Narendra Modi, Amit Shah trigger panic in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as BJP seems set to change rules of engagement
Last fortnight was a bad time for BJP's allies in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as Narendra Modi foiled hopes on their vote-oriented designs and left them high and dry
Even as both the ruling parties in the states made poll promises to end the reign of alcohol, they have been substantially promoting the production, distribution and consumption of liquor.
The revenue from sale of famous laddu prasadam of Tirumala would be exempted from GST, but the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam will have to pay GST on all raw materials for preparation of the laddus.
Drought in the Western Ghats Part 8: Water wars erupt as sources dry up in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana
The last week of April and the first week of May witnessed water wars over the two major reservoirs built on the Krishna river – Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar – with both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana vying for more share even though the reservoirs were at dead storage levels.
A shortfall of civet oil or Punugu Thailam has triggered a major row between the temple administration and the Forest Department of Andhra Pradesh
Even as notorious Inspector General of the Dantewada Range of Bastar, SRP Kalluri, handpicked by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, was recently asked to proceed on a long leave following indictment by the National Human Rights Commission in January 2017, the spate of encounter killing of Maoists has been on the rise in the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) and Chhattisgarh region of the Dandakaranya forests.
At 8 pm on 8 November, it almost appeared as if Prime Minister Narendra Modi conceded the demand made by his ally, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo Nara Chandrababu Naidu, when he announced the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
The location was just 30 kilometre north west of the region where Maoists had, eight years ago, blasted a boatload of Greyhound commandos on a combing operation with a rocket, killing 36 of them.
The Rs 13,000 crore worth of disclosures from Hyderabad are a mere tip of the black money iceberg that runs in Andhra Pradesh, and simply demonetising Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes will not help
An uneven but pitched, dirty war is being fought between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Leader of Opposition YS Jaganmohan Reddy and the stakes are sky high.
TDP leaders though argue that there is nothing wrong in using TTD funds for public welfare activities like developing urban and rural infrastructure for education, healthcare and toilets.