The Inside Story of Jagan government’s spat with Ramesh Kumar

Just what went wrong between Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy and former State Election Commissioner N Ramesh Kumar? Filter Kaapi tells you the inside story of the fallout that has now become a constitutional stand-off, with the Andhra Pradesh High court revoking the government's order appointing a new SEC, replacing Ramesh Kumar. When … Continue reading The Inside Story of Jagan government’s spat with Ramesh Kumar

How Andhra handled the controversy over its purchase of Covid19 kits

For the past few days, the decision of the Andhra Pradesh government to order Covid19 rapid test kits from South Korea at a price higher than what it was sold to Chhattisgarh government, has caused much embarrassment. While the Korean supplier had quoted Rs 730 per kit for two lakh kits, Chhattisgarh had bought the … Continue reading How Andhra handled the controversy over its purchase of Covid19 kits

In the midst of Covid19 crisis, Jagan govt set to remove Andhra SEC

In between the crisis management of the Corona virus pandemic, the Andhra Pradesh government has reportedly sent an ordinance to Governor BB Harichandan. This amends the Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj Act 1994 and thereby changes the tenure, eligibility and method of appointment of the State Election Commissioner (SEC). But this is not routine legalese. The … Continue reading In the midst of Covid19 crisis, Jagan govt set to remove Andhra SEC

Andhra govt suspends Nagari municipal commissioner. Here’s why

The Andhra Pradesh government has suspended K Venkatarami Reddy, Municipal Commissioner of Nagari municipality for ``making certain adverse comments on the Government and getting involved in political conversation during the Covid-19 crisis''. Disciplinary action is likely to be taken against him and during the period of his suspension, Venkateswara Rao, Sanitary Inspector of Nagari has … Continue reading Andhra govt suspends Nagari municipal commissioner. Here’s why

PM Modi does not dial Chandrababu Naidu on Corona

Even as India and its political leadership is focused on battling the Corona virus, the fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not reach out to Telugu Desam chief Chandrababu Naidu has not gone unnoticed in Andhra Pradesh political circles. This when two days back, Modi called up just about every prominent opposition leader in … Continue reading PM Modi does not dial Chandrababu Naidu on Corona

Telangana Home minister Mahmood Ali in the middle of a controversy

Was he, was he not? Telangana Home minister Mahmood Ali found himself in the midst of an embarrassing situation, having to clarify that he was not denied permission to enter Pragati Bhavan, the official residence of the chief minister, to meet K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday. This happened after local media and opposition politicians reported … Continue reading Telangana Home minister Mahmood Ali in the middle of a controversy

Government offices to be repainted in Andhra Pradesh

It is something that should not have happened in the first place. Now the Andhra Pradesh High court has asked the government to repaint all the government offices and panchayat offices in the next ten days. That is because after the YSRCP came to power in May 2019, all these offices were painted in green, … Continue reading Government offices to be repainted in Andhra Pradesh

How SC Garg was appointed as Advisor to Jaganmohan Reddy

A few weeks ago, Jaganmohan Reddy suggested to his officers to scout for a person who will help in generating ideas to increase the resource pool in Andhra Pradesh. That was because the Andhra Pradesh chief minister felt he had not met anyone since he came to power in May 2019 who looked at different options … Continue reading How SC Garg was appointed as Advisor to Jaganmohan Reddy

Will Jagan make Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council, history?

In the first seven months of Jaganmohan Reddy's tenure as chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, if there is one running theme, it is to reverse just about every decision taken by his predecessor Chandrababu Naidu. In fact, the government is referred to in jest as a Reverse Government.  But in what may be a first, … Continue reading Will Jagan make Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council, history?

Naidu targets bureaucrat and taunts Amaravati voters

There is a difference between taking part in an agitation for a public cause and making the agitation personal about an individual. Former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu blurred the line when he decided to target retired bureaucrat G Nageswara Rao, whose report on the capitals is at the heart of the three capitals controversy.  ``Who … Continue reading Naidu targets bureaucrat and taunts Amaravati voters

Amaravati a real estate plot, alleges YSRCP

Even if Amaravati was not a disaster for environmental reasons, the plan to kill a fertile multi-crop land to construct a concrete jungle was criminal. But Chandrababu Naidu was convinced his decision to locate the capital for Andhra Pradesh in Amaravati made perfect sense. On Tuesday, the YSRCP government tore into the manner in which … Continue reading Amaravati a real estate plot, alleges YSRCP

Officer close to Chandrababu Naidu gets the Jagan axe

During Chandrababu Naidu's regime, Jasti Krishna Kishore as the CEO of the AP Economic Development Board was the key man to contact if any industrialist wanted to invest in Andhra Pradesh. Six months after the change in guard, the 1990 batch IRS officer finds himself suspended and facing a CID probe into an alleged case … Continue reading Officer close to Chandrababu Naidu gets the Jagan axe

TDP big gun joins YSRCP even as ex-minister embarrasses Jagan

If there is an epicentre of political activity within Andhra Pradesh, it would lie in Nellore. Within hours of issuing a show-cause notice for senior YSRCP MLA and former Finance minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh, Anam Ramnarayana Reddy, the party inducted Beeda Masthan Rao into the party. What makes Rao politically significant is that the … Continue reading TDP big gun joins YSRCP even as ex-minister embarrasses Jagan

Is Jagan’s Delhi visit for administrative or political reasons?

YS Jaganmohan Reddy's rather sudden dash to Delhi on Thursday evening after his visit to Kia Motors in Anantapur has raised eyebrows. Officially, the visit is to meet the top two - the Prime Minister and the Home minister - to press yet again for Special Category Status and funds to tide over the fund … Continue reading Is Jagan’s Delhi visit for administrative or political reasons?