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YSR Congress to have more coordinators


Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy held a meeting with the Constituency Observers, District Presidents and Regional Coordinators at his camp office here on Thursday.

The meeting was called for an orientation to explain the action plan on how the regional coordinators, district party presidents and constituency observers should work in coordination to strengthen the party cadre from grass root levels. Such a network will ensure the target of 175 out of 175 seats. This network should be strengthened and conveners should be appointed up to village and ward secretariat level, he said.

The procedures will be prescribed to the General Coordinators, Party Presidents and Observers while the MLAs are already participating in the door to door campaign to reach out to the public and ensure the implementation of welfare schemes, he said, adding that they are also visiting at least 4 to 5 secretariats per month.

Along with the door-to-door campaign initiated by the government, the party activities should continue in the village and ward secretariats. A programme has been designed to meet 1.66 crore families on behalf of the party in 10-15 days. For this 50 families will be mapped and a male and a female cadre will be in charge to carry the party message besides providing publicity materials.

Under village and ward secretariats there will also be three conveners for the party and at least one of them should be a woman. Those having political awareness and are active should be appointed as conveners. Two such people should look after every 50 houses covering 15,000 villages.

Elaborating on the networking, he said, there will be 45,000 conveners in all the village and ward secretaries. Initially, three conveners should be appointed for 15,000 secretariats who will later appoint in-charges for MLAs or Assembly constituencies. The party observers will ensure the implementation of the process in a proper manner.

Our hard work will yield the desired results. During out three and a half year term, 92 per cent of the households in rural areas and up to 80 percent in urban areas were benefitted out our welfare schemes. The regional coordinators should dust off any minor issues and the cadre should be united and take forward the good record of our governance to every household of the State, he said.

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YSRCP leaders level baseless charges, says Lokesh


Telugu Desam Party (TDP) general secretary and former minister, Nara Lokesh, on Wednesday dared the YSRCP leaders to prove the charges levelled against the TDP leaders or face defamation.

Participating in the ‘Idemi Kharma Mana Rashtraniki’ programme at Nidamarru in Mangalagiri Assembly segment, Lokesh said that it has become a habit for YSRCP leaders, to level baseless charges and run away from the State.

‘The TDP leaders did not commit even a single mistake in five years when the party was in power,’ he said adding that whether the YSRCP leaders can prove even a single charge levelled against any TDP leader.

Lokesh visited the villagers and interacted with them personally to know their problems. The locals submitted memoranda to Lokesh and complainted that their houses were demolished without any reason.

Later, addressing media persons, Lokesh said that it has become a habit to Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, to tell lies to the public and later make them believe them. He dared Jagan to prove any charge that levelled against him.

”If they fail to prove the charges, the ruling party leaders should be prepared to face defamation cases,” he said. Lokesh asked as to why the industries are moving out of the State.

”If pollution is the reason as to why the industries are being chased out of the State, then why the Bharathi Cements is still allowed to be operated in the State,” he asked.

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Setback to Jagan, SC shifts Viveka case to Telangana court


It was a major setback for AP chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy as the Supreme Court on Tuesday transferred former MP Y S Vivekananda Reddy murder case to the Telangana court. The Supreme Court had directed the CBI officials to shift the case to the CBI court in Hyderabad.

The court direction came in the light of dissatisfaction expressed by the victim’s wife and daughter. The family members have been alleging that the Andhra Pradesh police and others were threatening the accused in the cases. They have also alleged that the AP police were not cooperating with the CBI to proceed further on investigation.

Vivekananda Reddy’s widow Sowbhagyamma and daughter Dr Sunitha Reddy have filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking transfer of the case to any other state. Earlier, the CBI too had filed an affidavit in the court stating that the Andhra Pradesh police were not cooperating with them in investigation.

Reacting to all these, the Supreme Court expressed doubts over the murder of the former MP and former minister, who is paternal uncle of Jagan Mohan Reddy. The apex court found that the evidence in the case was destroyed by some people, while the accused are being saved.

Dr Sunitha Reddy alleged that the accused and the witnesses were turning hostile and her brother Jagan Mohan Reddy was not helping her to find the real culprits in the case. She made several representations to the CBI and the court on early completion of the investigation in vain.

Vivekananda Reddy was found dead in a pool of blood in his residence at Pulivendula on March 15, 2019. While Jagan Mohan Reddy alleged that the TDP leaders were behind the murder, the TDP had been accusing Jagan Mohan Reddy of killing his uncle for political mileage.

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Fighting my own battle against YSRCP, says Pawan Kalyan


Actor-politician Pawan Kalyan said on Sunday that he is fighting his own battle against the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) and that he need not tell Prime Minister Narendra Modi before striking at Andhra Pradesh’s ruling party.

“If I have to strike at YSRCP, I will not do it after informing the Prime Minister. I will do it myself. This is my battle,” he said.

The Jana Sena Party (JSP) leader was responding to statements of YSRCP leaders demanding him to divulge what he discussed with the Prime Minister during their meeting earlier this month.

“How are you concerned with what I discussed with the Prime Minister,” he asked YSRCP leader Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy.

“Come, I will tell you in your ear,” he added.

The actor-politician said that since the 2014 elections, he has met Narendra Modi two or three times.

“Whenever we meet, we only talk about the country’s security and welfare of the common man,” he said.

The JSP leader was addressing a meeting at the party office after distributing financial assistance to people affected by demolition at Ippatam village in Guntur district.

Pawan Kalyan alleged that the YSRCP government targeted the villagers for giving their land for holding a JSP formation day public meeting on March 14.

“Is YSRCP a political party or a terrorist organisation,” he asked.

The JSP leader also hit back at Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy for calling Jana Sena ‘rowdy sena’.

“Ours is not rowdy sena. It is revolutionary sena,” he said.

The actor-politician also challenged YSRCP to win the 2024 Asembly elections.

“I will see how you win this time,” he said, ridiculing the claim of the ruling party that it will make a clean sweep by bagging all the 175 Assembly seats.

The JSP leader also appealed to people to back JSP in the next elections, urging them not to vote for JSP by looking at him but by judging the party by its policies.

Pawan Kalyan also slammed Jagan Mohan Reddy for comparing himself to N.T. Rama Rao.

If YSRCP is not checked, it will not stop at naming Kadapa as YSR Kadapa but will name India as YSR India, he said.

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TDP promises better housing for the poor, faults Jagan scheme


Telugu Desam Party (TDP) politburo member, Kalva Srinivasulu, on Monday promised the poor in the State that once the party is back in power their dream to have their own house will certainly be realised.

Stating that the Pucca Houses for the Poor scheme is totally neglected now, Srinivasulu told media persons here that the houses will be built as per their choice once the TDP is back in power. The YSRCP Government is only misleading the public with false statements and is never trying to keep its promise made to the poor, Srinivasulu added.

Though there are 28,30,000 families eligible under the housing scheme, not even 80,000 units have been constructed till now, he said, adding that this proves beyond doubt that the State Government has no commitment to fulfil its promises made to the people of the State. The housing scheme, which was implemented well during the TDP regime, is being completely neglected after the YSRCP came to power, Srinivasulu stated.

The ruling party leaders, including its MLAs and MPs are making huge amounts of money in the name of the ‘houses for the poor’, the TDP politburo member stated. “In fact, these YSRCP MPs and MLAs are not only making money in the name of the scheme but also illegally occupying lands on the pretext of building houses,” Srinivasulu maintained.

Observing that over 11 lakh housing units for the poor were built during the TDP regime, Srinivasulu said that another 2.12 lakh houses were built by TIDCO. Leaders from various States appreciated the efforts of the TDP in building such a large number of housing units but the YSRCP, which came to power later failed to complete the construction of even incomplete units, he noted.

Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, should tell the public as to why the completed houses were not handed over to the poor and why the construction of the incomplete units has not been taken up till now, Mr Srinivasulu said. The pending bills of the contractors have not been cleared yet and the Minister for Housing has not even visited the Jagananna Colonies.

The Jagananna Colonies are not fit for residential purposes as there are no basic amenities, including water supply and these colonies are built far away from the villages, he maintained. Also, the State government is not extending financial assistance to those who want to build their own houses, he added.

Srinivasulu felt that the dream of the poor to have their own house will be realised only if the TDP comes back to power and the housing scheme too will be implemented in full scale once the TDP is back in power.

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Sajjala accuses opposition of conspiracy against govt


YSR Congress general secretary and government advisor Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy on Thursday alleged that the opposition parties were conspiring against the state government. He said that TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan have colluded against the government.

Sajjala said that Chandrababu Naidu was writing scripts for both the TDP and Jana Sena only to defeat the ruling YSR Congress in the next general election. The three media houses were providing extensive coverage for the lies of Chandrababu Naidu and Pawan Kalyan.

He wondered how Chandrababu Naidu could create the stone drama at Nandigama in the NTR district. He said that the TDP chief had played a similar stone drama in Kuppam too. But they did not work to create sympathy for the TDP as people are aware of the facts.

He also wondered the way Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan reacted to the demolition of some compound walls in the Ippatam village. He took strong exception to the Jana Sena chief displaying unwanted anger and spitting venom at the ruling party.

He said that Chandrababu Naidu and Pawan Kalyan have no issues to fight against the state government and the ruling YSR Congress. That was the reason why they were spreading lies with the support of the media, Sajjala asserted.

The YSR Congress general secretary accused the TDP, Jana Sena and the three media houses for trying to create unrest among the people by spreading lies. However, he said that the people are well informed and were not buying these lines. This was clearly creating unrest among the two leaders and their media houses, Sajjala said.

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Pawan visits Ippatam village, warns YSRCP leadership


Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan on Saturday visited Ippatam village of Tadepalli mandal where the state government had demolished compound walls of some houses to widen the road on Friday. Pawan Kalyan alleged that the government had resorted to this demolition only as part of the vendetta politics of the YSR Congress leadership.

He said that the villagers have given him their lands to hold the party’s formation day in March this year. Since then, the YSR Congress leadership started targeting the villagers and had served notice of demolition for widening of the road.

Jana Sena chief wondered whether Ippatam village is any city like Kakinada or Rajamahendravaram to widen the roads. He said that the demolition was only a political vendetta of the YSR Congress leaders. He also questioned the government for not demolishing Dr Y S Rajasekhar Reddy’s statue on the road.

Pawan Kalyan asked the ruling YSR Congress leaders to stop this political witch-hunt or else his government in future would lay a highway through Idupulapaya estate, which belongs to Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Pawan Kalyan interacted with the residents and extended his party’s support to them. He said he would stand by them in the hour of crisis and face any challenge from the government. He thanked the high court for giving a stay order on demolition and widening of the road.

Meanwhile, several political parties, including the opposition TDP extended support to Jana Sena in fighting for the Ippatam villagers. TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu and general secretary Nara Lokesh blamed the government for demolishing the houses. Chandrababu Naidu sought to advise Jagan Mohan Reddy to construct anything before going for demolition-spree.

The TDP chief alleged that Jagan Mohan Reddy had started his regime in 2019 by demolishing the Praja Vedika. The bulldozer government continues to pull down the houses even after three years, he said and asserted that time is fast approaching to pull down Jagan Mohan Reddy’s government.

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Recce on Pawan, YSRCP turns tables on TDP


In the alleged recce case of Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan, the ruling YSR Congress refuted the charges against them and turned tables on the TDP. The leaders said that the three persons who were arrested in the case were members of the opposition TDP.

The chairmen of AP Reddy, Kamma and Kapu corporations said that the three persons belonged to the TDP. They said that Vijay, Aditya Chowdary and Saikrishna Chowdary, who were now in the Hyderabad police, were associated with the TDP.

Kamma Corporation chairman, Thummala Chandrasekhar, Kapu Corporation chairman, Adapa Seshu and Reddy Corporation chairman, Satyanarayana Reddy, produced the photographs of the accused with Chandrababu Naidu and Lokesh.

They alleged that Chandrababu Naidu is known for criminal politics and was part of Chandrababu Naidu’s conspiracy against the Kapu community in the state for political benefits. Kapu Corporation chairman Adapa Seshu said that Chandrababu Naidu was behind the murder of Vangaveeti Mohana Ranga in the past. He alleged that Chandrababu Naidu was now trying to eliminate Pawan Kalyan and blame Jagan Mohan Reddy only to get political advantage.

They also appealed to the Jana Sena leaders to understand the criminal politics of the TDP leaders. They also advised the Jana Sena activists and leaders to look at the political connections of the three accused who were arrested by the Hyderabad police.

Reddy Corporation chairman, Satyanarayana Reddy said that the Jana Sena leaders were dragging his name in the recce. He said that he had no criminal background and requested the Jana Sena activists not to be misled by Chandrababu Naidu’s opportunistic and criminal politics. He also advised the Jana Sena leaders to read the books of senior Kapu leader Chegondi Harirama Jogaiah, who openly exposed Chandrababu Naidu’s criminal politics.

The chairmen said that the TDP chief was trying to bring division among the Kamma, Reddy and Kapu communities to win the next election. They wanted people to understand the criminal politics of Chandrababu Naidu and save Pawan Kalyan from the TDP chief.

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Posani named as chief of film development corporation


Senior actor and writer, Posani Krishna Murali, was appointed as chairman of the AP State Film Development Corporation. He would be in the office for a period of two years. The state government issued orders appointing Posani in the post.

Posani Krishna Murali had been with the YSR Congress for almost two decades and had been a staunch supporter of Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. He campaigned for the party in the 2014 and 2019 general elections.

Given his close association with the chief minister, the appointment was long overdue. Earlier, he refused to take up any post in the party or any nominated post. However, it is not known how his name was finally cleared for the APSFDC chairman post.

Posani Krishna Murali had strongly defended the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in its decision to sell movie theatre tickets online. Though several film personalities attacked the government, Posani countered the criticism and stood by the government, which paid him the dividend in the form of the APSFDC chairman post.

The state government also issued orders appointing senior journalist Kommineni Srinivasa Rao as the chairman of the AP Press Academy. Srinivasa Rao too would be in office for a period of two years. He succeeds Devireddy Sreenath, who is scheduled to retire on November 7.

Earlier last week, the state government also appointed senior actor, Mohmmad Ali, as the electronic media advisor to the government. Ali, as h e is popularly known, joined the YSR Congress just before the 2019 general election and had campaigned for the party during the election.

Ali, though a close friend of Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan, did not endorse the Jana Sena politics in Andhra Pradesh. He remained a staunch supporter of the YSR Congress and chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy, despite the criticism from the Telugu film industry.

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Jagan has no right to continue in power, says TDP Ex-MP


Former member of MP and senior TDP leader, Konakalla Narayana, on Wednesday said that Chief Minister, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, has no right to continue in power any longer as the farming community in the State is being subjected to great injustice.

The former MP told media persons here that Jagan Mohan Reddy came to power by making false promises to the people of the State and the Rythu Bharosa, which he claims is a welfare measure, is nothing but a fraud. Jagan on October 17 released advertisements spending a whopping Rs 17 cr claiming that money under Rythu Bharosa has been credited to the accounts of the farmers, but till now 77,000 farmers did not get the financial assistance, the TDP leader said.

In fact, of the Rs 4,000 being paid to each farmer under this scheme, the Centre’s share is Rs 2,000, but Jagan is claiming that the total amount is being paid by the State government, Narayana observed. The YSRCP government is simply ignoring the interests of the farming community, the former MP said, adding that the farmers in the State are no longer interested in agriculture due to the negligent attitude of the State Government.

When the TDP was in power, the dues to the farmers were to be paid within 15 days after the purchase of the farm products and the party stood by the community even when they suffered crop losses due to natural calamities, the TDP leader stated. But now, the Jagan Reddy government is not paying the dues to the farmers even after months of purchasing the farm products, he maintained.

Andhra Pradesh is now in the third place in the farmers suicides and till now over 5,000 farmers had committed suicide after Jagan became the Chief Minister of the State, he pointed out. Hence, Jagan Reddy has no right to continue in power any longer as he could not do justice to the farming community and the interest-free loans to farmers remained only on paper, Narayana felt.

The former MP said that the people in general and the farmers in particular are ready to teach a lesson to Jagan Mohan Reddy, whenever the elections are held. He is of the opinion that the farmers suicides are nothing but the official murders.

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YCP’s Kapu to have bigger meeting in Vijayawada


The Kapu leaders of the YSR Congress have decided to organise a bigger meeting of the community leaders in Vijayawada shortly. The decision was taken at a meeting of the party Ministers, MLAs and MLCs held at Rajamahendravaram on Monday.

The meeting resolved to convene a much bigger meeting by involving all elected and nominated leaders of the ruling party who represent the Kapu community. The meeting would expose Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan for his criticism of the ruling party and his alliance with the TDP, the leaders said.

Minister Botsa Satyanarayana said at the Rajamahendravaram meeting that the ‘Jagan Mohan Reddy government has 4 cabinet ministers hailing from the Kapu community. There has been 15% more representation for Kapus than any other community in the candidates fielded by the YSRCP in Assembly and Parliamentary elections. Even at the local level, 2 Mayors, 7 Municipal Chairmen and 44 MPP candidates were elected from the YSRCP who all belong to the Kapu community. This is much higher than what the previous government ever did.’

Ambati Rambabu asked the Kapus not to fall prey to the Opposition’s theatrics. Statistics prove how Jagan Government has benefitted over 70 lakh Kapus in the last 3 years with his earnest effort and commitment.

The meeting decided to organise door-to-door exercise to appraise people of the work put in by the current Andhra Pradesh government to ensure the upliftment of Kapus.

It also resolved asking the party senior leaders to take up a one-on-one meeting with all Kapu leaders to appraise them of their tasks in the future.

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CM will shift to Visakha soon, says Dharmana


Minister for Revenue, Dharmana Prasada Rao, on Monday reiterated that chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy would soon shift his base to Visakhapatnam. Along with him, all the officers and the secretariat would be shifted, he asserted.

Speaking at a round table meeting in Srikakulam, the Minister made an appeal to the people of Uttarandhra to fight to achieve administrative capital in Visakhapatnam. He said Visakhapatnam has all the required infrastructure to be the capital of the state.

A small investment between Rs 5,000 crore and Rs 10,000 crore would make the city fit to be the capital of the State. On the contrary, Amaravati would require Rs 5 lakh crore as admitted by then chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, he said.

The Minister said that the opportunity had come for the people of Uttarandhra to get the capital located in their region. He wanted the people to be vigilant and ensure that the capital is moved to Visakhapatnam. He also wanted the people to be cautious of some real estate people fighting against decentralization and want Amaravati to be the only capital.

He said that the Sivaramakrishnan Committee had advised the AP government to decentralise the offices and not to locate everything in one place. The committee had also advised against having the capital between Vijayawada and Guntur where fertile agricultural lands are available.

Several intellectuals have also advised the successor state of Andhra Pradesh to have decentralised development and not to locate every office in one place, a mistake that was done in the case of Hyderabad, the minister said.

Even after eight years of bifurcation, the institutions listed in Schedule IX and X were not distributed between the two states, he said. He felt that such mistakes should not be repeated and hence Jagan Mohan Reddy had proposed decentralisation. He expressed confidence that the chief minister would soon start functioning from Visakhapatnam, while steps were taken to make Kurnool as judicial capital, while retaining Amaravati as the legislative capital.

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Corruption reached its peak in YSRCP rule, say TDP leaders


Former minister and senior TDP leader, Pattipati Pulla Rao, and the vice-president of the state party unit, Buragadda Veda Vyas on Saturday said that the financial condition of the State has touched the bottom level after Jagan Mohan Reddy has become the Chief Minister.

The hospitals are sending back the patients without treatment as the government is not making payments under the Aarogyasri scheme. It is a fact that lakhs of rupees are being paid as salaries to the employees of the media houses owned by Jagan, the TDP leaders told media persons at the party headquarters here.

“The people of the State are now witnessing how the administration functions if an economic offender becomes a Chief Minister,” Pulla Rao said.

No other State in the country is witnessing such a situation, Pulla Rao felt and said that the Rythu Bharosa centres are not functioning impartially in any corner of the State. The former minister is of the strong opinion that the three capital issue is a big drama being utilised only for political purposes and that the very idea is not possible for implementation.

Stating that the people of the State accepted Amaravathi as the capital long ago, Pulla Rao said that the people in the Rayalaseema region do not have any respect for the ruling YSRCP. “Is it not a fact that Jagan too openly declared that Amaravati is the capital of the State and that he is building his residence here,” the former minister asked.

The people of the State are eagerly waiting to send home Jagan at the earliest possible as they are not in a position to bear his rule any longer, he said. Jagan always utters blatant lies and his statement on the pending dues of Aarogya Sri are the classic example of this. “At least Rs 600 cr is to be paid to various hospitals in the State under this scheme,” Pulla Rao pointed out.

The YSRCP government knows only demolitions but not constructions, Pulla Rao observed and said that except for political gains, the Jagan Mohan Reddy government has till now not taken any measures with regard to the development sector. People will no longer believe Jagan, he added.

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Actor Ali named as electronic media advisor for AP govt


The long wait paid rich dividends for Tollywood actor, Ali. The Andhra Pradesh government had appointed him as electronic media advisor to the government. He would be in the office for two years with cabinet rank.

Ali was originally associated with the TDP for several years. However, before the 2019 general election, he joined the YSR Congress. He campaigned in the limited areas for the YSR Congress during the election.

Later, he met chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on a couple of occasions. A section of the media in Andhra Pradesh campaigned that Ali would be sent to Rajya Sabha in the minorities’ quota. However, it did not happen.

As the chief minister’s decision to accommodate Ali was taking longer time, there were rumours in the media that Ali would quit the YSR Congress and join the Jana Sena. In fact, Ali is a good friend of Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan.

Finally, on Thursday, the state government issued orders appointing Ali as the electronic media advisor. Ali is the second actor from Tollywood to be appointed to a key position in the state government after Jagan Mohan Reddy assumed charge as the chief minister.

Jagan Mohan Reddy government had appointed another actor Prudhvi Raj as chairman of the TTD’s SVBC, a devotional channel. He had to quit the post and subsequently leave the YSR Congress following an audio tape released with the actor trying to seduce a woman employee.

Prudhvi Raj is now in the Jana Sena and is found targeting the YSR Congress alleging that the party had done injustice to him.

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Why YSRCP showering sudden love on BCs, asks Kollu Ravindra


Senior TDP leader and former minister, Kollu Ravindra, on Thursday expressed surprise as to why the ruling YSRCP is showing sudden love towards the Backward Classes (BCs) in the State.

Ravindra told media persons here that Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, has been claiming that several nominated posts have been given to BCs and asked who is bossing over them. Can any Minister take decisions independently, Ravindra asked.

The former minister said that no BC leader who is holding any position cannot function independently. Also, the BCs meeting has been organised under the direct supervision of YSRCP MP, Vijayasai Reddy, and how Jagan Reddy can claim that his government is working for the welfare of BCs, he asked.

Ravindra demanded that the ruling party release a white paper on the steps taken for the welfare of the BCs after it came to power. BC leader, Chelluboina Venugopal was forced to kneel down before another leader, Y V Subba Reddy, the TDP leader pointed out and asked if this is the respect the community gets in the YSRCP rule.

Ravindra demanded the Chief Minister to come out with the details on how many BCs were given jobs, to whom and where. Giving volunteer jobs to the community though they are eligible for regular posts is nothing but deceiving the BCs, he felt. Though many commissions have been formed in different names, necessary funds have been released or not even a single commission, he maintained.

The TDP, during its regime, implemented various schemes to impart better education to BCs but after the YSRCP came to power, all the schemes, including the funding for higher education abroad, have been withdrawn, he stated. The BCs who have self-respect will teach a fitting lesson to Jagan Reddy when the time comes, Ravindra said.

Since the community has realised the fact and the ground reality, the meeting organised in Vijayawada was a miserable failure as no one attended the programme, he said. At least 30 BCs have been murdered after Jagan came to power and hundreds have been subjected to various kinds of harassments. Jagan is only trying to take the BCs for a ride in the name of appointing some committees for their welfare though he has done nothing in the past three-and-half years, the TDP leader said.

The BC community is not ready to believe Jagan Reddy, he said and made it clear that it is this very community that will bring him down from power in the coming elections.

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Can Roja overcome dissidence in Nagari?


Minister for Tourism and Culture, R K Roja, is having tough days ahead of the 2024 general elections. She is having dissidence within her own YSR Congress Party for the past some time. Unable to compromise with them, she had been keeping the rivals at a distance aggravating the trouble.

She is having trouble with Srisailam temple trust board chairman, Chakrapani Reddy, Nagari Municipal former chairman K J Kumar, State Eediga Corporation chairperson K J Santhi and others in the constituency. These leaders are said to have the blessings of senior minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy.

Unable to broker peace with the senior cabinet colleague, Roja is having her own team in the constituency and is not involving the rebels in her programmes. She could not even try to have a word with minister Peddireddy Ramchandra Reddy to keep the folks together and thus keep the party strong.

The two factions are openly criticising each other creating confusion among the rank and file of the party at the grassroots. This is leading to big trouble for the minister for her hat-trick victory in the 2024 elections. She has won the 2014 and 2019 general elections and is aiming to repeat the victory for the third time.

On the contrary, party president and chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is firm on winning every Assembly seat in the next elections. Besides retaining the 151 seats that the party had won in the 2019 elections, Jagan Mohan Reddy had set his eyes on wresting the 23 seats won by the TDP.

Jagan Mohan Reddy is targeting the Kuppam Assembly constituency in Chittoor district which is represented by TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu. He is also targeting some key constituencies in the state which are now held by the TDP.

In this backdrop, Jagan Mohan Reddy is not ready to allow Roja to work on her own, keeping aside her rivals. He had reportedly told the Minister to build peace with the rivals and carry every leader and worker together to retain the seat in the next election.

It is to be seen how far Roja would clear the dissidents and win the confidence of Jagan Mohan Reddy to get the party ticket in the next election.

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CID acting as sister concern of YSRCP, says Nakka Ananda Babu


Former minister and senior TDP leader, Nakka Ananda Babu, on Wednesday expressed anger at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) terming it as a sister concern of the ruling YSRCP.

Ananda Babu told media persons at the party headquarters here that the CID’s existence is only to file false cases against the TDP leaders and to harass them. The Jagan Mohan Reddy Government is utilising the services of the agency only to subject the TDP leaders to custodial torture, Mr Ananda Babu stated.

Maintaining that the CID is a state police wing and the officials should act independently, the former minister felt that but the ruling YSRCP is utilising it as one of its functionaries. The CID is maintaining total silence even on several critical cases, Mr Nakka Ananda Babu observed.

As per the Supreme Court guidelines, the officials should wear a badge and uniform while investigating a case. They are not showing even their identity cards when they are taking the TDP activists into custody, he noted.

Ananda Babu believes that the whole process is under the directions from Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, and his advisor, Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy. The chief of CID wing, Sunil Kumar, should take the responsibility for the whole issue, he felt.

The TDP leader said that Sunil Kumar, who is a Dalit, is using several Dalit officials to harass the community leaders and this will have a major impact on the community in the future. Observing that one will not remain in power permanently, Anand Babu said that such officials will have to pay a heavy price in future for their misdeeds.

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Jagan suspends two former MLAs on disciplinary charges


YSR Congress president and chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had suspended two former MLAs from the party on disciplinary charges. Ponnuru former MLA Ravi Venkata Ramana and Pamarru former MLA D Y Das were suspended on charges of working against the sitting MLAs, Kilari Rosaiah and Kaile Anil Kumar respectively.

The two are accused of working against the two sitting MLAs in the respective constituencies. The two sitting MLAs have complained to the party president against the two leaders following which the chief minister suspended them.

Jagan Mohan Reddy had been holding constituency wise review meetings with the party cadre ahead of the 2024 general elections. He had set the target of 175 Assembly constituencies for the next election and had been asking the leaders to work hard to retain power in the state.

He had also told the party leaders that the opposition parties and the media were working against the YSR Congress, and it was high time for every leader to work hard. He took strong exception to the leaders having internal squabbles which would hamper the party prospects in the elections.

Jagan Mohan Reddy had already warned the sitting MLAs and had given enough indications of dropping at least 20 sitting MLAs for the next elections. He named some of them during the review meetings and asked them to improve their performance. He also named some of the MLAs who did not participate in the door-to-door campaign of the party, despite repeated warnings from him.

The chief minister is holding internal survey reports on every MLA and has warned them to improve their performance. In Tadikonda Assembly constituency, the chief minister had appointed MLC Dokka Manikya Vara Prasad as the constituency additional incharge giving a clear indication that sitting MLA Undavalli Sridevi’s performance is not up to the mark. There are at least a dozen such MLAs who are likely to have the additional incharges soon.

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Thammineni discounts Amaravati yatra


AP Assembly speaker Thammineni Sitaram said that the padayatra from Amaravati to Arasavilli by some people was proved as a fake one. He said that there were hardly 70 farmers who hail from the Amaravati capital villages in the padayatra while the rest were all from Telangana and some were from the film industry.

Referring to the police checking the identification of the farmers as per the high court direction, the speaker said that the fake people were exposed during the verification process. He recalled that the court had given permission for 600 farmers to participate in the padayatra. The court had also given permission for four vehicles to accompany the farmers.

However, for all these years, there were hundreds of farmers found in the padayatra, while dozens of vehicles were accompanying them, the Speaker said. He further said that some of the participants were also making political statements against the ruling party and in support of the opposition TDP. He also said that some were even throwing challenges to the ruling party leaders and were tapping their thighs in full public view.

The participants also were speaking for TDP and making appeals to the people to vote against the YSR Congress, the Speaker said adding that some of the participants have even made derogatory statements against Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.

He wondered why the participants have not provided their identification cards as directed by the court. This exposed the entire padayatra as fake and political, Sitaram asserted. He said that TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu was running the show with the TDP activists. Some Jana Sena activists too were taking part in the padayatra, he alleged.

He said most of the farmers in the 29 villages have sold their lands even before giving them in the land pooling system to the government. By selling the lands, the farmers have benefited exceptionally, he said and alleged that they were now targeting to get greater price for the plots that they were expecting from the government if Amaravati is developed as the capital.

“Some greedy people want Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills prices in Amaravati lands. It took several decades for Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills lands to get the present price. But the real estate buyers in Amaravati want the same price in one decade,” Speaker Thammineni Sitaram said.

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Jagan pushed youth into oblivion, says Yanamala


Telugu Desam Party (TDP) politburo member and former minister, Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, on Sunday said that Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, pushed the future of the youth in the State into oblivion.

Ramakrishnudu felt that the YSRCP government in the past three years has only been trying to defend itself from the blunders it has committed and also making every effort to come out of the huge debts. There is absolutely no development in the YSRCP rule, and the welfare schemes are not being implemented at all.

As per the reports submitted by the international organisations, poverty in the State is going up every day and the imbalances in the society too are on the rise, the TDP politburo member said. As Jagan Mohan Reddy is utilising the funds raised through debts for his personal use development is taking a back seat, he felt.

Ramakrishnudu is of the opinion that if they progress well both economically and industrially, the people should bid goodbye to Jagan. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report clearly mentioned that the debt burden on the State is far higher than the permitted levels, he mentioned and asked as to how the government has crossed the limitations. This apart, the government is submitting false accounts to the CAG, he observed.

The Ministers concerned are totally misleading the CAG and other wings with a fear that the government’s misdeeds will get exposed, Ramakrishnudu felt.

There is no revenue for the State and the entire system collapsed, he said adding that the State government is also not taking any measures to increase the resources thus pushing the future of the youth into total uncertainty. This government has no right to continue in power even for a day, Ramakrishnudu felt and wanted the Centre to take proper action on this.

Except issuing warnings to the State proper action has not been initiated yet by the Centre and at least now stringent action be taken against the State government in the interest of the people, Ramakrishnudu added.

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