AP Assembly Building To Come Up In 160 Acres At ₹1,125 Crore

CM Naidu had cleared the proposal of the Assembly and Secretariat buildings and land allocation for the capital governance complex to come up in Amaravati. The AP government is set to receive the building and city designs from the master architecture on May 22 and place them for peoples’ review.

Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has cleared the land allocation for the Government Complexes to come up in Amaravati. The Chief Minister, who has cleared the allocation of land for the StartUp for the Singapore Consortium for the development of core capital, had now cleared the land allotment for the government city. It’s estimated cost is ₹1,125 crore.

The master designers who have conducted a workshop in London from May 12 to 16 are now ready to place their designs before the government for review on May 22. The State government, after its review would place it before the people for their own review and suggestions, before finalizing them. The officials of the AP Capital Region Development Authority who have participated in the workshop discussed at length on the buildings, transportation and water system for the new capital.

The new Assembly complex of the government would come up 160 acres of the land and would be iconic tower. The Assembly building would have the buildings for the offices of the Heads of Departments and Secretariat. The new Secretariat building would come up with 8 to 10 floors providing over 5 lakh sft.  The offices of the Heads of Departments too would have to be spacious using the latest designs, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister has also directed the officials to pay special attention to the transportation in the new capital. He wanted them to examine the possibility of having common ticket for the people which they could use in the buses, metro or the inland waterways to reach the new capital. He had directed them to have electrical buses in the capital and walking system to reach every office should be less than a five minute walk after alighting the transportation facility.

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AP Assembly Meets Amid Protest By YSR Congress MLAs

AP Assembly met on Tuesday amidst protest by the Opposition YSR Congress MLAs who insisted on the discussion over the farmers’ issues. The Assembly passed the GST Bill even as the Opposition continued its protest.

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday passed the GST Bill with voice vote even as the Opposition YSR Congress legislators protested seeking discussion on the farmers’ issues. The YSR Congress which insisted on conduct of the Assembly for four days to discuss the farmers’ issues in the Business Advisory Committee meeting moved adjournment motion after Legislative Affairs Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu rejected the plea for extension of the Session. The Speaker too rejected the adjournment motion leading to commotion in the House. However, Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao, conducted the discussion on the GST Bill, which was later passed in voice vote.

The YSR Congress legislators recalled that the Telugu Desam Party had promised price stabilisation fund for the farmers during the 2014 elections. The price stabilisation fund was aimed at helping the farmers when the market price was low for the agriculture produce. They said that the government had not created the fund even after three years in power and even as the farmers were committing suicides.

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Jagan Threatens To Stall Assembly Proceedings On Farmers Issue

Leader of Opposition Jaganmohan Reddy threatened to stall the special session of Assembly if the government didn’t settle the farmer’s issue.

Amaravati: Leader of Opposition Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday threatened to stall the proceedings of the Assembly if the government failed to address the problems of the farmers.

Stating that his party was not against the State Assembly passing the GST Bill, he wanted the government to clear the demands of the farmers before holding the special session for the GST Bill.

Jagan Mohan Reddy said he had already given the call to the government to rescue the farmers by announcing the price stabilization fund that Chandrababu Naidu promised during the 2014 elections.

Jagan recalled that the TDP chief promised to create price stabilisation fund with Rs 5,000 crore and wanted to know where that promise had gone.

The farmers across the state are fighting on the streets for remunerative prices, he said.

The prices of chillies, turmeric, mangoes and many others have gone down alarmingly during this season. The Central government, understanding the issue announced Rs 5,000 a quintal for the chillies and wanted to know why the state government did not announce similar support.

Jagan alleged that Naidu was ignoring the problems of the farmers despite repeated protests. The YSR Congress will stand for the farmers and stall the Assembly proceedings to highlight their problems and mount pressure on the government, he said.

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AP Assembly Secretary Satyanarayana Out, Ramacharyulu To Take Over?

AP government had finally decided to drop controversial Satyanarayana from the post of secretary to Assembly. P P K Ramacharyulu, now additional secretary to Rajya Sabha, is likely to be new Secretary.

Amaravati: In the light of increasing controversies surrounding Assembly incharge secretary K Satyanarayana Rao, the Andhra Pradesh government had reportedly decided to relieve him from the incharge post. He would be replaced by Pattabhi Parasurama Kesava Ramacharyulu, popularly known as P P K Ramacharyulu is now additional secretary to the Rajya Sabha. It is said that Ramacharyulu was already relieved from his Rajya Sabha responsibilities and had reached Amaravati to take the new assignment. As Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is in New Delhi, Ramacharyulu will have to wait for a couple of days to take the new charge.

Satyanarayana Rao, who is said to have been handpicked by Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao for the post landed in controversies as he had no required qualifications to hold the post. YSR Congress legislator from Mangalagiri, Alla Ramakrishna Reddy had raised the issue and had even gone to the court seeking Satyanarayana’s removal from the post. He had also sought the educational qualifications of Satyanarayana through the Right to Information Act. As the government failed to provide the information about the educational qualifications of Satyanarayana, the court had penalised the government, sources said.

It is alleged that Satyanarayana has been actively associated with the ruling Telugu Desam Party and was responsible for the denial of right to the YSR Congress MLAs and MLCs in both the Houses. It is mostly on his advice that the Speaker of the Assembly and the Chairman of the Council conduct the proceedings of the two Houses. The YSR Congress is angry with Satyanarayana Rao for recommending one year suspension of MLA R K Roja and recommending further extension of the suspension.

Alla Ramakrishna Reddy, who has been fighting a legal battle against Satyanarayana’s continuation had intensified his battle keeping in view the impending elections to the President of India. As Secretary of the Assembly, Satyanarayana would conduct the elections from Assembly and Council for the Presidential elections and it is for this reason that the MLA had intensified his legal battle forcing the government to drop him.

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AP Assembly Adjourns For Monday After Protest By YSR Congress

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Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Assembly was adjourned to meet on Monday after the YSR Congress leaders held protest against dilution of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS).

The YSR Congress leaders raised objection to the State government diluting the scheme and increasing material component of the scheme. Leader of Opposition Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy alleged that the government had reduced the labour component of the scheme and increased the material component. He said that the government was investing more funds from the MNREGS on roads and buildings for the gram panchayats rather than providing number of wage days to the workers. The labour component which was 97.5 during late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy’s tenure as Chief Minister had now come down alarmingly to 25 per cent. This had rendered hundreds of laboruers jobless in the State and regretted that the workers have migrated to Kerala and Karnataka States where they were begging on the streets.

While welcoming the government to create assets like roads, Anganwadi, hospital and gram panchayat buildings in the villages, he condemned the government’s action of using 75 per cent of the MNREGS funds for procurement of material for these works leaving 25 per cent funds for wages. This had left the workers jobless, he said regretted that the government had defeated the purpose of the MNREGS.

Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the plight of the workers who have migrated to other States in search of work was reported in the media recently and wanted the government to open its eyes. He discounted the claims of the government in creating man days in the villages under the MNREGS and creating assets.

Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao, while intervening in the discussion welcomed the government’s decision of creating assets in the villages using the MNREGS funds. He said that the scheme would help the villages to have their own assets like hospitals, community halls, roads and other public utilities.

Minister for Panchayat Raj Ch Ayyanna Pathrudu said that the government was giving priority to provide work for the labourers keeping in view the prevailing drought in the State. He discounted the charges of Jagan Mohan Reddy on the implementation of the MNREGS in the State and said that Andhra Pradesh had emerged as the best in utilizing the MNREGS funds. He said only during late Rajasekhar Reddy’s time the government could not utilize funds and a huge amount was returned to the Center. He sought to advise the Leader of Opposition to study the implementation of the scheme before making a statement on it.

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AP Assembly Sets New Tradition, Set To Be Potential Practice For Future

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Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Assembly has been witnessing unruly scenes for the past two days. Though the debate started on doing justice to the victims of the AgriGold, a private real estate and entertainment company that had collected deposits from people in nine States, it took the ugliest turn leading to commotion and finally the ruling party adopting a resolution condemning the attitude of the Leader of Opposition. This was perhaps for the first time a legislature adopts a resolution condemning the attitude of the Opposition leader.

It all began with Leader of Opposition Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy alleging that the properties including the lands belonging to the company were acquired and purchased by the ruling party leaders including Minister for Agriculture Prathipati Pulla Rao’s family. At this point the Minister intervened and challenged the Leader of Opposition to prove his charges or quit politics. The Minister’s challenge had come in handy for Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Minister for Legislative Affairs Yanamala Ramakrishnudu who wanted the Leader of Opposition to accept the challenge and be prepared to quit politics or apologise to the House. Another Minister K Atchennaidu and other members did not allow the House to take up any business or rather mounted pressure on Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao to insist on Jagan Mohan Reddy to accept the challenge.

In politics challenges and counter challenges by the leaders is not new and particularly when it comes to the Opposition, allegations are not an uncommon. Sitting for 15 years in Opposition, the TDP knows how it behaved in the Assembly. Even today, sitting in the Opposition in the neighbouring Telangana State, the TDP makes allegations against the ruling TRS both in the House and outside. One wonders how an issue which is justifiable for TDP as Opposition in Telangana Assembly becomes unjust in Andhra Pradesh Assembly. Even if challenges and counter challenges are to be taken seriously, the Opposition in AP Assembly had made similar challenges several times including seeking resignation of the 21 legislators who have defected. The TDP or Minister for Legislative Affairs may say that the issue is not in the purview of the government. But the fact is that the issue is in the purview of the Speaker who can take a decision. In AP Assembly, the Speaker who insisted on the Leader of Opposition to accept the challenge should also take similar proactive stand to disqualify the legislators and ask the ruling party to face the challenge.

Ironically, the AP Speaker who claims that he would not allow the members to deviate from the subject on the Floor of House, deviated completely from the subject the other day and directed screening of video footage of his Meet the Press programme held in February where his comments on cars and women have become controversial. He deviated from the debate on AgriGold and screened the video footage in the Assembly for the first time to shift blame on the media group owned by the Leader of Opposition. There was no reference from the Opposition to his statements but the Speaker allowed the members to target Jagan Mohan Reddy. Ironically, the Speaker and the ruling party conveniently ignored the fact that his statement on cars and women were prominently presented by the national media, both print and electronic.

The fact is that the resolution adopted by the State Assembly condemning the attitude of the Leader of Opposition by the TDP-BJP-led Assembly would sure be a potential weapon for the future ruling parties to suppress the voice of the Opposition. The TDP, which is now in power, might have to face a similar resolution, which would be a bad practice for democracy.

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AP Assembly Adopts Resolution Condemning Jagan’s Attitude

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Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution condemning the attitude of Leader of Opposition Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. Minister for Legislative Affairs, Yanamala Ramakrishnudu tabled a resolution condemning the behavior of Jagan Mohan Reddy towards the members and the House during the last two days. He said that Jagan Mohan Reddy had made baseless allegations against fellow member, Prathipati Pullarao, who is also a Minister. He alleged that Jagan Mohan Reddy had run away from the House without taking the challenge thrown by the Minister. He said that the House was disturbed for two days with the ‘irresponsible, immature, power monger and psycho’ attitude of Jagan Mohan Reddy that was insulting the House and the members.

Ramakrishnudu said that Jagan Mohan Reddy had amassed wealth using the power of his father late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy and is now facing criminal cases. He said Jagan Mohan Reddy is a combination of his grandfather Raja Reddy and father Rajasekhar Reddy, which had turned out to be dangerous to the House, the State and the people too. He stressed that the House has to show him his place by passing the resolution condemning his attitude in the house. He also felt that the courts should speed up the hearing of the cases pending against him and every other politician and see that such criminals are not allowed to become the elected representatives and enter the legislative bodies.

Legislators Dhulipala Narendranath, Vishnukumar Raju, Jyothula Nehru, Shilpa Mohan Reddy and others spoke in support of the resolution and demanded that the Leader of Opposition should be corrected and should not be allowed to disturb the House in future without valid reasons and evidences. The legislators from the TDP, its ally BJP and the defectors, unanimously condemned the attitude of Jagan Mohan Reddy and felt that he should not be allowed to disturb the proceedings of the House.

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Hottest Day In AP Assembly, TDP, YSR Congress Lock Horns

  • DARA GOPI FROM AMARAVATI
  • Speaker screens video clips of his statement on women empowerment
  • House drops debate on AgirGold
  • Speaker, Minister Pullarao gets support

 The day turned out to be the hottest in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Thursday. The House began to taste the heat with the Opposition YSR Congress giving adjournment motion to pass a resolution seeking special category status to the State. As the Speaker rejected the adjournment motion claiming that the government had already spoke on it, the YSR Congress members held a protest in the Well of the House insisting on the House to take up discussion on special category status.

When the House moved on to the Zero Hour and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu gave a statement on the AgirGold issue the House witnessed exchange of words between the Opposition and the Treasury Benches. Chandrababu Naidu said that the government had taken up the case and the CBCID is looking into the case. He said that the AgirGold was one of the corruption cases that his government had to face from the failures of the previous Congress government. However, he said his government would continue to help the victims of the AgriGold deposits scheme.

Responding to the Chief Minister’s statement, Opposition leader Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the Chief Minister had failed to give a constructive reply to the victims, who have been waiting and fighting for justice. He also accused Minister Prathipati Pullarao of purchasing the AgriGold lands after he became the Minister. He alleged that Pullarao’s wife had purchased the lands from Uday, who is also a director in the AgriGold. At this point, Minister Pullarao denied the allegation and said that he was ready to quit politics if the charges were proved and dared Jagan Mohan Reddy to accept the challenge. Ministers Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, K Atchennaidu and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu rushed to the rescue of Minister Pullarao and dared Jagan Mohan Reddy to accept the challenge. Chandrababu Naidu had even suggested to Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao to take action against the Leader of Opposition if he failed to prove his charges against the Minister.

At this stage, TDP legislator V Anitha said that the YSR Congress had mislead the Speaker’s statement in the past and was making false allegation against the Minister now lowering their image. Responding to the member’s statement, Speaker Sivaprasada Rao said that his statement was misinterpreted and his image was lowered. He announced that he would screen the video footage of his statement in the Assembly and would seek action accordingly. He then adjourned the House for 10 minutes.

The House resumed after the break and watched the video footage of his speech before the International Womens Parliament.

However, Jagan Mohan Reddy accused the TDP of misleading the Assembly and diverting the AgirGold issue by bringing in issues that are not connected to the subject being debated today.

 

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AP Assembly thanks Center for Cabinet nod to package

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Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution thanking the Central government for giving cabinet approval for the special package that was promised to the State. Though the Opposition YSR Congress tried to protest against the package promised by the government that included the Polavaram Project and financial support to the backward districts, the Assembly passed the resolution thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Arun Jaitely, M Venkaiah Naidu, Nirmala Sitaraman, Y S Chowdary and others for their continued support in taking initiative to help the State government through the special package.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu sought to impress upon the members that the package would be a substitute to the benefits that would have come to the State through the special category status. “What all is expected to the State through special category status is now assured by the Central government in the form of special package. This is possible because of our continued persuasion and cordial relations that we were maintaining with the Center,” Chandrababu Naidu said.

Leader of Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy pointed out that Polavaram Project and the funds to the backward districts, which were part of the Reorganisation Act, were also included in the package leading to injustice to the State. He further alleged the ruling TDP of indulging in heavy corruption in the Polavaram Project by taking over the execution work. He turned down the claims of the TDP that Polavaram was a dream of Chandrababu Naidu. He said that late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy had completed 90 per cent of the right and left canals of the projects and sought to blame Chandrababu Naidu for staking claim. He questioned the continuation of the contractor despite irregularities in the Polavaram Project.  

Replying to the corruption charges, Chandrababu Naidu said that he had taken up Polavaram Project on highest priority. “I have marked Monday as Polavaram day in my diary. The Congress government had used the project to make money,” he said. He thanked the Central government for its support to the State and asserted that he would complete the project as per schedule by 2018. He said he had taken up the project as more than 16 such national projects taken up by the Central government have not moved even an inch further.

Even as the Opposition YSR Congress members continued to protest alleging corruption in the Polavaram works and denial of special category status to the State, Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao took voting on the resolution and declared that it was passed.

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‘Samaja Vikasam – Kutumba Vikasam’ Is The Mantra of A P Govt, Says Governor

Amaravati: Establishment of A p e-Knowledge Exchange to develop the State in to a Knowledge hub, and development of Tirupathi, Srisailam, Srikalahasti, Kadapa Dargah, Mahanandi, Simhachalam, Annavam and Vijayawada as a spiritual conduit, are among the announcements made by the Governor ESL Narasimhan on Monday, in his address to the joint session of the two Houses of Legislature today, in the new Assembly building at Velagapudi in Amaravathi. This is the first session of the A P legislature to be held in the new capital.

Then Governor said that ‘Samaja Vikasam-Kutumba Vikasam’ is the new motto of the government to make the state number one in the country by 2022. Narasimhan said 11.06 am of the day (when the meet started) is going to remain a golden moment in the history of Andhra Pradesh as the legislature began its functioning from its own capital.

Listing out the achievements of the government in the past two-and-a-half years after the bifurcation, the Governor said the State is fast progressing to achieve a double-digit growth. Some of the future plans of the government to achieve its goal of Samaja Vikasam-Kutumba Vikasam are as follows:

AP contributes 70 percent in the country’s aqua sector and forms 45 percent of the entire food sector providing employment to 14.5 lakh people. AP will be developed into an aqua hub of the country.

Government is striving to develop a conducive atmosphere to investments in food processing, textiles, electronics hardware, automobiles, aerospace, defence, tourism and other sectors not only to encourage upcoming entrepreneurs but also to attract large scale investments from outside the state and country.

An authority for the development of micro, small and medium scale enterprises will be established. The MSME Authority will support MSME units in monitory terms to revive them. AP e-Knowledge Exchange will be established to develop the state into a knowledge hub through implementation of digital classroom, biometric attendance system and containing drop-outs rate in schools.

The government’s functioning will be based on seven missions, five grids and five channels of campaigns. Polavaram project will be completed by 2019 and from 2018 water will be released through gravity.

Members of both the ruling and opposition parties attended the session in full quorum on the historic day in AP State Legislative Assembly. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, all the ministers and the Leader of the Main Opposition YS Jagan Mohan Reddy keenly listened to the Governor’s address.
At the end of the Governor’s address, the joint session was adjourned. (NSS)

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Lokesh Files MLC Nomination In Grand Style

Amaravati: Nara Lokesh, son of AP CM N Chandrababu Naidu filed his nomination papers for elections to MLC in MLA quota. TDP leadership announced four candidates along with Lokesh on Sunday midnight.

Nara Lokesh, garlanded the statue of his grandfather NT Rama Rao at Venkatayapalem before filing his nomination papers.
Election is almost unanimous with the decision of TDP to filed only five candidates out of seven vacancies under MLA quota. YSRCP will be fielding two candidates with polling due on 20th March.

Lokesh will be inducted into cabinet on an auspicious day, Ugadi, according to the TDP sources. Other candidates who are in field for MLC from TDP are B.Arjundu( Krishna Dt), Karanam Balaram(Prakasam), Pothula Sunitha ( Prakasam) , Dokka Manikya Varaprasad( Guntur).

Sitting MLC Nagul Meera was given Chairman Post for AP police Housing Corporation after he vacated his seat in favour of Manikya Varaprasad Rao.

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People Have High Hopes On Assembly Session In Amaravati

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Amaravati: It has been almost three years that the State was bifurcated with 13 districts in 2014. Though Hyderabad remained a common capital for both the Telugu States, the AP government had relocated itself in the new capital and is holding the first Assembly session here. The Secretariat had already moved to the new capital and relocated in the temporary secretariat complex at Velagapudi. The Assembly and Council too are meeting in the same complex, which was built with state of the art technology.

While welcoming the MLAs and the MLCs to have their first sitting in the new capital, people of the State are looking forward to witness healthy discussions in both the Houses. The Assembly has been seen as a place of members hurling abuses at each other and had failed to deliver. Not a single sitting was fruitful with the elected representatives holding meaningful discussions on the issues concerning the people. There have been accusations and counter-accusations leading to pandemonium and suspension of the members in the previous sessions. Suspension of one member from the Opposition, R K Roja, was the height of the ruckus that the House had witnessed in the past and the people are not ready to see the same happenings in the new place.

The party in power, having comfortable majority, has no reason to be unrest or aggressive to the criticism from the Opposition. The ruling party must maintain some silence giving a chance to the Opposition to raise issues. Unfortunately, there is unrest in the treasury benches with the members interrupting the Opposition personally targeting Leader of Opposition on the CBI cases pending against him. It is a fact that there are cases of corruption against the Leader of Opposition who had served 15 months jail term. But, that is not necessarily be the answer for the ruling party to snub the Opposition on the floor of the House.

The House is divided between not just the ruling and Opposition parties, but the experienced and the inexperienced members. Fortunately or unfortunately, the ruling party has several senior members in its account, while the Opposition lacks that strength with the Leader of the Opposition too being new to the House. Added to this, except Jaganmohan Reddy and Buggana Rajendranath Reddy, not many members from the Opposition speak the subject, giving an advantage for the ruling party leaders to ridicule the Opposition. The treasury benches too are not debating much on issues though it has experienced members. Members like Minister for Finance, Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, is limiting himself to passing sarcastic comments against the Leader of Opposition rather than presenting an in-depth subject for debate.

Speaker Dr Kodela Sivaprasada Rao, a well-versed member of the House with the rules and business, remains silent to the uproar from the treasury benches while is being tough with the Opposition.  He is accused as not being neutral and is biased to the ruling party. The major criticism that he is facing from the Opposition is that like the Chief Minister, the Speaker too is unwilling to listen to the Opposition. At least in the new place and the new House, the Speaker would have to be liberal to the Opposition. The Opposition too gives its best to highlight the problems of the people rather than trying for political mileage out of every chance that is given.

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YSRCLP Meet Ends

Vijayawada: YSRCLP completed its meeting in the presence of party president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy who decided to raise 46 main issues related to public in Assembly.

From Gannavaram airport, YS Jagan reached Penumaka where he was welcomed by villagers with flowers and garlands. YSRCLP decided to put forward some issues during BAC meeting, with main point being to extend Assembly session period. Ruling party already made it clear that Assembly sessions will be held for 14 days along with budgest sessions. YSRCP felt the time is very meagre compared to previous sessions.

After the meet, MLAs, in a bus moved towards Assembly from Penumaka. Issues mainly raised by YSRCP are waiver of farm loans, special status and land pooling in Vishakapatanam.
YSRCLP will meet again at 4pm today to discuss future course

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Lokesh To File Nomination For MLC In Style At 11.09am

Amaravati: All is set for Nara Lokesh’s entry into AP Legislature as an MLC. Nara Lokesh, son of CM Chandrababu Naidu will file nomination for MLC in a few minutes in a grand style which emulates his father.

Nara Lokesh will first reach Venkatayapalem near Velagapudi. After saluting To grandfather NTR ‘s statue, with a huge rally following, Lokesh will reach Velagapudi to file as an MLC in MLA quota.

Balakrishna, NTR’s son and Lokesh’s father-in-law, praised Lokesh’s hardwork and dedication towards party. He thanked farmers for giving lands to the development of Ap capital Amaravati.

Lokesh’s win is beyond doubt. victory is clear. Who else will be following him in to the cabinet is not interesting to watch. Chandrababu is reportedly planning to allot IT ministry to Lokesh according to TDP sources.

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Historic Event At Amravati, Assembly Sessions To Take Off In A Short While

Amaravati: Velagapudi near Amravati will enter history records from today in the name of AP legislative Assembly whose sessions to commence on Monday morning. Widened roads that lead towards Assembly give a fantastic look with lawns on either side of the road. Security was tightened by deploying police personnel in large numbers. First, the maiden day of Assembly will start exactly at 11.06 Am; Governor Narasimhan will be addressing legislators on day one of Assembly.

No other schedules were finalized or listed for today. AP assembly, with five galleries for media personnel, visitors with a capacity of 60 members looks beautiful as an interior view. 5 acre land left for parking, sitting facility for 231 MLAs, 90 members’ council, latest mike system attached internal to flat( members cant interrupt by breaking mike) headphones with translation of languages put AP Assembly on a high ultra equipped modern look.

Except CM and his personnel security, ministers, all MLAs vehicles are restricted into Assembly premises; they should park vehicles outside building.

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Chandrababu shown his true colors: Pocharam

Hyderabad: Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy said that the true colors of the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had come out during Andhra Pradesh State Legislature Building opening ceremony.

It was good for Chandrababu to close his party in Telangana state, he suggested Chandrababu and asked TTDP leaders to observe that Chandrababu was a Telangana betrayer at least now. Chandrababu was not in a position to digest the development of Telangana state and hence he was spitting venom at Telangana, he alleged.

He termed Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao as a person stuck to his word and implement 100 percent the same. He lambasted Congress and TDP leaders saying that they were indulging in criticism against TRS government only to obstruct the development. He assured that the water will supplied to every acre in Nizamabad district and said that not a single acre crop was dried up in the district. (NSS)

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Would Naidu, Jagan Continue To Spar Even In New Assembly Premises At Amaravati?

Hyderabad: Passing a resolution by Andhra Pradesh Cabinet condemning the attitude of Opposition leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at Nandigam hospital recently is ridiculous if not outright madness. The Cabinet should have passed a resolution, if any, expressing shock and sorrow at the death of ten passengers who were travelling by the ill-fated private bus from Bhubaneswar to Hyderabad when it met with an accident at Penaganchiprolu village in Krishna district in the early hours of Tuesday. It should have also resolved to book a criminal case against the owners of the bus, ‘Diwakar Travels.’ It could also have resolved to appoint a Committee to suggest ways and means to prevent such ghastly accident in future. The Cabinet presided over by Nara Chandrababu Naidu did not do what it should have done. It did what it could have avoided.

The politics of one-upmanship ruling roost in the residual State of AP has made things bitter with both ruling party and the opposition leaving no opportunity to malign each other. The bus accident occurred hardly 45 minutes drive from the capital. The Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has at his beck and call a helicopter. There is helipad at nearby Nandigama. He could have gone to the spot and consoled the relatives of the dead and the injured. He could have monitored the rescue operations. But he chose to stay put in Vijayawada. His Cabinet colleagues too did not bother to go to the accident site. On the other hand the V Opposition leader had set out from his residence in Hyderabad the moment he heard of the mishap and travelled more than 250 kms to reach the spot. He inspected the accident site and went to Nandigama where the dead bodies of the passengers who were killed were lying and the injured were undergoing treatment. He found to his utter shock that the dead bodies were bundled and being dispatched. He walked into the hospital and found four bodies wrapped in clothes. On one of the bundles there was a tag with the driver’s name, Adinarayana. He was told that the bus was travelling at a breakneck speed touching 130 kms. The bus jumped up by more than ten feet before plunging into the canal on the side of the road. Jagan Mohan Reddy asked the doctor at the hospital if post-mortem was done on the bodies before they were bundled for dispatch. The doctor was ambiguous in his response saying that all the post-mortem operations were completed. On demanding to come out with truth, the doctor said post-mortem is yet to be done on the driver’s body. The Opposition leader was upset. He asked how can one establish whether the driver was drunk at the time of the accident if the post-mortem was not done. He snatched away some papers from the hands of the doctor. The physician was looking at district collector Babu who was at Jagan’s back angrily signalling to the doctor not to answer questions or part with the papers. Then Jagan Mohan Reddy turned back and asked the collector if they are hiding facts in order to help the owner of the private travels, Diwakar Reddy, who happens to be an MP belonging to the ruling TDP. The collector denied the charge flatly. The Opposition leader was aggressive and told the collector that if he violated law he would land at central jail. There were some heated arguments in the presence of media. Jagan Mohan Reddy said the driver’s body could have been dispatched without post-mortem had he not gone there in time and questioned the collector and the doctor. Even now there is no guarantee that the post-mortem report would not be manipulated.

A section of the media had started showing the opposition leader in poor light telecasting the visuals of confrontation repeatedly and commenting that Jagan Mohan Reddy used intemperate language against the district cloiector. The IAS officers’ association gave a statement castigating the Opposition leader. CM Naidu himself spoke to the media berating the Opposition leader for politicising an unfortunate accident. He spoke of YS Rajasekhara Reddy, father of Jagan Mohan Reddy, and said the elder Reddy was far better than the younger in language and body language. Naidu said he never came across such an opposition leader in his long political life. The friendly media had shown a number of times a lengthy and cantankerous interview by TDP leader Chandramohan Reddy who indulged in character assassination once again. Sakshi TV and Sakshi newspaper, owned by Jagan Mohan Reddy tried to recall incident involving Naidu when he was Opposition leader threatening to beat up officials and scolding them for dereliction of duty. Occasions when Naidu was furious with IAS and IPS officers calling them stupid. No officers association had protested at that time. No other media house attempted to recall such unsavoury instances,showing Naidu in confrontation with top officials, to put things in a proper perspective.

The relationship between the ruling party and the Opposition has never been good with the ministers and TDP MLAs trying to provoke the young Opposition leader into shouting angrily and staging walkout. A vocal MLA from Opposition benches, RK Roja, representing Nagari constituency in Chittor district, was suspended for a period of one year which was completed a few days ago. When she got down at Gannavaram airport recently to participate in the Women parliamentarians Meet for which she was invited by Speaker Dr Kodela Sivaprasad, she was taken into custody by the police who drove her all the way to Hyderabad. Adding insult to the injury, Roja was intimidated with nasty slogans and ugly demonstration by the TDP workers when she was going to Gannavaram court on Friday to file a complaint against the maltreatment meted out to her.

Moreover, no Opposition leader was seen at a function on Friday when Chief Minister Naidu declared the Assembly building complex open. Both Naidu and Finance and Legislative Affairs Minister Yenamala Ramakrishnudu claimed to have sent invitations while the Opposition YSRCP leaders said they did not receive even an SMS leave alone a formal invite. The CM could have telephoned to the Opposition leader inviting him to the important function. The Speaker also could have spoken to the leader of Opposition. But there was no attempt to be amicable and friendly. No thought of burying the hatchet. The attitude is confrontationist at the slightest provocation. Any small mistake committed by Jagan Mohan Reddy, the CM, Ministers, MLAs and friendly news channels and newspapers, beside a very extensive social media, would pounce on him creating a ruckus. It is quite apparent that both the ruling party and the Opposition are keen on continuing with the ‘Tu Tu Mai Mai’ confrontation trying to pull each other’s leg and making mountains out of molehills as was the case with the recent bus accident. No constraint in language or action is followed and no opportunity is lost to attack each other. There is no light hearted humour, no goodwill, no feeling that all of them are expected to play the given roles and ultimately do good to the people. There is no attempt at reconciliation. The mindset is that of unending antagonism and continuous unpleasantness. People are vexed with this ugly atmosphere. They are dying to see both the ruling party and the Opposition to work in tandem for the development of the State and for the welfare of the people. They hope that the acrimony and the undemocratic temperament that was witnessed in the last sessions of the Assembly would end and a new constructive atmosphere would prevail at least in the new premises at Amaravati since the Budget Session is going to begin on Monday, 6 March 2017.

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Hold Assembly session for 30 days to discuss peoples’ issues, Raghuveera tells govt

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Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president N Raghuveera Reddy on Wednesday asked the State government to conduct proposed Assembly session for 30 days and discuss issues concerning the problems of the people.

Raghuveera Reddy dashed off an open letter to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu asking him to fix 30 days schedule to discuss the issues other than the budget. He wanted the Assembly to discuss the special category status issue, besides the issues like prevailing drought conditions, drinking water problems that have been putting people to severe difficulties.

The APCC sought to recall that the Assembly had passed resolution seeking special category status to the State twice in the past. Though being an alliance partner with the BJP at the Center, the TDP was going back on the promise of special category status, he alleged. He wanted the Chief Minister to give an explanation to the people on both the TDP and the BJP going back on the special category status promise and the fate of the resolutions passed in the Assembly in the past. He also wanted the government to discuss about the promises made to the State at the time of bifurcation and the provisions included in the AP Reorganisation Act 2014.

The APCC president also wanted the government to table the reports on all irrigation projects in the State. He alleged that the government had enhanced the cost of several projects benefiting the contractors. He said that the government had increased the Polavara Project cost from Rs 16,010 crore in 2014 to Rs 40,351 crore in 2016. Similarly the Handree-Neeva project cost was also enhanced from Rs 6,800 crore in 2014 to Rs 11,386 crore in 2016 and Galeru-Nagari cost to from Rs 3,987 crore in 2014 to Rs 7,986 crore in 2016. The project costs of Vamsadhara, Gundlakamma, Telugu Ganga and Veligonda were also increased several times more only to benefit the contractors, he alleged.

The AP Congress president also sought to blame the TDP for its failure to fulfil all the election promises. He recalled that the TDP had promised job for every family, unemployment stipend, cycles and tablets for the students, besides others.

 

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How Could Chandra Babu Be Allowed Into Assembly: Y S Jagan

Amaravathi: YSRCP President, leader of opposition Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy raised questions about the entry of Chief Minister   Chandrababu Naidu into new Assembly building.

Chandrababu, who is involved in ‘Vote for Note’ scam, should be kept aside by Speaker, said Jagan in an open letter to Speaker Kodela Siva Prasad Rao. In order to wriggle out of the case Chandrababu Naidu shifted the Assembly session from Hyderabad to Amaravati in an indecent had Telangana,Jagan commented.

YSJagan appealed to the Speaker to disqualify 21 YSCRP MLAs who were snatched away by ruling party. 

‘Don’t mock democracy. Please take proper decision to disqualify these MLAs as per Constitution. ‘We request you to take decision on people’s verdict and disqualify the defectors’, Jagan added in his letter.

Chandrababu Naidu is trying to wrap up the opposition by luring MLAs and suspending MLAs from Assembly, Jagan said quoting MLA Roja’s suspension for one year as an example.

Jagan felt that Chandrababu Naidu lured his MLAs by spending crores of rupees. New Assembly building will become functional from March 2nd and the heat in the Assembly along with soaring temperatures of summer can be witnessed during the forthcoming budget session.

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Muhurtham Set For AP New Assembly, Budget Session in March 7

Amaravati: At the Polit Bureau meeting of TDP held on Sunday at Vijayawada, CM Chandra Babu Naidu announced the muhurtham for new Assembly building’s inauguration.

Its on March 2nd at 11.25 am. The complex will be inaugurated by CM, who initially had a plan to invite national leaders.

Speaker Kodela Siva Prasad Rao, Legislative affairs Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu  wil occupy their chambers on 27th February, and  the later will allot Peshis to Leader of the House and Leader of Opposition.

 From Friday, 27th, official business of Assembly office will go on with staff  members  being welcomed by Speaker.

All records, furniture, has been shifted to Amaravati from Hyderabad and we can see full fledged Assembly sessions including budget session which commences on March 7th.

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