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First session of new Andhra Pradesh Assembly begins

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The first session of new Andhra Pradesh Assembly began on Wednesday with the newly-elected members taking oath.

Pro tem Speaker C. Appala Naidu sworn in the new minister. Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy was the first to take oath.

Members of the treasury benches greeted Jagan Reddy with thumping of desks as he rose to take the oath. He responded with the folded hands.

Leader of the Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu took the oath after Jagan Reddy.

Naidu and other members of the TDP were clad in yellow, the colour of the party’s flag, while YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) MLAs wore the party scarves.

The swearing-in of members is expected to continue throughout the business hours on Wednesday.

The session will last for five days. The Speaker will be elected on Thursday while Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan will address the House on Friday.

The House will debate the motion of thanks to the Governor for his address on June 17 and 18.

Jagan Reddy led the YSRCP to a landslide victory in the April 11 elections. YSRCP bagged 151 seats in 175-member Assembly. The TDP secured 23 seats while Jana Sena Party of actor Pawan Kalyan got just one seat.

Jagan can never get special status to AP

YSR Congress party president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, who took over as the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh last week, has been saying right from the day one that he would continue to pursue with the Centre on securing special category status to the state.

He even told the officials of the finance department to work out yet another representation seeking special category status to AP.

“It is going to be on the top of the agenda for us, whenever we go to Delhi with a representation,” he said.

The chief minister is planning to take up this issue again with Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he receives the latter at Tirupati on Sunday.

However, Bharatiya Janata Party is understood to have sent a clear message to Jagan that there is no point in talking about the special category status at all, as it cannot be granted under any circumstances.

“Special category status to Andhra Pradesh is a closed chapter and there is no point in Jagan taking it up with Modi again. We don’t mind if Jagan asks the Prime Minister again and again, but it is not going to yield any results,” BJP Andhra Pradesh unit president Kanna Lakshminarayana said.

He said the Prime Minister was ready to extend whatever assistance the state required, but not the special category status.

“Let Jagan ask for funds liberally for the development of the state and Modi will consider it positively. But not, special category status,” he said, adding that if YSRC chief still claims he would get the status, it would only amount to cheating the people.

Reddys are Not Happy with Jagan Cabinet

Andhra Pradesh’s new Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced 25 MLAs as ministers in his first cabinet each one representing a district (the current 13 districts would be made into 25 districts).

Y S Jagan is forming his first cabinet with the formula of social engineering. However, Reddys who have been backbone for YSRC party are not happy with Jagan’s cabinet.

Jagan has allotted only four ministries to Reddys. This has not gone with the 51 Reddy MLAs of the party who expected better representation for their community.

It has been Reddys who toiled hard for the party during last nine years when YS Jagan went through turbulent times.

Some even lost their businesses and all the money fighting with TDP and Congress (before 2019) governments. Naturally, Reddys expected more number of portfolios but Jagan have different ideas.

Reddys got the same number of ministries that Naidu gave to this community in the last government. When Naidu gave more number of portfolios to his own community Kammas, YS Jagan opted less number for his community.

Y S Jagan’s social-engineering formula is not working with the community that has been loyal and supportive to him.

It has to see be seen how would he satisfy the Reddys who are openly expressing their displeasure on the social media platforms.

YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s vows to cost Rs 3,708 crore

The AP government will have to spend around Rs 3,708 crore to fulfil the promises made by the new Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy during his election campaign such as employing village volunteers and setting up of village secretariats.

This will be an additional burden on the state’s not very robust exchequer. The finance department has assessed that at least Rs 1500 crore will be needed to pay the village volunteers in this financial year, and Rs 2,208 crore to those who work in the village secretariats.

Promising to cut corruption in delivering governance, especially in the implementation of various government schemes, the new Chief Minister in his maiden speech after taking oath on May 30 in Vijayawada, announced that by August 15, four lakh village volunteers will be appointed across the state for door-to-door delivery of government schemes.

He said there will be one village volunteer for every 50 households who will be paid a monthly honorarium of `5,000. He also said that a secretariat will be established in every village across the state by October 2, Gandhi Jayanti day.

Mr Reddy added that every village secretariat will have 10 government staff and around 1.6 lakh new government staff will be recruited for the purpose. And any government scheme will be implemented within 72 hours from the time the application is given at the village secretariat.

Mr Reddy has also announced that a call centre will be attached to the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) and any complaint regarding the implementation of government schemes can be lodged there and action will be taken on complaints of any kind, including corruption, immediately. The call centre will be opened on August 15.

The village volunteers and village secretariats were on top of Mr Reddy’s agenda during his padayatra. The two items also came up prominently during the discussions that took place during Mr Reddy’s review of finance and revenue departments with senior officials on June 1.

Jagan can turn out to be kingmaker-in-waiting

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Speculation over a post poll scenario brings forth heavy hitters from the regions, sometimes derisively called political weathercocks. So expect their actions and statements to be dissected for hidden meaning. They had been relegated to the fringes after 2014 but appear to be fancying their chances once again in 2019.

Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy of YSR Congress Party, who is nipping away at the heels of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, is a key player in state politics.

However, he could be positioning himself for a possible role at the national level — going by his recent remarks, where he said he had forgiven the Congress but also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The YSR Congress Party did not fare well in 2014 in terms of seats won in the Assembly and the Lok Sabha but was right up there with Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in terms of vote percentage.

This is what provided the launch pad for his key position in Andhra Pradesh politics. The YSR Congress Party won eight Lok Sabha seats to the Telugu Desam’s 15 but was ahead on voting percentage — 45.38 per cent to the TDP’s 40.53 per cent. In the Assembly elections, it was just about at the same level, cornering 44.4 per cent of the vote to the TDP’s 44.6 per cent.

This is where Jagan’s strength comes from. If this vote base translates into seats, Reddy could be a big player if the Lok Sabha polls do not throw up a clear winner at the Centre.

His rise is inversely proportional to Naidu’s political fortunes. A combination of the prominent Kapu vote, Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan’s rise — he is a Kapu — and the party’s alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party could make things difficult for Naidu.

In 2014, the BJP and Pawan Kalyan had helped Naidu win by the skin of his teeth. The records will show that the TDP won 102 of 175 Assembly seats with YSR Congress Party winning 66, but as shown earlier, the two parties were at the same level in terms of vote percentage.

Now, Naidu is without the BJP and Pawan Kalyan’s support. That would be advantage Jagan Mohan Reddy, who launched a blistering campaign against the TDP government’s record in governance and corruption in the run-up to polling for the Lok Sabha and Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh on April 11.

If indeed Jagan has a role to play in a post poll scenario, who would he stand with? The answer to that is not a foregone conclusion. The YSR Congress Party has a strong base among Muslims, and he is Christian. But, that might not place him automatically in the anti-BJP camp.

Jagan has a number of criminal and other cases against him — according to his affidavit, he faces 31 criminal cases, seven cases under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and 11 cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act pending against him. If Modi were to ride back to power, the YSR leader might be reminded of these pending cases against him.

On the public forum Jagan has tried to provide clarity, saying he will back the party that provides special category status to Andhra Pradesh — a promise made by the UPA-II government when Andhra Pradesh was divided to create Telangana. That might not entirely hold when all the chips are laid on the table.