Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is going to New Delhi today to meet union ministers and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Evidently, it is for stressing the Central government to release the funds and speed up the implementation of several promises made by it to state in the AP Reorganization Bill-2014. A team of officials from Chief Minister’s office and CM’s media advisor Parakala Prabhakar are also going along with him to Delhi today to assist him in the discussions with union ministers.
During their two day visit, they will meet Finance Minister Arun Jaitli, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati, Energy Minister Piyush Goel and several others and stress them to release the funds and grant the projects without any further delay as it was already three months over for both governments. Chandrababu Naidu will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi today evening for the same purpose.
If, Chandrababu and his team could oblige Modi government clear at least one big project or allocate funds to kick start development activities immediately, it will be a great relief for him otherwise, opposition parties may attack ruling TDP government, when it completes 100 days on September 8th.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu has created some confusion and suspense about the state capital. Chandra Babu Naidu, in his address at APNGOs Felicitation event said that he will develop Vijayawada city but he did not reasserted that Vijayawada will be made Capital of the state. Speaking in the meeting with party workers, he said that a decision on the location of the state capital will be finalized by the end of August, once the Shivarama Krishnan Committee tables its report. Once, the government gets the report, it will discussed in the cabinet meeting and a final decision will be taken on the Capital location and then onwards the developmental programs will kick start with rapid pace.
Chandra Babu also clarified that he is thinking on the lines to carry out operations from Hyderabad or Andhra Pradesh. He said that he is also thinking on the lines of arranging temporary arrangement. The Chief Minister also hinted at the possibility of constructing few building for important departments in AP and keeping the rest in Hyderabad at least for the time being. He seems has second thoughts about building capital between Vijayawada and Guntur and also about moving into AP. This change in his plans happens only after Shivarama Krishnan Committee talked to him in details about the new capital. Probably, that is why the committee members are still continue their search in Rayalaseema areas for perfect location for the new capital.Chandrababu Naidu may agreed with the expert committee suggestions and decides to wait until they table the report.
However, he may strategically maintaining silence on building new capital between Vijaywada-Guntur to prevent steep price rise of the lands there, until the Centre grants some funds for kick starting the construction activities. However, his silence makes everyone very much confused.
Movie Artists Association (MAA) president Murali Mohan rubbishing the speculations about film industry plans to shift to Andhra Pradesh soon said, “There is no truth in those reports about industry shifting to Andhra Pradesh. It takes 20 years for industry to settle in Hyderabad when it was shifted from Chennai. So, Film Industry can’t afford to shift to Andhra Pradesh in the present situation. It will remain in Hyderabad only and won’t move anywhere. We will try to bring Chief Ministers of both states to a common platform very soon and make them give assurance to Film Industry for its safety and co-operation by both governments. We have already talked to Telangana Chief Minister KCR in this regard and he positively responded to our proposal. We are sure that AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu will also agree to make a statement from a common platform. ”
Former Finance Minister Anam Raminarayana Reddy and his brother Vivekananda Reddy are sending feelers to TDP and it is learnt that TDP President Chandrababu is also keen to roll red carpet to them so as to strengthen the party in Nellore, where party is very weak. AP PCC President Raghuveera Reddy says that he hope Anam brothers will stick to Congress party.
Although, Anam Raminarayana Reddy served as finance minister of the state for last five years, he did nothing for the development of the state. Especially, he draws severe criticism for his role during bifurcation of the state. While, people of Andhra are agitating against bifurcation, he and some other Congress leaders have desperately tried to grab Chief Minister Post. TDP leaders argue that admitting such opportunist politicians into party will not only tarnish the party image but also there is threat of disturbing party fabric
first cabinet meeting of Chandrababu Naidu continues for around six hours concludes a short while ago. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is currently briefing the media about the details discussed in the cabinet meeting. The main points he stated:
1. Budget deficit after bifurcation is Rs.15,900 crores.
2. Retirement age limit to state government employees will come into effect from June 2014. It will also applicable to Andhra employees working in Hyderabad.
3. Pensions to aged, widow and handicapped will be given from October 2nd this year. Rs.1000 to widows and aged, Rs.1500 to handicapped (80 per cent or more) and Rs.1000 to less than 80 percent handicapped.
4. Belt shops prohibited in the state. Changes in Excise policy.
5. Safe drinking water will be provided to every village under NTR Sujala Sravanthi program. Panchayatiraj ministry will soon start working on this project.
6. Eight hours uninterrupted power supply to agriculture, 24 hours supply to domestic and industries. Will encourage Solar and wind power.
7. Metro rail, International airport and flyovers to Vizag city.
8. Will develop Vizag, Vijayawada and Tirupati into mega cities.
9. Will immediately begin working on check dams, ground water development and plantation.
Nagarjuna is a shrewd businessman besides being a good actor. He always maintains good terms with the ruling parties to safe guard his business activities. He supported late YSR by acting in Congress ads before 2009, later on maintained good terms with Jagan through his business partner Nimmagadda Prasad. Just before the elections, he personally met Narendra Modi in Gujarat and now recently he congratulated Chandra Babu Naidu personally.
It is said that Nagarjuna met Chandra Babu to sort out differences and seek help in his future business plans. According to a source in TDP, Nagarjuna, who owns an acting school in Hyderabad, wanted to expand it to Vizag too. Recently, the actor expanded his business and started a distribution office in Vizag; he also wants to come up with a film studio too.
The swearing in ceremony of Chandrababu Naidu cabinet was just concluded. Later, Urban Development minister M Venkaiah Naidu has introduced the guests to the people. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has conveyed the message of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that Modi has reasserted his government full support to Chandrababu Naidu government for the rapid development of Andhra Pradesh state. He congratulates Chandrababu and showers praises on him.
Later LK Advani addressing the people, remembers Chandrababu role during Vajpayee’s regime and praised him as excellent administrator. He wished the state will develop in his leadership.
Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal and M. Venkaiah Naidu also congratulate him and wished the state will spearhead in his leadership.
Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has signed five files. 1. Waiving off the agricultural, dwakra loans. 2. Increasing pensions to aged, widows and handicapped. 3. NTR Sujala Sravanthi guaranteeing safe drinking water. 4. Banning Belt shops. 5. Increasing the state government employees’ retirement age from present 58 to 60.
He declared that a committee will constitute to study and make recommendations on how to waive off the loans. He also sets 45 days’ time limit to submit its report.
Chandrababu Naidu takes oath as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh exactly at 7.27 pm amid lakhs of people, VVIPs, union ministers, business tycoons, industrialists, movie stars and politicians’ presence. Governor Narasimhan administered his oath. Latyer, KE Krishna Murthy, Yenamala Ramakrishundu, China Rajappa have so far take oath as ministers in Chandrababu cabinet.
Chandra Babu Naidu’s Swearing-in ceremony seems to be bringing all the family members of Nandamuri and Nara close. Junior NTR and his family had decided put aside the differences aside and patch up with TDP. It is said that Junior NTR, Kalyan Ram and Hari Krishna will be attending Chandra Babu’s swearing-in ceremony on Sunday in Guntur. TDP sources have confirmed this too.
It is known that Junior NTR vigorously campaigned for TDP in 2009 elections. But he slowly distanced himself with the entry of Nara Lokesh. The gap widened when his close aide, Kodali Nani quit TDP making severe allegations and abuses on the party and Chandra Babu. The actor even did not campaign in the elections.