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HC asks YSRCP MLA to pay Rs 5crore extra to get Sadavarti Satram lands

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High Court upheld the offer by Andhra Pradesh state government to hand over the “Sadavarti Satram” lands in Chennai to those who come forward to pay Rs 5 crore in addition to the bid amount of Rs 22.44 crore during hearing. It said that it will issue orders in the favour of petitioner YSRCP MLA A Rama Krishna Reddy, if he is ready to pay 5crore rupees. Court clarified that if they bring any other buyer, the orders will be issued accordingly.

However, petitioner’s advocate Sudhakar Reddy requested additional time to revert back on the request. Consequently, the next hearing is scheduled to be held on July3.

A Division bench of the Hyderabad High Court comprising Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and T Rajini issued orders on Thursday asking the AP government to provide details on the irregularities in the trust’s lands.

It may be recalled that about 83.11 acres of land was auctioned for Rs 22.44 crore. The lands spread in 86 acres are close to the Chennai IT corridor. YSRCP last year alleged large-scale indiscretions in the auctioning of the trust lands for throw away prices to aides of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

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Jagan calls for drowning the land sharks in Bay of Bengal

Andhra Pradesh Opposition Party YSR Congress conducted ‘Save Vishaka’ MahaDharna led by Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday demanding CBI probe into Vishakapatnam Land Scam. The magnitude of the scam was evident from the number of victims who came seeking help of the parties. The all-party meeting was attended by CPI, CPM and Lok Satta.

Jagan held that CBI enquiry is essential, as the SIT is merely an eyewash because it comprises of officials of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. He attacked several TDP leaders including Ganta Srinivas Rao for their illegal activities and alleged that land grab fling happened with the backing of Chandrababu and his son Lokesh. The YSRCP chief accused the chief minister of giving away encroached government lands to MVVS Murthy and said that Rajiv Swagruha lands were trespassed. He pointed that the benamis of Ganta procured assigned lands and with the blessings of Lokesh GOs were passed in the name of land pooling.

Jagan asserted that if YSRCP comes to power in 2019, all the legitimate owners will be given their lands and the encroachers will be put in jail. He said that labelling the trespassing as a consequence of HudHud cyclone, numerous records were tampered. The opposition leader said that when his party comes to power, the culprits will be drowned in Bay of Bengal.

Earlier Chandrababu speaking said that it would take two decades for CBI to complete their investigation. Taking a jibe at the CM statement’s, Opposition leader said, “CBI would confine Chandrababu, Lokesh, his party members and administrators”

The response to this Maha Dharna is enough to understand the intensity of problems people of Vishakapatnam are facing. It is high time that the TDP supremo takes serious action as most of the victims belong to poor or middle class families.

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Face off between TDP and YSRCP in Vizag on June22

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Visakhapatnam city will be a host for ruling Telugu Desham Party’s MahaSankalpam and opposition YSR Congress Party’s MahaDharna on June22. YSRCP will be conducting a Mahadharna at GVMC office demanding protection of both government and private lands. It is protesting against the involvement of ruling party leaders in the Vishaka land scam and tampering of land records. Opposition Leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will be leading the Dharna. Also, YSRCP will be collaborating with all other Opposition parties like CPI, CPM, Lok Satta demanding CBI probe into the scam.

With around 5000 party works, to counter the opposition, TDP is be organizing MahaSankalpam on the same day in the same city. The ruling party considers it as the apt time to enlighten the people about the opposition party’s ‘false propaganda’. As per the reports, the ruling party is planning to welcome Jagan with hoardings listing his corrupt activities from the airport to the city.

This is not a novel initiative by the TDP, especially when the welcomed Rahul Gandhi with Black flags in Vijayawada, and in the past detained Jagan at Vishaka aiport. However, Visakhapatnam is going to be a game changer in the next elections.

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Prashant Kishor’s ground work strategy to combat TDP commences

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YSR Congress party supremo Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, after returning from his 15-day foreign tour, is gearing up for 2019 elections under the direction of Political Strategist Prashant Kishor who played a key role in BJP’s victory in 2014. The very the first direction from the Kishore to the party is to stay closer to people by shifting YCP operations to the state capital. Consequently, the hunt for the party office and Jagan’s home has commenced. The leased office will be located in and around Undavalli or Tadepalli or Vijayawada.

The political strategist has already started field survey and deployed groups of 70 to 100 people to study the constituencies and know the problems and issues faced by the locals. Ever since Jagan launched YCP, he was more concerned and always addressed state wide generic disputes. The party had been missing out on the constituency wide problems.

A major problem for YCP is the party defections with more than 20 leaders joining TDP. To address the issue, the performance of the defected MLAs after switching allegiances is being researched. Additionally, public opinion on the turncoats is being considered. Also, the potential candidates for the next elections is being studied. If reports are to be believed, Jagan will be looking up to the senior leaders to target the ruling party, especially with the current spokespersons being loud-mouthed and pathetic.

Apparently, strategy is being developed to retort the autocratic rule of the TDP. If needed the party is likely to go ahead with state-wide agitations and movements. The research is not limited to the opposition but even the ruling party leaders are being evaluated. A specially attention is paid given to fetch complete details of illegal activities by the MLAs, corruption in JanmaBhoomi committees, call money sex racket and political killings. The working of local leaders is being evaluated based on community, education, employment and implementation of government schemes.

The political scenario in AP is likely to gain some heat soon, especially with the magic of master poll strategist Prashant Kishor.

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Bhuma Akhila says Silpa Mohan joining YCP not a loss for TDP

Telugu Desam Party’s Nandyal constituency in charge Silpa Mohan Reddy, announced his resignation from the party and will be joining YSR Congress Party on Wednesday. Subsequently Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday had a teleconference with Bhuma Akhila Priya Reddy, Kalva Srinivasulu and Atchannaidu to enquire into the political scenario of Nandyal.

Tourism Minister Akhila Priya allegedly said that Silpa’s ouster from the party was not loss for them. Apparently, she informed that no one is going to tag along with him, on the contrary many are ready to join TDP. Chandrababu asked the leaders to speed up development activities in the district and that he would be visiting the district on 23June.

Akhila Priya of Allagadda constituency defected to TDP and became a minister while Gangula Prabhakar Reddy, who was TDP in charge in the same constituency, joined YCP and later became MLC.

TDP appeared to prefer Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy for Nandyal constituency. However, former Minister Mohan Reddy had been aspiring for party ticket in the by-elections but did not get positive reply. With Mohan Reddy switching allegiance, TDP will most likely field a member of Bhuma family. Minister Akhila Priya already started campaigning on behalf of her cousin in the constituency.

It is not yet clear if MLC Silpa Chakrapani Reddy would follow the footsteps of his brother.

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Is switching loyalties a strategy of Silpa Mohan Reddy?

Winning an assembly seat with the help of opposition party and later switching sides to the ruling party hoping to get a place in the cabinet was a strategy followed by Y S Rajasekhar Reddy. After 2014 elections, more than twenty legislators defected to TDP after winning from YSR Congress Party.

Looks like a similar strategy will be followed by Silpa Mohan Reddy who is all set to join the YCP on Wednesday, 14thJune in the presence of President Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. Following the meeting with followers and activists on Monday, a frustrated Silpa officially made the announcement and censured TDP. He said that they faced a lot of trouble in TDP and even welcomed Bhuma family into the party despite differences. He said that TDP did not recognise his services but extended preferential treatment to defectors. Jagan who has been targeting Chandrababu, purportedly welcomed Silpa.

Bhuma Nagi Reddy, who won in 2014 from YCP switched to TDP hoping a ministerial berth. But due to his untimely death, his daughter Akhila Priya became Tourism Minister. Shilpa who lost Nandyala seat to Bhuma with a very less margin has been aspiring for the seat ever since. But the minister has been claiming that the seat belongs to her family.

On the contrary, this is visibly a strategy especially with Chandrababu Naidu delaying the announcement of candidates. It is apparent that, Silpa is likely to return to TDP after the by poll. What’s surprising is Jagan welcoming the TDP leader into the party, especially with continuous defections taking place in YCP. With a lot of political drama, all eyes are set on Nandyal assembly by-poll.

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Did AP assembly fail monsoon test?

Andhra Pradesh assembly building flunked the first monsoon test. The three-month old building constructed at a cost of 120crore rupees couldn’t sustain heavy downpour on Tuesday at Velagapudi in Guntur district. A video posted by YSR Congress party on its social media page shows the water pouring from the damaged false ceiling and AC in the Opposition Leader Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s chamber. The YSR Congress Party is visibly making a mountain of the leak.

YCP leaders who were on a fact-finding mission today, were denied entry into the assembly premises. Consequently, they staged a dharna at assembly gate with black cloth tied around their mouth. The opposition party leaders criticized that the new secretariat is already in ruins. As per the reports even the media was barred from entering the Assembly premises.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu expressed anger over the water leakage in the assembly. He asked the CRDA commissioner to probe into the incident and report with the details. On the other hand, the CID officials examined the reasons for water leak in the Jagan’s Chamber. The CID found that the rainwater pipe on the chamber was cut. Assembly Speaker Kodela Shiva Prasad said that the CID was investigating the possibility of a conspiracy.

CRDA Commissioner Ch Sridhar reportedly said that there were no shortcomings in building construction but the leakage was due to a pipe sunk into the ceiling as part of recent electrical work. He said that water entered as the sunshade was not of enough length in some building. He asserted that the required repairs are being done and moving forward precautions would be taken for future constructions.

The temporary assembly was built in a record time of 190days and about hundred crore expenditure buildings in a tech-savy manner. Even if the quality of construction was assumed to be blameless, the maintenance of the structure is in debateable. Despite being a a small issue, the TDP government should take it up seriously, to avoid being grilled about the permanent structures.

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Protesting for AP SCS is better than recapping bifurcation

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Chandrababu Naidu frequently advises officials and people to give up conventional thinking and adopt contemporary thought process. However, when it comes to his way of operating, the TDP supremo on any occasion will keep recapping the state reorganization and the bigoted treatment meted out. The citizens of the state are done with the past and for a better future voted Naidu to power. But Chandrababu instead of instilling faith about prosperous future hums the same tune of reorganization and the associate trauma.

Congress which did not even get deposit in 2014 elections is not as hopeful for 2019 elections either. Almost three years into bifurcation, finally some energy is seen in the APCC cadre after Rahul Gandhi’s public address on Sunday. People will neither forget the ordeal of bifurcation nor will they overlook special category status which Naidu had to forgo. The leaders and people should think of what is needed right now and take decisions accordingly instead of recollecting things of past.

Rahul said he will now fight for the special status at national level which has become a sentiment, even though UPA’s state bifurcation was done in an unjust way. The chances of coming to power in 2019 are bleak for congress, nonetheless they are giving it a shot. Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan extended support for the cause which is way better than opposing them. On the contrary Chandrababu not only criticized Rahul but also spoke unfavourably about the supporters allegedly terming them as anti AP.

When the state was divided, BJP also backed the bill and in 2009 even Chandrababu supported the idea of Telangana. BJP believed in one-vote two states. TDP which believes in alliance Dharma went ahead and shared the stage with BJP which could have opposed the bill in 2014. But after coming to power both at center and state, everyone is aware what the two allies did to the state. Chandrababu is cognizant that the center is meting out step-motherly treatment but he is unable to raise voice against Modi.

If TDP tries to mount pressure on BJP-led NDA for SCS, almost all party leaders from AP will extend support. But due to various reasons TDP cannot do so. Chandrababu should better let the other parties question instead of commenting on their past deeds. It may be recalled that KCR in his first every meeting Simha Garjana called Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader Shibu Soren, to address the rally, because he was aware that he needs support of parties at national level. Likewise, Congress realized that it needs support of other parties, specifically because Modi government indirectly alleged that other states will also demand for SCS as one of the reasons for backtracking. Also, another reason being, most of the prominent APCC leaders joined BJP or TDP or YCP.

The display of black flags and slogans against Rahul Gandhi led by MLC B Venkanna and workers was visibly a political stint and not approved by the people. TDP failed to question BJP for backpedaling on elections promise, but are now raising flags against Congress Vice President. Chandrababu wants people to forget about SCS calls it closed chapter, but wants to remind people of bifurcation because it has to remain open till TDP is in power, which according to him is forever.

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Lokesh challenge to Jagan puts YSRCP in jitters

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Vijayawada: The open challenge thrown by Minister for IT, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Nara Lokesh to Opposition leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy for an open debate on development had fixed YSR Congress leaders. The YSR Congress leaders across the State have reacted to Lokesh’s challenge finding fault with the young Minister for challenging the Leader of Opposition.

Lokesh had blamed Jaganmohan Reddy alleging that the Opposition leader is obstructing the developmental projects in the State. He cited the example of the government bringing Kia Motors to set up a car manufacturing unit in Ananthapur district and alleged that Jaganmohan Reddy had instigated the farmers there not to give their lands for the factory. Similarly, he said that Jaganmohan Reddy had tried to mislead the farmers of the capital villages against land pooling and the farmers of Godavari district against the Pattiseema Project. He also accused Jaganmohan Reddy of spreading misleading and false campaign against him and the TDP through Sakshi media group. He recalled a photograph in which he was speaking to Home Minister Chinarajappa during the party meeting and said that the Sakshi media had misrepresented the facts to create rift between two castes.

The IT Minister said that his father Chandrababu Naidu was working hard to develop the State despite having no office in the temporary capital. He said that the government in the last three years had mobilized over Rs 1.35 lakh crore investments to the State. He felt that Jaganmohan Reddy, instead of supporting the government was creating hurdles for the government at every stage. He dared Jaganmohan Reddy for an open debate on the developmental initiatives of the government.

However, the challenge had caused jitters for the YSR Congress as the leaders while refusing to accept the challenge try to find fault with Lokesh. The YSR Congress spokesman Ambati Rambabu wanted the TDP to accept CBI probe into the corruption charges against the government. He discounted the open debate and said that the debate would not serve any purpose but wanted the TDP to accept for the CBI enquiry.
Former minister and YSR Congress senior leader K Pardhasaradhi also discounted the challenge by Lokesh and asked Lokesh to tender open apology for his charges against Jaganmohan Reddy. He dared the ruling party leaders to come for debate on Polavaram and Pattiseema projects.

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Narayana Reddy murder, AP TDP chief turns tables on Jagan

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Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh TDP president and Minister for Energy, K Kala Venkata Rao, turned the tables on YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in encouraging faction fights in Rayalaseema region.

Taking strong exception to Jaganmohan Reddy’s charge against the TDP in the murder of Ch Narayana Reddy in Kurnool district, the TDP chief said that it was Jaganmohan Reddy’s family that was responsible for the faction killings in the region. Jaganmohan Reddy’s grandfather Y S Raja Reddy and father Y S Rajasekhar Reddy were known factionists, he said and alleged that the Congress government during Rajasekhar Reddy’s regime as Chief Minister had killed 159 TDP leaders including former minister Paritala Ravindra. In Kurnool district alone, the YS family had killed 29 TDP leaders and cadre, he alleged.

Kala Venkata Rao said that Narayana Reddy’s family too was a known factionist family in Kurnool district. Narayana Reddy’s father Siva Reddy was alleged in the murder of Boya Peda Ellappa and China Ellappa of Cherukulapadu village in 1983. It was in retaliation, Siva Reddy was killed in 1985 by Ellappa’s sons, the TDP leader said. He further said that Narayana Reddy is accused in the Kuruva Beesanna and Lakshmanna murder in 2005, Nakkala Naganna of Cherukulapadu village, Co-operative bank employee Kuruva Chinasomanna and others. He said Narayana Reddy is an accused in several cases in Veldurthi, Emmiganuru, N Racharla, Kurnool, Adoni, Athmakuru police stations.

The AP TDP chief said that Narayana Reddy’s murder was the reaction to his own faction activities and the TDP had no role in it. He sought to advise Jaganmohan Reddy to know the facts before making charges against the TDP for political gains. He said that the people of Rayalaseema region, particularly those from the Kurnool district are aware of the faction politics of Narayana Reddy and Jaganmohan Reddy. He wanted the YSR Congress leaders to stop encouraging faction in the Rayalaseema districts at least now.

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Varla Ramaiah sees Jagan’s hand in Justice Katju remarks

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Vijayawada: Telugu Desam general secretary and AP Housing Corporation chairman Varla Ramaiah suspected the hand of YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in the anti-government statement issued by Supreme Court former judge Justice Markandeya Katju. The retired judge had asked for dismissal of the State government following the arrests of social media activists in the State.

Ramaiah said that Jaganmohan Reddy has been doing several futile attempts to come out of the CBI cases in different forms. He recalled the interview of former chief secretary Ramakanth Reddy against the CBI cases and his complaint to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against two officers, Umashankar Gowd and B S Gandhi. He alleged that Jaganmohan Reddy is now trying to influence the Supreme Court retired judge to speak in his favour which resulted in Katju’s statement condemning Chandrababu Naidu’s government.

The TDP leader sought to advise the YSR Congress chief to stop indulging in cheap tricks to influence the courts, investigating agencies and the retired judges. He said that the courts would order punishment to Jaganmohan Reddy soon.

Ramaiah took strong exception to the threats of YSR Congress leader Bhumana Karunakar Reddy who called upon his party leaders to get ready for a war with the TDP. The TDP leader wanted to know what kind of war that the YSR Congress leaders were planning against the government and the TDP. “Are you planning for a war with weapons or bombs in the Kadapa style?” he asked. He also asserted that the government under the leadership of Chandrababu Naidu would save the government, the State and the people from the war to be launched by the anti-social elements of the YSR Congress.

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Disgraceful acts by NRIs, demeaning Chandrababu

Distance, place and occasion are of least importance for YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) followers when it comes to belittling Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. A screenshot of an email surfaced on social media, in which allegedly Indian NRIs wrote to Texas City Secretary office to arrest Naidu. It is apparently an act by the opposition party followers who in the note accused the CM of killing “20 poor wood cutters who work as daily laborers”.

Naidu who is touring the United States is participating in several fund raiser events. The email accused that the front row seats are being sold at price as high as 1000USD. The note requested the Irving mayor to stop the fund raiser event on May6th, 2017 at Irving City Hall, Texas.

It also stated that sandal-wood killings as state sponsored mass murder and violated human rights. Pointing to the Wikipedia page for details of the case, the email accused the Telugu Desham Party(TDP) leaders of having close ties with sandal-wood mafia. The city secretary’s office responded by saying that they would inform the Mayor and city council. However, as there are no proofs, the city council did not move forward. The mayor informed the police who noted that they were sent with falsified intentions and enhanced the security to the CM.

Chandrababu has emerged as a figure who could attract investments from abroad and has garnered support from the Indian diaspora. This is a ridiculous step taken by the alleged YCP supporters as it is not only demeaning the CM but also Indian leaders’ prima facie. YCP leaders however claim that this is not done by their followers and is nowhere related to them. TDP leaders in the state, said that strict action will be taken against the one who sent the emails. Human rights are universal but when the case is under judicial purview, the party responsible should stop becoming self-proclaimed adjudicators and be more virtuous.

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Lokesh asks Jagan to prove charges or apologise

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Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh IT Minister Nara Lokesh took serious note of the criticism on him by Leader of Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.
Interacting with the media persons, Lokesh referred to the comments made on him by Jaganmohan Reddy during the latter’s Rythu Deeksha in Guntur the other day. Jaganmohan Reddy had said that people were calling Lokesh as Pappu for his inapt handling of things. He also said that some leaders were calling Lokesh as Locash as the young Minister was insisting on commissions for every work done in the State.

Reacting to these comments, Lokesh dared Jaganmohan Reddy to prove his charges. He said he had dedicated his life for the service of the people and had never indulged in any case. He alleged that Jaganmohan Reddy had misused the office of his father as Chief Minister and had amassed wealth landing finally in the jail. Unlike Jaganmohan Reddy, he was serving the people with commitment and dedication, Lokesh said. He wanted Jaganmohan Reddy to prove the charges or tender an open and unconditional apology to the people of the State. He said that if Jaganmohan Reddy failed to prove or apologise, people of the State would teach him a fitting lesson.

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Two more YCP MLAs to join TDP soon?

Vijayawada: At least two more MLAs from the YSR Congress are set to jump into the ruling Telugu Desam Party in the next few weeks. This time, it is from the Srikakulam district. Minister for Power and TDP AP president K Kalavenkata Rao is now dealing with these two legislators and the formal switch over is likely to happen either during the Mahanadu or later.

The YSR Congress had lost 21 MLAs so far who have crossed over to the ruling party. While the turncoats Bhuma Nagi Reddy died, his daughter Bhuma Akhila Priya and others, C Adinarayana Reddy, N Amarnadha Reddy, R V Sujayakrishna Ranga Rao have become the Ministers. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that he would compensate the others in the days to come and there are chances of accommodating them in the Tirumala Tirupathi Devastanams (TTD).

Meanwhile, two more MLAs, Kambala Jogulu and Viswasarayi Kalavathi are set to cross the fence soon. The two legislators are not happy with YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and are uncomfortable in the party these days. Jogulu, a senior legislator was first elected on TDP ticket from Palakonda constituency in 2004 but switched over to the Praja Rajyam Party and contested unsuccessfully in 2009 elections from Rajam Constituency. In 2014, he contested on the YSR Congress ticket from Rajam constituency and won. He now wants to go back to his parent party, TDP.

Kalavathi is the first time MLA from Palakonda constituency. She had contested on the PRP ticket unsuccessfully in the 2009 elections.

The AP TDP president and Minister is actively pursuing the entry of the two legislators into the party. This would happen mostly during the TDP’s Mahanadu, which is scheduled to be held in Visakhapatnam for three days from May 27.

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Modi might spring surprise as Sonia unites opposition for President

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BJP is known to spring surprises when it comes to naming its candidate in elections. The July presidential elections will probably be similar to the face-off between VV Giri and Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy in 1969. It is indisputable that a staunch supporter of Congress Pranab Mukherjee will not be given another term as a President. Unlike the US, India has no restrictions on the term of President. Except for VV Giri who was not only President but also an interim president, India never had same president for two consecutive terms.

As the country awaits surprise from BJP several names have surfaced. L K Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi, Sushma Swaraj and Sumitra Mahajan are likely in the race. Even RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s name appeared. Advani mentioned that he is not in the battle. With the Babri case surfacing the chances for Advani and Joshi are bleak. However, there are chances that a Dalit candidate may be named as a President.

Narendra Modi may just pick Governor of Jharkhand Draupadi Murmu a tribal candidate from Odisha as the NDA Presidential candidate.

Congress is already in consultations with its allies about the candidate they will be nominating. AICC President Sonia Gandhi will probably organise a meeting with leaders of non-NDA parties to pursue plans for tapping a common candidate. The names of Deva Gowda, Sharad Yadav and Hamid Ansari surfaced from the opposition parties.

The Presidential elections are indirect elections done through electoral college. NDA is mighty in Lok Sabha but UPA has strength in Rajya Sabha. In such situation, the support of regional parties becomes crucial. The elected members of the Legislative assemblies of the 29 states and the elected members of the legislative assemblies of the Union Territories of Puducherry and Delhi are significant as BJP doesn’t have half way mark yet. The support of AIADMK, TRS, YSRCP and BJD are imperative now. Speculations are rife that the regional parties do not want to vote for a congress candidate.

The values of votes polled by MP is 708 while it is not equal for all MLAs in the country. Based on population and number of elected legislators, the vote value of MLAs is considered. In UP the vote value of an MLA is the highest at 209 while the lowest vote value is from Sikkim at 7. The vote value of TS and AP MLAs is 148.

President Pranab Mukherjee’s term expires on July 25,2017. It would be elevating if NDA proposes a non-politician as it did in 2002 by making Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

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Pawan Kalyan has to stand up and take charge

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Konidela Pawan Kalyan marched against his brother and courageously established Jana Sena, which stiffened the spines of other politicians. But Jana Sena Army is unable to take charge in creating the revolution it projected to do. Nara Lokesh is addressing problems of people on twitter. The rate at which the problems are being acknowledged and solved is faster than the rate at which Jana Sena issues press releases inked by Kalyan. Even YSRCP ensures that it is available for people in some way or the other. It’s high time for Jana Sena to do right things over easy things.

Almost all the political parties in the state are visible and take a stand either by opposing or acknowledging happenings. Kalyan takes forever to decide on which topic he should speak. The pace at which Jana Sena recruitment is happening will surely give competition to government job recruitments process.

The chilli farmers are facing crisis for quite sometime now. Was Hindi Chauvinism more important topic than farmers? Was responding to Tarun Vijay’s comment critical than addressing sand mafia?

It would be better if Kalyan stops sitting on the fence and starts picking sides. It will give a chance for people to evaluate the stance of his party. This neutral outlook in critical situations is not going to help the victims. The ultimate measure of Jana Sena is not where Kalyan chooses to stand but the party’s policies during challenging situations. There is no point in having conversations with Harvard political strategists when the core idea of setting up the party “to question the government” is not being religiously followed.

Even google image search returns his pictures in top five when searched for a part-time politician. The actor keeps snoozing off which is not suitable for a person who aims to be in full-time politics. The last time he was called “part-time politician” he accused TDP leaders of being part-time politicians who are available full-time and more visible. Nara Lokesh resigned on paper to Heritage and responds to almost every incident.

At least hire temporary employees to act on behalf of the party till the recruitment is completed. The ultimate measure of a party is not where it chooses to stand but where it stands during challenges. People will start ignoring a part-timer who makes random statements without being aware of the state’s political developments. In democracy, people are going to rate Kalyan as politician, they might hate him, shake and break his party, but how strong and quickly the Jana Sena Chief reflects back on issues is what makes him a leader.

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YCP IT wing chief appears before Thulluru police

Vijayawada: The YSR Congress IT wing chief C Madhusudhana Reddy appeared before the Thulluru police in a case filed against them for their postings against the government in the social media. Social media activist I Ravikiran also appeared before the police and gave a written statement on his social media posts.

The Thulluru police have summoned both Madhusudhan Reddy and Ravikiran for their posts against the government and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Minister Lokesh. Ravikiran was picked up from his house last week and was released later after questioning for his post on Legislative Council and Minister Nara Lokesh. Ravikiran said that he had given a statement about his social media posts which were not limited just to the TDP. He said he had political posts and cartoons on most of the political parties depending on the political development. He denied the police charges that he had connections with the YSR Congress.

Madhusudhana Reddy said Ravikiran had no connection with the YSR Congress or the Sakshi media group. He said Ravikiran is an independent activist and is known for his political posts on every political party.

He further said that the YSR Congress IT wing had never posted any cartoons defaming either Chandrababu Naidu or Lokesh. “Our social media posts are only against the government. We try to expose the anti-people policies of the government from time to time. We never entertained posts personally targeting Chandrababu Naidu and Lokesh,” Madhusudhana Reddy told media persons. He further said that their posts were biased towards people.

Meanwhile, the Thullur police who have recorded the statements of both Ravikiran and Madhusudhan Reddy and have asked them to appear once again on April 30.

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Varla Ramaiah wants CBI to seize Jagan’s passport

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Vijayawada: Senior Telugu Desam leader and AP Housing Corporation chairman Varla Ramaiah had asked the CBI to seize the passport of YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy to prevent him from leaving the country. As the CBI court is scheduled to give its verdict on CBI’s plea for cancellation of Jaganmohan Reddy’s bail petition on April 28, Ramaiah hinted at the possibility of the leader leaving the country to avoid arrest.

Ramaiah recalled that Vijay Mallya had fled from the country to avoid arrest and feared that Jaganmohan Reddy too would escape if the government and the courts remain silent. He further said that Jaganmohan Reddy had already sought permission from the court to go for holidays to New Zealand. He said that Jaganmohan Reddy is facing 11 charge sheets, while his assets were attached by the Enforcement Directorate in 4 cases. Stating that the government was having tough time to bring Vijay Mallya who is accused in Rs 9,000 crore, he wondered how can the government allow Jaganmohan Reddy who is accused in Rs 43,000 crore fraud case.

The TDP leader further alleged that Jaganmohan Reddy was also trying to influence witnesses in the CBI cases, besides misleading the courts. He cited the interview of former chief secretary Ramakanth Reddy in the Sakshi media and said that the interview was an open attempt by Jaganmohan Reddy to mislead the courts.

He took strong exception to the YSR Congress leaders drawing parallels between Jaganmohan Reddy and Nara Lokesh. He said that Jaganmohan Reddy had indulged in criminal activities when his father was chief minister, while Lokesh was extending welfare programmes to the party cadre with his father as Chief Minister. “There is a complete difference between Jaganmohan Reddy and Lokesh and it is unfair to compare them. Lokesh is not a criminal and corrupt like Jaganmohan Reddy,” he asserted.

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‘Political Punch’ Ravi Kiran failed to learn from his arrest in 2014

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In the past 72 hours, Andhra Pradesh political and social media space was abuzz with the arrest of Inturi Ravi Kiran. He is an administrator of a Facebook page ‘Political Punch’, which is Pro-YSRCP, notorious for morphing images of AP chief minister and his son Nara Lokesh. Some of the media projected this incident as government’s suppression of social media. However, emerging details show this is not the first-time Mr. Ravi Kiran was detained by the police.

On 5th August 2014, Vishakhapatnam police detained Inturi Ravi Kiran in Mahbubnagar in a case filed by then YSRCP Araku MP K. Geetha. She complained to police that a Facebook page run by Ravi Kiran posted vulgar comments and cartoons humiliating her. When reports surfaced in the last week of July 2014 about the MP Geetha’s defection from YSRCP to TDP, Ravi Kiran allegedly posted derogatory content against her. A case under Section 66 (A) of Information Technology Act-2000, section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult modesty of a woman) of Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes-1989, was registered against him along with one other person. Ravi Kiran spent 15 days in jail in this case. This did not stop him from posting political abusive satires on social media. He created another Facebook page ‘Political Punch’ in November 2014.

On April 21, 2017 Ravi Kiran got into trouble, for posting a photo which showed Nara Lokesh, asking his father to send him to “Peddhala Sabha” (Upper House), while a banner of a kissing couple placed in front of the state’s new Legislative Council building, said that it was for “adults only”.

Ravi Kiran claims to be an ardent fan of late YS Rajasekhar Reddy. Ravi Kiran’s wife confessed on television that his husband works for YSRCP office. However, he stated that the page is not associated with the YSRCP. He claims to be hired by YCP social media cell only a year and half ago while the page was created two and half years ago.

Though Ravi Kiran was released by the police yesterday, if reports are to be believed he will be prosecuted by the legislative body using the assembly privileges for its contempt.

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YSR Congress gets elevation; Ummareddi is Leader of Opposition in Council

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Vijayawada: The Opposition YSR Congress has a point to celebrate today. The party, which is the main Opposition in the AP Assembly, has been recognized as the main Opposition in the Legislative Council too. Its MLC and senior leader Ummareddi Venkateswarlu, is named as the Leader of Opposition in the Council, as the Congress which has been enjoying the recognition lost it on March 30, following the retirement of its members, including C Ramachandraiah, who has been serving as Leader of Opposition.

As the Congress could not make it to the Assembly or win any local body to have its MLCs, the party had lost its Opposition status after the retirement of its sitting members. Following this, the YSR Congress had emerged as the main Opposition party with 9 MLCs on its count. The party also has the support of the three PDF MLCs representing the teachers and graduates constituencies.

The Congress now has one MLC from the Assembly quota, A Lakshmi Sivakumari, who is scheduled to retire on March 29, 2019, four MLCs from the nominated quota, including Council chairman Dr A Chakrapani, who is to retire on May 28, 2017. The Congress would also set to lose two MLCs, Chakrapani and R Reddeppa Reddy in May, K Satyanarayana Raju and T Rathna Bai in February 2020 that would completely seal the presence of the Congress in the Council.

The Congress exit had given elevation to the YSR Congress in the Council with Chairman Chakrapani issuing orders recognising Ummareddi Venkateswarlu as the Leader of Opposition. Ummareddi assumed charge in the Council on Friday morning.

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