Pawan Kalyan To Meet AgriGold Vctims In Vijayawada

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Amaravati: Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan would be holding an interactive session with the victims of infamous AgriGold in Vijayawada on Thursday. Pawan Kalyan would meet the victims from all the 13 districts of the State, besides those from the eight other States including Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Odisha. The Jana Sena activists and the victims are making arrangements for the meet at Thummalapalli Kshetrayya Kalakshetram in the city.

The AgriGold issue in which thousands of people have lost their small earnings invested in the company over the years, had rocked the Andhra Pradesh Assembly with the Opposition YSR Congress raising the issue in the House and seeking justice to the victims. The Chief Minister had promised to help the victims and the CID was probing into the case. He further added that the government under the supervision of the court was trying to auction the confiscated properties of the AgriGold company and would pay the money to the victims.

In this background, Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan’s interaction with the victims assumes significance. It is to be seen how Pawan Kalyan, an ally of the ruling TDP would react to the demands of the victims and how the TDP would take his demands.

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Don’t Allow Others To Take Advantage Of AgriGold Assets: Pawan Kalyan cautions AP CM

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Amaravati: Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan on Thursday cautioned the Andhra Pradesh State government against allowing unscrupulous elements or others to take advantage of the AgriGold crisis and take the properties of the company.

Speaking to the victims of the AgriGold here, Pawan Kalyan wondered why the company became defunct when it has enough assets, including lands, to revive it or make it functional. He said that the company has over 14,000 acres of lands including the prestigious Hai Land entertainment center spread over 600 acres of land. He wanted the government to help revive the company, put it in order or dispose the assets to pay compensation to the victims. However, he cautioned the government against allowing the people in power or those who have influence to acquire the lands and make benefits while people suffer.

He said that the country had seen similar issues including that of the Sahara Group where the government had disposed the properties of the company and paid to the victims. He wanted the government to follow it and help the victims. He also wanted the government to make sure that neither the customers nor the agents commit suicide in future. He also wanted the government to provide protection to the agents of the company who have been facing life threats from the people for the default of the company.

He said he would not hesitate to join the protests if the government entertained the powerful and influential persons purchasing the lands of the AgriGold in the guise of auctioning the assets to help the victims. He assigned Jana Sena leader Pothina Mahesh to represent the party along with the Left parties in fighting for justice to the victims of the AgriGold.

Earlier in the day, Pawan Kalyan listened to the woes of the AgriGold victims, both the customers and the agents who have worked with the company for over 19 years across the nine States. The customers and the agents of the company worked in Karnataka, Bihar, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and other States.

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AgriGold Issue: Lack In Transparency, Says Pawan kalyan

Vijayawada: Jana Sena Chief Pawan kalyan felt that transparency is lacking in Agri Gold issue. Pawan kalyan who arrived to Vijayawada as  stand by for Agri Gold Victims said there is no need for victims  to take drastic decisions and loose heart.

Addressing media at Gateway Hotel In Vijayawada, Pawan wondered why there is delay in solving the issue when there are clear directions from the High Court. If the properties of Agri Gold which are around 14,000 acres have been identified by this time, problem is almost solved, felt Pawan kalyan.

Government actions are getting hampered by some forces behind, issue which is related to 20 lakh customers with worth of 15000 crore should be solved immediately, Pawan said.

High Court is looking after the matter which made me delay in intervention on this issue said Pawan kalyan responding to media question about his late entry on this burning issue.

After meeting Agri Gold Victims and hearing their problem, I will decide whether to meet Government or not, said Pawan who left to Tummalipalli Kalakshetram from Gate way hotel.

 

 

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AgriGold Chairman Suffers Cardiac Stroke

Amaravati: The controversial AgriGold company chairman Avva Venkata Ramarao suffered cardiac stroke on Monday morning at his Eluru district jail. The jail officials, on learning about the complaint, rushed him to the government general hospital at Eluru. The officials are planning to shift him to Vijayawada for better treatment.

Ramarao was arrested in February 2016 on charges of cheating people by collecting deposits from them. The AP CID arrested him in Hyderabad and shifted him to Eluru. They were arrested by the CID following High Court directions in the financial misappropriation cases.

The depositors of the AgriGold which was into real estate and chit funds across the nine States in the country landed in trouble in 2014 and had been facing cases. The Andhra Pradesh Assembly witnessed heated exchange of the TDP and YSR Congress last week when the issue of doing justice to the victims came up for discussion. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that the government was trying to do justice to the victims by putting the properties of the company for auction.

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AP Police Say Pulla Rao Lands Don’t Belong To AgriGold

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Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh police on Saturday declared that the allegations against Minister for Agriculture Prathipati Pulla Rao on purchasing AgriGold lands are far from truth.

Speaking to media persons DGP N Sambasiva Rao and CID DG Dwaraka Tirumala Rao said that the lands purchased by the Minister did not belong to the AgriGold. They said that the case was registered against the AgriGold in December 2014 and attached properties in just 47 days. They said that the attachment of lands continued till January 2017. The police have so far attached 21,709 acres of land and 86,555 square yards of plots so far. The value of the attached properties was estimated at Rs 2,500 crore, they said.

The police further said that they have registered cases against 19 persons including its chairman who is serving his jail period for the past one year. The department had so far arrested 7 persons, they said and added that 12 more are yet to be arrested. The CID investigation is going on as per the directions of the High Court, they said.

The police officials said that they were trying to auction the attached properties of the AgriGold to pay compensation to the victims. They said that they were trying to help the victims under the guidance of the High Court.

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AgriGold Issue Leaves Pawan Kalyan Behind, Left Joins Jagan

Amaravati: Something has happened on Thursday that would have adverse effect on the political plans of Power Star Pawan Kalyan. The prolonged agitation by the AgriGold victims has brought Opposition leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and the leaders of the Left parties together. Pawan has been assiduously cultivating CPI leader Ramakrishna for some months.

When thousands of victims of AgriGold gathered to protest against the apathy of the TDP government, the Opposition has moved an adjournment motion. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has read out his statement. When Opposition leader started talking, the ruling party has implemented its strategy which is by now known to the people of Andhra Pradesh as evasive tactics. Except raising his voice to promise that he would do everything to help the victims and take stringent action against the management of Agri Gold, the CM did not say anything concrete to assuage the feelings of the devastated families.

When Jagan was suggesting that the government could pay ₹ 1100 crore to rescue the victims and recover the money by disposing the properties of AgriGold, Speaker Kodela Siva Prasad has cut the mike and gave it to half a dozen ministers and MLAs. This has been the practice in AP Assembly right from the beginning. The ministers and other members spoke, as usual, against the Opposition leader. Lakhs of victims across 8 states who have been watching the TVs were hoping that the CM would announce some substantial measures to help them were crestfallen. Ministers Yenamala Ramakrishnudu and Achhen Naidu were on their feet making allegations against the opposition leader. Butchaiah Chowdary butted in to call Jagan and his late father YS Rajasekhar Reddy names. Then Anita, the habitual baiter of the opposition was given opportunity by the Speaker to divert the attention to an old issue involving the Speaker. Chief Whip Kalva Srinivasulu also heaped abuse on the leader of the opposition.

The challenges by Minister Pattipati Pullarao and Speaker’s decision to show his old media conference avoiding the controversial remarks he made about women comparing them with cars (these remarks were shown and commented upon by the national media) were all aimed at diverting the focus from the victims. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his friends are allegedly involved in precipitating the crisis by encouraging the customers to demand payment of money. The TDP leaders and friends were allegedly having their eye on Hailands, a prime property they were reportedly trying to take over. That property is not sought to be auctioned. The same kind of crisis faced by Margadarsi Chit Funds a few years ago was weathered away by a strong and seasoned businessman like Ch Ramoji Rao with the help of the powerful people in the country. But the promoters of Agri Gold who lack connections and dynamism have been languishing in jail. Their misfortune was that they tried to get over the problem with the help of the CM and his friends. In the meanwhile, the crisis went out of the hand and the victims have been mobilised by the leaders of the CPM and CPI.

Pawan Kalyan who made guest appearances to console the people who were suffering on account of kidney problem at Uddanam or land being forcibly taken near Mangalagiri or farmers not getting their loans waived fully as promised in the TDP election manifesto could not find time for the victims of AgriGold scam. The Power Star was left behind in the issue concerning lacks of people since he has no clarity about his political roadmap and the time needed to involve in politics fully since he is busy with shooting.

The Left leaders were willy nilly forced to join hands with YS Jagan who aggressively pursued the issue inside and outside the Assembly. The picture of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy flanked by Madhu of CPM and Ramakrishna of the CPI talking to the victims has fulfilled the long felt need in the politics in AP. This is perhaps the combination that is going to fight TDP, BJP and Jana Sena in 2019. Whether the two ruling parties and the fledgling Jana Sena would fight the elections together or separately is yet to be decided. But Pawan Kalyan cannot hope to have Left parties with him any more.

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