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Verdict 2016

 

Will Support Any Party that Helps Rebuild Andhra: YSR Cong

Saptarshi Bhattacharya

A veteran of many political battles, M.V. Mysoora Reddy, currently with the YSR Congress Party, believes that in this election, Andhra Pradesh will vote for a party that has the best vision to develop the residual State. In conversation with Saptarshi Bhattacharya of The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, the former Congress and TDP leader says that his present party, if voted to power, will support any disposition at the Centre that helps rebuild Andhra Pradesh.`

 

My Vision is Development, Not Growth: Y. Sivaji

Saptarshi Bhattacharya

As 25 Parliamentary and 175 Assembly constituencies in Seemandhara go to the polls on May 7, a former Rajya Sabha MP and political analyst, Y. Sivaji, who has also been advocating a vibrant role for the agriculture sector, discusses the issues arising out of creation of two new States. Excerpts from an interview with Saptarshi Bhattacharya of The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy:

 

My vision is development, not growth: Y. Sivaji

Saptarshi Bhattacharya

As 25 Parliamentary and 175 Assembly constituencies in Seemandhara go to the polls on May 7, a former Rajya Sabha MP and political analyst, Y. Sivaji, who has also been advocating a vibrant role for the agriculture sector, discusses the issues arising out of the the newly created States, in an interview with Saptarshi Bhattacharya of The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy on April 1 at Vijayawada. Excerpts:

 

Timing of Elections Wrong, Taking Place too soon after Bifurcation: Dr. JP

Saptarshi Bhattacharya

The founder-leader of the Lok Satta Party Jayaprakash Narayan, has been campaigning hard for economic reforms and clean governance since 1996, when he started the Lok Satta Movement. A political party since 2006, the Lok Satta Party is now an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Though Dr. Narayan postulates that politics involves putting the past behind and looking forward, he concedes that the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, "has risen by default" and that "he has marched ahead as there was no competition." Excerpts from an interview with Saptarshi Bhattacharya of The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy:

 

TRS Sees a Vital Role for Itself in the Union Government: K.T. Ramarao

Saptarshi Bhattacharya

All of 37, Kalvakuntla Taraka Ramarao, or KTR as he is known among party cadres, is already the face of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi. He left a well-paid job in a shipping corporation in the U.S. in 2006 to join the Telangana agitation spearheaded by his father, K. Chandrashekhar Rao. He successfully contested the Andhra Pradesh Assembly polls in 2009 from Sircilla constituency, infamous for the large-scale suicides of powerloom weavers in the past decade. Suave and articulate, he shares his views on the electoral prospects of his party in the elections, both to the Lok Sabha and the first to be held in the recently created Telangana State, prospective post-poll alliances and the regional party’s national aspirations. Excerpts from an interview with The Hindu Centre's Saptarshi Bhattacharya in Hyderabad on March 26, 2014:

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