A Move To Immobilize Venkaiah Naidu?

There have been many political interpretations to the move by Modi and Amit Shah to select Venkaiah Naidu as VP Candidate.
A Move To Immobilize Venkaiah Naidu?

Visakhapatnam: Now that it is officially announced that M. Venkaiah Naidu from NDA will take on Gopalakrishna Gandhi in the vice-presidential election, the discussion has now turned on why BJP chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Modi were keen on selecting M. Venkaiah Naidu, particularly when Naidu was reportedly not interested in that post.

Naidu, known to be the master in employing pun in his speeches and remarks, was quoted in the Telugu media as saying that he wanted to remain as Ushapathi (Usha his wife’s name) rather than Uparasthrapathi (Vice-president) in response to a query of journalists a few days ago.

Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation in Modi’s Cabinet now, Venkaiah Naidu has reached a Zenith in his political career both within the party and the government now. His prominence, particularly in the party, has been on the constant rise bolstered by his firefighting skills, oratory abilities and friendly attitude with the party cadre. He is now seen as rising BJP leader in the South with all the abilities that a national leader should have. The ever increasing political image of Naidu may pose a threat to the growth of some prominent leaders, analyse political commentators. Thought to be a smart move by the duo of Modi and Shah, the decision was seen on the plane of conspiracy against Naidu.

Another view is that the BJP would not grow in Andhra Pradesh so long as Venkaiah Naidu is in active politics considering his long cherished friendship with the Telugu Desam supremo and the AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu. The move by the BJP leadership to choose Venkaiah Naidu as the vice-presidential candidate from their party has reportedly been reasoned on this ground. Minus Venkaiah Naidu in the present political scenario in Andhra Pradesh, a significant swing towards YSRCP from BJP is more than likely according to this view.

What Congress did to Pranab Mukherjee when he was considered the best choice for Prime Minister at that time by many, has been done in the case Venkaiah Naidu now said a political analyst.  Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi went into oblivion in the era of Modi and Shah. Despite their extraordinary political abilities, both Pranab and Naidu faced with an unprecedented treatment from their high commands when parties needed their services.

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Venkaiah Naidu’s Elevation Is True Lift For BJP In AP

One may call it elevation to Venkaiah Naidu. But it is in fact an opportunity for elevation of BJP in Andhra Pradesh. His exit from the party is seen as great advantage for the hardcore BJP leaders to expand and strengthen the party. They believe that Venkaiah Naidu had restricted the party’s growth in the State only to benefit Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP.
Venkaiah Naidu’s Elevation Is True Lift For BJP In AP

Guntur: The four-decades of public life with Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Narayan first and then Jana Sangh and later Bharatiya Janata Party, Venkaiah Naidu scaled new heights step by step and is set to be the country’s new Vice-President. Though not a mass leader and does not have his own cadre, he wielded greater powers in the party and had complete command and control over the party affairs in the two Telugu States for all these years. Except for one or two leaders like Vidyasagar Rao and Dattatreya, he had control over the growth of the party and individual leaders in the two States.

In Andhra Pradesh, even after bifurcation he had enjoyed that command in the party and had used it to restrict the party’s growth, all for TDP’s advantage. He strongly believed that the growth of the BJP in AP would mean the fall of the TDP and he never allowed it. Even when BJP’s national president Amit Shah time and again said that the BJP would fill the political vacuum available in Andhra Pradesh with the fall of Congress, Venkaiah Naidu is said to have not given the chance to the party leaders to expand its base in the State.  More: Is Venkaiah Naidu’s Shift As Vice-President Modi’s Masterstroke?

The continuation of his loyalist, Kambhampati Haribabu, as the party president in the State was the major hurdle he had created for the party to stay where it is. He did not allow the party national leadership to change Haribabu and crown Somu Veerraju or any other leader. The Kapus in the State have no platform and the BJP wanted to offer it here. Senior leaders like Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, Daggubati Purandheswari, Kanna Lakshminarayana, though new to the party, have made several attempts to really take the party to the people. But, it is said that Venkaiah did not allow them. In the last meeting of Amit Shah in Vijayawada a few months ago, there was visible opposition to Venkaiah’s hold  which is helping the TDP. They have put up placards asking Shah to sever ties with the TDP and allow the party to grow in the State.

Now that Venkaiah is out of the party, the BJP leaders in AP who have been really dreaming of expanding the party’s base and strengthening it, are now in elated moods. It may not be too far when the party also drops Haribabu here and appoints a new one. That would mean BJP’s first step forward for its growth in the State and the first step backward for the TDP. The dissidents in the TDP are now looking at the BJP for support. While the Kapus in the State are ready to occupy the party and own it, the dominant Kammas too see it as their future, particularly after Chandrababu Naidu.   More: A Move To Immobilize Venkaiah Naidu?

The Kamma leaders in the State feel that there is no strong leader in TDP to keep the party alive after Naidu and see BJP as the only alternative for them. The very presence of Kavuri and Purandheswari in the party also gives scope for the Kamma leaders to move towards the BJP and distance from the TDP.

It is thus the elevation of Venkaiah Naidu or rather his exit from the party, is seen as a greater opportunity for the party to grow in the State.

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Naidu Files Nomination For Vice-Presidential Election

Naidu was accompanied by Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi for filing the nomination.

New Delhi: BJP-led NDA’s Vice-Presidential Candidate M Venkaiah Naidu filed his nomination on Tuesday for contesting the forthcoming election for the second highest post in India.

He was flanked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP National President Amit Shah and party seniors LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi. Elections for the post will be held on August 5.

Speaking to media after filing his nomination, Naidu said that he was honoured to be a candidate for the Vice-President of India. Saying that the office of Vice-President is a different profile, he expressed hope that he will be able to do justice. His active engagement with public life for over four decades will come handy for him.  He expressed confidence that he will be able to uphold the traditions and standards set up by his worthy predecessors and maintain the dignity of the office on being elected.  More: What Were The Reasons That Made Venkaiah Naidu VP Candidate?

Naidu got emotional recalling his past and said he lost his mother at a very young age. He treated the party as his mother. He said that “It is painful to leave the party; feeling emotional at this juncture.”

In fact, when his name was doing the rounds for the post of President, Naidu had made it clear that he did not want to quit active politics. But the party seems to have changed his mind.

“I had told my colleagues that I want to see Prime Minister Narendra Modi come back again in 2019 before calling off politics and joining social service. But destiny decided it otherwise. Finally, after discussions, I have agreed for the Vice-President’s post. I have withdrawn myself from the party. I do not belong to the BJP now,” he said.   More: Will Smriti Irani Come Back With A Bang?

A three-time Rajya Sabha MP, Naidu is one of the most popular faces in BJP and also close to top BJP leaders.

He was showered with appreciation by Narendra Modi who described Naidu as a farmer’s son with decades of experience in public life and having admirers cutting across party lines.

Meanwhile, Naidu will continue as MP till the election process is not completed.

According to Constitutional norms, the Vice-President cannot hold any other public office and has to disassociate himself from political parties.   More: A Move To Immobilize Venkaiah Naidu?

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Is Venkaiah Naidu’s Shift As Vice-President Modi’s Masterstroke?

It is reported that Naidu just did not want to be the Vice-Presidential candidate. But what sweetened the deal was a 10-year security, five now; with five more to come later.


Hyderabad: When Venkaiah Naidu, who was till Monday the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, was sounded out for the post of Vice-President a couple of days ago by BJP President Amit Shah, his response was “no”. Sixty-nine is a fairly young age for a person full of promise to get into a relatively sinecure position with hardly any politics involved.

His repartee, which is on record, was typical Venkaiah Naiduish. “I would rather be Ushapati than Upa-Rashtrapati,” was the pithy one-liner, Usha being his wife’s name. But when Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at whose behest Amit Shah had approached him, goaded him, Naidu had to accept the Vice-President’s candidature, for his alma mater, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, too was for it.

What sweetened the deal was the hint that he could also be in line for post of the president in 2023. Though that is quite far away in terms of politics, Venkaiah Naidu willy-nilly accepted it.

But why he when he would have been far more effective and useful as an active politician and Union Minister, defending BJP and RSS from the Opposition’s barbs, while launching his own onslaughts against his party’s distracters? There lies the answer to the conundrum, though it might sound too farfetched.

BJP feels, and confidently, that it is there to rule India for a long time to come, with Modi laying the foundation for a rosy future of the saffron party. Sooner or later, there will be vocalisations that there ought to be another leader who should be groomed keeping in view the future leadership requirements, “as anything could happen.” Not far will be pressure that “ab ki baari, South ki baari” (let the next turn be that of the South). And who better a leader than a sharp, witty, profound, assertive and quick-on-the-uptake Venkaiah Naidu? Sounds implausible? Yes, but it is not impossible! Nothing is impossible in politics.

There are examples that will bear testimony. Take LK Advani, the veteran warhorse, who made BJP the formidable entity it is today, though the charm and cosmetique of Atal Behari Vajpayee too played quite a part. A revealing tightly-cropped picture is available on the social media showing Narendra Modi holding a hand mike, while Advani is addressing the public. Advani was then on his Rath Yatra and Modi was the advanced guard preparing the venues and other infrastructure for the stalwart’s next meetings.

Then came the bid for Prime Ministership in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Though the BJP patriarch moved all his sinews, they came to a naught, because Modi was nominated as BJP’s candidate for the Prime Minister’s post. Advani did win that election, but ended up being a coddled “margadarshak” in the company of other BJP stalwarts Murli Manohar Joshi and Atal Behari Vajpayee. While Vajpayee is convalescing, the remaining two are nursing their wounds.

There were two other Prime Ministerial aspirants prior to 2014, apart from Advani – Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj. Jaitley was quick to make his peace by siding with Modi. Sushma was a bright face of the BJP but did not have the backing of RSS. She ended up with the Foreign Ministry. A major point in the media is that Modi travels abroad far more than the Foreign Minister does.

What Modi-Shah combination now is what Vajpayee-Advani was in the past. The latter brought the BJP to power, though in a coalition. The former duo got a majority for the BJP all by itself in the latest round, though the government is still a coalition. The Modi-Shah stars are shining bright and enough care should be taken to ensure that they get no blight!

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What Were The Reasons That Made Venkaiah Naidu VP Candidate?

Although the news of Venkaiah Naidu being selected Vice Presidential candidate, it has been received by the people with mixed reaction.
What Were The Reasons That Made Venkaiah Naidu VP Candidate?

Ankababu Kollu

Vijayawada: The coup to send Venkaiah Naidu has been in the making for quite some time.

The active role being played by Ramadhav, who has become very close to PM and Amit Shaw after playing a crucial role in Jammu & Kashmir and the northeast. Ram Madhav who hails from East Godavari of AP is a known rival of Venkaiah Naidu in BJP politics.

Ram Madhav became Narendra Modi’s confidante. The bonhomie is evident for some time. He was also going in advance to foreign countries to prepare ground for Modi’s meetings with NRIs.

All Venkaiahnaidu arch rivals like Vidyasagar Rao, Veerraju, Purandhreswari, Kanna, Kavuri have been pulling their strings in Delhi with Ram Madhav’s blessings.

Venkaiah Naidu rivals’ single-point programme in Delhi was convincing the top leaders of the BJP that the party will not grow in AP as long as Venkaiah Naidu plays an active roll in politics.

They could convince Amit Shaw with relevant proofs which showed how Naidu has not been allowing BJP cadres to grow by having close association with the TDP leaders and big shots in business and industry who are again close to the TDP.

In the last meeting at Vijayawada these people also orchestrated slogans that BJP should severe ties with the TDP which was much against Naidu’s liking.

Six months back itself there was indication to Naidu about tipping him to VP post.

After getting that indication, Naidu tried to indicate to BJP’s bigwigs by telling in numerous meetings that he would like to be USHAPATHY than UPARASTRAPATHY. The bjp high command kept quiet until the polling in the presidential election came to a final stage.

It is much humiliating situation for Naidu to be VP when Kovid is President. Kovind is by far a rank junior to Venkaiah in politics and parliamentary life.

But Amit Shaw has created such a situation where Naidu cannot go against the party high command’s decision.

Besides AP BJP leaders with support of Ram Madhav, Arun Jaitley and Sujana Chowdary played their own roles due to their vested interest.

After getting I&B portfolio Naidu has became proactive in media and dominating the political space.

Hence he wanted Naidu to be sidetracked by sending him as VP.

Sujana Chowdary has his own interests in Delhi. He will be the only person in the Cabinet from his community.

Until now he is playing second fiddle to Naidu in Delhi.

Now since Naidu will be elevated to constitutional post, Chandrababu Naidu has to find a better arrangement at Delhi as Ashokgajapathy Raju is of no use in liaison at Delhi.

Now real looser is Chandrababu Naidu as there is nobody with the stature of Venkaiahnaidu who can help him at the centre.

It is Naidu who was instrumental in getting all the projects cleared at centre and getting funds for Ap development.

Now nobody except Sujana to do liasoning at Delhi.

Sujana will be more interested in his personal business interests than state interest.

Of late, Sujana has developed personal rapport with Jaitley for his own interests.

AP state is the biggest looser after naidu becomes VP as he cannot play proactive role in dealing with Center.

Now there will change in state BJP hierarchy also.

As Naidu’s friend and close associate Haribabu could not be changed though his term expired long back. Now the rumour is agog wit either Gangaraju or Veerraju may become bjp state head. Chandra babu’s sister-In-law Purandeshwari’s name also under active consideration, according party sources.

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Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu Ruling NDA’s Choice For Vice-President

The Union Minister has been declared as candidate of the BJP-led NDA for the Vice-President’s post. He will be opposed by Gopalkrishna Gandhi of the united Opposition.

New Delhi: Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has been declared as the nominee of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance. His name got picked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from among the two names in circulation on Monday, the other being his party colleague Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao.

What swung the dice in Venkaiah Naidu’s favour is BJP leadership’s assertion that the next Vice-President be from the South, where BJP is weak, except in Karnataka. A Southern nominee could also be a scoring point in winning elections to the Karnataka State Assembly, where elections are due next year. Naidu’s name was also backed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, whose approval is essential for a BJP leader for key posts. RSS had likewise favoured Ram Nath Kovind for the post of the President, who had been its member in his initial days.

The Union Minister had served as an RSS foot soldier as a youth and even participated in its shakhas. He later went on to become an ABVP leader and then was elected to the unified AP State Assembly as an MLA. He was the Union Minister for Rural Development in the Atal Behari Vajpayee Government.

Venkaiah Naidu’s equations with different party leaders, especially those of the Opposition, came as another added point in his favour. More so, the Vice-President is also Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House, in which BJP and its allies are in a minority. A person with consummate skills and nuanced approach is required for controlling the Rajya Sabha, a skill the Union Minister possesses in abundance.

Incidentally, he is a member of the Rajya Sabha, representing Rajasthan. He was nominated from that State by BJP on May 29, 2017, and got elected successfully.

Venkaiah Naidu has also served a term as the All India BJP President from 2002. He will be tendering his resignation as Union Minister on Monday night itself and file his nomination for the Vice-Presidentship on Tuesday.

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Allow Parliament to work, Venkaiah Naidu pleads with opposition

New DelhiInformation & Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu appealed to opposition parties on Monday to allow Parliament to function so that the remaining period of winter session should be ‘utilized’ as the government was ready for debate on any issue, including demonetization.

Both Houses of Parliament had witnessed heated exchanges between the government and the opposition parties over the way a debate should take place on demonetization announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8.

In view of the continued pandemonium in both Houses of Parliament, the Union minister said, “We are ready for debate and discussion in Parliament. There would be discussion on all the issues, not only demonetization, but also on all other issues that the members want to raise. “I appeal to the opposition parties to come back to the discussion table, allow the House to function and see to it that the people’s aspirations are met in Parliament,” Naidu said.

His comments came just ahead of a few days left for the month-long winter session of Parliament which ends on December 16. Parliament has holidays on Monday and Tuesday on account of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi. Venkaiah said, “We are ready to do anything but those people (opposition) are not allowing Parliament to function. Whether they have understood the reason (behind disruption) or not but we have really not understood,” he said.

“I am always optimistic. Parliament should run and the remaining time of the session should be utilized…Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) is also not being allowed to speak so he had to go to people’s Assembly,” Naidu said

Citing the comments of President Pranab Mukherjee and veteran BJP leader L K Advani, Venkaiah Naidu said, “It is in everyone’s heart to see Parliament runs smoothly. -NSS

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  • ఎన్ డీ టీ వీ పై చర్యను సమర్థించిన వెంకయ్య నాయుడు
  • ఎమర్జెన్సీని తలపిస్తోందన్న ఎడిటర్స్ గిల్డ్ వ్యాఖ్యకు అభ్యంతరం
  • ఈ అసాధారణ చర్యను సవాలు చేస్తామన్న ఎన్ డి టి వి

న్యూఢిల్లీ: ఎన్ డీ టీ వీ హిందీ చానెల్ పై కేంద్రప్రభుత్వం విధించిన ఒక రోజు నిషేధంపై మీడియాలో సర్వత్రా విమర్శలు వెల్లువెత్తిన నేపథ్యంలో కేంద్ర సమాచార ప్రసార శాఖ మంత్రి ఎం. వెంకయ్య నాయుడు నోరు విప్పారు. ఇది దేశ ప్రయోజనాల దృష్ట్యా తీసుకున్న చర్య అంటూ సమర్థించుకున్నారు. ఇది ఎమర్జెన్సీని తలపిస్తోందని ఎడిటర్స్ గిల్డ్ ఆఫ్ ఇండియా చేసిన విమర్శను ఆయన ప్రస్తావిస్తూ ఒక చానెల్ పై విధించిన ఒక రోజు నిషేధాన్ని ఎమర్జెన్సీతో పోల్చడం అర్థరహితమన్నారు.

ఈ ఒకరోజు నిషేధం దేశభద్రతా ప్రయోజనాల రీత్యా తీసుకున్నదైతే, ఎమర్జెన్సీ విధింపు ఒక వ్యక్తి తన అధికారాన్ని కాపాడుకోడానికి తీసుకున్న చర్య అనీ, అప్పుడు జయప్రకాశ్ నారాయణ్ నుంచి తన లాంటి చిన్న వాళ్ళ వరకూ ప్రతిపక్షాలకు చెందినవారి నందరినీ జైళ్లలోకి నెట్టారనీ, పత్రికల పీక నొక్కారనీ ఆయన అన్నారు.

ఈ ఏడాది జనవరిలో పఠాన్ కోట్ లో మన భద్రతా సిబ్బంది తీసుకున్న చర్యల ప్రత్యక్ష ప్రసారంలో నిబంధనలను వ్యతిరేకించినందుకు ప్రతిపాదించిన ఈ నిషేధం చర్యపై ఇప్పుడు ఆలస్యంగా విమర్శ చేయడం వెనుక రాజకీయం ఉందని ఆయన ఆరోపించారు. ముంబై దాడుల తర్వాత యూపీయే ప్రభుత్వం చానెళ్ల కవరేజ్ పై విధించిన నిబంధనలను అనుసరించే ఈ చర్య ప్రతిపాదించమని అన్న వెంకయ్య నాయుడు అశ్లీల ప్రసారాలను చేసిన కొన్ని చానెళ్లపై యూపీయే ప్రభుత్వం ఇలాంటి నిషేధమే విధించిందనీ, దేశ భద్రత కోణం లోంచి తీసుకున్న తమ ప్రభుత్వం తీసుకున్న చర్యను తప్పు పట్టడం ఆశ్చర్యకరంగా ఉందన్నారు.

పఠాన్ కోట్ లో ఉగ్రవాదుల దాడి సందర్భంలో తమ హిందీ చానెల్ కీలకమైన సమాచారాన్ని ప్రసారం చేసిందన్న ఆరోపణను ఎన్ డీ టీ వీ ఖండించింది. ఇతర చానెళ్లు, వార్తా పత్రికలు ఇవ్వని ఎలాంటి సమాచారాన్నీ తాము ఇవ్వలేదని చెప్పింది. పత్రికలకు సంకెళ్ళు వేసిన ఎమర్జెన్సీ చీకటి రోజుల తర్వాత మొదటిసారిగా ఈ విధంగా ఎన్ డి టి వి పై చర్యకు సిద్ధమవడం అసాధారణమని వ్యాఖ్యానించింది. దీనిని సవాలు చేసేందుకుగల అన్ని అవకాశాలను పరిశీలిస్తున్నట్టు చెప్పింది.

ప్రభుత్వం తలపెట్టిన చర్య రాజ్యాంగం హామీ ఇచ్చిన పత్రికా స్వాతంత్ర్యానికి తీవ్ర ఉల్లంఘన అంటూ గర్హించిన ఎడిటర్స్ గిల్డ్, బ్రాడ్ కాస్టర్స్ ఎడిటర్స్ అసోసియేషన్ దీనిని వెంటనే వెనక్కి తీసుకోవాలని ప్రభుత్వాన్ని డిమాండ్ చేశాయి. దేశవ్యాప్తంగా ఎందరో జర్నలిస్టులు వ్యక్తిగత స్థాయిలో కూడా ఈ చర్యను విమర్శించారు.

కేబుల్ టీవీ చట్టాన్ని ఉల్లంఘించారన్న పేరుతో, భద్రతా ప్రయోజనాల సాకుతో ఒక టీవీ చానెల్ పై నిషేధం విధించడం ఇదే మొదటిసారి. ప్రభుత్వ విధానాలను విమర్శిస్తున్న ఒక చానెల్ పై ఇలాంటి చర్య తీసుకోవడం దేశంలో భావప్రకటనా స్వేచ్ఛకు గొడ్డలి పెట్టని ముంబై ప్రెస్ క్లబ్ వ్యాఖ్యానించింది.

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Delicate Issue To Be Handled Tactfully

New Delhi: Muslim Personal law is not above the constitution. When there is a conflict between the Personal Law and the constitution, the latter would prevail. And when there is conflict between individual rights and community rights the former would have upper hand.

It is time the govern adopted a firm stand. No doubt that the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) had objected to the judicial intervention in the personal matters of Muslim community. It said after a meeting and deliberations on Friday that the Supreme Court ‘is trying to rewrite personal laws in the name of social reforms’. The AIMPLB had been supporting triple talaq and polygamy. The government should not yield. It may be criticised of trying to implement communal agenda, but shall not budge as Rajiv Gandhi government did in 1980s.

The political class in the country should shed hypocrisy and avert a Shah Bani case-type of reaction which was condemned by all progressive minded people as regressive. The political parties should be very clear that the personal law reform is different from uniform civil code. They should not mix up both and create confusion in the discourse leading to apprehensions among the Muslims. Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu made it clear that the move came from the Supreme Court and not the government and the uniform civil code is not being touched. If the government is honest it should stand by the voiceless people of the community.  Which means it should stand by the constitution and keep off the judiciary letting it to do its job of dispensing justice to the victims.

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విభజన సమయంలో ఎక్కడున్నారు?

  • ప్రతిపక్షాలకు వెంకయ్య ప్రశ్న

హైద్రాబాద్: ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ కి న్యాయం చేసేందుకు నిరంతరం పోరాడుతున్న తనపై ఆరోపణలు చేయడం అర్ధరహితమని కేంద్రమంత్రి వెంకయ్యనాయుడు వ్యాఖ్యానించారు. ఇప్పుడు తనను తప్పుపడుతున్నవారంతా విభజన సమయంలో ఎక్కడున్నారు అంటూ ఆయన ఆగ్రహం వ్యక్తం చేశారు. విభజన సమయంలో కాంగ్రెస్ ఏకపక్షంగా వ్యవహరించిందని అన్నారు. కొత్తగా ఏర్పడిన రాష్ట్రాలు కేంద్రం సహాయం లేకుండా ముందుకు సాగడం లేదన్నారు. లడ్డూలు పాచిపోతాయి గానీ డబ్బులు పాచిపోవంటూ ఈ సందర్భంగా కల్యాణ్ కు వెంకయ్యనాయుడు సమాధానం ఇచ్చారు.

ఆదివారం వెంకయ్యనాయుడు విలేఖరుల సమావేశంలో మాట్లాడుతూ, ఇప్పుడు ప్రత్యేక హోదా గురించి మాట్లాడే ఆరాట, పోరాట యోధులందరూ అప్పుడు ఎక్కడున్నారో చెబితే చాలా బాగుటుందన్నారు. నన్ను తప్పుబట్టే వాళ్లందరూ అప్పుడు ఏం చేశారో చెబితే బాగుంటుందని ఆయన అన్నారు. విభజన సమయంలో ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ సమైక్యంగా ఉండాలంటూ గట్టిగా పోరాడింది ఒక్క కేవిపి రామచందరరావు మాత్రమేనని అన్నారు. పట్టువదలని విక్రమార్కుడిలాగా ఆయన ఒక్కడే పట్టుపట్టారనీ, మిగతా వాళ్లందరూ సర్దుకున్నారనీ అయన వ్యాఖ్యానించారు.

మేం వస్తాం, ప్రత్యేక హోదాను ఇస్తామని చెబుతున్న కొంత మంది కాంగ్రెస్ నాయకులు, 10 ఏళ్లపాటు అధికారంలో ఉన్నప్పుడు ఏమి చేశారని ఆయన ప్రశ్నించారు. 2004 ఎన్నికలలో కండువాలు మార్చుకొని టీఆర్ఎస్ తో పొత్తుపెట్టుకొని ప్రత్యేక తెలంగాణ రాష్ట్రం ఇస్తామని చెప్పి 1000 మంది అమాయకులు చనిపోవడానికి కారకులయిన వారు ఎన్డీయే చిత్తశుద్ధిని శంకించడం విడ్డూరంగా ఉందన్నారు.

ఎన్డీఏ ప్రభుత్వం ద్వారా ఇప్పటి వరకు సుమారు 2.25 వేల కోట్ల రూపాయల విలువైన ప్రాజెక్టులు రాష్ట్రానికి మంజూరయ్యాయని అన్నారు. వాటిలో కొన్ని ప్రారంభమయ్యాయని , కొన్నిటికీ సూత్రప్రాయంగా ఆమోదం లభించిదనీ, మరికొన్ని తుది దశలో ఉన్నాయనీ అన్నారు. దీనిని కొంతమంది పాచి పోయిన లడ్డూలుగా అభివర్ణించి ఎగతాళి చేస్తున్నారనీ, రాజకీయాల్లో సంస్కారం ఉన్నవాళ్లు ఆ విధంగా మాట్లాడరనీ అన్నారు.

దేశచరిత్రంలో ఏ రాష్ట్రానికి కేంద్ర ప్రభుత్వం ఇంత తక్కువ సమయంలో ఇంత సహాయం చేయలేదని చెప్పారు. “మాకు హోదా తప్పితే ఏమీ వద్దు, హోదా ఇచ్చేయండి చాలు“ అని కొంతమంది రోడ్లపైకి వచ్చి దర్నాలు, బందులు నిర్వహించి దిష్టిబొమ్మలు దగ్దం చేస్తున్నారని అన్నారు.  హోదా కావాలన్నా, ప్రజలకు మేలుజరిగే విధంగా అభివృద్ధిపనులు జరగాలన్నా కేంద్ర ప్రభత్వ సహకారం అవసరమని అన్నారు. కేంద్ర ప్రభుత్వ సహాయ సహకారాలు లేకుండా కొత్తగా ఏర్పడే రాష్ట్రాలు ముందుకు సాగడం కష్టమని ఆయన స్పష్టం చేశారు. ఏ మాత్రం రాజకీయ పరిజ్ఞానం ఉన్న వారికైనా ఈ విషయం అర్ధమవుతుందని వెంకయ్యనాయుడు తెలిపారు.  ప్రత్యేక హోదాపై ప్రజల్లో చర్చజరగాలని ఆయన ఈ సందర్భంగా కోరారు.

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డబ్బు ఎప్పటికీ కుళ్లిపోదు : హరిబాబు

ఢిల్లీ: రాష్ట్నానికి వచ్చే డబ్బు ఎప్పటికీ కుళ్లిపోదనీ, అది ఎల్లప్పుడు తాజాగానే ఉంటుందనీ భారతీయ జనతా పార్టీ పార్లమెంట్ సభ్యుడు, ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ శాఖాధ్యక్షుడు హరిబాబు వ్యాఖ్యానించారు. ఆదివారం ఇక్కడ మీడియాతో మాట్లాడుతూ, జనసేన నేత పవన్ కల్యాణ్ కాకినాడలో భహిరంగసభలో ఎన్డీయే ప్రభుత్వం ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ యొక్క సర్వతోముఖాభివృద్ధికి ప్రకటించిన ఆర్ధిక ప్యాకేజిని రెండు కుళ్లి పోయిన లడ్డూలుగా వర్ణించడం చాలా బాధాకరమని అన్నారు.

బీజేపి సీనియర్ నాయకుడు వెంకయ్యనాయుడు మీద పవన్ కల్యాణ్ వ్యక్తిగత నిందారోపణలు చేయడం చాలా దురదృష్టకరమని హరిబాబు అన్నారు. కాంగ్రెస్ పార్టీ వెనుక నుంచి వెన్నుపోటు పొడిస్తే, భారతీయ జనతా పార్టీ ముందునుంచి పొట్టలో పొడిచిందంటూ పవన్ చేసిన వ్యాఖ్యానంలో ఎంత మాత్రం నిజం లేదని అన్నారు. అనేక సంక్షేమ కార్యక్రమాల ద్వారా ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ ప్రజల పొట్టలు నింపడానికి బీజేపి ప్రయత్నం చేస్తుందే తప్పా కడుపులో పొడిచే పని ఎంత మాత్రం చేయడం లేదని ఆయన చెప్పారు.

ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ అభివృద్ధి కోసం ప్రత్యేక హోదాను మించిన నిధులు కేంద్రం ఇస్తానంటే చేదా అని కేంద్ర మాజీ మంత్రి, బీజేపి సీనియర్ నాయకుడు కావూరి సాంబశివరావు ప్రశ్నించారు. కొంత మంది నేతలు కేంద్ర-రాష్ట్ర సంబంధాలను దెబ్బతీసే ప్రయత్నం చేస్తున్నారని ఆయన విమర్శించారు. అటువంటి వారికి రాజకీయాలే తప్ప అభివృద్ధితో పనిలేదని వ్యాఖ్యానించారు. కేంద్ర, రాష్ట్ర ప్రభుత్వాలను ఏ విధంగా కూలదోయాలనే ఆలోచన తప్ప ప్రజల సంక్షేమం కోసం ప్రత్యేక హోదా కోసం పోరాడాలన్నా సంకల్పం వారికి లేదని అన్నారు.

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Jagan demands CM’s Resignation

  • Questions midnight announcement
  • Appeals for support to bandh

Hyderabad: YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, opposition leader in AP, has demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu for letting down the people. CM should apologise to the people for welcoming the midnight statement of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley denying Special Status to AP.

Chandrababu Naidu has not been allowing the opposition to speak in the Assembly. The CM has mortgaged the interests of the people of AP at the feet of the NDA government to save his skin in the ‘Note for Vote’ case in which he was caught red handed. Jagan questioned the midnight statement by Arun Jaitley. Thousands of unemployed have been waiting for jobs for more than two and half years. Had the Special Category Status been granted, industries would have been established in AP and numerous jobs would have been created. Denying the status is to deprive the youths of jobs, said YS Jagan.

Jagan said Arun Jaitley has done nothing special to AP. All the institutions that are coming to AP are there in other States fit years. He questioned Arun Jaitley’s claim the the 14th Finance Commission was against Special Status. Abhijit Singh, a member of the Finance Commission, write to Rajya Sabha Member Jairam  Ramesh that the Finance Commission did not recommend abolition of Special Category Status. Even if the Commission has recommended such a move it is not binding on the government. Why did Venkaiah Naidu insist in Rajya Sabha on Special Status when the Re-organisation Bill was being debated if the status is not very important, asked Jagan.

YS Jagan listed various benefits that would flow into the State if Special Status were to be given. He appealed to the people to support the bandh.

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Jairam Ramesh Flays Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi: Jairam Ramesh, former union minister, criticised Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu for lying repeatedly to the people of Andhra Pradesh. Jairam described the language used by Naidu undignified and unbecoming of a senior politician. Venkaiah Naidu is indulging in falsehood and brinkmanship in order to improve his chances for being nominated as Vice President of India, said the Congress leader.

The lie often repeated by Venkaiah Naidu was that the 14th Finance Commission had recommended abolition of Special Category Status. The Finance Commission never recommended the abolition of Special Status. It was the decision of the Modi government, Jairam said categorically.

By denying Special category to AP, the state is made to be deprived of Rs 60 thousand crore every year, he claimed. He also said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah were misleading Prime Minister Narendra Modi. For Naidu it is not Satyameva Jayate but it is Asatyameva Jayate.

Section 90 (4) of the AP Reorganisation Act explicitly states that the responsibility of executing the Polavaram Multipurpose Project lies with the Centre. It is not proper to transfer the responsibility of constructing the project to the State government in order to please Chandrababu Naidu. To give the job of constructing the project to the State, the Act has to be amended. Congress party will not support such an amendment. Chandrababu Naidu wants the project for favouring his contractor-friends, Jairam said.

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Centre Says No Special Status

  • Special Assistance for AP

(Primepost Bureau)

New Delhi: The NDA government made it officially clear that Andhra Pradesh will get special assistance but not special status.

After a day-long deliberations, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Information & Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu held joint media conference late in Wednesday evening at 11.00 pm. They said the revenue deficit faced by AP would be made good by the centre. Construction of Polavaram project is centre’s responsibility. The Union government would also help in building capital. Various departments would take care of the promises made in the Reorganisation Act.

Jaitley said AP would be getting all the benefits promised by the outgoing prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh. Saying that there was nothing wrong in AP asking for a special status, only north-eastern States and hilly State of Himachal Pradesh are entitled for special status. The 14th Finance Commission had ruled out special status for any more States, explained Jaitley.

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Expectations On Package

(Primepost Bureau)

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu have been extremely busy throughout Wednesday cooking up a package to be offered to Andhra Pradesh in lieu of Special Status. Almost all the Telugu news channels had cancelled the important 9 pm news bulletins expecting Arun Jaitley to make the announcement. TDP Minister Sujana Chowdary was seen making rounds to Finance Ministry several times. TDP MP CM Ramesh also met Jaitley briefly. Another TDP MP Narayana also was involved. AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu, on the other hand, was busy talking to Jaitley on phone and also confabulating with the available ministers at Amaravati. Jaitley was slated to make the statement at 6.30 pm first. Then it was postponed to 8 pm. The statement has not been made till 10.20 pm when this report is composed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly told Jaitley before leaving on a foreign tour that a decision can be announced in his absence. However, Jaitley had sent the proposed package to the Prime Minister’s Office(PMO) as an abundant precaution. The statement was also faxed to AP CM. Officers in the PMO were also talking to AP CM on finer details. While Chandrababu Naidu kept on repeating that he was insisting on the Special Status, he was helping Jaitley in preparing the package. The governments at the centre and in the State maintained that a package would be given in lieu of the special status but the package would most probably contain an aggregation of all the promises made in the AP Re-organisation Act, 2014.

In the meanwhile the AP leaders of the BJP were upset that they were not involved in the process. They cannot derive any mileage if they are not asked for inputs. They wish to be seen as involved.

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Law will take its own course: KTR

HYDERABAD: Telangana IT Minister Rama Rao today observed that Telugu Desam leaders had committed a big blunder and desperately tried to drag others in the grave they had dug for themselves in the cash-for vote scam.

Interacting with the media in New Delhi after meeting Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu this morning, Rao responding to questions said that law would take its own course of action in dealing with the scam. The TDP leaders were in a quandary for the past fortnight, and in their utter desperation were leveling accusations against TRS, he observed.

Asserting that TRS was busy in its commitment for the development of the new state of Telangana, as a lot more has yet to be done, Rao said that, responsible persons in the TRS government were busy in trying their best to secure all possible financial assistance from the central government. As part of this, he had come to the national capital, he added.

He further said that he had invited Venkaiah Naidu to attend an international convention being planned in Hyderabad shortly and brought to his attention various issues confronting the state that needed to be resolved as soon as possible.

Rao disclosed that, during his meeting with the HUDCO Chairman Ravikanth, he had sought an assistance of 25,000 crore rupees for taking up drinking water projects in the state. The HUDCO had agreed to grant a loan amount of 10,000 crore rupees for the water grid.

He later called on Union Transport Minister Nitin Ghadkari. During his meeting, he stressed the imperative need for treating 1000 KM of roads in Telangana State as national highway, besides granting class-one city status to Siddipet. (NSS)

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Chandrababu’s Wide Ranging Discussions With Venkaiah

  • AP and Karnataka chief ministers meet Venkaiah
  • Babu raises about special status
  • Talks about Swacch Bharat mission

NEW DELHI: Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka today met Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi and held wide ranging discussions on various urban development and housing schemes being launched by the central government.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu enquired about the broad contours of the smart cities and AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) and the criteria for selection of cities to be included under these two missions.

Venkaiah explained that each state would be assigned a specific number of cities and towns to be nominated by respective states based on the urban population and the number of cities and towns in each state for inclusion in Smart Cities Mission. Under AMRUT, cities and towns each with a population of one lakh and above would be selected for addressing infrastructure gaps.

Chandrababu emphasized that further to bifurcation, Andhra Pradesh needs special consideration and support in its developmental efforts. He said that as per the norms, more areas in the state would be notified as urban areas to benefit from the central government’s initiatives.

Venkaiah also informed the chief minister of the initiative of his ministry to enable submission of applications online for construction of individual household toilets by the beneficiaries, besides online monitoring of the progress. Chandrababu said that he would instruct the concerned officials to take advantage of this online mechanism for speedy implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission in the state.

Venkaiah discussed implementation the mission in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh with both the chief ministers and urged them to personally monitor implementation construction of toilets to meet the targets. (NSS)

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Center Extends Support For New Capital: Venkaiah

HYDERABAD: Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu today said the center would extend support for building of new capital for Andhra Pradesh. He said his ministry has sanctioned 1,000 crore rupees for the new capital.

Talking to media here, Naidu said the people in the country are aware of the achievements of the Modi Government during the one-year. He said while the performance of the NDA Government was good in one-year rule, the previous Congress regime had ruined the entire system, which was being restored now by the Modi Government.

Lambasting the opposition parties for criticizing the government for criticism sake, the union minister said they (opposition) were unable to digest the efficient functioning of the Modi Government as the government was working as expected by the people in a transparent manner.

Naidu said the Modi Government’s only aim was to provide better services to the people, and Swacch Bharat is the program to maintain cleanliness in the country. All possible measures were taken by the government to provide livelihood to poor people, he added.

Imparting skill development to poor, construction of houses and smart city program would begin next month, Naidu said. He also said that by 2020, houses would be provided to all families in the country. (NSS)

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Rahul has to do Homework Before Speaking: Venkaiah

HYDERABAD: Union Minister for Urban Development & Parliamentary Affairs Venkaiah Naidu here on Sunday lashed out at the Congress party for its double standards.

Speaking to media here, Naidu pointed out that according to National Crime Records Bureau data, over 1.6 lakh distressed farmers had committed suicides as a last resort during the ten-year rule of Congress-led UPA government at the center.

“Neither the Congress president nor the vice-president bothered to visit them nor did undertake any kisan Padayatra, then. Why shedding crocodile tears now? Why not then? That’s the simple question of anybody’s understanding”, he fumed.

In a rebuff to Rahul’s pungent remarks against Modi and Chandrasekhar Rao during his recent visit to Adilabad district, the Union minister said, “Rahul needs to do some homework before he speaks and criticizes others or need to change his script writers”. Pointing out that ministers of Telangana and central ministers of NDA had visited farmers, who were in distress, he asked “Where was the Congress vice-president then?

Naidu also reminded that during the Congress regime, over two-lakh acres of farmland, mostly in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Haryana, was acquired from farmers and handed over to industries, businessmen and for SEZs at very nominal compensation. But now, the BJP-led NDA Government increased the compensation by four times besides providing a job per family. “Why the hue and cry by the Congress?, he asked.

Naidu reiterated that farmers’ suicides took place in large scale in the last decade during the Congress’ rule, but still it has audacity to criticize others. He further reminded that while the compensation for crop loss was only 1,20,000 rupees during Congress regime, the Modi government raised it to Four-lakh rupees. “How can you criticize that decision also?” he asked. (NSS)

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Special Status to Andhra Pradesh is Under Consideration: Venkaiah

NEW DELHI: Reiterating that the issue of special status to Andhra Pradesh was under active consideration of the center, Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the two Telugu states were getting one project each every month because he was in the Union cabinet.

Naidu was responding when the AP Students’ JAC activists staged a dharna at his residence on Friday demanding that the center should immediately announce special status to the residuary state.

He assured the protestors that all promises made in AP Reorganization Act would be fulfilled. He said he was relentlessly pursuing with all central departments for procuring more projects to the two Telugu States. Pointing out that he brought about several institutions and universities to Andhra Pradesh, Naidu advised the Congress leaders not to resort to cheap politics. He also accused the leaders of having resorted to cheap politics at the time of issuing ordinance on the Polavaram project.

Stating that nothing could be achieved by staging dharnas except publicity, Naidu assured them that he would try to resolve the special status issue at the earliest. He also pointed out that the 14th Finance Commission never talked about the special status to Andhra Pradesh, and the issue was under the jurisdiction of the Union Finance and Home ministries.  (NSS)

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Venkaiah Blames UPA for making Special Status a Big Issue

HYDERABAD: Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Venkaiah Naidu today squarely blamed the Congress and the erstwhile UPA Government for the present controversy surrounding the granting of special status to Andhra Pradesh.

AP Reorganization Act was introduced in Parliament during the UPA regime last year for carving out a separate Telangana State. An assurance was made to grant a special status to Andhra Pradesh keeping in view its financial crunch.

As a matter of fact, as Naidu had insisted that AP should be granted special status, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed to the same. However, after the BJP-led NDA came to power at the center, the special status issue continues to remain only on paper. Surprisingly, Naidu, who mooted the demand in Parliament when the Reorganization Act was taken up, even after becoming a member of the Narendra Modi Cabinet, seemed to be shying away in this matter.

While the special status issue seemed to be slowly snowballing into a major controversy with the commencement of indefinite fast by film actor and BJP supporter Shivaji, the Congress too tried to fish in the troubled waters by launching a scathing attack on the BJP for going back in implementing the assurances made in the Reorganization Act.

Reacting sharply to the criticism of the Congress over the special status, Naidu tried to wriggle out of a tricky situation by putting the onus on the Congress and the then UPA Government.

If the Congress and the UPA government had enacted a law in this regard, the issue would have been resolved long back, Naidu said. He also accused the Congress leaders of not raising their voice in support when he had insisted for a special status.“Thus, these Congress leaders have no moral right to criticize the BJP in this regard”, he observed and appealed to the opposition not to politicize the issue.

Naidu further said he was discussing the issue with the Union Home and Finance Ministries in this regard to resolve at the earliest. With regards to the deficit budget of the AP State, the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission are being reviewed to find ways and means to ensure that the State would come out of the financial crunch.

The issue of setting up a separate High Court for Telangana State was also under active consideration of the Union government, and hence, there was no need for creating a fuss on this aspect, he observed. (NSS)

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