*Court order proved TDP boycott decision was correct: TDP chief
Amaravati, April 6:
TDP National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday welcomed the AP High Court stay order on the April 1 notification issued by the State Election Commission for the ZPTC and MPTC elections in the State.
Mr. Naidu hailed the court order as a vindication of the Telugu Desam Party’s decision to boycott the elections that were sought to be held in violation of the Supreme Court guidelines. The stalling of the parishad polls by the court was a clear victory for the Ambedkar constitution.
In a statement here, the TDP chief termed it as a slap in the face for the Jaganmohan Reddy Government which was taking the law into its hands with total disrespect for the constitutional institutions and their heads. The TDP’s decision to boycott the unlawful elections was justified once again. All this happened because of the unconstitutional activities being resorted by the ruling YSRCP leaders.
Mr. Naidu advised Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy to at least open his eyes and stop imposing the cruel Raja Reddy constitution on the people of the State. The ruling YSRCP should come to its senses and start acting in accordance with the spirit of the Ambedkar constitution. The State Election Commission should issue a fresh notification to start the ZPTC and MPTC elections afresh from the stage of nominations.
The TDP chief asserted that the Chief Minister should stop defying the orders and guidelines issued by the courts. Mr. Jagan Reddy should respect the autonomy of the constitutional institutions. The State Election Commissioner should stop acting like a rubber stamp and start asserting the constitutional autonomy of the Election Commission. The powers of the Commission should not be surrendered to the ruling party.
Mr. Naidu pointed out that over a year passed since the first parishad poll notification was given. Quite a large number of young voters were newly enrolled and all of them should be given a chance to vote in the election by issuing a fresh notification. It was high time for the SEC to conduct a free and fair election. The people should be allowed to vote in a free atmosphere in order to elect leaders who would serve them better. The elections should not be turned into a farce.
Naidu blames Govt complacency for temple attacks
TDP National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday expressed concern over the continuing attacks and demolitions at temples in Andhra Pradesh.
Mr. Naidu held the Jaganmohan Reddy Government’s complacency responsible for the unabated demolitions of idols at the Hindu places of worship. It was unfortunate that the miscreants attacked and demolished idols at the Srivalli Devasena Sametha Subrahmanyeswara Swamy Temple located atop Betagutta near Gonuguru village in Kuppam mandal.
In a statement here, the TDP chief said that the negligence of the Government was making the miscreants bold enough to carry out more and more attacks on the temples. The Kuppam incident came as a big shock not only to the people of the Chittoor district but the entire State as a whole.
Mr. Chandrababu Naidu said that if the Jagan Reddy regime had taken strong steps to nab the perpetrators of the temple attacks in the past, this incident would not have been repeated now. The ruling party leaders had no respect for the sentiments of the devotees of any religion.
The TDP chief deplored that the Government was behaving atrociously by trying to take political advantage out of the temple attacks and demolitions. There were no conscientious efforts on the part of the Chief Minister or his Ministers to prevent the attacks on religious places.
Mr. Naidu demanded the YCP Government to awaken from its slumber and prove its sincerity as far as the temple attacks were concerned. The Chief Minister should order an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) if he had any commitment to the devotees and the general public.
Lokesh on Tirupati elections
Non-stop price rise in Jagan rule
Not a single job given by Jagan rule in 22 months
TDP National General Secretary and MLC Nara Lokesh on Monday accused the Jaganmohan Reddy Government of punishing the people with its non-stop financial burdens and increased prices of commodities by pursuing unjust, chaotic policies in the past 22 months in the State.
Mr. Lokesh asked the Tirupati voters why they should support the ruling YSRCP when it did not carry out a single development work in the temple town. The works of the national institutions like the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) were also halted under the Jagan Reddy regime.
Addressing an election meeting in Tirupati, the TDP MLC said that if the YSRCP nominee would be elected, he would become just like a robot MP who would only go and serve the Chief Minister like a devoted, personal servant.
Whereas, if TDP nominee Panabaka Lakshmi would get elected, she would fight like a lioness in the Parliament for the development projects in the temple town. Being a former union minister, Ms. Lakshmi would do everything to get justice for the people of the State.
Mr. Lokesh pointed out that the TDP had only a handful of MPs but they were fighting like lions in Delhi to get the Special Category Status and for preventing the privatisation of the Visakha Steel Plant. Whereas, the YSRCP 28 MPs were only acting Jagan Reddy robots unable to do anything for the people of Andhra Pradesh. Even the leaders of the other States were commenting how the YCP MPs were working against the interests of AP without uttering a word for its sake in the Parliament. On the other hand, these YCP MPs had no shame to go and campaign in Puducherry where the BJP has promised in its manifesto to confer the special union territory status.
Mr. Lokesh said that the Chief Minister got Rs. 10,000 revenue only from liquor. Moreover, as if to mock the people of the State, the CM brought in cheap liquor brands with names like the Special Status and the Gold Medal. The ordinary public were falling ill after drinking these unhealthy brands. This Government had failed to create a single job for the young people contrary to its tall promises at the time of the election. No cash benefits or pensions were given to the women of weaker sections and backward classes who crossed 45 years of age.
Mr. Nara Lokesh asserted that any development that took place in Tirupati was brought by the previous Chandrababu Naidu regime. Top companies like Apollo Tyres, Hero Motors, TCL and so on came to the area only because of the pro-people policies of the TDP rule. After the YSRCP came to power, the industries were going away from the region and the State. This Chief Minister could do justice to his own two sisters and he cannot be expected to help the women of the State. Mr. Jagan Reddy left one sister in Delhi and another sister in Hyderabad to struggle for themselves. This Chief Minister had answers when he was questioned about the persons who were responsible for the murder of his own uncle Vivekananda Reddy.
TDP decries Vijayamma’s bid to cover up son’s sins
Telugu Desam Party MLC Mantena Satyanarayana Raju on Tuesday dismissed the open letter written by YS Vijayamma as just a political gimmick to divert the public attention from the failure of the Jaganmohan Reddy Government to nab the criminals responsible for the YS Vivekananda Reddy murder.
Mr. Satyanarayana Raju asked why Ms Vijayamma was lowering her own dignity by trying to cover up the mistakes of her son and Chief Minister Jagan Reddy. Her latest letter was nothing but a desperate attempt to protect and cover up her son’s sins in the past 22 months.
In a statement here, the TDP MLC suggested that she was actually demand explanations from the YSRCP Government as to why it was safeguarding and protecting the accused persons in the Viveka murder. Ms YS Sunitha Reddy had been going round and urging for justice to her father for the last two years. Ms Vijayamma did not care about that all these days. Now, she came before the public with the ulterior motive to safeguard CM Jagan Reddy.
The TDP leader said that Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy had the dark history of deserting and leaving one sister in Hyderabad and another sister in Delhi where they were searching for their own justice.
Mr. Raju advised the CM’s mother not to mislead the public for the sake of showering love and affection on her son. There would be no use throwing blame on others to cover the inside troubles within her own family. All facts would come out if the Central Burea of Investigation (CBI) was allowed to do a fair probe.