Naidu Hints At Early Polls, Asks TDP To Get Ready

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had reportedly hinted at the State going for early elections in 2018 and asked the leaders to get ready.

Amaravati: Telugu Desam national president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had reportedly hinted at early elections in the State. He spoke to the party leaders at a meeting of the party coordination committee on Friday. Naidu had reportedly told the leaders that he was expecting early elections in the State and wanted them to get ready for the same. Naidu is reported to have given results of a secret survey that he had got conducted in the State recently about the popularity of the parties. Comforting the party leaders, Naidu is understood to have told them that the party’s image had gone up considerably with the two prime projects of Polavaram and Amaravati making progress.

He said people in the State were watching the progress of the works in the two projects and they were of the opinion that these projects could be completed only if the TDP is returned to power. With this in view, the party’s vote share had gone up by 16.13 per cent while the YSR Congress vote base had got eroded by 13.45 per cent. This fall in the YSR Congress vote base would increase further once the government expedites the Polavaram and Amaravati works, he asserted.

Though the party senior leaders were dumbstruck at the prospect of early elections, Naidu had briefed them the advantage of going for early polls with the half-completed works of Polavaram and Amaravati. He had tried to breath confidence into the leaders by projecting the long six-lane seed access road and seven internal roads that are proposed for the capital. He had reportedly told the leaders that the images of these roads and the images of the temporary secretariat would build a positive image for the TDP in the days to come. He wanted the leaders to make up their minds to go for elections at least six months ahead of the schedule with the progress card on Polavaram and Amaravati.

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Southern States Most Corrupt: Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu top the list

A survey conducted by Centre for Media Studies has revealed that Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Jammu Kashmir and Punjab thrive on corruption in accessing public services

New Delhi: Petty corruption in the country between 2013 and 2017 has been on a decline, found a new survey. The survey conducted by the Centre for Media Studies (CMS), said that the perception and experience of corruption in public services have been on a decline.

The study was released by NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy. Around 3,000 households from over 200 rural and urban clusters of 20 States were surveyed as part of this.

Three south Indian States Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu; Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab were amongst the first ten States that experienced corruption in accessing public services. While Karnataka stood first with 77% of corruption, Andhra Pradesh 74%, Tamil Nadu 68%, Maharashtra 57%, Jammu Kashmir 44%, and Punjab with 42%.
The households across 20 States paid a bribe of Rs. 6350 crores in 2017 against 20,500 crores in 2005, to access 10 public services, the report said.

The key reasons for paying a bribe to access a public service remained the same between 2005 and 2017, said CMS chairman N Bhaskara Rao. This only points out that ground level issues were not taken into consideration while addressing corruption, he added.

Saying that they were producing reports on corruption for several years, Rao told that they wanted the NITI Aayog to take note of these as they are the policy makers.

Bihar (74%), Jammu, Kashmir (69%), Odisha (60%), Rajasthan (59%) and Tamil Nadu (59%) were the most corrupt cases in 2005, said CMS.

The institution also held a telephonic survey in January on the impact of demonetization with a random selection across 20 States. While fifty percent respondents felt the level of corruption between November –December last year has reduced, 12 percent opined that graft has increased during that time, while 21 per cent felt that there was no change in the situation, explained the survey.

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AP CM Launches Mega Call Centre For Public Grievances

AP Chief Minister Naidu launched a major call center on Friday to redress peoples’ grievances on all departments.

Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has inaugurated Parishkara Vedika, a major call centre, here as part of his initiative to develop citizen-centric governance. The main aim of this initiative is to establish a grievance redressal- oriented forum to enable all the citizens to rely on to get transparent and approachable services. With this citizens can air their grievances directly stating their Aadhaar numbers.

The centre aims at getting independent feedback from the beneficiaries on various government welfare schemes. It would also educate them on ways to derive maximum benefits from the respective schemes. Citizen contact will occur through various means like IVRS, SMS, voice response, web chat, social media and multiple web platforms of the State government.

Andhra Pradesh State Planning Board and AP centre for financial systems and services have come together to launch this initiative through a collaborative engagement with Karvy data management services limited. The mega call centre was established with 750 seats and function for 12 hours per day initially.

Being first of its kind, the centre will seek feedback from citizens and capture information about govt schemes on certain key parameters like reach, transparency, free of corruption and efficiency in their operations, so as to work towards establishing continuous improvement to increase the effectiveness in the implementation of the schemes.

The special features of the centre include robo calls through voice of CM on different events and occasions, automatic call distribution, interactive voice response system, computer telephone integration, citizen experience management centre application, performance monitoring, quality management and recording.

Speaking on the occasion, Naidu said he is giving priority for technology to reach public directly to get cent per cent satisfaction level from people. He said that the centre would help to solve the grievances of people in real time. He said the centre would help to curb corruption at all levels as citizens can air their grievances directly through a toll free phone number.

The Chief Minister said the government is planning to introduce core data authority to identify real poor and help them. He said that the state government has introduced several measures to reach people including kaizala connect to CM app.

Ministers, APSPB vice-chairman C Kutumba Rao and others were present.

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How Much Naidu Pay To Hayat Park Hotel?

Though as Chief Minister he lived in Amaravati, on the banks of river Krishna, his wife and daughter-in-law lived in the hotel.

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s family stayed in the star hotel, Hayat Park Hotel, in Hyderabad as their new house was built. Though as Chief Minister he lived in Amaravati, on the banks of river Krishna, his wife and daughter-in-law lived in the hotel.

Though there are no reports of Andhra Pradesh government making payment for this hotel rent, it is said that the expenditure would be around Rs 20 crore. The Chief Minister’s family has been staying there since May 2016, which is close to one year. The family hired three President Suits, which are charged Rs 1,14,750 rent per day. According to this information, the three suits would cost Chandrababu Naidu’s family a whopping Rs 3,44,250 per day and Rs 1,03,27,500 per month. As the family is staying in the three President Suits for the past one year, the rent alone is around Rs 12,39,30,000. This is in addition to the food and other expenses for the family, their security personnel and the visitors.

When the Chief Minister is staying in a posh guest house on the banks of river Krishna for which the government had paid for the renovations and meeting all other expenses, it is to be seen if there is a provision to pay for the expenses and rentals for the family members of the Chief Minister living elsewhere.

A post about the hotel expenditure of Chandrababu Naidu’s family in Hyderabad is going viral in the social media. The Chief Minister, who still prefers to stay in the hotel even after the housewarming ceremony held last week, is now under the scan of the social media.

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Is CBN Losing Grip? Open Revolts In TDP Become Routine

Chandrababu Naidu who has been leading the TDP for 22 years with an iron hand appears to be losing grip as open revolts by senior party leaders has become the order of the day.

Amaravati: The outburst of three-time Mo and Dalit leader Siva Prasad at Tirupati on Friday against the leadership of the ruling TDP has sent shockwaves across the party. The MP has chosen Ambedkar’s birth anniversary to mount an attack on AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu (CBN).

There is dissent and resentment that continues, even more vociferously, this time in the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). Perhaps this is for the first time that there is such an open resentment among the party leaders across the 13 districts of the State. Though CBN), president of the party, could keep his folks together and clip their wings in the 23 districts of the undivided State, he now seems to have lost control over the ranks as the dissent voices are heard every day from some corner of the State or the other. All these developments raise doubts over Chandrababu Naidu ability to keep the party united. He is not as assertive this time as he was in his earlier stint.

The Cabinet expansion had seen more dissidence and open defiance of the leader across the State. In fact, for the first time CBN had taken more than 24 hours in consultations to expand his Cabinet, which was not the case earlier. This time, he was rather forced to sit with Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu to rejig his Cabinet and hold consultations with the aspirants. There was open outburst by the party senior leaders, right from seniors like Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary, Dhulipalla Narendra Kumar, Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy and Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy, to the juniors like Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, Anitha and others. While the aspirants were more vocal in expressing their dissent, those who were dropped from the Cabinet were seen denigrating CBN in the presence of their supporters. This kind of expression of dissent against CBN was not seen in his earlier term. Surprisingly, Chandrababu Naidu took again 24 hours time to finalise portfolios of the Ministers after reshuffle, which would have been completed by the evening of day when the oath was given.
Now, there is open revolt against the leadership of CBN. A three-time MP from Tirupathi, N Sivaprasad grabbed an opportunity to target CBN’s dispensation. He spoke at the Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations in the temple town where the leader found fault with the government and the Chief Minister for diverting the funds from the SC Sub-Plan. The MP’s open outburst exposes how the Chandrababu Naidu’s dispensation had diverted funds from the SC Sub-Plan to the popular schemes likes Chandranna Kanuka for the festivals.

In the nighbouring Kadapa district, the SC Cell leaders of the TDP are on hunger strike right at the NTR statue alleging injustice being done to them. The TDP leaders led by Elia, Vijayalakshmi, Meenakshi are on hunger strike seeking justice – recognition – for the SCs in the party for their services.

While this dissidence or the expression of resentment by the leaders is from within the party to doubt the firm grip that CBN has there is another point in the administrative side as well. His control over the bureaucrats has been found weakened in several occasions. Perhaps for the first time, CBN could not transfer the senior Babus (IAS & IPS officers) in the State as per his wish even after 48 hours. He had been working on the major reshuffle of the bureaucrats that would be his 2019 election team in administration and it is more than 48 hours back that he started the exercise. He is under pressure or rather undecided on the transfers of the officers as he used to do it in one day in one stroke in his previous stint. Something has happened to CBN’s confidence levels that has stymied his style.

 

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AP CM Caught Reading Sakshi Newspaper

AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu was caught reading Sakshi newspaper which he has been attacking day in and day out. He asked his party members not to read the paper or watch Sakshi TV news channel.

Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who criticises Sakshi newspaper and Sakshi TV a number of times in Assembly and at media conferences was caught red-handed on Tuesday.

Late YSR used to ask people not to read two papers which were against his Government when he was CM. He came out openly by citing the names of Eenadu and Andhra Jyothy. After TDP came to power, Sakshi media came out with a series of stories against the ruling party on land acquisition in Capital Zone which irked TDP leaders.

Naidu and his son Lokesh came down heavily on Sakshi media and gave a call for cadres to stop reading Sakshi papaer or watching the TV channel from the same stable.

But now, Naidu was seen seriously immersed in reading Sakshi news paper while travelling in a car. This has caught the party cadres wondering at the attitude of their leader.

Butchaiah Chowdary, TDP MLA, who was cut up when he was denied a berth in the Cabinet during the recent expansion, has also criticised Naidu for questioning party leaders basing on the information published by Sakshi newspaper. He said it shows the double standards practised by the CM. He skipped the East Godavari review meeting chaired by Naidu the other day.

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Babu Goes Aggressive On YSR Congress

“If Congress was buried for its faulty bifurcation, the YSR Congress too has to be buried for its corruption and criminal politics in the State,” Chandrababu Naidu said.

Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu went aggressive on targeting the Opposition YSR
Congress and made an open appeal to the people to dump the party. He termed the party as party of dacoits, looters and economic criminals and wanted people to bury it before it raises its head.

Chandrababu Naidu visited Visakhapatnam on Tuesday to participate in official programmes. During his address to the people there in one of the meetings, Chandrababu Naidu said that people have buried the Congress in the State for its faults of bifurcation of the State. He wanted similar reaction from the people to bury the YSR Congress. “If Congress was buried for its faulty bifurcation, the YSR Congress too has to be buried for its corruption and criminal politics in the State,” Chandrababu Naidu said.

The Chief Minister further wanted people to bury the YSR Congress deep in the earth and cement it so that it never raises its head in the future. He said that the YSR Congress has become the obstacle for the development of the State which had suffered severely because of the Congress and the bifurcation. The State has to be developed on all fronts and has to be made the global destination in the years to come, he said and added that the development of the State is possible only if the Congress and the YSR Congress are kept out of public life.

Taking cue from the tone and tenor in which Chandrababu Naidu spoke against the YSR Congress, the days to come are set to be tough for the Opposition. It appears to be impossible for the Opposition to counter the onslaught and stand alive for the next two years if Naidu and his Ministers continue this verbal attack. It is to be seen how Jagan Mohan Reddy and his YSR Congress would withstand the powerfully packed verbal attack from the ruling Telugu Desam in the days to come.

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CMs Of Telugu States Destroying Spirit Of The Constitution, Live In Fools’ Paradise

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have thrown up to stable Governments in 2014 elections. Why are the CMs indulging in horse-trading thus destroying common man’s faith in the Constitution?

Jaya Prakash Adusumilli

Of late, a vast majority of Indians  are  confronted with a piquant situation, wherein  the  so called  guardians of  Constitution  are  displaying utter contempt towards  the provisions of  the Constitution and the spirit behind it. The latest offenders on the  constitution being Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Speaker of AP  Assembly   and  the  Chief  Minister  of  Andhra  Pradesh, who are  considered  to  be  the  high  priests   of  Constitution  and  have  taken  pledge  in  the  name  of   the Constitution  to  protect the same, who have virtually molested the Constitution and the  new capital of Andhra Pradesh, ie., Amaravati is a silent spectator for the massacre of the Constitution.

As  per the  provisions of the  anti-defection law, which is a part  of the Constitution, the people’s representatives, who shift their loyalties to another party, run the risk of forfeiture of their representative status. However, in  the twin Telugu states of Telangana & Andhra Pradesh, the anti-defection law is nullified and  the turncoats are  rewarded  with  the ministerial berths. Even though  the  appointment  of  ministers  is  the  prerogative of  the  Chief  Minister, he shall  exercise  his powers  within  the  frame work of the constitution. He is legally bound to select his own party members or neutral members,  who  are  not  affiliated to any other political  party, as ministers  in  his cabinet. However, both the Chief ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are guilty of inducing defection in the  opposition  parties  by  offering  ministerial posts  as  a  reward  for  their  defection. The  Governor  is  duty-bound  to  remind  the  Chief  Ministers  of  this  provision  in  the  Constitution  and  shall  ensure  stoppage  of  horse  trading. However,  the  present  Governor  has  not  only  subjugated   the  Constitution    but  in fact  has  encouraged  defections  by  administering  the  oath  of   ministry  to  the  defected  members.    It  is  expected   that  the  President of  India  will  interfere  and  prevent the  Governor  from  violation  of  the  Constitution. But   President Pranab Mukherjee has displayed a studied silence on the matter.

Further,  the  role  of  Speaker  in  the  entire  episode  has  invited  all-round  condemnation. The office of Speaker is considered  to  be a sacrosanct institution and  stalwarts like Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar, Ananthasayanam Iyengar, who adorned the office of Speaker in the 1950s, have brought great credibility and respect to  the  institution. However, of  late, degeneration  and degeneration has occurred in the  august  office and utilizing the office of  Speaker to meet their personal ambitions and supporting the political needs of the ruling  party. The blame for degrading the Speaker’s position squarely lies on the doorstep of Congress party which has virtually destroyed the credibility of   the Speaker position. However, the political parties, which have criticized the Congress party, have further denigrated the Speaker’s post whenever an opportunity was presented before them.

In  the  first  Andhra Pradesh assembly  meeting  at  Amaravati, the Speaker has stated that the opposition party of YSR Congress party has a strength of 66  MLAs.     However, 20 of them have occupied  the Treasury  benches (The 21st defector Bhuma Nagireddy passed away recently) and the Speaker has chosen to ignore the same. Further,  the  speeches  made  by those 20 MLAs are being accounted on behalf of the YSRC party. The anti-defection law authorizes the Speaker to disqualify the defected MLAs. However, the present day Speakers, who are loyalists of the ruling party,   follow the disqualification process only in its breach for years together, to suit the requirements of the ruling party. Accordingly, one MLA defected from Telugu Desam party has become a minister in the Cabinet of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

The Chief minister of Andhra Pradesh has made a hue and cry at the  defection of a single member from his party, whereas, he has ensured defection of 21 MLAs from YSRC party and made four of them ministers in  his  Cabinet. In both these cases, the Speaker has scrupulously followed the dikat of the ruling party and made a mockery of the Constitution and democratic system.

But the big question before the general public is why the present day governments of both the Telugu speaking States are indulging in such nefarious activities. The people of the two States have provided them with absolute majorities and presented an opportunity for them to function as statesmen. However, they are stooping very low to destroy the opposition parties and living in a figment of imagination that their parties would be winning elections after elections by dismantling the opposition  and in the process they are surrounded by political touts and opportunists. In order to cover up their failures, they are creating a rift between various social segments. However, history of Indian elections  are replete with various instances to show that the general public may be stubborn and unrelenting on various issues but when it comes to choosing their leaders, they have an uncanny ability to separate  husk from the grain.

(The writer is a political analyst and former MLA from Vijayawada)

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Naidu Moves Into New Building In Hyderabad

AP CM N Chandrababu Naidu enters his new 5-storeyed residential building at Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad on Sunday

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu has performed House warming ceremony here on Sunday morning at his new palatial building. The building in Road No 65 at Jubilee Hills is five-storeyed with approximately 20,000 square feet living area. It was built under the personal supervision of Naidu’s wife Bhuvaneswari.

Naidu preferring to have his house in Hyderabad after moving the State Government employees post-haste is being criticised by the employees and political rivals. But as a person who developed Hyderabad city for nine years of his tenure as Chief Minister, it is natural for Naidu to prefer a house in the city. He is living at Vijayawada in Lingamaneni complex on temporary basis. He is planning a house at Amaravati.

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Respond To ED’s Tweet: Babu Demands

Venting his against the Opposition leader, he criticised that a financial criminal went to Delhi and speaking about law and Constitution

Visakhapatnam: The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu came down heavily against the Opposition Party leader Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Saturday.  Speaking to the media as part of his visit to Visakhapatnam, he reminded that the ED had tweeted that Jagan had invested in shell companies and Jagan has to give an explanation regarding the tweet.

Venting his against the Opposition leader, he criticised that a financial criminal went to Delhi and speaking about law and Constitution. He said that all the political decisions taken are for securing future of the State. He questioned if Jagan never allowed other party leaders to join his party.

He made it clear that he would concentrate on the development of the State setting aside the politics. He also said that if one works hard without allowing politicising everything, the development of the State would be possible. It is possible to achieve sustainable development if one is in power for a long time, he added.

 

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How Far Will Naidu’s Psychological Warfare Work?

If the Telugu Desam Party thinks that just by levelling allegations against Opposition leaders, they can win the next elections, they are sure to face disappointment.

Hyderabad: Psychological warfare is one of the best ways to overpower the enemy. The ruling party in Andhra Pradesh seems to believe this very strongly. The Telugu Desam Party which got people’s mandate in 2014 elections is trying desperately to project the Opposition YSR Congress and its leader as most corrupt.

In an attempt to stop the Opposition Party leader Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy from speaking about the shortcomings in the governance or schemes, the ruling party members are directly attacking him about the corruption allegations levelled against him instead of giving an explanation to the issue raised by him. Every Assembly session is marked with such episodes. It appears that the ruling party not only wants people to believe that Jagan is corrupt, it wants Jagan himself to believe that he had amassed huge wealth as alleged by them.

Sitting on a high moral pedestal the TDP is desperately trying to project the Opposition leader as corrupt in order to hide its shortcomings and divert the attention of the public. The episode of Roja, an MLA of YSR Congress Party in the Assembly who allegedly used abusive language against certain members of the ruling Telugu Desam Party and the CM, was made sensational a few months ago. She was suspended by the Assembly Speaker and not allowed into the House. The irony is that the comments she made were highlighted by TDP and the media but not the circumstances that have led her to speak like that or who provoked her to speak such words. The ruling party appears to be very good at media management!

Incidentally, Roja was with Telugu Desam Party for ten years and worked as the head of its women’s wing Telugu Mahila. She is an outspoken person now and then. The party which encouraged her to be up-front about the then ruling party Congress, now feels that her speeches are appalling and degrading. It is a fact that Roja is one of the powerful speakers in YSR Congress and has the ability to question the ruling party.

Ironically there were rumours that Telugu Desam party tried to woo Roja and bring her back into their party fold some time ago. As they could not persuade her, they decided to brand her as dishonourable.

But, how far this psychological warfare is going to fetch results is the question. If the Telugu Desam Party thinks that just by levelling allegations against Opposition leaders, they can win the next elections, they are sure to face disappointment. These days public is more interested in people who deliver and not who sit on high moral pedestals sermonising.

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Chandrababu, The Richest CM: A Rude Shock From India Today

AP people, are you watching these figures! Do you still believe the cock and bull stories told routinely by Chandrababu Naidu?

Hyderabad: AP CM Chandrababu Naidu cannot hide anything now. All these days he was saying that his life was for poor and does not have money or even a wrist watch. He cant lie any more, according to India today magazine.

After investigations by this magazine on assets of CMs of Indian states, Naidu was awarded the first place.

Now Naidu is the richest CM of India with ₹ 177 crore of assets. Chandrababu surpassed late Jayalalithaa in 2017 in achieving this fete!

 

Last comes Tripura CM with assets of 26 lakhs. Surprising is other Chandrudu and CM of Telangana state who stood in fifth place with assets worth of only 15 crores.

In this way, Babu defeated KCR by having 10 times more assets. AP people, are you watching these figures! Do you still believe the cock and bull stories told routinely by Chandrababu Naidu?

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Chandrababu Packed His Cabinet With Aggressive Voices

Dara Gopi
Amaravati: Having seen the failure of Ministers in countering the opposition aggressively during the last two and a half years, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had packed the Cabinet this time with more aggressive and assertive voices. So far the Chief Minister had just one voice of K Atchennaidu to attack the Opposition more aggressively. He is now backed by four more aggressive voices for the next half of the term to go.

The inclusion of Kaluva Srinivasulu, Somireddi Chandramohan Reddy, Nakka Ananda Babu and Pithani Satyanarayana from his own party and C Adinarayana Reddy and D Amaranadha Reddy from the YSR Congress had now made the Cabinet stronger and aggressive in countering the Opposition. Though senior leaders like K Kalavenkata Rao, are taken into the Cabinet, the Chief Minister is set to back on Srinivasulu, Chandramohan Reddy, Adinarayana Reddy, Amarnadha Reddy, besides Atchannaidu to counter Jagan Mohan Reddy in the Assembly. While Srinvasulu, Chandramohan Reddy and Atchannaidu are set to be aggressive, Adinarayana Reddy and Amarnatha Reddy are likely to be used to counter Jagan Mohan Reddy from his personality angle as they were part of the YSR Congress till recently. In fact it was the same trick that Chandrababu Naidu had used in the just-concluded Assembly session by making Jyothula Nehru and Adinarayana Reddy to speak against Jagan Mohan Reddy when the Assembly adopted a resolution against the Leader of Opposition. The same would be continued in the Assembly sessions to be held in the next two years.

These aggressive voices would be an added advantage for the ruling party besides the sarcasm that Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu displays in attacking Jagan Mohan Reddy in the Assembly, which would now be the strength of the ruling party. Given these intentions, the Assembly sessions to be held hereafter would have more of fireworks than of meaningful debate.

Back home in the ruling party, the highest priority given to the YSR Congress legislators in the Cabinet reshuffle is causing tremors. Senior leader Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy, who was dropped from the Cabinet to accommodate the YSR Congress legislators had slapped his resignation letter in protest. Senior leaders Dhulipala Narendranath and Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary are upset for not accommodating them. They are expressing their displeasure over the denial of the Cabinet berth for them this time too as there are no chance of another reshuffle before the 2019 elections. In the north coastal districts, senior legislator Gowthu Samsundar Sivaji is fuming at the leadership for denying the Cabinet berth. He had been with the ruling party for many years and is a seventh time legislator. In Krishna district, Bonda Umamaheswara Rao is not happy with the party chief and is said to be thinking on changing his strategy. He had been very aggressive in criticizing the Leader of Opposition both inside and outside the Assembly since his election in 2014. Similarly, another woman legislator V Anitha, who was vociferous in attacking Jagan Mohan Reddy and R K Roja is unable to digest her non-inclusion in the Cabinet.

With growing dissent within the party, it is to be seen how Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu would handle the party and lead it to the 2019 elections.

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AP Cabinet Rejig: A Shameless, Listless Exercise, Violation Of Anti-Defection Law

Amaravati: The eleven ministers who were sworn in by Governor ESL Narasimhan have been picked up by Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu reportedly keeping in view 2019 election. The long awaited decision to induct Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh has been executed. Now Lokesh has to catch up with K Taraka Rama Rao (KTR), the rising son in neighbouring Telangana State.

There has been a criticism, valid to a great extent, that Kammas are dominating in the Cabinet and the other politically dominant community, Reddys, have not been given enough berths. Naidu has answered this criticism by taking four MLAs, three of them defectors, of this community from this community. Besides fulfilling the need to give representation to the community, the Chief Minister has also taken care to see that a Opposition leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is effectively checkmated in his own citadel of Pulivendula. Induction of Adinarayana Reddy, who defected from the YSRCP and who is representing Jammalamadugu, neighbouring constituency to Pulivendula, is noteworthy. There are unconfirmed reports that the CM is planning to get Pulivendula constituency bifurcated to fix Jagan. Akhilapriya, daughter of Bhuma Nagireddy who died of heart attack recently, was taken into the cabinet fulfilling a promise made to father and daughter at the time of their defection from YSRCP into the ruling TDP. The other two Reddys are Amarnath Reddy and Somireddy Chandra Mohan Reddy. In all, there are 16 ministers from general castes and ten from the Bahujans.

In all, four defectors were inducted. Governor Narasimhan who was criticised by Naidu for giving oath to Talasani Srinivasa Yadav as a minister in K Chandrashekhar Rao’s Cabinet in Telangana. It is remarkable that the Governor has been cheerful when he administered the oath to the defectors on Sunday morning.

The Muslims remain without representation in Naidu’s Cabinet. The tribal are not given an opportunity. No Brahmin or Kshatriya was picked up. There are six Kammas and four Reddys. Two Reddys, Bojjala Gopala Krishna Reddy and Palle Raghunatha Reddy, have been dropped to cap the number of Reddy ministers at four. Other ministers who have been dropped are Ravela Kishore Babu, Kimidi Mrinalini and Peethala Sujata. These were ministers by the grace of Naidu. They have no clout to stage a revolt. Bonda Uma and Anita who went out of the way to attack Jagan have not been rewarded.

The next elections cannot be influenced by the new or old ministers since they are not given any freedom to improve their image through independent decisions. They have to be dependent on the CM or Lokesh since he is going to be the most important minister after Naidu.

Lokesh has taken oath immediately after Kala Venkata Rao who is State president of the TDP. Seniors who were ministers earlier like Chandra Mohan Reddy and Pithani Satyanarayana had to wait for their turn after Lokesh. The changes effected today are pedestrian and there is no vision or philosophy or any moral message. It is amoral to induct defectors. It is against social justice to limit the number of representatives from the Bahujans who constitute 85 percent of the population. Two women were dropped and one was taken thus reducing their numbers. Ministers who have been facing allegations like Pathipati Pulla Rao, Narayana and Devineni Umamaheswara Rao have not been touched. Both Governor Narasimhan and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu have not covered themselves with glory by this questionable exercise. The anti-defection law has been violated shamelessly.

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Who Will Answer The CAG Remarks?

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CAG Flays AP Government For Reckless Spending On Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Project
– Why Purushottapatnam & Chintalapudi Projects Which Are Temporary When Polavaram Is Scheduled   To Completed By 2019?
– Revenue Was Shown Without Even Identifying Industrial Beneficiaries.
– Huge Money Spent On Projects That Have No Central Clearances.

Vijayawada: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India had found fault with the spending of money from the exchequer by the Andhra Pradesh government. Days after the government had made tall claims about the Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme that was intended to lift the Godavari river water and pump into the river Krishna, entering the Limca Book of Records, the CAG ridiculed the scheme. The CAG’s remarks were almost on the lines of the farmers who wanted this government to spend its energies on the Polavaram Project rather than this lift scheme for better advantages. The farmers’ associations have been up in arms against the government for the Pattiseema Lift calling it a waste of money as the scheme becomes redundant once the Polavaram Project is completed. But the government went ahead with the scheme spending a whopping Rs 1,600 crore and claimed to have created history by linking two rivers – Krishna and Godavari.

The CAG found fault with the government for accepting the bid by the contractor for Rs 1,427 crore while the government estimated cost of the project was Rs 1,170 crore, which is 21.9 per cent excess. The CAG also pointed an accusing finger at the government for completing the project without identifying the beneficiaries. The project had not prepared a list of the beneficiaries for the water pumped and flown into the canal. “There is no list of industrial beneficiaries of the water, no list of agriculture beneficiaries and no list of domestic beneficiaries for the Polavaram Right Main Canal which is used for the water pumped under the scheme,” the CAG report said. It also took strong exception to the government for projecting Rs 41.51 crore revenue from the industrial use of the water, without even identifying the beneficiaries.

The CAG had raised objections for the government claiming the life span of the project for 20 years, while it planned to be used as stop gap arrangement till the Polavaram Project gets completed by 2019. The CAG found that the Pattiseema project has no clearances from the Central Water Commission, and wondered how a government could spend so much money without clearances, without permission, without identifying the beneficiaries.

As the CAG report is out, the question now being asked is who will care for it or who will answer the questions it had raised in the report. The government is going ahead with the project and had even proposed two more such projects, Purushothapatnam and Chintalapudi, on the similar lines of the Pattiseema. These two lift irrigation projects too are going to be stop gap arrangements before the completion of the Polavaram Project.

The farmers and the farmers associations say that Pattiseema, Purushotthapatnam and Chintalapudi lift irrigation projects would go waste once the Polavaram Project is completed and the money spent on these projects is a huge loss to the State exchequer. But, there seems to be no takers for these questions as the government is intended to go ahead with its plans for these two projects.

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Chandrababu joins Ugadi celebrations, promises to reflect Telugu culture in Amaravati

  • Chandrababu joins Ugadi celebrations, promises to reflect Telugu culture in Amaravati

 Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesdayreiterated that his government would ensure that the Telugu peoples’ culture is reflected in the construction of the new capital, Amaravati.

Participating in the Telugu New Year Day Ugadi celebrations organized by the State government, Chandrababu Naidu said that only Telugu people have a separate era established by Satavahana kings. The Telugu era, Salivahana Era, is similar to the eras of Before Christ (BC) and After Death (AD) followed by the world, he said. He further added that Ugadi is celebrated by the Telugu people living in the two Telugu States, besides Tamil Nadu and Karnataka States.

The Chief Minister said that the Telugu people have the rich culture which is not found elsewhere. He said that his government was trying to protect this culture. A committee headed by Assembly Deputy Speaker Mandali Buddha Prasad was constituted to study the measures to be taken up to protect the Telugu culture, he added. The government would also protect and promote the world famous Kuchipudi dance in the years to come. The new capital would have all the provisions to promote the culture and the structures that would come up in the capital would preserve the Telugu culture, he added.

Chandrabau Naidu said that he would lay foundation stone for the seven main roads in the new capital which would be connected to the national and State highways. The 182 km long outer ring road and these internal roads would provide better connectivity to the people in the new capital, he added.

The Chief Minister felicitated several great personalities from the State marking the Ugadi celebrations. Assembly speaker Kodel Sivaprasada Rao, deputy speaker Mandali Buddha Prasad, Chief Secretary Ajay Kallam, Ministers and legislators were present during the celebrations.

Vedic scholar Vedantam Rajagopala Chakravarthi recited the panchangam and predicted good agriculture year in the State.

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Who Is Influencing The Court In Jagan’s Cases?

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  • If interview records of Sakshi are evidence to prove Jagan’s attempt to influence the witnesses or courts, what about the records of Assembly and Council where TDP leaders have made repeated references to the case?

 

Amaravati: The CBI’s petition in the special court seeking cancellation of the bail given to YSR Congress president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is debated widely among the political circles here. The CBI had cited an interview of former chief secretary Ramakanth Reddy recently in the television and vernacular newspaper, both owned by Jagan Mohan Reddy’s family. The Sakshi group had aired the interview conducted by freelance journalist Kommineni Srinivasa Rao and the same was carried in the newspaper.

The former chief secretary revealed certain facts about the case recollecting from his memory as he was also questioned by the CBI as part of the investigation. He revealed parts of his interaction with the investigating official and claimed to have told the CBI that the cases would not stand scrutiny in the court of law.

The CBI claimed that these comments were a planned by the accused to influence the investigating agency and the witnesses in the case. While Jagan Mohan Reddy has some time to respond to the CBI’s petition and get extension of his bail, the big question doing rounds is the ways of influencing the case.

If Ramakanth Reddy’s single interview has the potential to influence the witnesses, how many times that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, his Ministerial colleagues, Central Ministers, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, leaders from the village level to the national level, spoke about the case. There is not a single day that goes without the TDP leaders referring to the CBI cases against Jagan Mohan Reddy and the Enforcement Directorate attaching his assets. There were number of times that the issues were referred by the Chief Minister, Ministers, MLAs and MLCs in the State Assembly and Council.

The records of both the Houses in Andhra Pradesh stand as evidences against the single Sakshi TV evidence to prove who is trying to influence the courts and witnesses. The Special Court which had received the CBI’s petition should pose the question to the CBI sleuths who were allegedly influenced by the ruling party leaders to take advantage of Ramakanth Reddy’s interview.

The case is in the hearing stage and the TDP leaders are aware of the fact. But, there goes not a single day and not a single occasion for them without making a reference to the case and repeat the charges against Jagan Mohan Reddy. If speaking about the cases is an attempt to influence either in favour of Jagan Mohan Reddy or against him, the TDP has a strong case of making such attempts both inside and outside the Legislative Assembly and Council.

If a single interview of a former officer telecast/published one day is evidence and has to strength to influence the courts and witnesses, the number of statements made by Chief Minister, Ministers and others everyday can also be taken as the cases or attempts to influence the courts. A retired officers’ statement telecast in a private channel carries less weight when compared with the statements of Chief Minister, Ministers and others that can be found in the records of the AP Assembly and Council.

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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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Chandrababu Naidu: A Case Of Missed Opportunity

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Hyderabad: A politician who could have become a statesman but refusing to do so is Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. As days pass by, he has been shrinking in stature because of his competitive politics.

Naidu has been chief minister for a record number of years. He was CM in undivided AP from 1995 to 2004. He became chief minister again, albeit of a truncated residual state of AP in June 2014. There has been no change in his attitude to politics or political or moral values. Means are not important for him but only ends matter. He stoops to any low to score a political point. And he wants to score points every day. In the process he takes unavoidable risks and uses all his time and resources to overcome the problems. There is no political philosophy or public policy that guide his actions.

People of AP made him chief minister in 2014 on account of his age and experience. He should have used the opportunity in building infrastructure for the new capital- Amaravati. Instead of being transparent and accountable, he has been indulging in bluffing the people by making false promises and tall claims. Opposition leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is inexperienced and emotional. Naidu could have treated him in a decent way and impressed the people with his maturity and generosity. He should have been cheerful conducting inclusive policies. Instead, he had been picking up quarrels and treating the opposition members unfairly and shabbily. He never organized an all-party meeting in more than two-and-half years of rule. He never invited YS Jagan for consultation on any of the major decision. He never took all-party delegation to Delhi to demand special status or implementation of provisions of AP Bifurcation Act 2014. He has been acting alone. Even the TDP leaders are not being consulted on any policy matter.

Naidu has been fire-fighting all the time running the administration and the party according to his whims and fancy. He has been vindictive towards the opposition instead of being accommodative. The attitude of the main opposition, YSRCP, is dictated by the attitude of the CM.

When opposition leader YS Jagan spoke strongly with the collector of Krishna district, a criminal case was booked against him. When YSRCP MP Mithun Reddy had an altercation with an airport employee at Tirupati, he was implicated in a criminal case. But when the ruling party MPs and MLAs misbehave with officials, no case is booked. This is the blatant bias Naidu has been deliberately showing by throwing all the democratic norms to the wind.

The latest example of no action being taken against the offenders if they happen to be MPs or MLAs from the TDP is that of abuses being heaped on highly respected and straight forward IPS officer Bala Subrahmanyam, the Transport Commissioner. TDP MP and owner of a transport company Kesineni Srinivas (Nani), MLA Bonda Umamaheswara Rao and MLC Buddha Venkanna have gone to transport office and abused the commissioner. Bonda Uma has pushed the home guard who was protecting the Commissioner.

Naidu counseled his MP, MLA and MLC on the next and made them say sorry before the cameras. They said they were saying sorry because the chief minister asked them to do so. The infuriated IPS officer had to swallow his pride and leave the issue at that. Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy, a YSRCP MLA, sat on fast on Monday morning. He was removed to police station. The opposition MLAs were prevented from meeting him. Bhaskar Reddy’s whereabouts were not known till evening, when the police released him. All this drama has shown the CM and his administration in poor light.

In the process, the chief minister is emerging as a leader of a ruling party which has no idealistic agenda. He is not perceived as a leader of the people of AP, irrespective of caste or creed. It is a pity that a politician who once played an important role in national politics, in the selection of at least two prime ministers, should indulge in petty politics and end up as a leader of no consequence.

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YS Jagan’s Stand Cynical: CM Naidu

Amaravati: AP CM Chandrababu Naidu said that the stand of Ys Jagan, Leader of Opposition, is cynical on the development of the state.

AP is receiving International praise and publicity, but it is Y.S. Jagan, who is not ready to accept the fact, Naidu said.

AP state was given ‘STATE OF THE YEAR’ award by CNBC on Thursday. On this occasion, AP CM came down heavily on the opposition leader YS Jagan..

“He believes everyone has to work as per his order and style. That is why he always takes positive stand”, Naidu said.

He requested Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to extend help until the new state is established on strong footing.

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Amaravati To Have Unmanned Electrical Buses, Says AP CM

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Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh capital, Amaravati, would have unmanned electric buses running on the roads of the administrative city with dedicated stops, said Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in a meeting held with Foster + Partners.  He added that only electric buses and vehicles will be permitted to move around the city to avoid pollution.    

Based on the suggestions received in the earlier meeting held on March 1st, Foster + Partners and Architect Hafeez Contractor came up with a broad plan today. The Foster + Partners made a presentation titled ‘ Amaravati-  The People’s Capital – Building a Sustainable Vision.

The presentation highlighted the need for integrating green and blue spaces. It said that the city would consist of 51 per cent green, 10 per cent water, 14 per cent road and 25 per cent building footprint of 1,000,000 sqm. The representatives said that public parks with natural landscapes and blooming plants would come up in the city.

The company representatives came up with a idea i.e ‘ By and For the People’ to bring inclusive growth. They suggested that educational buildings and institutions should be distributed and priority should be given to local materials and products to facilitate growth, development and local jobs.    

Under the concept ‘Building Civic Pride: The People’s Capital they said that government complexes should be open to all, cultural buildings should be integrated within green and blue areas, city squares and urban squares should be inclusive and attractive. They suggested that canal sides should be used as public areas.

With regard to sustainable energy use,. Chris Bubb of Foster + Partners said that energy consumption demand should be reduced by 40-60 per cent. On-site generation via PVs should be used to supply energy consumption besides using battery storage and district cooling system.

For sustainable water usage, the representatives suggested that rainwater harvesting and stormwater management should be introduced. They also proposed that reuse of recycled water from sewage treatment plant should be used for irrigation purposes.

To promote Andhra Pradesh’s culture, heritage and arts the representatives said that the architectural heritage should be represented in the arrangement and format of buildings and spaces. In addition to this, integration of local arts, culture of all the 13 districts was considered.

Amaravati would just not be a modern city but it will emerge out to be a smart city. Creation of digital, resilient infrastructures, flood proof, Internet of Things, LEED and GRIHA rated buildings are being considered.

Ideas were also given for safeguarding environment and to make Amaravati a ‘ Walkable City’. Natural walkable environments, streets and courtyards with greenery, shading and pleasant breezes were mentioned. They suggested that passive building designs should be considered.

Vehicle free zone was another suggestion that the Foster + Partners suggested. They stressed the need to encourage alternative sustainable methods of transport, provision for electric vehicles, dedicated bicycle and pedestrians routes and use of canals for water taxis.    

Chris Bubb, Rob Harrison, Rob Seymour, Harsh Thapar  from Foster + Partners said that they have studied a number of cities in the world to understand the arrangement of buildings and that they have included all those studies, ideas in the plan that they have presented here today.  

Hafeez Contractor, Nishant Gupta from Architect Hafeez Contractor, Achyut Watve from JW Consultants were also presented in today’s meeting.

 

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