YSRCP MLA delivers rice and vegetables amidst vulgar self-promotion

The intention was laudable but the manner in which Srikalahasti MLA B Madhusudhan Reddy went over the top, was in bad taste. On Saturday, the YSRCP legislator from the temple town in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh brought in 30 tractors to distribute vegetables and water melons and 5 kg of rice each to 10000 … Continue reading YSRCP MLA delivers rice and vegetables amidst vulgar self-promotion

Jagan exhibits care in appointment of new SEC

Andhra Pradesh Election Commissioner N Ramesh Kumar is out. The new State Election Commissioner (SEC) is V Kanagaraj, former Judge of the Madras High Court.  In terms of a controversial dismissal, this is right up there. Because the SEC has been changed even while the state is technically in the midst of the local body … Continue reading Jagan exhibits care in appointment of new SEC

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

Andhra Pradesh Lockdown Exit strategy post 14 April

There was visible relief when the 11 am bulletin on 7 April showed an increase of just one Corona virus positive case in Andhra Pradesh. This one reported from Guntur district, took the total number of cases from 303 the previous day to 304. Officials are keeping their fingers crosses, hoping this was not a one-off.  … Continue reading Andhra Pradesh Lockdown Exit strategy post 14 April

7 lakh MGNREGA workers continue work in Andhra Pradesh, says activist

Social Distancing is the phrase used most often by everyone, from the Prime Minister downwards. But is it really happening on the ground?  Not in Andhra Pradesh, says B Chakradhar, Social activist and researcher who works closely with NREGA workers and champions their cause. He points out that on Tuesday 24 March 2020, 7 lakh … Continue reading 7 lakh MGNREGA workers continue work in Andhra Pradesh, says activist

Tirumala Temple closed to devotees after a pilgrim reports Corona symptoms

On Wednesday morning, the officials of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) received a rude shock. A devotee from Maharashtra fell sick during the darshan of Lord Venkateswara and was diagnosed with fever, cold and cough - early symptoms of Corona Virus. He was admitted to the isolation ward at the Sri Venkateswara Ruia Government hospital … Continue reading Tirumala Temple closed to devotees after a pilgrim reports Corona symptoms

Andhra Election Commissioner takes on Jagan govt, seeks Central protection

This is unprecedented and is bound to embarrass the Jaganmohan Reddy government. A letter reportedly written by State Election Commissioner N Ramesh Kumar to the Union Home Secretary is doing the rounds in which he has asked for security cover by Central forces. Ramesh Kumar, a retired IAS officer, has been under fire from the … Continue reading Andhra Election Commissioner takes on Jagan govt, seeks Central protection

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

Jagan to send Reliance honcho to Rajya Sabha. Why is it significant?

The YSR Congress party usually does not nominate any person who is not a member to the Rajya Sabha. Which is why the decision to send Parimal Nathwani to the Upper House is significant. Though for the record, Jaganmohan Reddy is believed to have made it clear that Nathwani will be seen as a YSRCP … Continue reading Jagan to send Reliance honcho to Rajya Sabha. Why is it significant?

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

Why the Jaganmohan Reddy-Mukesh Ambani meeting is significant messaging

The visit of Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani to Tadepalli to meet Jaganmohan Reddy was no ordinary visit. It was significant messaging - at a business level, at a political level and at a personal level. On Saturday, Andhra Pradesh chief minister along with wife Bharathi met Ambani and his son, Anant Ambani at his … Continue reading Why the Jaganmohan Reddy-Mukesh Ambani meeting is significant messaging

Three years apart, Vizag airport connects Jagan and Naidu

Jagan detained at Vizag airport in 2017 (pic courtesy : Sakshi Post) Visakhapatnam airport, January 2017 to Visakhapatnam airport, February 2020. By sheer coincidence, the airport of the Port city was the theatre of political rivalry between Jaganmohan Reddy and Chandrababu Naidu. Three years ago, Jagan - then the Leader of the Opposition - was … Continue reading Three years apart, Vizag airport connects Jagan and Naidu

Naidu decisions, including on Amaravati, now under SIT scanner

For several months now, one has been hearing about allegations of insider trading in the Amaravati capital region. Jaganmohan Reddy harped upon it during the election campaign in Andhra Pradesh and ever since he came to power in May 2019, his cabinet colleagues have been alluding to top Telugu Desam leaders having hit the pot … Continue reading Naidu decisions, including on Amaravati, now under SIT scanner