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Naidu vows to rebuild AP

Naidu is leaving for Delhi to attend a scheduled NDA meeting post the announcement of election results…reports Asian Lite News

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the NDA’s victory in the Lok Sabha polls.

“Thank you, Narendra Modi Ji! On behalf of the people of Andhra Pradesh, I congratulate you on the NDA’s victory in the Lok Sabha and Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections,” TDP chief Naidu said in a post on X.

“Our people of Andhra Pradesh have blessed us with a remarkable mandate. This mandate is a reflection of their trust in our alliance and its vision for the state. Together with our people, we shall rebuild Andhra Pradesh and restore its glory,” the post further reads.

Earlier, Prime Minister Modi also thanked the people of Andhra Pradesh, saying that the government will work for the all-round progress of the state.

Naidu clears air

As BJP rallies for support of alliances to form the government after falling short of a majority, Telegu Desam Party (TDP) Chief Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday extended support to the BJP and affirmed that he is “a part of NDA”.

“I have seen so many political changes in the country. I am in NDA. I am going to the NDA meeting. If there is anything else, we will report to you,” Naidu said, extending his support to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) while addressing a Press conference in Vijaywada.

Naidu is leaving for Delhi to attend a scheduled NDA meeting post the announcement of election results.

Thanking the people of Andhra Pradesh for giving support to the TDP and the NDA alliance, Naidu said, “I haven’t seen such a historical election. In this election people from the USA spending 5 lakhs rupees came and voted. Even the labourers working in other states have come to vote. These elections will be written with golden words”.

“I urge all the people that they should constantly give us feedback during our governance. It will help us to give good governance. We will review everything after going to Delhi and coming back,” he added.

Naidu also expressed gratitude towards Janasena Party Chief Pawan Kalyan for supporting them in the state, so that the “anti-incumbency does not split up”.

“Pawan Kalyan supported us so that the anti-incumbency will not split up. I thank him sincerely. BJP also supported us. I thank all Delhi leaders who came here including Modi, Amit Shah and all the workers of TDP, BJP and Janasena. With all our work together, we could win this,” Naidu said.

Naidu further criticized the YSR Congress Party’s five-year tenure, alleging extensive economic and agricultural damage.

Taking potshots at the five years of the YSRCP government in Andhra Pradesh, Naidu said, “The past five years of governance have inflicted damage equivalent to 30 years. The economy is in ruins, and the exact debt levels are unknown. Agriculture is suffering from severe water shortages. Farmers were unable to protest when sand was removed from their lands. Additionally, our workers were placed under house arrest.”

“During assembly sessions, I encountered difficult situations, and many YSRCP leaders harassed me and my family. On that day, I vowed to return to the assembly with a super-majority. The public supported me and sent me back to the assembly. I have been responsible both in opposition and in power. We will meet your expectations,” he added.

The NDA alliance comprising Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP and the Pawan Kalyan-led Jana Sena Party (JSP) along with the BJP won Andhra Pradesh.

‘Did not expect these results’

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, whose party YSR Congress was virtually wiped out in the state Assembly elections, said that the results were surprising.

Stating that he did not expect this outcome, he wondered why the YSR Congress suffered defeat despite implementing several welfare schemes, benefiting crores of people.

Interacting with the mediapersons, Jagan Mohan Reddy accepts the people’s verdict but vowed to continue working for the people, especially the poor.

He said the alliance could not take away 40 per cent vote share of YSR Congress. “We fell down but will rise with courage.”

Jagan also said that it was not new for the YSR Congress to be in the opposition.

“Barring these five years, we spent most of the time in opposition. Struggle is not new to us. We faced many difficulties while in public life and if there are greater hardships we are ready to face them,” he said.

The YSR Congress leader also remarked that the alliance was of “big people” like the BJP, N. Chandrababu Naidu and Pawan Kalyan. He wished all the very best to the new government.

In 2019, YSRCP had bagged 151 Assembly and 22 Lok Sabha seats.

Meanwhile, Jagan Mohan Reddy also listed out the major welfare schemes implemented by him and was surprised why the party had to suffer the defeat after doing so much for the people.

He claimed that his government had initiated measures which were not initiated in the past and worked for the development of all sections.

“We took steps for the benefit of 53 lakh mothers and a good future for their children but we don’t know what happened to the votes of these mothers and sisters. We provided pensions to 66 lakh elderly people, physically challenged and widows at their doorsteps. We don’t know what happened to the affection shown to them,” he said.

Jagan claimed that his government did everything for the good of 54 lakh farmers.

“We gave them investment support and helped them in every manner. We don’t know what happened to the love shown to 50 lakh farmers,” he said.

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Israel seizes broadcasting equipment of AP  

The AP denounced the move, accusing the government of abusing the recently passed foreign media law…reports Asian Lite News

Following its crackdown on Qatar-based media outlet Al Jazeera, the Israeli government seized the broadcasting equipment of The Associated Press (AP) in southern Israel, accusing the news agency of violating a new media law by providing images to Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based media giant reported on Tuesday.

Al Jazeera said it was among thousands of clients to receive live video feeds from the AP and other news organisations.

The AP denounced the move, accusing the government of abusing the recently passed foreign media law.

“The Associated Press decries in the strongest terms the actions of the Israeli government to shut down our longstanding live feed showing a view into Gaza and seize AP equipment,” Lauren Easton, vice president of corporate communications at the AP, was quoted as saying by Al Jazeera.

“The shutdown was not based on the content of the feed but rather an abusive use by the Israeli government of the country’s new foreign broadcaster law. We urge the Israeli authorities to return our equipment and enable us to reinstate our live feed immediately so we can continue to provide this important visual journalism to thousands of media outlets around the world,” she added.

According to Al Jazeera, officials from the Communications Ministry arrived at the AP location in the southern town of Sderot on Tuesday afternoon and seized the equipment. They handed the AP a piece of paper, signed by Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi, alleging it was violating the country’s foreign broadcaster law.

Shortly before the equipment was seized, the AP was broadcasting a general view of famine-struck northern Gaza where Israeli forces continue to press on a ground and aerial assault.

The AP said it complies with Israel’s military censorship rules, which prohibit broadcast of details like troops movements that could endanger soldiers. The live shot showed smoke rising over the besieged territory, the Al Jazeera reported.

The seizure followed a verbal order Thursday to cease the live transmission, which the news organisation refused to do, according to Al Jazeera.

“In accordance with the government decision and the instruction of the communications minister, the communications ministry will continue to take whatever enforcement action is required to limit broadcasts that harm the security of the state,” the Israel ministry said in a statement.

Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid decried the move as “an act of madness”.

“This government behaves as if it has decided to make sure at all costs that Israel will be swayed all over the world. They went crazy,” he said.

The White House said it was a “concerning” development.

“We stand firm in our belief that journalists have the ability, right to do their jobs,” the White House said, according to Al Jazeera.

On May 5, the Israeli cabinet voted unanimously to shut down Al Jazeera in the country, immediately ordering the closure of its offices and a ban on the company’s broadcasts and websites. Al Jazeera condemned the decision as a ‘criminal act’.

It came weeks after Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, passed a law on April 1 allowing Israel to temporarily shut down foreign media outlets, including Al Jazeera if deemed a threat to security. (ANI)

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