The Praja Rajyam Party president Chiranjeevi is clueless as to how to go about in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections to be held immediately and the local body elections in the next few months.
The party does not have any organisational structure even now and it is difficult to build one in a very short time. So, some leaders like Kotagiri Vidyadhara Rao and Tammineni Sitaram have suggested to Chiranjeevi to have an understanding with the Telugu Desam and the Communists in the coming days, so that a stronger opposition can put up a strong fight against the Congress. “Barring TRS, we are prepared to have alliance with all the three partners of the Mahakootami, including the TDP,” Kotagiri told media persons on Friday.
In fact, the idea has come from the TDP itself. Party president N Chandrababu Naidu, who tried to lure all his erstwhile party friends who joined the PRP back into the TDP, suggested that it would be in the best interests of both the TDP as well as the PRP to join hands, if the Congress has to be defeated. Those who have not come from the TDP are not accepting the idea. If such an alliance takes place, they might even prefer to join the Congress, sources say. As of now, Chiranjeevi has no answer!
At least seven MLAs belonging to Praja Rajyam Party are eager to join the Congress party as early as possible.
According to the Gandhi Bhavan sources, these MLAs, a couple of them belonging to Rayalaseema, one MLA from Telagnana and rest from coastal Andhra contacted Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy individually in the last two days and expressed their willingness to join the Congress. They are apparently lost hope in PRP president Chiranjeevi’s abilities to lead the party to victory at least in the next elections.
According to them, Chiranjeevi is heavily depending on a few leaders surrounding him and is not a position to chalk out strategies. At least their political future would be secured, if they joined the Congress, they felt.
However, YSR asked them not to be hasty. “If you join the Congress now, I will get a bad image of poaching the MLAs in the initial days itself. You be there in the PRP and then, support the Congress. In the long run, I will protect your interests,” he is learnt to have told them.
“I am well prepared to face ragging in the House,’’ Praja Rajyam Party floor leader Chiranjeevi said while making his maiden speech in the Assembly during the Motion of Thanks to Governor’s address today.
When Chiranjeevi claimed that his party gave tickets to 100 Assembly seats to backward classes, some Congress members shouted: “You sold the tickets.’’ Responding to this, Chiranjeevi said: “Like in the college where freshers are teased by seniors, I am also prepared to face such things here,’’ Chiranjeevi said.
Speaker N Kiran Kumar Reddy said that ragging was banned by the Government. The Speaker advised Congress members to stop the ‘running commentary’ and not to interrupt the speech of Chiranjeevi.
Reacting to this, Chiranjeevi said that he was prepared for ragging.
“Better that the seniors resort to ragging early. If they rag me, I can feel relieved as the matter is over,’’ he quipped.
Notwithstanding the murmurs by ruling party members, Chiranjeevi made his speech giving suggestions to the Government. Though, he came to the House with a prepared speech, he deviated from it intermittently retorting to the barbs from the Treasury benches.
After Chiranjeevi spoke, the Speaker complimented him saying, “It is a good maiden speech.’’ Chiranjeevi wished the Congress to remain in power for years. “If you do good you will be in power life long. If you fail to deliver the goods, we (the Opposition) will take the opportunity to rule,’’ Chiranjeevi cautioned.
He suggested to the Congress to think of ‘result-oriented’ work.
On the nine-hour free power supply to farmers, the PRP leader said that even seven hour power was sufficient, if the power was given in a single spell.
He wondered how the Government would complete the Jalayagnam by allocating Rs 10,000 cr every year, when it required a whopping Rs 2 lakh crore to complete all the projects.
Chiranjeevi also advised the Government to take Sridharan’s suggestion on Hyderabad Metro Rail Project. Touching upon various issue like potable water, suicides by weavers and farmers and lack of basic infrastructure, Chiranjeevi said that the Governor’s speech presented only one side of the coin. “The problems I have mentioned here speak about the other side of the coin,’’ he pointed out.
When Chiranjeevi appreciated the Government for giving Home Minister post to a woman, the Congress members thumped the benches. “You can thump the benches more loudly,’’ Chiranjeevi quipped.
While narrating the pathetic tales of sufferers, Chiranjeevi advised the Speaker to display the photographs of people suffering due to water contamination, the farmer who committed suicide and the women who faced atrocity.
These pictures will remind the members to think about them and discuss about the problems of the people rather than about how to get re-elected, he said.
PRP Chief Chiranjeevi is negotiating with senior leaders on deputing committees at district level, Mandal, and Village level, in order to elect District head of party he is getting with as much information as possible. Chiru intends to depute a strong man at weaker hold sections. Chiranjeevi wants to adopt Raithu Rajyam and Karmika Rajyam committees.
Governor ND Tiwari addressed the joint session of Assembly (MLC & MLAs) today in the central hall of the assembly.
Reacting to the Governor’s speech Chiru said ‘The speech of Governor looks like the screen play written for Congress party’s election campaign. If the State income is going up, why the farmers are committing suicide? Roshaiah committee is eye wash on Teleangana issue. The Government couldn’t dare to accept the truth. If the projects are not built on priority basis, the state’s financial position will be in soup
Excitement is building up on the eve of the first session of the 13th Assembly. While the recharged Congress members, who rode to power on the crest of pro- YS Rajasekhara Reddy wave, are raring to go, Megastaxr Chiranjeevi too is eager to enter the portals of the Assembly for the first time, with his 17 MLAs, giving the lower house a touch of Tollywood glamour.
The session might not witness the usual fireworks as no issues would be taken up for discussion.
Oath-taking by MLAs who include 147 new faces, Speaker’s election, Governor’s address, discussion on the address and the Chief Minister’s reply would be the agenda for this short session which will end on June 9 or 10.
There is a festive atmosphere in the Congress camp. Though the TDP is a stronger opposition now compared to the 12th Assembly, the Congress members are high on confidence and are eager to take part in the proceedings. The ruling party, however, is struck by a tragedy. Even before he was sworn in as MLA, Tekkali legislator Revathipathi died today at a private hospital in Visakhapatnam following a cardiac problem.
A condolence motion would be moved to mourn his death. There would be no Question Hour or other business proceedings in this session. According to Finance and Legislative Affairs Minister Konijeti Rosaiah, prior to commencement of the session, senior member and former minister JC Diwakar Reddy would take oath as Pro tem Speaker at the Raj Bhavan at 9 am.
He would then administer oath to the newly-elected MLAs in the Assembly session that begins at 10.30 am. After Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, Opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu and floor leaders of other political parties take oath, other members will be called in an alphabetical order of their names for swearing in. With 294 members to take oath – 156 Congress, 92 TDP, 18 PRP, 10 TRS, 7 MIM, 4 CPI, 2 BJP, one each of CPM, Lok Satta and three Independents – the process is expected to take six hours to complete.
Rosaiah urged all MLAs, particularly the first-timers, to bring their declaration certificate issued by the Returning Officer to avoid inconvenience at the Assembly entrance gate.
Five passes were being issued to each MLA to bring in their family members or friends. Three large LCD screens would be placed outside the Assembly to show the proceedings live.
Filing of nominations for the Speaker’s post would take place between 10.30 am and 5 pm tomorrow.
Congress party had already declared Piler MLA N Kiran Kumar Reddy as its candidate for the post. Floor leaders G Kishan Reddy (BJP) and Akbaruddin Owaisi (MIM) would file a set of nominations in support of Kiran Kumar Reddy.
As per the agenda proposed, the session would begin tomorrow at 10.30 am for oath-taking of MLAs.
The Speaker would be elected on June 4. The Governor would address a joint session of the Legislative Council and Assembly at the Central Hall on June 5 at 11 am. Discussion and the Chief Minister’s reply on the Governor’s address would take place on June 8 and 9. There would be no session on June 6 and 7. The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) chaired by the Speaker would finalise the agenda.
Elaborate security arrangements were made for the first session of the new Assembly.
Telugu megastar-turned-politician K. Chiranjeevi Wednesday began a new innings in his career when he entered the Andhra Pradesh legislative assembly as a member.
Elected from Tirupati constituency, the Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) president entered the premises of the assembly to a warm welcome by his party colleagues.
However, his entry was also marked by protest from a former PRP leader Masala Eranna, who had quit the party before elections to protest the denial of ticket. Police later whisked away Eranna when he was trying to enter the house raising slogans of “Chiranjeevi down down”.
Clad in white with a green scarf, Chiranjeevi, the floor leader of PRP, took oath as member of the 13th legislative assembly, whose first session began with members taking oath of allegiance to the Constitution of India and vowed to abide by the assembly rules.
The 53-year-old Chiranjeevi, who launched PRP in August last year after a three-decade long successful film career, took oath in Telugu amid thumping of desks by his party legislators.
Before entering the house, the actor told reporters that his party would play the role of a constructive opposition and take up people’s issues in the house.
Though claiming to be a strong contender for power, PRP finished a poor third with 18 seats in 294-member assembly in April elections. Chiranjeevi himself lost the polls from Palacole in his native West Godavari district, though he was elected from temple town of Tirupati.
Bureaucrat-turned-politician Jayaprakash Narayan also made a beginning as the state legislator. The Lok Satta president was elected from Kukatpally constituency in the state capital on the slogan of clean politics.
Though Jayaprakash Narayan was the only Lok Satta candidate elected, the party made an impressive beginning by polling significant number of votes, especially in urban constituencies.
Jayaprakash Narayan, who took oath in the name of the sacred office of the legislator, had quit as an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) official in mid 1990s to launch Lok Satta, a movement for democratic reforms. In 2007, he turned the movement into a political party.
Earlier, the session began after state governor Narayan Dutt Tiwari administered oath to senior Congress party legislator J.C. Diwakar Reddy as protem speaker at Raj Bhavan.
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was the first to take oath as legislator followed by leader of opposition and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu.
After the two leaders, the ministers took the oath. Two out of 35 cabinet ministers could not take oath as they were away attending the last rites of newly elected Congress legislator K. Revatipathi who died Tuesday following cardiac arrest.
His death brought the strength of Congress party to 155 in 294-member house.
For the first time in its 26-year-old history, TDP is sitting in opposition for the second consecutive term. The party bagged 92 seats against 45 seats it held in the previous assembly.
Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) won 10 seats, down from 26 in 2004 elections. Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) improved its tally from five to seven.
Communist Party of India (CPI) won four, against six in the last elections. The strength of CPI-M came down from seven to one. BJP remained at two while three independents were also elected.
Chiranjeevi Taking Oath as MLA in Andhra Pradesh Assembly Video
P R P youth leader – Krishna district leader Vangaveeti Radha Krishna is booked under attempt to murder case by Police, allegations on Radha Krishna is that in the recent elections he has harassed an independent candidate Panduranga Rao. As that independent candidate is contesting against Radha Krishna to later warned him that he would face serious consequences If he contends against him.