Centre tells TDP Jagan can decide on Andhra Pradesh capital

In what is a shot in the arm for the YSRCP government in Andhra Pradesh, the Centre has clarified that ``it is for each state to decide its capital within its territory.''  This was stated in a written reply by Union minister of State for Home, Nityanand Rai in reply to a question by Telugu … Continue reading Centre tells TDP Jagan can decide on Andhra Pradesh capital

Who is Tughlaq – Naidu or Jagan? YSRCP’s interprets history

`Tughlaq' is a label that has been thrown at Jaganmohan Reddy ever since he decided to move the administrative capital of Andhra Pradesh from Amaravati to Visakhapatnam and introduced a concept novel to India - a state with three capitals. Chandrababu Naidu was among those who used the term to deride Jagan and that has … Continue reading Who is Tughlaq – Naidu or Jagan? YSRCP’s interprets history

Mindgames in Andhra Pradesh as Legislative Council stares at Endgame 

It is Mindgames season in Andhra Pradesh. With a discussion on whether to continue with the Legislative Council in the state on the anvil on Monday, the ruling YSRCP is trying to get under the Telugu Desam's skin. With just nine MLCs in the 58-member Council, the YSRCP is in a minority. Filter Kaapi decodes … Continue reading Mindgames in Andhra Pradesh as Legislative Council stares at Endgame 

Stumped in Legislative Council, Andhra Capital shift to Vizag will not happen soon

YS Jaganmohan Reddy will have reason to be upset. Because despite having a brute majority of 151 out of 175 in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, the Legislative Council where the opposition Telugu Desam has the majority, managed to stop his plan to shift the administrative capital from Amaravati to Visakhapatnam. The Chairman of the … Continue reading Stumped in Legislative Council, Andhra Capital shift to Vizag will not happen soon

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?

Jagan politically checkmates Naidu with decision on Amaravati

Between 2009 and 2013, Chandrababu Naidu committed a blunder on Telangana. He refused to take a categorical stand, whether he was for it or against it. Not that it was easy for the Telugu Desam chief because supporting bifurcation would have robbed him of support base in Andhra Pradesh. On the other hand, if he … Continue reading Jagan politically checkmates Naidu with decision on Amaravati

Speaker Sitaram loses his cool in Andhra Assembly, mixes up his English

For several years, Tamineni Sitaram was a minister in the Chandrababu Naidu cabinet in united Andhra Pradesh, handling  portfolios like Tourism and Municipal Administration. Like many of his colleagues, Sitaram was constantly eager to praise the big boss to the skies. That past was forgotten on Monday by Sitaram who is now the Speaker of … Continue reading Speaker Sitaram loses his cool in Andhra Assembly, mixes up his English

What Pawan signing up with the BJP will mean to Andhra Pradesh politics

On paper, a party with no MLA (BJP) and a party with one MLA (Jana Sena) should not worry a ruling party with a brute majority of 151 out of 175 legislators. But politics does not quite follow the Math we learnt in school. Which is perhaps why YSRCP leaders are going overboard, falling over … Continue reading What Pawan signing up with the BJP will mean to Andhra Pradesh politics

Home ministry will address the CBI Joint Director issue, says Vijayasai Reddy

On 30 December, Vijayasai Reddy of the YSR Congress wrote to the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister, Law minister and Director of the CBI, urging them not to appoint a Telugu officer as Joint Director of the CBI in Hyderabad.  Alleging that Telugu officers invariably come under the influence of ``strong local connections, both political … Continue reading Home ministry will address the CBI Joint Director issue, says Vijayasai Reddy

Naidu collects funds for Amaravati protest, farmers appeal to Modi’s Mann ki Baat

There is no letting up of the pressure by the farmers of Amaravati, supported by opposition parties in Andhra Pradesh. Chandrababu Naidu who focused largely on building the capital in Amaravati during his tenure, has been at the forefront of the protest, ensuring that the optics would make New Delhi put pressure on YS Jaganmohan … Continue reading Naidu collects funds for Amaravati protest, farmers appeal to Modi’s Mann ki Baat

Jagan’s three-pronged strategy to deal with Amaravati protests

With two weeks of their agitation yielding little except photo-ops for Chandrababu Naidu and Pawan Kalyan, the farmers of Amaravati have decided to intensify their protest at the Andhra Pradesh government's proposed decision to move the administrative capital to Visakhapatnam. They have decided to launch a Sakula Janula Samme (All People's Strike) to bring Amaravati … Continue reading Jagan’s three-pronged strategy to deal with Amaravati protests

After a movie role, Andhra Pradesh Deputy CM now embraces TikTok

Pushpa Sreevani taking a group selfie with YS Jagan and other YSRCP women MLAs Andhra Pradesh Deputy chief minister P Pushpa Srivani clearly believes in exploring different avenues to express herself. After acting in a movie, now the Tribal welfare minister has decided to embrace Tiktok as well. The politician from north coastal Andhra Pradesh … Continue reading After a movie role, Andhra Pradesh Deputy CM now embraces TikTok

After Chennai, rangolis now become instrument of protest in Amaravati

The kolam and rangoli as a mode of protest has spread from Chennai to Amaravati. Taking cue from the anti-CAA and anti-NRC slogans used in the kolam designs by citizens of Tamil Nadu, the 15-day agitation has seen farmers of Amaravati also taking to rangolis to register their protest against the proposed decision to make … Continue reading After Chennai, rangolis now become instrument of protest in Amaravati

In Amaravati, Pawan Kalyan hits the road for Amaravati

Pawan Kalyan has thrown his weight behind the agitating farmers in Amaravati who had given their land to build the capital of Andhra Pradesh. With the Jaganmohan Reddy government considering reducing Amaravati to just the Legislative capital and moving the administrative paraphernalia to Visakhapatnam, farmers are upset. ``The farmers gave their land to the Andhra … Continue reading In Amaravati, Pawan Kalyan hits the road for Amaravati