AP Politics Did Not Go Beyond Class X

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Amaravati: The politics in Andhra Pradesh, which is said to be the most advanced State in the country could not move even move an inch beyond the Class X on Tuesday as the question paper allegedly leaked in Nellore district. The Assembly came to a grinding halt on the day with the Opposition YSR Congress raising the issue and demanding action against two Ministers, besides debate in the House, while the ruling Telugu Desam Party differing debate and action besides denying the question paper leakage.

The examinations are conducted under the leadership of Minister for Education Ganta Srinivasa Rao and the students appearing for exam at the chain of educational institutions is owned by another Minister P Narayana. Interestingly, both the Ministers have family bonding with Srinivasa Rao’s son marrying Narayana’s daughter. The Opposition accuses this relationship the reason for the leakage of the question paper.

Whether the relationship between the two Ministers is the reason for the question paper leakage or not, the corporate educational institutions have been dictating terms to the education department right from the school education to the higher education. The domination continues with the two groups – Sri Chaitanya and Narayana – having chain of institutions in the two Telugu States. The institutions provide maximum of 14 hour long education daily from LKG to Intermediate. They have the techno school that claims to offer intensive coaching for the kids for IIT, while the junior colleges provide similar intensive coaching for EAMCET and other competitive examinations.

In the school and college education, the Class X and the two years Intermediate examinations are crucial for them as the success consolidates their base. It is here that these institutions lobby with the government officials, the officials of the School of Secondary Education (SSC) and the Board of Intermediate Education. The lobbying starts from the allotment of center for the public examination to the release of question papers on the night before the exam where the questions are shared with the selected students in the residential colleges and schools.

While the pressure that they put on the students in the residential institutions cause the suicidal death of the students, the secrecy that is maintained when a question paper is leaked all makes these institutions a concentrated camps.

With Narayana in the Cabinet, the Opposition wanted to put the government in a fix over the question paper leakage. The government, on its part with the Chief Minister and the Minister for Education away from the Capital, tried to escape from being cornered by the Opposition and had posted the issue for discussion in the Assembly on March 30. It is to be seen how the government would come out of this trouble and save its Ministers.

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War Of Words Between Jagan, Atchen Naidu In Assembly

Amaravati: AP Assembly on Tuesday witnessed war of words between ruling party MLA Atcham naidu and leader of opposition YS Jagan Mohan Reddy when the latter spoke against CM Chandrababu Naidu on development of the projects.

Atchen Naidu blamed Jagan saying that the latter’s life is full of cases and corruption and in order to obtain bail after spending 16 months in jail, he touched Sonia Gandhi’s feet requesting for help. Reacting to this, Jagan shot back saying, “For Congress party and TDP, YSR became bad after his demise and even Jagan became bad when I came out of congress party and launched YSRCP. They manufactured quid pro cases which were falsely filed by congress and TDP MLAs, Sankar Rao and Atchan Naidu’s brother late Yerran Naidu.”

He added that Atchan Naidu quoted that ED seized ₹43,000 crore. It was totally misleading. ” There are 11 charge sheets filed against me alleging that the value of the total assets is ₹1200,” he said. Jagan offered to give away all his assets if one-tenth of the alleged value is paid either by Chandrababu Naidu or Atchen Naidu. He said all the cases were fabricated by the Congress and the TDP.

Jagan also raised the topic of Sakshi media and said as per ABC and IRS ratings, Sakshi stood at 8th place in the country and all the investors in Sakshi are enjoying profits.

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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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