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Somu shoots of 5 letters to Jagan in 20 days

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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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