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Andhra’s Pawan Kalyan flays BJP-TDP for rule of fear



Andhra's Pawan Kalyan flays BJP-TDP for rule of fear

Hyderabad: A day after the Andhra Pradesh government foiled a protest over denial of special category status to the state, Telugu actor and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan on Friday told the BJP and TDP that they cannot continue to rule by creating fear among people. Kalyan flayed both the parties for going back on their word to accord special category status to Andhra Pradesh and accused them of pursuing opportunistic politics.

Dropping enough hints that he is gearing up for an active role in politics, the actor said if the state continued to be denied its right, he is ready to sacrifice his career and family to come on to the streets. Kalyan took strong exception to the TDP-led government using police to foil the protest planned by youths in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. The actor, who had campaigned for the BJP-TDP alliance in the 2014 elections, also hit back at them for mocking him for lack of political experience.

“They did not ask my political experience when they took my support but now when I am questioning them over special status, they say that I have no political experience,” said Kalyan, brother of megastar and Congress leader Chiranjeevi. The actor claimed he supported the Bharatiya Janata Party and Telugu Desam Party in the hope that they will solve people’s problems.

He recalled that the BJP had promised special status for 10 years while TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu had demanded it for 15 years. Stating that a special package was not equal to special status, Kalyan wondered what was the hurry in announcing the package. The actor once again targeted M. Venkaiah Naidu, saying he would not keep quiet if the union minister goes on saying whatever he likes.

Kalyan demanded a probe into the alleged corruption in government schemes and allegations of irregularities against Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Sujana Chowdary and TDP MP R. Sambasiva Rao. He claimed that following the death of Jayalalithaa, the BJP had set its sights on power in Tamil Nadu but the youth gave it a strong reply through protests over Jallikattu. The actor alleged that national parties always treated people in the south as their slaves. “They should know what happens when slaves revolt.” Kalyan said the south always faced bias and discrimination from the political parties and added that even the national media ignores the problems of the south.



Maha’s Covid-19 deaths stay high, recoveries improve



Maharashtra’s Covid-19 deaths remained on the upswing, staying past the 100-mark although new infections dropped and recoveries improved, health authorities said on Friday.

The state reported 127 deaths, taking up the toll to 47,599, while new infections remained above the 5,000-mark with 5,229 fresh cases taking the tally to 18,42,587.

While 11 of the state’s 36 districts reported fatalities – and all reported new infections – the bulk of deaths came from the Mumbai-Pune regions.

The state recovery rate improved from 92.07 per cent to 92.81 per cent – while the mortality rate stood stable at 2.58 per cent.

Another chunk of 6,776 fully recovered patients returned home – taking the total number discharged from 17,03,274 to 17,10,050 till date – against the 83,859 active cases.

Of the new deaths, Pune again led the state with 25, while there were 16 in Ahmednagar, 14 in Mumbai, nine in Nagpur, eight each in Thane, Sangli, and Osmanabad, five in Aurangabad, four each in Satara and Bhandara, three each in Nashik, Solapur, Jalna, Chandrapur, and Gadchiroli, two each in Parbhani, and Latur, and one each in Raigad, Ratnagiri, Hingoli, Akola, Amravati, Yavatmal, and Buldhana.

Mumbai, remaining in the sub-50 fatality range for over a month now, saw its toll climb to 10,945 now, while fresh cases remained below the four-figure mark, with 813 new infections took its total to 284,509.

Mumbai circle (MMR) saw 23 new deaths, pushing up the toll to 18,625 and with another spike of 1,672 new infectees, the total cases shot up to 636,877.

Pune circle recorded 32 fatalities and the death toll rose to 10,898, while the daily infections increased by 1,062 to 460,110 cases now.

Meanwhile, the number of people sent to home quarantine decreased to 547,504, while the number of those in institutional quarantine also went down to 5,567.

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