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Did YSRCP err in arresting Devineni Uma?

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Did the YSRCP and the YS Jagan Government err in arresting Devineni Uma Maheshwara Rao? Did they inadvertently help boosting his sagging political career? Have they by arresting him, given a booster dose to his politics? This is now being hotly debated in the ruling YSRCP.

Devineni Uma was almost isolated in the TDP after his defeat in the 2019 elections. While he was in power, he ran the TDP affairs with an iron hand in Krishna urban district. He has thus isolated several leaders and made many enemies within the party. Soon after his defeat in the elections, several party leaders began ignoring him. His stock began falling and he felt quite isolated within the party. Even when he issued press notes, the other party leaders did not respond or support his call. They royally sidelined him. Leaders like Kesineni Nani, Bonda Uma and others stopped consulting Uma on party affairs.

But all that changed with his arrest. Uma has been daring the YSRCP to arrest him for the past two years. However, the YSRCP did not arrest him. But when it finally arrested him, it was a petty case. It was clear as crystal that this smacked of vendetta. This has raised sympathy for Devineni Uma. There was a groundswell of support for him in Mylavaram assembly constituency and the manner of arrest forced the other TDP leaders too to oppose this. Despite their antipathy to Devineni Uma, these leaders began speaking in his support. Today, Devineni Uma has acquired a hero’s status in Krishna politics.

Even Vasantha Krishna Prasad, who defeated Devineni Uma in 2019 elections in Mylavaram, is reportedly not happy with the kind of attention, focus and publicity that Uma is getting post his arrest. The YSRCP did not expect this kind of response. Now there is a debate as to whether the YSRCP has actually helped Devineni Uma by making a hero out of him.

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Will YSRCP be able to divide TDP’s vote bank in Krishna district?

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Is the ruling YSRCP trying to filch the Kamma vote bank in Krishna district? Is the recent announcement of nominated posts part of the larger game to divide the Kamma social group? Have the appointments been made keeping in view the caste equations in some Kamma-dominated assembly constituencies?

That Kamma community plays a key role in several assembly constituencies in Krishna district. But, the YSRCP could not win the community’s support in the district in 2019. It has just two MLAs from that community. Kodali Nani of Gudivada and Vasanta Krishna Prasad are the only MLAs from the community. Vallabhaneni Vamsi, who won from Gannavaram on TDP ticket is also sailing with the YSRCP, but that’s another story altogether. So, the YSRCP wants to win over the Kamma voters, who are steadfastly with the TDP.

As part of this, the party appears to have focused on Penamaluru and Jaggaiahpet constituencies, which have sizeable population of the community. The Kamma corporation chairperson’s post has been given to Tummala Chandrasekhar, who is from Penamaluru. Similarly, Tanneeru Nageswara Rao of Jaggaiahpet has been made the DCCB chief. In addition, Devineni Nehru has been made the incharge of the Vijayawada East constituency.

But, the big question is whether the community shifts its loyalty? Sources say that much more needs to be done beyond merely giving some posts. But, Jagan camp feels that even if 5 to 10 per cent voters shift their loyalties, this would be a major gamechanger in 2024. These appointments are only the beginning, YSRCP sources say. Much more will follow, they vouch.

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‘Chandrababu calling for coalition of registered parties’

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Navataram Party (NP) founder Ravu Subrahmanyam on Saturday said Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief and former chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu has called upon all the opposition parties to form a united front to take on the incumbent Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSRCP government in the future.

Subrahmanyam said Naidu made these observations when he met him on Friday night at Vijayawada for about half an hour.

He hinted that something on the lines of Andhra Pradesh Political Joint Action Committee (APPJAC) could come up for 2024 polls to face YSRCP.

“I was invited to meet Naidu on Friday. I met him at the TDP Mangalagiri office and spoke to him. Appreciating my work in the Tirupati Parliamentary by-poll, he said the time has come for all opposition parties to join hands,” said Subrahmanyam.

Though Navataram Party is a minnow compared to other established players, Subrahmanyam said Naidu promised TDP support for all the good work of the party.

Echoing with Naidu, he said TDP and other parties should join hands to achieve the goals of special category status, fulfil bifurcation promises, protect Amaravati capital, save Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) and others.

He alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre and the YSRCP in the state are implementing anti-people policies.

The Navataram Party founder said a coalition of opposition parties should fight together to expose the alleged misdeeds of YSRCP, even as he condemned the arrest of former irrigation minister and senior TDP leader Devineni Uma Maheswara Rao.

He also met with TDP leader Parachuri Ashok Babu.

In the recent Tirupati Parliamentary bypoll, NP contested the election under the glass tumbler symbol, which is also Janasena party’s symbol.

Despite several efforts, BJP and Janasena failed to restrain minnow Navataram Party from contesting the by-poll under that symbol as it ran the risk of confusing voters.

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Will Facebook abuse of woman TDP leader prove costly for Minister?

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Social media is a double-edged sword. Minister Seedini Appala Raju and TDP’s Gouthu Sirisha are now coming to realize this. What started as an election-even war of words on Facebook, is now turning out to be a full-blown battle. Both leaders have filed complaints against one another with the police.

Politically hyper active Palasa had witnessed a key battle in 2019. TDP former minister Gouthu Syamasundar Shivaji’s daughter Sirisha was the TDP candidate against YSRCP’s new-entrant Dr Appala Raju. In the run-up to the election, both began a fight on Facebook. However, after the elections, in which Appalaraju won, the virtual war continued. The respective supporters of both the leaders continued the battle and the war of words soon deteriorated into verbal abuse.

Soon after the defeat, Sirisha shifted to Srikakulam and became slightly inactive. Using this as an advantage, the YSRCP supporters continued to attack her. They began posting comments that were derogatory and demeaning. Left with no option, Sirisha had approached the police with a complaint. Not to be undone, even Appalraju’s supporters lodged complaints with the police. Sirisha has now become active again and has begun attacking the YSRCP and the minister by questioning the irregularities in the implementation of various schemes.

Now, the war of words has spiraled out of control and even the minister is unable to rein in his supporters from posting nasty comments. The leaders of both the parties have filed complaints against one another. Sirisha is now planning to lodge a complaint with the cyber police over abuse and wrongful posts.

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NGT orders probe on illegal mining by YSRCP leaders in AP!

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) took a serious view of the reports being published in the media about illegal mining activities undertaken by ruling YSRCP leaders in East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts.

Reports of YSRCP mining mafia looting bauxite and laterite mines in AP have created a furore in AP.

The NGT took cognizance of these reports and ordered an enquiry into the issue.

The NGT formed an inquiry committee to visit the mining sites and examine how the mining mafia violated the rules and done mining illegally.

The NGT asked the AP government to take action against violators.

It formed a committee with officials from mining and pollution control departments to probe the issue at ground level and submit a report to NGT.

The NGT asked the committee to examine how roads were laid illegally in reserve forest areas to reach mining sites and how a large number of trees were cut for the purpose.

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Is Sadineni Yamini joining YSRCP?

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Is the firebrand spokesperson and well-known TV panellist Sadineni Yamini Sharma planning to join the YSRCP There is a strong buzz that Yamini, a hugely popular spokesperson, who had served both the BJP and the TDP till now, might quit the BJP.

Sadineni Yamini made a name for herself due to her fierce defence of the Telugu Desam Party. Impressed by her articulation skills, Chandrababu Naidu had made her the TDP spokesperson. As a TDP spokesperson, she had sparkled in the TV debates and chat shows. However, the 2019 defeat of the TDP has left her thoroughly demoralised and rudderless.

She suddenly discovered her pre-marital title of Sharma and began calling herself Sadineni Yamini Sharma. In no time, she joined the BJP. In the BJP, her entry was fiercely opposed by a section of the party leaders. She tried to groom a constituency for herself in Konaseema, but the BJP leaders in the region opposed her. They also tried to put spokes in her works. As a result, she found herself unacceptable in the BJP. She began facing a lot of problems in the BJP. During the last several months, she has become totally inactive in the party. Another major problem was that she was living in Hyderabad but was working for AP. This was not a problem in the TDP. But, in the BJP, there were protocol and jurisdiction related issues.

Now the latest is that she is looking to join the ruling YSRCP. Sources said she had already discussed the issue with her well-wishers and mentors. She has reportedly opened a channel with the YSRCP. Interestingly, she did not deny the buzz that she is going to join the YSRCP. Let’s see how she manages to enter the YSRCP.

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Why this YSRCP leader wants to rejoin TDP?

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This political family which for decades played a key role in Anantapuram politics, now finds itself on a political crossroad. It left the TDP for greener pastures and joined the YSRCP. But, things are not going their way in the YSRCP. Now the political family is seriously thinking of going back to the TDP.

We are talking about Singanamala former MLA P Samanthakamani and her daughter Yamini Bala. Samanthakamani is a popular leader from the Dalit community and has been a staunch supporter of Chandrababu Naidu and the BJP. The TDP too recognised her and rewarded with several key positions in the government.

In 2014, Chandrababu Naidu gave the party ticket from Singanamala to Samanthakamani’s daughter Yamini Bala.. She had won and Chandrababu amply rewarded her with the Whip post. But, Yamini Bala angled for a minister’s post. Meanwhile, she began encouraging groupism in the party and an annoyed Chandrababu gave the Singanamala ticket to Bandaru Sravani in 2019. Sravani lost badly due to the pro-YSRCP wave in the state and YSRCP candidate Jonnalagadda Padmavathi has won handsomely. In the later developments, both Samanthakamai and Yamini Bala joined the YSRCP. While Samanthakamani has retired from politics, Yamini Bala has at least 15-20 years of active politics.

However, this euphoria did not last long and Yamini Bala found herself out of place in the YSRCP. Also, no assurance was given to her about her future. Recently, Yamini Bala recently held a meeting with her supporters where most of her backers wanted her to rejoin the TDP. They also regretted her decision to join the YSRCP. They pointed out that she might not get a YSRCP ticket as sitting MLA Jonnalagadda Padmavathi is Jagan’s favourite. If sources are to be believed, even Yamini Bala is actively considering joining the TDP. Let’s wait and watch how things unfold in Singanamala.

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Andhra MPs seek Rs 6,750 cr pending funds from Centre

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Senior YSRCP leader V. Vijayasai Reddy on Tuesday met Union Panchayat Raj Minister Giriraj Singh and appealed for the release of Rs 6,750 crore funds due to the state.

“A delegation of YSRCP MPs met Giriraj Singh and requested him to release Rs 6,750 crore due to the state,” said Reddy, who led the delegation.

He said these funds are due under the MNREGA programme.

Reddy was accompanied by party MPs Margani Bharat, Mithun Reddy and Mopidevi Venkataramana, among others.

The delegation also met Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, and requested him to complete the road development work on the Sabbavaram-Narsipatnam-Tuni stretch in the southern state.

Meanwhile, Reddy noted that the state government is offering laptops to the poor students under the Jagananna Vasati Devena scheme.

He said the laptops will be given under basic and advanced categories.

“In case there are any defects with them, a complaint in the village and ward secretariats will resolve the issue in a week’s time,” he said.

Reddy further said that the laptop distribution is aimed at guiding the poor students pursuing higher education into the digital era, which has been decided by Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.

He said the higher education department has already issued directives to this effect.

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Will Hindupur prove lucky for YSRCP at least in 2024?

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Hindupur assembly seat in Anantapuram has always been the YSRCP’s Achilles’ Heel. The party tried every trick of the trade, but could not win. In fact, this seat was represented initially by NTR and later by Nandamuri Balakrishna. But, since at least 2004, one of the main reasons for the TDP victory is the infighting in the Congress first and the YSRCP later.

In 2004, Congress candidate Navin Nischal gave a tough fight. In 2009, the Congress did not give him the ticket. So, he became a rebel and fought as an independent. Navin Nishcal stood second and the Congress third. In the later developments, Navin joined the YSRCP and contested in 2014. He was unlucky again as he was pitted against Balakrishna. In the 2019 elections, the YSRCP gave the ticket to Iqbal. Though Navin did not oppose it openly, he ensured that the YSRCP did not win. So, NBK had won again.

The YSRCP in Hindupur is divided into three factions – former MLA Abdul Ghani faction, Navin faction and Iqbal faction. After the 2019 elections, YS Jagan made Iqbal, who was defeated in 2019, as an MLC. Navin began sulking and kept aloof from party activities. It is clear that the YSRCP can win from Hindupur only when the Navin and Iqbal factions come together. Otherwise, the anti-TDP votes get divided and NBK will scrape through.

Now with the 2024 elections in mind, Jagan has given a corporation chairperson’s post to Navin Nischal. Now that Iqbal is an MLC, it is likely that only Navin will be in the fray. Will all the three factions come together and fight the election unitedly? Will both Ghani and Iqbal work for Navin, who betrayed them in 2014? The politics are heating up in Hindupur already as there is a likelihood of Lokesh Babu becoming TDP candidate in the event of NBK opting out.

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Are YSRCP MLAs, MPs in the cold storage?

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The MLAs and the MPs of the ruling YSRCP are increasingly feeling that they have no well-defined role. They feel that they are being bypassed in YS Jagan’s scheme of things. Many are unhappy that they have no role to play in governance despite being in the ruling party. They see no scope of getting established politically.

As per YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s plans, all the benefits, doles, sops and the welfare schemes are being implemented with the help of the village secretaries. The village secretaries are becoming the most important interface and the people are interacting with them to secure their benefits. What more? The government has set up an interface called Spandana to address the problems of the people. As a result of this, the people are now directly linked to the officials.

In this whole setup, the political leaders, especially the elected people’s representatives are completely bypassed. They literally have no role to perform. Many of the elected public representatives stood by the party during the tough times and have financially supported the party. But, they are now finding themselves completely sidelined.

Every scheme is controlled, monitored and implemented by the Chief Minister himself. He is pressing the button and the people are finding the amounts deposited in their accounts. The MPs and MLAs have no roles whatsoever. Everything is passing through the officials. As a result, the MPs and MLAs are not being seen in the meetings and inaugurations.

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TDP demands resignation of YSRCP MPs over VSP privatisation

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Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Sunday demanded that all MPs of the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) resign to step up pressure on the Central government in the current session of Parliament to withdraw privatisation of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant.

Former minister and TDP leader Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy said if the YSRCP MPs in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha resign, then the TDP members would also follow in their footsteps.

He said Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy should come to the rescue of one lakh workers of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) as it was his basic duty in his capacity as the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh.

He said it was in the interest of VSP workers and people that TDP national president and leader of opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu offered to follow Jagan Mohan Reddy. The CM should have responded positively to the gesture made by the opposition leader in a respectful manner.

Naidu had on Saturday asked Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy to join the struggle and lead it from the front.

Extending his party’s complete support to the ‘Save Vizag Steel’ agitation, Naidu reiterated that his party’s elected representatives would be ready to resign from their posts for the sake of the steel plant.

Satyanarayana Murthy said the general feeling among the people is that the only goal of YSRCP MPs is to have their rebel MP Raghurama Raju disqualified. Jagan Reddy should realise that the present burning issue in Andhra Pradesh is to prevent the privatisation of steel plant and to safeguard the interests of the workers, he said.

He recalled that Jagan Reddy had stated during the elections that he would bend the necks of the central leaders if he was given 25 MPs. If Jagan takes over leadership of the steel plant agitation, then the AP MPs can bring Parliament to a standstill till the privatisation move was withdrawn, Murthy said.

The TDP leader termed as ‘reckless’ the statement by Jagan Reddy’s advisor Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy that if TDP MPs want to resign they can do so. “Instead of giving a plan to stop the Steel Plant privatisation, Sajjala is only diverting the public attention by making unwarranted comments against the appeal of Mr. Chandrababu Naidu. It is clear how the chief minister, his advisor and his Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Sai Reddy are not bothered about the steel plant at all,” said Satyanarayana Murthy.

The TDP said that the YSRCP is ruthlessly betraying the aspirations of over 38 villages that contributed their thousands of acres of land for the VSP. He alleged that YSRCP leaders were only interested in making quick and easy money through sand, land, liquor and cement mafia but not in the struggles of the workers and common people.

He urged the people to realise whether the TDP or the YSRCP had the credibility when it came to the fight for saving the steel plant. He pointed out that Chandrababu Naidu immediately rushed to the protest camp and extended his party’s overall support to the agitating workers whereas, Jagan Reddy was playing all sorts of discreditable dramas without giving any hope to the steel plant workers on the privatisation issue.

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YSRCP bags Eluru Municipal Corporation!

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The ruling YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh has bagged the Eluru Municipal Corporation. The counting of votes is taking place today (Sunday) from 8 am.

The elections were held on March 10 but the counting of votes was held up due to AP High Court directions.

However, the AP High Court recently allowed State Election Commission to take up the counting of votes.

Out of 50 wards in Eluru municipal corporations, the YSRCP is clearly leading in 31 wards as per the latest trends.

The TDP, BJP and others are leading in one ward each.

The full results are expected by 2 pm. But going by current trends, the victory of YSRCP is certain.

The YSRCP had made a clean sweep in municipal elections held in March this year,

It also registered a big victory in Tirupati Lok Sabha bypoll held in April this year.

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Vangaveeti man takes dictation from Devineni clan

Politics makes strange bed-fellows. But, these unlikely alliances cause a lot of inconvenience too. The newly appointed Kapu Corporation chairperson Adapa Seshu is learning this fast. He now realizes that his political elevation has its own strange set of problems.

Adapa Seshu is a known Vangaveeti Ranga acolyte. His politics began with Ranga’s son Vangaveeti Radhakrishna. He made his political foray with Radha in 2004 elections. Later, Radhakrishna himself made Adapa Seshu a corporator in Vijayawada municipal chairperson. All through he stayed by Radha’s side but in 2019, Radhakrishna joined the TDP. At this point, he parted company with Radhakrishna and stayed with the YSRCP.

In the post 2019 developments, Vangaveeti family’s arch rival Devineni Nehru’s son Devineni Avinash joined the YSRCP and was soon appointed YSRCP Vijayawada incharge. Now, Seshu’s political mentor Vangaveeti is in TDP and his arch rival Devineni is in YSRCP. Now, Seshu is forced to engage Devineni Avinash and keep a distance from Vangaveeti. Now with his appointment as the AP Kapu Corporation chief, Seshu’s problems have only grown manifold.

He is now a state-level Kapu figure. But in Vijayawada, he has to meet Devineni Avinash, who belongs to a social community that is considered a rival of the Kapus. So, every time he is meeting Avinash, Seshu is facing backlash from his own community. He is being trolled on social media and the Kapus are showing unabashed anger at him. Seshu is finding it very difficult to convince his own community on this issue. A Vangaveeti acolyte, Seshu is now forced to be pally with Devineni clan. This is turning out to be a tight-rope walk for him.

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YSRCP activists attack TDP leaders with dung for exposing bad roads in AP

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The opposition TDP’s attempts to expose bad roads in Andhra Pradesh under the rule of YSRCP government met with stiff resistance from YSRCP leaders and cadre today (Saturday).

The TDP planned to hold protests near bad roads demanding urgent repair of roads filled with pot holes across AP.

But YSRCP leaders and activists rushed to the spots and attacked TDP leaders with animal dung and mud.

Tension prevailed in Krishna district Nandigam mandal Jujjur village after YSRCP activist attacked TDP leaders including former minister Devineni Uma and MLA Gadde Rammohan Rao.

The TDP leaders demanded police to arrest YSRCP activists who attacked them.

But police took TDP leaders into custody saying that their protests were creating law and order problems.

TDP leaders and cadre lashed out at police for initiating action against them when they are holding protests democratically and peacefully while letting off YSRCP leaders and cadre who attacked them with dung and mud.

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Why these two MLAs are unable to face their followers?

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YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s absolute control in every matter relating to the party has turned out to be a huge headache for two YSRCP MLAs from Chittoor. These two MLAs also have to contend with the dominance of district’s strongman Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy. As a result, these two MLAs are forced to face a barrage of criticism from their own supporters, who feel cheated.

In the recent filling of nominated posts, the chairpersons of both Kanipakam and Srikalahasti temple trust boards too were appointed. Both these temples are the most important pilgrimage centres in Chittoor district after Tirupati and there was intense competition for these posts in the YSRCP. Veerendra Varma of Satyavedu was appointed as Srikalahasti temple committee chairperson, while Prameela Reddy of Chittoor was appointed as chairperson for Kanipakkam.

This caused a heart-burn in both the MLA constituencies of Srikalahasti and Pootalapattu. Local politicians and YSRCP activists strongly protested against these appointments as both are non-locals and new entrants into the party. The party workers took Srikalahasti MLA Biyyapu Madhusudhan and Pootalapattu MLA MS Babu for ignoring them. Both these MLAs tried to tell the local leaders that the decisions were taken by YS Jagan and Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy and that they did not have any leverage in making choices. But the party leaders are unconvinced. They had even staged dharnas against the appointments.

This has now become a huge headache for these two MLAs. They can neither convince them nor can they explain their predicament to the party higher-ups. They are now caught in a cleft-stick-like situation. They are finding it difficult to cool off the angry workers.

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Is BJP using YSRCP to defeat opposition plans in Parliament?

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What is behind the sudden belligerence of the YSRCP MPs in both the houses of Parliament? The YSRCP MPs, whose presence was barely noticeable in the house, have suddenly hogged the limelight in the monsoon sector. They raised the issue of special status and even stalled the proceedings of the house.

But the past record of the YSRCP MPs has only shown them as trusted allies of the BJP. They have supported all the bills and key decisions that the Modi government took. They strongly backed even decisions like the Article 370 abrogation and the Ayodhya issue. But, this time around, the story is different. They have become hyperactive and are raising different issues in an unusually aggressive manner.

But, political observers say that the YSRCP’s newfound belligerence is actually part of a strategy that the BJP has unveiled to counter the Opposition. The YSRCP is stalling the house only to benefit the BJP government. By stalling, they are actually not allowing the Congress and other opposition to raise tougher issues like the fuel price, covid handling and other such things. This is nothing but bailing out the BJP from a tricky situation.

In the Rajya Sabha, an otherwise calm MP like Vijayasai Reddy entered the well of the house and shouted slogans demanding special status to the state. Similar scenes were witnessed in the lower house. By raising this issue and stalling the house, the YSRCP is bailing out the BJP. Political analysts say YSRCP-BJP jugalbandi is part of a well-thought out strategy to beat the other parties. Though the opposition parties have seen through this, they are unable to do anything about it.

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Is Vijaysai running parallel YSRCP in Vizag?

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Is dissidence building against Chief Minister YS Jagan’s most trusted lieutenant? Have several YSRCP MLAs lodged a complaint against Rajya Sabha MP Vijaysai Reddy? Are complaints being filed against his working style and his attempts to emerge as the boss of North Coastal Andhra region?

The political circles are agog with the stories of how Rajya Sabha MP Vijaysai Reddy is taking complete control of the party and governance. There are stories and stories of how the administration in the north Andhra districts is pandering to Vijaysai Reddy. He has reportedly developed a network of informants both in politics and in administration and is getting information about everything happening. Sources say that Vijaysai Reddy’s nod is necessary even for taking up small works or making appointments.

Recently, Vijaysai’s birthday celebrations were organised on an unprecedented scale. Banners, buntings, hoardings and flexis dominated the city skyline. The issue even went to the notice of YS Jagan, sources say. They add that the flexis were removed only after the issue went to the notice of the chief minister.

A small group of MLAs, ministers and key party functionaries have reportedly taken the issue to the notice of the Chief Minister. YS Jagan is said to have taken note of the things. As of now, there is no palpable action against Vijaysai Reddy. Yet, people feel that there would be some definitive action against the Rajya Sabha MP in the days to come and Jagan will surely leash in the Rajya Sabha MP.

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Why is this one-time Jagan’s favourite minister feeling lonely ?

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Minister for agriculture in YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s council of ministers, Kurasala Kanna Babu is said to be upset over the importance being given to relatively junior minister Chelluboyina Venugopal. He is also said to be unhappy with the officials and the key administrators flocking to the residence of Kakinada MLA Dwarampudi Chandrasekhar Reddy. He feels neglected and ignored.

Time was when Kannababu was the de facto spokesperson for the council of ministers and held forth on every issue. His media background, his articulation and his community support were seen as his strengths. Now the party has many more Kapu representatives like Thota Trimurthulu and Ambati Rambabu. As a result, his importance has come down in Jagan’s scheme of things.

What is worse, Kannababu feels that all the party MLAs from East Godavari are against him. He feels they have formed a cartel and are working against him. Even CM YS Jagan too is not said to be consulting Jagan on key issues. Even on matters of agriculture and farming, his word is not said to be carrying any weight. With this, the commissioner of agriculture too is said to be taking decisions on his own, without consulting the minister. As a result, Kannababu these days is mostly confined to Kakinada.

Sources say it is because of this that Kannababu has suddenly upped his criticism of TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu. However, they have not really helped him in any way. At the same time, sources say he has made attempts to meet CM’s political advisor Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy. However, Sajjana has reportedly not given him an appointment.

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Will Anil Kumar Yadav be dropped from Jagan’s cabinet?

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Is Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy dropping hints about who would be dropped from the cabinet in the latest reshuffle? On Tuesday, Irrigation Minister Anil Kumar Yadav kept a distance from YS Jagan throughout the latter’s tour of Polavaram project area. Though Anil Kumar Yadav was very much present on the occasion, his was very low key. He was silent all through the review meeting held after the visit to Polavaram.

Normally, the Irrigation Minister stays next to the CM during such meetings. But, Anil Kumar Yadav was several paces behind the CM. The other ministers were close to the CM. Anil was way too behind. Also, when the CM undertook the aerial survey of the project area, only officials boarded the chopper along with the CM. Anil Kumar did not board the chopper. The same scene was repeated even during the review meeting with the irrigation officials.

Normally, minister Anil Yadav is considered an ultra defender of YS Jagan. He springs to Jagan’s defence on any subject or issue. He calls himself the Bhakt of YS Jagan. But, it seems Jagan is not happy with the way the irrigation department was functioning. He is said to be unhappy with the way the progress of Polavaram project was slow-paced. He is said to be unhappy over AP irrigation department, which has failed to defend the AP’s interests on the Krishna water issue.

However, Anil Yadav’s close camp followers refute these. They say that his ministry would be safe and he has worked very hard in his department and has defended YS Jagan to hilt on any issue. But, analysts say that even Anil’s body language during the Polavaram visit showed that all was not well. Let’s wait and see how things unfold in the days to come.

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Did Vellampalli get GO to help his biz buddies in Tadepalli?

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Otherwise defunct Jana Sena is quite active in one assembly constituency. The constituency in question is Vijayawada West. Here, the party’s defeated candidate may have lost the election, but is continuing his battle against the winning candidate. The winning candidate is a YSRCP heavyweight. He is Vellampalli Srinivas, a Jagan confidant and the minister for endowments.

Jana Sena leader Potina Venkata Mahesh on Monday accused the minister of bringing GO No 61 to help the Capital Business Park in Tadepalli. He said that four of the partners of the business park are close associates of minister Vellampalli Srinivas. Thus, Minister Vellampalli has actually helped his business associates to a tune of Rs 30 crore through this GO, he accused. He said that this GO was intended to indirectly fill the pockets of the minister and his cohorts.

He further accused that Vellampalli is bringing pressure on the wholesale and retail shops in the famed Vastralatha complex in the old city of Vijayawada to shift to the Business Park. He said that the GO was meant to help a private real estate company which is not part of the Industrial corridor. He further charged that the GO was brought by minister for industries Mekapati Gowtham Reddy without the knowledge of chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

He further dared Vellampalli to swear in the name of Goddess Kanakadurga that there was no scam in this GO. He said that the minister should vouch that he has no business links with the beneficiaries of the GO 61. The Jana Sena leader asked Vellampalli to swear in the name of Goddess atop Indrakeeladri in Vijayawada on Friday.

Mahesh has previously accused the minister of appointing his followers and ineligible people to the committee of the Kanakadurga temple. He also exposed the disappearance of the silver horses on the mandapam of Mother Durga atop Indrakeeladri.

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