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Andhra Pradesh

Pawan Kalyan’s all-out attack on Chandrababu Naidu

The Jana Sena leader is hoping for pro-Narendra Modi and anti-Chandrababu Naidu waves to ride on in simultaneous elections in AP in 2019 By GS Radhakrishna Chocolate hero of the Telugu screen and loose cannon of Andhra Pradesh politics, Pawan Kalyan, aka Konidela Kalyan Babu, is yet another relative newcomer to politics with ambitions to become AP Chief Minister in 2019. The 47-year-old actor-turned-politician, an intermediate educated and twice divorced celebrity hailing from coastal AP, is looking for a hit on the political screen in 2019, after a series of flops on the cine screen in the last five years.…

Exclusive: With Change Of Guard, CPI (Maoist) Aim To Regain Lost Ground

Stung by heavy casualties in recent years, the Maoist insurgents hope their new chief Basavaraj will turn their fortunes around By GS Radhakrishna In a 15-page open letter to Maoist cadre in December 2018, Basavaraj alias Namballa Keshava Rao — the new chief of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist)— made a case for reinventing the chain of command and re-instilling military discipline, in light of heavy casualties faced by the insurgents in the past few years.…

Anything to Retain Power

Chandrababu Naidu’s efforts in creating a base in Telangana have come to naught, as his poll alliances and political moves have only served to alienate the electorate. 2019 becomes crucial for the TDP satrap and AP CM if he is to remain relevant and retain power.  By GS Radhakrishna For the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu, November and December of 2018 have been full of political learning curves. His alliance in 2014 with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (for the elections were held in the then-united AP) at the Centre, led to an electoral defeat that year.…

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.…