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YSRCP says despite winning 16 pc seats in Andhra gram Panchayat polls, TDP “celebrating defeat”

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Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], February 22 (ANI): Mocking the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) for its performance in the recently concluded Gram Panchayat polls, Andhra Pradesh Irrigation Minister P Anil Kumar Yadav on Monday said that TDP is the only party which is celebrating its defeat.
Further taking a dig at the TDP, he stated that while the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) won the polls with 81 per cent seats, the TDP only managed to get 16 per cent seats.
“TDP is the only party in India to celebrate even its defeat in Gram Panchayat Polls. The candidates the TDP supported won hardly 16 per cent. YSRCP supported candidates won more than 81 per cent of the seats,” said Yadav.
He further said that the TDP would have won ‘single digit’ seats if the YRCP’s rebel candidates had not contested separately in the polls.
“TDP got 16 per cent of seats only, as some of our rebel candidates fought in some places. Otherwise, they would have got only single-digit seats,” he said.
Slamming TDP supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu for his ‘claims’ that his party had won 41 per cent seats in the fourth phase of the elections, Yadav dared Naidu to show at least 1200 sarpanches in his party’s kitty’.
“Chandrababu Naidu is claiming that his party-backed candidates won in 41 per cent seats in the 4th phase of elections. I ask him to show at least 1200 sarpanches in their kitty,” said the minister.
Yadav further alleged, “Chandrababu Naidu’s party candidate has lost in his own village and constituency. But he is boasting that his party got 41 per cent of seats. He is the only leader in India who held 25 press meets for Gram Panchayat Elections.”
TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu is blaming the police department that they had acted in favour of the ruling party, on the contrary, the State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar, who was supporting the TDP, has appreciated the police for conducting the polls in a peaceful manner, pointed out Yadav.
The minister slammed Naidu for shamelessly making allegations despite knowing the people’s mandate, adding that he is celebrating his party’s win in a ‘few wards’.
“N. Chandrababu Naidu is celebrating for winning few wards in his constituency. What a shame. He is shamelessly making allegations despite the public have taught him a lesson,” said Yadav.
Adding further, the minister said that the people have decided that Naidu is unfit to remain the opposition leader and another party (JSP) is also claiming that it has won some seats showing that they are the opposition in the state, but with YSRCP winning 81 per cent of seats in Gram Panchayat elections, the party has attained a height not reachable to any party.
“Chandrababu Naidu seems to be daydreaming that he will come into power again. After the results in the Gram Panchayat elections, people’s mandate became clear. Public of the state gave a clear verdict in favour of YSRCP,” said Yadav.
Appreciating the governance of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Yadav claimed that their ‘victory’ in the Gram Panchayat elections show the people’s confidence in their government.
“This victory is a result of the public’s confidence in YS Jagan. We all ministers and MLAs have also won with the picture of Jagan only. In case there are any mistakes on our behalf, we will rectify them and go ahead. People relied on Jagan’s leadership and his good governance. That is proved in these Gram Panchayat elections,” he added.
The polling for the gram panchayat elections in Andhra Pradesh concluded on Sunday with 81.78 per cent polling in the fourth phase, election officials said.
According to the officials, the election was held for 2,743 sarpanch posts and 22,421 ward member posts in the fourth phase. (ANI)

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“Central government has increased agriculture credit target to Rs 16.50 lakh crore – animal husbandry, dairying, and fisheries sectors have been given priority. Rural infrastructure fundraised to Rs 40,000 crore. Micro-irrigation fund doubled,”he added.
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Naidu sat on a dharna at Tirupati airport after he was detained by Renigunta police.
“We will not be stopped. We will not be silenced. Your fear-driven, state-sponsored vendetta won’t stop me from reaching out to my people. Grow up, @ysjagan #Chittoor #AndhraPradesh,” Naidu tweeted.
The TDP chief was scheduled to attend an election campaign in the Chittoor district.
More details are awaited. (ANI)

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A two-judge bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao and also comprising Justice S Ravindra Bhat dismissed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a West Bengal based lawyer, Abu Sohel.
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The lawyer-cum petitioner, Sohel, in his petition, pleaded to the Top Court that Rule 6(1) should be struck down by the SC for violation of the Constitution of India and public policy.
The petitioner contended before the Supreme Court that at present, the states have to bear the brunt of arbitrary actions taken by the Central government under the said Rule. (ANI)

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