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Former Andhra minister Devineni Nehru passed away

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Hyderabad/Vijayawada, April 17: Former Andhra Pradesh minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader Devineni Nehru died of cardiac arrest on Monday, his family members said. He was 65.

A key figure in Vijayawada politics, he suffered cardiac arrest at his house in Hyderabad. He is survived by a son and a daughter.

Nehru, whose real name was Devineni Rajasekhar, was suffering from kidney related ailments and was discharged from a hospital in Hyderabad a few days ago.

His body was shifted to Vijayawada, where last rites will be performed on Tuesday.

Popular as Nehru among his followers, he had joined TDP when it was floated by thespian N.T. Rama Rao in early 1982.

He was elected to Andhra Pradesh assembly from Kankipadu in 1983 and retained the seat in 1985, 1989 and 1994.

Nehru served as the minister in N.T. Rama Rao’s cabinet from 1994 to 1996. When N. Chandrababu Naidu led a revolt against N.T. Rama Rao, Nehru was one of the few leaders to remain loyal to the party founder.

He later joined Congress party but lost 1999 election. He, however, was again elected to the assembly in 2004 but suffered defeats in 2009 and 2014.

Last year, he joined re-joined TDP along with his son Avinash.

Nehru’s family had a long-running feud with their political rival Vangaveeti Ranga.

Ranga, a leader of Congress party and belonging to the Kapu community, was murdered in 1988 when he was on hunger strike, sparking unprecedented violence in Vijayawada and other parts of Krishna district as well as neighbouring districts. More than 40 people were killed and properties worth billions of rupees were destroyed in the violence.

The violence abated after then Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao made Nehru surrender.

In 2002, a court acquitted all 33 accused including Nehru in the Ranga’s murder case.

A Telugu movie “Vangaveeti” on the feud between two families and produced by controversial filmmaker Ramgopal Verma was recently released.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu condoled the death of Nehru and termed it as a personal loss to him and also a loss to the party.

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CPI-M terms 15th Finance Commission’s TOR anti-federal

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Hyderabad: Prakash Karat's press conference, Photo: IANS

Hyderabad, (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Friday voiced over what it called the anti-federal and anti-democratic underpinnings of the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the 15th Union Finance Commission.

In a resolution passed by the 22nd Congress of the CPI-M here on Friday, the party said that the terms of reference were “intended” to reduce the share of the states in the overall tax devolution and “squeeze the fiscal space” available to them.

It also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Union government of trying to utilize the 15th Finance Commission to “further centralise financial powers”.

“As a result of the proposed change in the population base year, the TOR threaten also to seriously impair the finances of state governments that have performed well with respect to population control,” the resolution said.

Senior party leader Prakash Karat told reporters that the terms of reference are on assault of federal principles.

He also alleged that the central government has brought extraneous elements into the terms of reference.

The Marxist leader said that with the population criteria having being changed from 1971 to 2011, the party feels that the state who have taken steps to control population and who succeeded in population control will suffer in terms of financial resources being devolved.

On one of the terms of reference which speaks of “control or lack of it in incurring expenditure on populist measures”, Karat said this was not the business of Finance Commission to decide as this should be decided by elected governments and representatives.

The party expressed the apprehension that all social welfare measures may be considered populist by the Finance Commission and said that this move would curb autonomy and rights of states.

The resolution said that with the TOR suggesting that the 15th Finance Commission should review the recommendation of the 14th Finance Commission to raise the share of states in central taxes to 42 per cent and whether the constitutional provision to provide revenue deficit grants to states be continued at all, “the policies that follow from both of these will certainly reduce resource devolution to the states”.

“There are clear suggestions that the Finance Commission enforce the recommendations of the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act Review Committee Report. Any such move will significantly reduce the fiscal deficit and debt-GDP ratio permitted for the states, and will severely curtail the fiscal space available to states,” it added.

Noting that Finance Ministers of southern states have raised their objections to the terms of reference, the CPI-M hoped that more states will take a stand. The resolution said the party would mobilize public opinion for revising terms of reference.

In another resolution, the party Congress condemned what it calls the BJP-led government’s latest attack on the working class in the form of extending Fixed Term Employment to all sectors. “This move is an integral part of the neoliberal agenda of labour law reforms that are meant to impose conditions of virtual slavery on the working class,” said the resolution.

The resolution noted that the move would provide employers with the freedom to hire and fire workers. “It is one of the measures intended to facilitate movement up the ladder of the ease of doing business index of the World Bank by depriving workers of job security and pre-empting their united struggles to improve their conditions by getting organised,” it added.

Rejecting the BJP government’s claim that this will generate employment, particularly for women, the CPI-M demanded that the BJP government immediately withdraw the notification on Fixed Term Employment.

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Yashwant Sinha quits BJP

Dissident BJP leader Yashwant Sinha is holding an event with opposition parties in Patna today.

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Dissident BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Saturday quit the saffron party.

The veteran leader said, “Today I am taking ‘sanyas’ from any kind of party politics, today I am ending all ties with the BJP.”

Sinha made this announcement while addressing an event Rashtra Manch at Patna’s Shri Krishna Memorial Hall.

He also stated that he won’t sit quietly at the time when there is a crisis in the country.

The event which has been called under the banner of “Rashtra Manch” attended by the major Non-BJP parties including the Congress, RJD, AAP , TMC, and others.

Sinha had formed ‘Rashtra Manch’ on January 30, saying that it will be an apolitical forum and highlight “anti-people” policies of the Centre.

Several times, the former union minister had criticised the Narendra Modi government’s policies such as demonetisation, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, claiming that they have landed a dual-blow on the country’s economy.

“I have remained in the NDA government. When Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the PM we were told that Parliament should function at all costs. Did the current PM even try to reach out to the opposition parties to resolve the impasse? In fact, the government was happy that Parliament was not functioning because there was a no-confidence motion against it.

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Disgruntled BJP leader Yashwant Sinha to hold event with opposition parties today

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New Delhi, April 21: Disgruntled BJP leader Yashwant Sinha will hold an event with opposition parties in Bihar Capital Patna on Saturday.

According to the reports, major Non-BJP parties including the Congress, RJD,  AAP and some of rebel JD(U) leaders will make thier presence at the Shri Krishna Memorial Hall.

The event has been called under the banner of ‘Rashtra Manch’, the non political outfit started by the former union minister and Shatrughan Sinha.

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