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YSRCP restraining voter slips distribution to non-supporters: TDP


In a second missive to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), state president Kinjarapu Atchannaidu alleged that the ruling Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) is influencing the booth level officers (BLOs) not to distribute voter slips to non-YSRCP voters on Friday.

“Ruling YSRCP has been influencing BLOs to distribute voter slips only to YSRCP supporters. As a result, it has been observed that the BLOs are not distributing voter slips to neutral voters and to supporters of the TDP in Tirupati parliamentary constituency,” alleged Atchannaidu.

He claimed that the ‘government paid’ village and ward volunteers are allegedly distributing voter slips instead of BLOs.

“Such practice is a gross violation of the model code of conduct, discriminatory in nature and does not provide an equal level playing field to all the political parties,” highlighted the TDP state president.

According to Atchannaidu, many voters in the constituency are not aware of their polling station and other details to exercise their franchise on Saturday.

He claimed that due to the alleged non-distribution of voters’ slips, many people may not turn up to vote, leading to lower voter percentage.

Hence, the TDP leader called on the CEC to ensure that the voter slips are distributed to all the voters without discrimination.

Meanwhile, Atchannaidu alleged that even though the Election Commission has issued a memo not to allow outsiders into Tirupati parliamentary constituency after the end of campaigning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, the ruling party is allegedly harbouring a large number of outsiders.

“It has come to our notice that a large number of outsiders are being brought from neighbouring Assembly segments and districts in private buses during dark hours into Tirupati parliamentary constituency,” he alleged.

Attchannaidu alleged that around 300 people are staying at Nehru hotel in Anjimedu, 50 people from Punganuru at Sambasiva Reddy’s house and 100 more from the same place at BC colony, all in Yerpedu mandal, totalling 500 from Punganuru.

“Further, there is a strong reason to believe that Chandragiri YSRCP MLA is sending a large contingent of YSRCP henchmen from Chandragiri, Chittoor district to vitiate the election atmosphere in Tirupati parliamentary constituency,” he alleged, making similar claims on Peddireddi Ramachandra Reddy.

Finally, the opposition leader alleged that the YSRCP leaders are forcefully procuring postal ballots meant for government employees and also those aged above 80.

“Hence, it is pertinent to conduct an inquiry into the misuse of postal ballots and take appropriate action against the culprits,” Atchannaidu claimed.

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Tirupati bypoll: Main fight between YCP and TDP


The election campaign has come to an end and the battlelines are finally drawn for the Tirupati by-election. It is just one more day for the polling. The YSRCP is trying hard to retain the seat. The TDP, the BJP and the Congress are making their best efforts to defeat YCP nominee Dr. Gurumurthy. The two national parties, the BJP and the Congress, have failed to make much progress in the initial stages of campaigning itself.

As a result, the main fight now appears to be between the YCP and the TDP. The ruling party and the main opposition party are locked in a near battle royal. Over eight to nine Ministers are camping in the assembly segments assigned to them to ensure the victory of Dr. Gurumurthy. The YCP’s sole focus is on winning the seat with a good majority with a tight grip over the voters through the volunteers.

CM Jagan Reddy has cancelled his election meeting and wrote letters to the voters. The volunteers have handed over these letters to all the voters. On its part, the TDP had Chandrababu Naidu and Nara Lokesh taking part in a hectic campaign for over a week. They highlighted the Government’s failures, the unresolved Viveka murder case, the increasing State debts and the CM’s anti-people policies.

The YCP has first aimed at 3 to 5 lakh majority but now the situation has turned tough. Analysts say that the YCP may get less than one lakh majority. If it got less than 50,000 majority, then it is a vote against the Jagan regime.

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YCP-TDP campaigns go personal in Tirupati bypoll


Right from day one, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been commenting vigorously on the personality of YCP nominee Dr. Gurumurthy in the Tirupati by-election. Nara Lokesh, GVL Narasimha Rao and such leaders have been saying that if elected, the YCP nominee would only do more massages as the personal physiotherapist for Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy. He would not be of any help to the people in the Parliament.

All said and done, the YCP leaders were unable to counter this personal criticism against Dr. Gurumurthy. It was a fact that the Chief Minister had given the Tirupati ticket to him just for his services as the personal physiotherapist. It was more because Dr. Gurumurthy rendered his services to Mr. Jagan during his state-wide Padayatra before the 2019 elections.

Finally, YCP’s most controversial Minister Kodali Nani has come forward to counter the personal attacks by the TDP and the BJP. He has selected the TDP nominee for specific attack. Kodali has asked the voters to vote for only such a candidate who would have the correct body physique to move quickly to solve people’s problems.

Kodali’s remarks are indirectly aimed at TDP nominee Panabaka Lakshmi who is overweight. The Minister’s message is also clear that their nominee Dr. Gurumurthy has got a healthy and agile body. On their part, the TDP leaders are saying that experience and capabilities are required to raise people’s issues in the Parliament but not body building or physique.

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TDP in defense mode after Sakshi Covid bombshell


In political mud-slinging, the YCP has retained its offensive style while the TDP is being forced to defend itself. In its latest attack, the Sakshi media have dropped a sensational bombshell by reporting that virus infections broke out in the TDP Tirupati campaign. Many TDP MLAs, former Ministers and leaders have tested Corona positive while taking part in the current Tirupati by-election campaign.

What more, Sakshi has reported that some of these TDP leaders got infected after they visited Tirumala along with their chief Chandrababu Naidu. These reports have triggered concerns among the TDP leaders and cadres who have been actively taking part in the poll campaign all these days. In the face of no alternative, the TDP has started issuing clarifications on this.

Former Minister KS Jawahar straightaway condemned the reports as false, saying that he got infected over a week ago and there was no truth in the Sakshi report. The baseless reports should be withdrawn immediately. Jawahar has even sent to the press the sample test report.

The others mentioned by Sakshi as having got the infection are MLA Gottipati Ravi, Anitha Rani, Sandhya Rani and others. Sakshi has stated that Anitha and Sandhya Rani tested positive after they visited Tirumala along with their party chief before starting the bypoll campaign.

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Police harassing TDP cadres in temple attack case: Naidu

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo and former chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu wrote to Andhra Pradesh director general of police (DGP) Gautam Sawang alleging that police are harassing the opposition party cadres in the latest temple attack case.

Naidu alleged that instead of arresting the culprits involved in the desecration of Subramanya Swamy temple at Petagunta village in Gonuguru gram panchayt, 40 TDP leaders have been picked up by the police.

“Police instead of arresting the culprits are harassing opposition TDP leaders for seeking justice. On Tuesday evening, police had lifted 40 leaders from TDP and moved them from one police station to another without even giving them food,” claimed Naidu on Wednesday.

According to the TDP chief, only late in the night did police serve a notice under section 160, even as all the 40 belong to four villages who command respect, including some of them working as sarpanches earlier.

He highlighted that some of the rounded up cadres are contesting the MPTC polls.

“While such notice itself is ridiculous, registration of cases against TDP leaders under FIR No. 69/2021, Kuppam police station is risible. Additionally, TDP leaders who came to the police station to apprise the police about the gruesome happenings were also booked in the above case,” he claimed.

He alleged that Satyendra Sekhar, former AMC director, Raj Kumar, Kuppam urban TDP president and Kanipakam Vekatesh were also taken away by the police.

Naidu claimed that such filing of cases against opposition party leaders is reminiscent of the colonial raj.

“This action by the police is only illustrative of political vendetta being pursued by the ruling YSRC in connivance with a section of police,” claimed the former chief minister.

He appealed to Sawang to unilaterally remove the alleged false cases against TDP leaders and strive to nab the ‘real’ culprits.

Naidu also demanded an inquiry against those police personnel who allegedly acted highhandedly against the TDP cadres.

Meanwhile, the TDP national president alleged that ever since June 2019, increased attacks are occurring on religious places in the southern state.

“It appears that the miscreants and anti-social elements are encouraged by the lukewarm response from the government with regard to temple attacks,” Naidu alleged, referring to the Pentagunta incident.

Pentagunta incident was cracked by police within 24 hours, with the identification of a drunk mentally unstable woman indulging in the desecration of idols.

However, irrespective of the government of the day or the political party in power, temple offences occurred in Andhra Pradesh almost every year in the past five years, as per the statistics shared earlier by Director General of Police (DGP) Gautam Sawang.

Under the TDP government, 163 temple offences were reported in 2015, 139 in 2017, 123 in 2018 and 177 in 2019, when the government transitioned to the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP).

In 2020, a year which saw an uproar following the chariot burning at the Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple in Antarvedi, there were 143 alleged temple offences.

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Another TDP leader joins YSRCP in Andhra


Manthena Anantha Varma, former Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA from Bapatla joined the ruling Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) on Wednesday in the presence of Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy at his camp office.

Eight more local TDP leaders from Bapatla abandoned TDP led by Nara Chandrababu Naidu in favour of the YSRCP.

The new joinees include Manthena Subbaraju, V. Venkateswara Raju, M.V. Sarveswara Yadav, Prudhviraj, Manthena Nagaraju, Bapuji and Modugula Venkat Reddy.

Deputy Speaker Kona Raghupati and YSRCP general secretary Lella Aappi Reddy were present during the joining.

Since many days, scores of Opposition parties’ supporters have been joining the ruling party.

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Lokesh kicks off Tirupati byelection campaign

TDP General Secretary Nara Lokesh launched a blistering attack on the ruling YSRCP and gave a call to the voters of Tirupati parliament segment not to send ‘useless persons’ to the Parliament but vote for the TDP candidate who would fight for their cause. He termed the byelection as a battle between the Jagan Reddy Alibaba robbers and the TDP fighters. The YSRCP leaders have looted all resources of the State and did not leave even the TTD whose sacred laddus were put up for commercial sale and distribution in the recent panchayat polls.

Mr Lokesh kicked off his election campaign by holding a door to door padayatra and road show at Varadaiahpalem mandal headquarters town in the Satyavedu assembly segment on Sunday. After offering puja at the Chengalamma temple in Varadaiahpalem, Mr. Lokesh began his padayatra in Toorpu Veedhi, Bazar Veedhi and other localities. He appealed to the women voters to think how the prices of essential commodities were skyrocketing under the present Chief Minister.

Mr. Lokesh gave comparative prices during the previous TDP and the present YSRCP regimes. The prices of sunflower oil, dal and ration sugar were just Rs. 86, Rs. 74 and Rs. 20 under the Chandrababu regime but now they went up to Rs. 200, Rs. 140 and Rs. 34 under the Jagan misrule. Petrol hit a century while diesel too rose to Rs. 93 per litre. A tractor sand went up from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 5,000 now. He said that there would be no justice for Dalits like Dr Sudhakar who was harassed and branded as mad just for asking for a face mask. Deputy CM Narayana Swamy was insulted by Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy but Jagan Reddy did not say a word. This was why this Chief Minister should be called a ‘psycho Reddy’ who was bothered about his own wealth creation but not the well being of the State. The so called ‘Navaratnalu’ (nine jewels) of Jagan Reddy have turned into ‘Nava Gulaka Rallu’ (nine gravel stones). Of what use would be the gravel stones for the poor families.

Mr. Lokesh told the voters that the YCP leaders were looting the State resources with their mafia activities in the sand, liquor, mines, TTD, etc. Just small, tiny cash benefits were being given to some sections of poor people only to divert the public attention from the massive corruption going on. The YSRCP would not deserve to win the Tirupati MP seat. The people gave 28 MPs but the Chief Minister had failed to bring special category status that he eloquently promised during the general election.

It’s Not YCP, Its JSB: Nara Lokesh!

Nara Lokesh as the part of the promotions of Tirupathi parliament by-elections went to satyavedu and held a road show and door-to-door campaign. Along with Lokesh, other party members are also taking part in promotions.

Speaking in the public, Lokesh said that Jagan doesn’t belong to YCP but he belongs to JCB (J-tax, Corruption, Bhadhudu) as he is taking J-tax and he is also corrupted. Lokesh said that Jagan’s corruption is known to the whole world.

Lokesh said that TDP MPs are always working on people’ problems but YCP MPs are useless. He asked to help Panabaka Lakshmi win the elections as she solves the problems of the people and also he asked people to being down Jagan to the ground level.

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‘Boycott politics’ dominate Tirupati poll campaign

The rival parties began to challenge each other to boycott the Tirupati byelection if they have no faith in the system. It all started with Chandrababu Naidu’s boycott call on the parishad elections. The moment he announced this, the YCP began saying that the TDP is a sinking ship and it has no political relevance.

The YCP leaders are now asking why Mr. Naidu is not boycotting the Tirupati bypoll as well. It is better for the TDP chief to step aside since his party is sure to meet with humiliating defeat just like in the 2019 polls, local body and municipal body polls this year. The BJP too joined chorus and suggested the TDP quit the election.

On their part, the TDP leaders mounted a stinging attack, saying that it was CM Jagan Reddy who has no moral right to contest any election for that matter. The Chief Minister insulted the voters and boycotted the Assembly for over 3 years. He remained on the roads in the name of the Padayatra. He should have been in jail if not granted bail in the illegal assets cases. Moreover, the TDP has no faith in State Election Commissioner Nilam Sawhney only and has confidence in the bypoll.

The TDP leaders are also questioning the relevance of the BJP candidate in the Tirupati fight. It was well known that the BJP got less than one percent vote share in 2019. The BJP has a hidden agenda rather than making a genuine effort to win the support of the people.

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It’s YCP volunteers versus TDP booth committees


The battle lines are drawn for the April 17 Tirupati bypoll. There will be no big rallies, no massive public meetings and no hype on road shows. This time, the whole focus is on door to door campaigns aimed at having a personal touch with the voters at the individual level.

Both the YCP and the TDP have chosen to put spotlight on the micro level management of the voters. Already, the ruling YCP has huge support from the volunteers network. Each volunteer is assigned around 50 families which means they will be having full details about nearly 200 voters. In the local body elections, the YCP leaders used volunteers effectively to keep a close watch on the voters mood and to make sure they vote for their party.

Faced with no alternative, the TDP has been forced to develop a strong system for itself to counter the impact of the volunteers on the voters. As such, the whole TDP leadership put special focus on reviving and activating booth committees. Each committee is assigned the task of covering over 100 families. What more, the booth committees will also visit each voter’s family about 10 times to raise awareness on over ten topics.

While the YCP and the TDP are focusing on village and ward level management of election, the BJP and the Jana Sena are still banking on star campaigners like Pawan Kalyan, Bandi Sanjay, etc.

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TDP announces boycott of Andhra local polls


Andhra Pradesh’s opposition Telugu Desam Party on Friday announced its decision to boycott the upcoming Zilla and Mandal Parishad polls, with party chief N. Chandrababu Naidu expressing doubts over them being held in a free and fair manner.

Interacting with the media at Mangalagiri following the party’s politbureau meet, Naidu, who is also the former Chief Minister, objected to the election notification being issued in haste by the newly-appointed State Election Commissioner Neelam Sahni, who took over charge on Thursday and issued the election notification the same evening.

“The SEC has been reduced to a mere rubber stamp in the Parishad polls,” Naidu alleged.

The TDP has been asking for a fresh notification of local body elections on account of the Tirupati Lok Sabha bypoll.

Noting that the SEC was to announce the polls after taking the opinion of all political parties, he said it had announced the dates on its own. “I don’t think these polls will be held freely and fairly. Therefore the party has decided not to participate in these polls,” Naidu said.

On Thursday, the SEC announced that the ZPTC and MPTC polls would be held on April 8, and results declared on April 10. The polls, originally scheduled to be held in 2020, were put on hold by then SEC Ramesh Kumar, citing the Covid pandemic.

The BJP and Jana Sena parties also boycotted Friday’s all-party meet convened by the SEC.

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TDP, BJP, Janasena boycott SEC meet on MPTC, ZPTC polls


The all-party meeting held by AP State Election Commission on Friday (today) to discuss the upcoming MPTC, ZPTC elections turned to be a disaster as major opposition parties of Andhra Pradesh skipped the meeting.

This is the first meeting held by the newly appointed SEC Nilam Sawhney.

The TDP, BJP and Janasena have boycotted the meeting to protest the release of election schedule by the SEC unilaterally even before the all party meeting was held and ignoring the demand raised by opposition parties earlier to issue a fresh notification for the elections.

Nilam Sawhney declared that the elections will be held based on old notification issued in March 2020 when Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar was SEC.

However, Nimmagadda postponed those elections citing corona then.

At that time, there were several allegations against ruling YSRCP leaders of not allowing candidates of opposition parties to file nominations. For this reason, opposition parties demanded Nilam Sawhney to cancel old notification, issue fresh notification and call nominations afresh.

But Nilam decided to go ahead with old notification.

Opposition parties fired at Nilam alleging that she is dancing to the tunes of YSRCP leaders and issued poll schedule as per old notification to benefit YSRCP.

The TDP, Janasena and BJP boycotted the meeting alleging the ‘undemocratic attitude’ of SEC in conducting the MPTC, ZPTC polls.

Representatives of only YSRCP, Congress and CPM attended the SEC meeting.

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TDP sinking ship, foundation day looked like closure: YSRCP


Senior Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) leader and Sattenapalli MLA Ambati Rambabu on Tuesday claimed that the Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is a sinking ship as evident from the way its foundation day was commemorated.

“When does anybody celebrate the foundation day, after sunrise. But Chandrababu and that party (TDP) commemorated during sunset time,” said Rambabu.

He claimed that this kind of celebration indicates closure with no future prospects.

“What I understand from this is that this is a day of closure. There is no hope for this party. This is like a sinking ship,” the YSRCP leader claimed about the foundation day.

He questioned where Naidu was when Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) established TDP in 1982 and claimed that he entered the political outfit like a snake invading an anthill built by the ants.

Rambabu advised TDP followers not to pin their hopes on Naidu that he would come and do something, doling out free advice to them to find their own ways.

He claimed that Heritage malls may have to be run in TDP offices in the future as there would not be any work in them.

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Naidu under huge pressure to rediscover TDP


In the last leg of his long political career, former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is faced with a challenging task of saving the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) from the rival onslaught. In the Mahabharata, they say that there were countless reasons for the tragic end of Karna. In the case of the TDP too, there are too many challenges that appear almost unsolvable considering the ruthless attacks from the YCP, the BJP and the Jana Sena parties.

Amidst this, Mr. Naidu is under unforeseen pressure to rediscover his party and refurbish it from top to bottom. But the question is how to go about this. Usually, they say one needs a thorn to remove a thorn. Presently, the biggest real challenge for the TDP is to deal with the dangerous attack launched by CM Jagan Reddy and his party from micro and macro levels. The all round rowdyism, money and muscle power coupled with the captive religious vote bank have made Mr. Jagan Reddy an unchallengeable leader overnight after his victory in the 2019 election.

The pro-YCP commentators try to weaken the morale of Mr. Naidu by saying that only Jr. NTR would be able to breathe new life into the TDP. They are always ready to brand Nara Lokesh as inefficient. On the other hand, political analysts ask how Jr. NTR could face the mighty muscle power of Jagan Reddy. Even Pawan Kalya, who is known as the Power Star, could not stand the street power of the YCP and joined hands with the Modi-Shah duo to protect his cadres from the YCP political harassment.

Undoubtedly, Mr. Naidu’s immediate challenge seems to be preparing his party to match with the mob power of the YCP at the village, mandal, district and State levels. Along with this, the TDP must focus on socio-economic and political reengineering focusing on elimination of total opposition in favour of a single party existence.

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TDP leaders commemorate party’s 40th anniversary


Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders commemorated the 40th anniversary of the political outfit on Monday since it was formed in 1982.

“I am very happy to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the TDP established by great leader N.T. Rama Rao (NTR) for the self-respect and support of weaker sections,” said the party’s National General Secretary Nara Lokesh.

He thanked all the party cadres for standing up for the poor sections of the society for all these years.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was founded by NTR on March 29, 1982 in Hyderabad.

Rao was born on May 28, 1923 at Nimmakuru village in Krishna district. He studied B.A. at Andhra Christian (AC) college in Guntur and became a legendary actor to rule the Telugu film industry for decades.

Later, he established the TDP and stormed to power in just nine months.

On Monday, the party’s State President Kinjarapu Atchannaidu commemorated the 40th anniversary celebrations at the party’s Tirupati office.

He hoisted the party’s flag in presence of several party leaders and cadres in the Tirupati parliamentary constituency which will soon go for by-elections.

Meanwhile, TDP Supremo and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said that the party was formed with inspiration from Gurajada Apparao, Potti Sriramulu, B.R. Ambedkar, among others.

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Can TDP face YCP-BJP onslaught in Tirupati?


The political circles are eagerly waiting to see how the rival parties will clash with their strategies in the Tirupati bypoll. TDP nominee Panabaka Lakshmi has already filed her nomination and started campaigning. YCP nominee Dr M Gurumurthy and BJP nominee K. Ratna Prabha will file their nominations today. While Gurumurthy chose to seek blessings at Dr Ambedkar statue, Ratna Prabha is visiting Tirumala for Sri Vari blessings.

Tirupati parliament segment consists of four assembly segments in the Nellore district and three districts in the Chittoor district. In both these districts, the YCP has gained an indisputable upper hand over the TDP in the 2019 elections. Especially, Chittoor is posing a bigger challenge for Naidu considering rising threat from Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, Chandragiri MLA Chevireddy Bhasker Reddy and their party followers.

It was Peddireddy and Chevireddy who played a crucial role in ensuring a historic defeat to the TDP in the panchayat polls in Chandrababu’s own Kuppam assembly segment in the Chittoor district.

With renewed enthusiasm, the YCP has been claiming that they would aim at a majority of 4 lakh this time. The YCP got 2.28 lakh majority in 2019. On its part, the BJP is threatening to split the TDP vote considerably. Doubtless to say, it is going to be a greater challenge for Naidu to face the YCP-BJP onslaught.

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2 from TDP file nomination for Tirupati bypoll


Two candidates have filed their nominations for the Tirupati Lok Sabha bypoll on behalf of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

Panabaka Lakshmi filed her nomination on Wednesday with two sets of documents. She was the first candidate to be declared as a contestant among the three contesting parties — TDP, YSRCP and BJP — for the forthcoming bypoll scheduled on April 17.

The returning officer mentioned that one Seelam Tirupaiah has also filed his nomination representing the TDP.

The by-election for the Scheduled Caste (SC) reserved constituency is emerging to be one of the most watched and fiercely contested elections.

Meanwhile, Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) in-charge for Chittoor district, Y.V. Subba Reddy, said on Wednesday that the party’s Tirupati bypoll candidate, M. Gurumoorthy, will file his nomination on Monday.

Gurumoorthy is a physiotherapist who rendered his services to Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and walked along with him during the 3,600 km long padayatra.

The 36-year-old YSRCP candidate comes from a non-political Dalit family.

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TDP ‘sting operation’ on Jagan Capital shifting plot


The Telugu Desam Party is under constant threat following cases filed against Chandrababu in the Amaravati assignment lands issue. The TDP has now released videos of sting operations held on the Amaravati residents who were shown by the CID as complainants in the assignment lands case. In the videos, the residents were seen as saying they had not given any complaints to the CID with regard to the sale of their lands at the time of the land pooling.

The residents said that the CID came and collected their signatures. They were told that it was just for checking whether or not they were the owners of those lands. The TDP asserted that the videos were enough to say how a heinous ‘Government conspiracy’ was going on even as the CID officials took an active role in this.

Signature was wrongly taken from one Kanda Pavani, who was a resident of Amaravati Capital. Now she said she would not have signed in the document given by the CID if she had known about the YCP Government’s plan. The police made sure she signed in the paper only to confirm the status of her ownership of the land. She said she had voluntarily sold 70 cents assignment land that came to her from her grandfather and there was no force from any side in this matter.

Another Amaravati resident named Addepalli Sambasiva Rao said in the video that he had some ‘konda poramboku’ land in Capital City and sold part of it. He had clarified that there was no force on them to sell their lands at the time of the land pooling drive.

TDP ex MLA D. Narendra Kumar cited these videos and expressed concern over the low levels to which CM Jagan and his party MLAs were ‘stooping’ in order to create fabricated evidence and kill Amaravati for the sole purpose of shifting the Capital.

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TDP wins nail-biting Tadipatri battle


The JC family established its firm hold on Tadipatri yet again. All the might and power games of CM Jaganmohan Reddy and his Ministers did not work there. JC Prabhakar Reddy once again became the Chairman of Tadipatri municipality. He has worked in this capacity previously when his brother JC Diwakar Reddy was the MLA from here. When Diwakar Reddy became MP, Prabakar Reddy became the MLA.

Interestingly, even the independents have extended their support to the JC family. For several days, the TDP has taken its loyalist councillors to Hyderabad and Bangalore to save them from falling prey to the inducements of the YCP. Prabhakar Reddy has asserted that justice has won the game finally.

The municipal commissioner rejected the votes of the MLCs which led to tension-filled drama on the chairman election. MLA Kethireddy Pedda Reddy came to the municipal office with a large number of his supporters. But, the councillors did not yield to the threats and temptations.

After getting elected, Prabhakar Reddy said that there would be no place for goondaism and rowdyism in Tadipatri any more. He described their party councillors as ‘Bahubalis’ and ‘Jhansi Bais’ for their courage.

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Naidu visit blocked by police at Renigunta airport


Tension mounted amid rising political temperatures in the Chittoor district. A large number of police arrived at the Renigunta airport and arrested the TDP leaders. The police officials also blocked former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s visit to Tirupati today. Mr. Naidu was prevented from coming out of the airport.

The police also served notices to the TDP chief saying that there was no permission for his visit because of the Coronavirus guidelines. They also pointed out that the Chandrababu tour would have a debilitating impact on the municipal election process in the town.

Along with this, the police placed TDP leaders across the district under house arrest. Former Minister Amarnath Reddy, former MLA Sugunamma, TDP Chittoor district president Pulvarthi Nani and others were held in custody.

Mr. Chandrababu Naidu has scheduled his visit to Tirupati today to call on and protest against the demolition of the shop of the TDP candidate in the temple town. Tirupati municipal corporation elections became a major issue of confrontation between both the parties. Chandragiri MLA Chevireddy Bhasker Reddy, who is very aggressive, has been mounting pressure on the TDP leaders in the town right from the beginning.

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TDP releases manifesto with 10 promises for municipal polls


The principal opposition party in Andhra Pradesh, Telugu Desam Party (TDP), on Friday released a manifesto with 10 promises for the forthcoming urban local bodies elections.

“For the development of the towns, we released a manifesto with 10 promises. I request people to make TDP victorious in the municipal elections. If we win in the municipal polls, we will fulfill all the promises,” claimed TDP national general secretary Nara Lokesh.

He released the manifesto along with party state president Kinjarapu Atchannaidu and Varla Ramaiah.

Rs 5 meals through Anna Canteen, waiver of old tax, cleanliness, biannual job fairs for unemployed youth, trash-less towns, toilets and permanent auto rickshaw stands for auto rickshaw drivers are some of the promises.

Other promises included setting up of self-help groups, houses for the poor, hiking sanitation workers’ salary to Rs 21,000 and free drinking water connection with zero tax.

“During the 21 months reign of Jagan Reddy, there was no development in the towns. Not even potholes on the roads were repaired by this inefficient government,” said Lokesh.

After giving one chance, he alleged that they (YSRCP) destroyed the state and if another chance is given, people’s lives will be destroyed.

The TDP leader appealed to the voters to think and vote.

Meanwhile, TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu encountered an unpleasant situation in Kuppam constituency, where he is touring for the second day after the TDP aligned candidates massively lost out in the recent panchayat polls.

A person attending Naidu’s meeting shouted out to him to bring Junior NTR, a leading Telugu actor, into the party fold to which he just nodded his head.

Later, Naidu said he, Lokesh and other leaders will regularly visit Kuppam.

Incidentally, the actor’s photographs were also emblazoned on flexi posters, along with Nandamuri Harikrishna’s images among others, commemorating Naidu visit to his constituency which he has been representing for several years already.

Though Junior NTR canvassed for TDP in the 2009 polls, he did not repeat that act in the 2014 and 2019 polls and has been lying low politically for some years already.

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