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Andhra BJP Leaders Irritating Naidu!

Bharatiya Janata Party leaders in Andhra Pradesh seem to have completely understood the weakness of Telugu Desam Party president and chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu. They have realised that Naidu cannot come out of the NDA at this stage, because he desperately needs of the BJP, if his party wants to retain power in the next elections, too.

However, what they have not understood is that Naidu was a stubborn politician who cannot succumb to pressures. So, they have started attacking him and his style of functioning so as to irritate him and get their works done.

In the forefront of such BJP leaders is party MLC Somu Veerraju. After keeping silent for some time under pressure from BJP national president Amit Shah and Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, the Andhra BJP leader has started questioning Naidu for misusing the Central funds to benefit only the TDP leaders.

“Forget about the state schemes, even in the Centrally-sponsored schemes, Naidu has been largely ignoring the local BJP leaders. He has appointed Janma Bhoomi committees with completely TDP activists to oversee implementation of central schemes. Not a single BJP leader is there in any of the committees,” Veerraju lamented.

In the construction of houses under Pradhan Mantri Grameen Yojana scheme, 1.41 lakh hosues were constructed and not a single house was allotted to any BJP activist and all the houses were allotted to the TDP workers. Even among pensions, the beneficiaries are mostly TDP supporters. “How can we treat the TDP as our alliance partner?” he asked.

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Six Kadapa corporators return to YSRC fold

Six corporators of Kadapa Municipal Corporation, who quit the YSR Congress and joined the Telugu Desam Party about a year and half ago, rejoined the YSRC in the presence of the party president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy at Idupulapaya in Kadapa district on Thursday.

The corporators, Paka Suresh, 47th municipal division, K. Lakshmi Devi, 3rd, O. Lakshmi Devi, 27th, Vijayarani, 40th, S.A. Shamsheer, 35th, and Chaitanya Kumar, first division, in the Kadapa Municipal Corporation, were welcomed back into the party by Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy by putting party scarves around their neck. The corporators assured to strive to strengthen YSRC in Kadapa.

Kadapa MLA S.B. Amzath Basha, Kamalapuram MLA P. Raveendranatha Reddy, Kadapa Mayor K. Suresh Babu and other party leaders were present. Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy arrived at Pulivendula on a three-day tour of Kadapa district and proceeded to Idupulapaya on Thursday.

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Union Budget 2017: TDP and Amaravati area farmers ecstatic over capital gains tax exemptions

Farmers in the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region who pooled their farm lands for construction of capital city Amaravati heaved a sigh of relief as Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced exemption of capital gains tax. More than 20,000 farmers who gave up their land under the Land Pooling Scheme (LPS) will benefit from this. Depending on the commercial market value of the developed plots that AP Government will give the farmers back, farmers having plots of 1,000 sq yards or more stand to benefit Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 30 lakhs in tax exemptions. The AP Government through the AP Capital Region Development Authority has pooled 33,000 acres from the farmers to construct the new capital. Thanking Jaitley for giving the capital tax exemption to capital farmers, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said the budget will steer the nation in the right fiscal direction, and that growth-specific spending will boost infrastructure and employment generation.

Last October, after laying the foundation stone for the Andhra Pradesh Administrative Complex at Lingayapalem village in the Amaravati capital region, Jaitley had hinted to farmers that the Centre was considering exemption of capital gains tax for them. “Those whose land was used as land pool for development of Andhra Pradesh’s new capital have been exempted from capital gains,” said Arun Jaitley.

“Capital gains tax holding period down to 2 years from 3 years.”
This exemption is applicable on those holding lands on June 2, 2014, when Andhra Pradesh was officially bifurcated and separate states of AP and Telangana came into existence. The value of land in the capital region has escalated to over Rs 2 crores per acre in the last two years and farmers who sell land have been paying huge amounts in taxes.

This AP-specific announcement drew cheers from the TDP Government.
“Capital gains tax exemption for farmers who pooled land to build new Capital Amaravati is a great recognition of their spirit. It shows how significant AP is to the Central Government. My special thanks to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on behalf of farmers of AP,’’ Union Minister and TDP Rajya Sabha MP Y S Choudhary said today.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had been requesting the Centre to give the tax exemption to capital farmer considering that they voluntarily gave their prime agricultural land for the construction of the AP capital. Naidu had written several letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley urging them to consider the request. As per the LPS, for every acre of irrigated land given by a farmer, the government would return a 1,000 square yard residential and a 450 sq yard commercial plot, while every acre of dry land, it is a 1,000 sq yard residential and a 250 sq yard commercial plot.

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Eleven Telangana Opposition MLAs suspended over debate on defection

The suspension of nine Congress and two TDP MLAs for the day came as the Opposition members entered the well of the house.

Talking to reporters after suspension, Congress MLA M Bhatti Vikramarka alleged that their suspension and alleged defection of Opposition members into TRS was against principles of democracy.

The ruling TRS MLA G Suneetha told reporters that the Congress members tried to stall the House as they did not want the good work being done by the government to be discussed in the House.

It was decided to take up any adjournment motion after Question Hour but Congress members tried to stall the proceedings, she said.

Congress and TDP adopted double standards on defection as Opposition YSR Congress members have joined the ruling TDP in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh now and Opposition members were admitted into Congress when Y S Rajasekhar Reddy was Chief Minister in undivided Andhra Pradesh, she alleged.

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