After much dilly-dallying, senior Telugu film comedian Ali finally joined the YSR Congress party in the presence of party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy at the latter’s Lotus Pond residence in Hyderabad on Monday.
Ali’s entry into the YSRC was no surprise, knowing his inconsistent political stand. But till the other day, he had been giving impression that he would join the Telugu Desam Party, as he had met party president N Chandrababu Naidu only recently and posed for photographs.
But suddenly, Ali decided to take a turn and moved towards YSRC on Monday. What is surprising is that Jagan did not offer him any assembly seat.
“I will not contest the elections, but will work for the party and campaign for it in the elections. People in Andhra want Jagan as the next chief minister,” he said.
He also claimed to be a close follower of late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy and said he was impressed with the padayatra of Jagan.
He said Jagan had given him a commitment, but did not disclose what it was.
“I am confident he would definitely fulfil his commitment,” he said.
Why did Ali suddenly change his stand?
According to sources, Ali had asked Naidu to give him the MLA ticket Guntur (East) assembly seat in the April 11 assembly polls.
Besides, Ali also wanted a strong commitment from Naidu that he would be given a cabinet berth if he was elected. But Naidu reportedly expressed his helplessness in giving the ticket to Ali, as there was a very high competition in Guntur.
On the other hand, Jagan reportedly promised to make him an MLC, if not the MLA, and would take him into the cabinet.
Ali was more convinced with Jagan’s promise and decided to join the YSRC.
SS Rajamouli’s next film RRR is highly awaited. The fans, as well as the general audience, is quite excited to see what the highly acclaimed filmmaker has to offer post the monstrous success of Baahubali films.
The shooting of the film is underway in full swing with lead stars Ram Charan and Jr NTR. However, the female leads of the film are still not on board.
There have been strong reports about the makers approaching Alia Bhatt and Parineeti Chopra for the two female leads but nothing has been confirmed so far.
It was also reported that the makers have approached Ajay Devgn for a role in the film but he, recently, denied being offered the film.
And now Parineeti Chopra has finally opened up about the much-awaited film and if she has been approached by the makers or not.
During a group interaction with media, while promoting her upcoming release Kesari, Parineeti Chopra was asked if she is doing the film, she revealed,
I’ll only say that you guys should wait and believe the things we announce. Whatever my films are, they’ll be announced within this week.
Going by her statement, she neither denied being a part of the film nor did she accept it. Guess, we may have to wait for a week to know for sure if she is actually a part of the movie or not.
The task which was not possible for Telangana Congress bigwigs like TPCC chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy, CLP leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and others, was achieved by TPCC working president Revanth Reddy, who is much junior to them in Congress.
The task was to stop senior Congress leader and MLA Sabitha Indra Reddy from quitting Congress and joining TRS.
Sabitha met KTR two days ago at the residence of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and offered to join TRS provided her son Karthik Reddy gets TRS Lok Sabha ticket for Chevella seat.
Congress bigwigs rushed to Sabitha’s residence to pacify her and change her mind but in vain.
When everyone thought the ‘deal’ was finalised and Sabitha joining TRS was only a formality, Revanth sprung into action.
Revanth reportedly met Sabitha and brainwashed her about the humiliation being faced by other Congress leaders like D Srinivas, K Keshava Rao etc in TRS after joining there and convinced her to change her mind.
Revanth told her that KCR gives appointment only once while joining and there will be no entry into Pragathi Bhavan later and any leader how big they may be in other parties have to live like ‘slaves’ for KCR and his family in TRS.
Sabitha told Revanth that she was leaving Congress only for the future of his son.
Revanth assured that he will try his best to secure Chevella LS seat for her son by using his influence with AICC president Rahul Gandhi.
As assured, Revanth called Rahul and secured his appointment to meet Sabitha and Karthik Reddy in Delhi today.
Congress bigwigs are shocked to see Revanth’s influence on Rahul and his ability to stop Sabitha from joining TRS.
KCR and KTR were learnt to have shocked over Revanth’s efforts in stopping Sabitha from joining TRS.
Ending speculations, Telugu actor Ali on Monday joined the YSR Congress party.
The comedian called on YSR Congress chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy at the latter’s Lotus Pond residence here and joined the party.
Ali, whose full name is Mohammad Ali Basha, told reporters that he would campaign for the party and would like to see Jaganmohan Reddy as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
The actor said he has no immediate plans to contest elections but admitted he dreams of becoming a Minister. “Jaganmohan Reddy stands by his word and that is why I have joined YSR Congress,” he said.
Simultaneous elections to Andhra Pradesh Assembly and Lok Sabha are scheduled on April 11.
Ali had earlier met Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President N. Chandrababu Naidu and Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan, but finally picked YSR Congress for his political entry.
The 49-year-old actor, who hails from Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh, said he felt that he will not have a secure future in TDP.
“Friendship is different from politics,” he remarked when asked about not joining his friend and well-known actor Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena.
Ali has acted in many films featuring Pawan Kalyan in the lead.
In keenly contested election, actor Naresh and his panel members won hands down. Actors V K Naresh and Jeevitha Rajasekhar were on Monday declared elected as president and general secretary of the Movie Artists Association (MAA).
The polls were held on Sunday. 472 votes were polled but the election results came out only on Monday morning.
Actor-director S V Krishna Reddy and actress Hema are Vice Presidents. Actor Rajasekhar became executive vice-president, beating his opponent actor Srikanth. Both Shivaji Raja and Srikanth saw huge defeat.
Other office-bearers declared elected include Rajeev Kanakala as treasurer, and two joint secretaries – Gowtham Raju and Shiva Balaji.
Naresh and his panel did extensive publicity campaign and he made many allegations on Shivaji Raja, the outgoing president.
Naresh had backing from Mahesh Babu and other big stars. Even Naga Babu supported him in the last minute. Thus his panel win became evident.
Security is a major concern for all of us. While most residential societies have been forced to implement a CCTV network, the cameras can only spot incidents and cover areas that are on the outside. In a fast-paced world today, and with almost every household having working parents or partners, keeping an eye on the nanny or house help back at home is almost impossible. Installing CCTV cameras at home is one solution, but setting up the CCTV network at home is not as simple.
To make home security cameras simpler, IP cameras were first launched years ago, but implementing them too needed an engineer to setup a complete network at home, connecting it to the internet and giving out remote access to the owner, which was painstaking and expensive. With internet-based cameras today, things are even better and easier. Moreover, these cameras can be installed by almost anyone without the need of tech knowledge.
Former Navy chief Admiral L Ramdas (retired) has asked immediate intervention of the Election Commission in stopping political parties from using the Pulwama attack, Balakot air strike and Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s operations to influence the electorate.
In an open letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, Admiral Ramdas expressed concerns on “recent instances” of parties using armed forces’ heroics for political gains.
“With elections due in a few weeks from now, it is particularly important that there should not be any misuse of these recent events by any political party to send triumphalist or jingoistic messages which can influence the electorate,” he said.
In his two-page letter, the former Navy chief said the armed forces have always prided themselves on belonging to a structure, an ethos and an environment which have been both apolitical and secular.
“And it is in this context that as a responsible citizen and a proud veteran of the Indian Armed Forces, I share our collective sense of dismay and deep concern at how some political parties are brazenly pushing their agenda using images, uniforms and other examples, showing pictures of the armed forces with political figures, in public spaces, in media, election rallies and so on,” he said.
The former Navy chief said it was completely unacceptable since it has the potential to destroy the very foundations and value system of the armed forces, drawn from the vision, the spirit and intent of the Constitution.
He said he could not circulate the open letter for more signatures “although many veterans are duly agitated by these attempts to compromise the integrity and secular nature of the Indian Armed Forces”.
“We, therefore, urge the Election Commission to immediately intervene and send a strong message to the political parties that there should be no misuse of the photographs as indeed any other material/reports or other information pertaining to the armed forces for electioneering in any way,” he said.