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CM Jagan to press button: Rs 10,000 cash transfer to drivers

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is breaking his own records in implementing his Cash Transfer programmes. His Government has made all preparations for giving benefits under ‘YSR Vahana Mitra’ nearly four months in advance this year. Under this, Rs. 10,000 cash each will be deposited in the bank accounts of 2.62 lakh auto, taxi and maxi cab drivers. The reasons being given out for early transfer of cash was that these drivers suffered a lot in view of Coronavirus lockdowns.

As usual, like in every other cash transfer programme, Mr. Jagan Reddy will sit in his Tadepalli camp office and press the button. Then Rs. 262.495 Cr cash will be directly deposited into the bank accounts of the driver beneficiaries spread all over the state. The online cash transfers became effective means to implement Jagan Reddy’s direct benefit programmes which are the whole and sole focus of YCP political agenda.

The YSR Vahana Mitra is aimed to benefitting poor drivers. The annual cash benefit can be used for vehicle fitness, insurance and repairs. The drivers can made online applications at e-Seva, Mee-Seva and other platforms.

This is the second year these benefits were being extended to drivers. Last year, Rs. 10,000 was transferred to drivers. Despite public feedback, the ruling party is heavily relying on cash transfer schemes to overcome criticism from all Opposition.

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Supreme Court orders Jagan Govt to remove YCP colours

The Jaganmohan Reddy Government in Andhra Pradesh got a big blow from the Supreme Court. In a clear judgement, the Apex Court has ordered the AP Government to remove the YCP party colours from the panchayat buildings. The court also took serious objection to the AP Government order pertaining to the fourth colour that was applied to these buildings.

The Supreme Court gave a deadline of four weeks for removal of the colours. If the Government failed to do so, that would be seen as a contempt of court and necessary proceedings would be launched against that.

The latest order of the Supreme Court came as a big relief for the AP High Court against which the ruling YSRCP leaders have been making comments in the wake of recent orders in Dr. Sudhakar case and so on. The Supreme Court did not agree with the AP Government’s contention that addition of fourth colour would make the colours not look like YCP flag colours. The High Court also held a similar opinion, saying that it was not enough to add a fourth colour.

Jagan Government argued, saying that white colour stood for dairy revolution, blue for aqua revolution and green for agricultural revolution. Fourth colour terracotta was added in view of allegations of YCP colours. But the courts dismissed claims of AP Government outright.

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Jagan circus rule made AP a ‘laughing stock’: Naidu

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Former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has blamed the Jaganmohan Reddy Government’s ‘inefficient and atrocious’ rule for the steep decline in the overall growth rate of Andhra Pradesh. In just one year, Jagan Reddy’s ‘chaotic regime’ has driven away investments not only from AP but from India as a whole. YCP leaders’ atrocities and highhanded behaviour have made even the national media refer to Andhra Pradesh as ‘Bihar of South’ in terms of lawlessness. Some were even calling YCP unlawful activities as ‘Government terrorism’ in AP.

Mr. Naidu said that AP witnessed rapid strides in development under the previous TDP rule though there was Rs. 16,000 Cr deficit budget due to State bifurcation. Successively for five years, the State recorded double digit growth rate and became a favourite destination for both domestic and global investments.

Stating that TDP turned AP into a number 1 state, the former CM said his five-year rule helped the State get 667 awards for its brilliant performance in different sectors. From that peak level performance and achievements, Andhra Pradesh has now fallen down and being mocked nationally and internationally for its ‘useless and helpless’ regime.

Mr. Naidu deplored that for the sake of their shares and collections, the ruling YCP leaders have harassed and chased away the investors. Once, AP used to be a major attraction at the Davos Economic Forum but now it is seen as no safe haven because of government harassment and bullying victimisation.

The TDP chief asserted that the people would be safe and happy only if the rulers behave responsibly in accordance with the laws of the land. The State as a whole would become a ‘laughing stock’ in the eyes of the world just for the inabilities and inefficiencies of the elected present day rulers.

Mr. Naidu tweeted a video which highlighted contradictions between Chandrababu’s development-centric rule and the present anti-growth and anti-investment regime of Jaganmohan Reddy. Thanks to vision and statesmanship of Mr. Naidu, the World Bank announced Rs. 3,324 Cr financial support to Amaravati Capital City construction but the global bank has withdrawn from the massive project after Jagan Reddy took over the reins of the government. Also, the Asia Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB) objected to Jagan Reddy’s autocratic reviews and withdraw Rs. 1,380 Cr support to different projects which were in various stages of construction and development.

The video recalled how multi-national companies made a beeline to make investments in Andhra Pradesh on seeing the manner in which Chandrababu Naidu was shaping the State by making it number one in ‘Ease of Doing Business’. After 2019, the scene has reversed and even the national media passed critical remarks how a prime accused in money laundering cases became Chief Minister for Andhra Pradesh.

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Jagan 4th most popular CM, KCR among least popular CMs: C-Voter Survey

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The C Voter conducted a nation wide survey on the performance ratings of the Chief Ministers of different states and the Prime Minister. The survey revealed a whopping 78.01 per cent people’s satisfaction for Jaganmohan Reddy in Andhra Pradesh. Jagan stood as the fourth most popular CM in the country. On the contrary, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao stood at the bottom in the least popular CMs.

Jagan’s rating is higher than the performance acceptance of even Modi. Narendra Modi got 65 per cent people’s satisfaction. However, the survey says 78.65 per cent people are satisfied with the performance of the Modi government in Andhra Pradesh. It is slightly higher than 78.01 per cent satisfaction for Jagan performance as CM. The people’s satisfaction for Modi government is 68.96 per cent in Telangana and only 31.33 per cent in Tamil Nadu.
What more, the survey has given a list of the top most popular CMs in the country. Despite 78 per cent popularity rating, Jagan has not got first place which went to Navin Patnaik of Odisha. Chattisgarh CM Bhupesh Bhagel and Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan occupied the next two places.

Interestingly, Mamata Banerjee and Nitish Kumar are also placed along with KCR in the list of least popular CMs.

Coming as it does in the wake of one year completion of Jagan rule, the latest survey has given a rosy picture amid an all round attack on CM Jagan on the burning issues of Dr Sudhakar humiliation, LG Polymers tragedy, Capital demolition, Coronavirus failures, financial bankruptcy, liquor, sand, soil, cement and mining mafia.

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Ramesh Kumar case: Jagan govt’s Special Leave Petition in SC has several anamolies

In major embarassement to the Jagan government, legal experts in the Supreme Court found several loopholes and anamolies in the Special Leave Petition filed by the Andhra Pradesh government challenging the High Court’s directive to reinstate Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar as State Election Commissioner.

The lawyers, according to sources, were aghast over the anamolies in the Special Leave Petition and asked by the Andhra Pradesh government to file a fresh petition. Following this, the government has decided to file three fresh petitions to challenge the High Court order to reinstate Ramesh Kumar.

The state government seems to have caught itself in the wrong foot in handling Nimagadda Ramesh Kumar issue and got entangled in a legal imbroglio. In a set back to the Jagan government, former BJP minister Kamineni Srinivas filed a Caveat petition in the Supreme Court challenging the Special Leave Petition filed by the Andhra Pradesh government against the High Court’s directive to reinstate Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar as State Election Commissioner. Kamineni Srinivas had already filed a petition in the High Court challenging the Jagan government’s ordinance to remove Ramesh Kumar as SEC.

Through the Caveat petition, the former BJP minister pleaded the Supreme Court not to issue a stay order on the verdict of the Andhra Pradesh High Court in the SEC case. Further, the former BJP minister stated that he had filed the Caveat petition with full consent and approval of the central BJP leadership, indicating that the Modi government could be mighty displeased with the way the state government was undermining the court verdicts. Kamineni Srinivas petition in the SC follows a Caveat petition filed by APPC working president Mastan Vali.

In an interesting twist to the legal battle, the Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday has withdrawn a petition filed in the High Court to issue a stay on the verdict given in Ramesh Kumar’s case. The government has also withdrawn a stay petition in the High Court filed on behalf of Justice Kanagaraj.

It may be recalled that the Andhra Pradesh government in an act of political vendetta removed Ramesh Kumar as the SEC after he had put off the elections to civic bodies citing the spread of corona virus. In a brazen display of authoritarianism, the state government brought in an ordinance in a tearing hurry to remove Ramesh Kumar by reducing the SEC term from five to three years. Following this, Ramesh Kumar dashed off a letter to Union Home Ministry stating that there was a grave risk to his life and that he and his family members were receiving threat calls from the YSRCP leaders. Later, Ramesh Kumar had moved the High Court challenging the Andhra Pradesh government’s decision to remove him as SEC. At least 13 petitioners questioned the sanctity of the ordinance to remove Ramesh Kumar as SEC.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, who had to cancel his scheduled meet with Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday, is holding a high-level meeting at his camp office in Tadepalli with Rajya Sabha MP Vijaysai Reddy to discuss a host of issues. Enery minister Balineni Srinivas Reddy and Minister for Civil Supplies Kodali Nani are part of the high-level meeting. Although the agenda of the meeting is not known, political observers said Jagan had called for the meeting following cancellation of his scheduled meet with Amit Shah. Jagan is likely to discuss Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar row and the vortex of legal disputes whether the High Court’s directive to remove party colours on government builindgs or scrapping of the GO to make English medium compulsory in government schools and several other litigations.

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CM Jagan Delhi visit postponed at last minute

AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is actually scheduled to leave for Delhi around noon today. He is supposed to meet Union Home Minister Amit shah and other BJP Ministers. For this, CM has taken prior appointments. But, fresh reports came that Amit Shah office has cancelled today appointment and postponed the same to Sunday. Accordingly, Jagan visit was cancelled at the last minute. Sources say that the CM may visit Delhi on Sunday to meet Shah and other Ministers there.

AP CM is widely expected to raise issues like Capital shifting, LG Polymers gas leak, CBI probe into Dr Sudhakar case and so on with Amit Shah. CM Delhi visit is assuming greater significance in view of his government’s completion of one year in power. Moreover, there is an increased attack by the BJP AP leaders on AP Government. From the beginning, BJP national leadership has always spoken of giving one year window period for Jagan Reddy to prove himself and gain some experience. Now that one year is over, BJP AP leaders have begun making outright attacks including making demand for resignation of Jagan Reddy.

Conflicting reports came out on the BJP stand regarding Capital shifting. Initially, BJP maintained that it was purely a prerogative of State but later there were statements like the BJP national leadership was also in favour of one capital at Amaravati.

Also, inter-state river water disputes with Telangana were another reason for Jagan Reddy to himself take up the issues with Union Ministers.

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TDP supports BJP demand for dismissal of Jagan Govt

TDP senior leader and MLC P. Ashok Babu on Monday advised YCP MP Vijayasai Reddy to sort out his problems within his own party rather than blaming the Opposition TDP with baseless allegations even in regard to defamatory social media posts against the judges. The AP Assembly should be put in a state of suspended animation considering the lack of control on the ‘chaotic rule’ of CM Jaganmohan Reddy. He reminded that even the Bharatiya Janata Party was demanding these days the outright dismissal of the YCP government for its multifarious failures.

The TDP MLC also demanded a CBI investigation into the derogatory social media posts and comments against judges of AP High Court and Supreme Court by the YCP activists, leaders and sympathizers. It is high objectionable that Vijayasai was talking in defense of his party leaders regardless of the fact that they made a serious mistake by passing personal comments against the judges.

Mr. Ashok Babu said that Mr. Vijayasai Reddy was no longer talking in his former authoritarian and highhanded voice which was raising further doubts whether he had slipped form his number two position in his party. From the position of behaving like a number 2 CM in the party, Vijayasai is now saying that he would continue in YCP and that he would look after the welfare of party social media activists. In that case, Vijayasai would be held responsible for all the defamatory posts being placed by YCP activists against opposition parties and even the courts.

The TDP asked YCP MP to explain why the opposition sympathizers were made to spend 15 to 20 days in jail for just making mild political comments like rice being distributed by the government is not good and the like. YCP allegations on SEC Ramesh Kumar will not stand in the courts. Ramesh Kumar was defending his own rights and never acted like a TDP activist whereas the DGP was behaving like a YCP activist for which the Government should give explanations to the people.

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Jagan to meet Amit Shah, Vizag gas leak, SEC row on agenda

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Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy will be meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Tuesday to discuss a host of issues, including the corona virus situation in AP, Vizag gas leak, row over appointment of new State Election Commissioner among others.

Jagan’s vist to New Delhi is first after nearly three months of complete lockdown. The meet assumes significance in the wake of several controversial decisions that the state government has taken in the recent times. It is learnt, that Amit Shah is likely to issues relating to removal of Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar and appointing Kanaga Raju as State Election Commissioner.

Further, Amit Shah is also likely to take up the Jagan governments controversial abolition of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council (APLC), a move initiated to weaken the TDP from effectively stalling any legislation decisions of the State government as the ruling YSRCP has only nine of the 58 seats in the council while the TDP has 28 member.

The Vizag gas leak tragedy that has left at least 13 dead and hundreds of people hospitalised is also likely to figure in the discussions with the Union Home Minister. Jagan is likely to thank the central government for helping the LG Polymers India Pvt Ltd (LGPI) in shifting the Styrene gas from its plant in Visakhapatnam to South Korea. It is a different matter that the Andhra Pradesh High Court had ordered not to allow shifting of LG Polymers assets and machinery, amid reports that the South Korean firm has shifted styrene gas from its premises. The court sought to know who had permitted the company to shift the styrene gas from its storage tanks at the factory in Visakhapatnam to South Korea after the gas leak pending probe.

Amit Shah is likely to discuss the Covid-19 situation in Andhra Pradesh and the measures initiated by the state government to contain the spread of Coronavirus in light of several relaxations that triggered a spurt in the number of cases.

Jagan’s meeting with Amit Shah comes after the Home Minister’s recent call to enquire about the coronavirus situation in Andhra Pradesh which reported 101 fresh cases on Monday taking the tally to 3,272 with 59 deaths so far. With Corona unabated, Amit Shah discussed the complete lockdown measures and the situation in the state following certain relaxations announced by the state government to revive the spiralling economy. Jagan is expected to meet several top officials. On his part, Jagan is likely to take up request the Modi government to extend stimulus measures for various sectors, particularly manufacturing, to overcome the economic distress caused by the coronavirus pandemic and consequent lockdown.

Recently, Jagan dashed off a 10-page letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighting the contribution of different sectors to the state and the national economy and sought specific incentives to each of the sub-sectors, mainly the MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises).

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Senani fires at YCP: Where have all those lorries of sand gone?

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Jana Senani Pawan Kalyan launched a never-before attack on the Jaganmohan Reddy government. He emphatically said if the government doesn’t ensure availability of sand, the construction industry will remain in crisis and construction workers will face bigger problems.

Senani stressed the need for giving autonomy to the Construction Workers welfare organization so that it can use its funds for improvement of the workers’living conditions. Even in the lockdown crisis, no effort is made to help the workers using the welfare fund.

Pawan made a special attack on the government on the issue of illegal transportation of sand during lockdown. He said that though all other vehicles came to a standstill due to Coronavirus restrictions, thousands of lorries transported sand in Andhra Pradesh. But those lorries didn’t unload the sand at the stock points. The government should answer where all that sand has gone.

Senani told the Government to respond at least now as the middle class and lower middle class families are not able to construct their houses sheerly because of lack of easy accessibility of sand.

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Jagan Govt playing cat and mouse game with AP High Court?

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AP Government’s Advocate General has said Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar has illegally appointed himself as State Election Commissioner based on the High Court order. He says the restoration of Ramesh Kumar is left to the State government as per the court order. After this, State Election Commission Secretary has issued a statement withdrawing Ramesh Kumar taking charge as SEC. Now, the Government says since it is the implementing authority of the court orders, it can take its own sweet time to use its right of appeal in higher court. The Jagan Reddy regime has been displaying the same defiance against each and every High Court order. It was clear in respect of the YCP flag colours on Government buildings and also English medium in government schools.

The High Court gave a landmark, final judgement in Ramesh Kumar case. It has also termed appointment of SEC Kanagaraj as highly objectionable and untenable since it has dismissed the Ordinance concerned as unconstitutional. The High Court has listed out lots of points finding fault with the Government.

Advocates fraternity, opposition parties and civil society hailed the judgement as a victory for democracy and a slap for Jagan Reddy Government. All their enthusiasm was gone as once again AP Government defied High Court orders and caused removal of SEC Ramesh Kumar a second time. Analysts say Jagan Reddy regime is obviously playing a dangerous cat and mouse game with the judiciary. Especially, it is reversing each and every order of the High Court just as it has reversed all tenders and development and welfare of previous TDP rule.

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Naidu calls Jagan’s rule one year of mass destruction

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AP Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy may well assert that his government has fulfilled 90 per cent promises in the first year of its rule. He can claim that 77 of the total 129 promises made to the people were implemented. In the past one year, however, reverse and reverse tendering became the buzzwords both in the corridors of power and outside in the 365 days of Jagan’s government in Andhra Pradesh. Studies conducted by the Union commerce ministry, the World Bank and the National University of Singapore ranked Andhra Pradesh as India’s most business-friendly state for three successive years in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Jagan Reddy asserted that it would be through his Nava Ratnalu programme alone that the lives of poor could be uplifted. TDP president and former chief minister, however, dubbed Jagan’s rule as governance in reverse gear. “1 year of mass destruction,” he tweeted. Naidu made a blistering attack on Jagan’s governance saying it was at best “anti-development, retrogressive and regressive.

“The Andhra Pradesh government has lost all its credibility. This government has stalled the Amaravati capital city. It has affected farmers who had sacrificed their land for the project. Farmers are now protesting braving the heat and the lockdown. The retrogressive policies led to the flight of investments and industries from Andhra Pradesh leading to lack of job opportunities to youth. Power tariffs have been hiked. In the name of prohibition, the government has exorbitantly increased liquor prices and sold cheap liquor, brands that no one heard affecting people’s health.” The Jagan government stalled major projects like the Polavaram and a new state capital remained incomplete, and new taxes were imposed on the common people.

Telugu 360.com looks at Jagan’s Nine Blunders and HC’s Nine Jewels

What Jagan did or undid in last one year

The Nine Blunders

1) Imposed heavy financial burden on the people by hiking power tariff
2) Scraps the free sand policy and announced a new one which led to sand scarcity and construction workers suffered
3) Took Rs 80,000 crore loans in one year, not a single developmental project was implemented
Reviews and renegotiates PPAs entered into by the previous Naidu government
4) Does away with Amaravati capital city project, clears proposal to have three capitals – Vishakapatnam (executive), Amaravati (legislative) and Kurnool (judicial)
5) Withdraws 14 acres given to Lulu Group for a commercial complex in Vizag
6) Cancels Rs 3,217 cr contract awarded to Navayuga Engineering for a hydel power project
7) Scraps 4,731 acre land allotment to Navayuga group company for an SEZ in Nellore district
8) AP’s lifeline project of Polavaram has been stalled
9) Adani Group’s solar-powered data storage and technology park remains in a limbo, Lulu Group is not keen on fresh investments in AP, Reliance had once threatned to withdraw its investment proposal

AP has turned business unfriendly in the last one because of the hostile approach of Jagan towards companies and investments that had Naidu could attract to the state. Further, the one year rule has severely undermined the democratic institutions and subverted parliamentary democracy by his authoritarian rule. In the one year, Jagan and his team had to cut a sorry face in more than 60 legal disputes, which is a record set by any state government in losing court cases. The state government’s ordinance to remove Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar as State Election Commissioner is a grim pointer to how Jagan and his team have tried to destroy constitutional bodies like the State Election Commission. Let us look at the important cases that AP government had lost in the High Court

Nava Ratnalu (Nine Jewels) from AP High Court

1) Ramesh Kumar was shunted out by the government by reducing the term of office for the SEC from five years to three through an ordinance. SC upheld SEC’s decision to put off elections. HC reinstates Ramesh Kumar as SEC
2) High Court served contempt notices on 99 people, including Bapatla MP Nandigam Suresh, former Chirala MLA Amanchi Krishna Mohan, Gudivada Amarnath, Sakshi senior journalists Kommineni Srinivasa Rao and Prasad Reddy
3) HC asks govt to remove party colours, YSRCP govt adds one more colour. The court served contempt notices against Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney and other top officilals for violating its directive to remove YSRCP colours on government buildings and panchayat offices
4) HC directed the CBI to probe the highhandedness of the police in arresting Dr Sudhakar Rao
5) The court also revoked the suspension orders against senior police officer A B Venkateswara Rao, directed the Jagan government to reinstate him
6) HC had struck down the government’s move to make English medium compulsory in government schools in AP
7) The HC directed the state government directed the CBI to probe the murder case of Jagan’s uncle Y S Vivekananda Reddy
8) The Jagan government lost its case on PPAs in HC. The court had ruled that the state cannot seek changes to an agreement signed between a distribution company and a developer
9) The court scrapped the GO to increase reservations to BCs, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the local bodies from 27% to 34%

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77 out of 129 promises fulfilled: Jagan on his 1-year rule

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AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy has asserted that his Government has fulfilled 90 per cent promises in the first year of its rule. He said that 77 out of the total 129 promises made to the people at various phases have been implemented and another 35 promises are in the pipeline. Over Rs. 19,300 Cr was spent for giving benefits to 1.78 crore weaker sections families. Rs. 2,136 Cr was spent for tribal people’s welfare.

Jagan Reddy asserted that it would be through his Navaratnalu programme alone that the poor people’s lives would see a qualitative improvement in future. On the occasion of completion of his one year rule, the CM inaugurated 10,641 Rythu Bharosa Centres online from his Tadepalli residence today. The CM said systems were put in place to give benefits to people by depositing cash into their bank accounts.

The Chief Minister said that over 2,000 diseases were brought under the purview of YSR Arogyasri programme. Over 500 types of services were being provided to the people through Grama Secretariats. The YCP was committed to giving house sites to poor families but the TDP was putting hurdles in the process. The Opposition is creating problems for implementation of English medium schools.

Mr. Jagan Reddy said that while his government implemented 90 per cent promises, the previous TDP made 650 promises but did not implement even 10 per cent of that. Moreover, the TDP tried to concentrate all power from grama panchayat to state secretariat in its hands.

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Jagan has no moral right to continue

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The TDP has welcomed the High Court judgement reinstating SEC Ramesh Kumar, saying that it was a victory for the Constitution, for democracy and for ethical values in society. The Opposition party asserted that Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy has no right to continue and he should step aside, owning moral responsibility for the debacle in the court.

TDP Politburo Member Varla Ramaiah said that the YCP Government’s multiple advisors should ponder over the latest blow and advise the Chief Minister to step down following the court’s disapproval of his action. He said that the High Court has saved democracy in AP and renewed people’s faith in the Constitution.

The TDP leader asserted that the YCP should no longer drag on the legal issue by going to the Supreme Court and focus on correcting its mistakes in the best interests of the people. CM Jagan should realise that he was insulting the Constitution and Dr. Ambedkar by trying to permanently remove a constitutionally appointed SEC. The YCP leaders including the Speaker of Assembly made lots of cheap comments against Ramesh Kumar but now they had to cut a sorry figure.

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Amit Shah dials Jagan on Covid situation in AP

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah dialled Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday to stock of the coronavirus situation in Andhra Pradesh and a possible extension of ongoing nationwide lockdown beyond May 31.

Amit Shah enquired about the measures initiated in Andhra Pradesh to contain the spread of corona virus in the state. Amit Shah’s call comes in the wake of growing number of corona cases in Andhra Pradesh which reported 128 fresh cases on Friday taking the tally to 3,171 with 59 deaths so far. With the government relaxing the lockdown norms, Covid-19 cases are on the rise. With Corona unabated, Amit Shah discussed the complete lockdown measures and the situation in the state following certain relaxations announced by the state government to revive the spiralling economy. The Union Home Minister took feedback and suggestions from Jagan during his telephonic conversations. Amit Shah further enquired if the relaxations should be continued in view of the growing Covid-19 cases.

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AP Government’s big offer for Tollywood

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Most of the film shoots happen in and around Hyderabad. Most of the actors too reside in Hyderabad and Tollywood is well bonded with the government of Telangana. After the coronavirus outbreak, Tollywood celebrities met Telangana Chief Minister KCR and requested to grant the permissions for film shoots. It is during this time, the government of Andhra Pradesh too granted permission for shoots in public places and the premises of properties owned by the government of Andhra Pradesh at zero cost.

It is heard that AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is in plans to allocate lands in Vizag for film fraternity so that Vizag could be developed as a film hub. Chiranjeevi and YS Jagan even had a conversation over the phone recently and the discussion about Vizag happened. AP Government is also quite positive to allocate acres of lands for film studios in and around Vizag. Chiranjeevi along with some of the Tollywood celebrities are in plans to meet YS Jagan and chalk out plans utilizing the benefits offered by the government of Andhra Pradesh.

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Jagan turned ‘Sunrise State’ into ‘Sunset State’: Nara Lokesh

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TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh made a scathing attack on Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy calling him the ‘Don’ of the sand mafia, and accused him of being the root cause of the rampant corruption and land scams in the state.

Lokesh said the Jagan government had cancelled free sand policy in the state, a move to encourage sand mafia which has left lakhs of construction workers with no work. Sand scarcity in Andhra Pradesh was created by a sand mafia which was active with the full support of Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. “The man-made scarcity of sand has brought the construction activity in the state to a halt. Lokesh said several workers committed suicide as they were not finding the work in the absence of construction activity.

Further, Lokesh said Andhra Pradesh had lost major investments due to the unsavory decisions taken by the Jaganmohan Reddy’s government. With Jagan’s reverse tendering policies Andhra Pradesh has slipped into investment unfriendly state with major investors backing out of the projects entered into with the previous TDP government.

“Naidu succeeded in bringing in Kia Motors, the Isuzu and Ashok Leyland to the state in the hope of turning the state into a manufacturing hub. The Jagan government scared away big investors to Andhra Pradesh despite Andhra Pradesh having enormous potential for attracting domestic and foreign investments. Chandrababu Naidu garu took so much care to build AP into a ‘Sunrise State’ with his business friendly policies to attract global investors.

Sadly, the ‘Sunrise State’ under the TDP government has now turned into a Sunset State’. We brought the Kia Motors to Andhra Pradesh with great difficulties. The present government harassed the management of Kia Motors and subsqueently several accessories industries went away to other states. We could attract big investments from Foxconn, HCL, Kia Motors, Adani, Reliance. Today, Andhra Pradesh has become a ‘Sunset State’ because of the flawed polices and vendetta politics of the present government,” Lokesh hit out.

Adani Group’s solar-powered data storage and technology park remains in a limbo, United Arab Emirates-based conglomerate Lulu Group is not keen on fresh investments in Andhra Pradesh, while Reliance Group had once threatened to withdraw its investment proposal to build mega electronics manufacturing project in Tirupati.

Indonesia-based Asia Pulp & Paper, which entered into one of the biggest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) agreements with the TDP government at that time, had backed out under the YSRCP government. After Jagan came to power on May 30, around Rs 55,000 crore worth of work commissioned by Naidu came to a grinding halt in Amaravati.

Turning his guns on YSRCP Rajya Sabha MP Vijaysai Reddy, Lokesh said the A2 Sai Reddy has turned Visakhapatnam, often known as the ‘steel city’, into the ‘stolen city’. He said Vijaysai Reddy has eyed the prime lands in Vizag. He said Vijaysai Reddy was involved in Rs 1,000 crore land scam in Waltair and Daspalla Hills in Visakhapatnam.

Lokesh also pointed out there was largescale corruption in procurement of kits and masks to contain the spread of corona virus. He said the state government had procured rapid testing kits from South Korea at a cost higher than other states. The Andhra Pradesh government paid Rs 730 plus GST for each kit, while Chhatisgarh bought each kit for Rs 337 + GST. Further, he said the state government had made huge profits by selling masks at higher prices. “Substandard masks were procured at Rs 9 and were sold at Rs 30 each. The state government sold around 5 crore masks and profited by at least Rs 30 crore,” he pointed out.

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Special Status will come, if not today, tomorrow: CM Jagan

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In the face of mounting criticism, Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy has asserted that his government has taken active steps to hasten industrial development. Over 1,400 companies have come forward to invest Rs 11,549 Cr.

Jagan Reddy addressed a state-level meet on the AP industry scenario. He said that the state would have achieved greater development if the Special Status was conferred. However, the YCP would not behave like Chandrababu Naidu but it would continue to make its efforts. The Special Status would come, if not today, tomorrow.

CM Jagan asserted that the YCP could form a stable government in the state. With 22 MPs, the YCP occupied a fourth place in political parties positions at the national level. The CM said AP has got a 972 km coastline. The state has got excellent infrastructure and necessary support is being given to the industrialists including lands.

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‘Chaotic and scary’: Yanamala on Jagan Reddy 1-year rule

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Former Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu lashed out at the Jaganmohan Reddy government, saying that its 1-year rule not only undermined the Constitutional institutions in Andhra Pradesh but also defied the orders of the courts.

He said that the overall socio-economic and political situation in the state turned chaotic and scary as the YCP government was giving cash through welfare programmes but taking it back from the poor people in the form of taxes and forcible collections.

Mr. Ramakrishnudu, along with former Ministers Nimmakayala Chinarajappa, Ch. Ayyannapatudu and Nara Lokesh, paid tributes at NTR statue at the TDP Central Office on the occasion of 97th birthday celebrations of party founder NT Rama Rao on Thursday. It coincided with the second and final day of Digital Mahanadu conclave today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Opposition Leader in AP Council said that CM Jagan Reddy’s decisions and policies were in the nature of causing disrespect to the courts and institutions.

Mr. Chinarajappa said that the YCP has no respect for the rule of law and it was objectionable on the part of the ruling party to instruct the Director General of Police to act with bias and unilaterally in favour of their party. The State is facing serious problems because of the CM’s indifferent attitude towards the courts.

Mr. Ayyannapatrudu said that the future generations of Andhra Pradesh would lose heavily if the YCP rule continued to ignore the state development and progress. Recalling the greatness of NTR, he said that it was thanks to the party founder that many leaders like him were able to rise to higher positions in their careers.

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Jagan Govt goes to Supreme Court on Panchayat colours

The AP High Court has initiated contempt proceedings against Chief Secretary and Panchayati Raj Principal Secretary and Commissioner on the issue of removal of YCP flag colours from Panchayat buildings. The contempt would come into force if the officials do not get the colours removed by May 28. The deadline is only today but there is no indication that the Government is going to comply with the High Court orders. Colours are not being changed on government buildings. Now, the latest report is that the Jagan Reddy Government has approached the Supreme Court against the HC orders.

The colours case of AP is coming for arguments in the Apex Court today. Interestingly, the case is coming up for hearing on a day which is cited as the deadline for going ahead with the contempt proceedings against the top officials. Legal experts say the AP Government seems to be heading for a protracted litigation involving its contentious policies. The State is already financially crisis-ridden. But still, the Chief Minister and his Ministers are putting their political agenda above economy and public health. Jagan Reddy is adopting the same adamant line on the issue of English medium in Government schools. Analysts say that no public issue gets resolved easily if Government continues litigation and the remaining four years will pass in no time for addressing major people’s problems.

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TTD, Jagan govt dragged to High Court over auction of temple assets

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The proposed auction of temple assets by Tirmuala Tirupati Devasthanam trust board does not seem to die down anytime soon. Despite the Jagan government issuing a GO to halt the auction of TTD assets, the issue has now landed in the High Court. A legal battle has started brewing in Andhra Pradesh High Court over the proposed sale of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) properties in Tamil Nadu.

A petition was filed in the AP High Court on Tuesday directing the court to halt the auction of 50 TTD assets in Tamil Nadu. TTD, which manages the affairs of Sri Venkateswara temple, has decided to auction 50 properties situated in various parts of Tamil Nadu, mainly in Kanchipuram, Vellore and Tirutani.

On Tuesday, the petitioner Amarnath through his counsel appealed to the High Court to set up a judicial committee to provide constitutional protection to safeguard temple properties. Further, the petitioner appealed to the court to notify the movable and immovable assets of TTD. The petitioner contended that auction of TTD assets will denude the temples of their properties and any act that involves loss of properties of the temples for the purposes other than those intended for the benefit or necessity of the temples will hurt the sentiments of the Hindu devotees. The petitioner has impleaded Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary Nilam Sawhney, endowments special secretary and TTD executive officer in the case.

The petitioner argued that these assets were gifted to the TTD by devotees of Lord Balaji and the government has no right to sell them under the pretext of the properties being untenable and non-remunerative. On Saturday, the TTD trust board had set up two committees to sell what it calls ”unviable and not maintainable” properties in Tamil Nadu through public auction.

The properties which are proposed to go for auction are agriculture lands, houses, house sites and vacant lands gifted by devotees.

TTD chairman Y V Subba Reddy, who is also Jagan Mohan Reddy’s maternal uncle, initially stated that the TTD has decided to auction 50 immovable properties in AP and Tamil Nadu which are unviable, not useful and prone to encroachment so as per Rule 165 of Chapter -XXII issued in government order (GO) Ms No.311, Revenue (Endowment 1) Department, dated 09-04-1990. The TTD Board is competent to sell, exchange and mortgage are immovable properties if found beneficial to TTD.” However, on Monday Y V Subba Reddy in a U-turn said the TTD has not decided to auction the properties but was only mulling a roadmap on the modalities of which lands can be auctioned, upset price and other related issues.

“The government will do everything to protect the temple properties and will always work in the service of God. The TTD meeting was held on Saturday to discuss on how to protect these properties. Further, Subba Reddy said the practice of selling immovable and non-maintainable properties has been in vogue since 1974.”Around 129 such properties were disposed of between 1974 and 2014,” he said. It was at the board meeting held on July 28, 2015, headed by the then chairman Chadalawada Krishnamurthy that resolution No.84 was passed to form a sub-committee to study the prospects of auctioning such properties. The meeting on January 30, 2016, gave the nod to the sub-committee’s proposal to dispose of 50 such properties that ranged between one cent and five cents. tucked away from the mainland and thus difficult to monitor and maintain. “This board only continued the process. The State government has nothing to do with the TTD’s decision,” Subba Reddy said.

“We have only set up committees to draw a roadmap on which assets to be auctioned, the upset price and other issues. The assets are mostly in Vellore, Kanchipuram, Tirutani and other far -off locations in Tamil Nadu. The agricultural lands in these areas do not exceed more than one acre or two acres, while house sites are in the range of 1 cent, 2 cent, 3 cents or maximum 5 cents. It is difficult to protect these properties. There is a possibility of encroachment. In such a scenario, the TTD held a meeting to discuss a roadmap on how to protect these properties without hurting the sentiments of the devotees. We have not issued any orders for auctioning the properties.” The TTD chairman said the trust board will again meet to review the whole issue and announce its decision.

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