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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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Veerraju Delhi visit raises curiosity amid criticism


Eventually, the BJP and PM Modi are becoming the target of all parties and critics with regard to the Visakha Steel Plant issue. The BJP is being increasingly seen as the villain of the piece though the ruling YCP is also facing a lot of criticism for not maintaining transparency on the steel plant matter. Amid this, BJP AP President Somu Veerraju is visiting Delhi today to meet with Amit Shah to make his representation.

In some corners, the criticism against the BJP these days is targeted at the individual levels. There are reports that Pawan Kalyan has complained to the BJP National leaders against Veerraju’s style of leadership. Afterwards, the Jana Sena has reached local level understanding with the TDP and other party leaders to win in the panchayat elections. Now, actor Shivaji is targetting the Prime Minister himself. He says for some unknown reasons, Modi has been doing injustice to AP in every respect. No special status, no Polavaram funds, Andhra Bank is merged with another bank and now the steel plant issue.

Interestingly, the BJP Delhi leaders have not given any indication about their future plans on the steel plant even now. Party internal sources say the Modi-Shah duo are still watching the situation and they would take an appropriate decision at an opportune time depending on the people’s overall reactions.

On the other hand, the TDP leaders are making every effort to win the hearts of the people by waging a relentless agitation against the steel plant sale. The YCP is also demanding withdrawal of the privatisation move. The political circles are curious over what strategies the BJP will follow in the coming days on the steel plant issue.

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No chance for Pawan as Veerraju prefers a ‘BC CM’


All of a sudden, the BJP has turned its tables on Jana Sena without any prior notice. In fact, a coordination committee is there between the two parties to decide on political matters. The BJP is fully aware that Pawan Kalyan is in the front race to become the CM in the next elections. But now, BJP AP President Somu Veerraju has announced that their party would make a BC leader as the next Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

Interestingly, Veerraju spoke on behalf of his party and did not mention their alliance with the Jana Sena. The Sainiks have not yet responded to this till now. The political circles were also surprised why Veerraju has suddenly raised this issue. In the past 20 months, the Jagan regime has launched attacks on the BC leaders like Atchannaidu, Ramakrishnudu, Kollu Ravindra and scores of others. The BJP did not express its solidarity.

The BJP kept silent for the most part during the attacks on the Dalits, BCs and so on. But it raised its voice on the temple attacks. Thus, it made it clear to the AP voters that it was sheerly and solely a religious party with the Hindutva agenda.
Probably, the BJP has a late realisation now that its purely religious agenda would not work in a caste-driven society like AP. No wonder, the lastest BC CM slogan of the BJP would create a rift with the Jana Sena, which is already upset on many issues.

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Veerraju-Pawan mega plans to unify Kapu vote bank


Jana Senani Pawan Kalyan has suddenly started responding to the subject of whether his brother Chiranjeevi will support his party or not. Even BJP AP President Somu Veerraju has been repeatedly saying that they will have Chiranjeevi support along with other parties to come to power in AP in 2024. In his latest comments, Pawan has asserted that he is one of the founders of the Praja Rajyam Party and that Chiranjeevi’s moral support will always be there for his political plans.
With the panchayat elections under way and the Tirupati bypoll soon to take place, both Veerraju and Pawan are busy bringing the Kapu vote bank on to a single platform. They say there are over 27 percent of Kapu vote banks in the State. If there is unity, they will certainly come to power.

Amid this, Pawan says in his latest comments that the Kapus should not be seen as a vote bank community by any party any longer. At the same time, both the BJP and the Jana Sena are making all out efforts to unify the Kapu vote banks. The problem here is there are many sub castes within the Kapus and they are shifting their loyalties to different parties depending on the circumstances.

Undoubtedly, Veerraju and Pawan are talking about Chiranjeevi, Mudragada, Harirama Jogaiah and other Kapu leaders only with the hope of winning over their caste vote banks from the YCP and the TDP.

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Pawan meets Veerraju, but no decision on Tirupati poll


Jana Senani Pawan Kalyan has held a meeting with BJP AP President Somu Veerraju amid the speculation on their decisions regarding the Tirupati parliament segment bypoll. They have not yet finalised their joint candidate. Just like before, both the leaders could not come to a conclusion on which party candidate should contest the election.

After the meeting, Pawan clarified that he had discussed with Veerraju about the issues concerning the bypoll. A final decision on the candidate was not taken yet. The issue was kept pending for further debate between the two parties.
Senani however said that both the parties were discussing in depth the strategies to be adopted in order to pull out a victory in the byelection. On his part, Veerraju kept silent on the issue of the candidate selection for now. He used to indicate in many words that the BJP would nominate its candidate in the past but not any more.

It is understandable that both Pawan and Veerraju were eager to put out a strong outward appearance that they were very serious about contesting and winning Tirupati seat. Even several weeks after the TDP and the YCP announced their nominees, both the BJP and the Jana Sena are not able to come to an agreement on their candidate selection.

The Jana Sena cadres in Tirupati are indeed upset that the BJP is still expecting to put up its candidate despite lack of enough base in the constituency. It is highly unlikely for both the parties to make an early decision till after the poll notification is issued.

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Is there democracy or emergency in Andhra Pradesh, asks BJP


Andhra Pradesh BJP President Somu Veerraju on Thursday lambasted the state government and asked if there is democracy or emergency in the state.

“I am asking Jagan Mohan Reddy whether there is democracy or emergency in your government? If you have the right to impose emergency, you can impose it. But we are observing several incidents. When we called for ‘Chalo Antarvedi’, you arrested our leaders all over the state,” said Veerraju.

He alleged that the government is filing several police cases on the basis of social media posts, including allegedly arresting people just for sharing information.

Veerraju claimed that thousands of people are being arrested and BJP leaders are not being allowed to visit Ramateertham, where an idol of Lord Ram was desecrated and decapitated by unknown miscreants.

“The government has to issue a statement as to why these things are happening. The DGP has claimed that BJP’s role is there in temple attacks. First he said there was no role of political parties,” he said.

The BJP President said his party leaders had tried to discuss these baseless allegations with the government.

He also asked if posting on social media about fallen temples is equal to demolishing them. Veerraju said it is a shameful act of the government to arrest senior BJP leaders who wanted to discuss these allegations.

“As there is an undemocratic rule in the state and attacks are happening on Hindu temples, the BJP will not keep quiet. It is a cowardly act to block the BJP in this manner,” he said.

According to Veerraju, no BJP activist is scared of these activities by the government and the party is poised to take out ‘rathyatras’ soon.

He also claimed that an attack on BJP is an attack on Hindus.

Veerraju said a report has been submitted to Union Home Minister Amit Shah about the state of affairs in Andhra Pradesh.

Incidentally, senior leaders such as C.M. Ramesh were arrested by the police on Thursday.

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AP BJP threatens defamation suit against DGP


The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken serious note of DGP Gautam Sawang’s statement. The BJP has demanded the DGP to give clarity on his accusations against the BJP leaders in the temple attack cases. The DGP has vaguely talked about the involvement of the BJP leaders in desecrations. But, the real cases were relating to social media comments. How can social media comments be interpreted as attacks on temples?

BJP AP President Somu Veerraju has written a letter to the DGP seeking clarification. He has demanded the DGP to give an explanation. Because of the DGP’s vague statements, a wrong impression is gaining ground among the public that the BJP leaders were behind the temple attacks.
Veerraju threatened that if there is no acceptable clarification, the BJP would file a defamation suit against the DGP. Even criminal proceedings would be launched.

This Sankranti witnessed heated responses of the Opposition leaders against the DGP statement. Both the TDP and the BJP solely focused their attack on the DGP. Doubtless to say, the DGP’s statement effectively served the YCP’s purpose to embarrass the rivals for this festive season.

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Veerraju on twin missions of ‘Aakarsh and temples’


BJP AP President Somu Veerraju is carrying out multiple tasks at one go these days. He has led his partymen in an unforgettable fight at Ramatheertham where he swooned along with his party leaders recently. He has also announced an agitation to fight for the protection of the Hindu temples and idols.

Simultaneously, Veerraju has speeded up his ‘Operation Aakarsh’ to attract the outside leaders into the BJP fold. Needless to say, the BJP leader is knocking on the doors of every probable leader to win over and claim that as his trophy. But, the situation is quite different in AP. The outside leaders are not so much attracted to the BJP policies with regard to AP.

However, Veerraju has recently met with film actress Vani Viswanath. There were also rumours that she would soon join the BJP but it was not yet announced. Obviously, she might be thinking again and again to join the BJP considering its present plight in AP politics.

Veerraju is also meeting major Kapu leader in Godavari district who is Mudragada Padmanabham at Kirlampudi tomorrow. It is well known Mudragada is devoted to only is caste agenda which is something undigestible to a single religion party like the BJP. Also, rumours are afloat that Veerraju is meeting TDP leaders Kala Venkatrao and Padala Aruna. Having no choice, Venkatrao has already reiterated that he would not leave the TDP under any circumstances.

The BJP is trying to win over Venkatrao since he is removed from the TDP AP president post and Atchannaidu is brought in that place.

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BJP fighting ‘epic battle’ with AP police at Ramatheertham


All small and top leaders of BJP AP unit landed in Vizianagaram for their ‘Dharma Yatra’ on the Ramatheertham idol desecration. The police also arrived there in double the number of BJP cadres. Very dramatically, the police refused permission to the BJP crowds to go to the hilltop temple.
BJP AP President Somu Veerraju raised the battle cry and pushed ahead through the police barricade. There was a lot of pushing and shoving between the BJP activists and the police. Veerraju had fainted in the process. Another state leader Vishnu Vardhan Reddy also fell down.
BJP national leader GVL Narasimha Rao had threatened to talk to Union Home Minister Amit Shah about the incident. GVL asked why the AP Government gave permission to the YCP and the TDP leaders to visit the Ramatheertham temple but not the BJP leaders.
Obviously, the BJP AP leaders were trying everything they could to take the Ramatheertham controversy to the next level. But questions are being asked whether the BJP leaders can beat the mind games of Jagan Reddy and Chandrababu Naidu in AP.

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Why BJP hates to talk about AP’s Special Status?


BJP AP President Somu Veerraju talks with a lot of confidence about their party coming to power in Andhra Pradesh in 2024. He says their party has a track record of making impossible possible in different states in the country. Veerraju says with greater confidence that it is only under the BJP that AP can have a bright future with expected development. But for reasons unknown, he gets angry and agitated at the very mention of Special Category Status.

So, Veerraju lost no time to hit back when TDP leader Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary made just a light hearted comment against the BJP and the YCP. Chowdary just said that Veerraju’s statement on Special Status and the YCP stand were creating confusion among the people. The BJP leader became very angry at this and made a counter statement against the TDP.

Veerraju straightaway attacked Chandrababu Naidu, saying that it was Naidu who agreed for a special package in place of the Special Category Status. Veerraju did not stop at that. He went on to say that Chandrababu Naidu accepted a ‘midnight package’ and thus became the reason for AP losing the Special Category Status.

Veerraju further told Butchaiah Chowdary that it was a fact that the Central funds that came under the ‘midnight package’ were shared between the TDP leaders. That did not help the people of the State in any way.

One thing that Veerraju and other leaders were forgetting was that the Special Category Status was a promise that was made on the floor of the Parliament at the time of passing the AP Reorganisation Act. Now, the BJP AP was suppressing all talk about Special Status but yet was aspiring to come to power in the State in 2024 polls.

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BJP spent Rs 50,000 Cr in Tirupati: No chance for Pawan


The BJP AP leaders are giving blow after blow to the people with their non-stop sensational statements. Their latest comments are regarding how the Modi Government has done lots of things to develop Tirupati. BJP AP President Somu Veerraju has gone a few steps forward and claimed that the Modi regime spent over Rs. 50,000 Cr for the overall development of the Tirupati Lok Sabha constituency.
All these thousands of crores were spent for laying national highways, development of smart city, infrastructure, national institutions like the Indian Institute of Technology, etc in the temple town and its jurisdiction. What more, a port and many industries have also come up. There are fast growing special economic zones like Sri City.

Now, the question is arising whether the BJP still deserves to put up its candidate in Tirupati bypoll instead of the Jagan Sena Party of Pawan Kalyan. The BJP Government might have spent Rs. 50,000 Cr but it got less than 1 percent vote share in the entire AP in 2019 while it got far lesser percent vote share compared to Pawan in Tirupati LS seat.

Nevertheless, the BJP leaders are raising their voice each day as if there is no party in AP that is ready to give any type of political or electoral challenge to it. The BJP AP leaders are considering as if both the ruling YCP and the Opposition TDP are non-existent while Pawan Kalyan’s party is no more than their pocket organisation.

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‘Co-robbers’: Veerraju comment on Jagan and Naidu


Day by day, the political confusion is deepening in Andhra Pradesh. Average common man is perplexed and confused as to which parties are allies and which are enemies. The ruling YCP totally targets the TDP but does not speak a word against the BJP. Even the main Opposition TDP does not criticise the BJP much. Whereas, the BJP fully targets the main Opposition while partially and selectively criticising the ruling YCP. The Jana Sena’s policy is not clearly known and its identity as an independent political party has become questionable ever since its hurried alliance with the BJP.
While the overall political situation is so volatile, BJP AP President Veerraju now says that CM Jaganmohan Reddy and Ex CM Chandrababu were co-robbers. Both the YCP and the TDP were causing harm to the State by pursuing their selfish political interests. Only the BJP would be able to give a better rule for the AP people.
Doubtless to say, the Modi Government is taking all the help of the YCP and the TDP MPs at the national level for passing its bills in the Parliament but it is not fulfilling Reorganisation promises like Special Status. The BJP got less than 1 per cent vote share in 2019 but still it is trying to dominate the AP political scene taking advantage of the YCP, TDP and Jana Sena weaknesses.

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Central Govt Institutions will continue in Amaravati: Veerraju


BJP leaders are speaking in different voices from different places on the fate of Amaravati Capital City. It almost became a child’s play for them. More or less, the BJP is fishing in the troubled waters in Andhra Pradesh. GVL Narasimha Rao says the State Government has a right to shift Capital City.

Now, BJP AP President Somu Veerraju says the Capital City of AP will continue to be in Amaravati. But, he has put a condition for that, which is that the BJP would have to come to power in the State. Only the BJP can continue Amaravati as the one and only Capital City. Obviously, Veerraju’s comment means that either the BJP should retain Amaravati or Jagan Reddy may destroy Amaravati. There would be only two options left for the people of the State.

Interestingly, Veerraju made these comments at the meeting of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, a front organisation of the BJP, held in Tulluru village in Amaravati city. He went on to say that once voted to power, the BJP would create a marvellous city out of Amaravati as per the aspirations of the people. Also, the BJP would develop the farmers’ plots with Rs. 2,000 Cr. Jagan Reddy tried to give away these plots to the poor people under the free house sites programme.

Veerraju said that the Central Government Institutions would remain in Amaravati regardless of Jagan’s 3 Capitals. Obviously, as per the BJP’s line, the President would not approve of the YCP’s decision to shift the High Court to Kurnool.

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Somu Veerraju vote bank politics on Nandyal suicides


BJP AP President Somu Veerraju is taking all risks possible in order to embarrass the TDP and thereby to extend indirect support to the YCP. In the past few days, the TDP has been making non-stop allegations against the YCP on the Nandyal family joint suicide. The bitter most attack was that the TDP accused the Jagan regime of insulting the Muslim family by not giving a proper postmortem and respectable burial.

The YCP leaders could not counter the TDP attack on burial of two bodies in one pit. Now, Somu Veerraju made a surprise on the TDP, saying that Mr. Chandrababu Naidu was playing vote bank politics. The TDP chief was politicising the Abdul Salaam family suicide for the sake of electoral benefits.
What more, Somu Veerraju went a step ahead and said that it was not necessary to find fault with the police in Nandyal suicide case. It was not correct to arrest the police as they just did their duties. Would anybody arrest the police who were only carrying out their duties as per the laws?
Veerraju posed a very curious question, asking whether anybody would arrest the Chief Minister if the farmers committed suicides due to debts and loans. Finally, the BJP leader launched a joint attack on both the TDP and the YCP, saying that these two parties should stop trying to use the Muslims as vote banks.
Analysts say that Veerraju has definitely selected a wrong issue to bring religious vote bank politics into debate. All said and done, Salaam family suicide was a case of alleged harassment by local police and ruling party leaders. Veerraju should have remained silent rather than making such remarks.

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Somu Veerraju visits Tirupati, criticises YCP


The BJP leaders in both national and state levels are not criticising the YCP on different burning issues. But, when it comes to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, they do not waste a minute to attack the Jaganmohan Reddy Government. In the past two days, the porn link controversy is raging within the TTD and the SVBC channels. One low level attender, probably a temporary worker, has been given harsh punishment.

Amid these issues, BJP AP President Somu Veerraju visited Tirumala temple and had darshan of Lord Balaji. After his darshan, he came out and made his comments in his usual typical style of not letting listeners know whom he is criticising. When his attention was drawn to the controversies on the Seven Hills, Veerraju started and launched an attack on the ruling YCP. He said that the TTD properties and resources were under threat from the ruling party leaders. The Government should take greater steps to ensure protection to the Sri Vair properties.

Veerraju stressed the need for spending every single rupee donated by the devotees for the devotional and spiritual programmes meant for the overall welfare of the people. He further said that he prayed the Lord of Seven Hills to confer some good intention on the present rulers to work for the protection and development of AP as a whole. The State has got immense natural resources. The Government should proceed with a proper intention to use them for the betterment of the people.

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AP will see Dubbaka-like victories: Somu Veerraju


The Dubbaka victory has come as a short in the arm for the BJP leaders in South India. BJP AP President Somu Veerraju has hailed it as an indication of the rising patronage for their party everywhere. The Bihar and Dubbaka victories reflected how the people were giving their unfailing support to the BJP policies.

Somu Veerraju asserted that their party was getting greater support in Andhra Pradesh. Just like in Dubbaka, there will be similar victories in AP as well. Very soon, lots of cadres will join the BJP in North Andhra. There would be inflows into the party in Rayalaseema region also.

Veerraju, in an upbeat mood, said that the BJP wave was already sweeping in South India. In future, the party would establish itself in a comfortable position in both the Telugu States.

It is well known the BJP has got less than 1 per cent vote share in the 2019 AP Assembly election. But, its leaders are confident that their party will rise in future. In Dubbaka also, the BJP was in third place in previous elections. Now, they pulled out a surprise win as if by a miracle. Undoubtedly, not all is well for the regional parties in Telugu States. One national party might have bitten the dust but another national party is rising on the horizon.

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Visit flood-hit AP, Veerraju writes to Centre


BJP state president Somu Veerraju on Friday expressed concern over the Andhra Pradesh government’s alleged failure to tackle the flood problem in the state and demanded the central government’s intervention in this regard.

In a letter to the central government, Andhra Pradesh BJP president noted that farmers have suffered huge losses and crops in lakhs of hectares were destroyed due to the flash floods. The state government has failed to pay compensation to the farmers who incurred heavy losses.

He appealed to the Union government to send an inter-ministerial team to assess the damage due to heavy rains and floods in Andhra Pradesh. He alleged that the Andhra Pradesh government had failed to take up adequate measures to minimise losses arising out of the recent floods.

He appealed that a central team should tour several flood-affected districts in Andhra Pradesh, interact with affected people and inquire about the relief operations. He said the central team should hold discussions with senior officials, villagers and farmers to obtain information on the nature and extent of damage caused by the floods.

A five-member team, led by Joint Secretary Praveen Vashista, is currently touring flood-hit districts in Telangana to assess the extent of damage caused by the torrential rains.

Meanwhile, Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday reviewed the flood situation in the state and enquired about relief measures and damage caused by floods and heavy rains. Minister Kanna Babu informed the Chief Minister that 40,000 hectares of paddy crop in East Godavari was completely damaged due to floods. He apprised the Chief Minister that the flash floods and heavy rainfall submerged crops in 1.07 lakh hectares across the state.

Earlier, Jagan had appealed to the central government to release Rs 1,000 crore as immediate relief. However, Minister of State for Home Kishan Reddy had recently suggested that state governments should use funds from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF), constituted under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

“It is the responsibility of the state governments to utilize the funds for providing immediate relief to the victims of natural disasters from the State Disaster Relief Fund. The Central Government contributes 75% of SDRF allocation for general category States/UTs and 25% will have to be borne by the state government,” Kishan Reddy had said.

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Veerraju, BJP leaders arrested ahead of ‘Chalo Amalapuram’


The Jaganmohan Reddy government has banned the ‘Chala Amalapuram’ programme called by the BJP and Jana Sena leaders. The police imposed prohibitory orders in the entire Konaseema region in Godavari districts. Section 144 and 30 were declared in the region to prevent any protest on temple attacks in Konaseema.

As a preventive measure, BJP AP President Somu Veerraju and several of his party leaders were arrested and told not to go to Amalapuram. All major leaders in Godavari districts were placed under house arrest and strict warnings were issued. The government acted very quickly considering the volatile political situation as feelings are badly hurt on the issue of Antarvedi chariot burning.

Veerraju reacted sharply to the arrests and issued a strong warning to Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy. The BJP leader told the CM that he would face the consequences like Chandrababu Naidu if the BJP leaders were not allowed to exercise their democratic right to express protest.

Veerraju asked the CM to explain why the culprits in temple attacks were turning out to be insane persons while those throwing even a stone at churches were branded sane and being arrested. The BJP would not tolerate this sort of discrimination any more.

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