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BJP fails to get its deposit in Atmakur by-poll

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The BJP has failed to get its deposit in the Atmakur Assembly by-election, results of which were out on Sunday. The counting at the Andhra Engineering College was completed much before it was expected. The results were out before lunch and the YSR Congress had retained the seat with a huge margin of 82,742 votes.

The YSR Congress secured 1,02,074 votes while the BJP secured just 19,332 votes. The BSP secured 4,897 votes followed by NOTA which scored 4,197 votes. This majority was three times higher than the party secured in the 2019 general elections.

The BJP campaigned extensively in the constituency to make its presence felt among the voters. The party had roped in more than a dozen Central leaders including some ministers to woo the voters. The BJP has been present in the constituency for a long time and senior leader Bollineni Krishnaiah contested unsuccessfully in the 2004 election. He then moved to the TDP and lost by a margin of 22,276 votes in the 2019 elections.

The BJP is testing its strength in every Assembly constituency in the state. The leaders are listing the constituencies where they have considerable presence and Atmakur is one of them where the BJP has pinned its hopes. However, the defeat now in the by-election had watered-down their hopes for the next election.

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Squabbles in YSRCP take new turn

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The internal squabbles in the ruling YSR Congress are taking a new turn with rivals making open statements against each other. Though there are differences among the leaders across the state, they are coming to the open in some places.

TDP MLA from Visakhapatnam South, Vasupalli Ganesh who has been with the YSR Congress for the past two years had now quit his post of the constituency incharge due to the unrest in the party.

The squabbles in Gannavaram Assembly constituency of Krishna district have been open with the leaders complaining against each other to the party leadership. Though the top leadership tried to resolve the disputes, the fire is still on and is spreading strongly.

Senior YSR Congress leader Yarlagadda Venkatrao who lost the 2019 elections to TDP’s Vallabhaneni Vamsi Mohan has started making open statements against Vamsi, who defected the TDP and joined the YSR Congress. He declared that he would contest in the next elections without any doubt.

Vamsi reacted to this statement and said he would not take those statements seriously. He said he is working for the party following the directions from chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.

The chief minister resolved the dispute between these two leaders two years ago, but they seem to be growing strong even now. Venkatrao was made the District Cooperative Central Bank chairman to subside the differences.

Another senior leader, Dr Dutta Ramachandra Rao too complained against Vamsi and the issue is yet to be resolved.

In Machilipatnam, local MLA and former minister Perni Nani had locked horns with local MP Vallabhaneni Balashowry. The two leaders are issuing open statements against each other. They are also stopping the programmes of each other and they don’t see eye to eye now.

The differences between sitting MLA Karanam Balaram and former MLA Amanchi Krishna Mohan continue to disturb the party in Chirala of Bapatla district. While Jagan Mohan Reddy wants the leaders to set their differences aside and work to win all 175 Assembly seats in the next elections, the leaders are engaged in internal fights that would damage the party prospects.

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Two more MPs give a slip to YSR Congress leadership

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The YSR Congress has lost one of its MPs soon after the 2019 elections. Since then, the MP had been voicing against the party leadership and the government, becoming a big headache to the leadership.

The MP is Kanumuru Raghurama Krishnam Raju from Narasapuram constituency in West Godavari district. There is not a single day left without Raghurama Krishnam Raju criticising the government through the media. He had also filed several cases against the state government and party chief Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy in the last three years.

Though the party tried to get him suspended from Parliament, it could not succeed in that and the MP continues to be thorn in the flesh of the party.

There are now at least two more MPs who have been keeping away from the party leadership and not being available.

Ongole MP Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy has been silent and is not available for the party for the past two years. He is not meeting the party chief or attending the party programmes either in the state or in his own constituency.

He is said to be having differences with the government over his liquor sales in the state. He owns the liquor distilleries and is a major liquor distributor.

Now, after three years, another MP from Narasaraopet in Palnadu district, Lavu Sri Krishna Devarayalu, is also said to be unavailable for the party leadership. He is not in touch with the party leadership, though not making any adverse comments against the party.

The MP did not attend the minister’s bus yatra in his constituency. He did not even attend the public meeting held by the BC Ministers held in Narasaraopet in the last week of May. The MP is also said to be not answering the calls of the party top leaders and it is said that he had made up his mind to move away from the party!

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YSRCP plenary to focus on roadmap for 2024 polls

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Andhra Pradesh’s ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) will hold its plenary on July 8-9, the first since the party came to power in 2019.

Being held after completion of three years, the plenary is likely to prepare the roadmap to bring the party back to power in the 2024 elections.

Chief Minister and YSR Party President Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has decided to hold the conclave at a suitable place between Guntur and Vijayawada.

The ruling party decided to hold the plenary on the occasion of birth anniversary of his father and former Chief Minister (of undivided Andhra Pradesh) Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy (July 8).

The decision came a week after main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) held its annual conclave ‘Mahanadu’ at Ongole on May 27-28. Every year, the TDP holds the conclave to mark the birth anniversary of its founder and former Chief Minister N. T. Rama Rao (May 28).

As the success of ‘Mahanadu’ has infused new enthusiasm among TDP cadres, YSRCP leaders reportedly felt the need to work out a strategy to stop Chandrababu Naidu-led party from bouncing back.

At ‘Mahanadu’, Chandrababu Naidu launched an all-out attack against Jagan Mohan Reddy for his alleged misrule and urged party cadres to go to people with the slogan ‘Quit Jagan, save Andhra Pradesh’.

At the plenary, the top leadership of the YSRCP is likely to discuss and decide a strategy to counter “misinformation” being spread by the TDP and educate people on the development and welfare schemes undertaken by the government.

There are also speculations that the YSRCP may go for early polls to deny opposition parties a chance to come together or revive their activities.

The plenary is expected to give a roadmap to the party leaders on bringing the party back to power. Jagan Mohan Reddy is likely to set direction for the party leaders to achieve the target.

Party sources said he will ask the party leaders to go to people to counter the “false propaganda of the opposition” and explain to them how the YSRCP fulfilled 95 per cent of its poll promises.

Leaders, who were dropped from Cabinet in April, may be given specific tasks to gear up the party for the polls. While revamping the state cabinet, Jagan Mohan Reddy had made it clear that those being dropped will be entrusted with the responsibilities in the party. He had also told them that if the party returns to power, they will again find a place in the Cabinet.

The party units from village to district levels are likely to be reorganised. Since the number of districts has been doubled to 26, the ruling party will focus on newly carved out districts by constituting party committees at various levels.

Party leaders said 50 per cent reservation will be given to women in these committees. Adequate representation will be given to SCs, STs, BCs and minorities.

YSRCP General Secretary and Rajya Sabha member V. Vijayasai Reddy told the party leaders that the party plans to organise the plenary in a grand manner. He asked party MLAs, constituency incharges, district presidents and coordinators to ensure successful conduct of the plenary.

The party will constitute different committees to conduct the event.

Since the elections are scheduled to be held in two years, Jagan Reddy wants party leaders to be ready to face the polls and work unitedly.

As differences in the party units became public in few districts, the plenary will exhort on the need for unity. The leaders will be asked to resolve the differences amicably and avoid groupism.

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Will Subbarayudu be another Raghurama for YSRCP?

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The ruling YSR Congress has suspended former minister and senior leader Kothapalli Subbarayudu from the primary membership of the party. The suspension order was issued late on Wednesday alleging that Subbarayudu was indulging in anti-party activities.

Responding to the suspension, Subbarayudu wondered why the party did not serve him show cause notice and give reasons for the suspension. He wanted to know on what grounds the party had suspended him. He set Friday evening as the deadline for the party leadership to justify the suspension.

The former minister also questioned the party leadership why it had not suspended Narasapuram MP K Raghurama Krishnam Raju who had been criticising the party leadership and the state government as well for the past three years. He said that the party had adopted double standards in taking disciplinary action.

The former minister said he would seek legal intervention for the party’s decision in suspending him from the primary membership. He said if the party failed to justify the suspension, he would proceed legally against the leadership and his suspension.

Going by his statements, it looks as if Subbarayudu is taking the route of Raghurama Krishnam Raju who had become a thorn in the party’s flesh. The Narasapur MP had been making derogatory statements against the leadership and the government as well. He had also filed cases against the government and chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.

It is to be seen how Subbarayudu would take the suspension and how he would react against the decision.

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YSR Congress two-day plenary from July 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Four of YCP RS nominees to be elected unanimous

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Four nominees of the ruling YSR Congress from AP for the Rajya Sabha are likely to be elected unanimously. All the four members, V Vijayasai Reddy, S Niranjan Reddy, Beeda Masthan Rao and R Krishnaiah have filed their nominations.

Krishnaiah, Niranjan Reddy and Masthan Rao have filed second set of nomination papers on Tuesday, the last day of filing nominations. As there were no other nominations, the Election Commission is likely to declare the four candidates elected unopposed.

The election is required as four members, V Vijayasai Reddy of the YSR Congress, Suresh Prabhu, Y S Chowdary and T G Venkatesh from the BJP are scheduled to retire on June 21, 2022. While Suresh Prabhu was elected as BJP candidate, Y S Chowdary and T G Venkatesh were elected as TDP candidates. These two members along with C M Ramesh have defected from the TDP to the BJP after the 2019 elections.

C M Ramesh of the BJP and Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar of the TDP are scheduled to retire on April 2, 2024. These two seats too are likely to be won by the ruling YSR Congress.

With the election of the four members, the YSR Congress Party’s strength in the Rajya Sabha would go to 9 from the present 6. The YSR Congress would emerge as the fifth largest party in Rajya Sabha, after the BJP, Congress, Trinamool Congress and the DMK.

Once the YSR Congress wins the remaining two seats in March 2024, its strength would go up to 11, winning all the seats in Rajya Sabha. Perhaps this would be the first time for a regional party to win all the Rajya Sabha seats of the state. The opposition TDP, which was once the main opposition party in Lok Sabha, and had been present in Rajya Sabha since its beginning, will lose its presence in the Upper House in 2024.

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YSRCP suspends legislator arrested for ex-driver’s murder

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Andhra Pradesh’s ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) on Wednesday suspended Member of Legislative Council (MLC) Anantha Uday Bhaskar from the party in the wake of his arrest for the murder of his former driver.

According to a statement from the party office, the MLC has been suspended on the direction of Chief Minister and party President Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.

The suspension came two days after police arrested Anantha Babu, as the MLC is popularly known. The same day he was produced before a magistrate in Kakinada, who sent him to 14 days judicial custody.

The legislator told police in his statement that he is responsible for the death of driver Subrahmanyam. He pushed the deceased during an argument resulting in his fall and death on the night of May 19.

The MLC also told police inflicted injuries on Subrahmanyam’s body to present it as a death in a road accident. However, the driver’s family refused to believe his version and lodged a complaint with the police.

As per the statement given by the MLC before the police, Subrahmanyam was in an inebriated condition and he pulled him up for not giving up bad habits.

The MLC who had taken Subrahmanyam near the former’s house thrashed him for continuing the bad habits. This angered the driver, who questioned him. Enraged over the driver questioning him, the MLC held him by the neck and pushed. Subrahmanyam fell down and sustained head injuries. When the driver tried to hit back, the MLC pushed him again and this time the driver received grievous head injury.

The MLC told police that he gave water to Subrahmanyam but a few minutes after taking a sip, he was unresponsive. The legislator then thought of showing the incident as a road accident. He carried the body in the car to a dumping yard, where he inflicted injuries on the body with sticks.

The MLC later carried the body to Subrahmanyam’s house and told his family members that he died in a road accident. After seeing the nature of injuries on the body, they refused to believe his version. There was an argument between them and the MLC subsequently left the place, leaving behind the body in his car.

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TDP, Jana Sena slam YSRCP over Amalapuram violence

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national president N. Chandrababu Naidu and Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan have slammed YSR Congress Party government for blaming their parties for Tuesday’s violence in Amalapuram town.

Naidu described as unfortunate the violence that rocked an otherwise peaceful Konaseema region.

The former chief minister called upon the peace-loving people of Konaseema to maintain calm and tranquility in this critical time.

Dozens of people, including police personnel, were injured and houses of state minister P. Viswaroop and MLA Satish set afire when the protest over the proposal to rename Konaseema district as Dr B.R. Ambedkar Konaseema district turned violent.

The TDP chief strongly condemned the manner in which the TDP was being blamed for the apparent failures of the government.

He said it was wrong on the part of the home minister T. Anita to make baseless allegations on a sensitive issue.

Naidu asserted that the Government and the police were totally responsible for the latest tensions in the peaceful Konaseema region. All sections of people should cooperate till normalcy is restored in the trouble-hit area, he said.

Actor politician Pawan Kalyan also condemned the violence in Amalapuram.

The Jana Sena leader appealed to all to exercise restrain and work for maintaining peace.

He condemned the home minister’s statement blaming Jana Sena. “Who sowed the seeds for this tense situation is known to people of the district but the entire state,” he said.

Pawan Kalyan said it was not proper to blame Jana Sena for the failures of YSRCP government.

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Andhra MLC surrenders in ex-driver’s death case

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Anantha Uday Bhaskar, a legislator of Andhra Pradesh’s ruling YSR Congress Party, on Monday surrendered before the police in Kakinada in connection with a case relating to the death of his former driver under suspicious circumstances.

With pressure mounting for the arrest of Bhaskar, he surrendered before the police. The Member of Legislative Council (MLC) is likely to be produced before a magistrate on Monday night.

The police have also picked up a couple of friends of Subrahmanyam, the former driver of the MLC. They were with Subrahmanyam on May 19, the day when he died under suspicious circumstances.

The MLC’s surrender came amid mounting pressure from opposition parties, Dalit groups and people’s organisations for his arrest.

The YSRCP government has come under criticism for trying to shield Bhaskar.

The MLC came to Subrahmanyam’s house in Kakinada town with his body in the car in the wee hours of May 20. He told the driver’s family that Subrahmanyam died in a road accident.

However, Subrahmanyam’s parents did not believe his version and insisted that the MLC show them the evidence. They alleged that the MLC did not answer them and left the place in another vehicle leaving behind the body along with his car.

Subrahmanyam’s family alleged that Bhaskar murdered him and demanded the legislator’s arrest.

The family members said Subrahmanyam had worked as driver to Bhaskar for five years and had recently quit the job. However, the MLC was occasionally calling him for some work. They claimed that on May 19, the MLC took Subrahmanyam in his car and later sent a message to his brother that he died in an accident.

The driver’s family suspects that the MLC killed him as he had come to know of his many secrets.

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Lokesh demands arrest of YSRCP MLC

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TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh on Friday demanded immediate arrest of YSRCP MLC Ananta Udaya Bhasker alias Ananta Babu for ‘murdering’ his former car driver in Kakinada district in Andhra Pradesh.

Lokesh said the YCP MLC arrived in his car, kidnapped Subrahmanyam and returned only to hand over the dead body around midnight. When family members alerted neighbours, the MLC left his car and the dead body there and vanished from the scene.

Lokesh also demanded a CBI investigation into the murder of Subrahmanyam, who worked as car driver for the YCP MLC till four months ago.

Lokesh strongly condemned the manner in which the police did not even respond when the victim’s parents complained about the ghastly crime. After eliminating the car driver, MLC Ananta Babu and his followers tried to turn the murder into an accident death.

Lokesh deplored that the ruling YCP mafia had turned AP into a State that was more dangerous than Bihar. The parents of ‘slain car driver’ were directly accusing Kakinada YCP MLC of killing their son. They said the YCP MLC himself came to their house, kidnapped their son around 8.30 p.m. and then brought back the dead body around midnight.

Lokesh released videos that showed Subrahmanyam’s friends and relatives blaming Ananta Babu for the murder. The parents strongly objected to the MLC bringing their son’s dead body to their house instead of reporting the matter to the police. It was a crime on the part of the ruling party MLC to shift the dead body from the accident spot if it really occurred.

Lokesh said that the common public were terrified at the non-stop criminal offences of the YSRCP leaders from top to bottom. The car driver’s friends deplored that the police did not respond to their complaints, he said. The staff at the Sarpavaram police station said the death occurred under the Kakinada Two Town police station limits and vice versa. This was totally unacceptable.

Lokesh condemned that the ruling YSRCP leaders were behaving as if they were licensed to kill. The law and order had totally deteriorated, he said and added that MLC Ananta Babu told the parents that the car driver died in an accident. The MLC brought the body in his car and tried to convince the parents. When the parents raised an alarm, the MLC left the body and his car there and escaped from the scene.

The victim’s relatives said the YCP MLC bore a grudge against Subrahmanyam over a woman. Jealousy would have been the reason behind the ‘ghastly murder’. It had become a ritual for the YCP goondas to kill and then turn those murders into suicides, heart attacks and accident deaths.

The parents asked why the police did not take action when there was his car, video and other evidence available to accuse the YCP MLC of murder.

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Dutta raises banner of revolt against Vamsi

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Senior YSR Congress leader from Gannavaram Assembly constituency in Krishna district, Dr Dutta Ramachandra Rao raised a banner of revolt against sitting MLA Vallabhaneni Vamsi Mohan. While the MLA had defected to the ruling party from the opposition TDP, Dutta Ramachandra Rao had been a staunch supporter of the YSR family for decades.

After Vamsi switched over loyalties in early 2020, there was some opposition from the YSR Congress with Yarlagadda Venkatrao resisting his entry. The two leaders did not go well for several months. Venkatrao was defeated by Vamsi in the 2019 elections. Later, after Vamsi’s entry, the party leadership made Venkatrao the chairman of the Krishna District Cooperative Central Bank, keeping the squabbles under suspension for some time.

Two years later, the squabbles surfaced with the senior leader Dr Dutta Ramachandra Rao raising the banner of revolt against the sitting MLA. He is accusing Vamsi of suppressing the original YSR Congress activists in the villages and promoting those who have come from the TDP.

The squabbles have reached the leadership following which, party general secretary Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy summoned Dr Ramachandra Rao to his office the other day. Dr Ramachandra Rao is understood to have given a report on the activities of Vamsi in the Gannavaram constituency and told the leadership that he would not be able to work with the legislator.

The leadership is believed to have told the sulking leader to wait for some time as they would also like to get information from Vamsi on the squabbles. Later, Dr Ramachandra Rao told media persons that they would not be able to work with Vamsi as he was indulging in several illegal activities in the constituency, including illegal mining.

It is now to be seen how the party leadership would resolve the squabbles and set the house in order.

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Dead body found in MLC’s car

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A dead body was found in the personal car of ruling YSR Congress MLC Anantha Babu alias Anantha Udaya Bhaskar in Kakinada town of Andhra Pradesh during early hours on Friday. The body was identified as Subrahmanyam, a former driver of the MLC.

The parents said that the MLC took their son along with him in the evening and brought the body home stating that the youth died in a road accident. They alleged that the MLC had killed their son, but could not give any reason for the murder.

Sources say that the MLC took the youth, Subrahmanyam, from his home on Thursday evening. Subrahmanyam worked as a driver for him for quite some time and left the job for unknown reasons. However, the MLC went to Subrahmanyam’s house, picked him up in his car only to return home in the early hours with the dead body.

The MLC reportedly told the parents that Subrahmanyam died in a road accident and tried to convince the parents to take the body. As the parents protested accusing him of killing their son, the MLC left the car and the body at the place and fled.

The Kakinada police entered the scene and registered a case. They took the statement of the parents and sent the body to the government hospital for post-mortem.

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BC ministers to launch bus yatra from May 26

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The BC ministers from AP have decided to conduct bus yatra in the state for four days to highlight the achievements of the government.

The ministers would also explain to the people various initiatives of the government for the welfare of the BCs. They would speak about the representation given to the BCs in different nominated posts including those to Rajya Sabha, where the party has four BCs out of nine.

The bus yatra would start at Srikakulam with a public meeting on May 26 followed by public meetings at Rajamahendravaram on May 27, Narasaraopet on May 28 and Ananthapur on May 29.

The ministers, MLAs, MLCs, MPs and the corporation chairpersons representing the BCs would be accompanying the ministers in the bus yatra, while the BC leaders in the respective areas join the rallies.

However, it is not known whether Rajya Sabha-nominee R Krishnaiah would join the bus yatra. It would add some flavour to the yatra if Krishnaiah joins as he is closely associated with several BC organisations in the two Telugu states for the past three decades.

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Krishnaiah is not the first non-local, why so much controversy on AP RS nominations?

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There has been serious controversy and even objections raised over the candidature of R Krishnaiah for the Rajya Sabha seat from YSR Congress Party in Andhra Pradesh. The criticism is that Krishnaiah is from Telangana and is non-local for AP. There is also criticism of his choice as some BC leaders from AP question whether they are not fit.

There are two issues. The first is that the YSR Congress Party is the own political party of Jagan Mohan Reddy and he is responsible for the decisions and the results. Others have little to speak about. The second issue is that out of four candidates, two are non-locals and they are from Telangana. Krishnaiah is not the only non-local. Along with him is S Niranjan Reddy, another RS nominee, who is also from Telangana.

The third issue is that Krishnaiah is not the only or the first non-local to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha seats from the state. Even after bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, the state had two non-locals sent to Rajya Sabha. Nirmala Sitaraman and Suresh Prabhu represent residuary Andhra Pradesh in Rajya Sabha. Another non-local, Parimal Nathwani, from Gujarat, is now representing AP in Rajya Sabha.

Similarly, several AP leaders were sent to Rajya Sabha from other states in the past. Even now, GVL Narasimha Rao of the BJP was sent to Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh. Earlier, vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu was sent to Rajya Sabha once from Karnataka and later from Rajasthan.

Rajya Sabha nominations are purely political and have no significance to the posts. These posts are used by the political parties to serve their political and other interests and they don’t represent the will of the people.

Unfortunately, only this time, and only in Krishnaiah’s case, this non-local issue is discussed for political reasons. Those who find fault with Krishnaiah’s candidature are surprisingly silent on the candidature of Niranjan Reddy.

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YSRCP names four RS candidates including two from Telangana

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Andhra Pradesh’s ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) on Tuesday announced four candidates for Rajya Sabha, surprisingly picking two of them from neighbouring Telangana.

The party has re-nominated YSRCP Parliamentary Party leader V. Vijaysai Reddy for another term.

Backward classes leader R. Krishnaiah and Supreme Court lawyer S. Niranjan Reddy, both belonging to Telangana and industrialist Beeda Masthan Rao are the other candidates.

Elections for four Rajya Sabha seats from the state are scheduled on June 10.

As YSRCP has 151 members in the 175-member Assembly, all its candidates are likely to be elected unanimously.

Education Minister Botsa Satyanarayana and government advisor on political affairs Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy announced the names of the candidates after Chief Minister and YSRCP president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy cleared the names.

They said Jagan Mohan Reddy announced two candidates from backward classes (Krishnaiah and Masthan Rao) for Rajya Sabha, which once again demonstrates the importance the party has been giving to backward classes.

They said Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced the candidates without going into the question whether they are from Andhra Pradesh or Telangana.

Vijaysai Reddy, a close aide of Jagan Mohan Reddy, has been re-nominated for a second term. A chartered accountant by profession, the 64-year-old leader hails from Nellore district. He was unanimously elected to the Upper House of the Parliament in 2016.

Vijaysai Reddy has been vocal in raising issues pertaining to Andhra Pradesh, including the Special Category Status and privatisation of the Vizag Steel Plant, in the Rajya Sabha.

Masthan Rao is an industrialist and former MLA from Kavali in Nellore district.

He had quit Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to join YSRCP in December 2019, a few months after YSRCP stormed to power.

Krishnaiah, who hails from Vikarabad district of Telangana, is President of the National BC Association. The 68-year-old led several movements for the backward classes and unemployed.

He quit Congress party and joined YSRCP in February 2019 at the invitation of Jagan Mohan Reddy. In 2018 Assembly elections in Telangana, he had contested unsuccessfully on Congress ticket from Miryalaguda constituency.

Earlier in 2014, Krishnaiah had joined TDP in 2014. He was elected to Telangana Assembly from L.B. Nagar constituency in 2014 on TDP ticket but switched loyalties to Congress party on the eve of 2018 elections.

Niranjan Reddy, a senior advocate in the Supreme Court, hails from Nirmal district in Telangana.

He practiced at the High Court in the undivided Andhra Pradesh. He was designated as a Senior Counsel in the Supreme Court in 2016. He appeared as special senior counsel for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in several matters.

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Jana Sena office looks deserted while YCP, TDP offices are crowded

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Though elections are two years away and there are no signs of AP going for early polls, the offices of the ruling YSR Congress and the opposition TDP are crowded these days. The party leaders and the folks are reaching the party offices in large numbers every day making them crowded.

Ruling party supremo and chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is touring the districts and addressing public meetings. He had also activated the rank and file after the cabinet rejig. The party is holding a mass contact programme with MLAs and other elected leaders visiting every house in the state.

On its part, the opposition TDP too had started its mass contact programme, with its chief Chandrababu Naidu touring the districts. Naidu’s son and former minister Nara Lokesh too is on his tours across the state.

While these two parties are busy with one activity or the other, their offices at Mangalagiri are almost crowded with the leaders visiting them day in and day out. The YSR Congress office at Tadepalli and the TDP office at Mangalagiri project as if it is the election season. The aspirants are flocking on the party offices with an eye on the next election.

Surprisingly, the Jana Sena headquarters, which is located a couple of kilometres from the TDP and YCP offices, looks deserted. There is not much activity in the Jana Sena office at Mangalagiri. Party chief Pawan Kalyan is busy with his film shootings and did not visit the party office in the recent past.

Senior leader Nadendl Manohar is also not available to the party ranks at the Mangalagiri office. With the supremo and the number two leader unavailable, the party office wore a deserted look. Quite interestingly, the party’s lone MLA Rapaka Varaparasada Rao never visited the party office after his election.

Though there are a couple of dozens of elected representatives for the party from the local bodies, not any of them visit the party headquarters at Mangalagiri. The office gets activated only when Pawan Kalyan arrives and it has been so long that he had turned up in the recent past.

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Madasu Gangadharam quits Jana Sena, Joins Jagan team

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Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan got a shock on Wednesday with his party senior leader Madasu Gangadharam joining the ruling YSR Congress. Gangadharam met chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy at his Tadepalli camp office and formally joined the ruling party.

Ministers Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, YSR Congress regional coordinator and former minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy were also present when Gangadharam joined the YSR Congress.

Gangadharam blamed Pawan Kalyan for following the agenda of the TDP. He said Pawan had been loyal to TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, though the party was in alliance with the BJP. He further alleged that Pawan Kalyan gets script from the TDP every time.

He also blamed senior Jana Sena leader Nadendla Manohar for misleading Pawan Kalyan. He said Manohar too was advising Pawan not to visit villages and could meet the people once in a while to win the election.

“The Jana Sena has no permanent programme to be in the midst of the people. Pawan Kalyan had no clear agenda to win the election. They are depending on whatever the TDP leadership tells them,” Gangadharam alleged.

Gangadharam was once the political affairs committee chairman of the Jana Sena but left the party and has been inactive for the past some time. He said Pawan Kalyan never takes the opinions of the party leaders but waits for the opinion from the TDP.

He said he had tried to convince Pawan to have own agenda and be with the people on issues. However, he regretted that Pawan Kalyan was doing politics only as per the call sheets given by the TDP.

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Setti Balijas upset over Chelluboyina’s prostrate

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Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has been giving highest importance to several backward classes ever since he formed his first cabinet. In fact, he has been giving highest priority to several castes in the last three years, believing that they would vote for the party in the next election.

He took his trusted lieutenant Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose from the Setti Balija community though Bose lost the 2019 elections. Jagan made him an MLC after taking him into the cabinet.

When Bose was sent to Rajya Sabha, Jagan Mohan Reddy picked up another MLA from Setti Balija community and made him the Minister. Chelluboyina Srinivasa Venugopala Krishna was made the minister in the cabinet and he continued even after the rejig on April 11.

After his second swearing-in, Chelluboyina prostrated before TTD chairman S V Subba Reddy at a meeting at A Vemavaram village of Amalapuram mandal of Konaseema district on last Friday. The meeting was held in memory of former MLA Kudipudi Chittabbayi, who also belonged to the Setti Balija community.

He prostrated before the TTD chief in the full public view, which angered the community. The community leaders have condemned the act of the minister and wondered how a minister could do such an act lowering the dignity of the community.

They also took out a rally on Monday at P Gannavaram in Konaseema district raising slogans against the Minister. The anger displayed by the activists raised doubts whether the community would stand by the YSR Congress Party in the next elections.

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Squabbles lead to murder of YCP leader, attack on MLA

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The group rivalry and internal squabbles lead to the murder of a ruling YSR Congress leader and subsequent attack on ruling party MLA in AP on Saturday. This happened in G Kothapalli village of Eluru district.

Ruling YSR Congress Dwaraka Tirumala mandal unit president Ganji Prasad was murdered in the morning hours on Saturday. On learning the murder, Gopalapuram YSR Congress MLA Talari Venkatrao reached the village to meet and console the bereaved family members.

As the MLA arrived in the village, the follower of deceased leader Ganji Prasad attacked the MLA accursing him of conspiring the murder. They alleged that the MLA had encouraged Prasad’s rivals to kill him.

The villagers and the family members, all belonging to the ruling YSR Congress, chased the legislator, even as his supporters tried to protect him. Police say that the MLA was not hurt in the attack and was moved to a safer place.

The police who were at the scene provided security cover to the MLA and took him to safety. The police had a tough time controlling the warring groups in the village.

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