YSR’s son, brother lead list of aspirants
Race for Congress tickets gains momentum, ruling party leaders’ kin in the fray in A.P.
Over 20 families are eyeing the party tickets
Father-son-daughter, couples, siblings in the race
As the race for the Congress tickets in the general elections gathered momentum, kith and kin of several senior ruling party leaders are trying their luck in Andhra Pradesh.
Over 20 families of Congress leaders in various combinations like father-son-daughter, husband-wife, brothers and brother-sister are eyeing the ticket for the Assembly or the Lok Sabha.
With Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy sticking to the Pulivendula seat, the choice for the Kadapa Lok Sabha seat is now between son Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and his brother Y. S. Vivekananda Reddy. Similarly, APCC chief D. Srinivas initially proposed to shift to the Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat and field his son and City Mayor D. Sanjay from Nizamabad Urban Assembly seat.
Among the Ministers, Panchayat Raj Minister J.C. Diwakar Reddy wants the Anantapur Lok Sabha ticket for his brother J.C. Prabhakar Reddy.
Not to lag behind, Dharmana brothers — Revenue Minister Prasada Rao and Krishna Das — want the Srikakulam and Narsannapet Assembly seats respectively.
Even the Anam brothers — Ramnarayan Reddy and Vivekananda Reddy — are seeking Sarvepalli and Nellore City tickets. Information Technology Minister R. Damodar Reddy and his brother R. Ram Reddy, whose seats have been abolished after delimitation, want alternative seats. Tandur MLA M. Narayan Rao and his MLC brother M. Manik Rao are slugging it out for the ticket. Mallu brothers — Ravi and Bhatti Vikramarka — want Jadcherla and Wyra Assembly seats respectively.
Politician couples such as Nedurumalli Janardhan Reddy-N. Rajyalakshmi, Housing Minister Botsa Satyanarayana-Botsa Jhansi, Daggubati Venkateswara Rao-Daggubati Purandeswari and Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy-Kotla Sujathamma want Assembly or Parliament tickets.
Congress MLA Konda Surekha and her husband, who is the Warangal DCCB chairman, want the Assembly tickets.
There is also no dearth of aspirants among the sons and daughters of leaders.
Not to be left behind
Some of the names doing the rounds include that of CWC member G. Venkataswamy favouring his two sons, Labour Minister G. Vinod and industrialist G. Vivekanand for the Assembly as well as the Lok Sabha.
Tribal Welfare Minister D.S. Redya Naik wants the Mahabubabad Lok Sabha seat for himself and the Dornakal (ST) Assembly seat for his daughter.
YSR’s poster removed from Secretariat
Freebies announced by Telugu Desam Party might not amount to violation: CEO
FOLLOWING RULES: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s poster being removed from the conference hall at the Secretariat in Hyderabad on Friday.
Watch and ward staff removed a poster containing the picture of Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, in the conference hall of the ‘C’ block in the Secretariat shortly before Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram addressed the media along with him on Friday, in line with the election code in force.
The conference hall forms part of the Chief Minister’s Office. The poster related to the scheme for supply of rice at Rs 2 a kilo.
Meanwhile, Chief Electoral Officer I. V. Subba Rao indicated that the promise of cash transfers and other freebies by the TDP in its manifesto might not amount to violation of model code.
Briefing reporters, he said it would be a violation if a voter was paid money already as an inducement. During elections, it was normal for parties to come out with an agenda of what they would do if they came to power.
He said he, however, would ascertain Election Commission (EC) whether the TDP promise of cash transfer was in contravention of law. On whether Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy violated the code by addressing a political press conference in the Secretariat earlier in the day, the CEO said he did not receive a complaint.
Meanwhile, the EC issued notification for elections to nine Legislative Council seats from local bodies constituencies, as also to one Rajya Sabha seat. In all, 8,240 voters would cast their votes at 487 polling stations .
Operation to remove hoardings was in full swing all over the State.
In Khammam, 13,549 hoardings, 1,188 banners, 257 flags and 61 posters have been removed, and 636 wall-writings erased.
In East Godavari, 336 notices have been served to parties for putting up flexi banners.
S. P. Singh, Special Commissioner, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, has been appointed ex-officio additional chief electoral officer to coordinate the elections in 5 Lok Sabha and 23 Assembly constituencies in GHMC area falling in Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy and Medak districts.
M. T. Krishna Babu has been made the district election officer of Hyderabad, covering old Hyderabad municipal area.
Chidambaram, YSR criticise TD manifesto
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Friday derided the freebies promised by the Telugu Desam Party in its election manifesto saying it was an indication of party president N. Chandrababu Naidu’s desperation to come to power.
Addressing a press conference here, he questioned the sincerity of Mr. Naidu on these promises, going by the firm stand taken by him against subsidies and freebies in his book ‘Plain Speaking’ published when he was Chief Minister.
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram contended that, “Direct cash transfer to people doesn’t make any sense.” Neither the economy would benefit nor would community assets be created.
In contrast, he saw the scholarships and tuition fee reimbursement being given by the Rajasekhara Reddy government as productive expenditure as they would help in development of students from the weaker sections. He also lauded implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme in the State.
Chief Minister clarifies on SC categorisation
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy has appealed to leaders of MRPS not to doubt the sincerity of the Congress on categorisation of Scheduled Castes for reservation.
He told a media conference here on Friday that the Assembly had adopted unanimous resolutions twice, seeking efforts by the Centre to give effect to SC categorisation. When the Supreme Court order came in the way, Usha Mehra Committee was constituted to study the issue.
The UPA government was going through the Usha Mehra Committee report now, with a view to introducing a Constitutional amendment providing for the categorisation so that benefits could be accorded from the next academic year.
He said it was Parliament which was empowered to amend the Constitution. While the rule position was like this, the MRPS leaders were demanding the Centre to promulgate an ordinance to adopt the same Constitutional amendment. This was against the set procedure.