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Don’t trouble TDP activists, Lokesh warns YSRCP


TDP general secretary, Nara Lokesh, on Saturday warned those YSRCP leaders of repaying with interest for the trouble they are creating to the TDP activists.

On the second day of his pada yatra ‘Yuva Galam’, Lokesh interacted with women and local farmers at Ganeshpuram Cross roads near Kuppam. The farmers and women narrated to Lokesh that their lives have become very burdensome with the steep hike in the prices of essential commodities.

The farmers explained that metres are being fixed forcibly for the motors and the taxes too have been hiked. “On the one hand the State Government is paying us just Rs 10 and on the other they are grabbing Rs 100 from us,” they told Lokesh.

Lokesh said that there is a huge scam in the purchase of metres and these metres are fixed only to loot the farmers.

The TDP general secretary also visited the community halls of Kurubas and Valmikis and members of these communities told Lokesh that the YSRCP Government deliberately stalled the construction of these halls.

Even the land allotted to these community halls are illegally occupied by the local YSRCP leaders while belt-shops are being run in the half-built community halls, they informed the TDP general secretary.

Lokesh asked as to why the construction of these community halls has been stopped and promised to complete them once the TDP is back in power.

“If you are angry with Chandrababu Naidu, why are the Backward Classes (BCs) being targeted,” he questioned the YSRCP leaders and said that loans are not being granted for the BCs.

He said that the lone Chief MInister in the country who brought down the reservations percentage for BCs is Jagan Mohan Reddy. “As the percentage of quota for BCs has been brought down by 10 per cent, thousands of leaders have lost their posts in the local bodies,” Lokesh observed.

He wanted all sections of people to raise their voice against the cut in the reservations for BCs and also against the injustice being done to the communities. Lokesh promised to stand by the BCs and that the TDP will soon form an empowerment committee for BCs in the TDP.

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Photos : Nara Lokesh ‘Yuva Galam’ – Day 1


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Finally, Lokesh gets police clearance for Padayatra


TDP general secretary and former minister Nara Lokesh secured the police clearance for his proposed padayatra, starting at Kuppam in Chittoor district, on January 27. Lokesh would be on his marathon walk for 400 days covering 4,000 kilometres. He would end his marathon walk at Itchapuram in Srikakulam district.

The team that had been working on his padayatra had been communicating with the police for permission, particularly in the light of the State government issuing GO 1 restricting the public meetings and rallies on the roads.

TDP general secretary and politburo member Varla Ramaiah wrote a couple of letters to the DGP seeking permission. The police have asked the TDP leaders to give the details of the padayatra, including the number of vehicles, their registration numbers, and people who would be following Lokesh in the padayatra.

Though the police also sought the details of those who would be meeting Lokesh during the padayatra, it was finally dropped as the TDP raised objections. What is interesting is that the TDP would have to seek permission from every district police as the padayatra enters.

It was only the Chittoor district police that have given permission for the padayatra so far. There was no uniform decision by the state police and the DGP is said to have decided to leave the permission issue to the respective district SPs.

As a case is also pending in the High Court on the GO, the TDP too is not insisting upon state-wide permission instead of knocking at the door of the district SPs.

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TDP demands revival of SC, ST welfare schemes


TDP Human Resource Development (HRD) wing chairman, B Ramanganeyulu, on Monday demanded the immediate revival of the 26 schemes which were in force during the Chandrababu Naidu regime for the welfare of the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).

Ramanjaneyulu told media persons at the party headquarters that the revival of sub-plan for the SCs and STs is in no way helpful for both the communities. The communities are more worried about the legality and the implementation of the sub-plan, the TDP leader said.

Does it not amount to doing injustice to them by diverting the sub-plan funds as both the SCs and Sts are getting benefits through Nava Ratnalu scheme, Ramanjaneyulu asked.

Stating that the Jagan Mohan Reddy Government has neglected the main issue that the sub-plan funds be utilised only for the welfare and development of both these communities, he said and pointed out that the TDP government implemented 26 welfare schemes for them with these funds.

But soon after Jagan Mohan Reddy came to power he suspended all these schemes only to take revenge on them and even free power supply was stopped to over three lakh families in the name of owning a two-wheeler, Ramanjaneyulu stated.

Though the SCs comprise 16.4 per cent of the State population, the budgetary allocation did not cross even 13 per cent for them while the budgetary allocation for STs is a mere 3.4 percent though their population is 5.3 per cent, he pointed out.

“Jagan is thus doing great injustice to them and empowerment of SCs and STs means providing employment opportunities to them and basic facilities in their residential areas. But this Government did not take up any such measures,” he observed.

The TDP government successfully implemented all the welfare measures by allocating necessary funds, he pointed out.

With the successful implementation of all the schemes, including the scholarships for the poor students for overseas studies several students, about 440, could pursue higher studies.

“Those who pursued their further studies with the assistance are now earning over Rs 5 lakh revenue per month and some have scaled heights to become IAS and IPS officers,” he added.

After the YSRCP came to power, schemes like land allocation were cancelled and in turn forcibly took back the lands allotted to the SCs and STs during the TDP regime, he stated.

Ranajaneyulu demanded that budgetary allocation for SCs and STs be made as per their population ratio and such funds be utilised only for their welfare and development.

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Jagan rule is worse than Britishers dictatorship, says Varla Ramaiah


The British dictatorship was not so worse than the Jagan Mohan Reddy Government and the State had not witnessed such authoritarianism even during Emergency in 1975, said TDP politburo member, Varla Ramaiah.

Ramaiah pointed out that TDP general secretary, Nara Lokesh, announced 40 days ago about his 4000-km-long pada yatra during which he will personally meet the youth to know their problems.

Lokesh said that the youth in the State got unnerved and that he will explain the current scenario in the State after which he will give a road map for them, Ramaiah pointed out.

“Though he has explained it so clearly, the Government remained silent, and I personally wrote to the Director General of Police (DGP) on January 9 seeking permission for Lokesh’s pada yatra. Till January 20, the DGP did not respond and after I sent a reminder, the next day he sent a letter to me seeking all the details like who will be meeting Lokesh and where,” the TDP politburo member said.

The letter appeared to be very ridiculous as the DGP wanted the details of the vehicles in Lokesh’s convoy, the route map and other particulars.

“When Lokesh is undertaking the pada yatra for 400 days how will anyone know who will be meeting Lokesh, where, when and in which village,” he asked.

Stating that this was never in the history of the country, Ramaiah wanted the DGP to rethink on such matters. ”

Lokesh will be meeting lakhs of people, including the youth, particularly those affected by the Government policies. How can such details be provided,” Ramaiah asked.

When late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, undertook pada yatra during the Chandrababu Naidu government no such issues were raised and no obstructions were caused to his pada yatra, he stated.

“In fact, wherever necessary security was tightened,” he pointed out.

Even when Sharmila was on her pada yatra, she did not face any problem, he said and felt that the Chief Minister should realise all such facts, Ramaiah said.

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DGP’s queries on padayatra by Lokesh unwanted, says TDP


Andhra Pradesh’s opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Sunday reacted strongly to Director General of Police (DGP) K.V. Rajendranath Reddy seeking details of party leader Nara Lokesh’s padayatra.

TDP politburo member, Varla Ramaiah said that the DGP has raised several unwanted and undesirable queries on padayatra by the party general secretary.

Lokesh, son of TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu, proposed to launch a 4,000 km long padayatra from Kuppam on January 27.

Though Varla Ramaiah has written to the DGP seeking permission for the foot march, the police have still not accorded the permission. The DGP on Saturday wrote a letter to Ramaiah seeking a route map, details of people and vehicles in the yatra.

Strongly responding to the DGP’s missive, Varla Ramaiah has made it clear that this is not for the first time in the history of the nation that a leader is undertaking a padayatra. “The former prime minister, Mr Chandra Sekhar, the former chief ministers of the State, the Late NTR and the Late YS Rajasekhara Reddy, the former chief minister, Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu, and those who fought for Independence like the Mahatma Gandhi also went on padayatra,” he pointed out.

Varla Ramaiah also mentioned in his letter the recent Bharat Jodo yatra by the AICC leader, Rahul Gandhi and the padayatra by Sharmila, the sister of Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy.

The TDP leader requested the DGP to take measures to provide proper security for the ‘Yuva Galam’, to be undertaken by Nara Lokesh, from January 27.

The TDP politburo member said that Lokesh, through his padayatra, intends to bring awareness among the public on various issues plaguing the state like lack of employment opportunities, poor welfare and development in the state.

Stating that the Yuva Galam is tentatively planned to begin on January 27 from Kuppam to Itchapuram covering around 125 Assembly segments spread over 4000 km, Varla Ramaiah said that the detailed schedule of the padayatra will be provided to the local sub-divisional police officers (SDPOs) ahead of the schedule to enable the local police to provide necessary security arrangements.

“In a democracy, it is quite natural that the political parties meet the public through various means to move closer to the people to address their grievances and the padayatra is only one such mechanism. The number of people taking part in the padayatra depends on the local issues and it is the duty of the local police to estimate and assess as to how many people will be taking part in the programme,” Varla Ramaiah said in his letter.

He also made it clear in his letter that the detailed schedule, including the night halts will be intimated to the local police and stated that some vehicles like prachara ratham, two sound vehicles, four vehicles in Lokesh convoy and a media van will form part of the vehicles accompanying him.

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Advisors are only helping Jagan to rob AP, says Pattabhi


TDP spokesman, Kommareddy Pattabhiram, on Friday termed the advisors to the Government as the abettors to Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, to rob the State.

“Jagan Mohan Reddy is not feeling ashamed though the High Court passed serious comments on the system of appointing the advisors to the Government. The Chief Minister continues to appoint slavers and those who assist him in his shady dealings as advisors,” Pattabhiram remarked.

Neither the Chief Minister nor his advisors have even a basic thought to do something good for the State, Pattabhiram said.

Observing that the governments had earlier appointed experts in various fields as advisors to assist the administration for doing something useful for the people, Pattabhi said that Jagan converted the advisors system as a rehabilitation centre.

Though Rs 4 lakh to Rs 5 lakh is being paid monthly to each advisor as remuneration besides providing facilities like cars, staff and other necessities, the State is not getting any benefit from them, he remarked.

“The advisors are of the Cabinet rank besides heavy packages are being paid to them. Are the people of the State getting any benefit from them,” he asked.

On the other hand, the employees are suffering heavily as they are not receiving their salaries on time and they have to make appeals to the Governor for payment of their salaries regularly, he stated. “Salaries are nil for the employees and facilities full for the advisors,” he commented.

Stating that the debt burden on the State already crossed Rs 10 lakh cr, Pattabhi asked where Chandrasekhara Reddy is, one of the advisors to the government when the GPF of the employees amounting to Rs 500 cr was taken away by the ruling dispensation.

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AP can move forward only if TDP comes back to power, says Lokesh


TDP general secretary, Nara Lokesh, on Friday felt that the only alternative for the State to move on the progressive path is that the TDP should come back to power.

Addressing party politburo members, the senior leaders, MPs and others through a video conference on the eve of his launching his pada yatra ‘Yuva Galam’ on January 27, Lokesh said that the people of the State are suffering in this psycho rule.

“We have been struggling with this psycho for the past three-and-half years which we have never witnessed earlier,” Lokesh said. Maintaining that remaining in power or sitting in the Opposition is nothing new to the TDP, he felt that the State is now passing through a strange situation.

The TDP leaders and activists are being subjected to various kinds of harassment and false cases are being registered against them, Lokesh said and appreciated the party leaders and activists for continuously waging a war against this psycho rule.

“The strength of the TDP is always its activists and its leaders and we are ready to even sacrifice our lives for the sake of the party flag,” Lokesh said. Had the TDP, while in power, acted in such a manner like how Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, is acting now the YSRCP would not have been in existence now, he remarked.

Observing that Jagan is misusing his power only to take revenge, Lokesh said that not even a single section is happy with YSRCP. “Women, farmers, youth, employees and even police officials are strongly opposing the YSRCP rule,” he stated.

Lokesh maintained that the mafia, be it liquor, sand or mining, is ruling the roost and the prices of even essential commodities are skyrocketing during this YSRCP regime. “What is surprising is that the Chief Minister is not even allowing us to supply food to the poor,” he said.

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TDP discounts YSRCP charge on cheque bounce


TDP MLC, Paruchuri Ashok Babu, on Thursday discounted the YSRCP propaganda on the financial help extended by the TDP to the families of those who died in the Kandukur incident. The YSRCP said that the cheques issued to the deceased family members were bounced, which he said was incorrect.

The MLC told media persons here that the YSRCP leaders are spreading misinformation through their social media that the cheques given by the TDP national president, Mr Nara Chandrababu, to the families of those who died in the Kandukur incident have bounced.

“Does anyone who has basic knowledge will resort to such kind of malicious propaganda,” Ashok Babu asked and stated that the cheques given by the TDP have been cleared and the money has been deposited with the bank accounts of the respective affected families.

“This smear campaign is a classic example of the YSRCP’s cheap politics,” he remarked and said that the TDP did maximum justice to the affected families. The party extended Rs 30 lakh to each affected family and no party in the country has given such huge financial assistance to anyone, the MLC stated.

The way the TDP supremo responded to the incident thoroughly exposed the YSRCP’s venomous propaganda, Ashok Babu said and stated that Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, never reacted in the way to his party activists as Chandrababu Naidu responded with humanity. Jagan did not pay even a single rupee though 17 persons died in his ‘Odarpu Yatra,’ he pointed out.

The State government has given a financial aid of a mere Rs 2 lakh to each affected family that too after the Centre announced ex gratia to them, he stated. Ashok Babu demanded a reply from Jagan to the malicious propaganda on the YSRCP social media.

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Psycho rule should go, cycle rule should come, says Lokesh


TDP general secretary, Nara Lokesh, on Wednesday, came down heavily on the Jagan Mohan Reddy government.

After inviting the former chairman of Mangalagiri municipality, Kondru Srinivas Rao, and others into the TDP fold, Lokesh said that Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, is a blatant liar. He said that the Late NT Rama Rao, who introduced development and welfare to the country.

It was late NT Rama Rao who introduced reservations for Backward Classes and also partnership in the ancestral property for women, he said. Lokesh said that he is fortunate enough to be a partner of the TDP which was founded by a great leader, NTR, who brought recognition for Telugus across the globe.

He said that as the municipal chairman of Mangalagiri, Srinivas Rao, developed the town to the maximum extent possible, the TDP national general secretary said. He promised proper position and recognition in the party for Srinivas Rao.

Lokesh said that those who are close to late YS Rajasekhara Reddy are being shunted out of the YSRCP now as Mr Jagan does not like those who are in favour of his father. He promised to develop Mangalagiri once the TDP is back in power.

Expressing concern that obstructions were created to the TDP national president, N Chandrababu Naidu, to enter his home constituency he said that 13 false cases were filed against him.

Lokesh called upon the party leaders and activists to work for throwing out this psycho rule and work hard to bring back the cycle rule.

Jagan Mohan Reddy withdrew pensions to the poor and thus this psycho rule should end as early as possible, he stated. Lokesh made it clear that he is undertaking a pada yatra for 4000 km for 400 days from January 27 in the name of ‘Yuva Galam’ and sought the blessings of the people.

He felt that it is a good opportunity for him to move closer to the people and that he always thinks about the people of Mangalagiri. Lokesh assured the people of Mangalagiri that he will always be available for them for any kind of assistance.

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TDP, YSRCP exchange leaders as elections approach


The ruling YSR Congress and the Opposition TDP witnessed fence crossings by some leaders on Wednesday. The fence crossing would go up with more number of leaders jumping from one side to the other as elections in the state are just a year away from now.

TDP general secretary and former chairperson of the AP Weavers Finance Corporation, Vavilala Saraladevi joined the YSR Congress on Wednesday. She joined the ruling party along with her husband, Vavilala Venkata Ramesh.

The wife and husband went to chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s camp office at Tadepalli and joined the party. Minister for Information and Public Relations, Chelluboyina Srinivasa Venugopala Krishna.

In the opposition camp, Mangalagiri former municipal chairman Kandru Srinivasa Rao, joined the TDP in the presence of former minister and the party general secretary Nara Lokesh. Srinivasa Rao, a strong leader from the weavers’ community from the town had quit the YSR Congress. He played a key role in the election of sitting YSR Congress MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy in the 2019 general election.

These fence crossings are likely to be more in the days to come as the two parties have stepped up the electioneering one year before the actual elections. The TDP is leaving no stone unturned to wrest power in the state.

TDP president Chandrababu Naidu and general secretary Lokesh are trying their best to win the elections and are already on the roads meeting people.

On his part, Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy is doing everything to retain power. Jagan Mohan Reddy is mounting pressure on the party leaders, mostly the sitting MLAs, to work hard for the next one year and win all the 175 Assembly segments.

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TDP leaders pay rich tributes to NTR


TDP president and former chief minister, Nara Chandrababu Naidu, on Wednesday recalled the services of the party founder, the late NT Rama Rao, both to the film industry and the State as well.

Chandrababu Naidu, along with party state unit president, Atchen Naidu, and other senior leaders, paid rich tributes to the party founder NTR on his 27th death anniversary on Wednesday. Terming the Late NTR as a legendary actor, Chandrababu said that he has created history by forming the government within a few months of floating the TDP.

Chandrababu Naidu said that NTR accomplished greatest achievements and wherever Telugu people are living they really feel proud of their home State. “A person can excel only in one field, but NTR has gone to a very high level in the field of films and in politics,” Chandrababu said.

“I was the minister for Cinematography when he was in the film industry,” Chandrababu recalled and said that he first met NTR during the shooting of the film ‘Anuragadevatha’. NTR brought in radical transformation in politics, he said.

“NTR always treated the common man as his god and today women are excelling in various fields only because of the foundation laid by NTR,” Chandrababu observed.

Leaders like Yanamala Ramakrishnudu could become a member of the Cabinet as NTR took the decision to make the Backward Classes (BCs) as partners in the power. “NTR will always stand atop all the best chief ministers and best creator chief ministers in the country,” the TDP supremo remarked.

The welfare schemes like Single Window and Rs 2-a-kg rice scheme were launched during his regime and foundation was laid for several irrigation projects during NTR’s regime, he stated. “TDP always accords top priority to irrigation,” Chandrababu added.

The TDP supremo gave a call to build a poverty-free society in the State and the people should join hands to bid goodbye to this psycho rule. Observing that the coming elections are very crucial to the party and the State as well, Chandrababu Naidu said that the real tribute to NTR is only to serve society and work for realising his dreams.

“NTR’s son, Bala Krishna, is extending his services through the cancer hospital while Bhuvaneswari is serving the State through NTR Trust,” he said.

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Raghurama predicts TDP win by 14 pc majority in 2024


Narasapuram MP, K Raghurama Krishnam Raju, on Tuesday predicted that the opposition TDP would win the 2024 general elections by a massive mandate. He said that the TDP would win by at least a 12 to 14 per cent majority in the state.

He discounted the YSR Congress Party’s claim of Why Not 175 and said that the ruling party would face a humiliating defeat in the election. He claimed to have conducted a survey in all the 175 Assembly segments.

Raghurama said that the TDP is ahead of the YSR Congress in the North Andhra region, Godavari districts, besides Krishna, Guntur and Rayalaseema districts. Quite interestingly, the TDP is doing better than the YSR Congress in Kadapa district, the home district of chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, the rebel MP said.

The MP said that the TDP has an edge by 12 per cent votes in the North Andhra region, followed by 14 to 16 per cent in the Godavari districts, 12 to 14 per cent in Krishna and Guntur districts. The TDP is also leading by 8 per cent vote share in Prakasam and Nellore districts, the MP said.

The edge for the TDP is around 10 to 12 percent in Anantapur and Kurnool districts, 6 to 8 percent in Chittoor and Kadapa districts. This would go up if the TDP forges alliance with the Jana Sena, the MP said.

The MP also said that the government had failed to implement 98.7 per cent promises made by the party before the 2019 general election. People in the state were moving away from the YSR Congress and would not vote for the party once again.

The suspicious murder of Y S Vivekananda Reddy also helped the YSR Congress in the 2019 elections to raise sympathy and win the elections. However, after the elections, who killed Babai was known to the people and these dramas would not work for Jagan Mohan Reddy, the MP said.

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Kesineni fires a salvo at TDP leadership


Vijayawada MP, Kesineni Srinivas, fired a salvo at TDP leadership ahead of the 2024 general election. He said he would not work for the party if his brother Kesineni Sivanadh or anyone with a criminal record is nominated.

He took strong exception to the party leadership promoting his brother Sivanadh and said that he would not agree with the strategy of the party leadership which, according to him, was splitting the families.

Kesineni said that he would continue to work for the people even if denied the party ticket from the Vijayawada Lok Sabha constituency in the next election. “If required, I might also contest as an Independent and win the seat,” Kesineni asserted.

He further said that he would rope in several other national and international charitable organisations along with the Tata Trust and serve the people. He said that people would recognise his services and expressed confidence that they would bless him too in politics.

“I have done my best for the constituency in the last two terms. I will continue to do my best. That’s what Kesineni means,” he asserted.

It is said that TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and his son Lokesh are entertaining Kesineni’s brother Sivanadh in Vijayawada politics. It is widely said that Chandrababu Naidu is favouring Sivanadh to contest the next election and had made up his mind to drop Kesineni Srinivas from the contest.

As he said, Srinivas may not remain silent if he is denied the ticket and would certainly play a spoilsport to the TDP in the constituency that might have an impact on seven Assembly constituencies.

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Police torturing innocent TDP activists, alleges Naidu


TDP president and former chief minister, N Chandrababu Naidu, on Monday strongly condemned the filing of false cases against the party activists in Punganur.

Naidu visited the party activists who were lodged in the Peler sub-jail and later told media persons that false cases were being registered against the TDP activists of the Punganur Assembly segment, including seven persons belonging to the Minority community and even an Ayyappa devotee.

“Fake cases were filed even against 21-year-old boy Pathas Riyaz, who is studying Intermediate,” the TDP supremo said.

Eight persons were illegally taken into custody by just mentioning in the First Information Report (FIR) that only others. “Not only that, but also they are shifted to the police station and were subjected to torture and were presented before the local magistrate,” Naidu pointed out.

The arrested were threatened with serious consequences if they admit before the magistrate that they were beaten up by the police, he said and asked whether there is any other terrorist activity worse than this.

“Who gave the right to police to act in such a manner,” Naidu asked and made it clear that suitable action will be initiated against these police officials once the TDP is back in power.

Observing that Andhra Pradesh is now witnessing a State-sponsored terrorism, he questioned the police as to how they can behave like this and how many more illegal cases will be filed against the innocent persons.

What the police officials were doing when the YSRCP workers damaged the flexies arranged to greet TDP leader, Challa Babu, on his birthday, he asked and questioned them whether they would leave the TDP activists if they damage the YSRCP flexies.

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Yanamala foresees 1983 scenario to be repeated in AP in 2024


TDP politburo member and former Finance minister, Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, on Tuesday foresaw the 1983 scenario to be repeated in 2024 in the State.

Ramakrishnudu told media persons that when the State was passing through a deep crisis in 1983, the people reposed faith in the Telugu Desam Party and a similar situation is now prevailing in the State and thus the same situation will be repeated.

The criticism on the meeting of TDP supremo, Chandrababu Naidu, and Jana Sena chief, Pawan Kalyan, is a reflection of the insecurity in the YSRCP leadership and the cadre, Ramakrishnudu felt.

Pointing out that he has made a demand to Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, several times to come for an open debate on the financial condition of the State, he said that the total debt burden on the State beginning 1956, when AP was formed, to 2014, was a mere Rs 2.56 lakh crore.

But in the three-year rule of Jagan Mohan Reddy, the debt burden reached to a whooping Rs 8.50 lakh cr and it will reach to Rs 11 lakh cr by that time Jagan demits office, the former Finance minister said.

Observing that several regional parties survived only for a few years, he said that it is only the TDP that has been winning the confidence of the people for the past 40 years. “I am really fortunate enough to be in the first Cabinet of the late NTR and since then I have been holding several posts both in the party and in the government,” Ramakrishnudu remarked.

It is only the TDP, as a regional party, that played a key role in national politics, he said, adding that the party has been continuously winning the confidence of the people for the past 40 years. The welfare schemes launched by NTR are certainly a weapon for the TDP and whether the party is in power or not it always stands by the people, he observed.

Only after the TDP came to power, pucca houses were built for the poor and several parties, till today, are following the footsteps of NTR about the implementation of the welfare programmes, Yanamala maintained.

“It was NTR, who introduced the pension scheme for the poor and also the janatha clothes scheme. Women got share in property only after NTR came to power,” he said.

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Pawan might have to break the alliance with the BJP!


Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan seems to have made up his mind to go with the TDP in the 2024 elections. He is currently tied-up with the BJP which is not ready for alliance with the TDP.

The TDP broke its alliance with the BJP in 2018 and had aligned with the Congress at the national level. Chandrababu Naidu rallied some opposition leaders and the Congress against the BJP in the 2019 general elections.

The BJP leadership in Delhi is not ready for reunion with the TDP for these reasons and hence the Jana Sena had broken its alliance with the BJP and had a fresh tie-up with the TDP for the next election. The TDP is also trying for alliance with the CPI and the CPI-M to keep the anti-incumbency vote not divided to the advantage of the YSR Congress.

Though the two Left parties are not so interested to have a tie-up with the Jana Sena for it aligned with the BJP by breaking the alliance with them. The Jana Sena and the two Left parties besides the Bahujan Samaj Party have contested in alliance in the 2019 general election.

However, the TDP is working on building alliances among these opposition parties. Chandrababu Naidu had held the first round of consultations with the CPI and the CPI-M leadership in the state for alliance and there was a positive response from the Communists, it is said.

Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan had on several occasions reiterated that he would work to build unity among the opposition parties. He had also pledged to ensure that the anti-government vote was not divided among the opposition parties. He wanted to keep the anti-government vote united and work against the YSR Congress.

It is to be seen when Pawan Kalyan would formally break his alliance with the BJP and tie-up with the TDP.

Meanwhile, it is said that Chandrababu Naidu is trying to reach out to the Congress leadership too for the alliance. He is planning to keep all the opposition parties together to defeat the YSR Congress. It is to be seen whether the Congress would join the alliance or not.

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TDP seeks permission for padyatra by Chandrababu Naidu’s son


The main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has sought police permission for the padyatra of party president Chandrababu Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh.

TDP leader Varla Ramaiah has written a letter to the Director General of Police, seeking permission for party general secretary Nara Lokesh’s padyatra scheduled to start on January 27.

Requesting the police chief to accord permission and provide adequate security, he assured the DGP that they will not cause any hindrance to the free flow of traffic and maintenance of law and order.

Varla Ramaiah, who is also general secretary of the party, stated that Lokesh faces threat to his life from extremists, factionists and political rivals.

“We also request you to provide necessary security arrangements throughout the padayatra and at the night halt venues in order to avoid any untoward incident. Further, it is requested to give appropriate directions to all the police stations across the State to provide adequate security to the padayatra,” he wrote.

Lokesh has announced that he will undertake a 4,000 km padyatra from Kuppam to Ichchapuram in 400 days.

Titled ‘Yuva Galam’, Lokesh’s padyatra will be an innovative platform for youth. The TDP said that it would be a campaign to mobilise the youth to participate in the agenda-setting process, as well as to raise their voices to express their opinions and demand change.

However, doubts remain on whether the police would give permission for the padyatra as the state government last week issued an order prohibiting meetings on roads. The order was issued in the wake of December 28 stampede during a road show of Chandrababu Naidu at Kandukur that claimed eight lives.

The opposition parties have slammed the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government for the move calling it an attempt to muzzle the voice of opposition.

Following the Government Order, the TDP chief was stopped from conducting road shows and addressing public meetings during his visit to Kuppam, his Assembly constituency in Chittoor district.

Actor and Jana Sena Party (JSP) leader Pawan Kalyan on Sunday met Chandrababu Naidu to express solidarity with him. The two leaders announced that they along with other opposition parties will launch a joint movement against the Government Order. They said their movement would continue till the government takes back the “black order”.

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It’s TDP govt that introduced welfare, development to AP: Chandrababu


TDP president, N Chandrababu Naidu, on Monday said that the day late NTR formed the first government of the TDP in the State is a historic day for the Telugus across the globe.

On TDP completing 40 years of forming the government, the party president said that revolutionary changes have come in the lives of the Telugu people in the world both economically and politically only after the late NT Rama Rao formed the TDP government. The journey of the lives of the Telugu people is now being viewed as before and after the TDP formation, Chandrababu said.

Late NTR floated the TDP only to ensure that a poverty-free society was formed and came to power within nine months, Naidu said.

On this day 40 years ago NTR took oath as the chief minister to bring in radical changes in the lives of the poor, he said.

The credit goes to TDP for introducing revolutionary changes in society by bringing in welfare schemes like Rs 2-a-kg rice scheme, Single Window system, doing away with the patel, patwari system, rights for women in property, pucca houses for the poor and old age pensions besides distribution of janatha clothes, Chandrababu recalled. It is the

TDP established separate educational institutions for women like Padmavathi University and created reservations for women in education and employment, the TDP supremo observed.

The Backward Classes (BCs), who form 50 per cent of the population, could progress in politics only with the encouragement given by the TDP, Naidu said, adding that even a separate quota was extended to BCs in the administration and local bodies only by the TDP.

The quota for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) was increased and a separate welfare corporation for Minorities was created by the TDP to ensure that they progress well both economically and socially, the TDP supremo maintained.

“As NTR tried to uphold the dignity and self-respect among the Telugus I tried my best to increase the self-confidence among them,” Naidu said.

Declaring that the TDP will lead the movement to save the State from these psycho rulers, Naidu gave a call to the party leaders and activists to work hard to rebuild the State.

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Andhra politics heat up as Pawan Kalyan meets Chandrababu Naidu

Actor and Jana Sena Party (JSP) leader Pawan Kalyan met Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President N. Chandrababu Naidu in Hyderabad on Sunday.

The actor-politician called on the former chief minister at the latter’s residence in Jubilee Hills. The two leaders were discussing latest political developments in Andhra Pradesh and the possibility of the two parties working together on various issues.

They are likely to chalk out a joint action plan to fight against the recent order issued by the Jagan Mohan Reddy government prohibiting public meetings on roads.

The TDP chief was barred from conducting road shows and addressing meetings last week during his visit to his Assembly constituency Kuppam in Chittoor district.

The controversial Government Order (GO) was issued in the wake of December 28 stampede during Naidu’s road show at Kudukur in Nellore district that claimed eight lives.

The opposition parties have slammed the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government for the restrictions, calling it an attempt to muzzle the voice of opposition. All the opposition parties have demanded the government to immediately withdraw the GO.

Chandrababu Naidu and Pawan Kalyan are likely to discuss and evolve a joint strategy to counter the move by the Jagan government.

The two leaders are understood to have discussed the possibility of forming an alliance for the next year’s elections.

Pawan Kalyan is an ally of BJP and he is keen to bring TDP on board for a grand alliance against YSRCP.

This is the first meeting between the two leaders after Pawan Kalyan had called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November. The JSP leader had met Modi during the latter’s visit to Visakhapatnam.

This was Pawan Kalyan’s first meeting with Modi after 2014. After the meeting, he had expressed hope that this will bring good days for Andhra Pradesh in future.

Chandrababu Naidu had called on Pawan Kalyan in Vijayawada in October last year to express solidarity with him after the police had denied him permission to hold any meeting in Visakhapatnam. After the meeting, they had declared that they would strive to protect democracy in the state.

Naidu had said that he was pained at the way Pawan Kalyan was treated by the police in Visakhapatnam. Pawan Kalyan had thanked Naidu for the visit and said there was a need for all political parties and people’s organisations to come together and save democracy.

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