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In Battleground: Kadapa

Who will come second? That’s a recurring question in Kadapa, the family pocket-borough of late Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, that goes to polls today. On who will come first, there is no debate. In the dusty towns and neo-rich villages of Kadapa, it is a foregone conclusion that YSR’s son Jagan Mohan Reddy will win with a …

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Chiranjeevi greeted with eggs, slippers

Kadapa : There was tension in Pulivendula on Friday when alleged YSR Congress activists hurled eggs, stones, slippers and sticks on Praja Rajyam chief and Tirupati legislator K Chiranjeevi and some others during a road show conducted by the Congress.   At the Muddanur Circle, when the situation seemed slipping out of hand, police were forced to use mild lathicharge …

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Why bypoll is critical for the Congress?

Will the ‘Ceiling Fan’ blow away the hidden ‘Hand’? That is what Congressmen in Andhra Pradesh fear — and what Jaganmohan Reddy hopes! Jaganmohan Reddy and his mother, Vijayalaxmi, were both Congress members until they left to found the YSR Congress. That, of course, meant that both the Kadapa Lok Sabha seat held by Reddy and the Pulivendula assembly seat …

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Congress formulates caste-wise campaign in Kadapa

Since the Congress has no star whose image cuts across caste lines, the ruling party has formulated a caste-wise campaign in Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency in support of DL Ravindra Reddy who is contesting against YS Jaganmohan Reddy, president of YSR Congress, in the bypolls to be held on May 8. Tours of the leaders are being finalised based on …

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Dirty pol(y)it(r)icks in Kadapa bypolls

KADAPA: Voters of Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency will find five Jagan Mohan Reddys to choose from when they go in to vote in the byelection on May 8. Voters of Pulivendula Assembly constituency will find three Vijayalakshmis to vote for. The appearances of these namesakes of Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and his mother Y S Vijayalakshmi on ballot papers are …

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YS Jagan files nomination papers

Kadapa: YSR Congress Party President Y S Jaganmohan Reddy filed his nomination papers for the May 8 by-election to Kadapa Lok Sabha seat, here today. He filed two sets of nominations to the returning officer Mr Sasibhusan Kumar, who is also Kadapa (YSR) District Collector, at the collectorate office here. Mr Jagan was accompanied by his mother Vijayalakshmi, who herself will file …

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Kadapa bypolls: Poll observers appointed

Kadapa: Election Commission of India has appointed Kamal Kishore Singh, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Bihar, as election observer, and Asutosh Rajahans, Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, Kolkata, as election expenditure observer for Kadapa Lok Sabha and Pulivendula Assembly constituencies, District Election Officer Shashi Bhushan Kumar said on Tuesday. The ECI also appointed liaison officers to assist election observers, he said

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Kadapa bypolls: Congress banking on caste, cash factors

KADAPA: The political scenario in Kadapa is gradually heating up as the the by-elections for the Pulivendula Assembly seat and Kadapa Lok Sabha seats is nearing. The ruling Congress, which is considering the Kadapa by-election as a matter of prestige, is marshalling all its resources and has deployed a quarter of its cabinet ministers in the district for campaigning to …

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14 AP ministers on One task for the next 25 days

Kadapa: At least half of Andhra Pradesh council of ministers (read as 14 for now) will focus their energies for the next 25 days on one task  leaving adminstartion aside — defeating YS Jagan in the by-election to the Kadapa Loksabha seat.   While seven ministers have been made in-charge of one Assembly segment each under Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency, …

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YSR-Famous Populist, Secret Liberaliser: Economic Times

There is no contradiction between accelerating economic growth, being fiscally prudent and showering welfarist handouts to woo voters. An excellent example is documented in The Economic Freedom of the States of India 2011, brought out last month by the Friedrich Naumann Institute and Cato Institute . It shows that under Y S Rajashekhara Reddy (or YSR), Andhra Pradesh was the …

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