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TDP-BJP alliance – leaders speak for break up

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Vijayawada: The alliance between the Telugu Desam Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party is all set for break up, much ahead of the next elections. This time, the leaders of the two parties are speaking openly against continuation of the alliance for the next elections. Going by the intensity of these statements, it is clear that the alliance is set for a break up, most probably by the end of this year or the early next year.

The BJP senior leaders like Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, Daggubati Purandheswari, Kanna Lakshminarayana, Somu Veerraju have been openly criticising the alliance with the TDP, while leaders like K Hari Babu, Kamineni Srinivas and Vishnukumar Raju are in favour of continuation. The hardcore anti-TDP leaders, Kavuri, Purandheswari and Kanna have been lobbying against the alliance, while Haribabu, Kamineni and Vishnukumar Raju, with the blessings of Venkaiah Naidu are in favour of continuing the alliance. However, it appears that these leaders too are now toeing the line of others with Venkaiah Naidu himself giving enough hints on breaking the alliance. Venkaiah Naidu said that the alliance with the TDP is set for a review before the next round of elections. His statement had come handy for the others who have been aggressively voicing to put their case before the national president Amit Shah.

Meanwhile, there is a similar talk from within the TDP leaders to break the alliance for the next elections. Vijayawada MP, Kesineni Srinivas was the first one to speak for the break up with the TDP. He went one step forward and said that the alliance with the BJP had cost the TDP dearly and it was not wise to continue it for the next elections. Though the other TDP leaders are not speaking about it openly, they do appear to be subscribing to this argument and are ready to speak in the party forum, particularly at the Mahanadu scheduled to begin on May 27.

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Venkaiah elected as President of Governing Council of UN-Habitat

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Governing Council (GC) of UN-Habitat, an organ of the united nations to promote sustainable human settlements in the world, unanimously elected India as President. Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu will be presiding over the GC for two years. He will chair the 4-day meeting of the 58-member GC from Nairobi, Kenya starting today.

Venkaiah thanked the member countries for having confidence in India and electing it as the president for the next two years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulating the minister tweeted “Congratulations Venkaiah Ji. I am sure you will give your best & contribute towards creating futuristic cities.”

It is third time for India to preside over GC since its inception in 1978. The 26th meeting of the GC is based on the theme ‘Opportunities for effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda’. GC serves as the decision-making body for the UN Human Settlements Programme and approves UN-Habitat’s biennial work programme and budget.

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BJP gets ready for expansion in AP

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Visakhapatnam: The Bharatiya Janata Party is all set to expand its base in Andhra Pradesh in the coming months. While the party leaders claim that the expansion is set to take off once the party chief Amit Shah visits the State in next month, it is said that the actual work at the ground level would begin only after the replacement of the party leadership in the State.

Amit Shah had during his earlier visit to the State in February 2016 had asked the party leaders to march forward expanding the party base in the State. He saw a gap for BJP in the State politics with the debacle of the Congress and the failure of YSR Congress to be the main Opposition. He had categorically stated that people were looking for a real alternative party in the State and wanted the leaders to cash in on the opportunity. However, things did not go as anticipated and the party remained where it started in the State.

The leaders like Somu Veerraju, Kanna Lakshminarayana, Daggubati Purandheswari and others have been trying to expand the party but it could not move an inch forward with Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu favouring ties with the ruling Telugu Desam Party in the State and his loyalist and AP unit president K Haribabu not showing interest to displease TDP. Neither Venkaiah Naidu nor Haribabu acted on the complaints of the local leaders that the TDP was not allowing the party to expand its base. The leaders, at Bhimavaram meeting held in 2016, complained that the TDP leaders were not allowing them to take up membership drive in the villages fearing a threat.

Sources in the BJP said that the party national leadership is serious on the slow pace of expansion in the State. It is said that the leaders have complained against Venkaiah Naidu and Haribabu for not entertaining them to expand the base which was taken up seriously by the high command. It is for this reason, the party national leadership had decided to drop Haribabu and ask Venkaiah Naidu not to interfere with the AP affairs. This is expected to happen after Amit Shah’s visit to the State and the proposed national executive to be held in Visakhapatnam in June.

The party is also seriously weighing the candidatures of Somu Veerraju, Kanna Lakshminarayana and Purandheswari for the AP president post. A good number of party senior leaders are favouring Veerraju or Kanna who represent the Kapu community, a section of leaders are also in support of Purandheswari representing the dominant Kamma community in the State. It is to be seen how the BJP leadership would make its next move to expand its base in the State.

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Muslims need reservations to bring them out of the vote-bank menace

Telangana is witnessing different perspectives on the Muslim reservations bill. The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination hosted by the United nations postulated (in Article 2.2) that affirmative action or reservations programs may be required of countries that ratified the convention, in order to rectify systematic discrimination.

Seven decades into independence instead of realizing Minorities as an integral part of the country they are still being considered as vote-bank. Congress and Communist parties managed to ensure to uplift minorities to a certain extent. BJP’s behavior in TS assembly during the passage of the Muslim reservation bill clearly displays the party’s future perspective. It is paving way for partisan politics. The saffron party called the move an attempt to pander to minorities. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said it would be akin to creating “another Pakistan”.

The general Muslim aversion to the BJP still runs deep, evident from the voting pattern. Muslim vote-bank across the country did not vote in favor of BJP in the 2014 elections. Likewise, TRS did not have any alliance with Muslim parties and it lost in the places where Muslim voters are in majority. In the GHMC elections, TRS swam alone and could make their candidate as mayor. Neither in GHMC elections nor in Assembly elections did the Muslim vote bank support TRS. Despite the aversion, KCR went ahead in implementing the promises made in his election manifesto. In all his 179 speeches during elections, KCR mentioned about the Muslim reservation and subsequently is implementing everything as promised. But BJP is tagging it with religion.

The beauty of democracy is that all the people need to be treated equally by the party that comes to power. The government is responsible for the welfare of all the communities. From the very first elections not even one party received 40 percent voters support except for once. Leaders are forming government with votes polled by merely one third of the voters. However, all the leaders have been delivering their responsibility to all voters including the two fractions which did not vote. India has never witnessed a party favoring only a segment of its voters. But now the saffron party paved way to work only for the people who voted for them. It would be mockery of democracy if only those who voted will be given preferential treatment.

Muslim progress is not considered by the ruling BJP, all they speak is about protecting them. Even the leaders of their party in respective states are displaying the same attitude. BJP could get seats without alliance at the center and recently in UP. But it is known for its Hindutva affiliations. From past three years, instead of trying to shed the image, it has taken the route of constantly propagating that the minorities are trusting them. It is now cleverly trying to make inroads into the Muslim community by virtually dividing it on the basis of gender. Injustice will stop only when they are allowed to progress by creating equal opportunities. The women whom Modi targeted need to be educated and this will come when they have reservations to grow with more opportunities and become self-reliant. Their representation in educational institutions and employment should be on par with their share in Indian population.

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Venkaiah joins forces with Naidu on ‘Local Status’

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Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu also pitched in to support the efforts of chief minister Chandrababu Naidu to get the presidential order that determines the local status of students in Andhra and Telangana states amended. Venkaiah also urged union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of Law & Justice Sadananda Gowda to act immediately to resolve the issue of ‘local status’ of the children of people, who are now living in Telangana and want to relocate to Andhra Pradesh.

Venkaiah held extensive discussions with senior officials of the Union Home and Law & Justice departments in New Delhi on the issue of ‘local status’. The discussions focused on making necessary amendments to the Presidential Orders issued in 1974 and 1975 in respect of admissions into educational institutions and employment based on ‘local status’ in the erstwhile united AP.

A statement issued by the Union Urban Development Ministry said,”The provisions of the two Presidential Orders which are in force along with the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act,2014, were examined at length in the meeting. Venkaiah urged the two Ministries to take swift action for suitably amending the existing Presidential Orders.”

Naidu, during the discussion also spoke to the Chief Secretary of AP, IYR Krishna Rao, for clarity on related issues.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, in a letter written union home minister Rajanath Singh two days back, proposed an inclusion of para in the existing order inorder to overcome the impediment. Andhra Pradesh government proposes to grant local status to the children of the people who want to locate to Andhra Pradesh from Telangana within three year from the appointed date ie July 2, 2014.

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AP Cong to bombard PM with ‘dislikes’

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Encouraged by the huge response to its ‘core-Signature program’,’ filing cases against Modi, Chandrababu and Venkaiah Naidu, and SMS campaign for Special Category State Status (SCS) from people, Andhra Pradesh Congress want to enter the social media platforms to spread awareness about the SCS among the educated youth and send dislikes to PM.

Former Minister Sake Sailajanth told this to media in the SMS campaign in Ongole, launched by students and youth wings of the party. The campaign is meant to exert pressure on the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and union ministers from the State to take up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi aggressively. Sailajanath is the in-charge of the SMS campaign.

Asserting that SCS is the right of Andhra people, the former minister said the youth from the State would send dislikes to the Facebook page of the Prime Minister and also to his twitter handle if the Centre for pushing under carpet the promises he and his party made at the time of bifurcation and during his election campaign in Andhra Pradesh.

He said party would start campaign in social media forums as well to build a support to the efforts of Congress party. “Social media plays a decisive role in the opinion making. We want to place the injustice being done to the state of Andhra Pradesh, which is the victim of bifurcation of united Andhra Pradesh. The people of Andhra Pradesh want compensation for whatever they lost in the bifurcation like capital, public sector industry, IT, Institutes of higher education and research organization,” he said.

“The onus of compensating the loss is on PM Modi by giving effect to the then UPA cabinet resolution on SCS,” Sailajanth, the State in-charge for SMS campaign, said.

The SMS campaign will go on for one more week.

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History falsified during colonial period- Venkaiah

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Excerpts of address of union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu during the release of book “The Chronology of Ancient India: Victim of distortions and concoctions”
on 13th September 2015 in Hyderabad. The book is written by Dr Vedveer Arya.

Indians traditionally preserved the chronology of ancient times in Puranas but unfortunately, the tradition got discontinued after Gupta period. Gradually, the exact epochs of ancient eras have also been forgotten by the 10th and 11th century CE that led to certain inconsistencies in the chronology of ancient India. Taking advantage of these inconsistencies, Western historians and their followers distorted the chronology and concocted many false theories also that led the modern Indian historical research in the direction that suited their purpose. Since the Western and colonial historians systematically nurtured a bias towards the traditional chronology of ancient India, the majority of historians, particularly those with Leftist leanings, of independent India have also carried forward the same legacy that also got patronized by the certain sections of political establishment.

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The entire edifice of the chronology of ancient India was erected on false foundations during the colonial period. Many scholars have attempted to expose the fallacy of the distorted Indian chronology with reference to the Puranic chronology. I am told that the present research work is completely based on the comprehensive study of the chronological content of the inscriptions.
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Unfortunately, many in India’s intellectual elite continue to promote the notion that pre-colonial India was feudalistic, pre-rational, and by implication in need of being invaded for its own benefit.

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V’wada and Vizag metros to be ready by 2018

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Even though the population is below viable level in Vijayawada and Vizag, centre is ready to give go ahead for the construction of metro rails for the two cities. On Saturday Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) submitted the detailed project report (DPR) to the state government. DMRC advisor Sridharan delivered a copy of the DPR each to chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu today in Vijayawada. Later, Andhra Pradesh has decided to entrust construction of the two metros to DMRC. For the time being, Guntur metro has been put on hold.

Talking to media chief minister Naidu announced that these two projects had been fast tracked and will be completed as per the schedule. “Vijayawada works will begin any time and project will be completed by 2018,” he said. Union minister Venkaiah Naidu said there won’t be any problem for Vizag as the population might have reached 20 lakh by now. ” As per the 2011 census Vizag population was 17 lakh. As the city has recorded 2.85 pc growth rate, by this time the population must have reached to 20 lakh by now,” he said.

Similarly, he said, Vijayawada metro had been permitted without sticking to the population norm as it is the capital city. He said Vijayawada DPR had already been approved by the Andhra Pradesh government which letter sent it for centre’s approval. “Centre has also cleared the project and it is being posed for international aid,”Venkaiah said.

The 26.03 km long Vijayawada metro will be taken up at a cost of Rs 6769 crore while the 42.55 km Vizag metro needs Rs 12727 crore. Venkaiah hoped that Vijayawada and Vizag projects would be completed by 2018 . He appreciated the CM for fast tracking these projects.

Chief minister said a special purpose vehicle (SPV) would be set up with union government, Andhra Pradesh government and financiers soon.

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