Here is the menu for Anna canteens!

Here is the menu for Anna canteens!

Here is the menu for Anna canteens!

The much hyped Anna canteens to be started by AP CM Chandrababu Naidu on the lines of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s Amma canteens in Chennai is all set to be kick started.

This initiative is being spearheaded in the right way. Sources say that for breakfast Idly, Ragi Sankati with Neella pappu and chutney (curries) would be the menu while sambar rice, pulihora and curd rice in lunch along with two chapathis, vegetables and dal curry would be served during dinner at the Anna canteens.

These would be reportedly launched across 35 centres in the state soon. Tiffin and meal would be reportedly served at cheaper rates at the 35 canteens which are expected to be opened in four places in the state.

This week Civil supplies Minister Paritala Sunitha and IT minister Palle Raghunath Reddy have reportedly finalized the menu for Anna canteens. Ms Sunitha announced that these menu would be served at the NTR canteens at government hospitals, railway stations APSRTC bus stand and bus stand premises!

Chandrababu Naidu, Lokesh begin campaign from different directions

Chandrababu Naidu, Lokesh begin campaign from different directions

Chandrababu Naidu, Lokesh begin campaign from different directions

Chandrababu Naidu, the Telugu Desam Party president, is leading the race of declaring the party candidates of Seemandhra region for the looming elections. Not only that, he has been wisely utilising the opportunity to introduce his son Nara Lokesh into active politics. While Naidu began his campaigning from KPHB in Hyderabad, Lokesh began the campaigning from Nimmakur (the native place of the party founder Late Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao) in Krishna district on the name of Yuva Prabhanjana Yatra.

Naidu addressed the people at various junctions and said that Hyderabad has always been the fundamental place for Telugu Desam Party. Further, he said that Hyderabad was developed only during his 9 yrs term; Naidu also said that Hyderabad has been globally acclaimed just because of him. He said if given a chance, he would further develop the city. In a similar josh, Nara Lokesh has also been firing the missiles in Seemandhra to prove the notion – like father like son.

Lok Satta merger with TDP!

Lok Satta merger with TDP!

Lok Satta merger with TDP!

Hyderabad: Lok Satta founder president Jayaprakash Narayan tired hard to forge an alliance with the TDP, but failed.

JP has even said that the alliance could not materialize due to “money politics”.

Lok Satta waited for indications form the TDP for alliance after JP called on TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu a couple of times. Lok Satta leaders waited for almost two weeks to hear form the TDP. But the TDP was deeply saddled in talks with BJP on alliance.

Growing desperate, JP tried to get TDP support at least for his candidature as Malkajgiri Lok Sabha candidate. But he failed miserably. This made JP fumble, particularly after reports of a triangular alliance between TDP, BJP and LSP did the rounds in mainstream media.

Both the BJP and TDP took enormous pain in cementing the alliance between themselves but completely ignored Lok Satta.

Then, JP tried to influence Chandrababu by making BJP president Rajnath Singh and senior leader Arun Jaitley speak to him on phone over the Malkajgiri Lok Sabha seat. But the BJP leaders’ efforts could not help JP and the TDP ticket went to owner of educational institutions Nalla Malla Reddy.

It is being said that Naidu has proposed merger of LSP with TDP, if JP wants the Malkajgiri Lok Sabha ticket. But JP did not agree to this.

TDP will come to power in both states

TDP will come to power in both states

TDP will come to power in both states

Hyderabad: TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu has exuded confidence that the party would come to power in both the states being formed with the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

Claiming that both Telangana and Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra) developed during Telugu Desam Party’s rule, he said it was alone capable of bringing unity among Telugu-speaking people of the two states.

The former chief minister was addressing a meeting of TDP leaders at the party headquarters here Saturday.

“It was TDP which brought recognition to Telugus and gave them self-respect. It will again work for their unity,” he said.

Clarifying that TDP never opposed separate Telangana state, he said it only raised its voice for equal justice to both the regions. “TDP is the only party which never went back on its stand,” he said.

Naidu dismissed the claims by other parties that Telangana leaders would desert TDP. He pointed out that Telangana always stood by TDP as it was during its rule that the region was developed and weaker sections became politically empowered.

Naidu, who hails from Rayalaseema, alleged that other parties whipped up regional feelings for their narrow ends. He said he had given freedom to party leaders to act as per the aspirations of people of their respective regions.

Naidu said it would have been better if the Congress and the BJP had resolved the issue in an amicable manner. He accused the Congress of hatching a conspiracy to damage TDP by using Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana and YSR Congress in Seemandhra.

The TDP president recalled that it was TDP which ended the monopoly of Congress not just in the state but also provided an alternative at the national level. He was confident that the party would again play a historic role at the centre.

Naidu said it was under TDP that Hyderabad witnessed tremendous development since 1994. “We put Hyderabad on the world IT map, provided jobs to lakhs of people, built world-class outer ring road and airport,” he said and wanted to know what Congress, TRS and other parties did for Hyderabad’s development.

Only TDP holds mandate to build a new Telangana

Only TDP holds mandate to build a new Telangana

Only TDP holds mandate to build a new Telangana

Hyderabad: Having largely developed the Telangana region during its rule in Andhra Pradesh, only the Telugu Desam could rebuild a modern Telangana once the new state comes into existence, party president N. Chandrababu Naidu said here on Saturday.

“Nobody else has developed Telangana region as we did during the TDP rule. We not only developed Hyderabad and Secunderabad twin cities but also created a new city Cyberabad and put Hyderabad as a whole on the international map. And, once the new state of Telangana comes into being, only the TDP can develop it further,” Chandrababu said addressing a largely-attended meeting of party workers from the region here Saturday afternoon.

“We challenged other parties for a public debate on the development of Telangana but none came forward. I once again challenge them for a debate and we are ready to prove what we did for the development of Telangana,” the former Chief Minister said.

He recalled that the erstwhile TDP government set up schools, colleges, hospitals and created infrastructure like roads, irrigation projects besides strengthening power generation and distribution systems.

“The reforms we brought in ensured there was no power crisis in Telangana. But now a power crisis again stares at Telangana,” he added.

Maintaining that the TDP never went back on its commitment for a Telangana state, Chandrababu lamented that the party was needlessly blamed on the issue only to politically weaken it.

“The TDP always goes by the public wishes. We stood firm on our word on Telangana. What we wanted was equal justice to all regions in the event of bifurcation. But they indulged in a lot of mudslinging only to politically weaken us. But the TDP is a strong cadre-based party and our cadres are intact in Telangana as much as in Seemaandhra. None can wipe out Telugu Desam Party,” Chandrababu stressed.

It was a historic necessity that the TDP was voted back to power both in Telangana and (residuary) Andhra Pradesh, Naidu said and exuded confidence that it would happen.

“We will not only come to power in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh but also play a decisive role in national politics yet again. One should remember that the TDP played the lead role in formation of three non-Congress governments at the Centre,” he pointed out.

Telugu Desam Parliamentary Party leader Nama Nageswara Rao, MP Ramesh Rathod, senior leaders Errabilli Dayakar Rao, Motkupalli Narasimhulu and others too spoke on the occasion.

No Telangana protests during Naidu’s Nalgonda tour

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu, who toured the district on Friday, faced little opposition from pro-Telangana activists. Some Telangana supporters, however, staged a black flag protest when Mr. Naidu’s convoy entered Damaracharla.

During his visit to the district, Mr. Naidu assured farmers, who suffered loss due to heavy rains, that their lives would be better once the party comes to power after next general elections. He appealed to them to not commit suicide and keep faith in the party.

Addressing the gathering at Damarcherla mandal headquarters here on Friday, Mr. Naidu said neither the Centre nor the State government showed any concern towards farmers’ plight in the State.

As part of his day-long tour in Nalgonda district, he interacted with some cotton farmers who have lost their yield.

Demanding the State government to immediately sanction Rs. 20,000 input subsidy on cotton and Rs. 10,000 on paddy, he asked the district administration to procure discoloured cotton from the farmers to help them wriggle out of the present crisis.

He accused the Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy of being indifferent towards farmers’ problems in the State and said that his party would waive loans taken by farmers if they were voted back to power.

Instead, the TDP president asked people to kill Congress, which is responsible for their plight, by making them powerless voting against them in the coming general elections.

While his convoy approaching towards Damarcherla mandal head quarters, some Pro Telangana activists tried to obstruct coming in the way holding black flags and raising slogans against TDP, but the Police have removed them.

In his own style, the former Chief Minister started his day long tour in Nalgonda district at Damarcherla mandal head quarters.

Walks into field

He walked into a field belongs to a farmers Budiga Lakshmiah cotton field, which is still submerged in rain water.

Mr.Naidu enquried the farmer’s family had any official visited their field so far after the rains. Mr.Lakshmaiah has said none had visited.

The TDP president had asked how much they had invested on each acre of cotton. “It is Rs 20,000 on each acre, the farmer answered.

The former chief minister enquired weather they could find any buyer for their discoloured and high moisture content cotton in the market.

The farmer says “no”.

Later, he also visited another farmer Ghanpur Shankraiah’s cotton field,where he interacted with the farmer’s family while they are picking the discoloured cotton.

No Telangana before General elections 2014

No Telangana before General elections 2014

No Telangana before General elections 2014

Hyderabad: North coastal Andhra minister at the forefront of Samikyandhra movement, Ganta Srinivasa Rao has said that bifurcation of the state will not take place before General elections.

He took potshots at Union ministers from the state and charged them with denting the Samaikyandhra agitation.

He criticized Digvijay Singh for making statements that are not mutually consistent. Ganta said that political situation in the counry will witness a sea change after the Assembly elections in five states.

Telangana MP : ‘Living together is like prostitution’

Telangana MP  ‘Living together is like prostitution’

Telangana MP ‘Living together is like prostitution’

Hyderabad: The first edition of Telangana Jaitra Yatra at Nizamabad turned into a platform for emotional speeches.

Congress MP Ponnam Prabahakar who represents Karimnagar in Lok Sabha, has been more aggressive on the Telangana issue in recent months.

Speaking at the Bodhan meeting, the MP remarked “Seemandhra people asking Telangana people to live together any more, is like doing prostitution.”

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Congress has an uphill ‘T’ task

Congress has an uphill 'T' task

Congress has an uphill ‘T’ task

Hyderabad: The Congress has an uphill task: It has to bifurcate the state and also keep the Seemandhra people happy.

It has an equally important target- that of winning more seats in the state to be in the reckoning post-2014 elections.

On the other hand, at the state level, TRS seems to be averse to join hands with the Congress. And passing the Bill in Parliament will not be possible without the cooperation of BJP and other Opposition parties at the Parliament.

It is however believed that TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao is trying to raise his bargaining power with the Congress high-command. According to reports, KCR wants to think of merger with Congress only after Telangana Bill is passed in the Parliament.

And of late, KCR is buoyed by the recent opinion polls (India TV- TimesNow) which said that TRS will get 13 seats out of 17 in Telangana. TRSLP leader Etela Rajender has indicated that TRS will sail alone in the elections and is not going to merge with any other party including Congress. He said that TRS will have to be there to undertake reconstruction of Telangana. Following Rajender’s assertion, spokespersons of TRS are talking of ‘Bangaru Telangana’ In TV debates following TRS leaders.

And BJP leaders of Telangana are not ready to give credence to these opinion polls. BJP MLA from Mahboobnagar, Yannam Srinivasa Reddy said, “every party will have its own blue print on development of Telangana and KCR cannot have a patent on the same.”

TRS spokesperson Dr. Sravan said,”In any movemen tacorsss the world, the torch-bearer will be remembered by the people. Telangana people are emotional. They will not care for caste equations. KCR will be in their hearts forever.”

And Congress was sufficiently fore-sighted to popularize a slogan “It is Congress which will bring Telangana, it is Congress which will give Telangana” well before it took the T decision through CWC, on July 30, 2014.

And it seems, the efforts by Congress’ Delhi managers to bring KCR on board, have not succeeded so far.

Congress General secretary in-charge of state affairs Digvijay Singh has said his party hopes to pass the Telangana Bill in Parliament if other parties cooperate. He might have had TRS and BJP in his mind. May be, other big parties like SP are not in favour of smaller states.

If one goes by the indications emerging from the first of a series of ‘Telangana Jaitra yatra’ at Bodhan, Nizamabad, Congress leaders did not mention TRS or its leaders anywhere in their speeches.

State Panchayati Raj minister K. Jana Reddy in fact, blew the poll bugle at the Bodhan meeting by asking people to ensure Congress wins 90 Assembly seats out of 119 seats in Telangana.

Speaking before him, former minister and MLC Shabbir Ali asserted that future Telangana Chief Minister will be decided by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Addressing a press meet on Friday, TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu said his six-day long Delhi fast was a success and went on to criticize the Manmohan Singh-led Government at the Centre, saying files signed by Prime Minister of the country are now untraceable.

BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who is on a visit to Chennai, took potshots at the UPA government at the Centre, saying the Manmohan Singh-led government is in the ICU.

And on Friday evening, Seemandhra Union ministers Kavuri, Kotla, Pallam Raju, Kishore Chandra Dev, Jairam Ramesh and JD Seelam met members of the GoM and requested them to make Hyderabad as a Union Territory. Jairam Ramesh is a Rajya Sabha member representing Andhra Pradesh.

Naturally, only thing, or people who can be controlled by the Congress  party, are its ministers at the moment.

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CBN lambasts Diggy on twitter

CBN lambasts Diggy on twitter

CBN lambasts Diggy on twitter

Hyderabad: Invariably sons follow footsteps of their fathers, but TDP Chief N. Chandrababu Naidu has been following his son Lokesh and tweeting like his son these days. Chandrababu tweeted on Friday that AICC General secretary in-charge of the State Congress affairs Digvijay Singh, who was chased away from his native Madhya Pradesh, was trying to settle in Andhra Pradesh and dictating State politics.

The former chief minister also alleged in his tweet that the State government was imposing power cuts — 3-hours in the State capital, six hours in towns and 12 hours in rural areas. Naidu stated there was no Power Minister in the State and the people were paying a heavy price due to the inefficient and corrupt State government.

Speaking to the media at his residence here on Friday, Naidu said he had launched hunger strike in Delhi to expose Congress conspiracy of dividing the Telugu people, at national level. He thanked those who cooperated with him in Delhi and his “deeksha” was a success. Asking where the files signed by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had gone, he said the Coal Scam was taking new turns everyday. Alleging that the Centre was trying to shield the corrupt people, Naidu said New Delhi has turned into a “brokers’ den” with Rs 15 lakh crore corruption has taken place during the present regime.

Chandrababu Naidu alleged that the Congress leaders were stating that the ruling party itself has chopped off its legs while having hopes on TRS Chief K. Chandrashekar Rao and YSRCP Chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. He also questioned Jagan, who was agitating only in 175 Assembly constituencies, whether he is an integrationist. He said he had taken up deeksha at New Delhi to make the Centre talk with the JACs of both the regions before dividing the State in a cordial manner. Criticising Jagan to claim that he was extending support for State bifurcation, he alleged that TRS Chief KCR, Jagan and Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy were playing to the tunes scripted by AICC chief Sonia Gandhi. He also questioned the Group of Ministers (GoM) to explain what culture it is of collecting opinions through SMSs and Net instead of visiting the State. He said Andhra Pradesh is known all over the globe and the Congress lowered its dignity by indulging in politics of conspiracy for temporary political benefits.

Alleging that Kiran Kumar Reddy enacted a drama on Thursday, Chandrababu said the people were not in a position to believe in the Congress party. He lashed out at Jagan saying the latter was trying to prove himself as an integrationist. He also took the Chief Minister to task for providing a carpet welcome to a culprit who had come out of jail on bail. He said the person, who had come out from the jail on parole has no right to criticize others. He reminded the Seemandhra Congress leaders’ statement that the party high command was ignoring them and pampering the “adopted” son.

Faults GoM’s style of functioning

The former CM expressed doubts on the functioning of the Group of Ministers as it said nothing till date. Besides, the Central leaders were speaking differently on the status of Hyderabad every day. He also alleged that the Congress party was colluded with the TRS and YSRCP and witch hunting Telugu Desam, which was formed for the sake of Telugu people. He also faulted Governor ESL Narasimhan for giving appointment thrice to Jagan as if he was a ‘patriot’. Naidu said Jagan wants division of the State in guise of Samaikyandhra. He also sarcastically said the Congress, YSRCP and TRS may organize public meetings together in future.

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