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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!


Heavy betting not on CM, but on majority!

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With less than a month left for the announcement of election results in Andhra Pradesh, it is time for the punters to make big money through large scale betting.

At many places, huge money is said to be changing hands among the people on the victory of candidates in their respective candidates.

Expectedly, the hot favourite is YSR Congress party in several constituencies, particularly in Rayalaseema and so people are betting less money on it and huge money on the rival Telugu Desam Party.

The subject for betting is not who the next chief minister would be since the choice is obvious – either Y S Jaganmohan Reddy or N Chandrababu Naidu. But, more money is being bet on which party would get more seats.

While those who are betting on Jagan are expecting that he would get a majority between 100-125 seats, the pro-TDP camps are not so optimistic: they say the TDP will come to power with 90-100 seats.

Interestingly, there are people who are betting on the margin of victory of both TDP president and the YSRC president.

The stakes are high on Jagan who is expected to get more majority in Pulivendula than Naidu in Kuppam. But the TDP leaders say Naidu had done a lot for Pulivendula in the last three years and it would definitely bring down the victory margin of Jagan.

It is learnt the punters have engaged private call centres to do telephonic surveys to fnd out which section of people had voted for whom. They are making use of IVRS system and also online mechanism to find out the pulse of the people.

Based on the response of the people, the betting equations are changing with every passing day, sources said.

Universal Health Cards

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With just six days left for the polling for general election to assembly and Lok Sabha in Andhra Pradesh, YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy is pulling out all stops to wrest power from Telugu Desam Party headed by N Chandrababu Naidu.

On Friday, Jagan came out with a master stroke, just a few hours before he released his party’s manifesto for the elections.

Addressing a rally at Guntur, Jagan made an announcement providing free health care access to all the poor and the middle class people.

Announcing the new scheme “Universal Health Cards,” Jagan said any individual with an annual income of up to Rs five lakh could avail this card and its benefits.

“Lakhs of individuals from poor and middle class families to benefit from this scheme. They would be given Universal Health Cards to avail medical services free of cost,” he said.

Taking YSR’s vision of Arogyasri forward, the Universal Health Cards will be applicable for any medical expense over Rs. 1,000. The scheme will be personally monitored by Jagan, once he comes to power.

Jagan Says He Has Forgiven Congress

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YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Friday sought to realign long-standing political equations when he said that he had forgiven the Congress for the way they had treated him in the past.

He hinted that he was not averse to joining hands with the Congress if the latter agreed to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

Talking to a TV channel he said, “I will be very candid to share that I don’t have any vengeance or any grievance against anybody.”

Stating that he has faith in God and that reads the Bible every day, he added, “I strongly believe that vengeance is not mine, it is for God to decide. I have forgiven them from my heart. As far as I am concerned, my state is my priority. Special category status is my priority.”

Until now, YRSCP had kept the untied opposition at an arm’s length and not attacked Narendra Modi and others during his rallies, leading to allegations by TDP that Jagan was supporting BJP.

His latest statement on Congress is being read as him leaving enough elbow room for a fresh manoeuvre.

“Special category status is my priority,” Jagan reiterated when asked if he had changed his mind about the Congress now that the grand old party is led by a new leadership.

The remarks gain political significance as the Congress is already in an undeclared alliance with Jagan’s main rival, TDP, in Andhra Pradesh. Also, Congress had contested assembly polls in Telangana last December in alliance with TDP.

Sharmila campaigns with ‘Bye Bye Babu’ slogan

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YSR Congress party leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy’s sister Sharmila is running the party campaign in Andhra Pradesh in an innovative way.

‘Bye Bye Babu’ slogan is the focus of Sharmila’s campaign as she is exhorting people at every rally and road show to bid adieu to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who is also referred to as Babu.

Confident of YSRCP’s victory in the April 11 elections to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, Sharmila has come out with an innovative campaign method to drive home the message that the countdown has begun for the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief.

At every meeting, she tells people that it’s time to bid goodbye to Babu and then appealing the crowd to loudly say ‘Bye Bye Babu’. With her punch dialogues she is targeting Babu and his son Nara Lokesh for failing to fulfil their election promises.

A digital clock is attached to Sharmila’s campaign bus, indicating days and time left for Babu’s government. It also carries the slogan ‘Praja Theerpu (people’s verdict) Bye Bye Babu’.

YSRCP leaders say that this is not only boosting the morale of the party cadres but also creating a positive wave in the party’s favour.

YSRCP is also installing countdown clocks in all the constituencies to give an impetus to its campaign.

The digital countdown clock idea and the slogan have been coined by Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC), which is helping YSRCP in the campaign.

IPAC, which was formed by election strategist Prashant Kishore, had earlier coined campaign slogan “Ravali Jagan, Kavali Jagan” (We want Jagan, Jagan should come).

A song made with this slogan has crossed 10 million views on YouTube and according to IPAC it is now the most watched political campaign song on the social media.

Elections to the 175-member Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats are scheduled on April 11.

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!

Learning the ropes

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Bothsa Satyanarayana, Dadi Veerabhadra Rao, Raghurama Raju, Butta Renuka etc, etc. All these politicians at one point of time or the other had criticized YS Jagan vehemently and quit his Party.

If something like this had happened in 2014 or after that, there was no way that Jagan would have welcomed them back into his Party. But, in taking them back now, he has clearly matured as a politician and learnt to keep his ego aside in the best interests of the Party.

There are many YSRCP hard-core supporters who feel that Jagan has made a mistake in readmitting them.

However, the reality is that these people need to be entertained owing to various reasons such as their caste, financial clout etc.

India is a country where a man accused of rape, murder or other heinous crimes may contest the election and still win simply because his community will vote for him or her irrespective of their reputation. Or, they may have enough money to sway the election in their favour.

YS Jagan has realised this fact and in doing so, has proved that he is acquiring all the necessary attributes to emerge as a successful politician.

Viveka murder becomes a big election issue!

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The sensational murder of former Kadapa MP Y S Vivekananda Reddy, brother of former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh Y S Rajasekhar Reddy, has become a big political issue in the ongoing elections in Andhra Pradesh.

Being an aggrieved party, it is nothing but natural for YSR Congress party led by Y S Jaganmohan Reddy to blame it on the ruling Telugu Desam Party for its failure to protect the law and order.

It is also natural that in the wake of past experiences wherein the state police had failed to crack several cases, Jagan has demanded a CBI inquiry into the murder of his uncle.

Since the TDP is in power, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has entrusted the investigation to a special investigation team of the state police.

He is also entitled to defend the police and refuse to hand over the probe to the CBI, since it would demoralise the state police.

But, instead of allowing the law to take its own course and leaving the matter at that, Naidu has been making every attempt to exploit the Viveka murder case to gain political mileage in the elections.

For the last two days, Naidu has been dedicating at least 10 minutes at his public meetings to explain the murder case to the people, as if he himself is investigating the case.

Obviously, Naidu is seeking to highlight the Rayalaseema murder politics and project Jagan in a bad light.

Even at the morning teleconferences with party leaders, he has been brainwashing them on the case and telling them to highlight Jagan’s alleged faction politics.

On Monday, Naidu went a step further and sought to create an impression that the murder of Viveka was due to family problems.

He reminded that Jagan himself had serious differences with his uncle.

“There were reports that Jagan had threatened Viveka, when the latter refused to resign from the MP seat. Only after Sonia Gandhi warned YSR, Jagan had to go silent,” he said.

He even pointed out Jagan had manhandled Viveka twice in the past for his political gains.

“Obviously, the relations between Viveka and Jagan were not good,” he said, indicating that the TDP would create a suspicion in the minds of the people that Jagan has a criminal brain and is trying to throw blame on the TDP.

Jagan demands CBI probe into uncle’s murder

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YSR Congress Party president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy on Friday demanded a CBI probe into the “murder” of party leader and his uncle Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy.

The leader of opposition blamed ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) for the killing of Vivekananda, brother of his late father and former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

Vivekananda, a former state minister and a former MP, was found dead under suspicious circumstances at his residence in Pulivendula town in Kadapa district Friday morning. After preliminary investigations, police said the YSRCP leader was murdered.

Jagan said that TDP leadership was in power or the leadership was aware of the conspiracy whenever a death occurred in his family.

“When my grandfather Y.S. Raja Reddy was murdered, TDP was in power, when there was an attempt on my life at Vizag airport, TDP was in power and when this murder happened, TDP was again in power,” he told reporters after paying tributes to Vivekananada Reddy.

“Two days before the helicopter crash in which my father Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy died, Chandrababu Naidu told the assembly that you (YSR) will not return and his remarks were boldly published in his favored media,” Jagan said.

Jagan said only probe by an independent agency could bring out the facts. He alleged that the police were trying to divert the attention with wrong leads and fabricated evidence. “They have brought out a letter purported to be written by my uncle before dying which defies all logic,” he said.

Y S Vivekananda Reddy Is No More

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YSR Congress party leader and former Andhra Pradesh Minister Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy died of cardiac arrest on Friday, his family said. He was 68.

Vivekananda, also a former Lok Sabha member, suffered cardiac arrest at his residence in Pulivendula town of Kadapa district.

He was the younger brother of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and uncle of YSR Congress party president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy.

He is survived by wife and a daughter.

He was elected from Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency on Congress party ticket in 1999 and 2004. He was twice elected to Andhra Pradesh Assembly (1989, 1994) from Pulivendula, a family stronghold.

Vivekananda was also elected to Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council in 2009 and served as Agriculture Minister in Kiran Kumar Reddy cabinet.

He remained loyal to Congress when Jaganmohan Reddy raised a banner of revolt against the party for not picking him as the successor of his father and Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy following his death in a helicopter crash in 2009.

Jagan Reddy had alleged that Congress tried to engineer split in the family by making Vivekananda a Minister. The young leader subsequently floated YSR Congress party.

Vivekananda contested 2011 bye-election to Pulivendula constituency against his sister-in-law and Jagan’s mother Y.S. Vijayamma, who contested as YSR Congress candidate and won the seat with a huge majority.

Vivekananda later quit Congress party and joined YSR Congress. He lost elections to the Legislative Council in 2017.