Latest Political Updates

Mamata Banerjee Slams BJP’s “Jumlebaazi” Politics at Assam Rally

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In a fiery address at a public rally in Assam’s Silchar, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reassured that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) would not implement the NRC and CAA, criticizing the BJP-led Centre for its focus on “rioting” instead of governance.

Dubbing the BJP government as “jumlebaaz,” Mamata Banerjee condemned their approach, asserting that she remains undeterred by threats. She highlighted Bengal’s tradition of communal harmony and accused the BJP of instigating violence for political gains.

Amid allegations of electoral malpractice, Mamata Banerjee condemned the BJP’s tactics and vowed to confront them fearlessly. She warned against the erosion of democracy under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, urging voters to reject intimidation and uphold democratic values.

BRS Rally Resonates: Sultanpur Meeting Sparks Party Morale

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The Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) witnessed a surge in morale following their successful public meeting at Sultanpur in Andole on Tuesday. Drawing a large crowd from various constituencies like Andole, Narsapur, Narayankhed, Sangareddy, and Zaheerabad, the event created a vibrant atmosphere along NH-161, adorned with pink flags fluttering in support. BRS leaders estimated nearly a hundred thousand attendees from both Lok Sabha constituencies.

Reflecting on the enthusiastic response, Medak Lok Sabha candidate P Venkatrami Reddy noted that the gathering resonated with the sentiments of the people. The impactful speech by Leader of Opposition and BRS president K Chandrashekhar Rao further bolstered the confidence of party members, prompting them to redouble their efforts for electoral success.

Meanwhile, Zaheerabad Lok Sabha hopeful Gali Anil Kumar pledged to escalate the campaign efforts throughout the constituency. With Chandrashekhar Rao and former Minister T Harish Rao at the helm, a comprehensive plan of action is on the horizon. Following Chandrashekhar Rao’s imminent meeting with candidates and key leaders in Hyderabad, Harish Rao is set to convene with erstwhile Medak district figures to chart out campaign strategies for the road ahead.

Chandrababu Naidu Condemns Attack on CM Jagan

Former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) condemned the Attack on CM Jagan Mohan Reddy and called for an unbiased investigation by the Election Commission of India (ECI). The incident occurred during a bus yatra in Vijayawada, where an unidentified individual threw a stone at CM Jagan, resulting in a deep cut above his left eyebrow.

YSRCP leader KK Raju led protests against the attack, accusing the TDP and its allies, BJP and Jana Sena Party, of orchestrating it. The incident has intensified political tensions ahead of the upcoming assembly polls, with both sides trading accusations amid preparations for the simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh.

BRS Leader KT Rama Rao’s Verbal Assault on Congress Leadership

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Continuing his verbal assault on the Congress, BRS working president KT Rama Rao challenges the party’s leadership to clarify Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy’s political allegiance amidst growing speculation of his potential shift to the BJP after the elections. Addressing a gathering in the Adilabad Parliament segment, Rama Rao not only questions the ideological coherence within the Congress but also raises crucial concerns about the BJP’s agenda, particularly regarding the protection of SC/ST reservations and the progress of vital development projects like the Bayyaram steel plant.

Additionally, he highlights the Congress’s failure to fulfill its electoral promises and effectively address societal issues, including the plight of tribal communities in Adilabad, while reaffirming the BRS’s steadfast commitment to governance stability and equitable development.

KCR to Lead Strategic Meeting Ahead of Lok Sabha Elections

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Leader of Opposition and BRS president K Chandrashekhar Rao is set to convene a crucial meeting at Telangana Bhavan on April 18 to assess the political landscape in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections. Alongside discussing election strategies and campaign routes until the polling day on May 13, he will distribute B forms to party candidates and allocate funds for election expenses.

Chandrashekhar Rao will conduct a comprehensive review session, engaging with MP candidates, legislators, district presidents, and State executive body members. This meeting aims to finalize campaign routes and strategize for his upcoming bus yatra, aligning with the growing support for the BRS amid dissatisfaction with the ruling Congress party’s governance.

Supreme Court Seeks Response from ED on Arvind Kejriwal’s Arrest

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The Supreme Court has taken notice of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s petition challenging his arrest in a money-laundering case linked to the alleged excise policy scam. Kejriwal’s appeal contests the Delhi High Court’s ruling that upheld his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

The bench, comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta, has directed the ED to respond to Kejriwal’s plea by April 24. The case is scheduled for a hearing in the week commencing April 29. Kejriwal’s arrest by the ED on March 21 stemmed from his alleged non-compliance with multiple summonses and refusal to cooperate in the investigation into corruption and money laundering surrounding the Delhi government’s excise policy for 2021-22.

Despite Kejriwal’s legal challenges, the high court upheld his arrest, citing the ED’s limited options due to his repeated failure to engage in the probe. As the legal battle continues, Kejriwal remains in custody at Tihar Jail.

Lok Sabha Election Campaign in Telangana Intensifies

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BRS Takes Early Lead

In the race for the Lok Sabha, the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) in Telangana has surged ahead, demonstrating agility in candidate selection and Election Campaign commencement. Despite encountering minor defections, the party swiftly regained momentum, emerging as a formidable contender across multiple parliamentary constituencies.

Dynamic Leadership

Under the astute guidance of Leader of Opposition and BRS President K. Chandrashekhar Rao, the party has launched a relentless offensive against both the Congress and the BJP. Rao’s proactive approach includes a series of public engagements, roadshows, and interactions with various segments of society, solidifying the party’s electoral foothold.

Aggressive BJP Campaign

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has unleashed an assertive campaign across Telangana, leveraging the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Despite encountering challenges in its traditional strongholds, the BJP is intensifying ground-level outreach efforts, aiming to capitalize on the Modi factor and the party’s Hindutva agenda.

Congress Struggles to Gain Traction

In contrast, the Congress party in Telangana has faced setbacks, with delays in finalizing candidates and internal conflicts dampening its campaign momentum. Despite repeated visits by the TPCC President and Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy to Delhi, candidate selection remains unresolved in crucial constituencies, hindering the party’s electoral preparations.

Challenges and Opportunities

As the Lok Sabha election approaches, all three major parties are gearing up for a fierce electoral battle in Telangana. While the BRS maintains its lead with proactive campaigning, the BJP adopts an aggressive stance, and the Congress grapples with internal turmoil, the political landscape remains dynamic, presenting both challenges and opportunities for each contender.

Dharmapuri Arvind Welcomes Revanth Reddy into BJP Open-Heartedly

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BJP’s Nizamabad Lok Sabha candidate, Dharmapuri Arvind, made headlines with his open invitation to Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy, extending a warm welcome should Reddy decide to switch allegiance to the BJP. Arvind emphasized Reddy’s dynamic leadership and expressed readiness to endorse his induction into the party ranks, highlighting his longstanding friendship with Reddy.

During a candid press interaction, Arvind painted a grim picture of the Congress party’s future, asserting that its relevance in both state and national politics was dwindling. He opined that Reddy’s potential within the Congress would be stifled by internal politics, urging him to consider the BJP as a platform for his aspirations. Arvind’s remarks sparked speculation about potential political realignments in the region, adding a new layer of intrigue to the upcoming elections.

Controversy Erupts: Kejriwal Denied Personal Meeting with Wife

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In a scathing indictment, AAP leader Sanjay Singh condemned the treatment meted out to Delhi’s incarcerated Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, asserting that denying him a face-to-face meeting with his wife was a deplorable act of humiliation. Singh questioned the rationale behind such inhuman behavior, highlighting the glaring disparity in allowing even convicted criminals to meet in person while restricting basic rights for a democratically elected leader.

Singh further criticized the abrupt cancellation of his and Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann’s scheduled meeting with Kejriwal, citing logistical issues and lack of prior notification. He expressed incredulity at the apparent ignorance of the BJP government regarding the presence of the Punjab CM, questioning how such oversight could occur. Additionally, Singh challenged the Tihar Jail authorities and the BJP administration to provide precedents of similar instances where two Chief Ministers were barred from meeting face-to-face, underscoring the need for transparency and accountability in the justice system.

TDP’s Nara Lokesh Condemns Phone Tapping Alert: Calls it a Threat to Democracy

Nara Lokesh, the National General Secretary of Andhra Pradesh’s TDP, strongly condemns the recent phone tapping security alert by Apple, labeling it a severe threat to democracy. He asserts that this isn’t the first instance and emphasizes the party’s serious stance on the matter, having previously raised concerns about phone tapping.

Taking decisive action, Nara has filed complaints with the Election Commission and other regulatory bodies, highlighting the gravity of the situation and its implications for democracy. Additionally, he challenges the government and Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy for an open debate, aiming to compare the welfare initiatives undertaken during their respective administrations as the state gears up for crucial Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

KTR Challenge: Inviting CM Revanth to Lie Detector Test in Phone Tapping Case

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Rama Rao’s Bold Defense: Ready for Lie Detector Test

In a bold response to accusations against him, BRS working president KT Rama Rao has offered to undergo a polygraph or narcoanalysis test to refute claims of involvement in the alleged phone tapping case. However, he challenged Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy and Union Minister G Kishan Reddy to undergo similar tests to prove their innocence in any potential phone tapping activities within their respective governments.

Demand for Evidence: Concrete Proof Required

Asserting that phone tapping is a common surveillance method, Rama Rao highlighted former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s acknowledgment of its necessity. He reiterated his non-involvement in such activities and accused the Congress of conspiring to tarnish his reputation, vowing to fight these allegations legally. Furthermore, he demanded the State government to provide concrete evidence rather than selectively leaking information to mislead the public.

BJP Conspiracy: Pressure Tactics Unveiled

Regarding the Delhi excise policy case against BRS MLC K Kavitha, Rama Rao dismissed it as a pressure tactic by the BJP, emphasizing that she has committed no wrongdoing. He criticized the BJP for targeting opposition leaders and highlighted the party’s resilience despite some members deserting. Rama Rao expressed confidence in BRS’s role as a constructive opposition and its potential to influence national politics.

Strategic Silence: TDP’s Absence in Telangana Lok Sabha Elections

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TDP’s Strategic Retreat in Telangana Politics

In a tactical move, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) opts out of the forthcoming Telangana Lok Sabha Elections, maintaining silence on its support for other contenders, signaling a period of introspection and strategic recalibration within the party.

While TDP refrains from the national electoral arena, it eyes a resurgence through local body polls scheduled later this year, aiming to consolidate its grassroots support base amidst leadership challenges and defections.

Amidst the tumultuous political landscape, TDP’s decision to abstain from recent assembly polls and its subsequent leadership vacuum has fueled speculations about its future alliances and electoral strategies in Telangana.

KTR Demands Ruling Party to Implement BC Declaration

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Demand for Implementation of BC Declaration

Addressing the 197th birth anniversary of Mahatma Jyotirao Phule, BRS working president KT Rama Rao demanded immediate implementation of the BC Declaration promised by the Congress party during the Assembly elections. He urged the State government to allocate Rs. 20,000 crore towards the BC sub-plan and establish the Most Backward Classes (MBC) department.

Call for Action

Rama Rao criticized the Congress for making false promises to secure votes but failing to fulfill them after coming to power. Despite pledging Rs. 20,000 crore for the BC sub-plan, no budget allocation was made, prompting the BRS to advocate for implementation over the next five years.

Tribute to Mahatma Jyotirao Phule

In honor of Mahatma Jyotirao Phule’s bicentenary celebrations in 2027, Rama Rao advocated for the installation of a statue within the next three years. He supported BRS MLC K Kavitha’s demand for Phule’s statue on the Assembly premises.

Commitment to BC Representation

Highlighting the BRS’s commitment to BC representation, Rama Rao noted that the party fielded BC candidates in six out of 12 parliamentary constituencies for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. He emphasized the importance of providing opportunities and rights to BCs, echoing Mahatma Phule’s principles.

Legacy of Social Equality

Former Speaker S Madhusudhanachari and former Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah praised former Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao for implementing initiatives to address social inequality in Telangana. They highlighted efforts to empower BC communities through education, employment, and socio-economic programs, inspired by Mahatma Phule’s legacy.

BJP Urges Governor for CBI Probe into Phone Tapping

The BJP calls upon Governor CP Radhakrishnan to initiate a CBI investigation into the phone tapping incidents that occurred during the previous government’s tenure. Led by BJP Rajya Sabha member K Laxman, a delegation submits a memorandum to the Governor, highlighting the need for a thorough probe into the matter, citing concerns about national security and individual liberties. Laxman criticizes the State government’s reluctance to take action against those responsible for the phone tapping, emphasizing that only a CBI investigation can unveil the truth.

G Kishan Reddy Alleges CM Neglects Telangana 6 Guarantees

State BJP President G Kishan Reddy accused Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy of prioritizing defection engineering over fulfilling the 6 Guarantees pledged to Telangana residents. Speaking at the BJP’s foundation day event, Reddy criticized the CM for neglecting state issues while focusing on luring MLAs from rival parties.

Reddy lambasted the Congress, stating that its downfall in Telangana had begun due to unfulfilled promises. He emphasized BJP’s growing influence in the state, expressing confidence in winning over ten seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Reddy urged people to recognize BJP as the key to Telangana’s development and support the party in the polls.

Congress Manifesto on Diplomacy and Neighboring Relations

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The Congress manifesto outlines a comprehensive foreign policy agenda aimed at restoring India’s diplomatic standing and fostering constructive relations with neighboring nations. Central to this agenda is the commitment to repair ties with the Maldives and engage with Pakistan on the issue of cross-border terrorism, reflecting a pragmatic approach to regional security challenges.

Furthermore, the manifesto underscores the importance of restoring India’s reputation as a voice of peace and moderation in global affairs, in contrast to what it perceives as departures from this consensus under the BJP-led government. By emphasizing diplomacy over confrontation, Congress seeks to promote stability and cooperation in the region.

In addressing border issues with China, Congress advocates for a nuanced approach focused on restoring the status quo ante and ensuring mutual access to disputed areas. This approach underscores the party’s commitment to resolving conflicts peacefully and maintaining territorial integrity.

Moreover, Congress pledges to strengthen ties with neighboring countries such as Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, recognizing the strategic importance of these relationships for regional stability and economic development. By prioritizing economic and cultural cooperation, Congress aims to foster mutual trust and cooperation among South Asian nations.

Overall, the Congress party’s foreign policy vision reflects a commitment to diplomacy, dialogue, and cooperation as the pillars of India’s engagement with the world. Through strategic engagement with neighbors and a principled approach to global affairs, Congress seeks to uphold India’s interests while promoting peace and prosperity in the region.

Election Commission Issues Notice to TDP Chief for Derogatory Remarks

The Election Commission has issued a notice to Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Andhra Pradesh CM Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy during his campaign speeches on March 31.

In his speeches, Naidu purportedly referred to CM Jagan using offensive terms like “Monster,” “Animal,” and “Thief,” violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). The notice, issued by the Chief Electoral Officer of Andhra Pradesh, followed a complaint filed by the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) and another individual.

Naidu has been given 48 hours to provide an explanation regarding the derogatory remarks made against CM Jagan Mohan Reddy. The Election Commission reviewed the speeches, provided in a pen drive, and found them prima facie violating provisions of the Model Code of Conduct.

The Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Andhra Pradesh are scheduled for May 13, with vote counting set for June 4. In the 2014 Assembly elections, the TDP won with a majority of 102 seats, while the YSRCP secured 67 seats. However, in the 2019 Assembly elections, the YSRCP clinched a decisive victory with 151 seats, relegating the TDP to 23 seats.

The upcoming elections will significantly impact the political landscape of AP, with both TDP and YSRCP vying for dominance. Additionally, the Lok Sabha elections, scheduled in seven phases starting April 19, will play a crucial role in shaping the political direction of the country.

AP Former Union Minister Dr. Killi Kruparani Joins Congress

Former Union Minister, Dr. Killi Kruparani, made headlines as she officially joined the Congress party on Friday, marking her departure from the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) just two days prior.

Dr. Kruparani, accompanied by her husband Rammohan Rao, embraced her return to the Congress fold at the inauguration of a bus yatra in the Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency, warmly welcomed by Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee President, YS Sharmila Reddy. In her speech, Dr. Kruparani expressed her dedication to the Congress cause, drawing inspiration from the legacy of late Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy and placing her faith in Sharmila’s leadership to steer the state towards progress.

Kerela Chief Minister Opposes Broadcast of ‘The Kerala Story’

Amidst controversy, “The Kerala Story” starring Adah Sharma, based on a real-life incident in Kerala, faces opposition from Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who calls for its broadcast to be halted due to its portrayal of religious conversions.

Despite its controversial nature, the film unexpectedly finds success in North India and is set to premiere on Doordarshan, prompting strong objections from the Kerala CM, who denounces it as propaganda. With a surge in politically motivated films like “Kashmir Files” and “Razakar,” the trend sparks nationwide debate, emphasizing the importance of supporting inclusive cinema over partisan agendas.

X Platform Launches Community Notes Feature in India Ahead of Elections

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Elon Musk announced the activation of the Community Notes feature on his X platform in India, coinciding with the country’s upcoming general elections. The platform also welcomed new contributors from India for this user-based fact-checking program.

Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, confirmed the launch of Community Notes in India, with the company stating that the first contributors from the country are joining and expansion will continue gradually. The platform, operating in 69 countries globally, aims to ensure note quality by considering diverse perspectives and regularly adding contributors.

Introduced in December 2022, Community Notes enable users to provide context to potentially misleading posts collaboratively. Notes deemed helpful by contributors from various viewpoints will be publicly displayed on posts, with X intervening only if a post violates platform rules.