30 minutes to get a hospital bed in Andhra Pradesh or else. Jagan orders

The new order of YS Jaganmohan Reddy is bound to put a lot of pressure on district collectors and joint collectors in Andhra Pradesh but will be welcomed by the people at large. At a time when getting a hospital bed is a herculean task even for the well connected, the Andhra Pradesh chief minister … Continue reading 30 minutes to get a hospital bed in Andhra Pradesh or else. Jagan orders

Jagan should have avoided the paint job and the embarrassment

To put it bluntly, the decision of the Andhra Pradesh government to appeal to the Supreme court against the High court order in the case of painting of government offices in YSRCP colours, was stupid. It was akin to bringing more shame onto itself and conveyed an arrogance, completely unnecessary. Soon after Jaganmohan Reddy came … Continue reading Jagan should have avoided the paint job and the embarrassment

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

Another legal snub for Jagan regime in Andhra Pradesh

If the three legal blows the Andhra Pradesh High court inflicted on the state government were not bad enough, today's verdict overturning the ordinance that removed State Election Commissioner N Ramesh Kumar is a personal embarrassment for Jaganmohan Reddy. The chief minister had personally taken on Ramesh Kumar, accusing him of caste bias and being … Continue reading Another legal snub for Jagan regime in Andhra Pradesh

Ahead of annual TDP Mahanadu, defections could jolt Chandrababu Naidu

The return to Andhra Pradesh after being forced to stay in Hyderabad for more than two months because of the lockdown, is not proving to be good news for Chandrababu Naidu. News of at least two Telugu Desam MLAs preparing to jump ship ahead of the party's annual Mahanadu is doing the rounds. Already three … Continue reading Ahead of annual TDP Mahanadu, defections could jolt Chandrababu Naidu

Dr Sudhakar case leaves Andhra Pradesh police red-faced. The story so far

On Thursday evening, there was a sense of unease within the top echelons of the Andhra Pradesh establishment. The reason was that the Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High court had taken up the case of Dr Sudhakar suo moto and his decision was due on Friday. Dr Sudhakar, an anaesthetist who worked at … Continue reading Dr Sudhakar case leaves Andhra Pradesh police red-faced. The story so far

KCR-Jagan bonhomie enters choppy Krishna waters

The political bonhomie between K Chandrasekhar Rao and Jaganmohan Reddy that began much before the 2019 elections has had its first tiff. Telangana is upset that Andhra Pradesh has reportedly withdrawn more water than its allocated quota from the Srisailam project. It lodged a complaint with the Krishna River Management Board against its neighbour.  The … Continue reading KCR-Jagan bonhomie enters choppy Krishna waters

Andhra Pradesh’s smart move, hikes liquor price by 75 %

Andhra Pradesh has decided to make hay while the sun shines. Or rather, make good use of the booze-lover's thirst for the drink. After initially imposing a 25 per cent hike when the liquor shops were reopened on Monday, the YSRCP government decided to raise liquor prices by another 50 per cent on Tuesday. This … Continue reading Andhra Pradesh’s smart move, hikes liquor price by 75 %

Corona virus sneaks into Andhra Pradesh Raj Bhavan in Vijayawada, 4 test positive

A few days ago, when Jaganmohan Reddy arrived to meet Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan, Raj Bhavan staffers ensured that even the chief minister sanitised his hands before stepping in. But despite the abundant precautions, four staff members of Raj Bhavan in Vijayawada have tested Covid-19 positive. As a matter of abundant caution, every staffer … Continue reading Corona virus sneaks into Andhra Pradesh Raj Bhavan in Vijayawada, 4 test positive

Shocking ! How much did Andhra Pradesh earn last 30 days?

For Andhra Pradesh, that was already struggling with its finances post-bifurcation in 2014, the Corona virus pandemic has hit it really hard. It is now virtually scraping the bottom of its exchequer barrel to keep the state going. The state usually generates a revenue of Rs 6000 crore.  ``But when we looked at the revenue … Continue reading Shocking ! How much did Andhra Pradesh earn last 30 days?

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

No English Medium in Andhra govt schools, says High court, sets aside GO

In the midst of its battle against the Corona virus pandemic, the Jaganmohan Reddy government has hit a legal barricade on one of its ambitious programmes. The Andhra Pradesh High court set aside the government's orders introducing English as the medium of instruction in all government schools from classes 1 to 6 from the 2020-21 … Continue reading No English Medium in Andhra govt schools, says High court, sets aside GO

Andhra Pradesh may be able to relax lockdown after 20 April

A day before the Prime Minister was to address the nation at 10 am on 14 April, Jaganmohan Reddy shot off a letter to Narendra Modi. In the letter, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh persisted with the point he made during the video conference with chief ministers. That just 81 mandals in Andhra Pradesh … Continue reading Andhra Pradesh may be able to relax lockdown after 20 April

Nellore MLA violates lockdown code, gets booked

At 48 Corona positive cases so far, Nellore stands at third position among 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh. Which is why observing rules of the lockdown and social distancing are so important.  But who is to tell that to senior leader N Prasanna Kumar Reddy who violated every rule in the Covid19 rulebook while hosting … Continue reading Nellore MLA violates lockdown code, gets booked