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Hyderabad High Court issues notice to 20 YSRC MLAs over defection to TDP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hyderabad High Court on Monday issued notices to 20 MLAs from YSR Congress, who crossed over to ruling TDP in Andhra Pradesh, seeking their response on maintainability of the writ petitions that were filed seeking their disqualification.The petitioner’s counsel earlier filed writ petitions before the High Court submitting that the disqualification petitions pertaining to their (20 MLAs) defection are pending before the Speaker of AP Legislative Assembly.The writs questioned “inaction” of the Speaker in not disposing of the disqualification petitions and sought directions to the Speaker to initiate proceedings against those MLAs.However, AP Additional Advocate General D Srinivas today objected to the petitions saying that the writ petitions are not maintainable after which the court issued notices to the 20 MLAs with regard to maintainability of the writ petitions.”The High Court issued notices to the MLAs to hear on admissibility of the writ petitions and not with regard to the merits of the case. The court in its order clarified that it wants to hear the MLAs on the maintainability of the writ petitions,” Srinivas told PTI.The Court posted the matter after four weeks.The defection of legislators from the lone opposition party to the Telugu Desam Party(TDP) started with two YSR Congress MLAs from Kurnool district on February 22 and so far 20 MLAs have switched over to the ruling party.

Bay of Bengal depression: Andhra may receive heavy rainfall, cyclone predicted

Hyderabad: The MET office has forecast heavy rains in parts of Andhra Pradesh as the depression over southwest Bay of Bengal may intensify into a cyclonic storm.

The depression moved north northwest and lay centred about 120 km south by southeast of Chennai, the India Meteorological Department said on Tuesday evening.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

“The system is likely to move north northwestwards towards north Tamil Nadu, south Andhra Pradesh coast and further intensify into a deep depression during next 24 hours. The system is likely to be close to Chennai during morning hours of 18 May. It will move northwards and then recurve north northeastwards and may intensify into a cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours,” it said.

Strong winds with speed reaching 50 to 60 km per hour are likely along and off south and north coastal Andhra.

The IMD advised fishermen not to venture into the sea as sea condition is likely to be rough along and off coastal Andhra.

The met office has forecast heavy rain at isolated places in the districts of Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam and Nellore of coastal Andhra Pradesh and Chittoor, Anantapur, Kadapa and Kurnool of Rayalaseema on Thursday and Friday.

Hyderabad Meteorological Centre has forecast thunderstorm accompanies with squalls at isolated places in Telangana till 21 May.

Meanwhile, there was appreciable rise in maximum temperatures at one or two places in Telangana.

Adilabad was the hottest place in the state with maximum temperature of 43.8 degrees Celsius. Ramagundam recorded 43 degrees Celsius.

The heat wave in Telangana has claimed 300 lives this season but rains over past few days significantly brought down the mercury.

Andhra Pradesh: 15th MLA from YSR Congress joins ruling Telugu Desam Party

It is number 15 in the ‘defection’ order as Srisailam MLA Budda Rajasekhar Reddy crossed over to the Telugu Desam (TDP) from YSR Congress.At the “auspicious” time of 9.05 AM, Rajasekhar met TDP supremo and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at the latter’s riverfront residence and got the yellow scarf adorned, marking his admission into the ruling party.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasekhar was also the Kurnool district unit president of YSRC. He is the fourth MLA of YSRC from Kurnool district to defect to the TDP. In fact, the defection of legislators from the lone opposition party to the ruling party started with two MLAs from Kurnool district on February 22. Now, four MLAs in all have crossed over to the TDP, reducing the YSRC strength in the district to seven.Kurnool district had been one of the bastions of the YSRC but now it appears to be crumbling.

Heat wave conditions may prevail in Andhra Pradesh for next 48 hours

Heat wave conditions are likely to prevail in various districts of Andhra Pradesh during the next 48 hours, according to the meteorology department.”Heat wave conditions may continue in districts of Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam and Nellore of coastal Andhra Pradesh and in Anantapuramu, Chittoor, Kadapa and Kurnool in Rayalaseema region during the next 48 hours,” an IMD heat wave warning bulletin stated Tuesday night.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As per the data received till evening, severe heat wave condition prevailed in 33 mandals and heat wave condition in 113 mandals while rest were normal. “Prediction for next two days indicate severe heat wave conditions in 29 mandals and moderate conditions in remaining parts of Andhra Pradesh,” the bulletin said. It stated there is an appreciable fall in maximum temperatures at one or two places in Rayalaseema and marked fall in the maximum temperatures at one or two places in coastal Andhra Pradesh.
ALSO READ Heat wave claims 49 lives in TelanganaThe highest maximum temperature at 45 degree celsius was recorded in Anantapur, Kurnool and Nandyal. Meanwhile, the director of Disaster Management said in a statement that the personnel of Medical and Health departments have conducted 21,361 medical camps till now.”A total of 10,32,171 ORS packets were distributed by Health personnel till now, while stocks of ORS packets and medicines are being replenished regularly and awareness campaigning is continuing throughout the state,” the statement said.

Andhra Pradesh first state in India to link rivers, claims CM Naidu

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh has become the first state in the country to achieve inter-linking of rivers Godavari and Krishna through the Pattisam Lift Scheme, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said on Tuesday.

However, Leader of Opposition YS Jaganmohan Reddy said the state government had wasted Rs 1,600 crore as Pattisam did not have any storage capacity.

The chief minister made a suo motu statement in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday afternoon on the Pattisam scheme under which 8,500 cusecs of water from Godavari river would be lifted into the Polavaram right main canal and diverted to Krishna river through the Prakasam Barrage.

Chandrababu Naidu. APChandrababu Naidu. AP

Chandrababu Naidu. AP

“Pattisam scheme has been completed in a record time of just one year. By interlinking Godavari and Krishna, crops in the Krishna Delta region are saved by timely supply of (8.8 tmc ft) water. We spent Rs 1,300 crore on Pattisam but the crops saved in the first year itself were worth Rs 2,500 crore,” Naidu said.

About 80 to 100 tmc ft of water from Godavari river could be diverted into Krishna river on the upstream of Prakasam Barrage through the Pattisam scheme.

“Krishna water to this extent can be saved in Srisailam reservoir and used for the benefit of farmers in the parched Rayalaseema districts of Kurnool, Anantapuramu, Kadapa and Chittoor besides other needy areas in the state,” Naidu added.

Taking part in the discussion on the subject, the opposition leader, however, said Rs 1,600 crore was sent down the drain as Pattisam scheme did not have any storage capacity.

“Krishna Delta requires 180 tmc ft of water but the government is claiming to have done wonders by pumping just four tmc ft. It was my late father (YS Rajasekhara Reddy) who completed 70 percent of works related to the Polavaram right main canal,” Jagan pointed out.

He questioned why the Chandrababu Naidu government remained silent after the Telangana government invited tenders for the Palamuru-Ranga Reddy lift irrigation scheme to divert Krishna water.

“You don’t even have the guts to face KCR (Telangana chief minister). He (KCR) is talking to Maharashtra chief minister over sharing of river waters,” the YSR Congress president said.

For most part of the debate, there was a humorous duel between Chandrababu and Jagan as the former claimed the latter probably never understood the irrigation subject properly.

“Hope you people have understood what I said. Your leader seems to have not got it. I will take a class for you all if you did not understand,” Chandrababu remarked, pointing to the YSRC MLAs.

The chief minister then read out portions of his statement again and stressed that his government would complete the Polavaram multi-purpose irrigation project as well by 2018.