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TDP, a spent force like Congress in AP?

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There is a talk in AP that TDP days are numbered and will meet the same fate experienced by Congress in the recent past. Let us go little deep into AP politics and find out the reason for disappearance of congress first. Indian politics are surrounded by charismatic individuals either at the center or at the state level. Except in very few occasions, it was always charismatic leaders who ruled the country starting from Pundit Nehru to Rajiv Gandhi. Death of Rajiv Gandhi had created vacuum in congress and the alternative didn’t emerge either in congress or in opposition until 2014 elections. Congress could manage two terms with Manmohan Singh at the helm of affairs at center while an alternative charismatic leader had emerged in BJP and almost demolished congress and made Gandhi name very caustic in Indian masses for the first time.

 

In united Andhra Pradesh, it was always congress leadership who ruled the state until the emergence of NTR TDP in 1983. First time in AP,real charismatic leader emerged in the name of NTR and threatened the grip of congress in Telugu state. The demise of NTR and emergence of another congress charismatic leader, YS Rajasekhar Reddy (YSR), gave life to congress again in AP. The sudden death of YSR and state bifurcation in subsequent years into two Telugu states had again created vacuum in Andhra region. By this time in 2014 when election were due in AP after bifurcation, Modi wave was sweeping across the nation and Chandrababu Naidu(CBN) emerged as experienced leader in AP even though he had no charisma of NTR or YSR to compare with and very cleverly had poll alliance with BJP and Janasena, a regional party emerged same year. This alliance and Modi Charisma helped CBN to eke out marginal victory over YSR son,Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSRCP. The very interesting development happened in 2014election in AP that congress was wiped out completely in AP and to the maximum extent in another new Telugu state, Telangana even though it was congress which had given separate state of Telangana. This is the beginning of end of congress in two Telugu states not only because of lack of charismatic congress leader but also due to emergence of strong regional charismatic leaders  Jagan Mohan Reddy in AP and K Chandra SekharaRao(KCR) in Telangana. Despite marginal victory of CBN in 2014, it was clear by then that Jagan had emerged as the only charismatic leader who can appeal to masses and it was proven that again  in 2019 elections when CBN’s TDP and Jagan’s YCP had contested with no alliances on either side.

The wipe out of congress in 2014 and 2019 and dismal performance of TDP and Janasena in 2019 was another water-shed moment in AP politics. There is now only one strong leader, Jagan Mohan Reddy emerged with real appeal to the lower sections of society and created vacuum in opposition parties. Even though there was lot of hype for Pawan Kalyan of Janasena because of his movie background, he had failed on several fronts and will discuss his demise separately. Despite 40% polling for TDP in 2019, it had secured only 23 seats in 175 seat assembly and victorious Jagan had polled almost 10% more votes and secured 151 seats.

The real question now is who will challenge Jagan in future in AP. Congress was completely decimated and had no hope of its revival in AP because congress base has already moved to Jagan Mohan Reddy. It seems 40% polling in 2019 elections couldn’t save TDP in future unless another charismatic leader emerges in TDP. TDP might claim that it is cadre-based party and will come back to power again like it did earlier. It had never come to power after NTR demise on its own and only time it tried was 2019 and proved very costly. TDP may come to power again in 2024 only when Jagan will get indicted on his already filed charges or any political blunders committed by him. There is a slim hope for Janasena to challenge YCP unless its leader, Pawan Kalyan proves that he is committed in public life for long period of time. The role of BJP and its future course of action in AP is another topic of interesting discussion reserved for separate article.

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Sakhinetipalle Female SI Decided To End Her Life Long Back!

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In a very tragic incident, a 25-year-old woman SI has allegedly committed suicide at Police Training College in Vizianagaram. The incident took place on Sunday and the deceased was identified as K Bhavani, who was posted in Sakhinetipalle police station in the East Godavari district.

According to Superintendent of Police (SP) Deepika M Patil, Bhavani completed her training and was supposed to report at Sakhinetipalli on Saturday. But, she stayed back as she wanted to visit Simhachalam temple in Vizag. The dead body was shifted to the Government Hospital for postmortem.

According to the PTC duty officer, Durga Prasad, a case was registered. Bhavani was the native of Salempalem at Koduru mandal in Krishna district. Bhavani in her first attempt in 2018 was  selected as an SI. She completed her training at the Razole police station and started working in Sakhinetipalli.

According to the reports, Bhavani took a drastic step to end her life as she was facing some personal problems. Police searched in her room so that they could find any clue. They found a book in her room at PTC in which she mentioned the date on which she is going to end her life. Police are investigating in all the angles to know the exact reason behind her death.

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AP Govt Starts Helpline Numbers For Telugus Stranded In Afghanistan

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The Indian government is coordinating closely with the United States, which is currently controlling the airport in Kabul. The US is deciding the slots for all flights, for repatriating all Indian nationals who are still in the Afghanistan.
The situation of those who have gone to Afghanistan for employment and trade is worst. Citizens of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were also stuck in Afghanistan. The Andhra Pradesh government has taken steps to repatriate Telugus from Afghanistan.

The AP government has set up a special help desk for the Telugu people who were stranded in Afghanistan. The department of labour said that Telugus stranded in Afghanistan can call to numbers 0866-2436314, 7780339884, 9492555089 and can give their details.

It is learned that the Indian government has already set up helpline numbers for Indians who have been stranded in Afghanistan. Those in need can get help from the Government of India by contacting these numbers – WhatsApp numbers: +91 8010611290; +91 9599321199; +91 7042049944, Other numbers – +91 11 4901 6783 ; +91 11 4901 6784 ; +91 11 49016785. The central government has already agreed to issue special visas to Afghan people.

An Indian air force rescue plane- C130J, carrying Indian citizens has taken off from Afghanistan on Saturday.

According to a news agency, “An Indian Air Force C-130J transport aircraft took off from Kabul with over 85 Indians. The aircraft landed in Tajikistan for refuelling. Indian government officials are helping in evacuation of Indian citizens on the ground in Kabul.”

After the capture of the capital Kabul by Taliban, the Indian Air Force operated two sorties of the C-17 Globemaster after getting clearance from the US forces at the airport there and brought back around 180 officials, ITBP staffers and a few journalists.

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Rahul reluctant at YS Jagan Mohan Reddy

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Rahul Gandhi YS Jagan Mohan ReddyCongress leader Rahul Gandhi is very active now in the Indian Politics. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing trouble with the situation in the country and unable to answer the questions raised by the people. On the other hand, Rahul Gandhi is picking up with the support of Prashant Kishore. Prashant Kishore is roping all the possible allies to form UPA-3. He has also attempted to rope up YS Jaganmohan Reddy also, but Rahul Gandhi didn’t accept it, as per the sources.

YS Jaganmohan Reddy has come to power with the help of strategist Prashant Kishore. They are still in touch with regular updates. Even PK’s team members are in agreement with Sharmila in Telangana. With that intimacy, PK is trying to pull Jaganmohan Reddy to the UPA.

Mr.Jaganmohan Reddy is very cooperative with BJP. In Covid times and in other issues, he has supported Modi unconditionally, despite the discrimination shown by BJP towards Andhra Pradesh. Many opined that only because of CBI cases, Jagan’s approach towards BJP is like that.

Recently, In the Parliament YSRCP MPs are fighting with BJP for Special Category Status and Polavaram. They have participated in the protests of Visakha Steel Workers at Delhi. They are angry with the Central Government for not cooperating in sacking MP Raghurama Krishna Raju and in the proceedings of CBI Court based on the petition of MP seeking the cancellation of the bail of Jaganmohan Reddy.

Even though, the Political Circles are expecting that YS Jaganmohan Reddy will contest solely but supports BJP at the centre. On the other hand, Mr.Chandrababu Naidu is also eager to ally with BJP again. In this context, Mr.PK has made a proposal to have Jagan as an ally for Congress just like Mamata Benarjee and Shard Pawar. All these three are rebels of the Congress and founded new regional parties. But, Mr.Rahul Gandhi is reluctant at Jaganmohan Reddy saying that he is not trustworthy. He has opined that regarding all others, the party has done mistakes, but in the case of Jaganmohan Reddy, it’s the mistake of Jagan only.

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