Capital jolt to Naidu govt
Panel opposed to Vijayawada-Guntur stretch
Anxiety over temporary capital plan
He maintains cool despite repeated interruptions by TD members
Overcoming regular interruptions from the treasury benches, Leader of the Opposition in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy maintained his cool in taking the government to task on the meagre budgetary provisions made to various government programmes during the debate on the budget on Monday.
Initiating the debate, Mr. Jagan said: “Perhaps, it’s for the first time the planned expenditure is less than the usual 34 to 35 percent of the total expenditure estimates and the grants-in-aid is higher than the planned budget”. Terming the department-wise/programme-wise allocations disappointing and misleading, he said the estimates should be near to reality and not far-fetched.
He faulted the government for estimating the grants-in-aid at Rs. 28,830 crore when only Rs. 7,685 crore was realised against Rs. 14,000 crore estimated last year. The planned expenditure of Rs. 26,672 this time was only 23 per cent of the total expenditure, he said.
“The budgetary provisions won’t meet the TDP’s pre-poll promises made to one-crore farmers and 70-lakh SHG women in the form of loan waiver and to 1.5 crore households in the form of unemployment allowance in any way”, he said.
Justice Sriramulu probe results into Babji letters may prove crucial for N.T. Rama Rao
In his quest for dramatic effect, N.T. Rama Rao may finally have gone too far. This is being revealed in an inquiry ordered by the state Government to investigate the death of Mallela Babji, a young man who had assaulted Rama Rao more than four years ago in Hyderabad. The matter took an unexpected turn when two handwritten letters discovered in Babji’s room by the police were made public last fortnight.
One of the letters said that the assault on January 9, 1984, had been stage-managed by Rama Rao to win public sympathy. The Telugu Desam chief had escaped with a two-cm-long cut on his thumb, when Babji, 22 – a self-proclaimed Rama Rao fan – had lunged at him. The attack occurred when Rama Rao was watching the first anniversary celebrations of his ministry in Hyderabad’s Lal Bahadur Stadium.
Babji stated in one of the letters that he was offered Rs.3 lakh to stage the assault. Eventually, however, he was paid only Rs.30,000. The letter also claimed that the entire plan had been drawn up by the chief minister and his son-in-law Chandrababu Naidu. Rama Rao, it said, had even cut his thumb in advance to pretend injury.
Interestingly, the letters were suppressed after they were found by the police and Vijayawada’s Executive Magistrate T.B. Banerji because of the fact that Rama Rao, Naidu and a former police intelligence chief, K. Vijayarama Rao could get involved in the messy affair. The chief minister’s assailant was found hanging from a ceiling fan on November 30 last year in room no 14 of Vijayawada’s Sri Durga Lodge.
The letters were made public on June 11 by Justice Chintala Sriramulu, 62, a former high court judge. Banerji had presented them to Sriramulu, who had been appointed by the state Government three months ago to inquire into Babji’s death.
Andhra Pradesh finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu on Wednesday presented the TDP government’s first budget with an outlay of Rs1,11,884 crore, but came under fire for making no provision for the farm loan waiver scheme and allocation for the new capital city.
“Lakhs of farmers and women are anxiously waiting to hear about the loan waiver. But this budget has not thrown any light on that aspect. When the loan waiver needs Rs 1.2 lakh crore, there was nothing in the budget and people are very disappointed,” said YSRCP chief and leader of opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.
The finance minister, however, clarified that they have allocated Rs 4,000 crore under plan and another Rs 1,000 crore under non-plan expenditure, to be used exclusively for the loan waiver sop.
But the clarification failed to convince the angry opposition and agriculture experts.
Mammoth AP Budget.
Without any revenue from Hyderabad,Where”ll the money come from?
The finance minister mostly depends on central grants! That shows the hollowness of the budget.
YSRCP president and Leader of Opposition Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy said that 11 persons were killed after the TDP took over power in Andhra Pradesh.
Speaking in the state assembly on Monday, he said that 119 persons were seriously injured in these incidents.
“We have personally witnessed the sufferings of the family members of these persons,” said Y.S.Jagan.
‘TDP SIDE-TRACKING DEBATE ON KILLING OF YSRCP WORKERS’-YSRCP MLA Kodali Venkateswara Rao (Nani)
“As many as 11 persons were brutally killed and 119 persons were seriously injured after TDP government took reins of power in the state. Some of them are still in hospitals undergoing treatment,” said Nani.
“K.Srinivasulu and Devineni Uma are talking about the murder of TDP leader Paritala Ravi that took place about 10 years ago. Immediately after the murder, Chandrababu demanded CBI probe on Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy, J.C.Diwakara Reddy and J.C.Prabhakar Reddy. The then chief minister Dr.Y.S.Rajasekhar Reddy immediately ordered the CBI probe. Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy was later acquitted in the case. Recently, JC brothers joined TDP. This only means that all the three have no role in the murder. Yet, he is trying to whip up tensions between various castes,” Nani said.
Nani further said, “YSRCP MLA Mustafa was recently attacked and some MPTCs and ZPTCs were kidnapped in the assembly constituency of speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao. Yet TDP leader K.Srinivasulu is terming all YSRCP MLAs, who are actually at the receiving end, as dreaded criminals.”
“Chandrababu has back-stabbed late NTR. Should we hold him responsible for NTR’s subsequent death,” he asked.