Monday, November 18, 2013
New Delhi Political Grapevine Snippets
for publication on Tuesday November 19, 2013
Four Congress MPs from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are in constant touch with BJP leader Rajnath Singh- In the past month, there were secret meetings between them. Interestingly, these MPs are disappointed with the Congress performance- and basically Congress unable to decide the alliance partner. More input is that Narendra Modi rallies in Uttar Pradesh were successful hence four MPs are keen to join BJP. During Winter Session of Parliament
President Pranab Mukherjee message on Sachin Tendulkar retirement
was the sudden provocation for UPA Government to speed up the announcement of Bharat Ratna. The wordings were so similar and if compared the PMO had picked up two or three sentences from President of India message. Interestingly there was a query from President Estate to Government- that Bharat Ratna is announced for individuals but UPA Government without discussing with President went in for announcing for CNR Rao also.
Best Parliamentarian Award is likely to be conferred on Arun Jaitley, Sharad Yadav and Karan SIngh during the Winter Session of Parliament. President Pranab Mukherjee will decorate the award. Insiders say this award was to have been given in Monsoon session, But the JDU and Congress alliance was firming up and Sharad Yadav had two minds. Meira Kumar Congress MP does not want to be seen with the JDU in photographs till such time the JDU Congress alliance was firmed up.
Early next year the walls of Lobby side of Parliament a row of painting photographs of former speakers of Lok sabha.
They now sixteen - G V Mavlankar, Ananthasayanam Iyengar, Hukum Singh, Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, G S Dhilon, KS Hegde, Balram Jakhar , Rabi Ray, Shivraj Patil, P A Sangma, GMC Balayogi, Manohar Joshi and Somnath Chatterjee. And presently Meira Kumar Surviving former Speakers are six. Is that good to open the portraits when they are alive.
It is all the initiatives of Meira Kumar. Hence rules can be waived. She wants her portrait unveiled
KIRAN REDDY SCARED GROUP OF MINISTERS ON TELANGANA
NAXAL-COMMUNAL AND TERRORISTS WILL MAKE USE OF BIFURCATION
By R Rajagopalan
Kiran Kumar Reddy Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh on Monday
said that if Andhra Pradesh is bifurcated, there will be a political instability naxal threats terrorists and Communal violence and maintaining law and order in Hyderabad will be very difficult with communally hypersensitive Hyderabad. Kiran Reddy therefore appealed to the wisdom of decision makers at national level not to split the beautiful state of Andhra Pradesh.
Kiran Reddy rolled out facts and figures and scared the Group of Ministers with Internal security issue for not to create Telangana. Kiran Reddy said three aspects
Kiran Reddy argued for united Andhra Pradesh-by focussing the speeches of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in various meetings on Left Wing Extremism. Dr Manmohan Singh said that Naxalims is the single biggest internal security challenge ever faced by India
Making a presentation on Issues of Internal secuirty before the Group of Ministers Constituted fro bifucation of sthe state of Andhra Pradesh By Kiran Kumar Reddy on November 18, 2013
Kiran Reddy while concluding his presentation stated the following three important points.
Kiran Reddy said that expected political instability coupled with limited resources of Law Enforcement on account of smaller size of the Telangana state will have serious implications for countering the threat of Naxals Terrorists and communal violence.
The re-emergence of Naxal violence in Telangana state will automatically lead to increase in Naxal activity in the residual state of Andhra Pradesh too
The law and Order situation in Hyderabad city will come under severe stress and strain on a regular basis.
The division of the state has therefore dangerous implications to the safety and security of people of both the new states proposed especially to the people of Hyderabad City.
Therefore the division of the state is not recommended in over all interests of safety and security needs of people of both the regions.
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Kiran Reddy made
85 pages power point presentation
to Group of Ministers
KIRAN REDDY POSES 36 CRUCIAL ISSUES
NOT TO CREATE TELANGANA
By R Rajagopalan
Kiran Reddy Chief Minister posed 36 basic crucial issues - including problems of Telangana-RayalaseemaRiver water sharing, power sector concerns employment concerns education sector concerns and feeling of short circutting of legal and constitutional conventions., for not to create Telangana
Kiran Reddy presented 85 pages note to the Group of Ministers which
this correspondent obtained a copy( Editor may please see the attachment- scanned and sent with this email for publication of 85 pages) for keeping a unified Andhra Pradesh -before Group of Ministers on Telangana in New Delhi on Monday.
Kiran Reddy's 36 basic crucial issues are -
Significance of United Andhra Pradesh
Status of Hyderabad
Can Seemandhra contribution be disregarded?
River Water Sharing
Views of the first State Reorganisation Commission
Agrarian Importance of Andhra Pradesh
Projects on the River Krishna sacrifices by People of all three regions
Shortfall of water availability in River Krishna and Competing Interests
Dam management and control on the river Krishna
New Projects on River Krishna
Complexities in the Inter se usage of the waters in Srisailam dam
Present management of deficit in the state of Andhra Pradesh
Difficulties in Managing Srisailam and Nagarsunasagar Projects
Institutional mechanism for management of River Krishna
Inter River Basin Transfer
Emergency Inter basin transfer of Water
The dilemma of the Polavaram Multipurpose Project
The problems of Telangana
The Problems of Rayalaseema
Upper Riprarian Projects in River Krishna
Telangana Deprived of its rightful allocated share in river Krishna
Diversion of Waters outside the Krishna basin is it not permissible?
Implementation of Tribunal Awards
Proliferation of River Water disputes
Irrigation Map of Andhra Pradesh
Project Map of Godavari basin
Project Map of Krishna Basin
Power Sector Concerns
Private employees in Organised sector
Skilled and semi skilled
Complexities of 371 D on the division process
Educational Sector Concerns
Feeling of Short cicuitting of legal constitutional conventions
Impact of bifurcation on maintenance of law and order
Copy of the letter CM of Andhra Pradesh wrote to President of India
Copy of the letter CM of Andhra Prdaesh wrote to Prime Minister
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Reuters video clipping of Narendra Modi interview.
you may please click the web link where you can
also hear R Rajagopalan byte to Reuters
on Narendra Modi.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
DMK failed to expose ADMK
JAYALALITHA WILL BAG 28 MPs
CONGRESS HAS NO PRESENCE IN TAMIL NADU
By R Rajagopalan
AIADMK is in control of Tamil Nadu- There is no Opposition to ADMK
Karunanidhi's DMK is fragmented with family dissensions.
And no presence of Congress in the Tamil Nadu.
This is the grispy description about politics of Tamil Nadu.
Congress leaders are invisible. ADMK has driven out Congress from
That is why a senior political commentator told me that
Jayalalitha is the modern Mahishasuramardhini
who has taken birth to trounce Congress in Tamil Nadu.
Projections of ADMK prospects in Lok Sabha?
Visualising a possibility in the state of Tamil Nadu in the ensuing
Lok Sabha polls.
ADMK is bound to sweep the state. My estimate is that Jayalalitha
would bag somewhere 25 to 28. DMK 5 to 8. And ADMK allies
like Vaiko, CPI CPM might take the rest. This means wipe out
of Congress and Vijaykant DMDK.
How UPA ignored Tamil Nadu?
UPA leadership also failed to attract ADMK
not only from the party to party contact, the UPA2 with vengence
against Jayalalitha did not try to reach out to ADMK
from the angle of Centre and State Governments.
It is a sad commentary that none of the Union Ministers
had discussed the basic issues pertaining to the
economic, commercial and public werlfare developments of
Tamil Nadu None of the Union Ministers drove to Tamil Nadu
Secretariat to meet Jayalalitha. The arrogant behaviour of
few Union Ministers made Jayalalitha and also ADMK to go
after Congress in the state and finish the Congress roots in the
What are crucial issues ?
Crucial issues in Tamil Nadu are three. Power shortage-slow
motion of infrastructure developments and massive hike in bus fare and
in essential commodities prices
Corruption of course is an issue in Tamil Nadu, but Jayalalitha
In her two years of regime-did not go in for with glare.
Sri Lankan Tamil issue was a temporary baloon floated by
one section of DMK, which grounded with their withdrawal of
support to UPA.
Why DMK is disintegrated?
DMK is ridden with family disputes. When I interacted with a senior DMK leader
and son of Karunanidhi- he openly confessed that future of DMK without his father
is bleak. And he agreed that one section would surrender to ADMK.
And politically speaking weakened DMK is an asset to -Jayalalitha
ADMK does not have a single enemy in the state of Tamil Nadu.
And that is proved - as Jayalalitha approached the Rajya Sabha elections.
She has comfortable majority in the state assembly- ADMK could have bagged five seats
out of six. But she let go one for the sake of CPI. And this calculated political gamble
had put the DMK in tight spot. Jayalalitha anticipated that DMK would again try out with Congress
Closely interacted with top leaders of ADMK, DMK and DMDK and PMK during my ten days visit
to Tamil Nadu- gave me an understanding that negative factors of the ruling ADMK are not properly
being politically encashed or exploited by major opposition party DMK.
The power shortage in the state should have created a public outburst. DMK failed to do this.
Needless to say that timely rains-saved ADMK
But too calculated moves of Jayalalitha during the peak summer has been -
to ensure that ADMK sympathisers and her voter bank
is given "daily doses of incentives" Amma Unavagam- Amma canteen is too popular
Cheap idlies and snacks. She found such gimmicks pay political dividends to ADMK
Exactly after a fortnight of Amma Canteen, Jayalalitha has gone in for providing subsidies
vegetables. And she announced from C N Annadurai birthday September 15 onwards
school going students will get cheaper mineral water bottle for Rs 10.
Having reported Parliament for 30 years- and my specialisation has been question hour.
That has given me immense knowledge on Governance. What a clarity from
Question Hour a Political correspondent would get-with the articulation of many senior
BJP, Left and some Congress Ministers replies in Lok Sabha and in Rajya Sabha.
But in the state of Tamil Nadu this is missing. For each and every question
the Chief Minister Jayalalitha replies. There is an absence of participation
and articulation of an issue by other political minds in the ADMK.
And here Jayalalitha of course certainly resembles like Narendra Modi
who also do not permit others to grow taller in their statures.
Such may be the regional aspirational trends in 2014 Lok Sabha polls
And future debates in Parliament.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Revival plan of Tamil Maanila Congress is ready
a turning point in national politics
G K Vasan to resign as Union Minister if Prime Minister
participates in Commonwealth Conference in Colombo
By R Rajagopalan
G K Vasan is restless. Congress cadres in Tamil Nadu do not have clue about
Rahul Gandhi or Sonia Gandhi plans for Lok Sabha polls.
GK Vasan is therefore revived his plans to launch Tamil Maanila Congress
by submitting his resignation from Dr Manmohan Singh Cabinet- to show solidarity
with the sentiments of Tamils for the attrocities of Sinhala Rajypakshe Government.
GK Vasan did not deny about his plans to quit Ministry, when this correspondent asked
but said thousands of Congress workers seek AICC intervention either Rahul Gandhi
or Sonia Gandhi should visit Trichy, Tanjore, Tinnelveli and Chennai to estimate
the anger of Congress cadre against AICC
GK Vasan had undertaken eight districts tour in March and April. Vasan observation
of interacting with not only Congress cadre but also with common voters are that
general perception - a groundswell is against UPA and Congress.
Reasons for GK Vasan to weild this political threat.
Rahul Gandhi recently suspended Yuraj the elected Youth Congress President
This Yuraj is the staunch supporter of G K Vasan,
* Sonia Gandhi,Rahul Gandhi or for that matter Prime Minister not giving importance
to Tamil Nadu Congress. Especially to GK Vasan group.
* GK Vasan group feels that P Chidambaram is being encouraged by AICC and
* growing demand to replace TNCC Chief Ganadesikan, who is also a staunch
supporter of GK Vasan,
*AICC rejects TNCC office bearers list and ignore GK Vasan camp
in the past two years Office bearers not appointed
*GK Vasan failed to get assurance from his recent meetings with
Pranab Mukherjee- Rahul Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh on
getting major role for his group in TNCC.
*A K Antony,Gulam Nabi Azad,Ahmed Patel and Digvijay SIngh
all know the mind of GK Vasan-but they are helpless and clueless
of Rahul Gandhi mindset about future of Tamil Nadu Congress.
AIADMK is indirectly sending feelers to Vasan camp to split Congress
But Vasan is resisting-
Congress has 5 MLAs in Tamil Nadu assembly. And four are GK Vasan supporters
There is a political threat- that these four MLAs might vote for Jayalalitha candidate
in the ensuing Rajya Sabha elections in June. And politically these four MLAs
will get protection from ADMK-
Anger, animosity, distrust amongst Congress cadre- DMK walking out of UPA
added to the political future of Vasan. It is to be seen how Vasan
will win over some of DMK supporters in his camp-to convert themto ADMK.
These are the main reasons for GK Vasan political moves to launh Tamil Maanila Congress
First June Rajya Sabha polls will be a test case- if 4 MLAs vote with Jaya
second in November if Prime Minister attends Colombo CHOGM meet-he will quit
and launch TMC to be in time for facing Lok Sabha polls-
ADMK is sending feelers for five Lok Sabha seats-and 35 MLAs seat in 2016 assembly polls
If Vasan launched TMC it will certainly be a turning point in national politics