Plea to YSR on remission of convicts
Andhra Pradesh State BC Welfare Association has urged Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy to release convicted prisoners languishing in various jails in the State for the last several years.
In a representation to Dr. Reddy, association president R. Krishnaiah said they had met Home Minister K. Jana Reddy several times and appealed to him to grant remission of sentence to life convicts with good conduct.
Though it had been tradition to grant pardon and set free life convicts with good conduct who had completed five years of jail term, prisoners who were to be released two years ago were still behind the bars due to a case pending in Supreme Court.
Now with the issuance of election notification, prisoners awaiting their release and their family members were agitated over the uncertainty, Mr. Krishnaiah said.
Film actor Nagarjuna calls on YSR
Actor Akkineni Nagarjuna called on the Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Thursday night.
Sources said Mr.Nagarjuna was closeted with Dr. Reddy for 15 minutes. It is understood that he may give a call to his fans to back the Congress party in the general elections. It may be recalled that Mr. Nagarjuna has already acted in a couple of government sponsored advertisements hailing the welfare and development programmes.
YSR assures Assembly seat to Muslim minorities
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajashekhara Reddy has assured to allocate at least one Assembly seat to the Muslim minorities in the Karimnagar district out of a total of 13 Assembly segments.
Congress leader Syed Ghulam Ahmed Hussain, who is an aspirant from the Karimnagar Assembly segment, met the Chief Minister at his residence in Hyderabad along with his supporters including all minorities of the district.
He also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister appealing party ticket to the Muslim minorities.
In a press note here on Thursday, Ahmed said that the Chief Minister had assured to allocate one Assembly seat to the Muslim minorities in the district.
He stated that the Muslim minorities were always supporting the Congress party since Independence.
He urged the party high command to allocate party ticket to Muslim minorities from the Karimnagar Assembly segment, as the minorities constitute around 60,000 voters in the segment.