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Pasupu-Kumkuma

The entire TDP is praying that the ‘Pasupu –Kumkuma’ scheme launched by Chandrababu Naidu that was originally announced on Jan 25, 2019 will tilt the balance in its favour at the polling booth hen counting takes place on the 23rd of this month.

Rs 10,000 will be paid to all eligible women of Self Help Groups and DWACRA and smart phones will also be provided to them. Approximately, 93 lakh women will benefit from this scheme and will cost the State around Rs 9400 crore.

Although the State government does not have the funds, it promised to make the payments by borrowing from Central Agencies.

Chandrababu Naidu cleverly ensured that the payments via cheque were made to the beneficiaries, right on the eve of elections in Andhra Pradesh.

The Party believes that the high percentage of women turning out in large numbers to exercise their franchise till late into the night is an indication that the women voted for them because of this scheme.

With all due respect to the TDP though, it is equally possible that people waited in queues for long periods of time to cast their vote because of the high level of anti-incumbency.

This election has been especially tough for Chandrababu Naidu as he has completely lost credibility.

Whether it be the ‘real estate’ venture called Amaravati, the failed ‘loan waiver’ scheme or his horrifying doublespeak over the SCS issue, he has lost the trust of the people.

Given such a high-level of anti-incumbency, will this one scheme by Chandrababu be enough to catapult him back to power? The TDP thinks so!

Besides, there is no guarantee given his recent track record that Chandrababu will make the payments punctually in future.

The people would also have taken this aspect into consideration which would mean that the women gleefully accepted the payments and then voted for the YSRCP.

In 2014, the TDP needed 6 runs off the last ball and contrary to all expectations; Chandrababu got a top-edge that sailed over fine leg into the stands.

Now, the situation is the same and TDP fans are desperately hoping that Chandrababu will once again clear the field. But miracles don’t occur frequently or else they wouldn’t be called miracles.

The last ball this time can easily be a replica of the IPL final between Chennai and Mumbai with Naidu in yellow representing the defending champs.

But there’s a silver lining for Chandrababu after all. He frequently keeps complaining that he is working so hard for the people that he cannot find even the time to play with his grandson.

Should the TDP lose on May 2, Chandrababu will have all the time in the world to fulfill this desire of his and what’s more, he can also catch up on the episodes of the serial ‘Pasupu Kumkuma’ on Youtube that was aired on Zee Telugu some years ago.

Finally ‘yellow media’ admits YSRC will come to power in AP

More than a month after polling and a week before counting of votes for AP Assembly elections, the pro-TDP ‘yellow media’ seems to have realised that YSRCP wil come to power in AP and Jagan will be the next CM of AP.

ABN-Andhra Jyothy group chairman Vemuri Radhakrishna has changed his pro-TDP stand and started writing annd publishing about YSRCP victory.

The Andhra edition of Andhra Jyothy newspaper today carried a banner story on Main Page 1 saying that YSRCP government has to spend Rs 56,000 crore to implement its poll promises,

This news report gives clear hints that Andhra Jyothy too beieves TDP will lose Assembly polls and YSRCP will win.

This news report says the finance department officials have already started working out modalities on the implementation of Jagan’s poll promises and assessed the amount of additional burden it will impose on state exchequer if Jagan starts implemeting his poll promises from June.

So, ABN Andhra Jyothy group seems to be slowly accepting the reality.

When will be the turn of another ‘yellow media’ Eenadu group to accept the same?

Will KCR, Jagan attend Sonia meeting

A report that appeared in a popular English daily that former Congress president and United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi had invited Telugu Desam Party, YSR Congress party and Telangana Rashtra Samiti along with other non-BJP parties for a dinner meeting in New Delhi on May 23 created ripples in political circles.

The meeting was reportedly called for to discuss the possibility of a non-Bharatiya Janata Party government at the Centre, after watching the results to be declared on May 23.

The report, on the face of it, appears to be purely speculative and far-fetched, as nobody knows what the outcome of the elections would be. If at all Sonia extends any such invitation, she would do it in the afternoon of May 23, when the trends would be clear.

The meeting can be held a day later, not necessarily on the same night.

Secondly, there are inherent contradiction within the report. How can TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu and YSRC president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy will attend the same meeting? For that matter, will KCR attend a meeting in which Naidu is present?

If the Congress admits YSRC and the TRS into the coalition, Naidu will opt of it. And other parties like Mamata or Samajwadi Party might be interested in losing Naidu.

If Congress wants to negotiate with Jagan and KCR, it will do it separately and not when Naidu is present.

In any case, if the reports are true, both TRS and YSRC prefer to join the NDA bandwagon, rather than the Congress, say analysts.

Moreover, the Congress knows if it ropes KCR and YSRC into the coalition, it would mean the party has lost hopes of recovering in the Telugu states and it amounts to admitting that the Congress will play second fiddle to these parties in their respective states!

 

Monsoon may hit Telangana 6 days late

The monsoon is likely to hit Kerala on June 4, three days behind schedule. It will hit Telangana state four to six days late, according to Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency.

Skymet said the onset date for Andhra Pradesh was not clear because of its proximity to the Bay of Bengal where many weather systems could change frequently. The agency said there would not be heavy rains during the onset unlike every year, which is an usual phenomenon. Scanty rains would prevail in the first half of June and pick up later. Heavy rain is expected in July everywhere, including in Telangana state.

The Indian Meteorological Department is expected to release its forecast on Thursday. Last month, the IMD had predicted a “near normal” monsoon.

Skymet CEO Jatin Singh said the monsoon would arrive over the Andamans on May 22, with an error margin of plus or minus 2 days. The initial advancement of the monsoon over peninsular India is going to be slow.

According to Skymet, there are 55 per cent chances of a below normal rainfall, which could experience the effect of El Nino, a phenomenon linked to the heating of the surface waters of the Pacific Ocean.

It said the monsoon would be “below normal” in the country with a Long Period Average (LPA) of 93 per cent and an error margin of five per cent.

Central India is likely to receive 91 per cent rainfall of the long period average (LPA, the average of the last 50 years). Rainfall in Vidarbha, Marathwada, west Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat will be ‘poorer’ than normal. Therefore, the regions of Telangana state which are adjacent to Marathwada and Vidarbha, like Nizamabad would receive slightly below normal rainfall.

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Stalin Pours Cold Water On KCR Plans

DMK president MK Stalin on Tuesday said he saw no chances for a non-BJP, non-Congress “third front” post-Lok Sabha polls, but a decision could be taken only after May 23, the counting day.

Stalin’s remarks come a day after TRS supremo and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekara Rao, who has been pushing for a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front of regional parties, called on the DMK chief here.

Stalin, also Tamil Nadu Leader of Opposition, said Rao had not visited the state for forging alliances.

“He did not come to form alliances. He came to Tamil Nadu to offer prayers in various temples and on that basis, sought an appointment with me for a courtesy call. That is all,” he told reporters here.

Rao had earlier visited the Sri Ranganatha Temple at Srirangam before meeting Stalin.

Asked about the possibility of a “third front” sans BJP and Congress, the DMK leader said, “It doesn’t seem to me that there is a chance for that.”

“However, that will be decided only after counting on May 23,” he added.

Security up in Amberpet after row over mosque

mosque in Amberpet, the Hyderabad police beefed up security in Amberpet and nearby areas. Security for the march, which had not been permitted by the police, combined with the arrangements made for the IPL final at Uppal and resulted in some inconvenience to motorists in the form of frisking and vehicle checks.

City police commissioner Anjani Kumar had stated on Saturday that no unlawful gathering would be allowed in Amberpet. Subsequent-ly, 77 people, including activists of certain outfits were taken into custody on Sunday.

The site had become the centre of attention after a disused mosque was demolished by the GHMC after paying compensation to its occupants. Following a controversy, there was an attempt to re-build the mosque at the site which is being opposed by another group.

Mr Shaik Salahuddin, a resident of Amberpet, said, “Following a call from a local outfit, a group of activists arrived at the land to offer prayers. The police officials who were deployed at the spot asked them to leave. In response, the youth started raising slogans. The police had no option but to take them into preventive custody. They were released in the evening to break their fast.”

East Zone DCP M. Ramesh said, “In view of the recent events, we have intensified patrolling in the area. Despite very clear instructions, the activists returned to the spot. We took 13 activists and 64 others into preventive custody and shifted them to OU police station. Another six members were shifted to Bowenpally police station.”

BJP Goshamahal legislator T. Raja Singh said in a post on social media that he had “been house arrested again by the police (sic)” and that he didn’t understand why he was being “targeted”.

Following the call for the march, Mr Anjani Kumar had said, “People with vested interests have been spreading these rumours about the gathering in Amberpet. No unlawful gathering will be allowed, particularly in and around an area that witnessed a law and order breach last Sunday.”

Mr Kumar warned that anyone who attempted to disturb the peace and tranquility in Amberpet would be dealt with severely in accordance with the law. He requested people to cooperate with the police and to refrain from sharing such messages for the sake of public order and peace.

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Mega family to start international schools

Mega family starting from Megastar Chiranjeevi, Pawan Kalyan, Allu Aravind, Nagababu to Ramcharan, Allu Arjun, Varun Tej, Sai Dharam Tej etc. have minted crores of money from film industry since 1970s.

They together own assets worth thousands of crores of rupees in the form of palatial bungalows, big farm houses, commercial complexes, luxury cars in Hyderabad, Chennai and other metros.

They have earned so much wealth that it will not vanish even if the next few generations in their family sit idle and simply enjoy life.

But, still there seems to be no end to their ‘money hungry’ tactics.

The mega family is now looking at commercialising education and mint money out of it.

Normally, rich and affluent people try to do social service by giving free education to poor and needy.

But the mega family is planning to set up international schools which collect exorbitant fees even for nursery.

The mega family’s plan to introduce international curriculum like Cambridge IGCSE syllabus, CBSE syllabus for students from nursery to Class V shows they view education as a tool only for rich and affluent sections who can afford lakhs of rupees as fees just for nursery class but have no intention to make it affordable for poor and needy, middle class, who watch their movies madly by spending their hard earned money even by remaining hungry to show their love and admiration towards mega family.

Film and education circles say if mega family had intention to do service for poor and needy, they would have set up affordable shools instead of setting up international schools which only crorepatis can afford.

They would also have adopted few government schools, provide all facilities with their money and provide free and quality education to poor.

The fact that they are setting up international schools with Chiranjeevi as honorary founder, his son Ramcharan Tej as honorary president, Nagababu as honorary chairman shows that the entire family wants to mint money by commercialising school education.

However, to escape criticism of commercialising education, the mega family has offered to give ‘special concessions’ to children of mega fans in these schools.

One wonders, which mega fan can afford to admit their wards in international schools to claim concessions as mega fans mostly come from poorer sections and middle class.

KCR declares TRS candidates for MLC bypolls

TRS chief and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao sprang a surprise by selecting Patnam Mahender Reddy as TRS candidate for Ranga Reddy MLC bypoll under local bodies quota.

KCR has been claiming all these days that those who lost elections will not be given another chance to contest polls or in nominated posts.

Patnam Mahender Reddy, who worked as transport minister in KCR’s cabinet lost recent Assembly polls from Tandur Assembly seat to Congress candidate Pilot Rohit Reddy.

KCR on Sunday announced Patnam Mahender Reddy for Ranga Reddy seat, TRS joint secretary Pochampally Srinivas Reddy for Warangal seat and another Tera Chinnappa Reddy for Nalgonda seat under local authorities constituencies quota.

All three candidates are likely to file their nominations on Monday as the last date for submission of nominations is May 14.

The State Election Commission issued notification for conducting bypolls to three MLC local authorities constituencies which fell vacant following resignation of the sitting MLCs.

While the polling will be held on May 31 from 8 am to 4 pm, the counting of votes will be held on June 3 followed by announcement of results.

Patnam Narender Reddy and Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy resigned to their MLC posts following their election as MLA in the recent Assembly elections.

Konda Murali also resigned to his post after he shifted to Congress party from the ruling TRS before the Assembly elections.

Accordingly, the MLC seats of Ranga Reddy, Nalgonda and Warangal under local authorities quota, fell vacant.

TRS leadership is worried over MLC bypolls.

This is because TRS supported candidates lost all the three seats in MLC polls held last month under employees and teachers constituencies.

Jagga Reddy readies ground to join TRS

It is more or less confirmed that Telangana Congress MLA from Sangareddy Turpu Jayaprakash Reddy alias Jagga Reddy will join the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi very soon.

This was hinted at by Jagga Reddy himself while speaking to media in Gandhi Bhavan on Thursday.

“It will be decided between May 25 and 30 as to whether I will be in Gandhi Bhavan or Telangana Bhavan,” he told media.

He said he had received invitation from the relatives of TRS president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and his son K T Rama Rao.

“If the relatives meet me again and extend invitation to join the TRS, I will take a decision to shift loyalties to the TRS. Till then, all the talk about my defection to the TRS is rubbish,” he said.

He further said he had won the recent elections on his own strength rather than on the strength of the Congress party.

“I am not like other MLAs who won on party banner. I have grown as independent leader on my strength,” he said.

Jagga Reddy also made it clear that he would abide by the party decisions only up to 50 per cent.

“The remaining 50 per cent of the decisions are my own. This holds true for any party that I join. Even in Congress party, I follow my own decisions, rather than that of the party,” he said.

The Sangareddy MLA said the Congress in Telangana would survive and get back into the safe zone only if the United Progressive Alliance comes to power at the Centre.

“I don’t know whether the people of Telangana had got any benefit from the bifurcation of combined Andhra Pradesh or not, but the Congress has heavily lost politically. In the Congress party, it is difficult to reach the high command.

“We have to depend on the local leadership, but we are not sure whether our message will really reach the top,” Jagga Reddy observed.

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Naidu, KCR to become ‘friends’ again

The love-hate relationship between CMs of AP and TS, N Chandrababu Naidu and K Chandrasekhar Rao, has been taking new twists as the May 23 deadline of declaration of general elections nears.

National media in Delhi is abuzz with reports that both the Telugu CMs are coming together again to help the formation of a Congress-led government at the Centre after LS results with the support of all regional parties and Left parties and if time favours, form a government of regional parties with the support of Congress.

After analysing the polling trends of five phases of Lok Sabha polls held so far, KCR is learnt to have come to a conclusion that there is no scope for BJP-led NDA government coming to power at the Centre again.

Though KCR was initially in favour of supporting BJP, along with YSRCP Jagan, he dropped his plans after majority of the regional parties and Left parties do not want Modi to become PM again.

When KCR met leaders of regional parties and CPM leader, Kerala CM Vijayan, they suggested KCR to maintain distance with BJP and rather work with Congress.

They warned KCR that if Modi becomes PM again, he will pose a threat even to TRS in Telangana in the coming days by dividing Hindu and Muslim voters in Telangana on communal lines, which has been already witnessed in Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Adilabad Lok Sabha polling recently where BJP expected to make huge gains in vote share, if not wins these seats.

With this KCR is learnt to have decided to sail with Congress and for this he sought the help of Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy and DMK chief Stalin to ‘mediate’ with Rahul on taking him into Congress-led coalition.

However, both these leaders reportedly told KCR that Chandababu enjoys more clout at Rahul Gandhi at present than any other leader, and only Naidu can help him.

KCR instead of directly approaching Naidu, reportedly roped in TRS senior leaders, Tummala Nageshwar Rao, Kadiam Srihari, Nama Nageshwar Rao, who worked in TDP for decades along with him and still mantain good relations with Naidu.

These leaders conveyed KCR’s feelings to Naidu, who apparently told them that he had no objection to work with KCR in national politics to dethrone Modi.

Naidu is expected to invite KCR for the meeting of all non-BJP parties on May 21 in Delhi to form a Front, which will stake claim to form the government at the Centre soon after announcement of results on May 23.

KCR too is expected to camp in Delhi along with Naidu from May 21 till the new government takes over.

KCR wants to avoid speaking or interfering in ‘Andhra politics’ for new to please Naidu and remain calm on his relations with Jagan till a clarity comes on who will come to power at the Centre and in AP.