Category: Hyderabad

Mohan Babu gets 1 Yr jail in cheque bounce case

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Errum Manzil court in Hyderabad on Tuesday sentenced Tollywood veteran actor Mohan Babu to one year imprisonment in a cheque bounce case. The court clarified that all the sentences would be served concurrently.

This case was filed by director YVS Chowdhary in 2009. Mohan Babu had given a cheque to director Chowdhary as part of remuneration for the movie “Saleem” starring Mohan Babu’s son Manchu Vishnu but the cheque was not honoured.

YVS repeatedly asked Mohan Babu to clear the money but he refused. So, YVS filed case in court.

The court on April 2nd had held the actor Mohan Babu guilty in the case.

Also, the Magistrate asked Mohan Babu to pay Rs 43 lakhs to the complainant. Failing which, he will have to serve another three months imprisonment.

However, he was granted bail in a short period of time.

‘Yellow media’ lines up ‘fake surveys’ predicting TDP win!

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As the crucial polling for Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections on April 11 is just a week away, the ‘yellow media’ is learnt to have lined up ‘fake surveys’ predicting big victory for ‘yellow party’ TDP, to confuse Andhra Pradesh voters ahead of polling.

ABN-Andhra Jyothy group already published a ‘fake survey’ predicting landslide victory for TDP in Assembly and Lok Sabha polls.

ABN-Andhra Jyothy group ‘shamelessly’ attributed the fake survey to prominent survey group “Lokniti-CSDS” without checking the facts.

The fake survey predicted 126 to 135 Assembly seats and 18 to 22 Lok Sabha seats for TDP. It predicted only 45-50 Assembly seats and 3 to 5 LS seats for YSRCP.

This ‘fake survey’ was published on the main page of Andhra Jyothy newspaper and it was telecasted all through the day on ABN news channel.

The “Lokniti-CSDS” immediately sprung into action and threatened to issue legal notice and sue ABN group owner Radhakrishna for publishing and telecasting ‘fake survey’ and attributing the fake survey to “Lokniti-CSDS”.

The “Lokniti-CSDS” strongly condemned doing any survey in AP and termed it as ‘fake and rubbish’.

ABN Radhakrishna who talks and preaches of ‘media values’ and ‘moral values’ all the time, shamelessly carried fake survey in his paper and channel to benefit TDP and Chandrababu Naidu.

He has put media’s reputation and credibility at the feet of Naidu for the sake of earning few crores of rupees. Naidu reportedly paid over Rs 50 crore to Radhakrishna to publicise this fake survey.

It may be recalled that Eenadu and Andhra Jyothy carried fake surveys during recent Telangana Assembly elections predicting defeat for TRS and victory for TDP, Congress combine Mahakutami.

Though all these surveys were proved wrong, the yellow media failed to learn the lessons.

It is reliably learnt that the Yellow Media has lined up few more ‘fake surveys’ predicting victory for TDP in AP elections.

One wonder, when the yellow media will realise that people are not innocent like in 1980s and 1990s to believe whatever crap they publish.

In this era of social media boom, people are getting to know the truth within a span of few seconds.

Seetha Teaser: Shrewd Seetha and Loyal Rama

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Teja’s upcoming film Seetha with Kajal Agarwal playing the lead role has finally got a kick start to its promotions with the launch of teaser.

In one minute teaser of Seetha, the director gives a glimpse of the lead characters played by Bellamkonda Srinivas and Kajal Agarwal.

Seetha is a shrewd businesswoman who can go to any extent for her business sake and Rama (Srinivas) plays the innocent protector’s role.

Kajal looks stylish as the businesswoman and Srinivas’s styling is like that of a typical villager.

Teja’s films have powerful antagonists and Seetha is no different. There is Sonu Sood who make an indecent proposal to Seetha.

The film is gearing up for release on April 25. Can Bellamkonda Srinivas put an end to his flop streak and Teja continue from where had left from Nene Raju Nene Mantri?

Naidu is Bhallala Deva in Baahubali film!

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Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has similar qualities of Bhallala Deva, the villain character in the popular national-award winning Telugu film Baahubali, according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Playing to the gallery of the film-loving audiences in Rajahmundry public meeting on Monday, the Prime Minister said like Bhalla Deva in Baahubali, Naidu would also go to any length to usurp power.

“His only aim is to come to power by any means. For that, he can stoop down to any level,” he alleged.

Modi also took a dig at Naidu referring to the latter’s family business concern Heritage Group. Stating that the people of Andhra Pradesh have rich cultural heritage, he said while the BJP was striving to protect this heritage, Naidu is destroying it for the sake of his own “Heritage.”

The Prime Minister also accused Naidu of treating Polavaram major irrigation project like an ATM centre.

He alleged that the chief minister had repeatedly escalated the project cost only for the sake of commissions.

“We have taken up Polavaram as a national project and released Rs 7,000 crore for the same. But Naidu has no sincerity in completing the same. He went on increasing the project cost for taking kickbacks, but has no intention of completing the same,” he alleged.

Modi also alleged that Naidu had resorted to stealing of people’s personal data for his political gains.

“The data was collected by TDP’s Seva Mitra application. But Naidu is neither a “mitra” (friend) of anybody nor does he do any “seva” (service) to the people, but his intention was to steal the data for personal gains,” he said

Naga Babu Following Allu Aravind!

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In 2009, producer Allu Aravind, brother-in-law of Megastar Chiranjeevi, contested from Anakapalli Loksabha constituency on Praja Rajyam party ticket.

At that time, Allu Aravind used to say that their party Praja Rajyam would win 292 seats out of 294.

He stood at third place in Anakapalli while Congress party’s Sabbam Hari won the seat. Praja Rajyam party secured only 18 seats in entire Andhra Pradesh.

Now Andhra Pradesh is divided into two states. The new state of AP has 175 assembly seats and 25 parliament seats.

Pawan Kalyan’s brother Naga Babu is now playing the role of Allu Aravind in Jana Sena.

Naga Babu is contesting from Narasapuram Loksabha constituency in this polls. The actor turned politician recently said that his party would win 200 assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh.

200 seats? Andhra Pradesh assembly has only 175 seats but Naga Babu claims his party would win 200.

Netizens are trolling him on social media. He has become another Allu Aravind, they say. They also say that Naga Babu would also get the same result that Allu Aravind got in 2009.

Money Power, Caste Politics and Biryani’s ‘Changed’ Taste Under KCR’s Rule

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He is the richest candidate in the state. He doesn’t need power to earn money,” says a farm labour Shivamma who has come to listen to Congress’ Konda Vishweshwar Reddy at Tangedapally mandal in Chevella Lok Sabha constituency.

As groups of people gather at a venue in the summer heat, Reddy, who has assets worth Rs 223 crore, steps out of his Innova car in his simple attire and casual footwear.

An engineer-turned-entrepreneur, Reddy — son-in-law of C Pratap Reddy who is the founder-chairman of the Apollo group of Hospitals — arrives at the venue to address a gathering of 150 people and the moment a Congress worker picks up a mike to start the programme, the power goes off.

“The power cuts were there, but this has been happening at Reddy’s campaign venues over the last few days,” claims Shakeel Ahmed, ex-sarpanch of Pudur mandal.

He accuses the TRS government of creating hurdles for Reddy who was elected on TRS ticket in 2014 but quit the party and is contesting against TRS’ G Ranjith Reddy, a non-local candidate.

Vishweshwar Reddy is the grandson of former Andhra Deputy chief minister Konda Venkata Ranga Reddy. The district of Ranga Reddy, formerly known as Hyderabad Rural, was renamed after this Congress leader.

After a few minutes, the programme finally starts and the crowd cheers as Vishweshwar Reddy stands up to speak.

“I did not switch party, I am where I was earlier. But the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has changed its ideology.

“Congress works for the poor and Sonia Gandhi (UPA chairperson) gave us Telangana,” he said appealing the gathering to vote for the hand symbol.

“If you vote for Congress, Rahul Gandhi will become prime minister. If you vote for BJP, Narendra Modi will become PM. If you vote for TRS, who will become PM?” he asks and the crowd responds saying “no one.”

As he ends his speech, he passes through the crowd giving high-fives and heads to the next stop to address another public meeting.

“A person like him does not need to bribe to get votes,” quips Shivamma, as she prepares to leave.

Vishweshwar Reddy’s convoy passes through the village and he starts talking about the “rise” of caste politics in Telangana, hitting out at TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and TRS supremo and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.

While Naidu sliced backward castes into Yadavs, Gouds and Kapus, TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao went further “touching communities having 1-2 per cent population”, he said,

“This is destroying the fabric of Telangana and economy of the state,” he says and targets KCR’s scheme for shepherd community, where the TRS founder promised to give sheep at subsidised rates.

Pointing to sheep and goats “procured from outside” grazing in the fields, he says, “Do you know why biryani in Telangana tastes differently under the TRS regime? Our biryani used to be very good because it used to be made from special variety of sheep.”

“You cannot manufacture sheep. So, he (KCR) brought them from neighbouring states and the taste is different,” he says and claims that goats instead of sheep were distributed due to shortfall.

Likewise KCR has running schemes for every minor community like barber and washermen under the backward community, he says and claims such schemes may not yield results in Lok Sabha poll.

“Telangana was not relatively a caste based political system unlike erstwhile Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

“Typically, a Reddy fights another Reddy. A Reddy never fights a Goud. I used to think the most astute caste politician India ever produced was Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Chief Chandrababu Naidu. Now, KCR has surpassed Naidu in doing caste politics,” he alleges.

Asked about the ‘non-BJP, non-Congress front’ proposed by the TRS, he says, “When I was in TRS, it was an embarrassing joke, now it is a funny joke. It will never be a reality,” and rushed to address the next gathering waiting for him.

The “fight is between the Congress and the TRS” with former having rural vote bank in four assembly segments out of seven in this constituency, says a college graduate Srinivas Reddy while discussing the poll scene in the constituency at a tea shop at Parg.

Some distance away, Eshwar Reddy, a senior citizen, who is buying mangoes from a local haat, is far more vocal about his views.

“The Congress has an edge here because of Vishweshwar Reddy who is a local person with a clean image and his family has strong political background,” he said. Whereas TRS and BJP are depending on urban votes to win in three assembly segments.

“TRS candidate Ranjith Reddy is an outsider from Karimnagar, but what goes in his favour is the advantage of being from the ruling party in the state having local MLAs and strong local cadres,” he added.

The BJP has fielded state general secretary and real estate businessman B Janardhan Reddy.

For fruit seller Venkatesh, election is all about “money power” and it is hard to believe a wealthy candidate will not “buy votes”.

The Chevella Lok Sabha constituency in KV Ranga Reddy district is considered to be the second largest parliamentary constituency in the state after Malkajgiri.

Out of seven assembly segments in the constituency, five are held by the TRS and two by the Congress.

Elections to 17 Lok Sabha constituencies in Telangana will be held on April 11. The state will see a single phase election and the counting of ballots for the entire country will be held on May 23. (PTI)

Harish Rao is looking up to BJP

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A popular English daily in Hyderabad came up with an exclusive story on Monday that senior Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader and Siddipet MLA T Harish Rao is looking up to joining the Bharatiya Janata Party.

According to the report, top BJP leadership has approached Harish Rao and held talks with him, promising him to make the chief ministerial candidate in the next elections.

The saffron party, which is looking for a strong leader to galvanise the cadres, could not find a better leader than Harish Rao.

On his part, Harish Rao, too wants a platform to display his strength.

He has realized that there is no future for him in the TRS as the entire power has been granted to TRS working president K T Rama Rao, son of party founder and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

Having been completely sidelined in the TRS without even being given a cabinet berth, Harish Rao is also considering the BJP offer.

However, he will wait till the Lok Sabha elections are over and if there is a possibility of Narendra Modi returning to power again, he will take a plunge into the BJP. Otherwise, he will have to wait for the right opportunity.

While the daily, at the end of the story, indicated that it was just an April Fools’ Day prank, analysts do not rule out such a possibility.

In fact, Harish had, indeed, made such an attempt in the past and KCR, who sensed it at the right time, called him and pulled him up. Since then, Harish Rao is lying low.

So, there is no surprise if Harish really does revolt against KCR and takes a plunge into the BJP in the coming days!

Mamata, Kejriwal disappoint Naidu

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Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu invited several national leaders for his mega rally at Visakhapatnam on Sunday, but finally only West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal responded and attended the rally.

But at the end of the day, both Mamata and Kejriwal disappointed Naidu. Not that they did not speak in favour of Naidu at the rally.

Both of them praised Naidu for his leadership and his efforts to build an anti-Modi front at the national level.

However, Mamata and Kejri did not utter a word against YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, as was expected by Naidu.

While the TDP president castigated Modi for being a chowkidar of Jagan’s alleged corruption, the two national leaders confined themselves to attacking Modi and spoke only on national issues.

They did not even take the name of Jagan, while asking the people to strengthen the hands of Naidu. So, that would hardly benefit Naidu. It appeared they were more interested in promoting themselves, rather than Naidu.

Interestingly, when Kejriwal and Mamata were speaking, the stadium was packed with crowds, but the moment Naidu started speaking, people started leaving the grounds. It was so boring that people started commenting as there was nothing new in his speech.

So, the writing is very clear on the wall in Andhra!

Jeevitha and Rajasekhar join YSRC party

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The latest celebrities to join YSRC party are actor Rajasekhar and his wife Jeevitha.

The couple who have been in politics for over decade today met YS Jagan, the opposition leader in Andhra Pradesh. They met him in his residence Lotus Pond in Jubilee Hills. They have joined the party officially.

“We had some misunderstanding with YS Jagan earlier. I did behave in immature manner in the past. Despite past events, Jagan garu welcomed us into party.

“We urge people to give power to YS Jagan for once. He is committed leader who would work for the development of Andhra Pradesh,” Rajasekhar said after meeting YS Jagan.

Jeevitha, on the other hand, requested voters not to fall for money and gifts.

“The future of AP will be bright with YS Jagan only,” she said

RGV film makes big money in Khammam

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Telugu Desam Party headed by Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, might have succeeded in stalling the release of controversial political film Lakshmi’s NTR made by maverick director Ram Gopal Varma in Andhra Pradesh by moving the high court.

But he could not succeed in killing the enthusiasm of the people of Andhra to watch the film.

Thousands of people who shuttle between Hyderabad and Andhra every week end evinced interest in watching the film in Telangana, during their visit to the joint capital in the weekend – on Saturday and Sunday.

What is more interesting is that thousands of Andhra people in the borders areas of Telangana sneaked into Khammam to watch RGV’s film just out of curiosity.

The film, based on Naidu’s conspiracy to dethrone his father-in-law N T Rama Rao, evinced a lot of curiosity among the viewers of Andhra and brought rich dividends to theatre owners in Khammam.

In the last three days, the theatres in Khammam ran to packed houses, thanks to visit by Andhra people in large numbers.

According to a media report, people from Nandigama, Tiruvur, Mylavaram, and Nuzivid Assembly segments in the Krishna district and Chintalapudi, Polavaram, and Jangareddygudem in the West Godavari district of AP thronged theatres in Aswaraopet, Sattupalli, and Madhira to watch the film where it was being screened.

Around 200 villages in the two AP districts are within a 30-km distance from these three towns in Khammam district.

Sources said YSR Congress party leaders arranged the facility for the transport of people from these areas to Khammam to see the film.

Even if the film makes one per cent difference in the poll prospects of YSRC, it is more than enough for it!