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AP Assembly Speaker issues notices to rebel MLAs again


AP Assembly Speaker Thammineni Sitaram had issued notices once again to the rebel MLAs asking them to appear before him on February 5. He wanted the MLAs to be present before him after the Governor’s address to both Houses of Assembly and Legislative Council.

He interacted with them on December 29. Out of eight MLAs, only five have attended before the speaker while others avoided any interaction with the Speaker. YSRCP rebel MLAs Anam Ramanarayana Reddy, Mekapati Chandrasekhar Reddy, Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy and Undavalli Sridevi, TDP rebel MLA Vasupalli Ganesh were present before the speaker and gave their version.

The speaker started acting on the letters and is likely to take a decision before the budget session. Ganta Srinivasa Rao had sent his resignation in protest against the Central government’s move to privatise the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant. He had sent his resignation letter in the speaker format and had even personally met the speaker in 2020. Based on the MLAs request, the speaker accepted his resignation.

While the YSRCP rebel MLAs wanted more time from the speaker to reply to his notices, the lone TDP rebel MLA who attended the enquiry, said that he would accept whatever decision that the speaker takes. Other TDP rebel MLAs, Vallabhaneni Vamsi Mohan and Karanam Balarama Krishna Murthy did not report to the speaker. The four TDP rebel MLA Maddali Giridhar was unavailable as he was on foreign visit.

The speaker who accepted the resignation of TDP MLA and former minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao is likely to take a call on the disqualification of the rebel MLAs. The YSRCP and the TDP have given letters to the speaker seeking their disqualification from the house for floor crossing.

While the TDP MLAs have disassociated with the party and became associate members of the YSRCP, the YSRCP rebel MLAs were suspended by the party for cross voting during the MLC elections. It was alleged that the four MLAs have voted for the TDP against the party’s whip.

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YSRC MLAs in jitters as Jagan acts on weak hands


Several sitting MLAs in the ruling YSR Congress are in jitters as party president and chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy started acting against those who have a very poor track record.

The appointment of former minister and MLC Dokka Manikya Varaprasad as additional incharge of the Tadikonda constituency triggered a big row in the ruling party. Tadikonda MLA Undavalli Sridevi held a protest against this appointment.

Sridevi and her supporters see the intention of the chief minister in appointing Manikya Varaprasad as additional incharge as a move to drop the sitting MLA. Quite interestingly, the chief minister had given a warning to the non-performing MLAs to change their attitude and start being in the midst of the people.

Sources say that the chief minister is regularly getting feedback on the MLAs from three sources. There is an I-PAC team working round the clock for the chief minister giving him feedback on the MLAs and the MPs. The I-PAC team is touring all the 175 Assembly constituencies, collecting information from the people on the popularity of the MLAs.

There is also another team from Delhi, which is conducting surveys and getting feedback from the constituencies on regular intervals. The team also gives a fortnightly report to the chief minister on the performance of the MLAs.

The third team is of his own – trusted loyalists – who keep a regular watch on the movements of the MLAs. The team collects information on the MLAs and tables it before the chief minister.

Sources say that Jagan Mohan Reddy would compile the three reports and is taking decisions accordingly. The decision to drop Tadikonda MLA Undavalli Sridevi is only a tip of an iceberg and there are at least 25 sitting MLAs who may not get the party ticket to contest the 2024 elections.

Among the sitting MPs, at least five of them would be denied the party ticket in the next elections. Jagan Mohan Reddy had already started looking for alternatives in these 25 Assembly and 5 Parliament constituencies, which had become a cause of worry for the sitting MLAs and MPs in the ruling party.

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Pawan a state rowdy: YCP MLA’s sensational remarks


The fight between Jana Senani Pawan Kalyan and Bhimavaram YCP MLA Grandhi Srinivas has escalated further. Now, the YCP MLA launched an all out scathing attack, saying that Pawan was nothing but a state rowdy while his party leaders being ‘aaku rowdies’.

What more, the YCP MLA has said that the Jana Sena has got a patent on those qualities. It was unfortunate that Pawan Kalyan has lost balance after setting up his party. He was speaking without coherence. Pawan seemed to be a mental patient suffering from psychological problems.

Grandhi Srinivas has continued his attack, saying that Pawan has once attempted suicide which would only reveal his state of mind. The MLA hit back saying that while the Jana Sena threatened to pack him in a van of mad dogs, it was the people who did that to Pawan in both assembly segments where he contested in 2019.

The municipal elections have raised the range of heated exchanges between the rival leaders. The MLA obviously started his counter after Pawan’s latest criticism.

Pawan also seemed to be highly determined to take his revenge in the civic polls after he was defeated by Grandhi Srinivas in Bhimavaram in the last elections.

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Two more YCP MLAs to join TDP soon?

Vijayawada: At least two more MLAs from the YSR Congress are set to jump into the ruling Telugu Desam Party in the next few weeks. This time, it is from the Srikakulam district. Minister for Power and TDP AP president K Kalavenkata Rao is now dealing with these two legislators and the formal switch over is likely to happen either during the Mahanadu or later.

The YSR Congress had lost 21 MLAs so far who have crossed over to the ruling party. While the turncoats Bhuma Nagi Reddy died, his daughter Bhuma Akhila Priya and others, C Adinarayana Reddy, N Amarnadha Reddy, R V Sujayakrishna Ranga Rao have become the Ministers. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that he would compensate the others in the days to come and there are chances of accommodating them in the Tirumala Tirupathi Devastanams (TTD).

Meanwhile, two more MLAs, Kambala Jogulu and Viswasarayi Kalavathi are set to cross the fence soon. The two legislators are not happy with YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and are uncomfortable in the party these days. Jogulu, a senior legislator was first elected on TDP ticket from Palakonda constituency in 2004 but switched over to the Praja Rajyam Party and contested unsuccessfully in 2009 elections from Rajam Constituency. In 2014, he contested on the YSR Congress ticket from Rajam constituency and won. He now wants to go back to his parent party, TDP.

Kalavathi is the first time MLA from Palakonda constituency. She had contested on the PRP ticket unsuccessfully in the 2009 elections.

The AP TDP president and Minister is actively pursuing the entry of the two legislators into the party. This would happen mostly during the TDP’s Mahanadu, which is scheduled to be held in Visakhapatnam for three days from May 27.

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