Miyapur Land Scam: BJP Flays KCR

BJP questioned KCR’s silence on land scam when there is evidence against Deputy CM who transferred 50 crore worth of lands through a benami transaction.

Hyderabad: Telangana CM KCR was silent on the land scam of Miyapur which was unearthed 10 days ago. Opposition party BJP flayed KCR for his silence and asked him to explain the Government’s stand on the scam which is the largest in The country. The BJP came down on KCR for his outburst against Amit Shah who said that funds of Central Government were not used properly by TRS Government.

BJP’s spokesperson Krishna sagar Rao said that it is unnatural silence on the part of CM on such serious allegations are levelled against the Government. While speaking to media, Krishna Sagar further said that government should further explain and clarify the situation. It was a surprise to see the delay in replacing deputy CM whose name was involved in the scam and he should order CBI enquiry as early as possible, Sagar said.

CM should also explain the nature of his relationship with fugitive from USA and full blow scamster like Gold Stone Prasad, Sagar said.

The Miyapur land scam is a big black mark on Telangana Government after it formed the government 3 years ago. The scam took place in heart of the city of Hyderabad. TJAC chairman M Kodandaram appealed to KCR’s Government to order CBI enquiry on the scam. But KCR’s silence led the officers of GHMC to imagine that TRS leaders are involved in the scam.

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Open Drinking Water Sources To Dalits, Not Rastapathi Bhavan

The naming of a Dalit, Ram Nath Kovind, as the next President, is not so dear to the Dalits in the country. The political parties may claim it as a progressive move, but the Dalits who are still being subjected to discrimination and denied access to drinking water sources across the country want the politicos to be practically progressive.

Guntur: The RSS and VHP driven NDA government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had named Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, as its candidate for the Presidential elections. While it is clear that Kovind is certain to make it to the Rastrapathi Bhavan, succeeding Pranabh Mukharjee, the Dalits of the land are not so happy about it. Kovind is not the first Dalit to make it to the highest office of the land. K R Narayanan was the first citizen of this nation two decades ago. It is now Kovind. But, in the last two decades nothing much had happened in the lives of the millions of Dalits.

Narayanan did nothing much to address the issues concerning the Dalits except creating a sort of history by standing in queue to vote in the general elections, which majority of the Dalits do in every election. The Dalits still suffer the discrimination on the basis of their caste. They have no access to the drinking water sources of villages and not allowed to walk on the roads of the dominating and exploitative caste people’s habitations. Their houses are still burnt and their women are still raped. Their youth are beaten and humiliated even in the institutions of higher learning. A look at a girl of these dominating and exploitative castes causes death punishment. They are not even allowed to approach the police to complain against the social boycott or discrimination. They are now, under the dispensation of the Chaiwala, they are prohibited from eating meat.

The Father of the Constitution, Dr B R Ambedkar, dreamt of a social revolution in the country through reservations. He wanted the reservations to continue for just 10 years believing that the reservations would educate and empower the neglected sections, particularly the untouchables. But, over the years, nothing has changed and the reservations continue making the employed and elected representatives remaining secondary citizen. The elected representatives in the reservation category are made just slaves. They have no voice and their voice is the voice of the leaders who head the political parties.

Right from the Sarpanch of the village to the President of the country, the elected representatives in reservation are just rubber stamps in the hands of the dominating caste leaders. They have no freedom and are made spineless.

Now that the Modi’s dispensation had come up with Kovind’s name, the Opposition too is looking for another rubber stamp to beat Modi with the same coin. The whole nation is set to debate on the Dalit issue for the next two to three weeks in the name of Presidential elections, but the fact remains the same in the villages across the country with the Dalits facing the discrimination and humiliation.

What is required for the Dalits in the country now is not the Rastrapathi Bhavan, but the drinking water sources, access to quality education, health and freedom in asserting their power in politics. The Dalit leaders who have been claiming big about BJP naming Kovind or the Congress coming up with yet another Dalit name, should stop beating the drums for these politicians. The question is not having a Dalit as President, but a Dalit in the country having the right to live a dignified life and have access to the resources including drinking water from the common pond or well.

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What Is The Reason Behind BJP Soft Peddling Of TRS?

BJP, which went on criticising TRS government after its National President Amit Shah visited Telangana, became silent for a few days. Is there any game plan behind the ceasefire?

Hyderabad: There was heated exchange of words between TRS and BJP after BJP national president Amit Shah visited Telangana a few days ago. Suddenly BJP kept silent even though they got a weapon against KCR that is Miyapur Land scam.

As per political observers, it is the game plan by BJP for Presidential elections which are going to be held in last week of June.
Amit Shah had a plan to gather maximum support of regional parties for its candidate at Rasthtrapathi Bhavan.

State BJP leaders are in a hope that TRS will back NDA’s candidate and they don’t want to spoil the relations between TRS and BJP for the time being.

But once the Presidential elections get completed, State BJP leaders will plan a Delhi trip to take instruction from the party high command on the way forward in Telangana. Miyapur Land scam is sure to come up for discussion.

Amit Shah will visit Telangana once again in the month of September and will stay for six days. His yatra will witness public meeting in Hyderabad by PM Modi.

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BJP Plans To Counter Pawan With Another Star?

AP BJP which lost hope on Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan met a young hero of Konidela family to seek the support for next elections.

Amaravati: As per Telugu media sources, AP BJP senior leader met Allu Arjun for his support to the party in next coming assembly elections. AP state BJP lost hopes on Jana Sena Chief who is closely moving with communist parties and planned to pick Bunny into BJP who has a good image in public after Pawan.

There was a cold war running between these two actors Pawan and Allu Arjun and BJP wants to encash on it by bringing Allu Arjun into politics.

As per party sources, Allu Arjun was non-committal. But Bunny aides say that there is time for their hero to plunge into politics. Will Allu Arjun cross Chiranjeevi and go against Pawan kalyan?

But up to now these are only speculations, and no official statement from Allu Arjun or from seniors leaders of BJP.

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BJP To Announce Its Presidential Candidate In A Week

As the Election Commission issued notification for Presidential elections on Wednesday, the BJP said that it would announce its candidate in a week.

New Delhi: As the process of filing nominations for the Presidential election began on Wednesday with Election Commission issuing notification, the BJP and its allies announced that they would reveal their candidate in a week.

Meanwhile, the Opposition which met separately indicated that it would announce its candidate basing on the government’s announcement regarding the candidate.

The BJP top leaders met in Delhi on Wednesday and were briefed on the Presidential election by Venkaiah Naidu and Rajnath Singh, along with Aruna Jaitley formed a committee tasked to consult other parties- including the opposition and allies- on who would make a good successor to President Pranab Mukherjee.

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for the United States on June 24, so the government would want to announce its choice before that.

While the BJP was finalising its strategy, opposition leaders like Sharad Yadav, Sitaram Yechury, Derek O’Brien and Ghulam Nabi Azad met to review how they would like to proceed. Opposition heavyweights like West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have said their preference would be for the government to name a candidate who is acceptable across party lines, which would make an election unnecessary.

Just in case a consensus is not managed, voting has been set for July 17 with counting on July 20.

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YS Jagan Changes Plan, Directs Leaders

Opposition party Leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is gearing up for next Assembly elections with a new strategy and new game-plan.

Amaravati: Time has come in AP for a battle for next round of assembly elections. Top parties like YSRCP, BJP are preparing to change their strategies to go into public in coming days.

YSRCP: After Jagan returned from New Zealand, first thing he had, was a meeting with party seniors. He was irked by the response from his senior leaders about the comments on water leakge issue in his Assembly office. He expressed anguish at his party leaders for not utilising the opportunity perfectly to defame TDP in that aspect.

Jagan decided to have a look at the water leakage issue in coming days and he was surprised to see Government giving the case to CID. As per the direction of his political strategists, Jagan decided to stay in Amaravati for 3 days in a week to get closer to the people.

Jagan also decided to start office at Tadepalli and directed his leaders to have media conference from at Tadepalli office in coming days with good spokesperson.

Jagan is gearing up for public meetings from October this year with rallies keeping land scams and false promises as talking points in the public meetings along with main agenda of Speial Category Status.

BJP: It pinned hopes on Modi’s tour in Vizag and gearing up to go alone in coming elections. But PM’s trip has been postponed as the dates of the proposed meeting of the party’s national executive in Vizag have clashed with the dates of the presidential elections. BJP wants to increase its vote bank bit feels overshadowed by TDP all these three years. We have to see how it will work for the party in coming days.

Jana Sena: it is clear that, Jana Sena will move with communist parties in coming elections as per now. But the party has no cadre at booth level and surveys predict only 2% voting for the party with their leader not in a position to win a single assembly seat.

If we look at AP political scenario, it will be once again a battle between TDP and YSRCP, but the result may differ from actual situation as per political analysts.

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BJP’s National Executive meeting in Vizag, TDP Feels Threatened

BJP’s decision to hold its national executive meeting in July at Vizag and the prime minister’s plan to hold a 23 km rally in that occasion are sure to rattle TDP chief Naidu.

Hyderabad: After Jana Sena decided to spoil the sport, now TDP is threatened by BJP from all sides after it decided to hold National Executive meetings in Vizag in July this year.

It is a clear indication from TDP ally, BJP, that it will go alone in the next elections which will be a true shocker for TDP President Naidu. BJP has decided to hold party’s national executive meeting in Vizag later in July in the presence of PM Modi.

Modi will organise a 23 km long road show in Vizag which will send signals to people of AP that BJP is in full force to roll in Southern states of India.

BJP is mainly focussing on South to win maximum MP seats in 2019 elections. As per BJP Leaders of AP, there will be friendly fight between TDP and BJP, but TDP is cornered on all sides with Jana Sena deciding to fight in elections and BJP trying to distance from ruling party.

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Its All TRS, KCR’s Survey For 2019 Indicates

There will be no seat for BJP in 2019 elections as per KCR’s personal survey.

Hyderabad: A survey conducted at the behest of CM KCR predicts that BJP will not get a single seat in 2019 elections and opposition Congress will be restricted only to two seats.

Surprisingly, the ruling TRS will get 111 seats and the AIMIM will get 6 seats if elections are held now or in 2019. This which announced during TRS legislator’s meet on Saturday.

This is far more than 2014 elections in which TRS was limited to 63 seats , Congress 26 seats and BJP only 5.

The announcement of the survey results came immediately after BJP national President Amit Shah visited Telangana and expressed confidence that the BJP will come to power in next elections.

After Shah’s visit, there was exchange of allegations between BJP and TRS particularly on the funds allocated by the Centre to Telangana.

KCR criticised Shah by saying that he is Bhramit Shah and should apologise tonTelangana people for false claims.

They also discussed about the impact of Amit Shah’s visit and the proposed visit of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi next month.

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Naidu’s Friends in BJP Get Isolated, As Foes Take Lead

It looks like BJP has made up its mind to sever ties with the TDP in the State, if not immediately. The anti-Chandrababu Naidu leaders in BJP have finally gained an upper hand over his backers with the visit of Amit Shah to the State.

Amaravati: The honeymoon between the BJP and the TDP in Andhra Pradesh is set to come to an end sooner or later. If not in 2017, it is for sure in the first half of the 2018, as the leaders feel that sooner the ties break the better. The BJP national president Amit Shah’s visit to the State had finally given an upper hand to the Chandrababu Naidu’s critics in the BJP to gain an upper hand over Naidu’s friends, who have been cementing the BJP-TDP alliance right from the beginning. The force with which Naidu’s critics have presented an argument against the alliance seems to have impressed Amit Shah who, after reaching Delhi, admitted the strong desire among the cadre and leaders to break the alliance with the TDP.

The Naidu baiters have placed two arguments before Amit Shah to justify their demand for breaking the alliance – the alliance has become a hurdle for BJP to expand and the falling graph of Naidu in the last three years. Though former Union Minister Kavuri Sambasiva Rao took the lead to give voice to Naidu’s critics, a large number of leaders were seen with him. At one point of time, it appeared as if Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and BJP State unit president Kambhampati Haribabu are the only leaders in the AP BJP supporting the TDP-BJP alliance while the rest are against it and want the break-up to happen immediately.

The anti-Chandrababu Naidu camp believes, as already claimed by Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, that the expansion of BJP while being an ally of the TDP is not possible as there is no reason for any leader who opposes TDP to join the BJP. They have also found that the TDP leaders at the grassroots were not allowing the BJP leaders to conduct the membership drive. So, for both the reasons, they want the party to snap ties with the TDP.

The leaders also see a huge gap between the ruling TDP and the Opposition YSR Congress in the State. The leaders see that Chandrababu Naidu’s image is fading out slowly but the image of Jagan Mohan Reddy is not improving either. They see the gap in the State politics where the BJP wants to take advantage and it is possible only if the party drops the TDP and stands alone.

Interestingly, appearing to have been convinced by these arguments, Amit Shah admitted to have seen the popular demand to ‘Leave TDP and Save BJP’ in Andhra Pradesh. This admission, according to the party sources, would turn into a reality once the Presidential elections are over. The BJP leadership in Delhi too is waiting for the prestigious Presidential election, which is scheduled in July, to be over.

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Shah’s Visit To Telugu States, What Did It Mean?

BJP’s national President Amit Shah toured Telangana and Andhra for 6 days to boost party’s prospects for 2019 elections. Has it triggered political storm in Telugu states as expected?

Hyderabad: Before Amit Shah’s tour there was clear and confident statements by BJP leaders in both states that the tour will bring momentum for party cadre and big leaders from other parties will plunge into BJP. They also said it will create tremors for TRS in Telangana and the TDP in AP.

When Shah toured Nalgonda district of Telangana, he tried to pluck the feathers of TRS by stating that ruling party is not using the Central government schemes properly and Modi Government gave nearly ₹ 1 lakh crores for the development of Telangana. But the rebuttal by CM KCR has put Shah on the back foot which was not expected of him.

Same thing happened when he gave a call that Hyderabad LS seat will be won by the BJP in 2019 elections. Owaisi came back with harsh words by saying AIMIM will win not only Hyderabad but also Secunderabad LS Seat which is with the BJP now.

Later on, Amit Shah moved to Vijayawada for a public meeting which witnessed a large crowd for the first time for BJP in Andhra. Thanks to Somaraju Veerraju, who is trying to become BJP AP in-charge before next elections. He tried to pull the attention with slogans from his cadre TO LEAVE TDP as Somraju is anti-TDP.

Before that Amit Shah had a closed one-to-one meeting with Naidu and exchanged views about the future of the two parties in sate. He also heard the views of local leaders like kavuri, kanna, Hari babu and Union Minister venkiah Naidu.

When discussion came about Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan, it is learnt that Shah told BJP leaders not to bother about Pawan. At the same time, while addressing media, Shah said that party cadre is forcing the BJP to contest alone in 2019 elections and a decision will depend upon the situation just before the elections.

Finally, Shah’s visit did not create any flutter as expected. No leader has joined the party either in Telangana or in Andhra. Not very important persons like Director Chinni Krishna have joined the party. But one thing is clear, Shah warmed up the party’s c

Will BJP’s Strategy Work In Telangana?

The speculations are that Amit Shah is looking at implementing Uttar Pradesh formula in Telangana too. It means attracting more of BC leaders in the State, at a time when KCR is determined to implement SC/ST sub plan and enhanced quota for minorities.

Hyderabad: A master strategist and BJP national president Amit Shah is determined to strengthen the party in the South Indian States. As part of this mission, he is touring in Telangana. It is true that the BJP has some roots though weak in Telangana than in Andhra Pradesh. Even the RSS is much stronger in the State. The BJP wants to consolidate its position.

Now, Telangana doesn’t even have a solid opposition party in the Assembly.  Congress is ailing with a lack of proper leadership, and Telugu Desam Party has virtually disintegrated, with strong leaders crossing the floor and becoming ministers. The only dynamic leader found in Telugu Desam Party is Revanth Reddy. With such a situation, TDP is also not in a position to put up a strong fight in the coming elections.

Against this background, Amit Shah arrived in the State in a bid to fill this political vacuum. The BJP president started his tour in Nalgonda district. He visited several villages and is interacting with the aam janata there. He is inquiring them about the problems they are facing and also talking about the central schemes meant for them. He is asking them if the schemes are reaching them.

Taking a dig at Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) he said it is not possible to achieve ‘Bangaru Telangana’ by adopting the family rule. On the first of his tour, he mentioned three vital issues.

Apart from this, speculations are that Amit Shah is looking at implementing Uttar Pradesh formula in Telangana too. They are looking at attracting more of BC leaders in the State, at a time when KCR is determined to implement SC/ST sub plan and enhanced quota for minorities.

BJP wants to exploit the dissatisfaction among the BC leaders. As part of the strategy, they had already contacted BC leader and Telugu Desam legislator R. Krishnaiah, who has been working for the backward castes for decades. Such a leader will help BJP to understand the caste configuration in districts and also identify the reasons for their dissatisfaction. Not only that Krishnaiah was a popular leader in the united AP. He has contacts all over the State. Now if Krishnaiah joins the Party, the party can benefit from his experience and contacts in both Telugu States.

In Uttar Pradesh, BJP united all the Backward Caste leaders other than Yadavs and gave them tickets. As there was huge resentment against Yadavs in the State, they got easily elected.

The BJP wants to use the same formula here and in Andhra Pradesh too. It’s true that dominant castes are in power in the Telugu States since the formation, now they want to change it.

They are in touch with Jana Sena chief Pawan kalyan , who is a kapu. There is a lot of dissatisfaction amongst these caste leaders against the existing political parties. BJP might try to encash it too.

On the whole, one has to wait and see if the Uttar Pradesh formula will have any relevance in the Telugu States.

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Kesineni Says TDP Paid Price For Alliance With BJP

MP Kesineni said TDP’s majority was reduced in Vijayawada Parliamentary Constituency due to alliance with the BJP. He further predicted that the party would win 2019 elections with more than 3 lakh votes majority.

Vijayawada: In less than 24 hours after the BJP leader and Central Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had hinted at review of the TDP-BJP alliance for the next round of elections, TDP MP from Vijayawada Kesineni Srinivas (Nani) spoke against continuation of the elections for 2019. Speaking at the party urban committee meeting, the MP said that his majority in the Vijayawada Lok Sabha Constituency in 2014 elections was reduced to 75,000 because of the alliance with the BJP and asserted that the majority would go beyond 3 lakh in 2019 if there was no alliance. The TDP had to pay heavy price by giving the Vijayawada West Assembly seat to the BJP in alliance during the elections. The BJP had lost the seat making the difference in the majority for the MP, he asserted.

Kesineni said that the next round of elections would have greater vote base for the ruling TDP as people across the State, in general, and in the seven Assembly segments of the Vijayawada Lok Sabha Constituency, in particular, were in favour of development initiatives of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. The party would win the 2019 elections hands down and there was no need for an alliance with the BJP, he asserted.

Though the TDP leaders who were present in the meeting including Minister Nakka Ananda Babu did not subscribe to the MP’s comments on the alliance, their silence to his claims indicated their acceptance. The BJP leaders in the State too are in favour of breaking the alliance for the 2019 elections and so are the TDP leaders. While the BJP leaders claim that the TDP’s victory in the last elections was due to the Modi effect, the TDP leaders assert that the BJP had won a few seats in AP only because of the wave in favour of Chandrababu Naidu after bifurcation. This claim from both sides stands against the cementing relations between the two parties at the grassroots level and the gap gets widened every time the parties meet separately.

It is to be seen how the top leadership of the two parties takes the decision ending speculation on the alliance. The BJP is getting ready for a show off on May 25 with the party national president Amit Shah addressing the party workers in Vijayawada, while the TDP is set for a major show in Visakhapatnam for three days from May 27 during its Mahanadu. The parties are set to take up the issue for internal debate first during these meetings.

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Naidu At Catch 22, To Be Or Not To Be With BJP

TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu is in a catch-22 situation in his relationship with the enigmatic Prime Minister Modi. He has been swallowing insults unable to sever ties with the BJP.


Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu is in a tricky situation, a catch 22 dilemma,  not being able to decide whether to swallow insults  or to rebel. He has every reason to call off the alliance with the BJP. His heart tells him to sever ties with the BJP and build bridges with the Left parties. But his mind cautions him against the adventure since Narendra Modi is very clever and he remains the most powerful politician in the country unlike Vajpayee or Advani with whom Naidu played games.

In the past when the TDP was a partner with the BJP, Naidu had a royal reception in Delhi. He met Prime Minister Vajpayee or Deputy Prime Minister Advani at will. Even his party colleague Erran Naidu used to talk to the prime minister straight on phone at any length.

Things are entirely different today. Naidu badly wanted to meet Modi before going to the US. Union Minister of State Sujana Chowdary tried his best for two days to get an appointment of the PM for his party leader but in vain.

To rub salt on the wound, the prime minister chose to spend an hour with Naidu’s bête noire YS Jagan Mohan Reddy when he (Naidu) was away in the US. Emerging out of prime minister’s residence, Jagan said he had no differences with the PM excepting on two issues, Special Category Status for AP and remunerative prices for agricultural yield. The young opposition leader declared his unconditional support to the NDA candidate in the forthcoming presidential election. This is strange because even the NDA partners like Shiv Sena are yet to announce their commitment.

This new-found bonhomie between Modi and Jagan has naturally caused envy and a feeling of insecurity among the TDP leaders. Ministers like Devineni Umamaheswara Rao have attacked Jagan for genuflecting at Modi for the fear of criminal cases. They found fault with the PM for granting interview to Jagan while the BJP is in alliance with the TDP. In the meanwhile, Andhra Jyothi, considered to be favourable to Naidu, has published a story saying that Jagan has submitted a letter  to Modi requesting for action to be taken against the officers of Enforcement Directorate stationed in Chennai and Hyderabad, Gowd and Gandhi respectively) for acting to the advantage of Naidu. Union Home Ministry is looking into the complaint. The newspaper accused Jagan of meeting the PM for seeking personal favour and not to represent the people. The next day, Karunakara Reddy, YSRCP leader, told a media conference that the representation quoted by the newspaper is an old one that was sent to the PM in February and in the latest letter handed over to the PM by Jagan on May 10, the opposition leader has demanded remunerative price for farm output and Special Category status among other things.

Naidu returned from the US trip in this atmosphere. He stayed back in Delhi to consult friends in legal fraternity. The Supreme Court had earlier issued notices to Naidu in ‘note for vote’ case. He is concerned about it. On his return to Amaravati, Naidu spoke disapproving the meeting between Modi and Jagan ridiculing the latter for trying to curry favour with the PM to avoid punitive action by ED and the CBI.

This discourse against PM meeting the AP opposition leader did not go well with the BJP. Local BJP leaders were forced to criticise TDP leaders for their disparaging remarks against their supreme leader, Modi.

M Venkaiah Naidu, who has been helping Chandrababu Naidu in maintaining good relations with Modi and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) was cut up with the loose talk indulged in by the TDP leaders. He said on Saturday that there is nothing wrong with the PM meeting an opposition leader from a state. The controversy is the result of lack of understanding of political formalities and niceties. Venkaiah Naidu also clarified that the decision to have or not to have an electoral tie-up with the TDP will be taken by the BJP at the time of next elections in 2019.

These developments have caused unease for Chandrababu Naidu. For almost one year Naidu could not talk to Modi one-on-one despite many attempts. The enigmatic nature of Modi has been keeping Naidu guessing. This has not been his experience with Vajpayee. The impending visit of BJP president Amit Shah has been causing apprehensions among the TDP leaders. The BJP leadership has been trying to build the party at grassroots level. The booth committees have been formed. Amit Shah during his 3-day tour of AP starting May 25 is going to address the members of the booth committees. The growth of the BJP is going to be only at the cost of the TDP. And Naidu knows it better than anybody else. Against this background, Naidu has been scratching his head not knowing what to do.

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BJP Spruces Up Vijayawada For Amit Shah’s Visit On May 25

BJP AP unit is sprucing up Vijayawada for Amit Shah’s visit scheduled for May 25. The spacious Siddhartha Medical College grounds is being readied for the mega event.

Amaravati: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership in Andhra Pradesh is getting ready for the party national chief Amit Shah’s visit to Vijayawada on May 25. The party has finally zeroed in on the spacious Siddhartha Medical College grounds in the city for the event. As the party is planning to have a massive gathering of over 75,000 leaders for the event, the State leadership is racing against time to mobilise the crowd.

Minister for Health, Dr Kamineni Srinivas, led the party leadership in the State to perform the Bhoomi Pooja for the event. BJP AP general secretary Jammula Shyam Kishore, senior leaders GR Ravindra Raju, V Satyamurthy, V Srinivasa Raju and Lakshmipathi Raja joined the Minister in the ground breaking ceremony.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the BJP had formed 25,000 booth level committees in the State. The May 25 meeting would have three members from each of the booth committees that would make the event a success.

Senior leader Srinivasa Raju said that the party had completed the membership drive and had formed the booth level committees. The party would further expand its base in the State and would be ready for the 2019 elections. He expressed confidence that the BJP in Andhra Pradesh would be a right alternative to the people for the next round of elections.

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BJP Legislator Takes Selfie When Fire Destroys Houses

Netizens have found fault with a Rajasthan MLA who took selfie when fire accident occurred. He has his explanation.

Jaipur: Nagia Morili Daang area in Bayana Town of Rajasthan had a fire accident and many houses were gutted. BJP legislator Bachchu Singh who rushed to the spot took out his mobile and had a selfie shot on the spot.

He further posted the selfie in his personal FB which was facing severe criticism from netizens across world.

Is this the right time to take selfie? Instead of taking photo shots, the MLA could have poured two buckets of water to douse the fire, Netizens commented in response to the post in FB.

After facing severe criticism, Singh came out with an explanation that it was not a selfie and that picture was shot to inform the officials that he reached the spot. He further added SDM did not pick my phone so I sent the picture to ADM to inform that I reached the spot and picture was for confirmation.

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Will It Be TRS Vs BJP In Telangana?

Amit Shah is expected to herald sweeping changes in Telangana politics with his three-day visit when many leaders from the Congress and TTDP are likely to meet him.

Hyderabad: Well the political scenario is going to change as per political experts in Telangana for next elections. Amit Shah’s tour may bring a lot of changes in State politics. Amit Shah will be touring Telangana in last week of May.

As per sources, leaders from Congress and TTDP are ready to join BJP to fight against TRS, the only weapon they are looking for political survival is once again MODI.

It is clear that TTDP is in a risk of losing its existence in Telangana state with only 3 MLAs representing the party and with clear indications that the BJP will not join TDP in AP; TBJP leaders are trying to woo the balance of TTDP MLAS into their party. They are mainly targeting the only charismatic leader of TTDP, Revanth Reddy. There are also rumour which suggest that the BJP top leadership said no to a proposal to admit Revant into the party. The leaders pointed out the case of note for vote which Revant is facing. However, all eyes will be on Revant when Amit Shah visits Hyderabad.

Coming to T Congress, though their leader Rahul Gandhi has plans to visit Sanga Reddy on June 1st, few senior leaders who believe that the Congress has no chance to come to power both in the state and the centre, are looking towards BJP.

Leaders from Nalgonda, Adilabad, Karimnagar, Khammam are among those who are willing to join the BJP.

TRS is keenly observing the strategic plan being implemented by the BJP and it plans to move closer to AIMIM, but line is not cleared until now by the AIMIM. At the same time, the TRS is playing a safe game with BJP and recently TRS MP Jithender reddy made a statement that his party will support NDA Presidential candidate.

This is a game plan by BJP and TRS who are trying to gain upper hand in next elections, One wants to regain power and the other wants to use MODI MANTRA to attain power.

We have to see whom the swing will favour after Amit Shah’s tour.

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Amit Shah To Address A Big Meet At Vijayawada

BJP chief Amit Shah schedule for AP tour is finalised. He would address a massive gathering of the party booth committee members on April 22.

Amaravati: Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah will address a massive gathering of 75,000 booth level committee members on April 25. He would arrive in the city concluding his three-day tour in Telangana State.

The BJP leaders have finalised the schedule for Shah’s visit and are now searching for a suitable place for the mega event. The party leaders claim that they have already constituted committees for 21,000 polling booths out of the total of 42,165 in the State. The party is now making arrangements to complete formation of the booth level committees for another 3,000 in the next three weeks taking the number of booth committees to 25,000. The Shah’s meeting would have three members from every booth level committee, the party leaders said.

While Shah’s Telangana tour is seen as the party’s attempt to consolidate its presence in Telangana hitting at the ruling TRS government. The BJP in Telangana is giving a tough fight to the TRS government as Opposition and its MLAs are now under suspension from the Assembly because of unfriendly attitude. The BJP leadership thus wants to consolidate its place in the State pulling away from its ally – TDP. Interestingly, the relationship between TDP and BJP has not been going well in TS as the two parties are maintaining distance. The TDP is now getting closer to the Congress in fighting against the TRS government. If the present trend is seen, there is all likelihood of the TDP teaming up with the Congress along with the Left parties for the 2019 elections. It is for this reason, the BJP wants to maintain distance with the TDP in TS and Shah’s tour is set to help the party to reach this target.

When the BJP chief enters AP on April 25, the party wants to project its strength here to the ruling TDP, which is playing a big brother role in alliance. In Andhra Pradesh politics, it is the TDP-led alliance for the BJP with Chandrababu Naidu playing the lead role. However, the BJP, which is the big brother in the national politics is not comfortable with Naidu playing big brother in AP. The BJP wants to maintain its lead in NDA even in AP politics and that is possible only if the party improves its base.

It is towards this target that the BJP in Andhra Pradesh began marching forward forming the booth level committees. The party wants to complete the exercise in the next two to three months. Besides Shah’s visit to the State in the third week of this month, the BJP national executive is slated for three days from August 25 at Visakhapatnam. This would be the time for the BJP to create a positive impact in State politics and the leaders in the State are working on these lines.

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Is Kiranmoy Nanda Being Wooed By BJP For A Role In West Bengal?

Kiranmoy Nanda was a minister in West Bengal for 30 years. He was the only Vice-President of the SP and the most important leader after Mulayam and Akhilesh. Is he joining to join the BJP to play a bigger role in West Bengal?

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Kolkata: The BJP is trying to woo senior Samajwadi Party leader Kiranmoy Nanda to its fold as part of a scheme to come to power in West Bengal, according to reliable sources.

In the wake of unprecedented victory in UP, the BJP has become aggressive in order to gain upper hand in the States in which it is not in power. Tamil Nadu politics have become a potboiler because of BJP’s unbridled ambition.

The BJP has been preparing a specific game plan for each State depending on the objective conditions obtained there. As part of the strategy evolved for West Bengal, SP Vice- President and Rajya Sabha Member Kiranmoy Nanda is being courted by senior BJP leaders. Top BJP leaders like Amit Shah, Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh are in touch with Nanda and offered very tempting options.

The BJP had for the first time won two Lok Sabha seats from West Bengal in 2014. The BJP vote share has increased in West Bengal in 2014 over previous elections. While the BJP was polled 11.6 percent in 2011, it has gone up to 16.8 percent in 2014. Party president Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani and 40 other leaders have finished their three-day tour in the State on Sunday. They had meetings with the ground level worker and discussed the ways and means to strengthen the party. Amit Shah has focused on three issues:1)Hindutva 2) Vikas-Development programmes pursued by Modi and 3) corruption in the Mamata establishment. While focussing on the immediate Municipal and Panchayati raj election, the long-term strategy for 2019 general elections is being worked out.

The future of senior leaders of Samajwadi Party has been in zeopardy ever since SP lost the UP election miserably. Kiranmoy Nanda is the third most important leader in the SP after Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh. He hails from West Bengal where he is popular. He has been in public life for more than four decades. Nanda was the top leader of the Socialist Party in West Bengal. On behalf of that party, he was in the Left Front Cabinet for thirty long years from 1981 to 2011. He handled important portfolios including fisheries, a key subject in West Bengal. In the wake of the developments that followed the defeat of the Left Front, Kiranmoy got the West Bengal Socialist Party merged in to Samajwadi Party. Nanda was made Rajya Sabha Member by the SP. Nanda had started his political life exactly 40 years ago in 1977, when he was elected as an MLA on Janata Party ticket.

Nanda has good reputation in West Bengal as a spotless leader who is considered a winning horse. He enjoys good relations with ruling and opposition parties at national level. He is a good orator. Impressed by these credentials, the BJP leadership is keen on getting Nanda into its fold. The tenure of Nanda in RS will end in April, 2018. Reliable sources suggest that the BJP wishes to get Nanda elected to RS on its ticket and probably field him as chief ministerial candidate in the Assembly elections scheduled for 2021. The party plans to attract the votes of the Hindu refugees from Bangladesh through Nanda.

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AP Senior BJP Leader Dies In Road Accident

A BJP leader in Chittor district died in a car accident on Sunday when he was travelling from Bengaluru to Tirupati.

Chittoor: AP State BJP Polit Bureau member and senior leader from Chittoor district Chengalraya died on the spot while his car met with an accident while returning from Bengaluru. The mishap occurred at Oogini village in Gangavaram mandal on Sunday.

Chengalraya, along with his son, on his way to Tirupathi from Bengaluru in Scorpio van was hit by KSRTC bus. Chengalraya died on the spot and his son Ravi Kumar, who was seriously injured was rushed to Palamaneru hospital. He was later moved to Vellore VMC. His condition is critical. The development is heart wrenching as Chengalraya went to Bengaluru to fix marriage for his son.

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BJP’s Big Brother Role In TS Unpalatable To TTDP

BJP is playing a big brother role in Telangana ignoring the alliance with the TDP. The TTDP leaders ask Naidu to sever ties with the saffron party for next polls.
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Amaravati: Having sounded the early polls bugle, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is caught in a tough position over the alliance with the BJP for the next elections. His party leaders from Telangana, who have met him in Amaravati on Tuesday, asked Naidu to sever ties with the BJP and allow the party to go it alone for the next elections. They complained against the big brother attitude of the BJP leaders in Telangana and wanted Naidu to take up the issue with the Central leadership of the party. They alleged that the BJP leaders in Telangana were ignoring the TDP and were giving indications of having no tie-up for the elections, treating the T TDP leaders as non-locals.

The TTDP leaders are planning to have their mini-mahanadu on May 24 and have invited Naidu to be the chief guest. The TTDP leaders have also briefed him about their activities in Telangana, particularly both inside and outside the Assembly as an Opposition party. When the leaders took to his notice the issue of their MLAs suspension from the TS Assembly and requested him to condemn it, Naidu is said to have kept mum. The TDP leaders have requested Naidu, as national president of the party, to speak about the policies of the TRS government in TS for which also Naidu reserved his comments.

When the TTDP leaders complained to him about the big brother attitude of the BJP in Telangana, Naidu is said to have told them that he would speak about it with the party senior leaders including Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and ensure that the relations between the two alliance partners are not strained.

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Delimitation Is Not An Issue Bothering Netas

Even if the EC refuses to increase the number Assembly seats through Delimitation, the entry of Jana Sena will open 175 options (seats) for the aspirants. If BJP too is going alone, there would be an added 175 options.

Amaravati: The Central government and the State Election Commission have clarified that there is no proposal to increase the number of Assembly seats in the two Telugu States for the next round of elections. Though the ruling parties in the two Telugu States are claiming that they would get the Assembly seats increased as per the AP Reorganisation Act, the chances of increasing the number of seats are very less or rather appear to be nil as it require Constitutional amendment.

There were such negative statements and indications from the Central government on several occasions for the increase of the number of Assembly seats. The State Election Commission had categorically said that there was no proposal for delimitation of the Assembly seats in the State. State Election Commissioner Bhanwarlal in a reply to tribal leader Suryanayak, had said that the EC had no delimitation proposal and this had ruled out the possibility of having more Assembly seats.

However, the leaders are not worried about the increase in the number of seats for the 2019 elections. The decision of the Jana Sena to contest the next elections had opened 175 seats for the aspirants. Though Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan indicated that he would not entertain turncoats, he would be forced to accommodate several leaders like Bonda Umamaheswara Rao and Ganta Srinivasa Rao, who are now with the ruling TDP. There are several such leaders who are expected to vacate their seats in the TDP thus opening chances for the new leaders in the ruling party.

The mood of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the State to go alone in the next elections had given scope for the opening of another 175 seats for the aspirants. The BJP, if going alone in the next elections, would certainly take some leaders from the TDP. There are a handful of leaders in the ruling TDP who are not happy with the style of Chandrababu Naidu and the increasing domination and intervention of his son Lokesh both in the government and the party. The senior leaders are looking st alternatives to desert the future leader of the party, Lokesh and the option before them is the BJP.

The Jana Sena and the BJP are set to take greater number of candidates from the ruling TDP, though they would be eating into the Opposition vote bank. With an eye on these two parties, the leaders have started exploring the opportunities to be in the battle with a party ticket, even if the delimitation is not done as promised in the AP Reorganisation Act 2014.

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