In TDP,a Choice between scions of two families
Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu wants his son,N Lokesh Naidu,groomed for the 2014 elections. The trouble is that TDP founder N T Rama Raos grandson,an actor popularly known as Junior NTR,is eyeing for himself the political space Naidu wants his son to occupy. Lokesh,31,has so far remained in the shadows,handling his fathers schedules and more recently planning and organising his padayatra. Junior NTR,on the other hand,is widely known as an actor. Son of the second wife of NTRs first son N Harikrishna,he is not entirely acceptable within his family. His uncle N Balakrishna,whose daughter is married to Lokesh,would rather promote his son-in-law than his nephew. Last week,when Junior NTR visited Vijayawada for a campaign,TDP leaders and workers were reportedly asked to avoid him. No TDP posters or banners welcomed him there,or at other places he visited.
Drop in child sex ratio
The child sex ratio has alarmed the state government once again. Statistics freshly completed have revealed a drastic drop,from 961 girls to 1,000 boys in 2001 (age group 0-6) to 943 in 2011. The drop of 18 points is higher than the national figure of 13 (the ratio is down from 927 to 914). Warangal district has the worst record with a decadal drop of 43 points,from 955 to 912. Kadapa and Anantapur districts are next with a drop of 32. Of the states 23 districts,22 have seen a drop in the child sex ratio ranging from a low of five points to Warangals high of 43 points. The exception is West Godavari district,whose sex ratio remains at 970 since 2001. Hyderabads drop is five points,from 943 to 938.
A budget for agriculture
For the first time,the state budget set aside a fund of Rs 590 crore to provide for farmers if their crops fail or are lost due to natural calamities. A separate Rs 100 crore has been earmarked towards the minimum support price for certain crops,with a total Rs 25,295 crore proposed exclusively under what was initially termed an agriculture budget. As Agriculture Minister K Lakshminarayana was giving the details,TDP members demanded to know if a separate budget could be presented under the Constitution. As the TDP members threatened to walkout over what they called an unconstitutional move,Finance Minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy clarified that it was a printing error; it was actually an Agriculture Action Plan. The TDP members still walked out.
Reddy and rebels
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy may have survived a no-confidence motion moved against his government by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti and the YSR Congress Party,but it has also given an opportunity to his detractors to criticise him for being too soft. Defying the party whip,nine Congress MLAs voted in favour of the motion,which is being seen as a declaration of support to the YSR Congress. The party is yet to take action against these MLAs. Reddys opponents in the party,including some ministers,have questioned his leadership skills for having failed to stem the rebellion. The chief minister,however,appears more confident than ever after defeating the no-trust motion.