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Jagan transfers Rs 6,673 Cr into accounts of poor mothers

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In the second year of ‘Amma Vadi’, AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy has transferred Rs. 6,673 Cr directly into the bank accounts of over 45 lakh mothers. The CM said that his aim is to help the poor mothers give good education to their children. He has seen their problems and inabilities to educate their children during his Padayatra.

At his today’s public meeting in Nellore, the Chief Minister asserted that in just 19 months, his Government has brought in a revolution in education. The poor mothers are not able to send their children to top educational opportunities. Just for sending their children to schools and colleges, the poor mothers’ were being given Rs. 15,000 each. No longer the mothers would send their children to work for lack of money to educate them.

Mr. Jagan said that in the past, the private and corporate schools used to exploit the poor families by charging exorbitant fees. But that situation was not there now. Best facilities were being provided in the schools now. The Nadu Nedu programme was being implemented for achieving this purpose.

The CM said that if any child won’t come to school, their parents would be called on the first day. If the child does not for a second day, the volunteer will visit their homes to enquire about the reasons. Such is the care that the YCP regime is taking.

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Will Jagan use higher court litigation to avoid local polls?

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Undoubtedly, State Election Commissioner N Ramesh Kumar stood like a rock and he was fighting his war like a one-man army. All his strength has obviously come from the fact that he is the head of an autonomous, constitutional institution. However, the main challenge is coming from the manner in which the YCP regime has taken a serious view.

Right from the beginning, Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy and his Ministers had given enough indications that the local polls will not be held as long as Nimmagadda is the SEC. Now, Nimmagadda brought it to such a point that the Government would have no choice but to bow down. Even then, the Jagan regime approached the High Court which will take up hearing on the Government’s petition against the SEC order today.

Analysts say that the YCP Government has been using the litigation in higher courts as an excuse to go ahead with its policies despite adverse judgements in the lower courts. It happened with the YCP colours on the Government buildings and also with the English medium in the schools.

What more, it has become a prestige issue for the CM. Whereas, the SEC is just using his constitutional authority to prove his point and assert his position. Even if the AP High Court favours the SEC today, the Government may not outright cooperate with the local polls. Like all other issues, this will also go to the higher court by which time Nimmagadda will retire.

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Jagan to shoot three birds at one shot: SEC, ED, TDP

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy has no fear of the law. His Government has decided to continue its confrontation with the State Election Commission (SEC). The CM is going to defy the SEC order not to distribute benefits under any Government programme in view of the election code being in force now. Tomorrow, Mr. Jagan Reddy is going to distribute ‘Amma Vadi’ financial benefits to mothers towards the education of their children. He will press the button at a function to be held in Nellore district headquarters town.

Normally, the Chief Minister would press the button on the computer from his Tadepalli residence. At the click of a button, he would facilitate deposit of thousands of crores directly into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. But this time, the CM chose to do this in Nellore. His Ministers had descended on Nellore to make arrangements for the same. Actually, the CM was summoned to attend before the ED Special Court tomorrow. So, his lawyers would tell the court that the CM was busy with the public meeting.

At the same time, Mr. Jagan would so publicly defy the SEC’s order for not distributing benefits. That too, the CM was going to distribute benefits to over 40 lakh mothers and 85 lakh children. The Ministers were saying that there was no question of stopping the public benefit programme just because of the SEC or Mr. Chandrababu Naidu. The TDP chief was acting like a ‘Saindhavudu’ to create hurdles for the people’s programmes. Naidu even stopped the house sites registration programme.

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ED court summons Jagan, Vijay Sai, Hetero, Aurobindo Reddys

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The Special Court for the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued summons to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy in the land allotment cases. The ED court issued the summons after the Nampalli court transferred the relevant cases to it recently. The chargesheet in the Hetero and Aurobindo cases has been transferred to the ED court.

The ED court summons were also issued to Vijaysai Reddy, Hetero’s Srinivas Reddy and Aurobindo Managing Director Nityananda Reddy and PV Ramprasad Reddy. Also the summons were issued to Trident Life Sciences Director Sarath Chandra Reddy and retired IAS officer BP Acharya.

The transfer of cases was affected following the Supreme Court orders for speedy trials in the cases relating to the people’s elected representatives. CM Jagan Reddy has been charged with serious disproportionate assets and corruption in over 6 chargesheets filed before the ED court.

This is in the backdrop of this hearing of the CBI and the ED cases on a daily basis that the AP Chief Minister had written a controversial letter to the Chief Justice of India. That had eventually led to a situation wherein the AP Chief Justice was transferred.

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Jagan Govt to go to Supreme Court on SEC schedule

The AP Government has raised a banner of revolt once again against the election schedule issued by State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar. The Government has decided to approach the Supreme Court. While the Chief Secretary was arguing that the officials and employees would be busy with vaccination, the SEC has said that the elections were held even in the US where the Coronavirus impact was the highest.

What more, the SEC has announced that the election code with respect to the panchayat elections would be effective from Saturday i.e. January 9. With this, the Jagan Reddy regime would not be able to come out with many of its welfare programmes that were planned during this festival month. As per the schedule, the AP panchayat polls will be held on February 5, 9, 13 and 17. The notifications for the same would be released on January 23, 27, 31 and February 4.

Though the Chief Secretary gave in writing that the panchayat polls should be postponed, the SEC had rejected the same. The YCP quickly condemned the SEC schedule and asked how the elections could be held now when Nimmagadda had postponed the elections when there were just 26 Covid 19 cases in the State.

Nimmagadda announced that the panchayat polls would be held as per schedule. He faulted the Government for not implementing the Supreme Court orders on taking prior permission of the SEC for beginning the Government programmes during the time of elections.

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Andhra CM lays foundation for reconstruction of 9 temples

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Amid the furore over the reported desecration of Hindu idols and allegations of rising attacks on Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday laid the foundation for the reconstruction of nine Hindu temples allegedly demolished during the previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) regime.

“The Chief Minister on Friday laid the foundation stone at Seethamma Paadalu on the banks of river Krishna for the reconstruction of nine temples that were demolished by the previous TDP government,” said an official statement.

Reddy also laid the foundation for eight other developmental works costing Rs 77 crore at the famous Vijayawada Kanaka Durga Temple, including unveiling two separate plaques at the construction site of Sri Saneeswara Swamy Temple.

The Chief Minister later visited the Kanaka Durga Temple at Indrakeeladri where he was blessed by the priests amid chants of vedic hymns and presented with a memento, ‘prasadam’ (blessed food) and a photograph of the presiding deity.

“Another ‘padayatra’ promise fulfilled. Jagan Mohan Reddy lays the foundation stone for reconstruction of temples demolished by pseudo-Hindu Nara Chandrababu Naidu in the name of Pushkar arrangements at Vijayawada. The Chief Minister also launches Rs 70 crore development works of Kanaka Durga temple,” said Rajya Sabha MP Vijayasai Reddy V.

The Chief Minister released the endowment department’s calendar depicting all the important state temples and also a calendar of the Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy temple.

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BJP-Jagan-TDP giving a new definition to Marxism

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Except the Left parties, all the other main political parties in Andhra Pradesh are right now busy with the politics of religion. The Ramatheertham incident appears to be the only burning issue for these parties. The common people’s problems, Coronavirus troubles, price rise and all such issues took a back seat.

Commentators are wondering whether the rival parties have forgotten their basic duty to serve and guide the people in the right direction. All the parties are indulging in the only task of inflaming religious feelings to gain vote bank benefits. The BJP has its own strong Hindu line. CM Jaganmohan Reddy is known for his party’s open pro-Christian policies. Even the TDP and the Jana Sena have joined this rat race now.

Analysts point out that obviously, the BJP, Jagan Reddy and Chandrababu were giving a new definition to Marxism. This is not about the Marxist ideals that are followed by the Left parties. But it is about following the famous quotation of Karl Marx that ‘religion is the opium of the people’. All the major parties in AP are now busy using religion as an opium to indulge and win over vote bank politics in the State.

Going by the present mood, the temple attacks and the Ramatheertham incident are likely to dominate the political discussions for a long time to come. Even if it goes to the backstage, the BJP will use all its divisive tactics to bring religion to the forefront this time.

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Adityanath performing better than Nilam to impress Jagan?

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Nilam Sawhney faced criticism that she did not act independently as AP Chief Secretary and merely surrendered to the demands of the ruling YCP. As a result, she was forced to even appear before the High Court. Now, Adityanath Das has taken over as the AP CS and he has become controversial within days because of his statements and GOs.

In a latest statement, Adityanath said that some forces were scheming and conspiring to defame the Jagan Reddy Government. They were doing so only because of their jealousy that the YCP Government was going ahead at a jet speed by implementing welfare and development programmes equally good. Analysts ask how a Chief Secretary can talk vaguely without specific information about the forces that are destabilising.

Soon, comments have started saying that Adityanath is obviously taking the YCP appeasement policy to the next level. He is performing even better than Nilam Sawhney in impressing the Chief Minister. In his position as Chief Secretary, Adityanath is not hesitating to make political comments.

What more, a new GO was issued straightaway saying that health, education and agriculture were badly hit during 2014-`19. That was to say that it happened during the TDP regime. The GO openly said that the previous TDP Government’s inefficient policy had damaged the State.

No doubt, new trends are coming under Adityanath that may erase the difference between a GO and a ruling party’s political statement.

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Jagan Govt trying to arrest me illegally: Ex Intelligence Chief

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All the oppressed and depressed rivals and officials in Andhra Pradesh are finally doing one thing in common. They are writing open letters seeking support from their respective associates and associations. We have seen how State Election Commission N Ramesh Kumar wrote letters to the Centre for saving him from the AP Government’s suppression.

Now, even Ex Intelligence Chief AB Venkateswara Rao has written a letter to the All India IPS Officers’ Association. He has expressed his fear that the Jagan Reddy Government is targetting to get him arrested by unlawful means. What more, plans are there to implicate in a criminal case.

It may be recalled that on February 2, 2020, the DGP had given a memo to AB saying some irregularities in the purchase of devices for the intelligence wing. Subsequently, on February 8, 2020, AB Venkateswara Rao was suspended.

In his letter, AB told the IPS Association that prior to this, there were no allegations or cases against him. However, a conspiracy was going on to get him arrested in a manner that he would be put in jail for two days. Then, citing these reasons, the Government was planning to suspend him from the service.

AB Venkateswara asked the IPS Association to rescue him from the Jagan regime’s harassment and take up his issue to prevent further persecution.

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Step up vigil on temple attack guerrilla warfare: AP CM to officials

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday instructed officials to step up vigilance against the ‘guerrilla warfare’ of attacking temples to disturb religious harmony and take stern action.

Addressing officials during a Spandana video conference, he directed them to conduct in-depth investigations into the untoward incidents of idol destruction.

Reddy also directed them to display information on these crimes to the wider world and criticised that some people under political influence are intentionally demolishing temples with no fear or devotion towards God while a section of media houses constantly propagate these incidents, including in the social media.

“Unable to face the government directly which is gaining popularity by welfare schemes, some elements out of sheer jealousy are resorting to such attacks to defame the government,” he said.

According to the Chief Minister, as many as 36,000 CCTV cameras were installed in temples across the state but still incidents like this are happening in remote areas during late hours in deserted places.

Reddy highlighted that these acts of vandalism are occurring in private temples owned by political leaders.

“In fact, there has never been a situation like this before. In these circumstances, the police have to take stern action, get into the details without sparing anyone,” observed the chief minister.

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Christian CM has no right to continue if attacks go on on temples: Naidu

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Former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has asserted that AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy had no right to continue in his post if his Government failed to prevent the attacks on temples, idols and Hindu dharma.
Mr. Naidu said: “Jagan Reddy is a Christian CM. I am not faulting that. He has his own beliefs. I believe in Venkateswara Swamy. But attacks should not be allowed on other religions. Jagan has no right to continue as CM even for a minute if he failed to prevent these attacks.”

The TDP chief asked why the ruling YCP failed to take immediate action in the Ramatheertham desecration incident. Even now, another incident took place at Singarayakonda in Prakasam district. The Swamivari idol at Varaha Narasimha Swamy Temple was disfigured. The Government and the police were more interested in filing cases against the Opposition leaders rather than nabbing the actual culprits. Not a single accused person was arrested when over 140 incidents of desecration and vandalism took place.

Addressing the TDP State general body meeting at NTR Bhavan, Mr. Naidu launched a scathing attack on the YCP’s religious intolerance, saying that the Chief Minister himself was misusing his position to promote conversions. This was a blatant violation of the Constitution. Who gave the authority to Jaganmohan Reddy to carry on this and hurt the sentiments of other religions. Not just Christians, the Hindus and the Muslims also have their own sentiments. Everybody was entitled under the Constitution to their own faith and belief.

Mr. Chandrababu Naidu deplored that a direct attack was going on as devotees were being approached and induced during their visits to temples. A Deputy Chief Minister himself said his Christmas greetings at the Tirumala temple. The Christmas celebrations were held at the police station itself. The CM has taken an oath while taking over the post. As such, he should rise above the considerations of caste and religion. All communities and sections should be treated equally. The TDP has been silent on the omissions and the commissioner of the YCP regime but it would not spare any longer.

Accusing the Chief Minister of resorting to religion-based vote bank politics, Mr. Naidu said Rs. 5,000 honorarium was being paid to the pastors. This was going on even though they were SCs and enjoying reservations. The Government cannot give honorarium to them. The vote bank politics was being done by using the churches. A close vigil should be placed on the new churches coming up in villages and who were behind them. The TDP was not against anybody’s belief but it was determined to firmly fight back the injustices and atrocities on any religion.

Mr. Naidu deplored that everybody in the Government behaved horribly with respect to the cutting off of the head of Rama idol at Ramatheertham. The CM, the Home Minister, the DGP and even the district SP were all Christians. They should have taken prompt steps to clear doubts among Hindu devotees. But they displayed total negligence. The severed idol head of Rama was traced in the ‘koneru’ sacred tank only after pressure mounted by the TDP.

Decrying murderous attacks on the party leaders, the TDP chief suspected a pattern and a standard modus operandi as the cell phones of all the victims were getting lost after the murders. Dalit youth Om Pratap of Punganur was killed just for making some frustrated remarks against the YCP liquor mafia. His cell phone was not traceable. Nandam Subbaiah was murdered at Proddatur and Puramsetti Ankulu at Pedagarlapadu. Both their cell phones were missing. Cases were filed against JC Prabhakar Reddy just for expressing his democratic protest.

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Conspiracy on to brand Andhra govt ‘anti-Hindu’: Jagan Mohan Reddy

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After a series of temple attacks in Andhra Pradesh, the state’s YSR Congress government on Monday alleged an ongoing conspiracy by political opponents to defame and brand it “anti-Hindu”.

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday cited a pattern in these attacks, noting that they were occurring around the time when some prestigious welfare programmes were being launched.

“Who benefits from breaking God’s idols? Who will benefit from the crimes in temples and religious places? Who will benefit by inflaming the passions of people and resorting to violence? Who will benefit by propaganda hurting the public faith and poisonous propaganda?” he asked.

He deplored that the politics rivals were not even sparing God to reap dividends.

Reddy gave examples of nine temple attacks in the southern state which synced with some mega welfare schemes.

He said on November 14, 2019 when the Nadu-Nedu scheme aimed at transforming government schools on par with corporate schools was launched, reports of a temple being desecrated in Guntur emerged.

“Going to some far off deserted place or village, sometime in the midnight, they go to a small temple and break idols and the next day they publicise it on the social media and the opposition leaders go there to politicise while the yellow media exaggerates it,” he said.

The CM said within a week of setting up a price stabilisation fund worth Rs 3,000 crore on January 15, 2020, reports on some idols being broken in Pithapuram had emerged.

A few days later on February 11, 2020 another incident was reported from Rompicherla when the government inaugurated Disha police station for women.

Likewise, on September 5, 2020, a decades old chariot belonging to the Antarvedi Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple got gutted, around the time the government launched a scheme to supply nutritious food.

Adding a few more examples, the Chief Minister alleged that media houses aligned to opposition parties are drumming up these incidents to divert public attention on the welfare schemes in a bid to communally tarnish the party which captured power for the first time, almost 10 years after its launch.

He suggested that the police think why such activities are occurring, who is behind them and who is targeting whom.

Reddy observed that people are living amidst in an era when lies are peddled through the social media.

Most of the time, these crimes would first go viral on social media, followed by the mainstream media reporting them, he said.

“The society has deteriorated to such an extent that nobody fears or respects God. For the sake of politics, even God is not being spared. God is also being brought to politics and with God politics, some people are aiming to benefit and we are going to the climax of kalyug,” he alleged.

Likening these attacks to “guerrilla warfare tactics”, Reddy attacked Telugu Desam Party President N. Chandrababu Naidu for “making all efforts to spin these incidents into political and religion issues in a state not known for religious divide”.

Devulapalli Amar, national media and inter-state affairs advisor to AP government said one or two incidents of temple attacks could be termed as stray incidents but regular attacks point at a definite conspiracy.

He said Reddy took up the attacks very seriously and an additional DGP rank officer was appointed to review all these incidents and bring the conspirators to book.

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Jagan Govt taking Krishna Board office to Visakhapatnam

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao has demanded that the main office of the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) be continued in Hyderabad. But, as per one of the promises in the AP Reorganisation Act, all arrangements have been made for shifting the Krishna River Board office to Vijayawada.

Recently, the board management had also announced that they were going to soon move their office to Vijayawada. Now, all of a sudden, the Jaganmohan Reddy Government has changed its plans. It has written a letter to the Krishna Board to stop shifting the office to Vijayawada. Instead, the office should be shifted to Visakhapatnam.

The AP Chief Secretary has written a formal letter to the board management to this effect. The logic behind this is not immediately comprehensible to the officials. Already, the Telangana Government is objecting to Vijayawada but now AP has decided to take the office still far away to Vizag.

For all practical purposes, the Krishna Board has to mostly coordinate with the Telangana and AP Governments on a continuous basis. The Board has to sort out inter state river water disputes and allocation claims on water. Speculation is going on whether the YCP regime has preferred Vizag out of political reasons. Questions are asked whether this would not attract contempt of court considering the court’s order for stopping Capital shifting.

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Why is Jagan Govt freely committing contempt of courts?

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From the High Court to the Supreme Court, the YCP Government is unhesitatingly defying the orders of every court and it is continuing to implement its own decisions in some way or other. Now, almost for the first time, the High Court of Andhra Pradesh slapped a punishment on AP Assembly Secretary Bala Krishnamacharyulu. He was convicted of resorting to contempt of the High Court itself.

Interestingly, the punishment given to Krishnamacharyulu was that he should sit in the court hall till evening. Also, Rs. 1,000 penalty was imposed on him. If he did not pay the penalty, he should be put in jail for a week. This is how comparatively small punishments that would be given to the bureaucrats and Government employees in contempt cases. If a close look is taken, the Assembly Secretary was convicted of not implementing the court order with respect to the outsourcing staff.

What more, Krishnamacharyulu was already retired. But the government is still continuing him. Analysts say that the YCP regime was using retired judges like Kanaga Raju and retired officers like Ajay Kallam Reddy to go ahead with its undemocratic activities. Moreover, the people in power were just counselling the officials to take lightly when the court awards small punishments in the court cases.

The same happened in respect of the Chief Secretary and the DGP. They were just called to the court and made to wait for long hours there. But this time, a slightly bigger punishment was given to the Assembly Secretary which is a fine of Rs. 1,000. This amount would also be paid from the people’s treasury.

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Justice Rakesh takes ‘sweet revenge’ against CM Jagan

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Justice Rakesh Kumar, judge of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, has faced allegations from the YCP Government that he is showing bias in his judgement. He was greatly pained at the way the Government filed a petition to step down from hearing the case on Build AP Mission. Justice Rakesh, who has been unhappy with the YCP regime, has almost ‘settled his scores’ with the Chief Minister. He not only made stringing remarks against the CM but also recorded the same in the courtroom. All this, he did just a day before his retirement.

The judge made a direct reference to the Jagan Reddy letter to the Chief Justice of India, saying that there was no certainty whether the CM would derive ultimate advantage out of it or not. After that letter of the CM to the CJI, the transfer of the Chief Justices of AP and Telangana High Courts took place. Following this, it might create an impression among the public that the Jagan’s letter had caused the Chief Justices of AP and Telangana.

Justice Rakesh quite elaborately narrated his bitter experiences towards the end of his career. The Government deliberately targeted him. As a result, he began to verify the track record of the Chief Minister. At the suggestion of somebody, he had also googled 6093 which revealed that Jagan Reddy had 11 CBI cases, 6 ED cases and 18 other IPC cases against him. Some of these cases were closed by the police days and weeks after daily hearings of his cases were ordered by the Supreme Court of India.

Justice Rakesh told everybody in the court that he was getting all his comments recorded just in order to clarify how he and his judgements were deliberately targeted.

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Jagan-BJP-Pawan on a secret mission to outsmart Naidu?

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It is well known the BJP and Jaganmohan Reddy have secret understandings on many issues in AP. On his part, Pawan Kalyan may have political differences with the YCP but ultimately he would have to go soft and toe the pro-YCP line usually taken by the BJP. For long, it has been the joint strategy of the BJP-Jagan duo to weaken and push the TDP to a distant third place in the State. Now the question is whether Jagan-BJP-Pawan would be able to outwit and corner Chandrababu Naidu in the coming months.

Right now, the BJP AP leaders are concentrating on Tirupati bypoll. Somu Veerraju is making whirlwind tours there. On the other hand, their ally Pawan Kalyan has suddenly held a tour in Krishna district to corner the Government on farmers’ suicides. Pawan’s tour coincided with the Rythu Kosam programme launched by the TDP and also Nara Lokesh’s visits to damaged crops. Both Lokesh and Pawan levelled serious allegations but the YCP directed all their counter allegations against the Jana Senani. From the Chief Minister to his Ministers, the entire Cabinet reacted and criticised Pawan like never before. Finally, the YCP succeeded in giving maximum publicity to Senani’s tour. Was it part of a calculated plan to divert people’s attention from the TDP rising allegations?

Even Srisailam temple issue was also there. The YCP was levelling all types of allegations and giving top publicity to BJP Telangana MLA Raja Singh’s criticism.
Similar publicity gimmicks were in Telangana at the time of the GHMC elections. KCR, KTR and TRS leaders fully criticised the BJP and gave it a lot of negative publicity. In the process, the Congress voice was not heard much and it eventually suffered a terrible electoral setback. Analysts say that the Jagan-BJP-Pawan trio will definitely make every effort to outsmart Chandrababu in the coming days. Only time will tell whether the neutral voters and backward classes will keep the TDP strong enough or not.

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Jagan presses button: Rs 1766 Cr transferred to farmers

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy fulfilled his promise on the annual Rythu Bharosa promise. He pressed the computer button from his Tadepalli residence. In no time, Rs. 1,766 Cr money was deposited into the respective bank accounts of individual farmers.

The Chief Minister announced that in today’s cash transfer, Rs. 1,120 Cr was towards Rythu Bharosa while the remaining Rs. 646 Cr was towards compensation to crop damages to horticulture farmers in the Nivar cyclone. Now, the farmers received the third installment of YSR Rythu Bharosa and PM Kisan Pathakam.

Mr. Jagan Reddy said that the previous TDP regime betrayed farmers by promising to waive Rs. 87,612 Cr but did not eventually pay even Rs. 12,000 Cr. This was revealed by the Reserve Bank of India itself. But, the YCP Government genuinely and honestly fulfilled its promise by paying Rs. 13,500 Cr promptly.

Right from the beginning, the Jagan regime was implementing the Rythu Bharosa programme with lots of seriousness. On the other hand, the Opposition was agitating for a better deal to farmers with respect to compensation for crop losses in cyclones and also for fulfilling agreements reached with the Amaravati farmers. Time will tell whether Jagan’s Rythu Bharosa has won the hearts of farmers or not.

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Warning bells ring for CM Jagan amid rising criticism

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AP people’s expectations are rising but the delivery of services is falling short. Amid this, warning bells started ringing already for the ruling YCP leaders. No Opposition leader has addressed a roadside public meeting in recent times in Andhra Pradesh. But, as part of his road show, Jana Senani Pawan Kalyan addressed a public meeting in the heart of Gudivada town. Without any great mobilizat on the part of the Jana Sena, a large number of people attend the meeting. Pawan’s show turned out to be a huge success going by how the crowd kept giving a cheering, good response to his aggressive speech.

Also, Nara Lokesh took out a low profile ‘Rythu Kosam’ tour which also got a good response. The success of meetings of Opposition leaders has come as a rude shock to the ruling YCP leaders and cadres.

That too, Pawan’s meet took place in an assembly segment which is represented by Minister Kodali Nani, who has emerged the strongest YCP leader in Coastal Andhra. Pawan had made lots of sarcastic remarks against Kodali that were well received by the crowd. Senani has gone to the extent of mockingly saying that Kodali Nani should stop playing second fiddle to CM Jagan Reddy regardless of his Government’s misdeeds.

Analysts say that the rival leaders’ shows had certainly set the warning bells ringing for the YCP. In just 19 months of its rule, the ruling YCP was facing public heartburn in different aspects. From the farmers’ problems to ration cards to students’ issues, the Government is under huge stress to satisfy all these sections. Clearly, YSR Jagananna cash transfer programmes would not be solely enough to satisfy the people.

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No more ‘Jagananna Vidya Deewena’ for PG students

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The financial situation of Andhra Pradesh is deteriorating day by day. The Jagan Reddy Government is exploring every way to mobilise additional resources. At the same time, it is cutting down on expenditure and obligations. Now, the Government has cancelled the benefits under ‘Jagananna Vidya Deewena’ for the PG students from the 2020-`21 academic year itself.

The latest guideline is applicable to all those post graduate students studying in the private aided and unaided degree colleges in the State. As a result of this order, over 160 colleges were getting badly affected. On the other hand, the respective students and their associations have been demanding and agitating for the continuation of the Vidya Deewena benefits.

The Government has also cancelled the Jagananna Vasathi Deewena benefits for these students. Orders have been issued to the Chief Executive Officer of the AP Centre for Financial Systems and Services (APCFSS) to take necessary steps to implement the guidelines with immediate effect.

The TDP has reacted sharply and slammed Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy for making countless promises at the time of elections but now going on cancelling one benefit after another ultimately leaving nothing for the students. Senior MLA Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary said mockingly that Jagan Reddy has given yet another Christmas gift to the young aspirants.

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Jagan blames TDP for stopping registration of house sites

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AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s original grand promise was to give registered house sites in the name of women members of the poor families. But now, the registrations could not be done. The Chief Minister had launched only distribution of house site pattas to the beneficiaries. He told the people that he was not able to give registered house sites for his sisters right now because of the conspiracies of some forces.

The CM however asserted that once the legal hurdles were removed, his Government would get these patta house sites formally registered in the name of the beneficiaries. Even in respect of thousands of house sites in Amaravati, these bad forces had created obstacles. However, justice would be done in the Supreme Court of India and house sites would then be given to all the deserving poor families there.

Mr. Jagan further said that the previous TDP regime built a few houses only prior to the elections. But, the YCP Government would build good quality houses for all the 31 lakh families in the State. This would be completed in the next three years. Not just giving the house site but houses would also be constructed for the poor people.

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