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TDP MLC Sunitha resigns, decides to join YCP

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TDP MLC Suneetha has resigned from her post and strongly criticised the Telugu Desam Party leadership. She has sent her resignation letter to the Chairman of the AP Legislative Council asking him for accepting her resignation letter. For several months now, Suneetha has distanced herself from the Opposition TDP and she is one among the TDP leaders who have been lured into the YCP fold. It may be recalled how Dokka Manikya Vara Prasad and other Dalit MLCs and leaders were won over by the ruling party with a clear plan to go forward with its agenda.

After sending her resignation letter, Pothula Suneetha came down heavily on the TDP leadership, saying that the main Opposition party has been working in violation of the spirit of the Amdedkar ideals. She asserted that the TDP has been failing to discharge its duties as a constructive opposition. Moreover, the TDP leadership is adopting anti-policies and obstructing the development being brought by the ruling YCP.

It is well known how while leaving the TDP, all the leaders are saying how they are getting attracted to the pro-Dalit and pro-people policies of the Jaganmohan Reddy regime. The YCP has been specifically targetting the SC, ST leaders under its Operation Aakarsh programme.

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BCs get prominence in TDP party rejig, Atchannaidu AP party chief

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In a major inter-party organisational rejig, TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu announced Kinjarapu Atchannaidu as the new TDP president for the Andhra Pradesh wing replacing Kala Venkata Rao.

The appointment of Atchannaidu as the new Andhra Pradesh TDP president has been endorsed by party leaders. L Ramana will continue as the Telangana TDP president. Ramana has been party president since the formation of Telangana State. Nandamuri Suhasini has been announced as the new party vice-president for Telangana.

Chandrababu Naidu also announced the setting up of a central party committee with 27 members and a politburo with 25 members. Nara Lokesh, son of Chandrababu Naidu, will continue as the TDP national general secretary along with Varla Ramaiah, Rammohan Naidu, Nimmala Ramanaidu, Beedha Ravichander, Kothakota Dayakar Reddy, Narasimhulu, Kambampati Rammohan Rao. Pratibha Bharati, Kashinath, Galla Aruna, Satyaprabha, Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy and M Nageshwar Rao have been announced as vice-presidents.

Naidu indicated that the party had selected hard-working talented leaders who have proved their mettle and passion for working for the people of Andhra Pradesh. In the party organisational rejig, Naidu has continued its long-standing policy of accommodating the backward and weaker sections of society in the internal party leadership positions.

The 25 member politburo will be lead by Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Ayyanna Patrudu, K E Krishnamurthi, Chinna Rajappa, Somireddy, Kala Srinivasulu, actor Nandamuri Balakrishna, Varla Ramaiah, Kala Venkat Rao, Nakka Anand Babu, Gorantla Butachiah Chowdhary, Bonda Uma, Farooq, Galla Jayadev, Reddiappagari Srinivas Reddy, Pithani Satyanarayana, Kollu Ravindra, Vangalapudi Anita, Gummadi Sandhya Rani among others.

Naidu revamped the party structure to counter the YSRCP government’s actions that reversed the decisions of the previous TDP government, besides making the party strong for the next assembly elections over three years away. Naidu indicated that the party had selected hard-working talented leaders who have proved their mettle and passion for working for the people of Andhra Pradesh.president

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‘A1 Jagan’ has no moral right to write letters to CJI: TDP

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Former Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu has strongly objected to AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy writing a letter to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) against the judges and courts, saying that it was like the devil quoting from the scriptures. He termed it as laughable that CM Jagan, who was A1 in 12 chargesheets of the CBI and 5 chargesheets of the ED wrote the letter to the CJI. It was unfortunate that on the one hand, the Chief Minister was making mockery of democracy and the Constitution and undermined the Rule of Law while, on the other hand, he was talking about violations of the same Constitution and democratic institutions. It was indeed an audacious and arrogant move on the part of Mr. Jagan Reddy to resort to mud-slinging on the judges directly. No prime accused in so many cases displayed such audacity to attack the courts in the past. This was undoubtedly a huge setback to the judiciary of the nation. In its affidavit, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has stated that the AP CM indulged in Rs. 43,000 Cr corruption.

Mr. Ramakrishnudu recalled that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had attached already over Rs. 4,000 worth property belonging to Mr. Jagan Reddy. A person facing such serious charges in the CBI and the ED had no moral right to comment on others. It was nothing but the misuse of power that the people had given the CM for the sake of rendering service for them but not for his selfish, personal interests. Jagan Reddy’s letter to the CJI would carry no weight considering his dubious track record of being an A1 in 16 chargesheets. The letter might be an attempt to browbeat the lower levels of judiciary at a time when the CM’s illegal assets cases were coming up for daily trials in the CBI Special Court. The courts had only issued stay orders on the AP Government’s GOs since they were in violation of the Constitution and the laws of the land.

Stating that Jagan Reddy began his rule with violations, Mr. Ramakrishnudu asked how it could be termed as wrong for the High Court to stay the CRDA Repeal decision for the sake of protecting the Constitutional rights of the farmers. The Amaravati farmers sacrificed over 34,000 acres for which the Government cannot shun it responsibility. It was also nothing wrong for the court to block the shifting of the Government officers when the decentralisation and CRDA Repeal Bills were still pending for final clearance.

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Rs 300 Cr worth ‘Rushikonda’ lands grabbed: TDP

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CM Jaganmohan Reddy is prime accused in CBI cases regarding his benami transactions during YSR regime. Now, Jagan in his capacity as CM is facing new allegations of benami deals. Latest is Vizag Baypark. TDP says Jagan has unveiled Quid Pro Quo-2 in Andhra Pradesh. Former Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said the Chief Minister has taken over Baypark in the guise of Hetero and Rs 300 Cr worth Rushikonda lands have fallen into the hands of Mr. Jagan Reddy through his benamis. The Government should explain and reveal the secrets behind the changing of hands of Baypark which was developed with Rs. 120 Cr. People in highest positions were behind the major shares in Baypark going to Hetero firm.

As per the TDP, Jagan Reddy’s benamis took over Kakinada SEZ only recently and now Vizag Baypark was also grabbed. While the TDP developed the tourism projects, now the CM was developing his own benami companies. All the benefits were being passed on to those who were co-accused in his cases in the past.

The TDP leader pointed out that Hetero was the co-accused in the first charge sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Jagan Reddy’s illegal assets cases. If Jagan Reddy and Vijay Sai Reddy were A1 and A2 in those sensational cases, Hetero and Aurobindo were A4 and A3. Hetero invested Rs. 19.50 Cr in Jagan Reddy’s companies in return for 75 acres allotted to Hetero in Jadcherla SEZ.

Mr. Ramakrishnudu said that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed cases against M. Srinivas Reddy, Director of Hetero. It has got varied companies like Hetero Drugs Ltd, Hetero Labs Ltd and Hetero Healthcare Ltd. Kakinada SEZ was allotted to A3 Aurobindo company now. A4 Hetero got hold of Vizag Baypark.

Mr. Ramakrishnudu said that CM Jagan Reddy resorted to Quid Pro Quo-1 in his father YSR regime during 2004-`09 and now unveiled Quid Pro Quo-2 during his present regime. Kakinada SEZ and Baypark benami transactions were part of Quid Pro Quo-2 only. High level probe should be conducted into these deals. The TDP would complain to the Central Government and it would expose Jagan Reddy’s Quid Pro Quo-2 shady transactions.

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Fear of cases behind Jagan’s Delhi tours, says TDP

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AP CM Jaganmohan Reddy visited Delhi and met with PM Modi. But, he has not addressed the press anywhere about the outcome of his visit. The TDP launched an attack on this now. Former Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said that AP CM was making frequent visits to Delhi out of fear of his illegal assets cases pending before the CBI Special Court. Jagan was literally scared of the impending prospects of having to appear before the court on a daily basis in the wake of the proposal for speedy disposal of cases against people’s representatives. It is well known that half of the 25 pending cases before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) were pertaining to Mr. Jagan Reddy.

Mr. Ramakrishnudu said that the YCP leaders were terrified of the High Court’s order for disposing of the cases against the elected leaders within 9 months. The secret meetings with Central leaders were only for selfish gains. Jagan Reddy was not able to hold joint press conferences with the Union Ministers. The AP CM was not telling the people what he asked and what the Centre has given. Even the YCP MPs were not holding any press conference to tell the people about the CM’s Delhi visit outcomes. The secrets behind the news leaks and formality sake press releases should be revealed to the people. They totally forgot about the pending promises in the Reorganisation Act. In just 17 months, Jagan Reddy made 10 trips to Delhi. The AP CM was only bothered about his future but not about the wellbeing of the people of the State.

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TDP Mahila committees formed for 25 LS constituencies

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Just a few days ago, the TDP announced its committees for all the 25 parliamentary constituencies. TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu has begun to focus on strengthening the party machinery with parliamentary segment as the unit. Till now, each district is taken as a unit. Even then, the new strategy of Naidu falls within the line of CM Jagan Reddy who has been bent on making each parliamentary segment into a district in the State.

Silently, the TDP has done its home work and changes its strategies much ahead of the YCP as far as the new districts are concerned. Now, Telugu Mahila has also formed its similar committees with LS segment as the unit.

Telugu Mahila State President Vangalapudi Antiha announced the new committees. The parliamentary segment wise women presidents and general secretaries announced by Ms Anitha are as follows:

Araku – Vantala Rajeswari and Gabbadi Santhi Kumar, Srikakulam – Tammineni Sujata and Asa Leela Rani, Vizianagaram – Suvvadi Vanajakshi and Anuradha Begum, Visakhapatnam – Sarvasiddhi Ananta Lakshmi and Gangirla Satyavati, Anakapalli – Adari Manjula and Ramanamma, Kakinada – Sunkara Pavani and Chapala Prashanti, Amalapuram – Pichcheti Vijaya Lakshmi and Adhikari Jaya Lakshmi, Rajahmundry – Male Vijaya Lakshmi and Deva Krupa, Narasapuram – Pasupuleti Ratna Mala and Tanuku Revati, Elur – Chintala Venkata Ramana and Unnamatla Sunitha, Machilipatnam – Talasila Swarna Latha and Pydimukkala Krishna Kumari, Vijayawada – Chennupati Usha Rani and Krishna Kumar, Guntur – Annabattuni Jayalakshmi and Rizwana, Narasaraopet – Dasari Udaya Sri and Gangineni Leelavathi, Bapatla – Chandolu Prithivi Latha and Pallam Sarojini, Ongole – Ravuri Padmaja and Aruna Reddy, Nandyal – Kammari Parvatamma and Bharati, Kurnool – Sk Mumtaz and Eediga Sukanya, Anantapuram – Musheera Begum and Priyanka, Hindupuram – Putturu Subbaratnamma and Rama Subbamma, Kadapa – Kranti Swetha Reddy and Kota Sridevi, Nellore – Panabaka Lakshmi and Kommali Vijayamma, Tirupati – Chakrala Usha and Mattam Sravani Reddy, Rajampeta – K Anasuya Devi and Adaveti Vijaya, and Chittoor – Karjala Aruna and Lakshmi Prasanna.

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TDP fact-finding team talks to Dalit judge brother Ramachandra

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S Ramachandra, the brother of S Ramakrishna, a junior civil judge under suspension, who was injured when some unknown persons attacked him at B Kothakota in Chittoor district on Tuesday said he was attacked by Kumar Reddy at the behest of Thamballapalle Constituency MLA Peddireddy Dwarakanatha Reddy.

Ramachandra said four unidentified people came in a black car when he was buying ‘Dragon fruits’ on the wayside at B Kothakota when some unidentified persons in a car asked the vendor to give way. When Ramachandra intervened and protested, the four unidentified persons thrashed him. On Tuesday, the TDP fact-finding team constituted to find out complete details on the attack on Ramachandra met in Chittoor. Ramachandra gave a detailed sequence of events that unfolded on the day he was attacked.

The police on Monday arrested one P, Prathap Reddy, for allegedly attacking Ramachandra. Superintendent of Police S Senthil Kumar told the media that there was no political motive behind the attack. Ramachandra, however, stated that he has no clue who Prathap Reddy is.

Earlier, a Dalit magistrate, S Ramakrishna from Chittoor alleged that he was physically assaulted by YSRCP men, who were aides of Minister of Mines and Minerals Peddi Ramachandra Reddy. He claims this was over a row with his former colleague Justice C V Nagarjuna Reddy, who is presently the chairperson of Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission.

Some men picked a fight with Ramakrishna at his residence in B Kothakota when he questioned the men while they were allegedly stealing his bricks, which he had stocked next to his residence for construction. Subsequently, Ramakrishna called the police. However, by the time police reached, the accused had fled.

The junior judge then approached B Kothakota police station to file a complaint about the attack.

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TDP defends Purandeswari, calls Vijayasai a jailbird

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The TDP leaders do not usually support Daggubati Purandeswari, considering the long-standing differences between Mr Chandrababu Naidu and his co-brother-in-law Daggubati Venkateswara Rao. It is well known how Purandeswari had to join the Congress party and later the BJP for shaping her political career. Now, after getting the national general secretary post in BJP, Purandeswari has spoken in strong defence of Amaravati Capital.

Quite surprisingly, YCP MP Vijayasai Reddy has made caste allegations against Purandeswari for supporting the Amaravati project after she took over as BJP top post. The YCP leaders were targeting Purandeswari despite her having strong influence in the BJP national circles.

In the face of this, the TDP came in defence of Purandeswari and launched a scathing attack on Vijayasai Reddy. Former Minister Ayyanna Patrudu said that the NTR family was like a Tulsi garden while the YCP MP was a Ganja plant in a Ganja garden. Everybody knows the illegal assets cases and how Vijayasai Reddy has been condemned as a jailbird.

Ayyanna Patrudu told Vijayasai not to speak with arrogance and attitude as the day is not far off when he would have to pay a heavy price for his illegal activities.

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Kodali Nani encouraged by Sajjala to comment on PM: TDP

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Has PMO taken a serious view of Kodali Nani’s remarks? TDP leader Varla Ramaiah’s statements are confirming this. He has strongly objected to the highly objectionable comments made by YSRCP Minister Kodali Sri Venkateswara Rao (Kodali Nani) on Prime Minister Narendra Modi with regard to holding puja in temples.

Mr. Ramaiah accused Jagan Reddy Government’s Advisor Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy of encouraging Kodali Nani to pass such distasteful comments against none other than the Prime Minister.

The TDP senior leader asserted that naturally, the top leadership of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took very serious view of the AP Minister’s outbursts that dragged Modi’s name into the needless controversy on the presentation of sacred silken robes at Tirumala temple.

Mr. Ramaiah said that after allowing the Minister to speak mindlessly, the YSRCP leadership was now trying to defend him by saying that Kodali Nani was not an educated person and that his comments were made out of lack of awareness of propriety and decorum. Now, the YCP leaders were pleading with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to excuse the AP Minister taking pity for his innocent remarks.

It may be recalled that a controversy has been raging over AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy presenting sacred silken robes to the deity at Tirumala temple alone. The Sadhus, Hindu organisations and the TDP have been demanding the CM to present the robes along with his spouse. But, Mr. Jagan Reddy has defiantly ignored these demands.

At this juncture, Kodali Nani has told the BJP leaders to first ask their Prime Minister to bring his spouse while visiting temples. Nani had also asked why PM Modi did not take his spouse for puja at Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

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Atchannaidu appointed as TDP president (AP wing)

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TDP MLA and former Labor Minister Atchannaidu, who was tested positive for Covid-19 and harassed by the ruling YSRCP government, has been appointed as the president of Telugu Desam Party (AP wing).

Atchannaidu elevation is a clear indication that former chief minister and TDP national president Chandrababu Naidu has recognized the Srikakulam strongman’s loyalty and experience.

Atchannaidu will replace Kala Venkata Rao as the new TDP president (AP wing). Several TDP leaders have endorsed Atchannaidu as the party president of AP, in place of Kala Venkat Rao, who reportedly offered to step down after the party’s debacle in the last elections. Atchannaidu was chosen as the party president as he is known for his aggressive posture against the YSRCP and had been vocal about several issues. The Srikakulam strongman hails from Backward Caste, one of the key factors for his choice. His elevation is expected to consolidate the BC vote bank.

Naidu strongly backed Atchannaidu when he was arrested in the alleged ESI scam. In an act of political vendetta, the YSRCP government ordered an ACB probe into the alleged irregularities in the purchase of equipment, medicines, and other items in the Directorate of Insurance and Medical Services between 2014 and 2019.
The senior TDP leader was arrested in Srikakulam on June 12. The CB sleuths went to the senior TDP leader’s residence at Tekkali in Srikakulam district and arrested him an early morning swoop down. At the time of arrest, the TDP leader had undergone surgery for piles. Yet, the TDP leader was taken by road from Srikakulam to Guntur, more than 400 kms and nearly 10 hours of journey. He was shifted to Guntur GGH on health grounds and discharged after second piles surgery on July 1. Following an interim order of the High Court on July 8, he was shifted to Ramesh Hospitals the same day. Later, he was tested positive for Covid-19.
Meanwhile, Kala Venkat Rao had been with the TDP since 1983 although he had a brief stint with the Praja Rajyam Party. Kala Venkat Rao held key portfolios such as Home, Municipal Administration, and Commercial Taxes. He was also a Rajya Sabha member and Chairman of the TTD.

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Vizag South MLA to leave TDP and join YSRCP

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Visakhapatnam South MLA Vasupalli Ganesh Kumar has distanced himself from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) activities for quite some time. Now, time has come for him to announce his decision to leave the TDP and join the ruling YSRCP. Reports say that the TDP MLA will join YSRCP in the presence of Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy. They may not officially announce his joining considering the legislative complications in the Assembly.

Like other TDP MLAs, Ganesh Kumar would also meet Jagan Reddy and make some comments against the Chandrababu Naidu leadership. He would not be wearing any YSRCP flag just like Vallabhaneni Vamsi, Maddali Giri and Karanam Balaram who already shifted loyalties to the YSRCP.

For a long time now, CM Jagan has been making all out efforts to attract most TDP MLAs and leaders in Visakhapatnam and North Andhra districts. The ruling party has even tried to woo the Kinjarapu Yerrannaidu family which is known for its long-standing bond with the TDP. It was only because of this that K. Atchannaidu was made to face a lot of political harassment.

The Chief Minister’s special focus on North Andhra was evident from how he has been making futuristic plans for making Visakhapatnam the Capital of his political empire. It is well known Jagan Reddy has been saying he will be in rule for the next 30 to 35 years in Andhra Pradesh. Already, Vijayasai Reddy has taken a firm grip on North Andhra districts even though there are Deputy Chief Minister and senior Ministers like Botsa Satyanarayana.

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Jagan Reddy vote share eroded by 16%: TDP’s latest attack

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The Telugu Desam Party has started a new information campaign that the YSRCP Government is paying a heavy penalty now for its continuing attacks and atrocities on the weaker sections and backward classes people in villages and towns all over Andhra Pradesh ever since coming to power in 2019 elections. The TDP says that in the last 16 months of its oppressive regime, the ruling YSRCP has lost support of 16 per cent voters. The BC, SC, ST and Minorities have distanced themselves from the ruling party unable to bear its misrule.

The TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu told the party leaders that the poorer sections were disenchanted and distanced from Jagan Reddy party. They were facing severe hardships because of the unbearable burdens from tax hikes and loss of livelihoods. Current charges were increased three times. Sand and cement rates increased heavily which created a big crisis. Liquor prices were increased by 300 per cent. Water cess and registration charges were also hiked. In just a short time, over Rs. 50,000 Cr worth taxe burdens were placed on the people.

In the recent few weeks, the TDP has been challenging again and again that Jagan Reddy should seek fresh mandate on his U-turns on his countless promises especially Amaravati Capital City. Amid the Parliament session and a lot of heat on AP politics, the TDP is taking its fight a step ahead saying that there is an erosion of 16 per cent vote share in YCP vote bank.

In 2019, YCP got 50 per cent vote share as against 40 per cent of TDP. It is clear how the TDP chief is making it obvious that their party has come into a winning position. Indeed, a bold challenge to the YSRCP.

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After TDP, it’s BJP leaders’ turn to taste Police travel treatment

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Everybody has seen how the AP Police have forced the arrested TDP leaders to travel in police vans for long, long distances as a unique kind of punishment. In the name of investigation, Atchannaidu was made to travel for over 700 kms even though he was recovering from surgery. Now, a similar kind of treatment is being given to the BJP leaders. The same BJP leaders, who watched as silent spectators previously, are now expressing serious dissent against the ruling YCP attitude.

The latest victim is BJP senior leader Vishnu Vardhan Reddy, who is one of those leaders to speak softly towards Jagan Reddy regime now and then. But now, Vishnu Vardhan Reddy has been placed under preventive arrest. Not stopping at that, he was taken around in police vans for over 350 kms throughout the night.

Vishnu Vardhan’s only crime was that he reached Amalapuram as part of BJP AP President Somu Veerraju’s call for ‘Chalo Amalapuram’ to register protest against Antarvedi chariot burning. VV Reddy expressed concern that the police were not even telling where he was being taken and where he was being detained. He said that he was seeing the arrests of dissenting opposition leaders only under the Jagan Reddy Government.

The BJP leader has asked whether CM Jagan and AP Police have written for themselves a separate Constitution to suppress the rights of the people of the State.

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TDP gives protest call outside temples

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The TDP on Saturday called on party leaders and activists to protest at various temples on each day for a week against the attacks on Hindu temples.

Former MLA from Vijayawada central constituency called on party leaders and activists to launch protest in front of Suryadevelayam (Sun God temples) on Sunday, Shiva temples on Monday, Anjaneyaswamy temples on Tuesday, Aiyappa temples on Wednesday, Saibaba temples on Thursday, Ammavaridevastanam on Friday, Vishunu temples on Saturday.

He called on the party supporters to gather outside the temples for a week to make this protest demonstration against the ruling YSRCP government a grand success.

“It is our duty to protect the Hindu temples. Many incidents have happened in the last one year of YSRCP party coming to power,” Bonda Uma said.

The protest call comes in the wake of the fire mishap at Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple on Antarvedi in East Godavari district in which a 60-year-old wooden chariot was burnt to ashes.

The Andhra Pradesh government, however, warned that if devotees are disturbed or caused any discomfort, strict action will be taken against the protesters. “I am warning TDP leaders if there is any disturbance to peace and security at any temple, we will not spare them,” AP Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivas Rao said.

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Former TDP MLA joins YSRCP

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Former TDP MLA Panchakarla Ramesh Babu joined the YSRCP on Friday.

He joined the party in the presence of Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy at the CM camp office in Tadepalli.

Ramesh Babu had resigned from the TDP some time back.

YSRCP Rajya Sabha MP Vijayasai Reddy and endowments minister Vellampalli Srinivas were also present.

Rajya Sabha member Vijayasai Reddy played a key role in Ramesh Babu joining the YSRCP.

Rsmesh Babu was first elected as MLA of Pendurthi on Praja Rajyam Party of Chiranjeevi which later merged with the Congress Party. Ramesh Babu later joined the TDP and won from the Yalamchili Assembly constituency in 2014.

After joining the YSRCP, the former TDP leader hailed Jgan Mohan Reddy over the creation of three capitals, especially Visakha as the executive capital of the state.

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TDP or YSRCP or BJP, which is on ventilator support?

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It is not unusual to dismiss a political party as something on a deathbed in the first two to three years after an election defeat. The same is happening with the Telugu Desam Party now. CM Jaganmohan Reddy’s strong arm and aggressive attacks are creating an impression that the very existence of TDP is under threat. Coupled with this, the ruling BJP at the Centre is extending indirect support. There is no doubt that it is going to be the test of his lifetime for Chandrababu Naidu.

At the same time, it has become a routine for some critics to say that Naidu is ageing while his son Lokesh has no leadership skills. They are not however explaining what sort of skills that Lokesh is lacking in. Some others are saying that currently Andhra Pradesh is suffering from a political vacuum. Within just 15 months of coming to power, CM Jagan Reddy has attracted some attention with his welfare schemes but has failed to raise hopes on the development front. There are also allegations about a multiplicity of corruption scams. Jagan Reddy’s multiple capitals have also triggered widespread criticism. Already, the Opposition is challenging the CM to resign and seek a fresh mandate on his 3 Capitals plan.

Analysts say that no political party is gaining the confidence of the vast majority of the population as of now in AP. There is no election round the corner right now. Yet, many are talking about the future of different political parties. The BJP, which got less than 1 per cent vote share, has ruled itself out from the power race by ignoring Special Status and Capital issues. The TDP is facing a big threat from CM Jagan. At the same time, the YCP is facing unprecedented criticism on social media which is an indication of rising disappointment about its policies especially on liquor and sand.

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DGP writing counter letters instead of taking action?

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TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu”s letter to PM Modi on phone tapping triggered a major controversy. Later, AP DGP wrote a letter to Naidu asking for evidence. Now, it is for Naidu to issue a counter. The TDP simply asked how the DGP could ask for evidence instead of initiating action to check facts. Mr. Naidu had made allegations of phone tapping by the ruling party to monitor movements of Opposition, advocates, journalists and social activists in the State.

Mr. Naidu termed it as laughable that instead of initiating action to verify facts, the DGP wrote a counter letter seeking evidence. He said that he had written many letters and submitted memorandam on false cases filed against TDP leaders in the past, but the DGP never cared to respond. Mr. Naidu had written his letter to the Prime Minister but the AP DGP wrote his reply. Naidu said it was now the bounden duty of the DGP to clarify what action he had taken against the culprits responsible for the attacks and false cases against TDP leaders.

Mr. Naidu asked why the DGP maintained a silence when he was obstructed during his visit to Visakhapatnam. First, permission was given for the Vizag visit but finally, hurdles were created.

The TDP chief said that even when he was going to visit Atmakur, the front gates of his residential building were tied with ropes to prevent him from coming out of his house. The DGP’s actions created such an action wherein he had to stand and read the law before the court. From the beginning, it was a habit of the ruling YSRCP leaders. In the past, they had tapped the phones of CBI former joint director VV Lakshminarayana. Now, even the phones of the doctors were being tapped. Eventually, the front line warriors were afraid of lifting phone calls of even their patients for fear of receiving threats. The doctors were not hesitating to come forward to give treatment to the Covid patient out of fear of harassment from the ruling party.

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TDP state-wide protests against Govt Covid ‘negligence’

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The Telugu Desam Party leaders and cadres duly followed Coronavirus guidelines and physical distance while taking part in the ongoing state-wide agitation on Friday. They protested against the lack of proper facilities at the Covid isolation centres opened by the government in the state. In response to a call by former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the TDP’s incharges, people’s representatives, senior leaders and cadres observed the protests on the third day today. The agitators held digital placards demanding the YSRCP government to give up its negligent attitude and come to the rescue of the people.

The leaders observed these protests from their respective residences in all 25 parliamentary constituencies consisting of 175 assembly segments. An awareness drive was also launched on social media against the Government’s ‘failures’ to provide timely and adequate medical care to the Coronavirus patients.

The TDP leaders urged the government to rescue the poor families by providing Rs. 5,000 Covid cash assistance without wasting further time. The poor workers were suffering greatly due to loss of work opportunities and rising prices. The construction workers, coolies, weavers, tailors, artisans and unorganised workers were in deep distress ever since the outbreak. The journalists and media persons should be included in the list of frontline warriors to extend the respective benefits on a par with doctors, medical staff and police. At least Rs. 10 ex gratia should be extended to the kin of the victims of the virus attack.

The other demands of the TDP included supply of required oxygen and medicines to the patients at the government Covid isolation treatment centres. The problem of shortage of doctors and medical staff should also be resolved. Proper ambulance services should be provided to the needy patients. Proper, eatable food should be provided at the quarantine centres. The quality of drinking water and sanitation would have to be enhanced. The government promise should be fulfilled by giving Rs. 2,000 to each patient upon discharge from the isolation centres.

Stating that frontline workers were risking their lives, the TDP said at least Rs. 50 lakh ex gratia should be paid to each family towards the death doctors, nurses, medical staff, police, sanitation staff and others in the line of duty.

Alarmingly, Andhra Pradesh was standing first in the entire country in the daily death toll and in third place in active Coronavirus cases. The state was standing in the lowest place in recovery rate. It was unfortunate that uneatable burnt chapatis, dried up idlis, watery sambar and stench smelling curries were being provided at the treatment centres. While the TDP regime provided delicious food at just Rs. 5 at Anna Canteens, the YSRCP government was providing tasteless food but collecting Rs. 500 from the Covid patients. The bed strength at the hospitals should be increased.

The Opposition leaders held placards demanding a roll back of the hike in prices of petrol and diesel. The increased current charges should be withdrawn in view of the steep fall in incomes of the general public. The liquor shops should be closed immediately considering the greater danger of infections from the unchecked crowds.

Meanwhile, TDP AP President K Kala Venkatrao said Coronavirus treatment and relief were apparently not in the government’s priority list which was why virus prevention measures took a back seat from the beginning. Till now, total Coronavirus cases reached 64,713 in the state and 823 persons lots their lives due to infection. It was disturbing that Andhra Pradesh crossed 50,000 cases in short time and stood in fifth place in the country. Even in Corona tests, inordinate delay was being caused which was leading to faster spread of the disease.

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TDP announces Rs. 2 lakh for Dalit minor girl

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The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has announced Rs. 2 lakh financial assistance for the Dalit minor girl who fell victim to kidnap and gang-rape in Rajahmundry.

TDP National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has promised to adopt the 16-year-old girl and give her good education on behalf of the party. The TDP fact-finding committee consisting of former Ministers and MLAs has returned after a visit to the town and submitted its report to the party chief. The committee called on the girl’s family and conveyed their solidarity.

Mr. Naidu was moved when the leaders narrated to him about the deteriorated condition of the innocent girl. He immediately announced the Rs. 2 lakh cash assistance. As the girl has studied up to 10th class, the TDP chief announced that their party would take care of her future education. There was a strong need to create confidence in the girl.

Mr. Naidu asked the party leaders to strongly agitate against such atrocities and assure the victims that the TDP would stand like a rock of support to them in their hour of need. The society has a responsibility to mould the hapless girl into a dutiful citizen who would carry on her fight against such injustices.

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CM Jagan blackmailing all BC castes’ leaders, says TDP

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Telugu Desam Party MLA Nimmala Ramanaidu has alleged that the backward classes leaders belonging to Velama, Yadava, Fishermen, Koppula Velama and other castes came under severe attack under the Jagan Reddy oppressive regime. All the 139 BC castes were now unsafe and insecure because of the unchecked suppression of their leadership at every level. If any of these castes do not surrender to the YCP, they were being put to severe harassment and punishments.

The TDP leader said the BC leaders, who have not a single case against them prior to 2019, were now being harassed with false cases and arrests. Atchannaidu, a Velama by caste, was facing a witch-hunt from Jagan regime just because he was not surrendering to the ruling party. Kollu Ravindra, a Fisherman by caste, served as a former Minister having no case against him. But he was being harassed with false charges in a murder case.

Mr. Ramanaidu described Yanamala Ramakrishnudu as a prominent Yadava leader who served the state in different capacities and for a long time as the Finance Minister. Such a senior leader was now implicated in an SC, ST atrocities case just for attending and blessing a couple at their marriage function. Ayyanna Pathrudu, a Koppula Velama by caste, was known for his spotless political career for over 40 years. He was implicated in an unlikely Nirbhaya case.

Stating that Jagan Reddy’s blackmail politics were endless, Mr. Ramanaidu said that former minister Pithani Satyanarayana, a Setti Balija by caste, was being targetted now just because he was no succumbing to the YCP political pressures. Pithani was a senior leader with a good track record coming from YSR and Rosaiah period itself. Now, Jagan regime was harassing Pithani in order to separate him from TDP so as to reduce the Opposition party’s influence among the Setti Balija community. Even now, 80 per cent of this community were supporting the TDP which was major reason for YCP’s latest offensives against Pithani.

The TDP legislator flayed the YCP for ‘pursuing bankrupt politics’ going by how the ruling party was attacking businesses of TDP leaders so as to blackmail and lure them. One TDP MLA was punished with cancellation of industrial incentives but immediately after joining the YCP, the MLA was given Rs. 8 Cr funds under the incentives programme.

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