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TDP, Jana Sena slam YSRCP over Amalapuram violence

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national president N. Chandrababu Naidu and Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan have slammed YSR Congress Party government for blaming their parties for Tuesday’s violence in Amalapuram town.

Naidu described as unfortunate the violence that rocked an otherwise peaceful Konaseema region.

The former chief minister called upon the peace-loving people of Konaseema to maintain calm and tranquility in this critical time.

Dozens of people, including police personnel, were injured and houses of state minister P. Viswaroop and MLA Satish set afire when the protest over the proposal to rename Konaseema district as Dr B.R. Ambedkar Konaseema district turned violent.

The TDP chief strongly condemned the manner in which the TDP was being blamed for the apparent failures of the government.

He said it was wrong on the part of the home minister T. Anita to make baseless allegations on a sensitive issue.

Naidu asserted that the Government and the police were totally responsible for the latest tensions in the peaceful Konaseema region. All sections of people should cooperate till normalcy is restored in the trouble-hit area, he said.

Actor politician Pawan Kalyan also condemned the violence in Amalapuram.

The Jana Sena leader appealed to all to exercise restrain and work for maintaining peace.

He condemned the home minister’s statement blaming Jana Sena. “Who sowed the seeds for this tense situation is known to people of the district but the entire state,” he said.

Pawan Kalyan said it was not proper to blame Jana Sena for the failures of YSRCP government.

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TDP gears up for annual conclave ‘Mahanadu’ at Ongole

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Andhra Pradesh’s main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is gearing up to hold its ‘Mahandu’ or annual conclave near Ongole on May 27 and 28 with the party chief N. Chandrababu Naidu exhorting party cadres to be ready for early elections.

The party on Wednesday began preparations for the event on 80 acres of land at Manduvari Palem on the outskirts of Ongole town of Prakasam district.

It decided to organise ‘Mahanadu’ outside Ongole after the state government denied permission for conducting the event in Ongole mini-stadium.

The TDP alleged that the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government deliberately delayed the allotment of the mini-stadium for holding ‘Mahanadu’ and finally rejected permission.

‘Mahanadu’ is organised every year in May, coinciding with the birth anniversary of party founder and former chief minister N. T. Rama Rao.

During the two-day deliberations, the party discusses the political situation and passes resolutions on a host of issues.

The annual conclave this year will focus on the prevailing ‘anarchic’ situation in Andhra Pradesh and its future.

TDP national president and former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu has asked the organising committees to focus on novelty and the party ideological commitments during the two-day event.

Over 5,000 delegates are expected to attend ‘Mahanadu’, which is being held in Ongole for the second time. The town had last hosted the event 15 years ago.

At the ‘Mahanadu’, Naidu is expected to urge the party cadres to be ready to face the elections whenever they are held.

He had called upon the party cadre on Tuesday to get ready for ‘early polls’ if announced ahead of the 2024 general elections.

“Advance elections are likely in the state ahead of 2024. Cadres and leaders should be prepared for this. We should get ready to face any challenge,” he said during a teleconference with party leaders.

The TDP chief said all sections of people were facing severe problems under the Jagan Reddy regime. In a difficult situation like this, they were looking at the TDP as a symbol of hope and a chance for their future.

Naidu said that a strong anti-government wave was sweeping all over against the YSRCP regime. The people were giving a warm reception to the TDP leaders during the ‘Badude Badudu’ campaign against increased taxes. On the other hand, the government faced public anger during its ‘Gadapa Gadapaku’ programme.

Chandrababu Naidu pointed out that the general public were coming forward and eagerly narrating their hardships to the TDP leaders. This was a clear indication of the huge anti-government sentiment. The TDP re-emerged as a pillar of assurance for the future of the state, he said.

The TDP chief shared his experiences and huge response during his visits to the districts as part of ‘Badude Badudu’ campaign. The unpopularity of the YSRCP rule was evident among all sections and in all regions of the state. The Jagan regime is facing a very severe resentment, he added.

Naidu asserted that the TDP leaders at all levels should move closer to the people. The TDP cadres and leaders should be prepared to meet any challenge.

Chandrababu Naidu held a meeting with party mandal and village committees to review ‘Badude Badudu’, party membership drive, voter verification and ‘Mahanadu’ arrangements. He asked the party leaders to visit every household in their areas. All sections were welcoming the TDP leaders and pouring out their woes because of the wrong policies in the past three years.

The TDP completed its 40 years in March this year. It was on March 29, 1982 that N. T. Rama Rao, a popular Telugu actor, formed the TDP on the slogan of Telugu self-respect.

NTR, as he was popularly called, created a record of sorts by coming to power within nine months of forming the party.

He died in January 1996, a few months after his son-in-law Chandrababu Naidu led a revolt against him to become the chief minister of then undivided Andhra Pradesh. Naidu led TDP to power in 1999 and remained chief minister till 2004, when Congress wrested the power.

After bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, TDP formed the first government in the residuary state. In 2019, the party lost power to YSRCP led by Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.

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TDP to hold its Mahanadu in Prakasam district

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The opposition TDP has finally settled down to hold its annual conclave – Mahanadu – in Prakasam district. The party initially planned to hold the event in Ongole town. But as the government refused to give the mini-stadium for the event, the party had moved to Manduvavaripalem village near Ongole town.

Party chief Chandrababu Naidu had formed several committees to monitor the arrangements and organise events for two days from May 27, marking the birthday of party founder late N T Rama Rao. The party would hold deliberations on the national and regional politics and formulate its strategy to come back to power.

The TDP had been working hard with Chandrababu Naidu touring the state on one side and his son Lokesh moving around on the other. Both the father and the son or rather the president and the general secretary, are in the midst of the people round the clock.

Chandrababu Naidu in his early 70s is not resting his foot with the prime objective of wresting power from the YSR Congress. He is leaving no stone unturned to defeat Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy in the next election. In fact, he is uncomfortable to sit in the opposition, though it was not the first time for him to be in the opposition.

He is also getting ready for any sort of sacrifice to forge alliances with other parties. He is in constant touch with Jana Sena, which is currently in alliance with the BJP. Though he is trying to forge an alliance with the BJP, the leaders are unwilling for alliance with the TDP anymore. They feel that Chandrababu Naidu is the most undependable politician.

The party is likely to discuss the alliances for the 2024 election at Mahanadu. The party is also likely to give a call to the non-YSR Congress parties in the state to come together to defeat Jagan Mohan Reddy.

The Mahanadu is likely to come up with statements on the state financial position, the law and order and the failure of Jagan government, besides other issues.

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Jana Sena office looks deserted while YCP, TDP offices are crowded

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Though elections are two years away and there are no signs of AP going for early polls, the offices of the ruling YSR Congress and the opposition TDP are crowded these days. The party leaders and the folks are reaching the party offices in large numbers every day making them crowded.

Ruling party supremo and chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is touring the districts and addressing public meetings. He had also activated the rank and file after the cabinet rejig. The party is holding a mass contact programme with MLAs and other elected leaders visiting every house in the state.

On its part, the opposition TDP too had started its mass contact programme, with its chief Chandrababu Naidu touring the districts. Naidu’s son and former minister Nara Lokesh too is on his tours across the state.

While these two parties are busy with one activity or the other, their offices at Mangalagiri are almost crowded with the leaders visiting them day in and day out. The YSR Congress office at Tadepalli and the TDP office at Mangalagiri project as if it is the election season. The aspirants are flocking on the party offices with an eye on the next election.

Surprisingly, the Jana Sena headquarters, which is located a couple of kilometres from the TDP and YCP offices, looks deserted. There is not much activity in the Jana Sena office at Mangalagiri. Party chief Pawan Kalyan is busy with his film shootings and did not visit the party office in the recent past.

Senior leader Nadendl Manohar is also not available to the party ranks at the Mangalagiri office. With the supremo and the number two leader unavailable, the party office wore a deserted look. Quite interestingly, the party’s lone MLA Rapaka Varaparasada Rao never visited the party office after his election.

Though there are a couple of dozens of elected representatives for the party from the local bodies, not any of them visit the party headquarters at Mangalagiri. The office gets activated only when Pawan Kalyan arrives and it has been so long that he had turned up in the recent past.

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Lokesh decries ‘cover-up’ of Proddatur gang-rape

TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh asked why ‘neither gun nor Jagan’ came to rescue when a Dalit girl was gang-raped and impregnated at Proddatur in the Chief Minister’s own native Kadapa district.

Lokesh called it ‘inhuman’ on the part of the police to cover up the molestation cum impregnation case. The woman police wing brought the gang-rape to light and tried to do justice to the victim girl but it all went in vain.

Lokesh demanded the Government to explain why the police officials did not immediately register the case. Instead of making efforts to nab the culprits, they made efforts to hush up the gang-rape. They silently shifted the girl to a private home in violation of the rules.

Lokesh recalled how crores of public money were spent on advertisements in the media to lift up Jagan Reddy image. They campaigned extensively that Jagan would come before the gun to rescue victims of atrocities. But now, neither gun nor Jagan arrived to prevent the Proddatur atrocity.

Lokesh said the offenders had molested and made a teenage girl pregnant. The YSRCP Ministers should answer why they failed to do justice to her. Was it correct on the part of Jagan rule to protect the accused? The Chief Minister had no right to talk about women safety any more.

The TDP MLC said that it had become a habit for the Government and the police to protect the culprits even in the most heinous of atrocities. Victims were being further victimised while the offenders were being protected under Jagan Reddy’s reverse rule.

Lokesh expressed concern that the Government was not taking any corrective measures to rescue women. The gangsters were taking drugs and drinking J-brands of liquor. They were committing non-stop atrocities. There was no safety at all to girls and women who were facing atrocities on a daily basis in some place or other.

The TDP MLC termed it as ironical that the woman home minister was not able to do anything to check the rate of atrocities on women. Jagan Reddy was preferring women as the home ministers but not showing any interest in woman safety.

The CM should realise that atrocities would come down only when deterrent punishment would be given to the culprits. A molestation accused took his own life fearing stringent punishment under the Chandrababu rule.

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Narayana gets bail, TDP chief heaves sigh of relief

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Former minister P Narayana was granted bail by the Chittoor district court at midnight on Tuesday. After his arrest in Hyderabad, the former minister was taken to Chittoor where he was produced before the magistrate in the early hours on Wednesday after a health check-up in the government general hospital.

The advocates of Narayana told the magistrate that the former minister had resigned as chairman of the Narayana Institutions in 2014. They also produced the related documents before the magistrate.

The magistrate accepted the documents and granted bail. The magistrate asked Narayana to submit two sureties of Rs 1 lakh each before May 18.

TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu had rushed his advocates to Chittoor and monitored the shifting of Narayana to the hospital and then to the magistrate’s house in the early hours. Quite interestingly, Naidu was in constant contact with the advocates even after he was granted bail.

Narayana was accused in the SSC question paper leakage in Chittoor on April 27, along with 60 teachers including those from the government schools and the Narayana schools.

Minister Bosta Satyanarayana alleged that some government teachers and those from Narayana schools have conspired to defame the government and leaked the question paper during the examination. The question paper was sent outside using the mobile phones only to create some confusion among the students and the parents.

Bosta Satyanarayana accused the TDP leaders of political conspiracy behind the question paper leakage. “It was not leaked, but the question paper was sent out after one and half hours of the examination. When the students were writing the exam, the question paper was sent out only to cause damage to the government and disturb the students,” Bosta told media persons when the question paper was found in the mobiles.

The CID sleuths after investigation found that Narayana had directed his school teachers to indulge in the question paper leakage. The police have so far arrested 60 teachers of both government and Narayana schools.

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Ex-Minister Narayana arrested by AP police

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The AP police have arrested former TDP minister P Narayana and his wife Ramadevi in Hyderabad on Tuesday. They are being brought to Andhra Pradesh in their personal vehicle and would be taken to Chittoor.

They were arrested in a case of Class X question paper leakage reported in Chittoor on April 29. The police have already arrested some teachers from the Narayana Group of schools besides some from the government schools. They are accused of taking photos of the question paper from the examination halls and sending them outside using their mobile phones.

After this incident, the government had declared all examination centres in the state as no mobile zones and had directed the teachers and officials not to carry their mobile phones either into the examination halls or the examination centres.

The state government alleged conspiracy by the Narayana Group of Institutions in leaking the question paper after the examination started. Narayana was a minister in the TDP government between 2014 and 2019. He was instrumental as municipal administration minister in land pooling in Amaravati villages for the capital city.

He lost the election from Nellore in 2019 and has been inactive since then. However, with his connections with the opposition TDP, he is accused of conspiring to defame the present YSR Congress government by leaking the question papers.

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CM relatives extorting public in Pulivendula, says Lokesh

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TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh on Monday asked Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy to explain how the initial suicide theory turned into rape in the Tejaswini case.

Lokesh said that all possible efforts were being made to protect the YSRCP culprits who were responsible for the ‘rape and murder’ of pharmacy student Tejaswini at Gorantla in Sri Satya Sai district.

Lokesh recalled how the local DSP wasted no time to announce it as a ‘suicide’ even before the post mortem report arrived. Did the DSP do that only to see joy in the eyes of the CM and YCP leaders?

Lokesh said that the Chief Minister and his Ministers should at least open their eyes and realise that the TDP’s so-called noise was not meaningless. Would the CM respond in the same indifferent way if their children became victims of a similar crime?

Lokesh asked how the DSP concerned could make a hasty announcement when Tejaswini’s parents were clearly saying that their daughter was raped and then killed. No doubt, the suicide theory was aimed at rescuing the YSRCP ‘Dandupalyam gang’ from punishment.

The TDP MLC expressed concern that while Jagan Reddy was looting the public through the sand and liquor mafia, his own relatives were competing with him by carrying out extortions in Pulivendula. Jagan close relative Y.S. Konda Reddy tried to extort huge money from a construction company which was carrying out development works in the CM’s own segment.

Lokesh said the common public should guess what would be the situation in other parts of the State when the Chief Minister’s own assembly constituency witnessed threats and extortion by his own relatives. At least now, the Government should take serious action against the gangsters and fraudsters who were looting the general public.

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Will Pawan speak on alliance with TDP on May 8?

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Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan had given a call to all the opposition parties in AP to forge an alliance and keep the anti-government vote undivided. He made this call at the party’s formation day public meeting held in Mangalagiri last month.

As if it was a response, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu too made a similar call at his Visakhapatnam meeting, the other day. He wanted the entire opposition to fight against the government and defeat the YSR Congress in the next general election.

The TDP chief said he is ready to shoulder leading all the opposition parties with one cause of defeating Jagan. Surprisingly, the number two man in Jana Sena, Nadendla Manohar responded to the TDP chief’s statement on Friday.

Nadendla Manohar told the media persons that Pawan Kalyan would be addressing a public meeting in Kurnool district on May 8. He said that Pawan Kalyan is likely to respond to the statement of the TDP chief for the opposition parties.

While it is not known whether Pawan Kalyan would respond at this point of time or not, what makes everyone in AP is to see whether the BJP would accept the alliance with TDP once again. The BJP is already in alliance with the Jana Sena and is projecting Pawan Kalyan as its chief ministerial candidate.

It is also to be seen if Chandrababu Naidu had severed his ties with the Congress or not. He had forged an alliance with the Congress in the 2019 elections. While he contested together with the Congress in Telangana, he remained silent in Andhra Pradesh elections.

As far as the two Left parties are concerned, it is clear that they would accept an alliance with the TDP if there is no BJP in the alliance. The Left parties are ready to accept the Congress as alliance partner but not the BJP.

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TDP, Jana Sena joint strategy works positive!

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The TDP and Jana Sena understanding works positive for both the parties. It was clear and proved in the last local body elections. It was once again proved in the election of a mandal parishad president (MPP) in Guntur district.

The TDP grabbed two posts, while Jana Sena secured one post in the election where the ruling YSR Congress bagged the MPP post at Duggirala mandal of Guntur district. The elections were held after a series of postponements.

Though elections were held for the Duggirala Mandal along with other local bodies last year, the MPP election was not held due to disputes over reservation and other issues. In the mandal out of total 18 MPTC seats, the ruling YSR Congress won 8 seats, followed by TDP winning 9 and the Jana Sena winning the lone seat.

However, TDP could not win any BC woman to be elected as the MPP as per reservations. The TDP claimed its candidate Shaik Zabin is BC, which was turned down by the officials. TDP lured a BC woman from the YSR Congress, Tadiboyina Padmavathi with the MPP post leading to controversy.

Finally, after several attempts, the officials conducted the elections for the MPP, which was grabbed obviously by its BC woman MPTC, D S Rupavani. What is interesting is that the TDP with Jana Sena support had won the co-opted member and vice-president post, while Jana Sena which has a single seat captured the second vice-president post.

It is said that the TDP and the Jana Sena worked together where the Jana Sena could win the prestigious position with just a single elected member. This indicates the widespread impression that the alliance between the TDP and the Jana Sena would benefit both the parties.

In this backdrop it is to be seen if the two parties cement the relations as the 2024 elections approach.

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Will Lokesh stay away from any yatra?

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The TDP leadership had almost made up its mind to launch a mass contact programme for party chief N Chandrababu Naidu. The programme is likely to start in August and the schedule is to be decided during Mahanadu to be held in the last week of May.

In all probability, Chandrababu Naidu would undertake a bus yatra across the state. He is planning to cover every revenue mandal in every Assembly segment in the next two years. The back of the TDP is preparing a list of the failures of the YSR Congress government in the last three years to highlight them during Naidu’s bus yatra.

The strategic team of the party, which sits in the NTR Bhavan in Hyderabad, is also busy preparing route map and the issues to be raised during the public meetings of the party chief.

While the party leadership is busy with the preparatory work for Naidu’s bus yatra, the young teams of the party are encouraging their general secretary Nara Lokesh to undertake a parallel programme to be in the midst of people.

Initially there was a proposal for Lokesh to start padayatra but it is said that majority of the party leaders are in favour of cycle yatra. According to the initial plans, Lokesh would go around the state with about 50 cycles with him.

However, there is another argument that the two simultaneous yatras would divert the attention of the media and the people as well. Lokesh yatra would take a portion of media attention and that would dilute the seriousness of Chandrababu Naidu’s bus yatra.

The senior leaders advise Lokesh to stay back as Chandrababu Naidu would go around in the bus yatra. They want the media and the peoples’ focus to remain with Chandrababu Naidu so as to counter the ruling YSR Congress campaign and strategy.

However, sources say that Lokesh is unwilling to stay away while his father goes around. Lokesh and his coterie want the young leader to play a key role in the 2024 elections to be close to the people. It is to be seen whether Lokesh would stay silent or would take up a simultaneous programme along with his father.

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Sirisilla police obstruct Ka Paul’s visit

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TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh on Monday asserted that whatever statements made by Telangana Minister K.T. Rama Rao on the prevailing situation in Andhra Pradesh were all facts. “There is no power, no water and no roads. The media people are suffering more and they are getting spondylitis because of potholes. I know four reporters who have been taken ill because of this,” said Lokesh.

During his visit to Kurnool, Nara Lokesh called on the family members of Rajavardhan Reddy who passed away in an accident. The TDP would stand by the side of the family of Rajavardhan who quit the IT profession to become an MPP and even studied law to fight legal battles on behalf of the public.

Replying to questions at a press conference on the occasion, Lokesh said the ruling YSRCP leaders first attacked the opposition TDP and then the general public. Now, they started attacking even the neighbouring State Ministers just for telling facts about the AP people’s suffering. The TDP had never resorted to such attacks or criminal activities.

Lokesh asserted that even on the issue of Vanajakshi during the TDP rule, Chandrababu Naidu did not suspend her. A committee was appointed and action was taken based on its report. But, the Jagan regime did not appoint any committee on the remarks made by Dalit doctor Dr Sudhakar. He was victimised, branded as insane and driven to death just for asking for a face mask.

Lokesh recalled how later Rajavardhan Reddy worked hard to strengthen the TDP in Kurnool. From now on, only hard workers and fighters would have a future in the TDP. Tickets would be given to only those who would come out and fight on behalf of the people. Those staying in the AC rooms would have no future.

The TDP MLC said that Jagan Mohan Reddy had made huge promises to develop Kurnool as a judicial capital. But in the past three years, not even land was acquired for the High Court building. The Chief Minister had failed to even take it up with the Chief Justice during their recent meeting. It was the TDP which brought a mega seed park, two cement factories and solar parks in Kurnool.

Lokesh said after the next Mahanadu, he would undertake field visits to all the irrigation projects to expose the YCP Government failures. Jagan Reddy had done nothing to help the farmers in any region of the State. The TDP regime came up with the Pattiseema project so as to ensure water supply to both Rayalaseema and Coastal districts even during dry spells.

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Chandrababu for Srikakulam on May 4

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Former chief minister and TDP supremo, N Chandrababu Naidu, is scheduled to visit Srikakulam district on May 4. He would participate in the protest against the government to be held at two places on the day.

Srikakulam district TDP president, Kuna Ravikumar, said that Chandrababu Naidu would reach Visakhapatnam airport in the afternoon and go to Ponduru mandal of Amudalavalasa Assembly constituency in the district.

The TDP chief would attend the protest to be held at Dallavalasa and Khandyam villages of Ponduru mandal as part of the party’s “Badude Badudu” programme against the YSR Congress government increasing taxes on the people. The TDP has been holding the programme across the state for the past one month.

This would be the first tour of Chandrababu Naidu in any district after the districts were reorganised by the present government. The TDP chief has been addressing the party ranks from the party office at Mangalagiri or from his residence in Hyderabad after he walked out of the Assembly in November 2021.

The TDP chief did not attend the budget session held in March, while the TDP members were suspended from the House on a daily basis. However, TDP general secretary and former minister Nara Lokesh had been touring the districts.

All his tours are marked with one incident or the other where he meets the victims and consoles the family. Lokesh has been holding protests across the state exposing the failures of the Jagan Mohan Reddy dispensation.

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TDP chief blames Jagan for Polavaram deadlock

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TDP President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday accused Jagan of destroying Polavaram by going ahead with his reverse policies despite objections raised by the Polavaram Authority and the Centre. Instead of giving reasons for the collapse of the diaphragm wall, they were blaming the TDP rule for political advantage, Naidu said.

Addressing a meeting with party important leaders, Naidu further accused the Chief Minister of destroying the golden future of the young generation with his inefficient rule. He said the absence of investments and lack of new industries have led to rising unemployment and an uncertain future for the youth, who were very unhappy with the Jagan Reddy regime.

The TDP chief said the Chief Minister was ruling with a predetermined policy to harass and arrest anybody who would resort to protests. Till yesterday, the opposition leaders were persecuted and it had become the turn of employees and teachers to face oppression now.

Naidu said over 800 women became victims of severe atrocities in the State but the Government was not in a position to say how many miscreants were punished so far. The Polavaram lifeline project became a victim of the Jagan Reddy regime’s inefficiency. Why did the YCP rule hide the details for three years if the diaphragm wall was damaged?

Condemning the YSRCP’s attitude, the TDP chief asserted that their party regime in the past initiated many efforts to remove poverty and inequalities. Justice Punnaiah Commission was set up that led to elimination of the ‘two glasses’ system. Awareness on SC, ST law was increased to remove caste based discrimination.

Naidu recalled how the whole society benefited with reforms and programmes like ‘videsi vidya’ during the TDP rule. But now, CM Jagan has done nothing for the weaker sections. The Chief Minister was just politically exploiting these sections only to generate ill will against the TDP.

The TDP chief expressed surprise that like nowhere else in the country, the academic year in Andhra Pradesh was extended from June 12 to July 8. The entire education system was being destroyed by closing down the schools. Power cuts were brought in a State which had surplus power previously. As a result, agriculture, industry and aquaculture got badly hit and the State revenue came down drastically.

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TDP chief voices concern over growing atrocities on women

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday expressed concern over non-stop atrocities and the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.

He urged Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy to act with responsibility towards ensuring safety of women.

Naidu said the Chief Minister’s policies and actions should instill fear in the minds of criminals and perpetrators of atrocities on women.

He also demanded that the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) should stop misusing the police for political advantage. He said the government should stand by the side of the victim of gang-rape in the Vijayawada Government General Hospital (GGH).

Naidu reiterated his demand for Rs 1 crore financial assistance, a permanent house and livelihood for the victim. The government should appoint a special court immediately so as to give deterrent punishment to the culprits.

He alleged that because of the complacency of the YSRCP rule, the criminals are not afraid to perpetrate atrocities on women.

The TDP chief termed as deeply disturbing the atrocity committed on a mentally challenged girl in the busy hospital.

Three miscreants victimised the girl for 30 hours in a room in the hospital. They resorted to heinous crime in front of her parents.

This is a clear testimony to the total collapse of law and order in the state, he said.

Naidu said it was inhuman not to take any action even after the parents complained at the police station about their missing daughter.

“What message the police were sending by remaining in service of the ruling party leaders at the cost of women safety? There is no safety any more for girls going to schools and colleges and for women going to jobs and markets,” he said.

Chandrababu Naidu asked whether the chief minister had any right to rule the state when his regime failed to protect women.

“The ruling YSRCP leaders themselves assumed the role of criminals and rapists. YSRCP leader Bhushankar and APCOB chairman Konduru Anil Babu molested a girl and then sold her into prostitution. Over 70 persons were accused in this but no action has been taken against them till now.”

The TDP chief pointed out that the police had not yet nabbed Venkata Reddy who was accused in the rape of a woman in the vicinity of the CM’s residence in Tadepalli. “A Dalit girl was hacked to death in broad daylight in Guntur on the Independence Day but the accused was not punished even now.”

Naidu asked what happened to the CM’s promise to punish criminals within 21 days under Disha law.

“Anti-social elements are rearing their ugly head. Ganja, drugs and illicit liquor are triggering more atrocities and crimes. As per the National Crime Records Bureau, one third of crimes against women in the country were taking place in Andhra Pradesh. It is condemnable that Andhra Pradesh stood top in the country in physical attacks, human trafficking and sexual harassment offences,” he said.

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Women’s Commission Chairperson fires at TDP leaders

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AP Women’s Commission chairperson Vasireddy Padma took strong exception to the way the opposition TDP leaders held a protest at the Vijayawada government general hospital, the other day. The TDP leaders, led by its chief N Chandrababu Naidu staged protest seeking justice for the gang rape victim.

They also raised slogans against the Women’s Commission chairperson who also visited the victim in the hospital. Following this, the commission had already served notices to Chandrababu Naidu and former MLA Bonda Umamaheswara Rao asking them to appear before her on April 27.

Responding to the TDP leaders’ attitude towards the commission, Padma said that the TDP leaders tried for political mileage rather than getting justice done to the victim. She also regretted that Chandrababu Naidu, who worked as the chief minister of the state, forgot that the Women’s Commission has judicial powers.

She welcomed the political parties for holding protests for the cause of women. However, she sought to advise them to remember that justice to the victim, punishment to the culprits are more important than political mileage.

She also took exception to the way the TDP leaders behaved towards her when she visited the hospital to console the victim. “How did they forget that the chairperson has judicial powers and an assault on the chairperson is liable to punishment?” the chairperson asked.

Vasireddy Padma said that she would take severe action against Chandrababu Naidu and Bonda Uma if they fail to turn up before the commission and give their reply.

It is to be seen if Chandrababu Naidu would attend the commission for enquiry or take legal help as the chairperson reiterated that those who have received the summons should appear without fail!

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Naidu warns TDP senior leaders

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TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday warned the party senior leaders against being inactive. He wanted the party leaders to start fighting against the anti-people programmes of the government. He also told them to be in the midst of the people.

The TDP chief launched the party membership drive along with AP unit president K Atchannaidu and party general secretary Nara Lokesh at the party office in Mangalagiri. He said that some of the senior leaders were relaxing as elections are two years away from now.

He said that the TDP has to be in power if the State has to develop. The TDP is the social necessity of Andhra Pradesh and its people, Naidu said. He asked the party leaders to be active, meet people and create awareness among them against the YSR Congress Party’s misrule.

Chandrababu Naidu said that the party would give tickets to 40 per cent of the youth in the 2024 elections. Those who are not active will be dropped from the elections, he said. He also said that the party would invite intellectuals and the neutrals into the party before the general elections.

He said that time had come for the senior leaders who enjoyed power and positions for all these years to pay back to the party. He wanted the seniors to take lead and inspire the youth to work for the party. He also wanted the rank and file of the party to campaign against the Jaganmohan Reddy government which is ruining the state.

The TDP chief also wanted the party senior leaders to make the membership drive a success in their areas and prepare the party to wrest power in the 2024 general elections.

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TDP created suicide squad with 100 youth

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The opposition TDP had formed a suicide squad with 100 youth to take on the YSR Congress leaders who criticise party chief N Chandrababu Naidu. This was said by TDP leader and former MLC Buddha Venkanna in Vijayawada on Wednesday during the birthday celebrations of the party chief.

Joining the birthday celebrations, Buddha Venkanna, said that the ruling YSR Congress leaders were making abusive comments against Chandrababu Naidu. Though the TDP leaders were also giving fitting reply, t5he abuses were increasing, he said.

The former MLC, who is one of the close loyalist and coterie member of Chandrababu Naidu, said that they have created a suicide squad that would take on Chandrababu Naidu’s critics. The members of this squad are even ready to kill the YSR Congress leaders as revenge.

“The squad members are ready to kill or get killed,” Venkanna said and warned the YSR Congress leaders against making derogatory statements. He further said that the squad members will not allow any YSR Congress leader to make filthy comments against any of the family members of Chandrababu Naidu.

Venkanna also claimed that senior TDP leader K Nagul Meera, also from Vijayawada, is part of preparing this suicide squad. Though Meera did not endorse his statement, Venkanna said that the squad would keep an eye on Chandrababu Naidu’s residence and the party office.

He recalled that the YSR Congress leaders have tried for an attack on Chandrababu Naidu’s residence in the past. Similarly, another group of the YSR Congress activists have attacked the TDP office in Mangalagiri. He said that if the YSR Congress leaders resort to these sort of activities in future, the TDP suicide squad would take revenge.

The big question is whether Venkanna is really serious about his statement?

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TDP govt wasted Rs 400 cr in Polavaram, says Ambati

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Did the TDP government between 2014 and 2019 waste money on the Polavaram Project? Government headed by Chandrababu Naidu wasted Rs 400 crore in the project works, alleged Minister for Water Resources, Ambati Rambabu.

Rambabu, who assumed office last week, is holding review meetings with the officials on Polavaram and other irrigation projects in the state. The Minister said that the TDP government had constructed the coffer dam and diaphragm wall for the project without completing the spillway.

As the spillway was not ready, the heavy flood water caused damage to both the diaphragm wall and the coffer dam, the Minister said. The damage is estimated at Rs 400 crore, the Minister added. The present government would require Rs 2000 crore to restore the damaged portions of the project, he said.

He also alleged that the TDP government showed interest only in the works which would give them commission. Rambabu also blamed the TDP government and Chandrababu Naidu of looting the government exchequer in the name of Pattiseema. He said that the TDP government had used the Polavaram right canal which was completed by 80 per cent during late Dr Y S Rajasekhar Reddy’s tenure.

Rambabu also said that Chandrababu Naidu has no irrigation project to his credit. Despite serving the state as chief minister for over 14 years, Chandrababu Naidu did not construct any irrigation project, the minister said.

It is to be seen whether the TDP would respond to this allegation or ignore it. It is also to be seen whether TDP senior leader and former water resources minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, replies to the new irrigation minister.

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Can YSR Congress win BCs from the TDP?

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Majority of the Backward Classes people in Andhra Pradesh have been with the TDP since its inception. For various reasons, they have been associated with the TDP and continue to sail with the party. It is because of the BCs that the TDP had won those seats even in the Jagan wave in 2019.

Ahead of the 2024 elections, chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy had given greater share in the cabinet to the BCs. He and his leaders claim that the BCs would vote for the YSR Congress in the next election with the new cabinet experiment.

It is to be seen if the BCs would move from TDP to the YSR Congress just because they were given more berths in the cabinet or will they continue to show their loyalty to the TDP. The Opposition TDP had made several BC leaders in the last 40 years. K Yerrannaidu, T Devendar Gowd, K E Krishna Murthy and Yanamala Ramakrishnudu initially and K Atchannaidu, his nephew and MP K Rammohan Naidu are with the TDP besides others.

But, Jagan Mohan Reddy seems to have aimed at getting the BC votes in the next election and the composition of the new cabinet where 80 percent of the cabinet berths are given to the BCs, STs, SCs and Minorities. Though the YSR Congress leaders claim that there was a tilt of the BCs towards the YSR Congress in the 2019 elections, they are still with the TDP.

But, the local body elections held in 2021 prove that the BCs too have moved from the TDP to the YSR Congress and the migration of the voters would be more in the 2024 elections. However, the big question is whether the BCs own up to the YSR Congress just because a good number of cabinet berths were given to them is to be established. Will the YSR Congress leadership take this successfully or the TDP retain its vote base against all odds is to be seen in the elections.

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