Naidu Stands By His Word, Gets Social Media Activists Arrested

A youth from Hyderabad was reportedly picked up by AP police from his Shamshabad house for his postings in social media against CM and his son

Amaravati: The warnings of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and IT Minister Nara Lokesh against the social media posts have come true finally. The Andhra Pradesh police have arrested one person, Ravikiran, from Hyderabad in the wee hours of Friday, for his postings in facebook against Naidu and son Lokesh.

Ravikiran heads a page – political punch – in the facebook, in which he posts comments and pictures criticising Naidu and his son. There are videos and pictures that project Naidu and Lokesh in bad taste.

Chandrababu Naidu had been warning the people against posting articles, pictures and videos that go against his government or his leadership. The government had also initially planned to bring in a new legislation to keep a check on the social media postings. However, after a careful study of the amendments made in 2015 to the Information Technology Bill 2000, the AP government had acted on the issue and arrested Ravikiran.

Sources said that AP Assembly secretary K Satyanarayana had lodged a complaint with the Thulluru police following which Ravikiran was picked in Hyderabad.

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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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Naidu Vamsadhara-Nagavali-Champavati Link Now

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had now set on interlinking of the river and reservoirs in the North Andhra region. Riding high on the linkage of Godavari-Krishna and with plans to link Godavari-Penna, Naidu directs officials to get into action.

Amaravati: Riding high on the completion of Godavari-Krishna rivers linkage through Pattiseema lift irrigation scheme and the progress of plans to link Godavari with Penna river, the Andhra Pradesh government is planning to link three rivers in the north Andhra region. The government is also planning to connect the reservoirs here and share the river water making it available for the agriculture, industrial and drinking purposes.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had directed the officials to get into action and prepare the detailed project report for linking of Vamsadhara, Nagavali and Champavati rivers in Vizianagaram district. He also directed the officials to link the Harimandalam, Thotapalli and Gadigedda reservoirs as part of the interlinking of the three rivers in the district.

Nadiu told the officials that not a single drop of water in the State should go unused and wanted them to get plans to link rivers, rivulets and streams with the irrigation tanks in every village. The village tanks desiltation is in progress under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), he said and added that if these tanks are connected to the streams and rivulets in the vicinity, water would be available for the farmers. This project has to be completed in the next two years, he said and asserted that once completed every village would have enough water for irrigation and other purposes. Drinking water problem for cattle in the summer too would be addressed if these rivulets and streams are connected to the tanks, he said.

The Chief Minister reiterated that his government had created history by linking Godavari with Krishna river and would soon complete linking of Godavari with Penna river. The projects like Handri-Neeva and Velugonda too are to be completed on time to make the State water surplus.

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Death Threats Issued To Naidu And Police By Maoists: AP DGP

The DGP told that all the security measures to protect the leaders and officers that are in the hit list are being taken

Visakhapatnam: Death threats were issued to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and a few police officers after Malkangiri encounter, said DGP N Sambasiva Rao who was on a three- day tour of North Coastal AP. He was speaking to the media and told them that the AP CM and some police officers were on their hit list, he told.

Nearly 31 Maoists were killed in the Malkangiri encounter that took place in October 2016 at Odisha, was a big blow to them. It was a joint operation by Odisha Police and Greyhound team of Andhra Pradesh.

The DGP told that all the security measures to protect the leaders and officers that are in the hit list are being taken.

Speaking to the senior police officers at a meeting, he said that the officers should take advantage of technology to prevent crimes and solve cases.

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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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JC Flays Jagan, Pats Naidu

Speaking in Pamidi on Thursday, JC Diwakar Reddy tried to justify his act of joining TDP. He explained to people since he did not find a better alternative in the State, he joined the ruling party

Anantapur: Rayalaseema senior leader JC Diwakar Reddy made sensational remarks on Thursday. While criticising YSRCP, he tried to justify his decision to join the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). He openly admitted that he joined TDP as there was no better alternative in the State. He said that he did not join YSRCP because he was not confident of Jagan’s abilities. “He is not fit for politics,” he observed. And Congress lost its charisma and is in internal strife, so I chose TDP, he explained.

“All those who want to realise their dreams must vote for Chandrababu Naidu next time also,” he suggested. He was speaking at ‘Niru-Miru’ programme held at Pamidi in Anantapur district on Thursday.

Accepting that he too has a bit of feeling for caste, he said that he is not the kind of a person, who hates other castes. “Even I want to be on Jagan’s side. But what can he do? He is just a ‘vedhava’ (stupid). I’m sorry, maybe I shouldn’t use such words, I withdraw it. Since Jagan is inefficient and there is no efficient leader around, under unavoidable circumstances I joined TDP. Amongst all the leaders, it is Naidu who has the ability to develop the State. Hence I joined his party.” he said.

However, he questioned how Naidu would be able to complete Polavaram by 2019. Reminding that a machine was destroyed after spending Rs. 80 crores and it would take three or four months to replace it, he talked about the losses and delays. The fact is that Naidu’s goals are big and good. We need to vote for him for our sake and for the sake of our children, Diwakar Reddy Reddy said.

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Reluctant Silpa Mohan Reddy Pressurises Naidu

Former TDP MLA Silpa Mohan Reddy had declined to drop from contesting Nandyal by-election and said his contest is a must to keep his folks intact.

Amaravati: Senior Telugu Desam Party leader from Kurnool district, Silpa Mohan Reddy, had refused to change his plans of contesting the Nandyal by-election. He refused to heed to the advice of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and declared that his contest is a must and there would be no change in his stand. Mohan Reddy and his brother Chakrapani Reddy met Naidu and briefed him of their plans on the Nandyal Assembly by-election.

Though Mohan Reddy and Chakrapani Reddy agreed to follow the advice of Naidu to wait for some more days and give him a chance to sort out, they expected Naidu to take a decision in their favour. They further reiterated that Mohan Reddy would contest the by-election and it was left for the TDP to see whether he would be the party candidate or Independent. The Silpa brothers are upset with Minister Bhuma Akhila Priya announcing that their family would name the candidate for the by-election on April 24, the death anniversary of her mother Sobha Nagi Reddy. This announcement by Akhila Priya is seen as an open challenge to the Silpa family’s supremacy in the Kurnool district.

Sources in the TDP said that Chandrababu Naidu had offered to give Legislative Council chairman post to Chakrapani Reddy and compensate Mohan Reddy in another form. It is said that Mohan Reddy had welcomed the Chief Minister’s offer to make his brother Council Chairman, but refused to withdraw his claim for the Assembly seat.

The TDP sources said that Naidu was exploring the merits of giving the party ticket to former Minister Md Farooq keeping both Bhuma and Silpa families out of the race, as a compromise. But, he is also equally worried about the party’s victory here as Silpa family might join the Opposition YSR Congress or disturb the TDP vote bank by contesting as Independent. Naidu is confident of convincing Akhila Priya from the Bhuma family to be loyal to the party, but he is also not sure how the young leader Akhila can handle the loyalists of her fami

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AP Celebrates Naidu’s 67th Birthday

Prime Minister Modi, Governor Narasimhan greet Naidu, who is set to celebrate his birthday at Ananthapur in the presence of people.

Amaravati: Ministers, officials, Telugu Desam Party ranks are celebrating the 67th birthday of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday across the 13 districts of the State. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Governor E S L Narasimhan sent their greetings to Naidu wishing him to celebrate more birthdays. Naidu would be celebrating his birthday in the presence of the people and the party leaders in Ananthapur.

Deputy Chief Minister N Chinarajappa and other Cabinet Ministers have packed the day to celebrate Naidu’s birthday in their respective districts. As the Chief Minister is not stationed in his Undavalli river view residence, the Ministers and the party leaders have limited the celebrations to their respective districts and constituencies.

As Chief Minister is not available for the day, Minister Prathipati Pulla Rao, AP State Warehousing Corporation chairman L V S R K Prasad and others greeted Naidu a day in advance.

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Naidu Greets Indian Idol, Inter Ranker

AP CM felicitates Indian Idol Revanth, Intermediate ranker Srujana. Wishes for more success in their future.

Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu met Indian Idol Revanth and Senior Intermediate top ranker Sai Srujana at his office in the interim secretariat at Velagapudi. The Chief Minister felicitated the two achievers separately and said that the two have become role model to the younger generations in scaling new heights.

Naidu Indian Idol Revanth who had won the title at the national level singing competition. He congratulated the parents of Revanth and directed the State Cultural department director Vijaya Bhaskar to prepare a proposal to honour the singer. He wanted the State government to extend support to Revanth and his parents in recognition of his achievement.

Naidu also met the Intermediate top ranker Sai Srujana and her parents. Srujana, who studied her Intermediate in a private college in Eluru scored the top rank this year. Naidu to promised to extend support to Srujana for her higher studies. When she said that she is interested to pursue civil services, the Chief Minister congratulated her for aiming high.

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KVP Fixes Naidu On Special Category Status

Congress MP K V P Ramachandra Rao wrote to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Naidu asking him to pressurize Central government for Special Category Status to the State.

Amaravati: Congress Member of Rajya Sabha K V P Ramachandra Rao on Tuesday dashed off a letter to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to mount pressure on the Central government seeking special category status to the State. KVP said that the Niti Ayog is set to hold its second meeting on April 23, 2017, after its first meeting held on February 8, 2015. He said that there was no scope of the Niti Ayog holding its third meeting before the 2019 elections and wanted Naidu to make use of this meeting to press for the special category status to the State.

The Congress MP recalled that the special category status was a promise by the ruling Congress-led UPA and supported by the BJP-led NDA in the Parliament. He further recalled that the NDA, in which the TDP too is a partner, had promised the special category status to the State in their election manifesto and have promised to the people at their election meeting in Tirupati. He wanted Naidu to fulfill the election promise and see that the State is given the special category status.

Ramachandra Rao ridiculed the NDA claims that special category status had become irrelevant in the light of the 14th Finance Commission. He recalled that the 14th Finance Commission chairman Y V Reddy had discounted the claim and had categorically denied to have recommended against the special category status to the State. Having exposed by the 14th Finance Commission report, the NDA was now taking shelter in the devolution of funds from the Center. He alleged that the Central government was taking excuse in the name of Finance Commission and the National Development Council recommendations.

The Congress MP wanted the BJP and the TDP to tell people why the parties have demanded for special category status before and during the 2014 elections and why it was not given now. Referring to the TDP claims of getting seven Polavaram mandals was possible only with the pressure mounted by Naidu, the Congress MP wanted the Chief Minister to mount similar pressure and get the special category status. It is now or never, he said and expressed confidence that Naidu would get the status and fulfill his election promise.

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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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Ayesha Mira Case – Naidu Favours Reinvestigation As Cops Prefer Appeal

The case of Ayesha Mira’s murder had been taking twists and turns with the reported decision of AP Chief Minister to order reinvestigation where as the police officers stick to their guns and plead for his permission to appeal against the HC judgment declaring the main accused Satyam Babu innocent.

Amaravati: The sensational Ayesha Mira murder case is taking several twists and turns in Andhra Pradesh, particularly after the Hyderabad High Court acquitted Pidatala Satyam Babu, who had served 8 years in jail. The High Court judgment found fault with the police investigation and revealed how the police have framed the accused, Satyam Babu, in the case. This revelation had cast shadow on the police lowering the image of the department. While Satyam Babu’s family, the Dalit groups and the Human Rights organizations are jubilant over the acquittal, the police department is uncomfortable with the Court passing serious remarks over the functioning of the police department and recommending action against the police who were involved in the case. This had put the image of the department at its lowest, which the department wants to fight.

The police department justified its investigation fixing Satyam Babu as accused in the case and claimed that it can prove the charges against him. The department also wants to go for an appeal either in the High Court or Supreme Court against the acquittal of Satyam Babu and prove that they have done nothing wrong in the case and investigation was carried out sincerely scientifically gathering the evidences. The department had initially wanted to seek the permission of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to go for appeal against the acquittal of Satyam Babu. The police claim that the evidences collected from the scene of offence, the tests carried out on Satyam Babu and his own confession statements stand the legal scrutiny to establish the crime. A greater pressure by the department is now on the Chief Minister to accept and give clearance for an appeal against the acquittal. If the appeal is not permitted and the case is not proved against Satyam Babu, the department would have to initiate disciplinary action against the officers for which the department is not prepared. There would be a widespread resentment in the department if the officers involved in the investigation are to be punished as directed by the court and the department is not prepared for the same.

Meanwhile, Chandrababu Naidu is said to be in favour of reopening the case and fixing the real culprits. As the case occurred when he was the Leader of Opposition, Chandrababu Naidu demanded justice to the family of Ayesha Mira and had rejected the claims of the police at that time. He had even promised to reopen the case when his party returned to power. Now, the party is in power and his is holding the office. It is said that Chandrababu Naidu is planning to reopen the case as promised in the past to prove his sincerity or at least to prove his charges as opposition leader. He is said to be of the opinion that he can save the image of his party and the police department as well even if the case is reopened and Satyam Babu is proved to have been framed in the case. He can push the case on the Congress and save the police from being blamed claiming that the department had worked under the pressure of the Congress. This line of thought seems to have made Chandrababu comfortable to decide on reopening the case. It is also said that some of the senior leaders of the ruling party have also endorsed his line of argument and advised him to order for reopening of the case despite some resistance from the police department.

It is to be seen how Chandrababu Naidu would respond to the case as the parents of Ayesha Mira have already met him and pleaded for justice. The parents have also met Minister for IT Nara Lokesh and sought justice. Only time will tell what justice is in store for victim Ayesha Mira’s family, the accused Satyam Babu’s family and the investigating police personnel.

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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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Ambedkar Smriti Vanam Launched By Naidu

Estimated Budget for this smrithi vanam is 100 crore and the time for completion of project is 2 years.

Vijayawada: As a mark of 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar, AP CM Chandrababu Naidu laid foundation stone for Smrithi Vanam (memorial park) at Inavolu village on Friday.

Spread over 20 acres, Park will have 126 ft statue of Ambedkar at the centre. There will be meditation hall, Library, landscaped gardens, open air theatre, are few features of Smrithi vanam.

Along with these a convention hall with a seating capacity of 3000 persons will come up in this memorial park.
Estimated Budget for this smrithi vanam is 100 crore and the time for completion of project is 2 years.

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Naidu Reminds Amit Shah Of The Promise On Delimitation

AP Chief Minister strongly feels that he can use delimitation of Assembly constituencies to stop YS Jagan Mohan Reddy from coming to power in 2019. Reminds Amit Shah of the promise.

New Delhi: AP CM Chandra babu Naidu felt that delimitation of Assembly segments can stop the main opposition YSRC from coming to power in 2019 elections.

Chandrababu Naidu, who met BJP Chief Amit Shah, offered the latter TTD prasadam and congratulated him on the recent spectacular victory in UP elections. Naidu reminded Amit Shah that delimitation of Assembly segments in both Telugu states was a part of AP Reorganisation Act which has not been implemented for three years.

Naidu suggested to BJP Chief that making use of Section 26 of AP Bifurcation Act should be considered for the sake of delimitation rather than going for amendment of  Article 170 of the Constitution for delimitation as an amendment requires two-thirds  majority in both the houses and also 50 percent of the State Legislatures in the country have to approve it.

CBN remained the BJP chief of the promise of Governor Quota for TDP by NDA and reiterated  his stand that TDP will contest 2019 elections with BJP as its ally.

Mothkupalli  Narasimhlu, who is expecting Governor’s post in TD quota was introduced to Amit Shah by  Naidu. Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu was also present at the residence of Amit Shah.

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CBN, KCR: Two Buddies From The Same School

There are striking similarities between the politics of Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Though they belong to the same school, KCR appears to be leading CBN since 2014.

Hyderabad: Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were together in politics for two decades. They have been in adversarial roles for more than a decade. But there are striking similarities between the two successful politicians.

To start with, both started their political careers with the Grand Old Party. Both made rounds in Delhi for recognition and positions. They were encouraged by senior Congress leaders. While Rajagopala Naidu got the Congress (I) ticket for N Chandrababu Naidu (CBN)  to fight in 1978 elections and YS Rajasekhar Reddy helped him  initially to get a berth in Anjaiah’s  Cabinet, it was Madan Mohan whose footsteps K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) followed. CBN won in 1978 elections and became minister. But he lost in 1983 to a candidate fielded by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), floated by his father-in-law NT Rama Rao.  CBN slowly migrated to TDP. KCR, on the other hand, migrated to the TDP before getting the party ticket for the Assembly elections in 1983. He lost to his mentor Madan Mohan, who was a Congress candidate, in 1983 by some 800 votes. But when the mid-term elections were held, after overcoming Nadendla’s challenge, in 1985, KCR won never to lose an election again.

CBN encashed  the disillusionment widespread in his caste with NTR who married Lakshmi Parvathi and gave her a share in power. Newspaper baron Ramoji Rao encouraged CBN to revolt against NTR and grab the reins.

CBN had the fortune of his father-in-law being the Chief  Minister who left the nitty gritty of the party affairs to his younger and dynamic son-in-law. CBN has taken advantage of NTR’s weakness for Lakshmi Parvathi. He became the Chief Minister of AP after dethroning NTR.

When CBN has preferred former CBI director Vijayaramarao Rao over KCR after 1999 elections and made the former a minister and appointed the latter as deputy Speaker of AP Assembly, he committed a political blunder. KCR had revolted, quit the job and the party and founded Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS). The rest, as they say, is history.

In 2014, both the friends won elections and became Chief Ministers. Compared to KCR, CBN is extra cautious. KCR had encouraged Talasani  Srinivasa Yadav m, a TDP MLA to defect to the TRS and inducted him into his Cabinet without any hesitation. KCR had got MLAs and MLCs belonging to the Congress, the TDP and the YSRCP to defect with impunity. CBN took the cue and admitted MLAs and MLCs from YSRCP and the Congress. CBN has taken 21 YSRCP MLAs into his fold and made four of them Ministers.

While KCR had made his son a minister in 2014 itself at the very outset, CBN took almost three years to induct his son Lokesh into the Cabinet. It was done through backdoor by getting him elected to Legislative Council by MLAs, the safest method possible. Lokesh was given the same portfolio IT which has been handled by KTR. The similarities between CBN and KCR  do not stop there.

CBN has also followed KCR by building a palatial house at Jubilee Hills. KCR had done it at Government’s expenses, called it the official residence of the chief minister while CBN had mixed both Government funds and personal funds in a rather murky way. KCR is younger than CBN by a couple of years. But KCR is bolder and faster compared to CBN. That is why CBN is seen following in the footsteps of KCR.

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Talasani flays Naidu For Induction Of YSRC MLAs In His Cabinet

Hyderabad: Telangana Minister for Animal Husbandry & Fisheries Talasani Srinivas Yadav on Sunday criticised Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for offering ministerial posts to four YSRC MLAs, who defected to Telugu Desam.

Reacting strongly on the Cabinet rejig by Naidu at Velagapudi, Yadav ridiculed that Naidu should explain as to why he offered minister posts to the defectors. He flayed Naidu for adopting dual standards on defections which he pretends to oppose.

The minister suggested that words such as honesty, veracity and fire are not suitable for Naidu. It is better for TD chief to abstain from uttering such words as the people know about him and his political career, Yadav said.

Talasani also threw a challenge that he would resign to his post if the four defected MLAs also resign to their posts. The minister took serious exception to Naidu for stating that TD was the most disciplined party whether in power or not. Discipline in TD has gone with its founder and former Chief Minister NT Rama Rao, he charged.

Naidu, who criticised him and CM K Chandrasekhar Rao when he switched loyalties has done the same thing what he opposed earlier, he said. Telugu Desam leaders and activists are not happy with Naidu after the Cabinet rejig while social media is coming out against the TD Chief, he said.

The minister predicted that TD will get poor results in 2019 general elections.

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Naidu Bought 3 seats For ₹ 300 Cr: Roja

Amaravati: YSRCP MLA Roja disputed the results of MLC elections announced on Monday. The ruling party managed to grab three seats with fewer margins by adopting all illegal means like purchasing ZPTC, MPTC and others, Roja alleged.

Naidu won the seats by spending more than ₹ 300 Cr for the three MLC seats and ran camp politics. Our party (YSRCP) won on the moral grounds though results were against us, Roja said.

Roja, after one year, also spoke in the Assembly today and demanded State government to release funds for the development of her constituency.

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Setback For Naidu In Supreme Court

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu has received a setback in the Supreme Court on Monday when it admitted a plea by MLA from Mangalagiri in the ‘note for vote’ case. The apex court has issued notices to Naidu asking him to file counter as good as possible. The court has said it would hear the case comprehensively.

Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu, responding to the news, said it is nothing extraordinary and he would come out clean. He said the Opposition had foisted 26 cases against him and none has stuck. He commented that there is no substance I the case.

YSRCP MLA All Ramakrishna Reddy had filed an appeal against the judgment of Hyderabad High Court which had quashed the decision of the lower court. It is well known that Naidu was caught speaking a TRS MLA at the time of elections to the Legislative Council. TTDP MLA Revant Reddy was caught on camera tape offering bundles of money to nominated MLA Stevenson. TDP chief Naidu spoke to Stevenson who got the conversation recorded. The opening dialogue of Naidu, ‘ manavallu briefed me. ‘has become very popular in the Telugu speaking States. RK has got the voice examined at a forensic lab in Mumbai and filed a petition.  The ACB court has decided to examine the evidence against Naidu. But the CM has gone to the High Court and got a stay order.

As the apex court has admitted the plea, the advocate on behalf of Chandrababu Naidu has to appear before the bench and argue the case.

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