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Jagan Reddy to meet KCR, Modi

YSR Congress Party president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, who is set to take oath as new Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh next week, will call on Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao here on Saturday.

Jagan Reddy, whose party stormed to power in Andhra Pradesh with a landslide victory on Thursday, will arrive in Hyderabad after the meeting of newly-elected legislators of the YSRCP in Amravati.

Jagan Reddy will meet Rao at the latter’s residence. They are likely to discuss the post-poll situation in the country, especially in the two Telugu states.

The YSRCP chief is expected to invite Rao to attend his swearing-in scheduled on May 30 in Vijayawada.

The YSRCP has bagged 151 seats in 175-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly and also won 22 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats.

Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) was rooting for the YSRCP in the simultaneous elections for Assembly and Lok Sabha held last month. Earlier, the YSRCP had extended its support to the TRS in Assembly elections held in December last year.

The TRS had also invited the YSRCP into Federal Front, an alliance of regional parties proposed by Chandrashekhar Rao. It also backed the YSRCP’s demand to the Centre to accord special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

On Sunday, Jagan will fly to Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to congratulate him on NDA’s landslide victory in Lok Sabha polls and for assuming office as PM for second term.

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The two options before Naidu

There are to options in front of Chandrababu Naidu to protect himself and his associates: One is to retain power in Andhra Pradesh. This is the primary objective.

If the TDP loses in Andhra, there is absolutely no doubt that Chandrababu and his associates are in for big trouble.

YSRCP leaders led by YS Jagan had been subjected to a lot of harassment by the TDP these five years and they will return it in full measure to Chandrababu with ‘interest’.

There is a strong possibility of a CBI inquiry against Chandrababu Naidu and his men if the YSRCP comes to power.

In order to safeguard himself against such possible outcomes, Chandrababu needs to be on good terms with the Centre. This is his second option.

The BJP was never favourably disposed towards the TDP which makes it imperative for Chandrababu that an anti-BJP coalition led by the Congress forms the government.

It is for this reason that Chandrababu has launched a tirade against the BJP and trying his best to ensure that Modi does not come to power again.

If Jagan wins in AP but the Congress comes to power at the Centre, they can forestall any inquiries against Chandrababu.

If Chandrababu wins in AP and the BJP at the Centre again, once again, there will be no support forthcoming to Andhra Pradesh.

The utopian scenario for Chandrababu is if he wins in Andhra and the Congress at the Centre. Any takers for this line of thought?

Meanwhile, Chandrababu continues his diatribe against Modi on a daily basis ad nauseam. Will his efforts yield any fruit?

‘I call you Didi, your slap is a blessing for me’: PM Modi to Mamata

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hit back at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said that her “slap” will be a blessing for him.

“I have been told that here Didi has said that she wants to slap Modi. Mamata Didi I call you ‘Didi’, respect you. Your slap will become a blessing for me. I am ready to take that),” Prime Minister Modi said while addressing a rally here.

“But I will also say that you won’t feel scared if you would have dared to slap those who, in the name of chit fund, looted the money of poor people,” he added.

Mamata Banerjee had on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Modi of lying and said when he attacked her party of being a “tolabaaz” (toll collector), she wanted to give him a “tight slap of democracy.”

Speaking at the rally on Thursday, Modi gave an assurance that the “infiltrators that ‘Didi’ and TMC have made their cadres will be identified. Those who trouble our daughters and the cultured Bengalis here, they will be identified.”

“Not enough days are left for those, who have turned ‘Gantantra’ (republic) into ‘Gundatantra’ in West Bengal,” he said.

Earlier in the day on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is insulting the Constitution by saying that she is not ready to accept him as the Prime Minister of the country.

Addressing a rally in West Bengal’s Bankura here, Modi said “Didi (Banerjee) is publicly saying that she is not ready to accept the country’s PM as the head of the nation, but she feels proud in acknowleding Pakistan PM as that country’s prime minister.” He said Banerjee was insulting the Constitution out of anxiety of losing the general elections. The prime minister had tried to contact the chief minister to discuss cyclone Fani but could not do so as his calls were not returned.

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BJP will get full majority, Modi will become PM again: Rajnath after voting

As polling began for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections in 51 constituencies spread across seven states, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha and BSP chief Mayawati were among those who turned up early to cast their votes.

Lucknow BJP candidate Rajnath Singh expressed confidence about BJP getting a full majority and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will get a second term. Rajnath Singh’s son Pankaj Singh also cast his votes at a polling booth in Lucknow.

“I leave it to voters. The right to write the character role of a candidate lies with voters of the constituency. I am assured that BJP will get a full majority and Narendra Modi will become Prime Minister again,” said Rajnath Singh.

BSP supremo and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati also turned up early to exercise her franchise at a Lucknow polling booth.

“The value of the vote of everyone is the same either poor or rich. I request all to come out and exercise their right to vote. I request all voters to go to their respective polling booths and use their vote for the country and public welfare. Youth, elder and women all should come in large number for the vote,” said Mayawati.

Former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha cast his vote at Hazaribagh, Jharkhand. His son Union Minister Jayant Sinha is contesting against Congress’ Gopal Sahu and CPI’s Bhubneshwar Prasad Mehta from the constituency.

“In 2014 I decided on my own that I will not contest because you are seeing what happened with others. Now my son is in the fray,” said Yashwant Sinha.
Yashwant Sinha and his wife Nilima Sinha arrived together and stood in line to cast their votes.

Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and his wife Gayatri Rathore cast their votes in Jaipur.

Sanjay Seth the BJP candidate from Ranchi after voting who cast his vote said: “Before coming here to cast my vote, I went to the temple of Goddess Kali, Lord Hanuman, Lord Ganesha and Lord Shani Maharaj. I pray to God and asked for more strength to serve the people,” said Sanjay Seth.

Polling for the fifth phase began at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm, amid elaborate security arrangements.

Fourteen seats in Uttar Pradesh, tweleve in Rajasthan, seven each in West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, five in Bihar and four in Jharkhand are undergoing polling in addition to Ladakh and Anantnag constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir.

 

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Modi kicks up AP bifurcation row again

Andhra Pradesh is still licking the bifurcation wounds even now, though it is nearly five years since the combined state has been divided to carve out Telangana.

During the days of movement for Telangana state, the Andhra leaders used to make serious comments against bifurcation.

During the 2009 assembly elections, then chief minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy went to the extent of cautioning the people of Andhra and Rayalaseema that if the state was bifurcated, they might have to take passport to go to Hyderabad.

Such was the animosity among the Seemandhra leaders towards Telangana that they used to project the bifurcation of the combined state with the division of the country and Telangana was like another Pakistan for them.

Now that the state was divided five years ago and both the states are in the path of development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has raked up the old wounds by comparing the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh with the division of the country.

Addressing a rally at Ramnagar in Bihar, Modi has dragged the issue of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

He alleged that those who want to split the nation had bifurcated AP. His words indicated that bifurcation of AP was as good as splitting the nation.

He said even after the bifurcation, both the states were fighting with each other. The people of both states were not able to see each other’s faces although both speak the same language Telugu.

“Even after five years of bifurcation, there is no bond between the Telugu states,” Modi said.

This is silly on the part of Modi to make such comments, as both the states are in perfect coordination with each other. In fact, there is a healthy competition between the two.

Only political leaders like TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu and TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao are slinging mud at each other for their selfish political gains. Nothing more, nothing less.

By raking up such unnecessary controversies, the Prime Minister is only creating animosity among the people.

In any case, Modi has no place in Andhra and Telangana, so, nobody would take him seriously.

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KCR Not To Back NDA After Polls

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All these days, there has been a talk that the federal front of regional parties being proposed by Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is nothing but a Team “B” of the National Democratic Alliance headed by Bharatiya Janata Party.

The Congress party was alleging that KCR had been trying to split the pro-Congress regional parties and attract them in the name of federal front only to weaken the Congress thereby benefiting the Narendra Modi-led NDA government.

Except making political criticism during electioneering, KCR has not taken up any aggressive campaign against Modi or the BJP, unlike his Andhra Pradesh counterpart and Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu who has been moving heaven and earth against Modi across the country.

This has led to the talk that KCR might join the NDA government after the elections, if the BJP-coalition comes to power.

However, the latest information from the party is that KCR, too, is not willing to join hands with the BJP.

In the event of the BJP-led coalition falls short of majority, KCR will not extend support to it nor will other federal front partners like YSR Congress or Biju Janata Dal.

According to a national media report, even if the federal front was to form the government, it will not seek the support of the BJP, but if necessary, will request the Congress to support it as had happened in 1996.

In a bid to project himself as anti-BJP or anti-Modi, KCR is planning even to approach the Left parties and request them to join the federal front.

He is likely to go to Kerala in a day or two to meet the Left front leaders. From there, he will be go all the states where regional parties are strong and mobilise their support to the federal front, the national media report said.

A big country needs a strong leader like me to rule it: Modi

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Attacking Congress and Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that he is being targeted because he is from backward community.

“The Congress and its allies say that all Modis in the society are thieves. The Congress and its allies have not kept any shortcomings in abusing of my backward caste. This time they have crossed the limits and abused the entire backward society,” Modi said.

 

“I have a question. Why all the thieves have Modi in their names whether be it Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi and Narendra Modi? We don’t know how many more such Modis will come out,” Gandhi had said recently.

PM Modi said that he was used to such bashing. “Now, they are blaming the entire community while defaming me. If you dare to defame a community, I will not tolerate it,” he said.

He asked why label the entrie backward community thieves by calling him one.

Addressing a poll rally in Maharashtra’s Madha, Modi slammed the “dynastic politics” of Sharad Pawar and claimed the NCP chief had “fled” the poll arena from Madha Lok Sabha constituency as he sensed defeat.

Modi said to run such a big country, we need a strong leader.

Slamming Gandhi, Modi said, “The ‘naamdar’ (dynast) first tried ‘chowkidar chor hai’ (slogan). Now they are trying to defame a backward community (Modi community). Being from a backward community, I am used to the suffering.”

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ow can KCR become PM with 16 seats?

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For the last few days, Telangana Rashtra Samithi leaders and Majlis-e-Ittahadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi have been making a big propaganda that chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao could as well become the Prime Minister of the country, if the TRS gets 16 MP seats in the Lok Sabha elections.

Their argument is that regional parties would get bigger number of seats than the BJP and the Congress party and therefore, they could form the government.

Since KCR with 16 seats would become a big force and he has been pushing forward the national agenda for development, all the regional parties will elect him as the Prime Minister.

This was ridiculed by BJP national president Amit Shah. Addressing a meeting at Shamshabad, Shah sought to know how winning sixteen seats in Telangana would make KCR the prime minister of the country.

“There is a Modi wave sweeping across the country. People of the nation want Modi as their prime minister one more time, only Modi can give a strong leadership to the country,” Shah said.

He said as long as KCR rubbed shoulders with the descendants of Razakars, he would not be able to make it to the national politics.

“KCR has no guts to celebrate the Telangana Liberation day, as he is afraid of antagonizing MIM.  KCR could not even expand his cabinet for three months even after winning the early elections with comfortable majority,” Shah criticized.

Modi claiming false credit for army actions

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The Congress party called Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bluff, staking claim for the recent surgical strikes by Indian armed forces in Pakistan and boasting that it was only after Modi became the Prime Minister, the armed forces have become active.

Reacting to Modi’s speeches saying nothing had happened in the last 70 years, PCC leader Gudur Narayana Reddy alleged that the PM was trying to create a wrong impression that the Congress party had done nothing for the country in the last seven decades.

“His rhetoric gives a feeling as if India was born in 2014 and he was made the first Prime Minister,” he said.

He reminded that even before Modi was born, India had won a war with Pakistan and also merged more than 500 Princely States into the Union.

When Modi was about 15 years old, India had fought and won its second war with Pakistan and had reached up to Lahore driving away Pakistan forces.

Even before Modi celebrated his fourth birthday, the Government of India had created the Atomic Energy Establishment Trombay (AEET) on January 3, 1954. It was later renamed as Bhabha Atomic Research Centre on January 22, 1967.

“When Modi was just 11 years old, Indian Army liberated Goa from the Portuguese and it was made a Union Territory. A year later, French-ruled Pondicherry (now Puducherry) became part of India as a Union Territory,” he pointed out.

Modi was just 14-year-old when Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was formed on October 1, 1964. It was a consortium of Hindustan Aircraft Limited and IAF Aircraft Manufacturing Depot, Kanpur who were already manufacturing aircrafts and helicopters.

It is the same HAL which was awarded the contract to manufacture Rafale. But Modi snatched the contract from HAL and gave it to his friend Anil Ambani, he said.

“When Modi was 19-year-old in 1969, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was founded. In the same year on October 28, Tarapur Atomic Power Station became operational generating initial power of 210 MW of electricity,” Narayana Reddy said.

When Modi turned 21 in 1971, India was fighting its third war with Pakistan. East Pakistan broke away from Pakistan and Bangladesh was born as an independent nation.

“It was India’s success in proving two-nation theory wrong. Unfortunately, Modi Government promoted hatred to encourage the beliefs that a nation could be formed on the basis of religion,” he said.

“When he was only 24, India conducted peaceful nuclear test at Pokhran in 1974. Much before Modi entered the electoral politics, India had its super computer and application of Information Technology was completed in all spheres of lives in India.

He also pointed out that much before Modi became the Prime Minister, India had already taken the initiatives for Chandrayan, Mangalyan, GSLV, Mono Rail, Nuclear Sub-Marine, Agni Missile, Chetak, MIG, Arjun Tank, Sukhoi, Dhanush, etc., Therefore, India was a powerful nation with a robust economy. The country was producing 3 lakh MW of energy.

“Modi and his bhakts would not have raised the question ’70 Saal Mein Kuch Nahi Huva’ if they would have read history,” he said.

Why is Modi wasting time, asks KTR

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi, which had conquered the state assembly elections held in December, has started feeling that it has the patent rights over Telangana and no other party has any right to seek votes from the people in the state.

But in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections are posing a different scenario in the state politics. Despite the strong position which the TRS is in, the Congress and even Bharatiya Janata Party are said to be giving a tough fight in some constituencies and there is no surprise, if both the parties would be able to win a couple of seats.

For example, the Congress is said to be having fair chances of winning Bhongir and Chevella constituencies while giving a tough fight to the TRS in Nalgonda, Mahabubabad and even Malkajgiri constituencies.

On the other hand, the BJP is also fancying the chances of winning Secunderabad and Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha seats. That is precisely, why both Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have chosen to address public rallies in these constituencies to attract voters.

This has obviously made the TRS anxious and angry. TRS working president K T Rama Rao is making every effort to play down the chances of two national parties by making sharp comments against them.

On Saturday, KTR took to twitter to take pot shots at Modi saying the Prime Minister was simply wasting his precious time.

“Dear @narendramodi Ji, instead of wasting your precious time criticising TRS in Mahbubnagar (where BJP had lost deposit 3 months ago), people of Mahbubnagar would have been happier to hear you announce national project status for their lifeline Palamur Lift Irrigation Project.“

KTR was reacting sharply to Modi’s comment on twitter: “Sought support for BJP at the rally in Mahbubnagar. The haste with which the Telangana Assembly was dissolved is inversely proportional to the speed with which the state got Ministers to work. For TRS, dynasty and astrology come before working for citizens.”