Jagan Meets Governor, Registers Protest Against Inclusion Of Defectors In Cabinet


Amaravati: YSR Congress president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday met Governor E S L Narasimhan and registered hi s protest against the inclusion of his party legislators in the Andhra Pradesh Cabinet. Jagan Mohan Reddy submitted a representation to the Governor protesting against the inclusion of his party legislators in the AP Cabinet.

Coming out of the meeting with Governor in Raj Bhavan, Jagan Mohan Reddy said he would take up the issue with the President, Prime Minister, Election Commission and seek justice. He also said that he would seek the support of other political parties against the defections. He said he would fight at the national level to make Andhra Pradesh government quit the defectors and seek fresh mandate. He dared Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu to get the 21 defectors quit their posts and seek re-election. He had appealed to the Election Commission to disqualify the 21 turncoats and hold fresh elections in the respective Assembly constituencies, along with the Nandyal where its sitting MLA Bhuma Nagi Reddy died recently.

Jagan Mohan Reddy said he had reminded the Governor of the criticism that Chandrababu Naidu had made when the TRS government in Telangana had included TDP MLA Talasani Srinivasa Yadav in the Cabinet. He tried to impress upon the Governor how Chandrababu Naidu blamed the Raj Bhavan too in the TRS government’s decision and wondered how the same Chandrababu Naidu had included four defectors in the Cabinet.

The YSR Congress chief also said that he would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and complain to him the undemocratic approaches of Chandrababu Naidu. He expressed confidence that the political parties across the country would denounce the actions of Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra Pradesh.


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Jagan blames Chandrababu on Governors’ speech

  • Set to speak on plot allotment for capital farmers

 Amaravati: YSR Congress president and Leader of Opposition, Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, found fault with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for misrepresenting facts about the State in the Governor ESL Narasimhan’s speech in the Assembly.

Speaking to media persons, Jaganmohan Reddy said that Chandrababu Naidu’s government had made the Governor to present lies during his speech to the Assembly. He said that the State had been experiencing severe drought for the past three years, while the Governor’s speech claimed the State recording growth greater than the national growth. He wondered how the State which started with revenue deficit and had severe drought could surpass the national growth. He said he would raise these issues in the Assembly session on Tuesday.

He found fault with the Governor’s speech wherein the government had said that the Special Category Status for the 11 States would end by March with the introduction of the GST. He said that the Act says that the Special Category Status would continue despite the GST and wondered how Chandrababu Naidu could make the Governor give false statement.

He alleged that the government was indulging in major scam in the plot allotments to the farmers of the capital villages in return to the lands given by them for the capital. He alleged that the officials were giving plots in the prime localities to the ruling party members. He alleged that the farmers belonging to the ruling party leaders, legislators and MPs were getting their plots on the road side, while others were getting them in faraway places. He alleged that the TDP leaders Dhulipalla Narendra and Payyavula Kesav had got their plots with roads on all sides and in between the two commercial zones. Minister Palle Raghunadha Reddy’s son got a plot by the side of a government complex close to the speed access road, he said. Even Assembly speaker’s PA also got his plot by the side of the speed access road, he said. He alleged that the plot allotment by lottery was not transparent and it was favourable to the ruling party leaders who have lands in the capital villages. He said h would raise these issues in the Assembly and expose the corruption of the ruling party.



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Ex-Governor P. Shiva Shankar No More

Hyderabad: Former Union minister and governor Punjala Shiv Shankar passed away at his Jubilee Hills residence here on Monday morning. He was 88.

Shiv Shankar was born on August 10, 1929 and practised law and worked as judge of Andhra Pradesh High Court during 1974 and 1975. A confidant of late prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, Shiv Shankar joined politics and was elected to Sixth Lok Sabha from Secunderabad in 1979 and retained the seat in 1980.

He was inducted into Indira Gandhi cabinet in 1980 as Minister of Law and Justice. In 1985, P. Shiv Shankar was elected to Rajya Sabha from Gujarat and remained in Upper House till 1993. He was Minister of External Affairs and Minister of Human Resource Development during these terms.

He was also deputy chairman of Planning Commission from 1987 to 1988. Later, he became Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha from 1988 to 1989. He also served as Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha during 1989 and 1991. P. Shiv Shankar was sworn in as Governor of Sikkim on September 21, 1994. He was Governor of Kerala from 1995 to 1996.

In 1998 general elections, Shiv Shankar successfully contested election from Tenali Lok Sabha defeating incumbent M.P. Sarada Tadiparthi of Telugu Desam Party. In 2004, Shiv Shankar quit the Congress alleging that party tickets were being sold in Andhra Pradesh. In 2008, he joined Praja Rajyam Party formed by Telugu film actor Chiranjeevi. In August 2011, Praja Rajyam Party merged with the Congress. (NSS)

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Raj Bhavan nails news reports

HYDERABAD: In response to certain news stories appearing in a section of the regional media which were critical of the Governor, the Raj Bhavan on Saturday clarified that it is a high Constitutional office which functions in an objective and impartial manner as per the Constitutional mandate.

“It would not like to be drawn into needless controversies and react to reports from time to time.  It has to be emphasized that such decisions taken are entirely within the legal framework. During the President’s Rule, a number of decisions were taken on matters which have originated from the concerned departments in response to representations and needs.  These are examined by other wings of the department like Law, Finance and General Administration and placed before the Governor.

The Governor, during the period of President’s Rule, was assisted and advised by the Chief Secretary and Advisors appointed duly. The decisions are a process of collective decision making and attributing the same solely as Governor’s decision is not in appreciation of how Government works. Raj Bhavan would like to reiterate that it is objective and impartial and shall remain so and wants to keep away from any controversy. (NSS)

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