AMARAVATI: TDP senior leader and MLC P. Ashok Babu on Monday advised YCP MP Vijayasai Reddy to sort out his problems within his own party rather than blaming the Opposition TDP with baseless allegations even in regard to defamatory social media posts against the judges.

The TDP leader asserted that the AP Assembly should be put in a state of suspended animation considering the lack of control on the 'chaotic rule' of CM Jaganmohan Reddy. He reminded that even the Bharatiya Janata Party was demanding these days the outright dismissal of the YCP government for its multifarious failures.

Addressing a virtual press conference here, the TDP MLC also demanded a CBI investigation into the derogatory social media posts and comments against judges of AP High Court and Supreme Court by the YCP activists, leaders and sympathisers. It is high objectionable that Vijayasai was talking in defence of his party leaders regardless of the fact that they made a serious mistake by passing personal comments against the judges.

Mr. Ashok Babu said that Mr. Vijayasai Reddy was no longer talking in his former authoritarian and highhanded voice which was raising further doubts whether he had slipped form his number two position in his party. From the position of behaving like a number 2 CM in the party, Vijayasai is now saying that he would continue in YCP and that he would look after the welfare of party social media activists. In that case, Vijayasai would be held responsible for all the defamatory posts being placed by YCP activists against opposition parties and even the courts.

The TDP asked YCP MP to explain why the opposition sympathisers were made to spend 15 to 20 days in jail for just making mild political comments like rice being distributed by the government is not good and the like. YCP allegations on SEC Ramesh Kumar will not stand in the courts. Ramesh Kumar was defending his own rights and never acted like a TDP activist whereas the DGP was behaving like a YCP activist for which the Government should give explanations to the people.

AMARAVATI: TDP National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said that YCP Government has no moral right to celebrate festivals on completion of its one year rule considering its miserable failure to fulfill its countless promises made to the people at the time of elections.

Mr. Naidu slammed CM Jaganmohan Reddy for 'his anti-people' policies led to untold problems to farmers, coolies, construction workers, poor women, youth and others. With his immature and unwise decisions, the Chief Minister has left all sections of people in a deeper crisis than ever before.

Hitting hard at YCP rule, Mr. Naidu made serious comments on Twitter calling Jagan rule as 'one year of mass destruction.' The TDP thought of cooperating with the new Government in the first half year considering lack of administrative experience and exposure for Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy but YCP atrocities began from day one itself.

Stating that destruction of the state began with demolition of Praja Vedika, the TDP chief said that thousands of Amaravati farmers' families were being punished though they sacrificed their ancestral lands for Capital City construction. The continuing protests of these farmers for over 164 days now were an example of this Government's destructive mindset.

Mr. Naidu criticised the YCP for celebrating one year festivals while Amaravati farmers and Visakhapatnam gas leak victims were struggling for justice and proper compensation. On the other hand, Kurnool people were suffering due to Coronavirus outbreak, farmers struggling for lack of remunerative prices, construction workers not finding work opportunities while youth have no jobs due to flight of industries.

AMARAVATI: Telugu Desam Party former Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao on Friday deplored that the Jagan Reddy Government had waived Rs. 187.80 Cr worth power bills for the industrialists while not extending a similar gesture for different sections of people who were suffering financially due to Coronvirus impact.

He said that the Government was spending crores of rupees on advertisements but no effort was being made to rescue the ordinary consumers. The ruling party turned a deaf ear to Opposition demand for waiving bills for 1.35 lakh ordinary consumers.

Addressing a virtual press conference here, the TDP leaders said that the latest High Court order for CBI investigation into Dr Sudhakar case was a slap in the face of AP Government. He pointed out that the HC commented on the magisterial enquiry finding injuries on the Dalit doctor while the Government report did not mention the same. Now, Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy should answer for his inefficiency and negligent attitude that forced police in three districts (Kadapa, Guntur and Visakhapatnam) to face CBI probes.

Mr. Devineni Uma demanded the CM to explain to the people why his Government suffered setbacks in over 64 cases in High Court and Supreme Court. The High Court has struck down GO on colours and asked the Chief Secretary, Panchayat Raj Secretary and engineers to remove the YCP flag colours from Government buildings and submit compliance reports before May 28.

The TDP former minister said that YCP unveiled another big scam to hand over Rs. 500 Cr worth sand works in Polavaram project to its favoured contractors. For this, the powers of AP Engineer-in-Chief were clipped and transferred to his subordinates in order to freely commit irregularities in the project works. TDP spent Rs. 63,373 Cr in five years and strove hard for over 62 irrigation projects, but the Jagan Reddy Government was not in a position to speak out how much it had spent on which project.

Mr. Devineni Uma said that Irrigation Minister Anil Kumar did not anything except to use objectionable language against rivals. Finance Minister Rajendranath Reddy was not in a position to tell facts to people on the Government revenue and expenditure. Even the media came under attack by the ruling party now. The credit for crippling all the four pillars of democracy in Andhra Pradesh would only go to Jaganmohan Reddy in just one year time.

AMARAVATI: TDP former Minister KS Jawahar on Sunday advised Home Minister Mekathoti Sucharita not to behave like a TV anchor or just remote in the hands of Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy and other party leaders.

The TDP leader dismissed the claims of Ms. Sucharita that Chandrababu Naidu's letter for permission to visit AP was not received by the office of Director General of Police.

Addressing a virtual press conference here, Mr. Jawahar asserted that Mr. Naidu or the TDP cannot be faulted if the DGP did not check his online applications seeking permissions for inter-state travels. Without checking such details, the Home Minister was speaking thoughtlessly and making appearances occasionally like an anchor though she was not enjoying real powers. Everybody knows that Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy is running the Home Ministry. It was well known how only the DGP visited LG Polymers while the Home Minister was not at all to be seen in the picture during the gas leak tragedy.

Mr. Jawahar said that earlier, Naidu wrote to the Centre since it involved permissions for flight travel which was restricted at that time. For various reasons, the Centre could not immediately give permission as a result the visit was cancelled. Now, the DGPs permissions from both the states were required even now because of lockdown restrictions. What was the problem for AP DGP while his Telangana counterpart has already given permission? It was totally wrong on the part of the Minister to say that no letter came from the former Chief Minister.

Stating that Ms. Sucharita was given just post but not powers just like other Dalit ministers, Mr. Jawahar asked why the Home Minister failed to protect her fellow Dalit leader like Harsha Kumar or Dr Sudhakar who were harassed and humiliated. If things do not work out well, Ms. Sucharita may even lose her post next year as per the CM's indications on performance parameters. Even on the issue of High Court order on CBI probe, the Minister was speaking with limited knowledge.

Mr. Jawahar said that the YCP Ministers and MLAs have completed one academic year speaking foul words and wasteful utterances for which they will receive four language certificates. The Dalit Ministers have done nothing that would bring self-respect to their communities. If Home Minister has any credibility, she shall get the blocking wall constructed by YCP activists in her own assembly constituency removed. She should also confront the banishment of Dalits in Atmakur and also give support to the victims of the Kachchuluru boat tragedy.

AMARAVATI: In response the call given by Telugu Desam Party National President N. Chandrababu Naidu, the party leaders and people's representatives took part in 'deeksha' protests at their respective homes all over the state on Thursday in protest against increased power bills.

The Opposition party objected that at a time when the people were suffering on account of loss of incomes and work opportunities due to Coronavirus lockdowns, the YCP Government gave an underhand, heavy blow to the consumers.

The protest deekshas were held in 160 out of the 175 assembly segments and 620 out of the 904 mandals. Over 180 people's representatives and assembly constituency incharges, and 400 state and district party leaders took part.

In a statement, the TDP State Media Committee said that their party leaders demanded the Government to waive power bills for three months of lockdown period and continuation of old slab system based on yearly average consumption. "How can Rs. 50,000 Cr burden be placed on the people in just one year? Rs. 30,000 Cr was earned by increasing liquor prices. Has YCP asked for One Chance only for this?"

The TDP asked whether the Government had no sympathy to reduce power bills in order to get some relief to the people who are badly hit by COVID impact. YCP promised no hike in power tariff in its manifesto. At his swearning-in, the CM assured to reduce power bills. But, now the people are getting shock by just touching the power bills. It is a shame that CM Jagan Reddy has reversed his slogan Mata Tappanu, Madama Tippanu and started to break his word and go back on his promises.