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TDP appeals to Amit Shah to take responsibility of women safety in AP


TDP politburo member and woman wing president, Vangalapudi Anitha, on Monday demanded Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, respond as to why there is absolutely no safety and security for women in the State.

Vangalapudi Anitha told media persons that the recent incident at Tadepalli, just a few feet away from the Tadepalli palace, in which a blind Dalit girl was mercilessly done to death but there is no response from Jagan. Even the Minister for Home, the Chairperson of the Mahila Commission or the DGP did not respond on time, Anitha said and asked if it was not shameful to the Chief Minister as the incident took place just a few yards away from his residence.

The Chief Minister was not moved even with the screaming of the parents and yelling of the victim girl, she said and stated that the mother of the girl wants serious action be initiated against those involved in the incident. That innocent mother still believes this Chief Minister, who himself is the culprit of exploiting his mother and own sister for his personal gains, Anitha remarked.

Observing that the chairperson of the Mahila Commission went to the hospital only to strike a bargain of offering Rs 10 lakh for the mother of this victim girl, she said and stated that whenever such incidents happen the chairperson only strikes a deal with the victim families and even resorts to threats.

Demanding that the culprit who killed that blind Dalit girl be hanged to death immediately to prevent any such incident taking place in future, Anitha felt that there is no safety and security for women in the State. She said that Jagan never asked the Centre to give legitimacy to the Disa Act except making repeated appeals to bail him out of cases like corruption and murder of his paternal uncle.

Pointing out that the NCRB report clearly indicated that crime against women in the State is on the rise, Anitha said that the State Government and the DGP are only trying to suppress these facts. She demanded that Union Home Minister, Amith Shan, take the responsibility of the safety of women in the State as the women no longer have faith in the Jagan Mohan Reddy Government.

Even those who claimed that Jagan will arrive much faster than guns if any atrocities take place against women are not responding though several instances are being reported from various parts of the State, Anitha observed.

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Lokesh calls Roja as Jabardast Aunt


TDP general secretary and former minister Nara Lokesh, who entered the Nagari Assembly constituency on Monday, called local MLA and Minister for Tourism, R K Roja, as “Jabardast Aunt”. Roja was the judge for the popular TV show, Jabardast for several years and hence Lokesh called her Jabardast Aunt.

Addressing a meeting as part of his Yuvagalam Padayatra, Lokesh accused the minister of encouraging corruption in the constituency. He said that the minister was encouraging smuggling of sand and gravel to the neighbouring Tamil Nadu state.

The former minister also alleged that Roja had appointed her representatives in every mandal to collect bribes and other unlawful earnings on a daily basis. He said that the people of Nagari fell in the trap of Roja for the two consecutive elections and did not vote for the TDP. However, this time, the people are ready to show the door to Roja in the next election, Lokesh said.

Lokesh also alleged that chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had turned blind eye to the problems of the people. He alleged that Jagan had gone back on every promise and had betrayed the people after winning the election.

The TDP leader said that Jagan was also not coming out of his Tadepalli palace due to fear of facing the people. He said that Jagan is now reaching out to the people through the mobile phone and requesting people to support him again in the next election.

Calling Jagan as psycho, Lokesh alleged that Jagan had appointed one psycho for every district. He said Minister Peddireddy Ramchandra Reddy had become a psycho for Chittoor district who was harassing the people.

Lokesh appealed to the people of Nagari constituency to defeat Jabardast Aunt in the coming election and ensure that TDP formed the government in the state.

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TDP poses and replies to the four questions to Jagan


The TDP on Sunday asked as to why Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, failed to give direct answers to the queries raised in the book ‘Jaganasura Raktha Charitra’ released recently, asked the party senior leaders.

In an open letter released to the media, TDP politburo members, Kalva Srinivasulu and R Srinivasulu Reddy, former minister, S Amarnath Reddy, former MLC, Betech Ravi and the former MLA, B C Janardhan Reddy and the president of the Kurnool district unit of the party, Somisetty Venkateswarlu, asked as to why Jagan has failed to give replies personally to the questions raised in the book. Instead, the ruling party resorted to counter-attack asking former chief minister and TDP president, Nara Chandrababu Naidu, whether he had replied to certain questions.

The TDP senior leaders gave the replies to all the questions:

Question 1: Was it Chandrababu who was in power when Vivekananda Reddy, the paternal uncle of Jagan, was murdered?

Answer: The election schedule for the Assembly was announced on March 10, 2019 and Chandrababu was only a caretaker chief minister then. The whole system, including the police setup and revenue went into the hands of the poll panel. Is it not a fact that Jagan complained to the Election Commission against several senior officers, including the then Chief Secretary and is it not a fact that funds released even for loan waiver for farmers by Chandrababu then were stalled. Is it not a fact that Jagan got a gag order on March 21, 2019 on Chandrababu to silence him since he was only a caretaker chief minister, they asked in the open letter.

Q 2: TDP cooked up a story that MP, Avinash Reddy, called the family members of the Chief Minister over phone at midnight?

Answer: Why the CBI questioned Naveen, the personal assistant of Bharathi Reddy, and Krishna Mohan Reddy, the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Jagan. The leaders who are in power have the responsibility to reply to the queries raised by those who are in Opposition. It is the duty of the family members of the Chief Minister to clarify the doubts of the people. Why is the Chief Minister not asking the CBI to make public the call data on the day the murder took place to prove his innocence. Is it not a fact that Uday Kumar, the friend of Avinash Reddy, called his mother at 3.30 am on that day to inform that Viveka died.

Q 3: Avinash was already MP by that time and also incharge of Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency. So, what was the need for Avinash to hatch a conspiracy against Vivekananda Reddy.

Answer: The murder took place on March 15 and is it not a fact that Avinash was declared as the candidate for the Kadapa Lok Sabha seat only on March 16 evening. Is it not a fact that the media published it on that day? If he was announced as the candidate for the Kadapa seat, then what was the need to make the announcement again on March 16. Is it not a fact that the sisters of the Chief Minister and the CBI affidavit made it clear that the cause of the murder was only Kadapa seat.

Q 4: Avinash rushed to the murder spot only after receiving a call in the morning on March 15, 2019 from the brother-in-law of Viveka, Sivaprakash Reddy, about the death, when he was on his way to Jammalamadugu for campaigning. Had he not received the call he would not have visited the spot.

Answer: What about the evidence available that those accused of the murder contacted Avinash Reddy, Bhasker Reddy and Devireddy Sankar Reddy, much earlier. A friend of Avinash, Gajjala Udaykumar Reddy, informed his mother about Viveka’s death at 3.30 am on the day the murder took place. Did he not inform the same to Avinash. If so, why did the Tadepalle palace mount pressure on the District Superintendent of Police, Mahanthy, to release Uday Kumar Reddy.

If their role is not there in the murder, why did Avinash personally supervise destroying the evidence? Why sutures were applied to the body by the employees of the hospital belonging to the father of Bharathi Reddy. How arrangements were made for cremation placing the body in the freezer box.

Why are the Jagan Reddy couple silent on the allegations against the Tadepalle palace and why are they not opening their mouths. Why are they resorting to counter-attacks, the TDP senior leaders asked.

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Lokesh promises to bring down prices after TDP forms govt


TDP general secretary, Nara Lokesh, on Sunday expressed confidence that the TDP is winning the coming polls to form the government again and will certainly bring down the prices of diesel and petrol.

Lokesh, who was on his pada yatra ‘Yuva Galam’, on Sunday just greeted an auto driver at TT Kandriga village in Gangadhara Nellore Assembly segment and asked how much is the diesel for which the auto driver replied that it is Rs 95.39 per litre.

“How come you are getting it for a lesser price,” Lokesh asked and the auto driver made it clear that he fills the fuel to his auto in Tamil Nadu since he lives in the border area.

“It is certain that the TDP is going to come to power again and the taxes on fuel will be reduced to control the prices and there will be no need for you to cross the State border to fill fuel to your vehicle,” Lokesh told him.

Later, at Eedigapalle, the Gouda community representatives met Lokesh and submitted a memorandum to him explaining the problems they were facing. Responding to them, Lokesh promised all the steps to resolve their issues once the TDP is back in power and his party is committed to the welfare of the toddy-tapper community.

Lokesh also promised to take measures for construction of roads and also extend financial assistance and subsidies to them through the BC Welfare Corporation. “Our sole aim is that this psycho should go and cycle should come back,” Lokesh said.

Addressing the locals at KM Puram of Karvetinagaram of Gangadhara Nellore segment on their request, Mr Lokesh made it clear that “my mike may be grabbed from me but my voice can not be choked. The people are my strength. I always raise my voice against this atrocious rule,” he said.

Pointing out that several leaders undertook pada yatra earlier in the State, Lokesh asked why problems were being created only for him when he began his pada yatra. “My campaign vehicle and sound system have been seized while my mike was grabbed from me by the police. But the police can not choke my voice and I will raise my tone even if there is no mike,” he made it clear.

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MLC Elections – will Jana Sena back TDP?


Andhra Pradesh is scheduled to see the biennial election to 9 MLC seats on March 13. The Election Commission has released the schedule and is set to issue notification on February 16.

The election to the MLC seats in the local bodies constituencies are likely to be one sided with the ruling YSR Congress having a clear edge.

However, the election to the three Graduates Constituencies and two Teachers Constituencies, is set to see a direct and tough battle. The Left parties’ sponsored Progressive Democratic Front is set to give a tough fight both in the two categories of the constituencies, the YSR Congress, TDP and the BJP too are set to have their candidates.

Elections are scheduled for the Teachers constituencies of Chittoor, Nellore and Prakasam, Anantapur, Kurnool and Kadapa districts. Similarly, the Graduates constituencies of Srikakulam, Viziangara and Visakhapatnam in the north Andhra, Chittoor, Nellore and Prakasam in the south coastal Andhra and Anantapur, Kurnool and Kadapa districts of Rayalaseema region are set to see a tough battle.

Currently, the Graduates constituency of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam is held by the BJP’s P V N Madhav, while the Anantapur, Kurnool and Kadapa seat is held by the YSR Congress Party’s Vennapusa Gopala Reddy.

The TDP and the YSR Congress have decided to field their candidates for the Graduates Constituencies directly and have their candidates for the Teachers constituencies. As this is going to be a crucial election with the general election only 13 months away, the TDP is trying to get the support of the Jana Sena.

If the Jana Sena has to support the TDP, it would have to break its alliance with the BJP first as the BJP is also set to contest the election. It is to be seen what step that the Jana Sena would take once the notification is issued on February 16.

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TDP to ‘rebuild AP’ after coming to power, says Lokesh


TDP general secretary, Nara Lokesh, on Friday said that the State will be reconstructed with the ‘rebuild Andhra Pradesh’ slogan once the party’s government is formed again.

The businessmen from Gangadhara Nellore who settled in Bengaluru met Lokesh at Renukapuram camp site in Gangadhara Nellore Assembly segment during his ongoing pada yatra ‘Yuva Galam’.

Talking to them Lokesh said that “I am assuring all of you that once the TDP government is formed again a single-window system will be introduced to sanction licences to all the businessmen and industrialists so that they will not face any problems from the government angle.”

Observing that the businessmen and the industrialists are running out of AP for fear of facing the ‘J’ tax and other problems, Lokesh said that 20,000 employees from Rayalaseema lost their jobs as the Amara Raja Battery shifted its unit from the State to neighbouring Telangana. The Jacky company too was chased out from Anantapur district by the local MLA as the company could not meet the MLA’s demand for commissions, he observed.

The whole system got destroyed during the YSRCP rule, Lokesh said, adding that the foreign investors are not at all looking towards Andhra Pradesh now. “Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, has completely mortgaged the State for his personal gains, totally hampering the future of the youth,” the TDP leader maintained.

At Yeguva Kamma Kandriga, Lokesh along with the sugarcane farmers ploughed the land. The farmers complained to Lokesh that the YSRCP government is harassing them in various ways and that they are getting ready to migrate to other States as they are unable to bear the harassment.

Promising them that the TDP will initiate all measures to come to their rescue once the party forms its government again, Lokesh asked them to just wait for another one year.

At Kapu Kandriga, the TDP general secretary had an interaction with the local Scheduled Caste (SC) representatives. “I am here to personally interact with you to know your problems personally. It is the TDP that is going to come back to power in the coming polls and we will take all measures for the welfare of the SCs,” he said.

Lokesh also promised them that their lands that are now grabbed by the politicians, to whichever party they belong, will be handed over back to them. The welfare schemes that are now discontinued will be relaunched, Lokesh said and also promised to announce job calendars regularly with the appointments to be made systematically.

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TDP to write to poll panel seeking derecognition of YSRCP, says Atchen Naidu


TDP state unit president, Kinjarapu Atchen Naidu, on Friday stated that Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, eliminated his paternal uncle, Y S Vivekananda Reddy, only to gain power in the State. He further said that the TDP will soon write to the Central Election Commission (EC) to derecognise the YSR Congress Party for its criminal activities in politics.

Releasing the book titled ‘Jaganasura Raktha Charitra’ at the party headquarters here, Atchen Naidu, along with TDP politburo members, Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, Varla Ramaiah, Nimmala Ramanaidu and Nakka Ananda Babu, told media persons that Jagan came to power by taking the people for a ride after killing his own uncle.

“This murder created great sensation across the country and this book has all the details as to who murdered Vivekananda Reddy, who is behind the killing and how they eliminated the evidence,” Atchen Naidu said.

The TDP state unit president wanted the “Jaganasura Raktha Charitra’ book should reach every household as only then the people will know the facts and the persons involved in the murder. “On behalf of the TDP, we are writing to the poll panel explaining how Jagan got the benefit in the 2019 elections by blaming then chief minister and TDP president, Chandrababu Naidu, for the murder,” Atchen Naidu stated.

During the Chandrababu Naidu regime between 2014-2019, the State stood on top in welfare and development and presuming that he would come back to power, Jagan, who was the then leader of the Opposition, resorted to this kind of atrocities, to satisfy his thirst for power, Atchen Naidu remarked.

Jagan who went on a pada yatra uttered all nonsence and made false allegations against Chandrababu, he stated.

“Since this has not worked out as expected, Jagan got frustrated and played the ‘kodi katti’ (rooster knife) drama at the Visakhapatnam airport, finally resorting to the murder of his uncle,” the TDP state unit president remarked.

Soon after Viveka was killed, YSRCP MP, Vijayasai Reddy, told the media that Viveka died of a heart stroke only to send a strong message to the public to raise a debate on the murder and later leisurely eliminated the evidence, he said. In discarding the evidence, ruling party MP, Avinash Reddy, and his father, Bhaskar Reddy, played a major role, he added.

The book, ‘Jaganasura Raktha Charitra’ reflects all these facts and above all reveals much more, Atchen Naidu said adding that all people in the State, particularly women should read the book completely.

“In the coming elections the women should become aware and should avoid Jagan as it will be more dangerous even if a single woman votes for him,” the TDP state unit president felt.

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TDP leader says, ready to sacrifice seat for Pawan


Palla Srinivas Rao, TDP leader and former MLA from Gajuwaka constituency, made key comments today on TDP Janasena alliance. Details as follows

As per the recent developments, it is clear that Janasena and TDP moving closer to each other. There have also been questions about the constituency from which Pawan will contest. Today reporters posted the same question to Palla Srinivasa Rao who is aspiring TDP ticket from Gajuwaka constituency this time. Palla won from this constituency in 2014 but lost in 2019. He told today that CBN not visiting his constituency in 2019 is also one of the reasons for his debacle in 2019. He also admitted that there were rumours at that time that CBN did so to support Pawan, who was contesting from the same constituency. When asked about if he is ready to sacrifice his seat in 2024 in case Pawan wants to contest from Gajuwaka, he told that he would abide by decision taken by CBN in such cases, no matter what the decision is. However, he quickly added that he is not interested to contest as MP this time.

As per the reports, there’s huge anti wave on incumbent YSRCP MLA Nagi Reddy and even Jagan is not willing to give him ticket this time. Given this background, in 2024, it would be a cake walk for the opposition candidate at Gajuwaka. We need to wait and see how the equations change in near future.

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This Govt does not know what development is, says Lokesh


TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh, on Tuesday felt that the YSRCP Government does not have any knowledge about development and Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, is surrounded by robbers.

Lokesh, during his ongoing pada yatra ‘Yuva Galam’ was given a rousing reception by the villagers of Kaigal of V Kota mandal. After having a brief chat with the villagers, Lokesh visited the plaque at the Kaigal reservoir for which the foundation stone was laid on February 21, 2019, to meet the drinking water needs of the people of Byreddypalli and V Kota mandals.

Later, Lokesh said that the TDP government after laying the foundation stone for the reservoir also acquired the necessary land and allotted funds for its construction. This Government, however, completely neglected it as it does not have any intention to meet the drinking water needs of the locals here, he said.

“The condition of the roads too is very bad and the Government did not initiate any measures to fill the potholes on the roads. That is the reason as to why people want this psycho Government to go and the cycle government should be back,” Lokesh commented.

Except looting the State, the current ruling dispensation does not have any idea on development, Lokesh said.

Before visiting Kaigal, Lokesh met the petty traders at the local market at Kasturi Nagaram of V Kota mandal where the locals narrated their cup of woes to him. A fruit seller told Mr Lokesh that his son studied B Tech but does not have any job. “Our children will get employment only if Chandrababu Naidu becomes the chief minister again,’ the petty traders said in unison.

From Kaigal, Lokesh moved to Kommaramadugu village where he interacted with the locals. The farmers in the village said that the investment per acre is now about Rs 3 lakh as the prices of fertilisers and pesticides besides the labour charges have gone up heavily.

The returns are very poor, Rs 1.5 lakh or so per acre and they are suffering huge losses in agriculture.

Lokesh promised to take their problems to the notice of the State Government and will continue his fight till justice is done to them. He felt that the farmers are suffering heavy losses in the absence of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the farm products.

The TDP general secretary said that soon after the TDP is back in power, special attention will be given to the problems being faced by the farmers and steps will be initiated to resolve them.

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Don’t trouble TDP activists, Lokesh warns YSRCP


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photos : Nara Lokesh ‘Yuva Galam’ – Day 1


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Finally, Lokesh gets police clearance for Padayatra


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

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

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

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

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

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

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TDP demands revival of SC, ST welfare schemes


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jagan rule is worse than Britishers dictatorship, says Varla Ramaiah


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Advisors are only helping Jagan to rob AP, says Pattabhi


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TDP discounts YSRCP charge on cheque bounce


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TDP, YSRCP exchange leaders as elections approach


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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