Rajasekhara Reddy’s son to enter politics
Four years after waiting in the wings, Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy, son of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, will take the plunge into politics and contest the Lok Sabha elections from Kadapa next year.
His formal entry into public life has been facilitated by his uncle, Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy, who has offered to vacate the Kadapa seat. Mr. Vivekananda Reddy, who has been a reluctant politician, made a formal announcement about his nephew’s political plans through a signed statement in Pulivendula on Tuesday. Mr. Vivekananda Reddy, younger brother of the Chief Minister, had in fact, even resigned his Lok Sabha seat soon after being elected in May 2004 with a majority of 1.29 lakh votes as he proposed to settle down in the United States where his daughter resides. This was expected to pave way for Mr. Jagan to get elected to Parliament, but for some strange reasons he withdrew it later.
Mr. Jagan’s followers in the Congress have been staging rallies for quite some time now demanding that he take the plunge. Mr. Vivekananda Reddy said that in view of this demand, the Chief Minister and his family members had approved his entry into politics. Mr. Jagan has been playing a key role in moulding the cadre, especially youth, he said.
YSR launches ‘Local TV’
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Tuesday evening expressed the hope that television channels endeavour continuously to dish out a judicious blend of news, information and entertainment.
He launched ‘Local TV’, the latest television channel to be aired, recalling that those running Vyjayanthi Televentures (P), including Managing Director Swapna Dutt, daughter of filmmaker Aswini Dutt and Chairman Syam Prasad Reddy (also CMD, Indu Projects) had assured him that Local TV would be a complete ‘info-tainment’ channel.
Dr. Reddy said what was required today was showcasing and broadcasting news and events in a positive manner and focussing on local news that people could relate to.
He said Local TV did appear to be a different concept and said that at a time when Andhra Pradesh was on ‘Pragati Patham’ (path to progress), positive news about development needed to be communicated to the people.
Others who spoke at the launch included thespian Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Samajwadi Party Member of Parliament Jayaprada.
They watched an 8-minute trailer giving glimpses of the channel’s content was shown.
Earlier, Local TV CEO I. Vishnuvardhan and Ms. Swapna Dutt said they had primarily packaged it as a ‘happy’ channel and one that would revolve around the common man, capturing the flavour of his immediate vicinity in any city or town.