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Andhra Pradesh

South Turns Against The Centre

Ruling parties of all south Indian States are at loggerheads with the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre over a variety of issues The ruling parties in Karnataka and in Kerala – the Congress and the CPM, respectively – are the inevitable rivals of the BJP. While Telangana’s ruling party the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) was lukewarm towards the Centre for around four years, they too have now upped the ante against the BJP-led NDA, demanding reservation for Muslims in the state which was turned down by the courts. The only allies were the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh, which was part of the NDA and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in Tamil Nadu which has been deferential to the Centre since the passing of their party supremo Jayalalithaa in 2016. Now the BJP finds itself alone in the south, with both the TDP as well as the AIADMK deserting it. After a week of haggling, the Telugu Desam Party ended its four-year long association with the NDA following, what it called ‘betrayal’ by the BJP in keeping the promises made in Parliament – special status for Andhra Pradesh – during the historic debates on bifurcation of the state.…

Does the ‘Power Star’ Have The Power To Be The Game Changer?

Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan has decided to take on all parties in an effort to provide an alternative in Andhra Pradesh ‘Power Star’ Pawan Kalyan has already proved his mettle in the fight against BJP and NDA by setting up a Joint Fact-Finding Committee (JFFC) and preparing a report to expose the bluff by the Centre with regard to special status for Andhra Pradesh.…

The Honeymoon Ends

The Telugu Desam Party and the BJP break ties which were uneasy to begin with The four-year alliance of Andhra Pradesh’s ruling party, the TDP (Telugu Desam Party) and the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) ended on a bitter note with the TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu calling the non-granting of special status to AP a “betrayal”.…

Anger Peaks In Andhra Pradesh

A sense of hurt at not having received the Special Status it demanded for four years is making all parties distance themselves from the BJP  As the fourth anniversary of the endorsement of the AP Reorganization Act in Parliament (20 February 2014) closes in, the heartburn of the 5 crore people of new Andhra Pradesh over failed promises is emerging as a consolidator of anti-BJP forces in residual AP. While the big players, the ruling TDP (Telugu Desam Party) and opposition YSR Congress have drawn up programs to quit Parliament and intensify their campaign as a run-up to the 2019 general elections, smaller outfits like Jana Sena of actor Pawan Kalyan and Lok Satta of ex-IAS officer Jayaprakash Narayan have evolved a JFC (Joint Fact-Finding Committee) to explore why the BJP-led Centre has failed them. It was the BJP which had floated the “Two-States-Two Votes” concept in 2002.…

Chandrababu Naidu Versus Narendra Modi

A furious AP Chief Minister has hit the brakes on protests against the NDA for now, but the alliance is on shaky ground  The weekend high drama in Andhra Pradesh on the issue of zero allocations in Union Budget 2018 for development of the new State turned into a damp squib on Thursday. After high voltage developments and brickbats on TV channels, the political storm in AP has subsided, as most experts had indeed expected. Union Minister YS Chowdhary gave an ultimatum to the Centre to begin the process of implementation of AP Reorganization Act, 2014 benefits to the State within 15 days or else provide a 2-hour discussion in Parliament on the bifurcation benefits to State. After directing the party MPs to protest in Parliament since Monday, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo and AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu left on Wednesday to Dubai on an investment scouting trip. Party MPs too toned down the tempo of their protests.…