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Hyderabad : State government adviser K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao, a confidant of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, is planning to sue TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu for accusing him of land grabbing. Mr. Rao would serve a legal notice on Mr. Naidu on Wednesday.
 
During a visit to Nadargul on the outskirts on Monday, Naidu had charged Reddy and Rao with grabbing government land. Sources said Rao had warned that he would take action against Naidu for the “malicious campaign”.
 
Ramachandra Rao had earlier served notice on TD leader Kodela Sivaprasada Rao, forcing the latter to retract his remark that the adviser was “acting like AP’s Jayalalitha and amassing wealth.”

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VIJAYAWADA: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Assembly Speaker K.R. Suresh Reddy and APCC president K. Keshava Rao were among those who attended the funeral of K.V.N. Satyanarayana, father of adviser to the State Government K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao, at Ampapuram, 35 km from here, on Sunday. Mr. Satyanarayana, 84, breathed his last in a hospital near here on Saturday.

Dr. Reddy, along with his wife Vijayalakshmi, Mr. Suresh Reddy and Mr. Keshava Rao, arrived at Gannavaram Airport around 9.40 a.m. and drove down straight to the place where funeral was held in the agriculture fields abutting Telaprolu railway station near Ampapuram.

Dr. Reddy, who had a long association with Mr. Ramachandra Rao’s family, placed a wreath on the body and spent a few minutes there before calling on the family members of Mr. Satyanarayana in his ancestral home to convey his condolences. The Chief Minister left for Hyderabad at 11 a.m.

Ministers J.C. Diwakar Reddy, Mohd. Ali Shabber, Jakkampudi Rammohan Rao, Dharmana Prasada Rao, Ponnala Lakshmaiah, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, other elected representatives, office-bearers of the APCC and officials were present.

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KVP Ramachandra Rao

KVP Ramachandra Rao

When a politician throws a party, all the city roads lead to that place and the city will be completely blocked with traffic jams. Especially when a person like KVP is the host. For the starters KVP Ramachandra Rao is also known as the Chief Minister’s right hand. It’s like if you want to get any work done by the Chief Minister, contact KVP. Such is the closeness between the two.

Saturday evening demonstrated to the city who is the real mover and shaker of Hyderabad. Traffic was completely thrown out of gear on the Begumpet road as VVIPs and VIPs of the city descended in droves to attend the dinner party of the son of K V P Ramachandra Rao who on paper is merely a Rajya Sabha MP.

The party was hosted by industrialist K Raghurama Krishnam Raju whose daughter KVP’s son Ujjawal will marry, but anybody who is anybody in the power matrix was in attendance. This included not only the chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy who is a close friend of KVP but also opposition leaders like Chiranjeevi, CPM’s B V Raghavalu and CPI’s K Narayana.

According to a senior bureaucrat, “KVP is the most powerful guy in the state after the chief minister. In fact, as advisor to the chief minister, YSR often asks many to come to him through KVP. So for VVIPs and VIPs it was mandatory to mark attendance at the party that they had been invited to. It was like KVP’s wish was their command”.

On Sunday evening, KVP threw another party to mark the happy occasion, but this was only for the proliferating media of Hyderabad and was held in another hotel across the road. The engagement ceremony a low profile event had happened on Friday evening at another five star hotel.

Well guys, political power or money power?

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TTD executive officer K Venkataramana Chary has kicked off a row by deputing a team of temple priests to Hyderabad on February 12 to officiate the marriage of the son of KVP Ramachandra Rao, the all powerful associate of chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. The delegation of priests was headed by the chief priest of the temple A V Ramana Dikshitulu.

“Since TTD priests are paid from the hundi of the temple, they are not supposed to officiate private functions,” a source in TTD told TOI. The TTD administration is already facing criticism for allegedly violating temple conventions. There are also charges of political appointments at TTD by the government. It may be mentioned here that in December, a Sudershan Yagam and Mrutyunjaya Yagam were performed in Tirumala for the benefit of Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, son of the chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, under the auspices of TTD chief priest Ramana Dikshitulu, which had raised eyebrows.

“Now the EO of TTD took a team of priests from the Balaji temple and flew them to Hyderabad to attend the marriage though it is not part of protocol of the state government,” an upset TTD official said. He added: “Though the EO has chosen a novel way to curry favour with his political bosses, little does he know that withdrawing the priests from the Seva of Lord Venkateswara goes against the convention of the temple.”

‘The presence of the head priest at the sanctum sanctorum of Tirumala is necessary for every important ritual related to the Lord’s Seva. Withdrawing him from temple service tantamount to doing away with the service at the temple”, remarked an Endowment official. The TTD team was present on the dais at the marriage function in their formal temple wear. Attempts to reach the EO to get his version of the incident did not meet with success.

 

K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao Son’s Marriage

 

K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao Son’s Marriage

 

K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao Son’s Marriage

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HYDERABAD: On Friday, for one day, the government of AP will function from Chennai. Governor Sushilkumar Shinde, chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and his entire cabinet will be in the Tamil Nadu capital for a marriage.

Obviously, it is no ordinary marriage: the son of K V P Ramachandra Rao, the power behind the throne in AP, is entering into wedlock. For the uninitiated, Rao is on paper an adviser to the government, but also the de facto CM.

Shinde and Rajasekhara Reddy will be among 7,000 Very-and some not so-Important Persons expected to attend the marriage, although approximately 10,000 invitations have been sent out.

“This is a function which no Congressman and civil servant of consequence wants to miss,”confessed an IAS officer. Many Union ministers and AICC functionaries will be there too.

On Thursday, tickets on all flights to Chennai were booked and there was a mad scramble for VIP/emergency quota seats on trains to that city. The smarter ones were planning to take a detour to get there: fly to Tirupati or Bangalore and from there to Chennai.

Alarmed by the turn of events, Ramachandra Rao has now issued an informal diktat to civil servants-after having invited them to the marriage: don’t come. Reason: Government work in Hyderabad will come to a grinding halt. According to information available to The Times of India, as of now only officers of the Chief Minister’s Office are planning to heed Rao’s advice. News of the diktat has not reached many others, and even if it has, they don’t know whether to take it at face value.

Incidentally, the marriage is being solemnised in Chennai not just because the bride’s family-the Venkatagiri rajas-is based there. Ramachandra Rao, who likes to maintain a low profile, felt that a lavish function in Hyderabad would attract adverse attention.

For this reason, he is not organising a reception in Hyderabad. But it is this latter fact which has become a matter of discomfiture because it is pushing Hyderabadis to go to Chennai.

In line with the political alliance of the Congress and DMK in the central government, the marriage is being solemnised in the hall of the DMK Charitable Trust on Anna Salai, is adjacent to the DMK office. Party supremo M Karunanidhi’s grandson (the progeny of Stalin) also exchanged marriage vows here. It was also where the Congress solemnised its alliance with the DMK. And for all those who care for it, the name of Ramachandra Rao’s son and the groom is Sandeep. He is a software professional working for Satyam Computers. The bride is Supriya.

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With RS elections round the corner, the entire focus is on whether or not K V P Ramachandra Rao, CM’s buddy will get a berth in the Upper House Hectic lobbying has begun in the State Congress for the biennial elections to Rajya Sabha scheduled to be held on March 26. Political analysts are keenly watching whether Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy will succeed in getting the Rajya Sabha berth to his friend, guide and advisor K V P Ramachandra Rao at least this time.

KVP has been unlucky since 2002 in getting a Rajya Sabha ticket, despite best efforts by Rajasekhara Reddy. In 2002, when the Congress was in the Opposition, T Subbarami Reddy managed to get the RS ticket, thanks to his manipulative skills. In 2004, after the Congress came to power in the State, KVP tried his luck again and YSR, too, lobbied with the high command very strongly. Yet, they could not succeed in convincing the high command and the chance went to media baron Girish Kumar Sanghi and Senior Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao among others. It was only after, that the Chief Minister appointed KVP as his Advisor (Public Affairs) and bestowed him with all powers. In 2006, it was bad luck again for KVP to miss the bus at the last moment, as Sonia Gandhi preferred the then PCC president K Kesava Rao and INTUC president G Sanjeeva Reddy, besides re-nominating Dasari Narayana Rao.


This time, the CM is using all his energies to get the RS ticket to his pal. When he met Sonia Gandhi recently, she asked him to accommodate senior leader Motilal Vohra in Andhra Pradesh quota for Rajya Sabha. And YSR apparently told her that he had no objection to accommodate anybody of her choice, but requested that she consider KVP’s name for RS seat at least this time. She is learnt to have given an assurance to that effect.


Even as YSR was lobbying for KVP, his close relative Y V Subba Reddy is said to be bringing pressure on him for the RS ticket. And without waiting for YSR’s support, Subba Reddy is camping in New Delhi to make an attempt on his own. YSR’s another close friend and PCC treasurer P Pratap Reddy is also in the ticket race.


On the other hand, T Subbarami Reddy and Nandi Yellaiah, whose terms will expire this time, are said to be trying for a second term in the Rajya Sabha. Gandhi Bhavan sources say their re-nomination is unlikely, as Sonia wants them to contest the Lok Sabha elections. TSR’s nephew and Deccan Chronicle group chairman T Venkatrami Reddy, who could not make it to the RS in the last three attempts, stand bright chances this time, sources said.


TD would be losing four RS seats and getting only one seat because of its truncated strength in the Assembly. And for this one seat, there are several contenders including the outgoing candidates Ravula Chandrasekhar Reddy, Aakarapu Sudershan, N C Durga and Lal Jan Basha and seniors like Ummareddy Venkateshwarlu, Kambhampati Rammohan Rao and Nannapaneni Rajakumari. Indications are that Kambhampati might get the nod from TD president N Chandrababu Naidu.


The CPI-M and CPI got their quota in 2004 and 2006 respectively, as part of an alliance with the Congress. This time, the Congress would not spare any seat for others.

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They say KVP is undermining party interests K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao undermining party’s interests, they say

K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao

K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao

 

 

HYDERABAD: Congress MLAs P. Janardhan Reddy and P. Shankar Rao have criticised the Chief Minister’s political adviser, K. V. P. Ramachandra Rao, for what they called “undermining the party’s interests” by getting disciplinary action initiated against committed partymen.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, they said APCC president K. Keshava Rao was not in favour of issuing a show cause notice to one of them (Dr. Shankar Rao) but was prevailed upon to do so by Mr. Ramachandra Rao.

Show-cause notice

The dissident MLAs, who have been targeting Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and Dr. Keshava Rao for denying them Cabinet berths, changed tack on Monday and pointed an accusing finger at Mr. Ramachandra Rao. 

They alleged that the Chief Minister’s adviser, who was earlier scheduled to accompany Dr. Reddy on his US visit, cancelled his tour only to influence Dr. Keshava Rao to issue the notice.

Referring to Dr. Keshava Rao’s statement in a Telugu TV channel that difference of opinion did not amount to dissidence, they said it went to show that the APCC chief was sympathetic to the issues raised by them.

They were openly airing their views as they had every right to express displeasure over the Chief Minister’s performance and because they were not being invited to the party meetings.

Contention

They said it was not clear in what capacity Mr. Ramachandra Rao attended the meeting.

They said their contention was proved by the fact that the notice was served on Dr. Shankar Rao a day after the AICC general secretary, Digvijay Singh, left Hyderabad.

 

They claimed that they had been deliberately kept out of the APCC meet held at Srikakulam and the one held at Gandhi Bhavan on Sunday to discuss arrangements for the re-dedication day function on May 14.

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