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Jagan to attend Bhimavaram meeting, Raghuram to be silent

Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is likely to attend the public meeting at Bhimavaram in West Godavari district on July 4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to attend the meeting and unveil the statue of revolutionary freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju on the day before he addresses the public.

Initially there were doubts over the chief minister’s presence at the meeting as it was understood to be a private event organised by the local Kshatriya Welfare Association. But with the Central government’s ministry of tourism and culture joining the celebrations as partner and the state government’s tourism department was also asked to be part of it, the chief minister had made up his mind to attend the programme.

The chief minister along with Governor Biswabhushan Harichandan would receive the Prime Minister at Gannavaram airport. Later, the chief minister would accompany the Prime Minister in the helicopter to Bhimavaram. Sources say that Union Minister for Culture and Tourism G Kishan Reddy and Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy would address the meeting before the Prime Minister begins his speech.

Meanwhile, local MP K Raghurama Krishnam Raju had made all efforts to be part of the meeting. He also secured clearance from the high court which had directed the AP police not to arrest the MP on July 3rd and 4th. Though he would be attending the meeting, it is unlikely that he would get a chance to speak as the chief minister would also be attending the meeting.

Sources say that Union Minister Kishan Reddy would preside over the meeting and the MP would only be present on the dais as a protocol. This would mean that Jagan Mohan Reddy gained upper hand over the MP, despite the latter’s efforts to play a key role in the event on par with the chief minister!

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Jagan shivering over TDP social media, says Lokesh

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TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh on Thursday asked why Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy was increasingly afraid and intolerant of social media and even youtube channels.

Nara Lokesh condemned the ‘unlawful’ arrest of TDP activist and youtube channel operator Venkatesh, a resident of Dharanikota village in Amaravati mandal in Guntur district. The cowardly CM was targetting social media out of frustration and to cover up his failures.

Lokesh said that Jagan Reddy seemed to be terrified of the media and also shivering at the thought of facing criticism on social media. Finally, Jagan Reddy was afraid of seeing the thumbnail of a youtube channel. How can this CM be called a ‘single simham’?

Lokesh said that some police were surpassing even the ruling YSRCP goondas in victimising the opposition party, social media activists and general public. They trespassed into the house of Venkatesh at night and arrested him without a valid reason.

Nara Lokesh said that the police broke the electric bulbs in the house before barging into it. Even their faces were clearly recorded in the videos. All those officers, who were violating the laws to earn Jagan’s patronage, would have to pay a heavy fine in future.

The TDP MLC advised the Chief Minister to boldly face criticism if he was really sure of people’s support for his false welfare programmes. Why was Jagan Reddy so impatient towards questioning voices when he was boasting of passing on huge welfare benefits directly to the people?

Meanwhile, Lokesh expressed shock over the death of five persons in the tragic mishap of high tension lines falling on auto rickshaw in Sri Satya Sai district. The accident took place at Chillakondayyapalli in Tadimarri mandal.

Lokesh blamed the negligence of the electricity department for the ghastly mishap. The Government should pay suitable compensation to the families of the deceased. Best medical treatment should be provided to those injured in the incident.

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Raghurama wants to share dais with Jagan!

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YSR Congress rebel MP from Narasapur Kanumuru Raghurama Krishnam Raju said that he is eagerly waiting to share the dais with chief minister Y S Jagna Mohan Reddy at Bhimavaram on July 4.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the birth centenary celebrations of freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju at Bhimavaram on July 4 for which Raghurama Krishnam Raju will also be attending.

Raghurama, as the local MP, would be presiding over the meeting for which he secured clearance directly from the office of the Prime Minister in Delhi.

Raghurama Krishnam Raju had deferred with the YSR Congress and there is not a single day left without the MP criticising Jagan Mohan Reddy and the YSR Congress government in the state.

As the Prime Minister would be attending the meeting, the chief minister would also join as part of the protocol.

In fact, the organisers have invited the chief minister too to attend the function along with the Prime Minister.

If the chief minister also attends the meeting, it would be compulsory for both the chief minister and the rebel MP to greet each other in the presence of the Prime Minister.

It is for these interesting moments, the MP said he wanted to seek the face of Jagan in a meeting he presided over.

However, he also expressed doubts over the conspiracy by Jagan and the state police to arrest him either before the meeting or after.

He cautioned the chief minister and the police against hatching any conspiracy to arrest him and said that it would become a major problem for the government.

It is to be seen if the chief minister attends the meeting or if the state police arrest the MP? What would happen when both of them come face to face on the dais!

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Jagan pays Amma Vodi cash benefit for the third year

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Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy paid the financial assistance of Rs 6,595 crore under Amma Vodi scheme for the third consecutive year in Srikakulam on Monday. This amount would benefit 43,96,402 families for the education of their children.

Speaking on the occasion, Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the government has disbursed the financial assistance benefiting 82, 31,502 school students for the academic year 2021-22. He credited the financial assistance of Rs. 15,000 under the scheme into the bank accounts of mothers of school children studying from Class I to Class XII.

The Chief Minister claimed that by successfully implementing revolutionary measures under various schemes in the education sector, there has been a remarkable increase in the number of students enrolled in government schools. The strength has increased from 37.21 lakh in 2018-19 to 44.30 lakh students in 2021-22.

The Amma Vodi scheme gives a school-going child’s mother Rs 15,000 per year for educational expenditure. Out of this the government would use Rs. 2,000 for the use of the School Maintenance Fund (SMF) and Toilet Maintenance fund (TMF), he added.

“As of now, the government has spent Rs 19,617.53 crore benefitting 44.50 lakh mothers and 82.31 lakh children under the scheme. To ensure that the funds are used judiciously, the government has decided to implement mandatory attendance of 75 per cent for students which will enable their mothers to derive the benefits of the Amma Vodi scheme. But this time, the government has exempted the ‘minimum 75% attendance restriction’ in 2019-20 and 2021-22 due to the pandemic. Significantly, besides depositing money directly into mothers’ accounts, it also empowers mothers with the right to question the college management and demand accountability,” the chief minister asserted.

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Jagan govt to lease Amaravati towers?

Having decided to sell some pieces of land in Amaravati to get some revenue to the state exchequer, the YSR Congress government is said to be planning to lease out some of the buildings in Amaravati area. Though not completed, the previous TDP government under Chandrababu Naidu tenure had started more than a dozen buildings in Amaravati.

The Jagan Mohan Reddy government had stopped all the construction work immediately after coming to power in 2019. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had got a clear report on the status of each of these buildings. He resumed the construction work on some of the buildings which were completed beyond 75 per cent.

These buildings were completed and some of them are ready to occupy while there are another dozen such buildings completed nearly 50 per cent. These were all proposed to be the residential and office complexes for the IAS officers, government officials and employees.

While finishing the work on buildings which were completed beyond 75 per cent in the TDP regime, the government is said to be planning to lease out those which are completed 50 per cent of the work.

According to sources, the government is planning to lease out such buildings to educational institutions and hospitals. This would make the area busy as people keep visiting the area. The government had already started the work on completing the seed access road and laying a second road along the flood bank along the river.

These two roads would give better access to the area once they are occupied either by the private or the government offices.

However, it is to be seen how the high court would respond to this decision of the government as the court in March had directed the state government to complete all the works to make Amaravati the capital of the state.

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50 MLAs in Jagan’s team have no ticket!

The Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) had given its first secret report to YSR Congress president and chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. The report suggested no ticket for at least 50 sitting MLAs.

According to the sources, the I-PAC found these 50 MLAs as most inaccessible to the people, rarely visited the constituency, have not done any work in the constituency in the last three years, not raised any question or joined any debate in the Assembly, never addressed a public meeting in the constituency, besides other issues.

Ironically, most of these 50 MLAs have hardly participated in the “Gadapa Gadapaku Mana Prabhutvam” programme of the ruling party. Though most of the MLAs are actively participating in the programme, there are some who have not even visited one village in the last one month.

Despite Jagan Mohan Reddy giving a strict warning last month at the party meeting, these MLAs have not stepped out of their homes till now. Leave alone meeting the general public, some of them are not even meeting the party key activists and key leaders who play an important role in the villages both in electioneering and on the day of polling.

With the report on hand, the chief minister had asked the I-PAC to get the second report ready by July 8, when the party plenary begins. The chief minister almost made up his mind to blast these MLAs and look for alternative names.

Jagan Mohan Reddy also advised the I-PAC team to find at least three alternative names to the existing MLAs who are to be dropped in the next election. The team is now busy visiting the villages, meeting people and collecting the data on the sitting MLA, next best candidates. This list is likely to reach Jagan Mohan Reddy in the first week of July, when he gets ready to address them at the party plenary.

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Why did Jagan volunteer unconditional support to NDA?

AP chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy used to say that he would bargain with the Central government every time the ruling party in Delhi needed his support. He said on several occasions, even in the election campaign that he would bargain with Delhi and get whatever is required for the state. He did not mind whether the Congress-led UPA or the BJP-led NDA came to power.

But these words remain just words and Jagan seems to have become a man of words rather than deeds, if one goes by the sequence of events unfolded in Delhi since his massive victory in the 2019 elections. Every time he got an opportunity to help the ruling NDA, he looked compromised rather than bargained anything for the state.

The latest is the Presidential election, where the ruling NDA is running short of 2.33 per cent votes to the magic figure of 51 per cent. Jagan Mohan Reddy has 4.22 per cent votes to help the NDA heave a sigh of relief. Of course, the BJP can buy those 2.33 per cent votes for which it would have to do a lot of homework. The Odisha’s BJD with 2.94 per cent votes had extended its support only after the NDA announced its candidate, who belonged to Odisha.

But, even before BJD’s chief Naveen Patnaik announced his support, that too when the NDA was short of votes, Jagan Mohan Reddy offered his support unconditionally! One should say that Jagan’s support was unconditional because there was nothing that either Jagan or the NDA government made anything new for Andhra Pradesh after this announcement.

There are several issues concerning Andhra Pradesh after the ill-conceived bifurcation in 2014. The special category status, the Polavaram Project, funds for the seven backward districts, railway zone, steel plant, seaport to name a few.

Jagan Mohan Reddy could not get an assurance from the NDA government on any of these pending issues before extending his unconditional support. This would give arms to the opposition to fire at Jagan. This would also give an opportunity for the people to think on Jagan’s trustworthiness.

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Jagan extends support to nda presidential candidate draupadi murmu

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy extends support to NDA presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu, who will be the first tribal woman to hold the position, if she wins the elections. CM Jagan believes that it falls in line with the emphasis he has always given to the representation of the SC, ST, BC and minority communities.

In the last three years, Chief Minister Jagan has given great importance to the upliftment of these communities and even ensured they were represented well in the cabinet, with them being the lion’s share of 70 percent.

However, the Chief Minister will not be able to attend the filing of nomination by Draupadi Murmu due to the previously scheduled cabinet meeting. Instead, Rajya Sabha member and party parliamentary affairs leaders Vijaysai Reddy and Lok Sabha member Midhun Reddy to be in attendance.

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Jagan lays foundation for Apache Unit

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Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy participated in the ground-breaking ceremony of Hilltop SEZ Footwear India Ltd (Apache) at Inagaluru Village of Chittoor District here on Thursday.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the company which is an exclusive supplier of footwear to the global brand Adidas is coming up with an investment of about Rs 800 crore creating direct employment for 10,000 people ensuring 80 percent of the workforce are women.

Extending all the help to the company, Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the unit will be ready by September 2023 to start production.

He also stated that the company had started its operations in 2006 at Tada during Y S Rajashekar Reddy’s regime which has become a prominent unit with over 15,000 employees with 60 percent women. Also, he stated that the same company has come forward to set up a unit in Pulivendula that employs 2000 people, is currently under construction, and is likely to start its operations from March 2023.

Earlier, the Chief Minister watered the sapling at the unit site and unveiled the pylon. Ministers Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, Gudivada Amarnath, Narayana Swamy, Industries Director G Srijana, Intelligent Group CEO Tony To and other officials were present at the event.

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Don’t allow Jagan to visit Paris, CBI tells the court

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The CBI had filed a petition in the court in Hyderabad on Monday requesting the court not to give permission to AP chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy to visit Paris this month-end. Jagan Mohan Reddy is likely to visit Paris along with his wife Bharati to attend the convocation of his daughter in the university there.

Jagan Mohan Reddy had filed a petition in the court seeking permission for his visit. The CBI had filed a counter petition requesting the court not to consider Jagan Mohan Reddy’s petition. The CBI, in its petition said that Jagan Mohan Reddy was visiting foreign countries on one pretext or the other.

The CBI further said that hearing of the cases would get delayed if Jagan Mohan Reddy is allowed to leave the country. He is scheduled to leave for Paris on June 28 and is expected to come back in the first week of July.

Jagan Mohan Reddy told the court that his daughter Harsha Reddy is scheduled to receive her masters degree from INSEAD Business School in Paris on July 2. He pleaded with the court to give permission to him to leave the country to attend the programme.

However, the CBI appealed against giving any permission to Jagan Mohan Reddy to leave the country. It is to be seen what the court would decide, when the petitions come up for hearing.

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Jagan has no skill to run State, says Naidu

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TDP chief and former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday inaugurated the party parliamentary constituency office in Anakapalli in Anakapalli district.

On the second day of ‘NTR Sphoorti – Chandranna Bharosa’ (NTR inspiration – Chandranna assurance), Naidu took part in various programmes held in Anakapalli. He had darshan at the local Kanyaka Parameswari Temple.

Addressing after inaugurating the party parliamentary office, the TDP chief said that a ‘reverse rule’ was going on in Andhra Pradesh for the past three years. All sections of people should join hands and continue their struggle by echoing the slogan ‘Quit Jagan – Save AP’.

Naidu said that nobody would have an idea which way the vehicle would go if a person having no knowledge of driving was put in the driver seat. As of now, the Jagan Reddy Government was going in the same unpredictable direction.

Chandrababu Naidu pointed out that as he spoke about the police programmes at yesterday’s public meeting, the Government has immediately released pending arrears. It was only the TDP which was raising its voice over the problems of employees. Only the TDP was fighting for the rights of the struggling employees under this ruthless regime.

Naidu asserted that a sort of ‘psycho regime’ has been going on in the State right now. The TDP will fully repay all those who were filing false cases and harassing the opposition leaders and activists. The TDP cadres should fight against the Jagan misrule with inspiration drawn from NTR.

The TDP chief later took part in the meeting with the party leaders and activists of all the seven assembly segments in Anakapalli parliamentary constituency.

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Andhra to link state public health care scheme payouts to DBT to patients

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed the health department to bring Arogyasri public health care scheme benefits under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). The move will allow the billed amount to be disbursed directly to the patient and to the hospital on auto-debit mode with their consent.

Chairing a health department review meeting on Monday, the Chief Minister said that DBT would improve accountability and further streamline the system leaving no loopholes.

He also instructed the officials to bring in parity while giving the subsidy amount for postpartum women: “Rs 5,000 per mother for both natural and c-section delivery in the state,” said the Chief Minister.

Health department officials said that the state’s ‘Arogyasri’ scheme covers 32 specialty treatments which is more than the Central government’s health insurance ‘Ayushman Bharat’ that covers 25 specialty procedures. The Chief Minister mooted increasing the procedures covered under Arogyasri, including the specialty treatments.

Apart from the Central government funded 104 and 108 services, the state government has been spending around Rs 3600 crore per year to improve the health sector, which includes Arogyasri, Arogya Asara, and EHS.

Health department officials informed the Chief Minister that five prioritised teaching medical colleges-cum-hospitals: Vizianagaram, Rajahmundry, Eluru, Machilipatnam, and Nandyal would open for admissions from the 2023 academic year subject to regulatory applications obtaining the necessary clearances.

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Jagan to drop 65 sitting MLAs for 2024 elections?

Chief Minister and the YSR Congress president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is understood to have made up his mind to drop 65 sitting MLAs in the 2024 general elections. He is said to have prepared the list and is sending feelers to them in advance.

Jagan Mohan Reddy told the Ministers and the party district unit presidents the other day that he had the information about every MLA, particularly with reference to the door to door campaign launched by the party on May 11.

He said seven MLAs have not participated in the programme even for a single day, while 65 MLAs have participated for just 10 days. Out of the 150 MLAs, less than 10 MLAs have participated in the programme for 20 days.

When he presented these statistics at the meeting, the party district unit presidents were shocked and had no answer, except to remain silent with their heads down.

Jagan Mohan Reddy told them that this door to door campaign would continue for next eight months and said that he would watch every MLA for six months only. He said he would replace the non-performing MLAs after six months and the new faces would take over those constituencies.

The party district unit chiefs were asked to keep an eye on the MLAs, while the regional coordinators were asked to focus on the constituencies represented by the TDP MLAs. Out of the 23 TDP MLAs, four have already defected leaving 19 constituencies to be focused.

Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy is focusing on the Kuppam constituency represented by Chandrababu Naidu. The regional coordinators were asked to focus on the remaining 18 Assembly constituencies.

But, the TDP after the success of the Mahanadu, is growing strong with every leader getting into action. It is not going to be as easy to defeat the TDP as Jagan says.

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Finish TDP in 2024 elections, Jagan tells his party leaders

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Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had asked the rank and file of the party to target and win all the 175 Assembly seats in the 2024 general elections. Jagan held a crucial meeting with the ministers, party district unit presidents and the coordinators at Tadepalli on Wednesday.

He reviewed the party’s Gadapa Gadapaku programme which was held last month. He took some of the MLAs to task for not taking active part in the programme. He wondered how the MLAs wanted to win the next election without meeting the people.

Jagan Mohan Reddy told them that he would drop more than 50 MLAs in the next elections and bring new faces. He said the YSR Congress had won the Kuppam municipality and it was not difficult for the party to win the Kuppam Assembly. If the party could win Kuppam, it could win all the other 174 Assembly seats as well, Jagan told the leaders.

The chief minister wanted every leader of the party to stay with the people for the next one-and-a-half years. He asked them to keep interacting with the people, take feedback and explain the government programmes including the cash benefit programmes.

He said that every vote is important to win the election. He also emphasised that winning the 2024 election was crucial for the party and also for every leader in the party. He had asked them to finish the TDP in the 2024 elections.

Once the TDP is finished, it would be easy for the YSR Congress to retain power in the state in the subsequent elections, he told the legislators and asked them to be prepared.

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Jagan firm on not developing Amaravati as capital!

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Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has not changed his plans on three capitals. He is not ready to develop Amaravati as the capital of the state even though the high court had given a direction.

It was more than three months that the high court had directed the state to develop Amaravati layouts and hand over the plots to the farmers in return to their lands given in land pooling scheme. The state government had filed an affidavit in the court seeking more time to develop the layouts as provision of infrastructure would take a lot of time.

In tune with the affidavit, the state government had once again filed a second affidavit in the court stating that it would require at least five years to provide basic infrastructure in Amaravati. The affidavit says that the basic infrastructure would mean provision of roads, drains, drinking water, electricity and greenery.

Besides this, the officials also said that some of the lands given by the farmers to the government in pooling are in legal disputes over boundaries and clear titles. The officials say that in some cases, the farmers have not yet registered their lands with the government.

Similarly, several farmers have also not come forward to register the plots offered by the government in return to their lands. Though the officials have sent letters to the farmers asking them to register their plots, they were not coming forward, the government said in the fresh affidavit.

Keeping all these factors into consideration, the state government had requested the high court to change the time limit given to the government for the development of Amaravati as capital city. It wanted the court to give at least five years to complete the process.

All this would mean that the Jagan Mohan Reddy government is unwilling to develop Amaravati as capital and is firm on its three capitals proposal. The chief minister is bent on shifting to Visakhapatnam and making it the capital of the state.

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Jagan has no right to talk on corruption, says TDP

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) politburo member Yanamala Ramakrishnudu on Thursday termed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy describing bribe taking as a crime as a joke of the century.

The TDP leader was reacting to Jagan Mohan Reddy’s remarks made after launching a mobile app for people to lodge complaint against officials demanding bribe.

The TDP leader expressed surprise that having looted all systems and sectors in the state, CM Jagan was now talking about rooting out corruption. Jagan Reddy plundered public property during his father YSR’s rule and started looting several times more after becoming CM himself.

The former minister asserted that Jagan has no moral right or standing to speak about corruption as he himself is accused number one in over 14 quid pro quo chargesheets. When official corruption should be considered a crime, then what about Jagan looting through quid pro quo deals? he asked.

Ramakrishnudu said that the so-called social justice that Jagan Reddy was boasting about was just lip service which had zero implementation in practice.

The TDP leader said Jagan Reddy has not done justice to any social group or community in the past three years.

Jagan had crushed poorer sections so much that AP stood in 20th place in the whole country in the multidimensional poverty index (MDPI) taken by the Oxford University. AP has climbed from 34 to 43rd place in economic imbalances, he said.

Ramakrishnudu dared the chief minister to explain why AP fell to 19th place in the country in direct benefit transfer (DBT). Amma Vodi was not being given to eligible families. As a result, their students were not getting admissions in colleges. He allege that Jagan has failed totally to provide educational opportunities to the weaker sections.

The TDP leader deplored that the National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2021 report by the Union education department has exposed how badly the AP education system has been harmed. The NAS report revealed AP’s failure to reach digital classes to 50 per cent children during the Coronavirus pandemic. Ninety per cent of children in Government schools belonged to the weaker sections and backward classes.

Ramakrishnudu said the future of children belonging to Dalits, Tribals and BCs was getting destroyed because of the anarchic policies. The earning and spending capacity of all sections of people in AP had fallen drastically in just three years.

The TDP leader asserted that while the per capita income stood in two digits in the TDP regime, it has come down to an alarming single digit of 1.03 per cent in the past three years. The GSDP growth rate, which was two digits in the Chandrababu rule, has slipped to negative growth of -2.58 per cent.

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Will Jagan back the NDA presidential candidate?

Has YSR Congress chief Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy made up his mind to support the presidential candidate of the ruling BJP-led NDA? If one goes by the previous election in 2017, the answer is yes as Jagan Mohan Reddy backed the NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind in those elections, despite his rival Chandrababu Naidu being part of the NDA in those days.

The Presidential election is scheduled to be held sometime in July this year. The ruling NDA has 5,30,690 votes against the required 5,49,452 votes. The total electoral college constitutes the members of the both Houses of Parliament and the State Assemblies.

Though the Congress-led UPA has just 2,56,756 votes and is nowhere near to victory, the NDA is running short of 18,762 votes to have a comfortable victory for its candidate. The neutral parties, which are not part of either NDA or the UPA have 2,94,395 votes and placed in a better position than the Congress-led UPA.

Interestingly, the YSR Congress has 43,674 votes with its 28 MPs and 151 MLAs put together. This accounts for 4 per cent of the total electorate of the Presidential election. The NDA is running short of 2 percent of votes, while the YSR Congress has 4 percent of votes on its hand.

The NDA, without the YSR Congress has 49 per cent votes as against 51 per cent of votes required for the election of its candidate with simple majority. The UPA has 24.02 per cent, while others have 26.98 per cent votes. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSR Congress has 4 per cent votes from this 26.98 per cent, which would give a comfortable victory to the NDA candidate.

It is in this background Jagan Mohan Reddy is holding a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi this evening. He is scheduled to meet Modi at 4.30 in the evening where the Prime Minister is expected to seek Jagan Mohan Reddy’s support.

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YSR Congress two-day plenary from July 8

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The ruling YSR Congress has decided to hold its plenary for two days from July 8. The party had also decided on the venue for the event. This time, the plenary would be held at the grounds near the Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntur district.

This plenary would be the first event for the YSR Congress in power. The party could not hold the plenary in 2019 due to elections, 2020 and 2021 due to Covid 19. As the situation had almost returned to normalcy, the party had decided to hold the two-day event this year.

Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had reportedly told the party functionaries to organise the event in a big way to impress the voters. The event should also send a clear message on what the government had done in the last three years and why they should vote for the party in the next elections.

The plenary is expected to highlight the major welfare programmes of the state government in the last three years. The initiatives like the volunteers’ system, village secretariats, Amma Vodi, Rythu Bharosa and other schemes would be highlighted at the two-day plenary, giving a clear message to the people to give one more chance to the party.

The party leaders are also worried about the impressive crowd that was present at the TDP’s Mahandu in Ongole. The chief minister had reportedly taken the feedback from the party leaders on the TDP’s Mahanadu and told them to gather greater attendance of the party workers at the plenary.

Senior leaders V Vijayasai Reddy and Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy were given the responsibility of monitoring the arrangements for the plenary. The former ministers, who were made the party district unit presidents and the regional coordinators were also asked to assist the two leaders in making the arrangements.

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Jagan to Delhi tomorrow to meet Modi

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Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is likely to visit the national capital Delhi on Thursday. He is likely to reach Delhi by noon or evening, depending on the schedule.

The chief minister is planning to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and others during his stay in the national capital.

The visit is to be crucial as the Presidential election is on the cards. The BJP is looking for suitable candidates to succeed President Ram Nath Kovind in the Rastrapati Bhavan. It is for this reason, the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister wants to have consultation with Jagan Mohan Reddy, who is having considerable votes in the election.

Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSR Congress has 151 MLAs and 22 Lok Sabha members, which will play a key role in the election of President. Keeping his vote bank in mind, it is believed that the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister wants to have consultation with Jagan Mohan Reddy even before finalising a name and announcing the candidature.

Meanwhile, sources say that Jagan Mohan Reddy is also likely to have consultations with the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister on the Polavaram project. The project is already in limbo due to the faulty constructions during the TDP regime.

The lack of construction of a proper spillway had caused damage to the diaphragm wall during the last monsoon floods. The senior officials from the Union Jal Shakti ministry, officials from the Central Water Commission and the technical team have visited the project to make an assessment of the damage.

The project’s designs committee had also visited the Polavaram Project site to assess the damage and give a road map to go forward on the project. The chief minister is likely to discuss the issue with the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister besides the Union Jal Shakti minister on the future of the project.

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Is Jagan favours contest in Athmakuru?

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The by-election to the Athmakuru Assembly seat in Nellore district is scheduled to be held on June 23. It is clear that the by-election is all set to be one-sided with the ruling YSR Congress winning the seat without much difficulty.

The by-election was necessitated by the sudden death of sitting MLA and minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy in February this year. The ruling YSR Congress has honoured the decision of the Mekapati family which selected Goutham Reddy’s brother Vikram Reddy to contest the election.

The TDP is likely to keep away from the contest and the ruling party has nominated the family member of the deceased MLA. It was an unwritten agreement among the political parties in Andhra Pradesh not to contest the by-election if the ticket is given to the family members of the deceased legislator.

The BJP too is yet to take a call on contesting the seat. The Jana Sena is in alliance with the BJP and may not join the contest here. The Jana Sena did not support the BJP’s candidate in Badvel by-election last year. The party might follow the same strategy in Athmakuru Assembly seat too.

Though there are two candidates from the two registered parties, it is not known yet whether they would continue in the fray or withdraw the nominations once the major political parties make their stand clear.

However, sources say that chief minister and the ruling party chief Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is in favour of a contest here. The YSR Congress had completed three years in office by May 30 and Jagan Mohan Reddy wants to test the peoples’ pulse with this by-election. The chief minister is said to be in favour of the contest to know his party’s position among the voters after three years.

It is to be seen if there would be a contest with the TDP or the BJP fielding their candidates or leave it either a unanimous election or a simple contest with a couple of the candidates in the race.

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