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Jagan ‘use and throw’ attitude harming AP future: TDP

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The Telugu Desam Party is making a non-stop, relentless struggle against Jagan Reddy’s aggressive rule. Now, the TDP is mocking and alleging that the Chief Minister showed a ‘use and throw’ attitude towards the same bureaucrats who dreamt of seeing him as the CM while he was in Opposition. Former Chief Secretary LV Subrahmanyam prayed for Jagan Reddy to become the CM. But after coming to power, Jagan illtreated him and gave him a dishonourable removal from the CS post.

Listing out several instances, TDP senior leader Varla Ramaiah says that Ajay Kallam worked for YCP victory, thinking that he would be able to harass the TDP leaders if Jagan Reddy became CM. The scene has reversed now. Kallam’s wings were clipped and he was reduced to be a mere figurehead in the Chief Minister’s Office. Kallam no longer has any ill will against the Opposition as he is more concerned with his position in his own favourite party government.

Mr. Ramaiah said that the same was the case with PV Ramesh. He received a setback with Jagan Reddy breaking his promise and setting Ramesh aside by ignoring his services in the past. Taking to Twitter, the TDP leader told CM Jagan that he had undoubtedly used all those bureaucrats and now threw them away within an year of rule. What more, Ramaiah said that Jagan Reddy had even ignored his own uncle Vivekananda Reddy though he sacrificed his MP seat in the past. The CM did not care to get the persons guilty of Viveka murder arrested even after 13 months passed since coming to power. The ‘use and throw’ attitude has demotivated one and all, which is harming AP future greatly.

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Anna YSR Congress Party moves Delhi HC to derecognise YSR Congress Party

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Anna YSR Congress Party on Friday moved the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to derecognise the YSR Congress Party.

A petition was filed by Anna YSR Congress Party founder-president Mahbub Pasha in the Delhi High Court. The petitioner approached the Delhi HC opposing the use of acronym YSR Congress Party in the letterheads of the ruling party.

Basha argued that the Jagan-led party which was registered as Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party was illegally using the letterheads with the acronym of YSR Congress Party despite the Election Commission of India asking the Andhra Pradesh government not to use the same.

Hearing the petition, the Delhi High Court issued notices to the Election Commission of India and the Andhra Pradesh government.

The issue was first raised by YSRCP Lok Sabha MP Raghurama Krishna Raju. In a reply to show-cause notice issued by YSRCP Rajya Sabha member and party general secretary Vijaysai Reddy, Raju questioned the legal sanctity of the notice as it was served under the letterhead of YSR Congress Party.

“Our party name, as registered with the Election Commission of India, is actually Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress and, as such, calling it YSR Congress lacks legal sanctity. I shall respect and regard the rules, regulations, policies and procedures, ideology and philosophy of Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress party only,” Raju had stated in his reply to Vijaysai Reddy’s show cause notice.

Anna YSR Congress Party’s Mahbub Pasha had already approached the Election Commission of India opposing the use of acronym YSR Congress Party in the letterheads of the ruling party.

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YCP targets RRR with ‘false cases’: Rajugari epic dialogue

YCP usually uses its full power to foist cases and arrest the Opposition TDP leaders at the slightest dissent from them. Now, the ruling party is targetting its own rebel MP Raghu Rama Raju. YCP MLAs and even Minister Sriranganadha Raju filed cases in the police stations in Narasapuram Lok Sabha segment against RRR for his recent comments. It is undeniably true that CM Jagan Reddy regime faced one of the greatest embarrassments of all time in the RRR controversy.

Especially, the YCP was deeply upset with the rebel MP’s apparent closeness with BJP Delhi leadership. Even though all YCP MPs met Lok Sabha Speaker and pressed for action against Raju, there was no response yet on this. An angry YCP leadership is now bent upon giving whatever daily trouble it can give to Raghu Rama within the State.

Interestingly, the YCP MLAs and the Minister made police complaint saying that the rebel MP has passed objectionable and defamatory comments against the ruling party, the Chief Minister and themselves. One MLA even complained that RRR has passed dirty comments comparing the YCP MLAs and Ministers to pigs. Indeed, Rajugari epic dialogue borrowed from Rajnikant has greatly embarrassed the ruling party on TV and social media. The YCP is making hectic efforts to take its immediate revenge but is not successful yet. Raju still has upper hand thanks to support from anti-YCP parties. No doubt, RRR-YCP internal conflict has reached epic proportions that have no end in Telugu politics.

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YCP rule marks chaos, arrogance, revenge, scams, etc: TDP

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TDP MLC Batchula Arjunudu has accused the Jaganmohan Reddy Government of making a systematic attack to shake and destroy the self-confidence of BC, SC, ST and Minorities leaders in Andhra Pradesh in the past 13 months of its misrule. What the TDP predicted at the time of 2019 elections was coming true going by how Jagan Reddy, who spent 16 months in jail, would cripple the State if he got elected as the Chief Minister. As per those predictions, the Jagan rule in the past 13 months marked chaos, disorder, revenge, arrogance, corruption and mafia activities.

The TDP MLC asserted that their party former Minister Kollu Ravindra was popular as a BC leader with a non-controversial political record but now he was implicated in false cases and put in jail. Without even a preliminary enquiry, Mr. Ravindra was implicated and harassed out of political vengeance by the ruling YCP. Till now, over 348 cases were falsely booked against the leaders of BC, SC, ST and Minorities communities who were expressing their dissent against Jagan Reddy oppression.

Mr. Arjunudu asked why the YCP went on pursuing a witchhunt against Atchannaidu who could finally be admitted in a private hospital for better treatment at the intervention of the court. It was only because of the oppressive actions of the Government and the AP Police that Atchannaidu had to undergo a second surgery. If any permanent harm is caused to Atchannaidu’s health, the Chief Minister and the Government would be held responsible. They would have to give an explanation to the BC communities and the people of the state as a whole.

Stating that the BC leaders were coming under specific attack, Mr. Arjunudu deplored that even senior most leaders like Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and Ayyanna Pathrudu were not spared from the revenge activities. Just for demanding reinstatement of a photo in the municipal office, a Nirbhaya case was booked against Ayyanna Pathrudu. Apparently, the YCP Government was least bothered about the welfare, development or prosperity of the people. CM Jagan Reddy’s only interest was to eliminate the Opposition and the BC leadership. The weaker sections leadership came under severe attack like never before in independent Indian history. Not even in Indira Gandhi’s emergency, so much harassment took place.

The TDP MLC said that in all, over 946 false cases were filed against the Opposition leaders in last 13 months. All democratic systems and institutions were being crushed under the iron feet of the Chief Minister.

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It’s ‘Farmers Betrayal Day’ but not YCP ‘Rythu Dinotsavam’: TDP

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Telugu Desam Party MLA Nimmala Rama Naidu has asserted that the Jaganmohan Reddy government and the ruling YCP leaders have no moral right to celebrate the ‘Rythu Dinotsavam’ in Andhra Pradesh considering the ill effects of their reverse regime on the state agriculture. If Polavaram project was completed by now as per the previous Government plans, all districts would have got adequate irrigation water by now. The entire state would have become drought-free. But CM Jagan Reddy’s reserve tender has delayed and raised permanent doubts on the project.

Mr Rama Naidu said today should be observed as ‘Farmers’ Betrayal Day’ because YCP didn’t spend a single nor used a single cement bag in any irrigation project in its one year rule. There were no remunerative prices for crops. Not support was given and no funds were provided to the Rs 3,000 Cr price stabilization programme. The man-made crisis caused starvation of farmers and also suicides.

The TDP MLA deplored that the women farmers were dragged, humiliated and beaten for taking part in the Amaravati Capital City agitation. Over 68 farmers committed suicides as the Jagan Reddy regime made a mockery of the sacrifice of their ancestral lands by destroying the Amaravati project. With police cases, lathicharge and harassment, the government put severe hardships to the farmers. This showed the utter disregard of the government for people’s problems.

Mr Rama Naidu said while in Opposition, Jagan Reddy called Pattiseema as ‘Vattiseema’ (useless project) but after coming to power, the CM realised that Pattiseema is ‘Neeruseema’ (water project) and was forced to use it under pressure from the farmers. Also, the YCP rule didn’t give a single rupee subsidy for farm mechanisation. Whereas, the Chandrababu regime gave 50 per cent to 75 per cent subsidy for tractors, oil engines, harvesters, etc.

The TDP MLA asserted that their party government completed Polavaram works up to 71 per cent by 2019 as against the only 7 per cent works completed by 2014. YCP failed to make any progress till now. The works were now given to the CM’s favoured contractors who have expertise only to set up lifts and pumps but not in constructing huge projects. This posed a big risk to the state farmers in general and the Godavari farmers in particular.

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Andhra govt speeds up mega housing scheme for 30L BPL families

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Despite the financial pressures brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is speeding up the groundwork to deliver one of his most ambitious poll promises — housing for 30 lakh below the poverty line (BPL) families of the state by 2024.

Scheduled to begin from August 26 this year, the first phase of the massive ‘Pedalandariki Illu’ or ‘housing for all the poor’ scheme is expected to be completed by 2021. The project is part of the Chief Minister’s poll promises made to the people during the course of his 3,000-km long padayatra when he was in the opposition in Andhra Pradesh.

“The government has decided to first provide the house sites to the beneficiaries. Therefore, we have acquired 44,000 acres of land, both from the government and private persons. More than Rs 7,000 crore has already been spent. Unless the basic infrastructure is available, people will not be able to live in those areas.

“Therefore, we are currently in the process of providing infrastructure like land leveling, approach roads, electricity, water etc. at about 15,000 layouts,” Ajay Jain, Principal Secretary, Housing Department, said on Tuesday.

The AP government has earmarked Rs 90,000 crore for the programme which has now been scaled up from the original 25 lakh homes to 30 lakh homes. The government is spending Rs 15,000 crore on acquiring land and creating infrastructure. So far, Rs 7,000 crore has been spent on acquiring 62,000 acres of land for the project.

“This is a beneficiary-led construction and each house would cost us Rs 2.5 lakh. All these houses will be individual houses measuring 288 sq ft to 300 sq ft each. They will be constructed following energy efficient practices. As a result, the temperature inside the houses will be 3-4 degrees less compared to the outside temperature. We have tied up with BEE and GOI in this regard,” Jain explained.

In the first phase starting August 2020, 15 lakh houses are planned to be constructed, while work on the remaining houses will begin from August 2021.

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YSRCP MPs hand over disqualification petition to Om Birla. Can Raju be disqualified?

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A team of YSRCP MPs led by Rajya Sabha MP Vijaysai Reddy met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and handed over a disqualification petition against Narasapuram MP Raghurama Krishna Raju.

Earlier in the day, YSRCP MPs including Nandigama Suresh, Margani Bharat Ram, Mithun Reddy and Lavu Sri Krishna Devarayalu left to New Delhi in a special flight from Vijayawada. The MPs complained to the Lok Sabha Speaker that Raju was indulging in anti-party activities. Along with the disqualification petition, the YSRCP MPs also submitted soft copies of Raju’s media statements to strengthen their argument that the Narsapuram Lok Sabha MP was Raju making anti-party remarks to lower the party’s public image.

A show-cause notice was already issued against Raju who questioned its legal sanctity as it was issued under the letter head of YSR Congress Party and not under the letter head of Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party which is the registered name with the Election Commission of India.

But, can the YSRCP leadership disqualify Raju and under what grounds?

Under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution, known as the Anti-Defection Law, an elected member of the Parliament can be disqualified on the ground of defection if she/he voluntarily relinquishes her/his membership of the political party. Further, a member of the House can be disqualified if the member switches parties or abstains from voting in the House or votes against the party’s directions defying the party whip.

Raju cannot be disqualified simply because he aired his views or suggestions to the YSRCP. Raju also exuded confidence that he cannot be disqualified. On Thursday, Raju stated, “The MPs and lawyers are meeting the Lok Sabha Speaker with the consent of the Chief Minister. MPs and lawyers flying from Vijayawada to Delhi to meet the Lok Sabha Speaker is a wasteful expenditure and an exercise in futility. The MPs are wasting taxpayers money,” he took potshots.

Raju has not been seeing eye-to-eye with the policy decisions of the Jagan government. He was highly critical of the Andhra Pradesh government’s move to implement English medium in government schools and also raised the issue in Parliament seeking protection of Telugu language and Centre’s intervention in ensuring teaching in mother tongue in primary classes. Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy took a serious view as this flew in the face of his government’s decision to introduce English medium in government schools for classes I to VI.

As a matter of fact, Vijaysai Reddy in his show-cause notice had also mentioned that Raju had opposed the English medium instruction in the government schools in a discussion in Parliament. However, Raju’s stated position for opposing English medium in government schools was on the ground that it is anti-Constitutional. Clever as he is, Raju had stated, “My opposition to English medium in government schools was to uphold the spirit of the Constitution of India. Nothing can be above the Constitution of India, whether a political party or its manifesto.”

Therefore, this cannot be a ground for the YSRCP leadership to disqualify as the Constitution guarantees free speech to members of Parliament to express their opinions freely and without fear in the larger interests of the public they represent. In the Kihoto Hollohan v. Zachillhu case, the Supreme Court opined that “Often the views expressed by the members in the House have resulted in substantial modification and even the withdrawal of the proposal under consideration. Debate and expression of different opinions serve an essential and healthy purpose in the functioning of Parliamentary Democracy.”

However, Raju can be disqualified if the YSRCP can prove beyond reasonable doubt that he had lowered the party’s public image or undermined its public confidence. This is one of the key reasons why Vijaysai Reddy, in his 16-page show cause notice, had attached newspaper clippings to buttress the point that Raju’s media statements were lowering the image of the party in the public. However, Raju had always maintained that his statements were never anti-party or anti-Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Raju had used carefully worded statements. Raju was smart in his criticism whether opposing the TTD’s move to sell temple assets or on the issue of English medium. Nowhere he tried to directly attack the party or Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy thereby giving no chance to the YSRCP leadership to disqualify him on the ground of lowering the party’s public image.

Raju had often stated that he had expressed his views not to embarrass the public image of the party, but the contrary. He always contended that he had to take the media platform to raise certain issues since he was not getting an audience with Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Further, he also argued that he had raised issues such as the proposed sale of certain Tirumala assets because such a move will hurt the image of the party in the public. On the issue of English medium, he argued against it as he owes allegiance to the Constitution of India. On the issue of illegal sand mining in Andhra Pradesh, Raju had always stated that he had raised the issue because it was lowering the party’s image in public.

Raju also admitted on Times Now debate that conversions are rampant in Andhra Pradesh with the money power of Christian missionaries but clearly defended the government saying it was not limited to Andhra Pradesh alone and prevalent across the country. “It is not a recent phenomenon. The government is not involved. It happened even before this government came to power,” he had stated.

Raju seems to have thoroughly studied the previous cases of disqualification. His advisors too must have apprised him of the earlier members who were disqualified. For instance, former JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav was disqualified from the Rajya Sabha after he openly rebelled against Nitish Kumar. Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) faction moved an anti-defection petition against Sharad Yadav requesting Venkaiah Naidu to cancel his House membership. Nitish Kumar’s faction had submitted proof of Sharad Yadav’s “anti-party activities” such as participating in Lalu Prasad’s ‘BJP bhagao, desh bachao’ Patna rally.

Nitish Kumar’s team had submitted soft copies of Sharad Yadav’s public statements where he spoke against the party line. Now, this leaves the YSRCP to either suspend or expel Raju. This will not bother Raju as much as the YSRCP. Raju will continue to remain in the party and continue to be the Lok Sabha MP for the next four years, something that may not go down too well with the YSRCP. Raju may continue to be troublesome for the YSRCP. It is a tricky situation for the YSRCP to expel or suspend Raju who enjoys good equations with the central BJP leadership.

Raju had hosted a lavish dinner in New Delhi which saw the attendance of several central ministers and BJP’s top brass. Raju had also invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president and Union home minister Amit Shah for the dinner. Eversince Raju hosted a farewell party to MPs after the Parliament winter session in 2019, relations have soured with Jagan. It remains to be seen if the YSRCP expels or suspends Raju, something that the LS Member is well aware of.

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Raghu Rama Raju approaches High Court against disqualification

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YCP rebel MP Raghu Rama Raju has become an increasingly harder nut to crack for none other than Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy. Taking this very seriously, Jagan Reddy is sending all his party MPs to Delhi to meet Lok Sabha Speaker and get RRR disqualified. But, Godavari Rajugaru is not bending. Even before YCP MPs met LS Speaker, Raghu Rama Raju has met top BJP leaders and got assurances for his safety. Now, RRR has filed a petition in the AP High Court itself.

It is well known the High Court has been giving outright stay orders against many actions of Jagan Reddy Government obviously because there were some constitutional violations. RRR petition may not come up for hearing immediately in view of Coronavirus impact on court activities. On Monday, this petition is likely to come up for hearing. Bhimavaram Rajugaru is confident that he has a valid point in saying that he was not served showcause notice by Vijayasai Reddy in a proper format.

RRR argument is that YSR Congress Party does not belong to Jaganmohan Reddy. In fact, Jagan party is Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party. But the notice is not served in this name. The notice came in the name of YSR Congress Party which is a different party. Hence, he need not reply to the notice. Simply based on this, RRR says that he cannot be disqualified.

MP Raju is expressing surprise that CM himself is conspiring to get him disqualified going by how public funds were being spent on a special flight for YCP MPs to go to Delhi and complain against him.

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YSRCP MPs’ flight expenses is taxpayers money: Raghurama Krishnam Raju

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With the YSRCP party leadership preparing ground for the likely disqualification of Lok Sabha MP Raghurama Krishna Raju, the ‘rebel’ leader said the party was simply wasting money on the special chartered flight to ferry its MPs to New Delhi to meet Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.

Reacting to the news that a group of YSRCP MPs are boarding the flight tomorrow from Vijayawada to move a disqualification petition before Om Birla, Raju said he cannot be disqualified merely because he raised certain issues.

Stating that he was so far under the impression that Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy was not aware of the growing intolerance against him from his own party leaders, he said, “Now it is clear that this is happening with full knowledge of Jagan Mohan Reddy. Obviously, the MPs and lawyers are meeting the Lok Sabha Speaker with the consent of the Chief Minister. MPs and lawyers flying from Vijayawada to Delhi to meet the Lok Sabha Speaker is a wasteful expenditure and an exercise in futility. The MPs could have mailed their grievance. Why take a special flight? This is nothing but a mere show. Ultimately, it is taxpayers money,” he criticised.

Further, he said he never uttered a single word against the party or the Chief Minister. “I opposed the TTD when it proposed to sell Srivari assets. I also brought the issue to the notice of the Chief Minister who immediately stopped the sale of temple properties. I never said that the party leaders were attempting to sell the temple assets nor did I say that they were usurping the house sites. I have no clue why a show-cause notice was issued. That said, it is a wasteful expenditure,” he stated,

The YSRCP MPs are likely to place a disqualification petition before the Lok Sabha Speaker against Raju on the ground that he is indulging in anti-party activities. The YSRCP MPs meeting with Om Birla comes days after Raju had dashed off a letter to the LS Speaker expressing fear of threat to his life from his party’s leaders in his native district West Godavari district.

In his letter written to the Speaker on June 18, Raju had requested that he be provided security by police protection in the wake of increased threats from YSRCP leader. Earlier, Raju had met the officials of the Election Commission of India, Defence minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of Home for State Kishan Reddy. ,

In response to YSRCP Rajya Sabha MP Vijayasai Reddy’s show cause notice, Raju had sought to know if YSRCP has an internal committee to deal with inter-party disciplinary issues. Raju also questioned as to who heads the internal disciplinary committee of the YSRCP. Raju also questioned the legal sanctity of the notice as it was served under the letterhead of the YSR Congress Party instead of the party name ‘Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party’ which is the registered name in the Election Commission of India. Further, he sought to know in what capacity Vijayasai Reddy has sent the show cause notice to him.

Raju had been openly criticising various omissions and commissions of the YSRCP government, including its policy on sand, land and liquor.

The Lok Sabha MP openly expressed his displeasure over the proposed sale of TTD assets stating that such a move would hurt the sentiments of the devotees. He criticised the government’s move to implement English medium in government schools. In Times Newshour debate, Raju also admitted wide-spread Christian conversions in Andhra Pradesh.

The YSRCP MP had also raised the issue of sand scarcity in AP due to the flawed policy adopted by the Jagan government which has led to a steep spike in the price of sand thereby paralyzing the construction industry.

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YSRCP MPs to meet Om Birla. Raghuram Raju to be disqualified?

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YSRCP Lok Sabha member Raghu Ramakrishnam Raju openly criticized the Andhra Pradesh government over certain policies that did not go down too well with the party leadership. The political environment has heated up after Rajya Sabha MP Vijaysai Reddy had issued a show cause notice against Raju who questioned its legal sanctity.

Now, the YSRCP MPs have decided to take up the issue to New Delhi. The MPs are meeting Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. The MPs will be flying in a special chartered flight from Vijaywada to New Delhi. It is learnt Raghurama Krishnam Raju may face the axe from the party. The party is likely to disqualify the MP. A disqualification petition is likely to be placed before the Lok Sabha Speaker against Raju on the ground that he is indulging in anti-party activities.

Meanwhile, Raju on Thursday dashed off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Earlier, Raju had also written to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla expressing fear of threat to his life from his party’s leaders in his native district West Godavari district. In his letter written to the Speaker on June 18, Raju had requested that he be provided security by police protection in the wake of increased threats from YSRCP leader.

Earlier, Raju met the officials of the Election Commission of India, Defence minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of Home for State Kishan Reddy. ,

Reacting sharply to the show-cause notice issued by YSRCP Rajya Sabha MP Vijayasai Reddy, Raju sought to know if YSRCP has an internal committee to deal with inter-party disciplinary issues. Raju also questioned as to who heads the internal disciplinary committee of the YSRCP. Further, he sought to know if the internal disciplinary committee of the party is recognised by the Election Commission of India.

Most importantly, the Lok Sabha MP questioned the legal sanctity of the show-cause sent by Vijayasai Reddy. In his response, Raju stated that the show-cause notice lacked legal sanctity as it was served under the letter head of the YSR Congress Party instead of the party name ‘Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party’ which is the registered name in the Election Commission of India. Further, he sought to know in what capacity Vijayasai Reddy has sent the show cause notice to him.

“I am surprised to see you designating yourself as national general secretary of our party which is Registered as State recognised party as per Para 6A of the Election Symbols Reservation and Allotment Order 1968.”

Raju had been publicly critical of various omissions and commissions of the YSRCP government, including its policy on sand, land and liquor.

The Lok Sabha MP openly expressed his displeasure over the proposed sale of TTD assets stating that such a move would hurt the sentiments of the devotees. He criticised the government’s move to implement English medium in government schools. In Times Newshour debate, Raju also admitted wide-spread Christian conversions in Andhra Pradesh.

The YSRCP MP had also raised the issue of sand scarcity in AP due to the flawed policy adopted by the Jagan government which has led to a steep spike in the price of sand thereby paralyzing the construction industry. More recently, Raju used Rajanikant’s popular dialogue (Nanna pandule gumpuga vastayi simham Single ga vastundi — pigs come in herd , but a lion walks in solo) to hit out at his political critics.

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Park Hyatt snoop gate: Did YSRCP MLAs, MPs meet Sujana?

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The YSRCP tried to expose Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar, who was removed as SEC by the Jagan government, by selective leak of CCTV footage of him meeting two BJP leaders, including Sujana Chowdhary and former minister Kamineni Srinivas. However, the attempts to embarrass Ramesh Kumar by leaking the CCTV footage to the media seems to have put Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy in a spot of bother. It is learnt that the CCTV footage has left Jagan startled and worried.

The video clips showed BJP MP Sujana Chowdhary entering into a room on the eighth floor of the hotel, followed by former BJP minister in Andhra cabinet Kamineni Srinivas and Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar one after the other within a gap of two hours.

While the selective leak of CCTV footage showed only Ramesh Kumar, Sujana Chowdhary and Kamineni Srinivas entering and exiting Park Hyatt Hotel, it is learnt that several YSRCP MPs and MLAs have also met Sujana Chowdhary at the hotel but whose footage was not leaked to the media. The video footage in possession of the state intelligence sources has startled the rank and file of the YSRCP as many of the party’s leaders seemed to have met Sujana Chowdhary in the hotel room on the eighth floor of Park Hyatt.

The intelligence officials apparently submitted a report to Jagan along with the video footage, which said at least 30 MLAs and three MPs had met Sujana Chowdary at Park Hyatt. As is won’t, Jagan was baffled after seeing the report and the video footage. It is learnt that the CM is now worried and asked the party leaders to find out why the MLAs and MPs met Sujana Chowdhary. The YSRCP leaders, it is learnt, have met Sujana in a span of seven days. The big question now is who are these YSRCP MLAs and MPs who met Sujana? Are these MLAs and MPs looking to rock the YSRCP boat, jump the ship?

Sujana Chowdary had already stated that there was nothing secret about the meeting, the YSRCP leaders demanded that Ramesh Kumar be arrested. Sujana Chowdary pointed out that Kamineni Srinivas and Ramesh Kumar had met him at different hours in the hotel room, from which he had been carrying out official and business activities since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar had already written a letter to Andhra Pradesh governor Bishwabhushan Harichandan that the Andhra Pradesh government has been constantly spying and tracking his movements with the help of the police. Ramesh Kumar, who filed a contempt petition in the High Court against the Andhra Pradesh government, also stated in his letter to the Governor that there is 24-hour surveillance outside his Hyderabad residence in Prashasan Nagar.

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Raghurama Raju taking his fight to Election Commission

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YCP rebel MP Raghurama Krishnam Raju is unstoppable. The more his party is trying to embarrass him, Raju is giving greater embarrassment to the party leadership in different, unexpected ways. Now, the Narsapuram MP is taking the issue to the Central Election Commission in the wake of reports that YCP is planning to get his Lok Sabha membership cancelled. Already, the YCP has initiated formal proceedings by issuing a show cause to Raghurama Raju.

However, Raju has declared the show cause as invalid and decided to fight for his rights at Delhi level. As part of this, the MP is meeting the Lok Sabha Speaker and Union Home Secretary as well. Raju is clearly perceiving threat to his life considering the previous track record of the YCP leadership. It was only at the advice of senior IPS officers, State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar has earlier taken Central protection for his safety from YCP attacks. Now, Raghurama Raju is citing this instance for getting himself secure.

Not stopping at that, Raghurama is also securing his MP post by making formal submission to the Central Election Commission. He is confident that with support from the BJP central leadership, he would be able to overcome any threat to his membership. Analysts say that in giving reverse blows, CM Jagan Reddy has finally found a match in Raghurama Raju. Especially, the Raju issue has come as a big opportunity for BJP AP leaders who are silently working behind the scenes to hurt Jagan Reddy leadership and his ego very badly this time.

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YSRCP issues show-cause notice to Raghu Ramakrishna Raju

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Taking a serious view of his recent comments, the YSRCP on Wednesday issued a show-cause notice to Narsapuram Lok Sabha MP Raghu Ramakrishna Raju.

The YSRCP has sent the show-cause notice to Raju’s residence in New Delhi. In the notice, the YSRCP gave Raju one-week time to respond. The YSRCP notice comes in the wake of Raju’s letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla citing threat to life from his party’s leaders in his native district West Godavari district.

In his letter written to the Speaker on June 18, Raju had requested that he be provided security by central police forces in the wake of increased threats. He also sent a copy of the letter to Union home minister Amit Shah. In the letter, Raju cited that his own party MLAs from Narasapuram were attacking him by burning his effigies and openly threatening that he would also be burnt to death if he visited his constituency. The Narsapuram Lok Sabha MP was also scheduled to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah and LS Speaker Om Bira on the issue.

Raju had come under severe criticism for levelling corruption charges against the Jagan government. For instance, the YSRCP MP had raised the issue of sand scarcity in AP due to the flawed policy adopted by the Jagan government which has led to a steep spike in the price of sand thereby paralyzing the construction industry.

Earlier, Raju had also strongly objected to the TTD’s move to sell some assets donated by the devotees stating that such a move would hurt the sentiments of the devotees.

In an explosive admission on Times Now NewsHour debate on auctioning of temple assets by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), YSRCP MP Raju Ramakrishna confessed that Christian missionaries in Andhra Pradesh are pumping in large sums of money to carry out widespread religious conversions in the state.

More recently, Raghu Rama krishnam Raju used Rajanikant’s popular dialogue (Nanna pandule gumpuga vastayi simham Single ga vastundi — pigs come in herd , but a lion walks in solo) to hit out at his political critics. The attacks from the party leaders heightened after the MP’s comments.

Raju, who previously was with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), also said he had joined the YSRCP before the 2019 general elections only after repeated requests from the party leadership. Raju also expressed displeasure over not getting an appointment with Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy because of the cotiere surrounding the CM.

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YSRCP MLA tested positive for Covid-19

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After three TRS legislators in Telangana, a YSRCP MLA was tested positive for Covid-19.

YSRCP MLA from Srungavarapukota K Srinivas Rao contracted the most dreaded infection. He is the first legislator in Andhra Pradesh to have tested positive for corona virus. Srinivas Rao is under home quarantine.

The MLA’s gunman was also tested positive for the infection as the state has been reporting three digit spike in the number of cases each day.

In the last three days alone, AP reported nearly 1,500 positive cases, pushing the tally to 9,000 with fatalities around 120.

The situation in Telanagana also is worrisome with the state reporting 871 cases in the last 24 hours, the steepest single day surge reported so far. The number of cases in Telanagana too climbed to 9,000 with nearly 150 deaths reported.

Earlier, three MLAs including Jagoan legislator Muthireddy Yadagiri Reddy, his wife and gunman tested positive for Corona virus. Subsequently, Nizamabad Rural and Urban MLAs Bajireddy Govardhan and Ganesh Gupta respectively contracted the virus.

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Cake walk for YSRCP, all four RS candidates declared elected

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Deputy CM Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose, Mopidevi Venkata Ramana Rao, realtor Ayodhya Rami Reddy and Reliance Industries senior group president Parimal Nathwani, who were in the fray, were on Friday declared elected for four Rajya Sabha seats from Andhra Pradesh. With this, the YSRCP strength in the Rajya Sabha will rise to six from the present two.

Polling for the four Rajya Sabha seats ended with full attendance of the YSRCP MLAs. A total of 173 votes were polled. Only 17 votes were polled for TDP’s RS nominee Varla Ramaiah. With a strength of 151 in the 175-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly, the YSR Congress was comfortably placed to win all four right from the word go. However, the prospect of Varla Ramaiah winning the seat was ruled out as the TDP has 23 MLAs in the Assembly, at least three of them only on paper.

Of the 173 votes polled, four were deemed invalid. The votes of three MLAs including TDP ‘rebels’ Karnam Balaram (Prakasam), Maddalagiri (Guntur) and Vallabheneni Vamshi (Gannavaram) were deemed invalid. Karnam Balaram, Maddalagiri and Vallabheneni Vamshi, who turned up for voting at the end of polling, have deliberately made their votes invalid by not striking a tick mark on the TDP symbol. On the other hand, it is learnt Bhavani Naidu wrongly struck down the symbol thereby her vote was made invalid.

Further, Repalle TDP MLA Anagani Satyaprasad also abstained from voting citing coronavirus. Stating that he will remain a strong loyalist to the TDP, Anagani Satyaprasad wrote a letter to Chandrababu Naidu stating that he is under home-quarantine at his residence in the wake of Coronavirus. In the letter, Satyaprasad informed Naidu that he had recently met Jangaon TRS MLA Muthireddy Yadagiri Reddy who contracted the virus and is currently undergoing treatment. “I was advised to be under quarantine home for 14 days and will not be able to attend for voting,” he wrote to Naidu.

Interestingly, the TDP had appealed to the Election Commission to allow proxy voting on the behalf of Atchannaidu who was arrested and currently recovering from a second surgery in the Guntur Government Hospital. However, there was no response from the EC till the time of voting and proxy voting could not be done.

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TDP, YSRCP RS nominees gear up polls

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Elections for the four Rajya Sabha seats from Andhra Pradesh will be held tomorrow from 9 am to 4 pm on Friday.

The TDP fielded its politburo member Varla Ramaiah though it lacks adequate strength of MLAs to vote for its candidate. The TDP has a strength of only 23 MLAs, at least three of them including Vallabhenini Vamsi, Maddalagri and Karanam Balram will not vote as they are openly supporting the YSRCP.

On its part, the YSRC has fielded deputy CM Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose, fisheries minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana Rao, realtor A Ayodhya Rami Reddy and Reliance Industries senior group president Parimal Nathwaniare. Mopidevi Venkata Ramana Rao was arrested along with Jagan in 2012 in the quid pro quo case, but later released on bail.

The YSRCP on Thursday conducted a mock poll ahead of RS polls. The YSRCP is comfortably placed to win all the four RS seats as it enjoys a strength of 151 in the 175-member Assembly.

The counting of votes will be taken up at around 5 pm, the results of which will be announced a short time thereafter.

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RRR ( Raghu Rama Raju) challenges YSRCP MLAs to resign along with him

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Raghu Rama Krishnam Raju, the rebel MP of YSRCP, giving sleepless nights to the leaders of his own party. Countering the demand of the leaders of his party that he should resign before speaking against their party leader, he challenged whether MLAs of YSRCP under his MP constituency are ready to resign along with him and face the elections. Details as below.

Raghu Rama Krishnam Raju ( social media has recently given him a short name of RRR), has been making strong negative comments on his own party YSRCP. His recent comments that YSRCP leaders begged him to join the party and MLAs in his MP constituency won only because of him didn’t go well with the leaders of the party. Ambati Rambabu, YSRCP leader, sarcastically responded to his comments and asked the cadres to ignore RRR’s comments. Another leader Perni Nani ridiculed the comments of RRR and said if he is really capable of winning and his own, why didn’t he contest as an independent. He also commented that RRR has detected three parties to win one election. He added that it is only because of Jagan’s popularity, RRR has won the election. Other YSRCP leaders demanded RRR to resign and win the election on his own capability.

RRR, who has been arguing that he has “taken care” of winning all MLA seats under his constituency, challenged whether the MLAs under his constituency are also ready to resign along with him and face the elections. We will have to wait and see how YSRCP top leadership responds to the challenge of their MP.

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#10thstudents_livesmatter: Pawan questions YSRCP’s double standards

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It is known news that YSRCP government is not in mood to cancel the exams of 10th class despite the ongoing Corona crisis. Even though some states like Telangana, Karnataka, Punjab, Odisha, and Tamil Nadu etc already cancelled the exams and some courts have already questioned the governments whether the exams are more important than the lives of students. Even in AP also, the government has already cut short the assembly sessions to just 2 days because of the current Corona crisis. But the same government is arguing it is safe to conduct exams in the state.

Pawan Kalyan questioned this double standards of the government which says it is difficult to hold assembly sessions for more than 2 days and at the same time it also says 10th class exams can be conducted in the state safely. Pawan Kalyan tweeted, “YCP led AP Govt reduces Assembly session to 2 days citing Corona but declares safe to conduct 10th exams.The govt is clever; they know 10th students do not have voting rights.”

The hashtag created by Pawan Kalyan , #10thstudents_livesmatter, goes viral and many netizens already started supporting this demand. After Pawan Kalyan started this demand couple of days ago, former CM Chandra Babu Naidu also raised the same demand. We will have to wait and see whether Jagan will pay heed to this demand or not.

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Former YSRCP corporator tested positive for Covid, party leaders worried

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A former YSRCP corporator was tested positive for coronavirus creating fear in the party circles.

The YSRCP corporator from Vizag has been keeping unwell for some time now. The former corporator had recently attended the birthday celebrations of state tourism minister Avanthi Srinivas which saw an attendance of more than 500 people including some ministers and MLAs. Further, the former corporator’s mother had recently passed away. Several YSRCP leaders had reportedly visited the house of the former corporator to pay their condolences. With the ex-corporator tested positive for Covd-19, the YSRCP leaders including some ministers and MLAs seemed to be worried.

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Dr Anitha Rani moves HC against YSRCP leaders

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Dr Anitha Rani, who accused the YSRCP leaders of abusing her and filming her while bathing, on Monday moved the High Court while the state government had ordered a CID investigation into the incident.

While the state government had ordered a CID probe, Chittoor DMHO M Penchalaiah said Dr Anitha Rani was suspended. “For over 15 years, she has not been properly treating the patients. She has often picked up arguments and fights with the staff of the hospital in Penumuru village of Chittoor district. Her state of mind is questionable, Penchalaiah stated on Monday. After Dr Sudhakar Rao, Dr Anita Rani is branded as mentally unsound.

Who is Dr Anita and what is her charge?

Dr Anita Rai had alleged that YSRCP leaders allegedly filmed her while she was bathing in the hospital and also took snaps of her. She said, for more than two months, she was subjected to harassment by the YSRCP leaders for raising several malpractices and corruption issues in the government hospital. Further, she stated that when she had approached the Penumuru police to register a case against the YSRCP leaders, they ignored her complaint. At a media briefing, she stated that efforts were being made to project her as mentally unsound by the state government because she raised certain malpractices in the government hospital in the Penumuru village of Chittoor district just as Dr Sudhakar Rao who was suspended, arrested and confined in a mental asylum for pointing fingers at the shortage of medical equipment.

365 days of Jagan’s rule, 370 cases: Lokesh

Meanwhile, TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh came down heavily on the YSRCP ruling over the increasing attacks on Dalits in Andhra Pradesh under what he called the autocratic rule of Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. He questioned the Andhra Pradesh government why no cases were booked against the YSRCP leaders who sexually and emotionally assaulted a lady doctor. Lokesh said the police had failed to register a complaint under pressure from Deputy Chief Minister K Narayana Swamy who hails from Chittoor.

“In the 365 days of Jagan’s rule, 370 cases were filed against the Jagan government. If such a thing happens to your own family members will you keep quiet,” Lokesh asked at a media briefing. Demanding a thorough investigation into the incident, Lokesh asked, “Jagan garu, has the Disha legislation lost its disha (direction)? It is shameful that your government is sheilding goondas who are assualting a Dalit lady doctor instead of booking them under Disha Act. In the Raja Reddy governance being implemented by YS Jagan, there seems to be no security and protection to Dalits and their children. The harassment meted out to Dr Anita Rani by the YSRCP leaders is heinous and shameful. Those who abused the dutiful doctor and filmed her should be severely punished.”

“The fundamental rights of people are being suppressed. The YSRCP government is targeting the Dalits who are being discriminated against and humiliated in Andhra Pradesh,” Lokesh noted. He decried the confinement of Dr Sudhakar in the asylum which he said was politically motivated. He noted that the Jagan government instead of protecting people’s rights to freedom of expression was creating an atmosphere of fear. “Dr Sudhakar Rao was arrested and confined in a mental asylum all because he pointed fingers at the shortage of medical equipment,” Lokesh said.

Recently, Dr Sudhakar Rao, who was working as civil surgeon in Narsipatnam government hospital, was suspended by the state government for raising voice of dissent over shortage of medical equipment in government hospitals. The Andhra Pradesh police had arrested him by tying a rope to his hands, dragged him on the streets and was beaten. Further, the AP police foisted false cases against Dr Sudhakar Rao under Sections 353 for assault, criminal force and obstruction of a public servant from discharging duty, Section 427 of IPC for causing mischief and Section 506 for criminal intimidation. He was illegally detained in the Government Mental Hospital for more than three weeks without any valid reason. The High Court had ordered a CBI probe into Dr Sudhakar Rao case which was criticised by YSRCP leader Aamachi Krishna Mohan who questioned the HC directive saying “Why order a CBI probe into a petty case”. After Dr Sudhakar’s 90-year-old mother Kaveri Bai had filed a habeas corpus petition in the High Court demanding that the state government produce his son before the court in the next 24 hours, the High Court had directed the state government to discharge Dr Sudhakar from the Government Mental Hospital in Vizag. On Saturday night, Dr Sudhakar walked to freedom thanks to the relentless fight of his 90-year-old mother Kaveri Bai who moved heaven and earth for his discharge.

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