Venkaiah Naidu To Be VP, BJP Rejig In AP, TS Soon

BJP is keen on conquering the South. It is focusing on the two Telugu States. What to do with Venkaiah Naidu is the question before the leadership

Hyderabad: The BJP is fine tuning its strategy to conquer the South. In spite of the BJP strongman in Karnataka Yeddyurappa being caught distributing currency notes to voters, the party hopes to overcome the perceptional problems once Prime Minister Narendra Modi starts his campaign. SM Krishna, a stalwart in Karnataka politics, who joined the BJP recently, will be an asset. Winning in Karnataka is not going to be a problem for the BJP.

In Tamil Nadu, the party pinned its hopes on Super Star Rajinikanth. But the star is blinking being indecisive. O Panneerselvam is another hope. Still, the Tamil politics is essentially Dravidian-centric where the BJP finds it difficult to gain a foothold. In Kerala also, it is going to be long haul for the saffron party.

It is in the two Telugu States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana that the BJP is planning to be aggressive. For the party to grow in the two States some tough measures are essential. The first and foremost would be the question of dealing with former party president and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu. BJP President Amit Shaw is understood to be of the opinion that as long as Venkaiah Naidu is active in the party , he will be batting for another Naidu,

Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister. Amit Shaw and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are acutely aware of the problem in order to solve which they might propose to make Venkaiah Vice President of the republic. Once he moves up, Venkaiah Naidu will be out of the way. Then, Amit Shaw can implement his plan to make Veer Raju the president of the AP unit of the party. Once the shadow of Venkaiah Naidu is out of the way, the party can grow leaps and bounds in AP and Telangana, said a senior BJP leader in Hyderabad.

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Kesineni Says TDP Paid Price For Alliance With BJP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BJP Legislator Takes Selfie When Fire Destroys Houses

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

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

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

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

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

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Will It Be TRS Vs BJP In Telangana?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Amit Shah To Address A Big Meet At Vijayawada

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AP Senior BJP Leader Dies In Road Accident

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

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

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

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BJP’s Big Brother Role In TS Unpalatable To TTDP

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

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

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

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Delimitation Is Not An Issue Bothering Netas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Muslim Reservations: 5 BJP MLAs Suspended From T Assembly

When BJP MLAs created ruckus in Telangana Assembly opposing the Bill which proposes reservations to Muslims, the Speaker suspended them.

Hyderabad: Telangana Assembly witnessed an uproar over the Reservation bill which provides 12% quota for economically and socially backward Muslims.

BJP MLAs were suspended from the Assembly after they created ruckus opposing the reservation bill. Though Speaker Madhusudana Chary requested repeatedly, BJP MLAs came into the well of the House and continued the protests which lead to the suspension of 5 sitting BJP MLAs from the assembly.

Telangana Government called for a special Assembly session today to convene 12 percent reservations to the Muslims in educational and Government jobs.

Bill got positive nod from the state cabinet yesterday but it should be approved by the Centre too. KCR urged Modi government to take up the issue. KCR said that their Government made the reservation bill in accordance with the TN model of 69% quota for ST’s ,SC’ s and OBCs including Muslim and Christian minorities. The proposed reservations to various categories should be incorporated in the 9th schedule of the Constitution so that the courts cannot question the issue.

BJP gave a call for CHALO ASSEMBLY on Monday against the bill which it says is unconstitutional.

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Is BJP Preparing To Go With YCP In 2019 Elections?

Amit Shah, the BJP president was not keen to meet AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in the latter’s recent visit to Delhi. But PM Narendra Modi has spent 15 minutes with YSRCP MP Vijay Sai Reddy. What is going on?

Amravati: The statement of the senior BJP leader Muralidhara Rao that the BJP would go alone in Andhra Pradesh in 2019 elections is now seen as a clear indication of the party to sever ties with the ruling TDP in the State and align with the YSR Congress. The BJP is not comfortable with Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP and the alliance between the two parties was forced by the intervention of senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu before the 2014 elections. Even Chandrababu Naidu on the first day of his bus yatra that started from Guntur district had declared that he would not align with the BJP that had fielded infamous Gujarath communal violence accused, Narendra Modi, as the prime ministerial candidate. But, in no time he had changed his political strategy and aligned with the BJP, only after the YSR Congress closed its door. The BJP senior leaders including Amit Shah at the national level and others from Andhra Pradesh have advised the BJP to have poll tie-up with the YSR Congress. However, Jagan Mohan Reddy is said to have rejected it fearing damage to his Christian vote bank and losing the Muslim sympathisers.

Now, after three years in power and alliance, the BJP leaders are not comfortable with Chandrababu Naidu. The TDP and Chandrababu Naidu were preventing the spread of the BJP in the State, they allege. Some of the leaders from the State believe that the BJP’s chances of expansion are sealed as long as the party is aligned with the TDP and the party can grow only if it distanced from the TDP. This is clearly understood by the party high command which is looking at the possibility of distancing from the TDP and aligning with the YSR Congress.

Sources in Delhi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given 15 minutes interview to YSR Congress MP and strategist Vijay Sai Reddy in Delhi last week, while denying audience to Chandrababu Naidu during the recent NDA meeting. Shockingly, BJP chief Amit Shah too had denied interview for Chandrababu Naidu initially but had to accept it when Venkaiah Naidu himself took the AP CM to the BJP chief’s residence.

The meeting between Modi and Vijayasai Reddy is seen as a breakthrough for the 2019 alliance and new political combinations. While the minds of Modi and Shah are yet to be known outside, it is said that Jagan Mohan Reddy had given his nod for an alliance with the BJP for the next poll battle.

Meanwhile, it is said that some of the BJP leaders from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States are lobbying for alliance with Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan. Though Pawan Kalyan is speaking against BJP on Special Category Status issue and is seen soft towards the TDP, these leaders are trying to convince the film hero-turned-politician to withdraw ties with the TDP, if he wanted to expand his party in the State. Perhaps this is the reason why Pawan Kalyan had openly tweeted appreciating the YSR Congress MPs for their role in fighting for the special category status in the Parliament. This small favourable twist towards YSR Congress is seen as a positive development for a new and greater political alignment for the 2019 elections.

The YSR Congress is already said to have made up its mind to share the seats with the two Left parties in the next elections, a thing that Jagan Mohan Reddy did not accept in the last elections. The CPI and the CPI-M too are moving close towards the YSR Congress taking advantage of the special category status demand. If the YCP ultimately chooses to keep away from the BJP, the national party will have to settle for an alliance e with Pavan Kalyan. Given these indications, the 2019 will see an isolated TDP and the Opposition coaxed into one or two combinations making the battle absorbing.

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Special Status Demand Has The Potential To Decide The Status of TDP, BJP

While the beleaguered Congress is continuously pursuing the demand for the special category status to the State in the Parliament, the demand is slowly getting support from other parties. This time the parties even those from Telangana State backing the demand.

Amaravati: The Special Category Status demand for Andhra Pradesh has all the potential to decide the status of the ruling combine Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). While the beleaguered Congress is continuously pursuing the demand for the special category status to the State in the Parliament, the demand is slowly getting support from other parties. This time the parties even those from Telangana State backing the demand.

The Opposition YSR Congress has backed the demand is mounting pressure on the Center to fulfill the promise made in the Parliament and even during the election campaign at Tirupati. The YSR Congress had already threatened to quit the Parliament if the demand is not accepted. The support extended by the Telangana Rastra Samithi MPs had put the ruling BJP in a major trouble. TRS MP K Kesava Rao had put the BJP in a fix by quoting a statement of RBI former governor and 14th Finance Commission chairman Y V Reddy who had denied to have recommended against special category status to any State. Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan too is in favour of the special category status and had been raising the demand and had even issued a warning to pull out of the NDA. The CPI and the CPI-M too have joined now both in the State level and at the Central level. CPI’s MP and senior leader D Raja too had insisted on the BJP fulfilling its election promise, besides honouring the promise of the government inside the Parliament.

The united voice of the Opposition parties and the exposure of the BJP shifting the blame on the 14th Finance Commission is clearly understood by the people, particularly the youth in Andhra Pradesh who have pinned their hopes on the status. They were told repeatedly by the TDP-BJP combine during the elections that the status would bring more industries and investment to the State that would create employment opportunities. Now, by dropping status and announcing package, the governments have closed the doors for industries and the employment opportunities. This realization is rallying the youth and people together in the State and voluntary gathering of the people at every meeting and every activity in support of special category status is an indication to show how serious people are towards the demand.

If the TDP-BJP combine fail to fulfill the promise and give the special category status to the State, they would, for sure, be shown their place in the 2019 elections. The general public and the youth are not ready to buy any argument of the TDP-BJP against special category status. “Package is a fund that would come from the Central government. But status is an opportunity, besides funds, that would attract investments and industries to the State. The package would not bring industries,” is all what the people in the State argue in support of the demand for the special package and neither the TDP nor the BJP have an answer for this. With the demand gaining momentum in Parliament, it has the potential to be the single point agenda of the voters for the 2019 elections that would certainly be against the ruling combine. If the ruling combine understands this strong sentiment of the people, it still has the chance to correct its stand and give special category status that was in existence in 11 States as on June 2, 2014, the day of bifurcation. It is now to be seen if the BJP-TDP stand by their promise or blamed and punished for cheating the voters.

 

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Bypoll Results: BJP Wins In Delhi, Himachal, Assam; Congress Retains Two Karnataka Seats

By-elections were held in 10 Assembly constituencies in eight states on Sunday. Two seats each are in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh and one each in West Bengal, Assam, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Delhi

New Delhi: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won Assembly bypolls in Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Assam on Thursday while it was leading in Rajasthan as results poured in for the nine seats where by-elections were held recently.

In Karnataka, the ruling Congress has won both the seats. Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP suffered a humiliating defeat in Delhi at the hands of its main rival, BJP.

By-elections were held in 10 Assembly constituencies in eight states on Sunday. Two seats each are in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh and one each in West Bengal, Assam, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Delhi.

The victory in the National Capital was sweet music for the BJP ahead of the municipal polls.

The BJP registered a victory in the Rajouri Garden assembly bypoll, handing a humiliating defeat to the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, which finished a distant third.

In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP retained the Bandhavgarh assembly seat after defeating rival Congress. BJP nominee Shivnarayan Singh defeated Congress’ candidate Savitri Singh from the seat in Umaria district.

The bypoll was necessitated as BJP MLA Gyan Singh got elected to the Lok Sabha in November last year from Shahdol in a by-election.

In Himachal Pradesh, BJP candidate Anil Dhiman won the Bhoranj (SC) assembly seat in Himachal Pradesh.

The seat fell vacant following the death of BJP stalwart and former minister Ishwar Dass Dhiman, who won the seat six times in a row since 1990 and now his son Dr Anil Dhiman has retained the seat.

The strength of the BJP has thus increased to 28 in the 68-member House.

The showing was good for the party in Assam also where its candidate Ranoj Pegu won the Dhemaji assembly by-election defeating his nearest the Congress rival Babul Sonowal.

The bypoll was necessitated following the election of BJP MLA Pradan Baruah as MP from Lakhimpur Lok Sabha seat.

The BJP had won 60 of 126 assembly seats and formed the Government in partnership with its pre-poll alliance partners last year.

The Congress party retained its hold on Karnataka though there is a general perception that the Congress Government is unpopular and the BJP is about to win the next elections. But the Congress has proved that it is still in command by wining Nanjangud and Gundlupet Assembly seats.

The by-elections were necessitated in Gundulpet following the death of Cooperation Minister Mahadevaprasad and in Nanjangud, it was caused by the resignation of Srinivas Prasad as Congress MLA after he was dropped from the ministry. He crossed over to the BJP.

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Is BJP Planning To Go Alone In AP In 2019 Elections?

There were incidents when the BJP leaders from the State complained against the TDP in expanding its base through the enrolment of members in the villages
  • Clarity by May last as Shah is set to address party workers

Amaravati: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is planning to go alone in the 2019 elections in Andhra Pradesh. A good number of senior leaders of the party, excluding Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, are in favour of severing ties with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh. The BJP leadership sees political vacuum in Andhra Pradesh and wants to fill the slot. The party chief Amit Shah had been telling the leaders to fill the vacuum by taking senior leaders from other parties and enrolling the members from the booth level. The national leadership of the party and a few leaders from the State feel that they were not able to make inroads into the State because of the alliance with the TDP and want to sever ties before they get ready for the 2019 polls.

The party wants to use the presence of senior leaders like Kavuri Sambasiva Rao and Daggubati Purandheswari from the dominant Kamma community and Kanna Lakshminarayana and Somu Veerraju from the Kapu community to rope in more number of leaders into the party. According to the leaders there is a huge gap between the ruling TDP and the Opposition YSR Congress in the State politics. Though Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan is planning to contest the 2019 elections he would only be sharing the anti-government votes, while the vote of the ruling TDP would remain intact. The scope of the Congress regaining its lost ground appears bleak and it is here the BJP wants to make use of the opportunity.

There were incidents when the BJP leaders from the State complained against the TDP in expanding its base through the enrolment of members in the villages. In several places, the TDP leaders have blocked the BJP’s efforts to reach out to the people at the grassroots and enroll them as party workers. The BJP leaders are thus not happy with the alliance and are mounting pressure on the national leadership to break the alliance with the TDP.

It is perhaps on these lines the BJP senior leader Muralidhara Rao had hinted at going alone in the 2019 elections. Addressing the party workers of Rajampet Lok Sabha constituency Muralidhara Rao hinted at the party going alone in the next elections. The BJP had already decided to dump the TDP in the Telangana State where Chandrababu Naidu’s party has lost its ground. The BJP leaders in TS believe that the TDP would be an unwanted burden on the party for the next elections and had decided to drop it. If that happens in TS, the party having ties in Andhra Pradesh also appear bleak.

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BJP Youth Leader Offers Money For Beheading Bengal CM

Some leaders of the ruling BJP are making bizarre statements in order to attract headlines. It may be also a case of blurting out what they have been nursing in their hearts

Kolkata: Some leaders of the ruling BJP are making bizarre statements in order to attract headlines. It may be also a case of blurting out what they have been nursing in their hearts. The latest ugly statement came from a member of BJP’s youth wing in Bengal, Yogesh Varshney, who announced a ₹ 11 lakh reward for Chief Minister MamataBanerjee’s head.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, senior BJP leader, has disowned the statement saying that the State Government of Bengal can take appropriate action against the culprit.

Varshney is a member of Bharathiya Janata Yuva Morchawhich organised a rally at Birbhum in connection with Hanuman Jayanti. In the heat of the moment while criticising the Chief Minister, Varshney said he would pay ₹ 11 lakh to any one who would behead Mamata Banerjee.

There was an uproar in both the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday morning with opposition Members flaying the ruling party for indulging in goondaism. The ruling party distanced itself from the young leader who made stupid comments. The party is expected to take disciplinary action against Varshney.

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Kavitha Joins North South Debate, Says There Is Disparity

several Prime Ministers are from North, may be this is the reason South discrimination boomed large, she felt.

New Delhi: Heat on Tarun Vijay’s remark on Southern States has provoked TRS MP Kavitha into condemning it. . A day before Jana Sena Chief Pawan kalyan came down strongly on the racist remark of BJP MP Tarun Vijay stating that apology is not sufficient thus cooling down the matter.

Now Telangana CM’s daughter, kavitha reacted on the topic complaining that the South Indian Parliamentarians get little attention when compared to North Indian MP’s.

She further added that there are more representatives from North as it is more populated, several Prime Ministers are from North, may be this is the reason South discrimination boomed large, she felt.

Strengthening regional parties in the South can keep a check on this discrimination, MP Kavitha further said. She praised both CMs of Telugu States who are retaining the individual image of South. Leaders like Tarun are lowering their stature by making such racist comments, however it is better to leave the issue as he expressed regret, MP Kavitha said

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BJP National Chief’s Visit To Hyd Put Off

Fresh dates of Amit Shah’s visit would be announced after the party executive meeting scheduled to be held on April 15 and 16

Hyderabad: The proposed visit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah has been postponed, according to MLC N Ramachandra Rao.

Speaking to the media at State party office here on Thursday, Ramachandra Rao said the Hyderabad visit of Amit Shah has been postponed on the request of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Prime Minister asked Amit Shah to postpone his meeting as he has to coordinate with NDA allies in view of some important Bills likely to come up in Parliament, the MLC said.

Fresh dates of Amit Shah’s visit would be announced after the party executive meeting scheduled to be held on April 15 and 16, he said.

Replying to a query, Ramachandra Rao alleged that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has violated the tradition by not offering “Pattu Vastralu” in Bhadrachalam temple.

KCR’s grandson Himanshu offered the robes on behalf of KCR. It was a blatant violation of protocol also, the BJP leader said, adding that the TRS government should function in a democratic manner and follow decades’ old tradition

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Is Midterm Inevitable In Telangana?

In fact, all is well with the party; it is only that KCR wants to outwit BJP and Congress. He wants the elections to be completed before both the parties take up campaign against his government and stabilise themselves.

Hyderabad: While the Telangana government is trying to project that all is well with its governance, rumours are doing rounds about mid-term polls in the State. While the ruling party TRS circles are discussing this issue in a hush hush manner, they are refusing to utter a single word openly.

In fact, all is well with the party; it is only that KCR wants to outwit BJP and Congress. He wants the elections to be completed before both the parties take up campaign against his government and stabilise themselves. Sources revealed that even KTR, the heir apparent is also in favour of midterm polls. The Chief Minister, who is already projecting his son as the next CM, doesn’t want to take any chances by waiting till 2019. Though not announcing his intentions directly, KCR instructed his ministers and MLAs’ to be in their constituencies by the end of the month and judge the public mood and response to their policies and schemes. He asked them to visit every village and campaign about government schemes, bring awareness and prevent any negative campaign by the opposition parties. It is also know that, he asked his son to participate in district level party and public meetings and campaign about the government schemes and policies a la BJP strategy. Exactly, this is the way BJP has planned to go about for the 2019 general elections. They already instructed ministers and MPs, leaders to go into public and campaign about their schemes.

It is a known fact there are other contenders like Harish Rao who had been working for the party since its formation. A section of party cadre believe that he is more eligible to be the CM as he is more connected with grass root level leaders and cadre too. Precisely this is the reason why KCR wanted his son to visit every district and get in touch with the leaders and cadre there, thus he can emerge as a strong contender for the CM post. To make KTR more popular among the public, it is known that he is given special powers to take spot decisions on representations received and make announcements during public meetings. Thereby, get projected and introduced as the future CM.

All these indicate that preparations are on for mid-term polls in the state and many ruling party leaders are anonymously admitting this. It is also being said that KCR wants become active in national politics for the welfare of the State. He feels that he can effectively communicate with the Centre as national president of TRS. Rumour mills say that he is eyeing to be a part of the third front.

A major reshuffle in the State Cabinet is also on the offing by the end of the month. It is said that many popular ministers would be removed from their posts and would be given the task of strengthening the party at grass root level. More young faces would be seen and this team with KTR as their leader would be in the next elections ring. Already, the party started membership drive.

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BJP Gears Up For 2019 Lok Sabha Polls

This campaign would be launched on April 6th, the foundation day of BJP and continue till the birth anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar on April 14th.

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New Delhi: BJP seems to have been inspired by the idiom early bird catches the worm; it has already started gearing up for 2019 general elections.  After huge wins in four states in the recently held Assembly elections, the executive body of Bharatiya Janata Party is strategising to get hold of the 120 Lok Sabha seats that they lost in 2014 elections.  The executive body plans to nominate the senior and popular leaders in the party in different regions to create awareness and campaign about the success of the schemes implemented by Modi as Prime Minister. This campaign would be launched on April 6th, the foundation day of BJP and continue till the birth anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar on April 14th.

Orders were issued to senior party leaders, ministers to visit these constituencies, and personally make the awareness campaign a success. The BJP which lost these constituencies in 2014 aspires to regain them by strengthening their foundations.

The party MPs would participate in the campaign in those Lok Sabha constituencies assigned to them. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not participating in this campaign. The External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj too will not take part in the campaign due to health reasons.  Itinerary were drafted for  party president Amit Shah in Hyderabad, Rajnath Singh in Kolkata South, Textiles Minister Smriti Irani- Kolkata North and Amethi,   Arun Jaitley – Bangalore rural, Nithin Gadkari – Nizamabad, Uma Bharathi – Howrah, Law Minister Ravi Sankar Prasad – Hooghly  and others to  take  part in the campaign.

The leaders would focus chiefly on GST, National Commission for socially and Educationally Backward Classes, Bhim App (Bharat Interface for Money) that can be used by thumb impression and having many benefits.  The name of the app has been carefully chosen; it is intended to remind the name of Bharat Ratna Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s and make an impression on the dalits and down trodden.  BJP also intends to show off their endeavours for uplifting their status. Meetings are being organised under the name of Sakthi Kendra Sammelan in every parliamentary constituencies to strengthen the party cadre.

A parliament member would be present in each Sakthi Kendra.  The party cadre from ten booths in a constituency would represent. The MP’s should give awareness lectures, building local organisation to strengthen support, and interact with the local intellectuals in conferences.

Whatever the BJP’s strategy and endeavour be to win the elections, the question is where the other national parties are?  Building of a strong opposition is one of the democratic necessities.

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