Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy had kept August busy for him. He is on a three-day visit to Jerusalem from August 1 and is expected to be back in the State on August 5 evening. This is his first foreign visit as chief minister, but Jaganmohan Reddy had limited to his family affair. The expenses for this trip are to be made from his family income.
After returning from Jerusalem, the chief minister is scheduled to visit New Delhi, for two days from August 6. On the first day of his visit to the national capital, the chief minister is scheduled to have a one-to-one meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where he is expected to brief Modi on his government’s move to review the power purchase agreements (PPAs). The energy secretary and the energy minister in the Central government have already opposed the review of the PPAs and have written to the State government opposing the move. The private power companies have been strongly lobbying against the new government’s move to review the PPAs and bring down the power. They have even approached the High Court to stop the chief minister from making his next move on this. The lobby is so strong that it could even influence the Prime Minister, it is felt here. In this background, Jaganmohan Reddy is scheduled to meet the Prime Minister, where he would be discussing the issue, besides other issues concerning the State.
The chief minister is also scheduled to meet Union finance minister Nirmala Sitaraman and home minister Amit Shah on the first day of his tour. Later, on the second day, Jaganmohan Reddy would be visiting President Ramnath Kovind and vice-president Venkaiah Naidu. In the meeting with the finance minister and the home minister, Jaganmohan Reddy is likely to raise the bifurcation issues and seek support for the residuary state. He is also likely to seek the Central government’s support in resolving the bifurcation issues.
Later, the chief minister is scheduled to visit US for a week in the third week. He is scheduled to attend some meetings with the NRIs and invite them to invest in the State.