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War of tweets: Vijaysai Reddy is a fox, Nagababu is zero

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It’s been clear for years there’s little love lost between Jana Sena Party Pawan Kalyan, his brother Nagababu and the YSRCP leaders, but the coronavirus pandemic is providing fresh opportunities for the leaders on either side to volley statements that are increasingly childish or even slanderous.

The spread of the coronavirus has ignited a nasty war of words between between YSCRP Rajya Sabha MP and Jana Sena Party president Pawan Kalyan’s actor brother Nagababu. The war of tweets that ensued between the two since the outbreak of virus in Andhra Pradesh has gone viral on social media.

Read the tweets between the two

Fox politics

#VijayReddy -#Janasena says that they are not playing politics amidst corona. Where is the ground for you to play politics, Pawan? You are sitting in Hyderabad and issuing political statements. Did you forget the election results so quickly.

#Nagababu-Vijayreddy!I know the fox like politics you play. . I still remember how you came to me using our common friend to join hands with Pawan Kalyan.

25 paisa batch

#VijayReddy

Why is the 25 paisa batch infuriated? The leadership threw the party affairs to the winds with film shootings and TV shows. Since 2014, we never had any coalitions. Jagan was clear that YSRCP will not have a truck with Jana Sena. Even the dogs don’t bark if you are not the brothers of Chiranjeevi.

Nagababu Zero

Vijaysai Reddy, the politician turned a mathematician. In one of his tweets, he turned to Indian mathematical genius Aryabhatta to buttress his point, one that is fundamental to calculus – Zero.

#VijayReddy If you add or subtract zero from any other number, the result is always zero. Adding zero to any number does not change the number. Everyone knows that the direction, screenplay and behind the screen acting is at the behest of the man with 40 years in film industry

Cheap Politics in times of corona

#Nagababu-While the country is suffering due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the YSRCP is indulging in cheap politics. The YSRCP leaders are resorting to unpleasant comments against Pawan Kalyan who contributed money for the cause of corona. The YSRCP ruling has the trappings of a fascist regime. Even in these tough times, the party is indulging in cheap politics. People will teach a befitting reply. Wish our country will recover from these hard times. Nee laanti Gottangaalu, instead of wasting your time tweeting, think of how will spend your days in jail

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All 5 crore AP people in isolation except YSRCP leaders?

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The TDP leaders are facing lockdown problems to freely move around in view of the lockdown. They are unhappy that the YSRCP leaders are using COVID-19 crisis to their political advantage. Now, the TDP says despite restrictions, Ministers and MLAs are continuing their sand, soil and liquor mafia activities. The YSRCP leaders are irresponsibly violating lockdown norms while 5 crore people of Andhra Pradesh are in self-isolation as per the Central government’s call, said former minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao.

Stating that TDP National President Chandrababu Naidu got stuck in neighbouring state, Mr. Uma said that despite the lockdown constraints, Mr. Naidu has been continuously in contact and giving daily directions to the party’s cadres on how to help the people in this hour of need. As per Opposition leader’s demand, the government should pay Rs. 5,000 for poor families. Poor patients are not able to buy medicines in villages and they are not able to lead their lives with just Rs. 1,000 given by the government. Ministers should ensure opening of paddy purchase centres to pay Rs. 1,370 per 75 kg paddy bag as middlemen are trying to buy the same at Rs. 800 by misleading farmers. Rs. 20 cr worth jasmine crop was damaged in Mylavaram area.

Mr. Uma objected to CM’s orders for bringing banana to sell in Krishna and Guntur markets where the local farmers were losing their crop due to lack of support from the government. Jagan Reddy made false claims in PM video conference on virus situation. Even CM’s Tadepalli residence is located in the same Guntur district which is placed under wholesale curfew and total lockdown on account of rapid spread of Corona cases.

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Kovvur YSRCP MLA booked under Section 144

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A ruling YSRCP legislator has been booked for violating lockdown regulations on Saturday.

A criminal case was filed against Kovvur YSRCP MLA Nallapareddy Prasanna Kumar Reddy on Saturday for violating lockdown regulations to prevent the spread of corona virus in the state. The case was filed against the Kovvur YSRCP MLA for violating social distancing norm when the legislator and his hundreds of his associates distributed vegetables and groceries to people in his constituency. He was booked under Section 144 lockdown which bans assembly of four or more people during the lockdown. The Kovvur police also confirmed booking the case against the MLA and others for violating the lockdown rules. Cases were booked 10 others under relevant provisions of the India Penal Code and the Disaster Management Act..

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Governor Bishawabhusan approves Jagan Ordinance to remove Ramesh Kumar as SEC

In a move that can be seen as vendetta politics, the State government has removed Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar as State Election Commissioner and began the process to appoint a new commissioner. Governor Bishwabhusan Harichandan on Friday approved the Ordinance sent by the YSRCP ruling on Friday amending the Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj Act-1994 to change the tenure, eligibility and method of appointment of the State Election Commissioner (SEC).

SEC term is for five years. However, the state government sent an Ordinance making amendments to AP Panchayat Raj Act-1994 and cut short Mr Ramesh Kumar term to three years. Ramesh Kumar was appointed as the state election commissioner in 2016 by the Telugu Desam Party government when Chandrababu Naidu was the chief minister. He had one more year to retire. However, with the Governor approving the Ordinance sent by the YSRCP ruling, Ramesh Kumar’s term ends. With the Governor approving the Ordinance, the state government it is learnt has officially sent a communication to Ramesh Kumar.

The state government had sent an Ordinance to Bishwan Bhusan Haricchandan to appoint only a person who has held the office of the judge of the High Court as the SEC. According to sources, SEC Ramesh Kumar is mulling legal options. He is likely to move the High Court challenging the government’s decision to remove him from the office.

Ramesh Kumar, who hails from Guntur, assumed charge as State Election Commissioner in 2016. He held the post of Special Chief Secretary to the Governor prior to his retirement.

Reacting to this, senior TDP leader Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy was trying to alter the basic structure of the Constitution, and said that such attempts pose a threat to democracy. He said the move to remove SEC Ramesh Kumar was unconstitutional and appealed to the Governor that the Ordinance should not be accepted. “The autocratic style of functioning is against the spirit of democracy. Whoever is opposing the decisions of the government are being sacked and removed from the office.”

Terming the YSRCP dispensation as an oppressive regime, he said the state government was resorting to witch-hunting. “This is an autocratic regime. Recently, the doctor from Narsipatnam who raised his voice against the shortage of medical supplies was suspended. This is most undemocratic functioning, the governor should take note such autocratic attitude.”

Another TDP leader Devineni Uma said this was nothing but vendetta politics and that the YSRCP ruling was destroying all the constitutional institutions. “Since he has no authority to remove the SEC, he has moved the Ordinance. This is nothing but vendetta politics as Ramesh Kumar had postponed the elections. Where was the urgency to remove Ramesh Kumar, especially when people in the state are suffering due to lockdown and the spread of corona virus. The Nagari municipal commissioner has been removed because he said there was shortage of medical supplies,” Devineni Uma said.

“The government should have honoured Ramesh Kumar for putting off the elections. Ramesh Kumar’s decision has averted a big danger to the state and its people in the light of the corona virus. It is sad that the government was making attempts to remove him. Where is the need for the government to remove Ramesh Kumar right away when the state is facing the corona pandemic. Jagan is trying to cover up for his failure to handle the corona crisis efficiently by removing doctors and municipal commissioners who pointed fingers at the governance. Now, they are making attempts to remove the SEC. This is a tuglaq government,” APCC working president Tulasi Reddy said.

State Election Commissioner N Ramesh Kumar had postponed the elections to local bodies citing the threat of corona virus. In the run up to the elections to local bodies, Ramesh Kumar noted that there were widespread incidents of violence perpetrated by the ruling dispensation against the opposition parties, mainly the TDP, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Jana Sena workers and activists right in the presence of the police.

The YSRCP government ruling challenged the SEC decision in the Supreme Court. As a slap on the face of the state government, the apex court upheld the SEC decision to defer the polls while asking the election commission to partially lift the model code of conduct. Subsquently, Ramesh Kumar shot off a letter to the Union Home Secretary expressing fear that there is a serious threat to his life and that of his family from the ruling dispensation in Andhra Pradesh. The YSRCP leaders, including party president Jagan Mohan Reddy attributed caste motives to Ramesh Kumar for deferring the polls as he belongs to the same social community as Chandrababu Naidu.

In a five page letter addressed to Home Secretary, Ramesh Kumar said he and his family had been receiving repeated warnings and endless threats from the members of the ruling party ever since the State Election Commission as a constitutional authority took the decision to defer the elections by six weeks. “There is an unprecedented assault on me personally and the State Election Commission since postponing the elections on 15.03.2020 by no less than the Chief Minister who had attacked me in most vitriolic and offending language casting aspersions and prejudice in his press meet on 15.03.2020,” he wrote in his letter. In view of the constant intimidation and threats, the state election commissioner sought police protection.

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Disqualify erring YSRCP contestants in local polls: Naidu to SEC

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TDP National President and Opposition Leader N Chandrababu Naidu accused the YSRCP’s contesting candidates in local body elections of violating the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown norms and also the guidelines issued by the State Election Commission not to campaign till further notice.

Mr. Naidu appealed to State Election Commissioner N. Ramesh Kumar to disqualify all those ruling party contestants who are found guilty of distributing Rs. 1,000 themselves to the poor families to woo their votes.

In a letter to SEC here on Wednesday, Mr. Naidu said that the Rs 1,000 financial assistance was actually announced by the government as part of COVID-19 relief. The paid volunteers in villages and wards are authorised to distribute this money but the YSRCP nominees are doing this themselves to bring pressure on the poor voters to support them in the postponed election.

Mr. Naidu told the SEC that photos, videos and other evidence would be submitted to the election commission to prove where and how the YSRCP contestants have violated the election guidelines. Local people took photos and videos of YSRCP excesses at 253 places in the state, which would be submitted to SEC by TDP. The ruling party is resorting to rampant misuse of power and official machinery including volunteers all over the state to influence the voters though there is ban on electioneering now.

Referring to the current nationwide lockdown to prevent virus transmission, Mr. Naidu told the commission that the YSRCP candidates were violating the social distancing norms by going in crowds to doorsteps of poor families in the name of Rs 1,000 distribution. They are unabashedly asking the poor voters to cast their votes once the elections are restarted. They are also creating scare among the poor families.

Mr. Naidu recalled that the Central government has banned all sorts of political and social gatherings in the country to combat and eradicate Coronavirus epidemic. But, the YSRCP leaders and contestants are endangering the public health by mobilising crowds to seek votes from poor beneficiaries of COVID-19 relief, ration and assistance. While the whole country is making frantic efforts to fight back Corona threat, the ruling party leaders in Andhra Pradesh are making a mockery of the nationwide lockdown in the state.

Stating that poor people’s lives became vulnerable because of YSRCP negligence, Mr. Naidu said that at the time of postponing the local polls, the SEC has directed political parties not to campaign till further notice. But, the YSRCP candidates violated this in all the 175 assembly segments in the state.

Referring to AP Panchayat Raj Amendment Ordinance 2 of 2020, Mr. Naidu asked for disqualification of the erring ruling party candidates and also give relevant punishment as per the Ordinance. Also, the YSRCP nominees violated Sections 51-60 of the Disaster Management Act 2005 by gathering crowds during lockdown. Moreover, the ruling party candidates are punishable under Sections 171(E), 171 (F) and 188 of the IPC for violating the SEC guidelines.

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Politics in times of Corona: YSRCP leaders in poll mode, distribute money

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Coronavirus is a political problem, not just a health problem. There seems to be an ugly display of the politics of pandemic in Andhra Pradesh more than any other state. While the contagion of corona seems to march across the state, the YSRCP leaders seem to be in an election mode, civic polls that were postponed by the State Election Commission. Until Friday, there was a political deep freeze in so far as the deferred elections were concerned: No rallies, no campaigning, and of course no distribution of money.

Just when everyone thought the local elections were in put the backburner with the SEC putting off the polls, YSRCP leaders proved this as our wishful thinking. On Saturday, YSRCP candidates who are in fray for the upcoming civic body, ZPTC and MPTC elections were caught on camera distributing money to the people in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts. A large group of YSRCP activists led by the party’s ZPTC and MPTC contesting candidates were seen handing out cash to the people in the two districts claiming that it was being distributed by the party president and state Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. The candidates were caught on camera uttering “Jagan anna asked us to distribute this money. Jagan anna asked us to give Rs 1,000.” An old woman was seen holding wads of notes in her hands distributed by the YSRCP leaders.

There is no problem in distributing cash to the needy especially in these times of complete lockdown which has robbed lakhs of people of their livelihoods. But the Opposition leaders were quick to cry foul. They think the cash which was distributed was actually the central relief funds that the Union government disbursed as part of the State Disaster Risk Management Fund (SDRMF), An amount of Rs 6,195 crore was released as ”Post Devolution Revenue Deficit Grant” to 14 states namely Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. This fund was allowed to be utilised for setting up quarantine facilities, sample collection and screening; setting up additional testing laboratories, cost of consumables; purchase of personal protection equipment for healthcare, municipal, police and fire officials, purchase of thermal scanners, ventilators, air purifiers, and consumables for government hospitals.

The distribution of cash to the people has snowballed into a fresh controversy with all the Opposition parties, including the TDP, BJP, Jana Sena Party and CPI set to move the State Election Commission seeking a probe into the whole affair.

Senior TDP leaders including Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and Atchannaidu cried foul. They wrote a letter to Govenor Bishwa Bhushan alleging that the YSRCP leaders were handing out Rs 1,000 cash to people in Srikakulam and Vizianagarm and other districts. The TDP leaders accused that the YSRCP leaders were using the central disaster funds for their political gains ahead of the elections. In the letter, they questioned in what capacity were YSRCP leaders distributing the cash when it should have been done by the government officials.

Here are the violations they listed out

violation number 1. As a rule, such cash distribution, especially central government relief funds should be carried out by the state government officials such as district collectors, MROs, VROs through volunteers.

violation number 2: Since the elections will be held once the corona crisis tides over; such distribution of cash also violates the model code of conduct.

The State Election Commission last month had deferred the elections citing the spread of corona virus, which was challenged by the AP government in the Supreme Court.

The apex court while upholding the SEC’s decision to defer the elections directed the constitutional body to partially relax the election code and allowed the implementation of only the existing development programmes. The Supreme Court also directed the YSRCP ruling that any new programme should be approved by the SEC. The partial relaxation of the code does not permit distribution of cash.

Violation number 3: The distribution of cash was carried out by the large group of local YSRCP leaders without following the mandatory social distancing norm.

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COVID-19 crisis not a time for telling lies: TDP tells YCP

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TDP MLA Nimmala Rama Naidu is taking strong objection to the Jagan Reddy government’s claims that the previous Chandrababu Sarkar pushed AP into serious debts. The MLA says that as usual, the YCP leaders are continuing their stories of lies without being least bothered about the serious crisis that the people are now in. All other states and whole world are spending lots of money to take preventive steps against the virus.

Strangely, in Andhra Pradesh, the Jagan Reddy government is least bothered about the immediate priorities. The TDP MLA said that the government’s claims of financial crisis are false because it has received all the taxes for 356 days out of 365 days last year. The lockdwon problem arose only for nine days in the last days of March.

Rama Naidu asserted that the Chandrababu government had cleared all pending bills left by the earlier YSR government. Likewise, the Jagan government should have to pay the pending bills left by the previous regime. Government is a continuous process, which CM Jagan is refusing to accept.

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Setback to Jagan government, SC uphold SEC’s decision to put off AP polls

In a setback to the ruling YSR Congress Party, the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the state election commission’s decision to postpone the civic body elections in Andhra Pradesh. Hearing a caveat petition filed by the Jagan government, the apex court said the SEC’s decision as a constitutional authority to defer polls by six weeks supreme. The SEC put off elections in AP citing the coronavirus scare and incidents of violence being reported since election dates were announced following which the ruling YSRCP has filed a petition in the apex court. In the petition, the YSRCP contended that the SEC decision was undemocratic as the decision to postpone the local body polls was taken without any consultation with authorities concerned. Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president and former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu came down heavily on the state government for questioning the SEC’s move to put off the elections.

However, in a reprieve to the YSRCP government the Supreme Court partially relaxed the model code of conduct as the elections were postponed and that the state government can continue with its existing welfare schemes or projects with a rider that no freebies should be announced during the six weeks period. However, any new welfare scheme or project should have an approval of the State Election Commission, the Supreme Court observed. Recently, the Maharashtra State Election Commission deferred elections to local bodies in view of the spread of coronavirus.

As a matter of fact, the Supreme Court has taken the spread of coronavirus seriously and initiated several measures to counter the spread of COVID-19. The CJI asked bar bodies to deploy volunteers in court halls, and encourage the members to keep distance and request the lawyers to leave the premises as soon as their matter concludes. In fact, members of the bar were asked to accept, encourage and promote e-filing and video conference of court halls. Thermal screening at the entrance of the apex court was installed and individuals have to fill up declaration forms disclosing if they have cough, cold symptoms.

Recently, it had sought the reply of Director-General, Prison, and chief secretaries of all states and union territories by March 20 regarding the precautionary measures taken in jails across India. The court also cautioned that mass gathering is a big problem and it can become a centre for the spread of coronavirus.

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Public pressure mounting on Jagan to close schools

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AP CM Jaganmohan Reddy sticks to his decisions without caring for anything. He gives top most importance to loyalties of all sorts. Now, the question is arising whether Jagan Reddy is also adamantly loyal to his ego. Political analysts are asking whether the rumours are true that Jagan has set aside to a proposal from the bureaucrats for closure of schools and educational institutions temporarily. If this is real, then Jagan Circar has to do a lot of explaining to the people in the coming days.

Not for nothing, even parents’ associations are demanding closure of schools. Anything related to school children is undoubtedly sensitive. Already, in Telangana and other states, holidays are announced for two to three weeks. Even ISB in Hyderabad suspended classes and began online courses for its students. All Central Government educational institutes have closed down temporarily. Some private schools are ready to voluntarily close for students safety but they are fearing harassment from the government if they go against its decisions. Really, a very tricky situation is confronting Jagan regime.

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Can YCP get Nimmagadda shunted out ?

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YCP top leaders are making all-out efforts to get State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar removed from his office with immediate effect. At the orders of CM Jagan, MP Vijayasai Reddy started using all their party’s lobbying powers in Delhi for this purpose. But, political circles say that it is not that easy for Jagan to remove Nimmagadda at this stage. The BJP top leaders in Delhi would have considered YCP demand by now if Nimmagadda has indeed got the SEC post with the blessings of Chandrababu Naidu.

Rumour is that Nimmagadda got the SEC appointment thanks to his former boss and ex Governor ESL Narasimhan. He had worked under Narasimhan for many years. It is very well-known that Narasimhan is still having strong contacts with the senior leaders and officials in the national capital. Latest information is that the Centre is also not totally ignoring Jagan-Vijayasai because of YCP Rajya Sabha seat to Reliance Natwani. Now, the Centre is considering to get local polls conducted without much delay as per Jagan request. But, it may also be doubtful if corona effect becomes serious.

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YSRCP moves SC over postponement of polls

YSR Congress Party on Monday moved the Supreme Court against the decision of the State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar to postpone the rural and urban local bodies in Andhra Pradesh.

The Supreme Court is likely to hear the case tomorrow. On Sunday, Ramesh Kumar postponed the civic body elections citing the emerging challenges posed by the spread of coronavirus and that continuing with the election schedule may be detrimental and harmful to the public health at large.

Ramesh Kumar on Monday met Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan at the Raj Bhavan in Vijayawada and discussed the factors that led to the postponement of the elections. On Sunday, YSRCP president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy met the Governor complaining against the State Election Commissioner’s “arbitrary” postponement of the polls to rural and urban local bodies.

In the discussion lasting for about 45 minute, Ramesh Kumar is learnt to have submitted a detailed report on the commission’s decision to exercise its plenary powers under Articles 243K and 243ZA of the Constitution to put on hold the election process for a period of six weeks or till the threat of Covid-19 is arrested or declined and normalcy restored. The State Election Commissioner said his decisions were strictly as per statute and judgments of High Court and Supreme Court. Further, the election commissioner, it is learnt, has submitted a report on the incidents of violence reported across the state ahead of the elections.

Elections to Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies and Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies were originally scheduled for March 21. Nomination process for this has already been completed. Elections to municipalities, nagar panchayats and municipal corporations were slated for March 23.

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Vijayasai crosses all limits, abuses SEC Ramesh!

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YSRCP Rajya Sabha member Vijayasai Reddy on Sunday crossed all the limits of decency and abused AP State Election Commissioner on caste lines. He termed SEC Nimmagadda Ramesh as more dangerous than the corona virus and also compared him with a dog.

He called Nimmagadda Ramesh as Naravari Ramesh to allege that Ramesh works as per the directions of Nara Chandrababu Naidu.

“Ramesh has been doing the same task akin to a dog made to sit on a golden throne, “ he said.

He breathed fire on the SEC for taking decisions unilaterally and postponing the local body elections without taking anyone in the government into confidence.

He sought to know whether he regards TDP alone is the political outfit but not the YSRCP.

As per the agenda of Opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu the “yellow suicide squad member” and “caste fanatic” caste conducted himself, a fiery Vijayasai Reddy alleged.

He demanded the SEC to resign if he has any moral values. It would be better to call him “Naaravaari Gabbilam” (bat belonging to the family of Chandrababu Naidu).

Vijayasai threatened to move Supreme Court against Ramesh for favoring opposition TDP on caste lines.

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Jana Sena MLA busy selecting YCP candidates in Razole

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Jana Sena only MLA Rapaka Varaprasad is openly involving himself in selection of YCP candidates in his Razole assembly segment. He has become actively associated with YCP leaders in local body elections. This has angered the Jana Sena die-hard loyalists there. They are spreading rumours against Rapaka’s open activities to damage Pawan Kalyan party.

CM Jaganmohan Reddy has allowed Rapaka to work with YCP leaders as part of his mission to weaken Pawan party. Rapaka has spoken in favour of Jagan policies in the Assembly itself. Pawan Kalyan has also sarcastically said that he has no idea whether Rapaka is still with Jana Sena or not. Now, greater clarity has emerged in Jana Sena cadres that they need to develop some other leader for the party’s future interests.

The YCP state leaders are also coordinating with Rapaka Varaprasad with regard to selection of YCP MPTC and ZPTC candidates. Razole YCP activists and second rung leaders have also got clarity that their future leader in assembly segment will be Rapaka only.

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Karanam Balaram puts speculations to rest, joins YSRCP

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Putting days of speculations to rest, TDP senior leader and Chirala MLA Karanam Balaram has finally decided to join the YSR Congress Party.

On Thursday, Balaram along with other TDP leaders left to Tadepalligudem to meet YSRCP president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Speaking to media, the senior TDP leader said it was not an overnight decision but a well-thought one to quit the party in order to serve the people of Chirala.

Karanam Balaram was miffed over TDP president and former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s decision to admit into the party fold his arch rival YSR Congress MLA from Addanki Gottipati Ravikumar. As a matter of fact, Karnam Balaram’s followers and Ravi Kumar traded blows during a meeting in Ongole. Naidu was in the know of the bitter rivalry between Balaram and Ravikumar but miserably failed to pacify both the warring groups in Prakasam. The rivalry reached to such a level that it adversely impacted the party not only in Addanki and Chirala but also in Giddalur and Kandukur constituencies.

Balaram started his political career with the Congress Party when Indira Gandhi fielded him from Addanki in the 1978 elections after he had saved her from an attack in Ongole. .

Balaram joins the list of deflections from TDP to YSRCP ahead of civic body elections. Recently, former minister and two-time MLA Dokka Manikya Varaprasad Rao resigned from the primary membership of the TDP and joined the YSRCP in the presence of its president and Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy at his camp office.

Dokka’s exit was followed by TDP leader and Kadapa’s strongman Satish Reddy, who challenged the supremacy of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in Pulivendula, quit the party expressing his displeasure over N Chandrababu Naidu’s leadership. In Prakasam, former MLA Kadiri Babu Rao quit the TDP and met Jagan Mohan Reddy to join his party. Kadiri Babu Rao, a close associate of Nandamuri Balakrishna and a Kapu strongman in Prakasam, was upset with the TDP high command for allotting the Kanigiri ticket he won in 2014 elections to former Congress leader Ugra Narasimha Reddy and shifted him to Darshi in 2019 elections.

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Naidu is a sneaky and cunning man, says Vijay Sai Reddy

YSR Congress party general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Sai Reddy on Thursday morning slammed TDP president and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s move to field the party’s general secretary Varla Ramaiah from the SC community for the Rajya Sabha seat saying it was only to insult the Dalit community as Naidu knows the party will lose the election.

“Naidu is a sneaky and cunning man. He knows his candidate will lose the RS seat. This is only to humiliate the candidate,” Vijay Sai Reddy said at the 10th foundation day of YSR Congress Party in Viskhapatnam party office.

While extolling party founder Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and his policies, he said the chief minister was carrying forward the vision and policies of his father and former chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy who strove for the empowerment of marginalised sections of the society.

The state government has launched several schemes like Amma Vodi for empowerment of women and Rythu Bharosa for the distressed farmers, but Naidu and his henchmen are hell-bent on creating law and order problem in the state, Vijay Sai Reddy said.

On the Macherla attack on former MLA Bonda Uma and MLC Buddha Venkanna, Vijay Sai Reddy said TDP leaders visited Macherla to create law and order problem in Palanadu ahead of the local body elections.

Vijay Sai Reddy, YSRCP’s key strategist for the forthcoming GVMC elections being held in 98 wards, said the party’s mayor candidate will be announced by YSRCP president and chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy after the polls.

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YCP, TDP gear up for civic body polls

Hyderabad: Battle lines are being drawn in Andhra Pradesh as the ruling YCP and opposition Telugu Desam Party slug it out at the municipal elections slated to be held on March 23 as well as zilla parishad territorial constituencies (ZPTCs) and mandal parishad territorial constituencies (MPTCs) to be held in two phases on March 27 and 29. Nominations for the MPTC and ZPTC polls had already begun. The municipal elections will be held in a single phase on March 23 and counting of votes will be taken up on March 27. Elections will not be held in Rajamahendravaram, Nellore and Srikakulam municipal corporations due to pending court cases.

The YCP is seeing the municipal elections as prestigious coming as it does for the first time after witnessing landslide victory in the 2019 Assembly elections. Both the parties have geared up to test their political fate in the local body polls which serve as litmus test for YCP and TDP. For the YCP, the elections will gauge the mood of the people on the performance of Jagan’s party in the last nine-months and also perhaps on the thorny and contentious issue of three capitals announced by the chief minister. However, the YCP received a setback after SEC directed the state government to put on hold its decision to distribute 26 lakh house sites for the poor as it can influence the voters. The YCP also received a blow from the Andhra Pradesh High Court that had quashed a government order granting 59 per cent reservations in local body elections and directed the ruling party to confine to only 50 per cent reservations.

For the TDP, the elections will be a do-or-die battle and puts a question mark on its survival in Andhra Pradesh. The YCP is heavily banking on the ‘Navaratnas’ or the nine welfare schemes including YSR Rythu Bharosa, Fee Reimbursement, Arogyasri, Jalayagnam, Ban on alcohol, YSR Asara, Amma Vodi, YSR Cheyutha, Pedhalandariki Illu and Pensionala Pempu. The YCP leaders think the welfare programmes will help the party sweep the civic polls and expects history to repeat much like the 2019 Assembly elections when the electorate gave the party a thumping mandate.

On its part, the TDP will try to tear into the YCP camp on issues like acquisition of assigned lands for the distribution of house sites and deletion of some names of beneficiaries from ration cards’ list.

The YCP is taking no chances and conducting a flash survey to zero in on winning horses. The key criteria for selecting candidates for the Greater Vishakapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC), the YCP announced, will be winnability and loyalty. The YCP unleashed an exercise for selection of the candidates, a panel comprising MLAs and Assembly constituency coordinators had been set up for the same.

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YSR Congress seeks probe into Naidu’s ‘links’ with Yes Bank

Andhra Pradesh’s ruling YSR Congress Party on Monday demanded a probe by the central investigation agencies into the link between Yes Bank and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

The YSRCP alleged that Naidu seems to have used the bank for his ‘hawala’ transactions.

Information and Public Relations and Transport Minister Perni Venkataramaiah claimed that Rs 1,300 crores of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) deposited in Yes Bank is only the tip of the iceberg of Naidu’s “shady deals”. He demanded a probe by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and other agencies.

Alleging that Yes Bank founder Rana Kapoor swindled crores of rupees of public money, the YSRCP leader said TTD funds were deposited in Yes Bank against the norms at the instance of the then Chief Minister Naidu and the Centre should order thorough inquiry into the whole affair.

The TTD clarified last week that it withdrew Rs 1,300 crore from Yes Bank in October last year as the deposit had reached maturity.

The minister alleged Naidu had used Yes Bank to transfer all the money he had accumulated over the past five years, out of the country. Noting that Naidu had conducted a global Summit at New Delhi in collaboration with the Yes Bank, he also alleged that lakhs of rupees were wasted to prepare a Tourism Mission Document.

All the dumps recovered by the Income Tax Department and the Enforcement Department over the past seven months can be traced to Chandrababu Naidu’s house, he claimed and alleged that the recent investigations conducted by the ED into the ‘hawala’ racket by a big Mumbai construction company could also be traced to his house.

“We are requesting the Centre not to stop the investigation with Rana Kapoor but also include all those who were involved in Hawala transactions with Yes Bank. We also seek the arrest of Naidu who was involved in money-laundering.”

Naidu had looted crores of rupees in the name of construction of houses to the poor by establishing Township Infrastructure Development Corporation (TIDCO) and illegally entrusting house construction contracts to it, he alleged.

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TDP corners Jagan on 59.85 quota for BCs

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Once again, the Jaganmohan Reddy government’s commitment to its 59.85 BC reservations under test. The High Court has rejected the GO regarding these reservations saying that they are in violation of Supreme Court order for reservations not crossing 50 per cent. Now, the TDP has challenged Jagan Circar to go to file a special leave petition in the Supreme Court. In 2013, the then Kirankumar Reddy government did the same and got an interim order in favour of 60.55 per cent quota for BC people. Accordingly, local body polls were conducted in 2013 duly giving 60.55 per cent reservations.

Obviously, Jagan quota of 59.85 per cent is less than Kirankumar quota of 60.55. But why is that YCP Ministers are talking about the High Court order now? Instead, Minister Botsa Satyanarayana has blamed Chandrababu Naidu for creating hurdles for 59.85 per cent reservations. Botsa has accused the TDP of provoking some people to file cases against the reservations issue.

Now that there is a precedent, will Jagan Circar file a special leave petition in Supreme Court? The YCP wants to attract BCs who are traditionally a stronghold of TDP. If that is the case, analysts say that Jagan would have no choice politically but to implement 59.85 per cent quota somehow.

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IYR comment provokes YCP on pensions

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The YCP government took up a massive drive to deliver Rs 1,384 Cr worth pensions at the doorsteps of 59 lakh poor beneficiaries all over the state today. The distribution was taken up though it is a Sunday. Volunteers began delivering the Cash through biometrics verification since morning. About 65 per cent money was handed over by 10 am itself.

As the ruling YCP is claiming good response, Ex Chief Secretary and BJP leader IYR Krishna Rao made sarcastic comments on the exercise. IYR questioned the relevance of door delivery when the pension money can be transferred straight into the bank accounts of the respective beneficiaries. These days, bank branches are everywhere in rural areas also. In just seconds, the money can be deposited in the accounts. YCP social media activists quickly hit back asking IYR how to help true pensioners whose money is being directly taken away by their family members. IYR avoider an immediate retort but simply suggested that better alternatives need to be explored.

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YCP protest rally in Amaravati Capital villages

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Amaravati farmers got agitated further following a surprise protest rally taken out by YCP followers in their villages. YCP activists held this rally in protest against the recent alleged attack by TDP on the ruling party MP Nandigram Suresh. The YCP rally passed through the venues of Amaravati dharna camps in Capital villages of Mandadam, Velagapudi, etc.

Tensions prevailed because of the YCP rally. They raised ‘Jai Jagan’ slogans ad they passed in front of Amaravati protest camps. Capital farmers raised counter slogans ‘Jai Amaravati’. The police arrived in large numbers and kept a close watch on the agitating farmers.

Expressing sadness, Amaravati farmers asked how YCP can hold such provocative protests when not a single Minister came to solve their problems. CM Jaganmohan Reddy regularly passes through their villages but he is not caring to stop at their protest camps to enquire about their problems. Farmers asserted that they would continue their agitation till Capital shifting is cancelled.

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