Sitting & former Andhra MLAs shot dead by Maoists

In the first major strike in many years in Andhra Pradesh, the outlawed CPI (Maoists) on Sunday shot dead a sitting MLA and a former MLA, both from the ruling TDP, in Araku area in Visakhapatnam district, police said.

The incident occurred at Lippitiputta village under Dambriguda mandal when Araku (ST) MLA Kidari Sarveswara Rao and former MLA Siveri Soma went to take part in a ‘grama darsini’ (village visit) programme, they said.

Sarveswara Rao won as the YSR Congress candidate in 2014, but he later defected to the TDP.

"Victory of democracy," says AP CM

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today termed the resignation of B S Yeddyurappa as Karnataka Chief Minister a "victory of democracy" and said it was a day everybody should feel proud of.

"This is not an ordinary victory. Entire people of the country will be happy. It is a proud day for all of us," Naidu said at a meeting of women self-help groups leaders here this evening.

He said normally a party with majority would be invited to form the government.

Six states to petition president for change in finance panel ToRs

Finance ministers of six non-BJP ruled states would meet President Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi on Thursday and submit a me­morandum, seeking amendments to the terms of reference (ToRs) of the 15th Finance Commission.

The finance ministers of Kerala, West Bengal, Pudu­cherry, Punjab and Delhi, besides Andhra Pradesh, will be part of the delegation, state finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said.

Progressive states join hands against Centre’s bias

Opposing the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commissi­on, Andhra Pradesh ch­ief mi­nister N Chandr­ab­abu Na­idu on Monday said prog­r­essive states would lose he­avily if the 2011 census was taken as the basis for devolution of central funds.

He also demanded that the Centre respect the cooperative federal system. “It is not right to penalise states that are in the forefront in population control. We will not tolerate this injustice. We will fight till justice is secured,” he asserted.