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After phone bills, now Jagan govt fails to pay paper bills!


The YSRCP government in Andhra Pradesh led by Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is facing embarrassing situations one after the other.

Recently, the mobile phone service providers disconnected services to government staff after the state government defaulted on payment of phone bills.

Today, the newspaper suppliers stopped newspapers to Andhra Pradesh Secretariat and other state government offices after their dues were not cleared by the government. With this, no newspapers were seen in Secretariat and other offices today.

The Jagan government which is spending thousands of crores of rupees on Navaratnalu cash dole out schemes every month is facing troubles to clear common bills like mobile phones, newspapers etc.

There were reports that even the snack suppliers to Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) have threatened to stop snack supplies as their dues were not cleared by the government.

These incidents are giving scope to speculate about the gravity of the financial crisis being faced by the YSRCP government.

Though fund crunch is common for any government in any state, what surprises and shocks all is the inability to pay even common bills like mobile phone bills, newspapers etc, which are just in thousands and lakhs of rupees.

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Jagan to launch state-wide yatra: Sign of early polls?


Giving more credence to the rumours of early polls, AP chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has indicated that he would a state-wide tour of the village secretariats from December. He said he would be on a public outreach programmes two days per week. During a Spandana video conference on Wednesday evening, he also told the MLAs to start visiting the village secretariats on a regular basis.

This would be YS Jagan’s first state-wide outreach programme after he took over as the chief minister of the state. The last such outreach programme that Jagan undertook was the historic Praja Sankalpa Yatra, which covered 90 percent of the constituencies in AP in 2018. This yatra has catapulted him to power in the 2019 elections.

Significantly, the talk of a state-wide outreach has come a few days after YS Jagan announced that Prashant Kishore and his team would work for the YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh. The outreach programme is believed to have been suggested by Team PK to YS Jagan. The MLAs too would be organizing similar outreach programmes at their level to create a buzz in favour of the ruling YSRCP. The elections could be held in 2023, almost a year before the schedule, sources say.

The massive public contact programme will highlight the achievements of the YSRCP government such as the progress of Polavaram, some irrigation projects, covid handling and the welfare schemes. The early polls could deny time for the opposition parties to regroup and reorganize themselves. They would be in a disarray when the elections would be held and that would help Jagan to romp home comfortably.

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Stormy monsoon session to witness Babu-Jagan faceoff


The monsoon session of the AP Assembly is set to be held very soon. The government is making arrangements for the same. A notification is expected anytime soon. Of late, the assembly sessions in AP are fast emerging as live sparring shows, with both the government and the opposition spiting at one another. According to some, with the kind of attacks, counter-attacks, the verbal harangues and the wordy duels, the assembly is fast emerging as a potboiler.

How the Opposition TDP will corner the Government and how the YSRCP will isolate Chandrababu would be keenly watched. Personalised attacks are likely to raise the heat in the legislative assembly. The ruling YSRCP might go ballistic on the TDP and might specifically highlight the dismal performance of the TDP in the MPTC and ZPTC elections. At the same time, the TDP is likely to focus on the recent attack on Chandrababu’s residence.

The issues such as the financial improprieties of the Jagan Government and the Central Government’s admonition of the State Government are also likely to be discussed. Lokesh’s tours and his vituperative attacks too could figure during the discussions. The TDP is also likely to highlight the failures of the YSRCP Government.

The assembly session will also see a major face-off between Jagan Mohan Reddy and Chandrababu Naidu. In the last session, the TDP and Chandrababu Naidu stayed away from the assembly proceedings in protest against Jagan’s attitude. Will it be different this time? Let’s wait and see how things unfold.

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Breaking: One more jolt from YS Jagan to Tollywood


The government of Andhra Pradesh is yet to revise the ticket pricing GO and the entire Tollywood is waiting for the meeting with AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy. The meeting was scheduled to take place today but it was canceled in the last minute without any information. Megastar Chiranjeevi along with several celebrities had plans to meet YS Jagan and discuss the challenges that the exhibition industry is facing due to the new GO issued. The celebrities are now left in shock after the meeting was called off again.

The AP Film Development Corporation will meet the selected distributors and exhibitors of AP today in Amaravati and the meeting is scheduled at 11 AM. It is heard that YS Jagan is not in a mood to meet Tollywood celebrities before the government gets clarity on the ticket portal for films in the state. Today, the AP FDC will strictly discuss about the steps to be followed for the ticket pricing portal. The AP government is keen to implement this at the earliest and take a stronghold on controlling the prices of tickets. For now, the upcoming films will have to struggle and release their films in AP for the slashed prices.

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Jagan govt fails to pay phone bills, services disconnected!


In a big embarrassment to YSRCP government in Andhra Pradesh led by Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy, the mobile phone services of state government employees were disconnected by mobile service providers on Sunday (today).

The reason, Jagan govt defaulted on payment of bills despite repeated reminders by service providers.

The incident exposed the pathetic financial condition of AP government under Jagan regime.

There are no funds even to pay phone bills as all funds evaporated due to Navaratnalu cash dole out schemes of Jagan even after taking huge loans from financial institutions.

This development shocked officials and staff on a day when counting of votes for ZPTC, MPTC elections are going on.

Officials and staff of I&PR department immediately posted their personal mobile numbers in media groups to remain accessible to media on counting day and update poll results.

Jagan government has funds to give jacket ads to newspapers for various Jagananna, Rajanna schemes but no funds to pay phone bills of I&PR department.

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YS Jagan’s Rosaiah Connection: Aimed at helping Vijaysai Reddy?


Is Jagan slowly and silently getting closer to former CM K Rosaiah? It appears so. One name in the newly constituted TTD jumbo trust board failed to catch anyone’s attention. One person from Vizag – Pyda Krishna Prasad – has been made the trust board member. Not many would even pay attention to know who this man is.

Pyda Krishna Prasad is a popular businessman in Vizag and runs educational institutions too. Not just that, he has set up Saranya Venkateshwara Swamy temple in Vizag. But, there is another connection that most people know. Krishna Prasad is the son0in-law of former CM K Rosaiah. It is clear that Vijayasai Reddy, who is planning to contest from Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha seat in 2024, has recommended his name. Sources in the know say that Vijaysai is eyeing the Vysya vote in the urban part of the constituency.

Insiders say there is another angle to it. If and when the state’s administrative capital is shifted to Vizag, the Jagan government is planning to use the educational institutions of Krishna Prasad as temporary offices for various departments. Sources say Krishnaprasad has given his consent to the proposal. By making him the special invitee in the TTD board, the YSRCP is gaining the support of the Vysyas and also getting some temporary space for the offies.

In the latest development, Vizag has got two key posts in the TTD. One is Krishna Prasad. The other is Sudhakar. He is the chairperson of the Brahmana Corporation, which is aimed at garnering the Brahmin votes. Both are small but influential groups.

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Andhra to seek Centre’s support to develop infra in tribal areas


The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to seek Centre’s assistance for building infrastructure facilities in the tribal areas across the state.

Apart from constructing roads and improving schools and hospitals under the Nadu-Nedu initiative, the state government also plans to provide comprehensive internet and mobile facilities in these areas.

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday held a high-level meeting with the officials of the Home and Tribal Welfare departments regarding the Union Home Ministry’s forthcoming meeting on Left-wing extremism, to be held on September 26. The Chief Minister asked the state’s officials to prepare an action plan and seek adequate support for these programmes from the Centre.

The state government has been improving the condition of schools and hostels in 36 scheduled mandals under Nadu-Nedu along with renovating the government hospitals in those regions.

The Chief Minister also directed the telecom officials to map the towers being set up in the tribal areas. He instructed the authorities to design a policy for providing internet and mobile facilities to all the tribal villages in the state.

The officials said that telecom facilities are being provided to 900 villages with the help of around 400 towers.

DGP Gautam Sawang explained that Maoist activities in the state have dipped significantly, with the current strength of the armed Maoists pegged at 50.

Currently, Maoist activity can be seen only in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and West Godavari districts, the DGP said in the meeting.

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Is Jagan planning for early polls like KCR?


Is YS Jagan Mohan Reddy planning a early elections and throw the Opposition off-gear to secure a facile win. Indications are that he is planning to sweep the TDP off its feet by calling for an early poll. He has asked all his ministers and MLAs that they should start preparing ground for the election. He has also asked the YSRCP leaders to launch a house-to-house contact programme to dispel the opposition campaign against the government.

As if this was not enough, the famed Prashant Kishor team has once again begun working for YS Jagan. Why are they beginning to work two years in advance? This question is rankling many people. The early entry of Team PK is being seen as an indication that Jagan could be planning something very big to upset the Opposition’s apple cart. Another important pointer is that Jagan has said that 80 per cent of the ministers would be used for election purposes.

Jagan said that this will be done from May 2022. Incidentally, team PK too will start working from next year. This means, YS Jagan will go into election more from May 2022 itself. This also means that there could be an election somewhere around mid 2023, at least a year ahead of the schedule.

The internal assessment of the YSRCP is that there is a very positive mood in favour of the YSRCP government mainly because of the welfare schemes. He reportedly wants to go for elections before the euphoria wanes. He also realises that continuing the welfare doles is becoming increasingly difficult. So, Jagan might want to go for polls before the welfare schemes become a huge burden.

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This Rajguru is emerging ‘all powerful’ in Jagan raj


In the olden folklore movies, one would see the Rajguru playing a pivotal role in the rule of the kinds. His word used to the law and kings and queens paid obeisance to them. Not much seems to have changed in this despite the advent of democracy. Remember, the chief minister of a Telugu state made his Guru, who is the pontiff of a famous mutt, sit in his chair and bless him. The AP CM, despite being a non-Hindu, has his own Guru, who has great influence over him.

The buzz in the AP political circles is that the unofficial Raj Guru is deciding everything in the governance of temples, especially in Tirumala. He is playing a key role in making changes in the darsanam timings of the Tirumala temple. Even appointments and expansion of the existing committees are being done only after consulting him. Realising his clout, several TTD officials are making a beeline to the seer’s ashramam and are said to be prostrating before him. They are also said to be receiving special benedictions, teertham and prasadam from the hands of the seer.

Significantly, the seer has reportedly asked the TTD to re-launch its bhajan mandals in the slums, dalit colonies and tribal areas to propagate Hindu dharma. The seer is said to have advised them to take action against those resorting to conversion atop the Tirupati temple.

Sources say that it was the intervention of this seer that has influenced the TTD executive board and the chairperson to allow darshanams. The swamy is said to be behind the recent controversy over traditional food service in Tirumala. Sources say that the seer’s proximity to Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is being widely spoken in hushed tones.

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TTD Board appointments indicate Jagan-KCR ‘understanding’!


The appointments made by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy to the TTD Board (Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam) Board on Monday triggered political speculations that there is an ‘understanding’ between Jagan, Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao and his son K.T.Rama Rao.

This is because Jagan appointed five persons to TTD Board which were recommended by KCR and KTR.

In fact, speculations are rife that Jagan has even agreed to accommodate one more woman recommended by KTR as a ‘special invitee’ on TTD Board and orders are awaited anytime.

Jagan appointed MSN Laboratories vice president Jeevan Reddy as a member of TTD Board. Jeevan Reddy is the brother of TRS Mahabubnagar MP Manne Srinivas Reddy.

Jagan continued Jupally Rameshwar Rao of My Home Group, B Parthasaradhi Reddy of Hetero Group and TRS leader from Siddipet Mooramsetti Ramulu as members in the new TTD Board. All these are close aides of KCR.

TRS Koratla MLA Kalvakuntla Vidyasagar Rao was also appointed to TTD Board. He is a relative of KCR.

Contrary to speculations that Jagan will not consider recommendations of KCR in the wake of the ongoing Krishna water dispute between both the states, Jagan accommodated all recommended by KCR and KTR in the new TTD Board.

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Somu shoots of 5 letters to Jagan in 20 days


Shooting of letters to those in power is an old strategy of Opposition politicians. When nothing else succeeds and no agitation shows any impact, the politicians choose the letter-writing route. Dattatreya did this when he was AP BJP president. He shot off letters to YSR and even published the collection of letters into a book. These days, Chandrababu too is writing letters to the government officials on various issues. The latest to join the book-bandwagon is AP BJP president Somu Veerraju.

In the last 20 days, Somu Veerraju wrote as many as five letters on various issues to YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government. He seems to be of the opinion that letter-writing is a better strategy than issuing statements. One letter was on the statistics in the finance department of YS Jagan’s government. The second was on the contributory pension scheme. The third was on the restrictions on the Ganesha festival. Then he wrote about the lifting of police cases against some questionable politicians. The latest is about the problems being faced by the fisher-folk in AP.

Both Somu Veerraju and the AP BJP feel that these letters are having the desired effect. They feel that the government was responding to the letters. The party is of the opinion that the situation in the state is not conducive for street-fights and agitational activities. It feels that if the government responds to their agitation, the party can always claim a victory. If not they can take to streets and launch protests.

Initially, the government had responded to the letters sent by Somu Veerraju. This has emboldened the party. But, the ruling YSRCP is not responding to letters by Chandrababu Naidu. They are being consigned to the dust bin. Sources say that the government is responding to BJP’s letters because the party is not as powerful as the TDP is. They say that the BJP is deemed both toothless and harmless as of now.

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Jagan, Vijayasai bail cancellation: CBI Court dismisses RRR’s petitions


YSRCP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and his close aide, YSRCP MP V Vijayasai Reddy got a reprieve in the CBI Court in Hyderabad on Wednesday (today).

The CBI Court dismissed the petitions filed by YSRCP rebel MP K Raghurama Krishnam Raju seeking cancellation of the bail granted to them in quid pro quo cases filed by CBI in 2012.

Raju filed the petition seeking cancellation of bail to Jagan in April this year and another petition seeking cancellation of bail to Vijaysai Reddy in July this year.

The arguments in these cases were completed in July. The CBI Court reserved its judgement to August 25.

But later it was again postponed to September 25.

Soon after the CBI court dismissed his petition today, Raju stated that he would challenge the judgement in the Telangana High Court soon and made it clear that he will move even Supreme Court to get justice.

The CBI court disagreed with the arguments of the rebel MP that Jagan and Vijayasai had violated the bail conditions by influencing the witnesses after they came to power in AP in May 2019 in connection with the quid pro quo case investigated by the CBI in 2012.

The court noted that there were no complaints from anyone against Jagan and Vijayasai influencing witnesses and impacting the CBI inquiry.

Raju contended in his petition that Jagan had tried to influence several officials, who were co-accused in his case, by posting them in key positions, such as chief secretary, principal secretary and advisor to the government.

Since all the witnesses cited by the prosecution in the quid pro quo case have now become subjects of Jagan, he would influence them not to depose against him before the CBI court, Raju argued.

But the CBI court felt that Raju’s contentions appeared to be purely hypothetical and were not substantiated by any material evidence to prove that Jagan and Vijayasai had influenced any witnesses.

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Jagan’s yatra ended here, but YSRCP’s problems do not seem to end


Ichchapuram… this constituency is quite important for the YSRCP. It is here that YSR’s historic Praja Prasthanam yatra culminated. It is here that Sharmila’s yatra concluded in 2012. Again, Jagan’s game-changing Praja Sankalpa Yatra too ended here amid much tumult and pomp. But the tragedy is that the party has failed to win the Ichchapuram assembly constituency both in 2014 and 2019.

What more? In this sentimentally and emotionally significant constituency, the condition within the YSRCP is none too encouraging. The party in Ichchapuram is being led by an outsider. Piriya Sairaj, who is the party incharge for the constituency is imported from the TDP. He was given the party ticket in 2019, but lost the election. TDP’s Ashok Bendalam has won in both 2014 and 2019.

The second-rung leadership in YSRCP is up in arms against Piriya Sairaj. They are unhappy that turncoats are being given more importance in the party. The dissidents gave a torrid time to Sairaj during the panchayat elections. Similarly, during the municipal elections too, the dissidence reached its peaks. Intervention by Minister Dharmana Krishnadas saved the day for the YSRP. Now, the issue of election of the municipal co option members is causing tremors in the constituency. Here too, the party is divided into pro-Sairaj and anti-Sairaj groups.

This dispute is now causing tension in the YSRCP. Minister Dharmana Krishna Das has refused to intervene this time. The anti-Sairaj group is now going on the offensive. This condition of the party is giving sleepless nights to the leaders. Party’s internal struggles in a sentimentally and emotionally important constituency is the talk of the town.

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Megastar invites top stars for YS Jagan’s Meet


Megastar Chiranjeevi along with several Tollywood celebrities are meeting to discuss about the issues that are to be placed before Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy. The meeting is scheduled to take place on September 20th and the Chief Minister’s Office is yet to reveal about the number of celebrities who can attend the meeting. Chiranjeevi on the other side called up the top actors Mahesh Babu, Prabhas, NTR, Allu Arjun and others to attend the meeting. He got a positive node from all the top actors.

For now, Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan, Prabhas, Mahesh Babu, NTR and Allu Arjun are expected to attend the meeting among the actors. Dil Raju and Suresh Babu from the producers will represent Tollywood. The team will discuss about the ticket pricing GO that was issued by the AP Government. They are keen to explain about how Tollywood is suffering because of the low prices. The other issues that will be discussed are about the waiver for electricity bills and tax exemption during the coronavirus season.

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Is YS Jagan ready to meet Tollywood Celebrities?


The low ticket pricing GO in Andhra Pradesh turned out to be the biggest problem for Tollywood. The coronavirus pandemic is no more a barrier and the entire Tollywood is now waiting for the AP Government to revise the GO. Megastar Chiranjeevi met several celebrities and planned a meeting with YS Jagan. The meeting was scheduled to take place on September 4th but it was called off at the last minute and the real reasons were never disclosed. AP Government soon issued a GO of launching a movie ticket portal to take hold and control the prices of movie tickets in Andhra Pradesh.

The entire film industry is tight-lipped about this. There are speculations that a bunch of Tollywood celebrities will meet YS Jagan in his Tapepalli residence on September 20th. Chiranjeevi has been in touch with AP Minister Perni Nani for some time and Nani is discussing the same with YS Jagan through Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy. Chiranjeevi recently called the top Tollywood actors like Prabhas, Mahesh Babu, NTR, Allu Arjun and others. All the actors responded on a positive note and they promised to attend the meeting with YS Jagan if needed.

There are strong talks that the meeting will take place on September 20th. Tollywood celebrities are eagerly waiting for the meet to discuss about various issues with YS Jagan. More details awaited.

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Andhra CM for improving net connectivity to strengthen WFH in villages


Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has said that synergy would be formed between skill development colleges and the work from home (WFH) concept, leading to better emploment opportunities with good salaries.

At a department review meeting on Monday, the Chief Minister said the state government will strengthen the work from home concept in villages by providing internet facility.

The Chief Minister directed the officials to prioritise on creating the infrastructure required for skill development and training in the state. He also ordered for work to begin on the high-end skills university envisaged at Visakhapatnam.

The state government is planning on setting up one college in each parliamentary constituency for skill development apart from one high-end skills university in Vishakapatnam.

The Chief Minister said that the skill development colleges should enhance the knowledge in topics such coding, software languages, robotics and IoT.

The government will also take up steps to set up one ITI college in each Assembly constituency and focus on basic facilities in private ITI colleges.

The Chief Minister also directed the officials to tailor the ITIs to current requirements and upgrade the syllabus, and see if prestigious institutions like National Academy of Construction could tie up with every ITI across the state.

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Open Letter : Muslims are not happy with mutton marts


Many people of Andhra Pradesh are not happy with the decision of the Jaganmohan Reddy government regarding the establishment of mutton marts. The YSRCP government says that the aim of this decision is to sell hygienic mutton to the customers. And one more thing the government says this is to bring the sky touching rates of the mutton to down. Whatever the governmen says as reasons for its decisions no one in the state is ready to believe. If the government wants to sell hygienic mutton to the consumers, there are so many ways to do it. The government need not enter directly into the business. And circar wants to bring the prices down. No other ways to bring the mutton prices down. Is there any logic in entering the mutton business ?

It seems that the government wants to bring the mutton business into its control. Now a days CM Jaganmohan Reddy wants everything under his control. A few days back the government issued a GO regarding the sale of cinema tickets through a special portal. This is nothing but to control the Telugu film industry where Kamma community is in the lead. Mutton business is not a corporate business. Its a small business generally done by poor muslims and yadavs in some areas normally. If the government enters into this business, what about the livelihood of the poor muslims ? Except a few pockets the entire muslim community supported YSR CP in the recently concluded assembly elections. Now Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy wants to give a return gift to the muslims of AP. As a Chief Minister there are so many things to look after for Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy.

The government should act as a govenment. It has to formulate policies which can bring changes in the lives of the poor and middle income people. It should focus on the unemployment issue. What about the industrialisaion in the state ? The government is not in a position to establish any new industries in the state. Moreover many industralists are not happy with the policies of the AP government. They are shifting their industrial establishments to oher states. The growth regarding IT industry is very low. Thousands of young people are fleeing to Hyderbad and Banglore in search of jobs in IT industry. In these circumstances why the government is eager to launch mutton marts questions the common man of Andhra Pradesh.

S. Abdul Khalik

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Andhra CM writes to Jaishankar about ill-treatment of workers in Bahrain


Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has written to external affairs minister S. Jaishankar about several Indian workers being ill-treated by their employers in Bahrain.

The Chief Minister sought the assistance of the Centre for the return of the workers to their respective home towns.

In a letter to the central minister on Monday, Jagan Mohan Reddy pointed out that among the impacted workers, a sizeable number belongs to Andhra Pradesh.

“In this regard, I would like to bring to your kind notice that the Government of Andhra Pradesh will extend all possible support to Government of India in repatriating the affected workers, belonging to Andhra Pradesh, from Bahrain,” he wrote.

“I request the officials from your good office to reach out to Resident Commissioner, Andhra Pradesh Bhavan or officers from my office (Chief Minister’s Office, Andhra Pradesh) for any assistance needed for repatriating affected workers belonging to Andhra Pradesh,” he added.

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Yes… Botsa is here to stay as Minister!!


Now it’s almost official! AP CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy may stop short of replacing North Andhra strong man Botsa Satyanarayana in his council of ministers. Despite the talk of a massive reshuffle in his council of ministers, Jagan may not touch Botsa. This has put a stop to the reports that CM was planning to remove Botsa from the cabinet. Botsa is here to stay, say YSRCP watchers.

Jagan had announced at the time of the formation of the government that he would reshuffle his council of ministers after two years based on the performance evaluation of the ministers. With the deadline for the reshuffle approaching, there is palpable tension among the party leaders. Also, Jagan has been systematically edging out seniors and is planning to bring in juniors. So, there was a spate of reports that Botsa would be dropped and would be sent to the Lok Sabha.

But, it now appears that Jagan may not touch Botsa for now and that he would continue as a minister for all the five years. His experience, seniority, his caste and political clout in North Andhra may have made Jagan rethink about replacing him. Highly placed sources say he has also indicated to Botsa’s arch rival and ministerial aspirant Kolagatla Veerabhadra Swamy that Botsa would not be replaced for now. To compensate, Jagan has made Swamy’s daughter Sravani the deputy chairperson of Vizianagaram. This is a clear indication that Botsa would not be replaced, say political watchers.

This also means great disappointment for Kolagatla Veerabhadra Swamy. Kolagatla had been a favourite of late YSR and is a favourite of YS Jagan. This also means that it would be political swansong for Swamy, who has a long stint in politics.

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YSRCP biggies’ go on luxury tours, put Jagan in a spot


The profligate and luxurious ways of the YSRCP leaders, especially the MLAs and Ministers, has become a source of bother for AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Many such luxury tours have now become public knowledge and have turned into topics of heated discussions. This is bringing a bad name to the ruling party, which talks ad nauseum about poor people and uplifting their lives.

First it was Jagan’s close relative and minister Balineni Srinivas Reddy’s tour of Russia in a private jet. The pic of this tour was uploaded by none other than the minister himself. Now this has become cannon fodder for the opposition. Clever Balineni silenced the TDP by claiming that TDP MLA Anagani Satyaprasad too accompanied him. However, questions are being raised about the profligate ways of the “pro-poor” politicos.

It is now emerging that a group of YSRCP MLAs, led by one minister spent 4-5 days in the luxurious sea side resorts in Goa. The YSRCP leaders, who were all from the Rayalaseema region, were there to “unwind” themselves in “all possible manners.” It is now reliably learnt that one MLA has invested heavily in the water-front hotel. What is interesting is that the minister, two MLAs and other elected people’s representatives did not go together. They all came separately and met in Goa. What more? These worthies have taken care to ensure that the news is kept a secret.

YSRCP MLAs going to unwind themselves in luxury resorts in Bengaluru is also well-known. Now that these two joints have come to light, the others are being quite discreet. They are trying to cover their tracks. But, the intel sources are said to be trying to unearth more such luxury escapades of the VIPs from Andhra Pradesh.

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