24 years later, Andhra Speaker regrets treatment meted out to NTR

The Andhra Pradesh Assembly rewound the clock for a brief moment to 1995 on Tuesday. But that was not the surprising part. What shocked the MLAs was the regret expressed by Speaker Tamineni Sitaram for having been part of the coup to unseat NT Rama Rao 24 years ago.  ``I am also a part of … Continue reading 24 years later, Andhra Speaker regrets treatment meted out to NTR

The battle of the onions in Andhra Pradesh

On the opening day of the winter session of the Andhra Pradesh assembly, Chandrababu Naidu took the floor outside the House first. The Telugu Desam protested wearing onion garlands and scales with jewellery on one side, to show the skyrocketing prices of onions. But inside the House, chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy decided to tell Naidu … Continue reading The battle of the onions in Andhra Pradesh

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

After criticism, Jagan partly prunes the work orders at his residence

YS Jaganmohan Reddy pays heed to public opinion and that is a positive. After the criticism by the public and the opposition Telugu Desam over the splurge of taxpayer's money at his homes in Tadepalli and Hyderabad, the chief minister has ordered that work orders amounting to Rs 2 crore be cancelled. Government orders were … Continue reading After criticism, Jagan partly prunes the work orders at his residence

PV Sindhu is now Officer on Special Duty in Andhra Pradesh govt

Less than a week after PV Sindhu met YS Jaganmohan Reddy in Tadepalli, the World Badminton champion was posted as Officer on Special Duty in the Directorate of Protocol in Hyderabad. In July 2017, the previous Chandrababu Naidu government had appointed Sindhu as Deputy Collector in Andhra Pradesh and the promotion came after completion of … Continue reading PV Sindhu is now Officer on Special Duty in Andhra Pradesh govt

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?

Unable to get Ravindra as Andhra Intel chief, Jagan ends 6-month-long wait

One of the first decisions that Jaganmohan Reddy took even before taking the oath of chief minister was to choose his Intelligence chief. He wanted Stephen Ravindra (pic below), an IPS officer of the Telangana cadre who had served as Chief Security Officer to YS Rajasekhara Reddy as chief minister. The phone lines were worked with … Continue reading Unable to get Ravindra as Andhra Intel chief, Jagan ends 6-month-long wait

Decoding Pawan Kalyan’s BJP talk

The YSR Congress has always dismissed Pawan Kalyan as the B-team of the Telugu Desam. But in light of the Jana Sena leader's recent utterances, it can be safely assumed that the `B' alphabet in his political CV is actually the BJP.  ``I never distanced myself from the BJP. I only differed from the party … Continue reading Decoding Pawan Kalyan’s BJP talk

Chandrababu Naidu’s proposed Amaravati visit creates a flutter in YSRCP

In September, the YSRCP government went into an overdrive when Chandrababu Naidu announced his plan to organise a rally to Atmakur to focus attention on the alleged killings of Telugu Desam activists by members of the ruling party. Now the former chief minister's plan to tour Amaravati on 28 November seems to have created a … Continue reading Chandrababu Naidu’s proposed Amaravati visit creates a flutter in YSRCP

After Tadepalli home, now Andhra splurges on Jagan’s Hyderabad residence

Shouldn't there be a ceiling on how much can be spent from the public exchequer on sprucing up or maintaining the residence of a chief minister or ministers?  After spending close to Rs 15 crore on his residence in Tadepalli in Andhra Pradesh, now an amount of Rs 35.5 lakh has been sanctioned from the … Continue reading After Tadepalli home, now Andhra splurges on Jagan’s Hyderabad residence

Chandrababu Naidu will look for clear political gains from his Amaravati trip

Chandrababu Naidu is clearly encouraged by the editorials and op-eds in national dailies slamming the Jaganmohan Reddy government for its decision to neglect Amaravati. The Singapore Consortium pulled out earlier this month by mutual consent because no work had taken place in the core capital area of Amaravati. And the YSRCP government has constituted a … Continue reading Chandrababu Naidu will look for clear political gains from his Amaravati trip

Pawan, Naidu, BJP – Are the lines blurring in Andhra Pradesh?

It is a pattern too obvious to be ignored. In recent days, both Pawan Kalyan and Chandrababu Naidu's political commentary is too similar to the BJP line. In fact, the lines are blurring.  Pawan Kalyan, tweet quoting CS Rangarajan, the chief priest of the Chilkur Balaji temple near Hyderabad and declared he was in agreement … Continue reading Pawan, Naidu, BJP – Are the lines blurring in Andhra Pradesh?

Naidu bends backwards to please Modi, Shah

Chandrababu Naidu is bending backwards to get back into the good books of the BJP. In an uncharacteristic move, the Telugu Desam chief wrote to Union Home minister Amit Shah to thank him for correcting the India map to include Amaravati as the capital of Andhra Pradesh. He also acknowledged Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts in … Continue reading Naidu bends backwards to please Modi, Shah

Amaravati is back

When the map of India was released after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, with Ladakh becoming a separate Union Territory, Andhra Pradesh was the only state whose capital city did not find a mention. That raised a furore because the previous Telugu Desam government was accused of not issuing a gazette notification for the … Continue reading Amaravati is back