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

Fight against Corona Virus Pandemic needs more than a Paracetamol

At a press conference on Thursday, Luv Agarwal, Joint Secretary in the Union Health Ministry, was asked if rising temperatures will arrest the spread of Covid19.  ``It is a new virus. A lot is not known about the virus,'' he said. In a nutshell, he swept aside the rather confident assertions made first by Telangana … Continue reading Fight against Corona Virus Pandemic needs more than a Paracetamol

Has a realistic Rajinikanth taken a step back from politics?

In 2008, Rajinikanth acted in a Tamil movie called `Kuselan'. It was the remake of a hugely successful Malayalam film `Kadha Parayumbol', the story of two childhood friends who go on to become a village barber and a big movie star. But the Tamil version did just average business. The reason was that though the … Continue reading Has a realistic Rajinikanth taken a step back from politics?

Kerala `bandh’ over Corona

This is a bandh with a difference. Kerala has decided to shut down its movie theatres, schools, colleges, tutorial classes till 31 March. With 14 active cases of Covid 19, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has embarked on a `Better Safe Than Sorry' approach. While annual exams for all classes will go on as scheduled, Lord … Continue reading Kerala `bandh’ over Corona

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 Jyotiraditya – No lessons learnt

It is with a sense of deja vu that one is witnessing the political developments unfolding in Madhya Pradesh. Because if it confirms anything, it is that the Congress does not learn from past mistakes. When the Congress won a cliffhanger of an election in Madhya Pradesh in 2018, it was evident that the jostling … Continue reading Jagan to Jyotiraditya – No lessons learnt

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

Is the Lungi in Pause mode?

By G Mohan Everyday, my friend and senior Rajan Mani Sir has something to comment from his morning waak (his dig at the way it is pronounced in Tamil Nadu). Today from my own walk, I observed that among all the morning walkers, old and young, there was just one senior citizen wearing a lungi. … Continue reading Is the Lungi in Pause mode?

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

Pawan Kalyan’s Different Strokes on Budget 

Pawan Kalyan is a changed man, going by his reaction to the Union budget. Honestly following the alliance dharma, the Jana Sena leader praised every aspect of the budget presented by Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and called her proposals on the farm sector a big boost to agriculture in India.  ``The funds allocated for production … Continue reading Pawan Kalyan’s Different Strokes on Budget