking the name of Polvaram without the motivation to actually complete it.

“Instead of correctly estimating the cost of Polvaram and getting reimbursements from the Centre, they are always raising the estimates, talking about reverse tendering and fooling people,” the BJP leader alleged.

According to Veerraju, the Andhra Pradesh government is also exhibiting negligence with respect to doling out a package for the Polavaram evacuees and their resettlement.

“This is not correct, if needed, BJP will take up a movement for the sake of evacuees until they get complete justice. We will take this matter to the elders in the Central government,” Veerraju added.

Veerraju claimed that the Centre has given Rs 11,000 crore for Polavaram project and until now the state government has stated spending Rs 7,000 crore for building the dam and Rs 4,000 on the evacuees.

“From now onwards, AP BJP is demanding that all the money allocated should be equally divided for the dam construction and on evacuees,” he added.

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Andhra BJP says it will expose Jagan’s negligence on water disputes


Andhra Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Somu Veerraju on Saturday said that the party will soon come up with a plan to expose the alleged negligence of Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy over violation of existing water pacts.

“Very soon we will strategise a clear movement to ensure the completion of all the pending projects across the state and expose the negligence of Reddy even as Telandana CM’s antics are causing injustice to AP by violating existing water pacts,” said Veerraju.

He alleged that the chief ministers of both the Telugu states have colluded for personal and political gains, resorting to newer controversies and thereby preparing to sabotage both Rayalaseema and the people of the state.

Terming Reddy’s letters to the Centre as a drama, the BJP leader asserted that the party will not tolerate any alleged loss caused by those missives to the state at any cost.

“Disregarding several non-controversial projects, only the Polavaram project is being brought to the fore to inflate cost estimations and move around to approve them. On the other hand both these CMs talk to each other at night for their selfish gains,” claimed Veerraju.

Continuing his tirade against the neighbouring state’s Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), the opposition leader claimed that the foundations of the TRS have been jolted by the BJP’s ‘onslaught’, leading to TRS bringing Telangana sentient during elections to cause injustice to Rayalaseema people.

According to Veerraju, the water resources which Rayalaseema people were supposed to utilize are being wasted into the sea due to the poor understanding of Rao and Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP).

He claimed that the movement being devised by the BJP will not let even a drop of water due for AP go waste and make sure to complete all the pending projects.

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Jagan’s welfare pushing Andhra into bankruptcy: BJP


Andhra Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Somu Veerraju on Tuesday alleged that Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy was pushing the state into indebtedness and bankruptcy by going after welfare.

“Without earning revenue in the state, Reddy is continuing welfare rule, leading to the state’s indebtedness and bankruptcy,” alleged Veerraju.

He claimed that the MRO and collector offices have been mortgaged already and if things are left like this, Reddy may even mortgage people.

Veerraju exhorted that BJP’s state executive committee met on Monday and resolved to hit back at the ruling YSRCP alleged anti-people programmes.

The BJP state president demanded the government to cancel the job calendar and release a new one with the jobs promised by the ruling dispensation.

“With high hopes, lakhs of unemployed youths are looking forward to jobs,” he said.

Meanwhile, the opposition leader claimed that the chief minister replaced Telugu medium of instruction at the graduate level with English to further the ‘conversions agenda’.

“As a Telugu hating person, I challenge you (Reddy) to campaign in English,” Veerraju alleged.

He also took a jibe at principal opposition leader Nara Chandrababu Naidu by claiming that the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is doing its ‘bit’ to save Telugu by making zoom calls from Hyderabad.

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Veerraju objects to Jagan politics of religion during Covid


The BJP cannot continue its politics without raking up issues concerning religions. The latest attack of BJP AP President Somu Veerraju is on the Jagan Reddy Cabinet’s decision on pastors. He expressed his anger over how the AP Government could continue its politics of religion at a time when the whole country was struggling with the deadly Covid virus. Like nowhere else in the country, the AP Government is giving salaries to the pastors.

In fact, this has been a long pending issue. The BJP has been demanding for long that the YCP regime should stop taking advantage of the religious politics in the State. The pastors issue has figured right from the beginning of the Jagan Reddy administration.

The BJP has tried its best to take advantage of the Hindu religious feelings in the Tirupati by-election. However, the results did not come as per its expectations. The saffron party could not get deposits despite having the support of Jana Senani Pawan Kalyan and his Jana Sainiks.

Regardless of the electoral benefits, the BJP AP leaders are continuing their efforts to highlight the religious issues to take political advantage.

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Veerraju joins chorus, says no to 10th exams


The Bharatiya Janata Party AP leadership has also decided to find fault with the Jaganmohan Reddy regime on the issue of holding classes and exams for the 10th class students. Already, the TDP and the Jana Sena have expressed their objections in no uncertain terms. Now, the BJP is also bringing pressure on the AP Government to postpone the examinations for the 10th and intermediate students.

BJP AP President Somu Veerraju has come out with his latest demand to the Government to ensure safety of the children in these troubled Coronavirus time. His plea comes amidst all round concerns over the unchecked and alarming rise in the second wave Covid cases.

On its part, the Jagan Reddy regime is focusing all its efforts on the vaccination with its immediate aim being the hundred percent coverage of all those above 45 years of age. Already, first dose has been given to a large number of these persons. The State is hastening the process to complete the second dose as well. From next month onwards, even children are also going to be vaccinated.

However, the Opposition parties say that the schools should be shut down totally to avoid any risk to the lives of children and their parents.

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Veerraju-GVL fall silent on repoll demand in Tirupati

BJP AP President Somu Veerraju, party MP GVL Narasimha Rao and Rayalaseema leader Vishnuvardhan Reddy did active campaigning till the last day of electioneering in Tirupati. But, on the polling day and after, their voices were not to be heard from anywhere. They did not pass any comments on the allegations of bogus voters brought by the YCP from outside. They also remained silent on the Opposition demand for repoll in Tirupati.

However, at long last, BJP ally Jana Sena Party has released an official statement saying that they have not seen such an organised rigging before. JSP Political Affairs Committee Chairman Nadendla Manohar strongly objected to the manner in which fake voters arrived in large numbers and cast bogus votes all over the constituency. Spelling out the party line, he has demanded repoll. BJP nominee Ratna Prabha has also urged for repolling amid security given by the Central forces.

Usually, Veerraju and GVL Narasimha Rao make serious allegations whenever other parties hurt the prospects of the BJP candidates. This time, they have maintained silence. Being an MP, GVL did not even try to complain to the Central Election Commission about the violations in Tirupati.
As a result, the demands raised by Nadendla and Ratna Prabha have not carried much weight. As usual, the Election Commission took a lighter view of the TDP and the Congress complaints.

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Jana Sainiks on cloud nine on Veerraju comment


BJP AP President Somu Veerraju’s latest comment on Pawan as future CM is creating political ripples. Especially, the Jana Sainiks are extremely elated and are on cloud nine. More interestingly, Jana Sena second in command Nadendla Manohar came out in public and welcomed Veerraju comment. He has also said that the BJP AP president’s statement will play a key role in future in defining the Jana Sena-BJP relations.

Manohar has asserted that their party activists’ hope has been to see Pawan as the future Chief Minister. The BJP leader’s comment has made similar indications now.

After welcoming Veerraju comment, Manohar has clarified that Pawan will tour and campaign in the Nellore and Chittoor districts next week. Analysts say that the Veerraju comment might be a premeditated one only intended to satisfy the rising concerns in the JSP leaders. Jana Sainiks have long been unhappy that the BJP has only been using Pawan in every election but not giving back anything in return.

Now, Manohar indicates that the BJP would have no alternative but to promote Pawan as the future CM. The AP situation is different from Telangana where the BJP has some ground.

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Modi giving tough time to both Jagan and Veerraju


The ‘Save Steel Plant’ agitation is unstoppable in Vizag. All the parties and all sections of the people are agitating against the privatisation move. Even the BJP AP leaders have taken a plunge into the stir. They visited Delhi and came back with the news that the Centre has not taken a decision to privatise the steel plant. The next minute, there was a statement from the Prime Minister that the Centre was keen to privatise the Public Sector Units in the country.

Modi has asserted that it was not the Government’s job to run industries or business but its responsibility was to look after the welfare of the people. He has given all indications for going ahead with the privatisation drive. The PM’s remarks have come as a big shock to the YCP and the BJP AP leaders.

CM Jagan Reddy has tried to wash his hands of the privatisation plan. However, his earlier meetings with the Posco representatives have sent a wrong signal to the people. The CM and his Ministers were trying hard now to convince the people that their Government would oppose the privatisation of the steel plant. BJP AP President Veerraju was also asserting his party’s decision not to allow the privatisation.

Modi’s latest statements on his Government’s privatisation policy have indeed caused a lot of embarrassment for both Jagan Reddy and Veerraju. They will certainly have to do a lot of explaining to the people on this aspect in the coming weeks.

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Veerraju gives ultimate twist to steel plant agitation


After three days of his Delhi visit, BJP AP President Somu Veerraju has made a stunning and surprising announcement today. He said that the Central Government has not made any sort of statement on the Visakha Steel Plant. Veerraju further said that it was only Chandrababu Naidu and the communists who were raising a hue and cry. The whole steel plant agitation was their creation only to embarrass and counter the BJP rise in Andhra Pradesh.

By what Veerraju has said, the overall agitation against the privatisation of the VSP has become irrelevant. Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s meetings with the agitating workers at the Vizag airport have also become irrelevant. Obviously, Veerraju has also preferred to ignore the MoU that was signed with the South Korean Posco company as well.

Interestingly, there are no reports from the BJP side so far about Veerrajju and his party AP leaders efforts to meet Amit Shah. There was also no clarity on the response of the other Union Ministers to the BJP AP team’s representations for the merger of the Vizag Steel Plant with SAIL or some other PSU.

At the same time, Veerraju’s latest comments have given rise to doubts whether the Modi-Shah regime was silently washing its hands of the steel plant controversy.

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