Jagan for Kadapa Lok Sabha seat?
Decks have been cleared for Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy, son of Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, to enter politics.
Mr. Reddy is awaiting a formal announcement by the Congress high command naming him as the party candidate for the Kadapa Lok Sabha seat. His candidature has reportedly been cleared by the central screening committee headed by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and it is a mere formality before the party’s Central Election Committee gives its nod.
Mr. Jagan had been vacillating about his political plans for quite some time even though his uncle Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy offered to vacate the Kadapa seat for him. But he made up his mind to enter active political life judging by the signed front page editorial he wrote in Sakshi, Telugu daily, in his capacity as Chairman of Jagati Publications.
He said that rival Telugu dailies had been carrying out a ‘malicious’ campaign against him and the companies run by him, including a power plant in Karnataka. This campaign had made him determined to fight the electoral battle. “If the high command directs me, I will not hesitate to fight the elections,” he announced in the editorial.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister and APCC president D. Srinivas returned to the city after consultations with the central screening committee on selection of candidates. They will go back to New Delhi on Thursday to resume their discussions with the central leaders.
Informed sources said the names of several sitting Lok Sabha members had been cleared. The central leadership is keen on retaining a majority of them and would accommodate those affected by delimitation.
Among those who have reportedly received the green signal are: Killi Kruparani (Srikakulam), Badiga Ramakrishna (Machilipatnam), V. Arunkumar (Rajahmundry), Lagadapati Rajagopal (Vijayawada), K.S. Rao (Eluru), M. M. Pallam Raju (Kakinada), Kishore Chandra Deo (Araku ST), Renuka Chowdary (Khammam), D. Vithal Rao (Mahabubnagar), Anjan Kumar Yadav (Secunderabad), Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy (Kurnool), Sai Pratap (Rajampet), Ananta Venkataram Reddy (Anantapur), Manda Jagannath (Nagarkurnool) and S. Jaipal Reddy (Chevella).
Spare students, farmers from power cuts: YSR
Even as electricity demand reached an all-time record of 212 million units a day, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Wednesday directed Transco officials to spare students and farmers from power cuts.
The Chief Minister while pointing out that the demand for power would be increasing with peak summer approaching, told the officials that since annual examinations were in full swing, the students and domestic sector should be exempted from any kind of power cuts or load shedding. He also directed them to ensure that seven hours of quality power was supplied in two spells to farmers. There should be no compromise in this regard, he added.
Stating that he did not want complaints from farmers, students and domestic consumers, he, however, told the officials to impose cuts on industries only when unavoidable. He asked the officials to see that the processing units were not put to any problem and wanted the industries themselves to regulate demand by taking holidays on rotation basis, according to a press release from the Chief Minister’s Office. The officials informed Dr.Reddy that the unrestricted power demand in the State touched all-time high. AP Transco was able to meet the demand of 212 million units a day. The demand was only 160 mu a day during the same period in 2004. They said the demand was likely to go up to 248-250 mu a day in the coming days and assured that they were ready to meet the demand. The utilities had already spent Rs.5,500 crore towards purchase of additional power this financial year and towards generation of power from naphtha. Rs.25 crore was being spent each day to meet the demand.
YSR, others condole death
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and presidents of the TDP, Praja Rajyam, BJP and Lok Satta parties, N. Chandrababu Naidu, K. Chiranjeevi, B. Dattatreya and Jayaprakash Narayan and CPI State secretary K. Narayana in separate statements condoled prominent journalist K. N.Y. Patanjali’s death. Telakapalli Ravi, convener of Sahiti Sravanti, also mourned the death, which he said was a loss to the literary world.
APCC chief D. Srinivas and Avula Manjulata, former Vice-Chancellor of Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, also condoled the death.