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The Chief Minister, N.Chandrababu Naidu, had allegedly allowed the scamsters to continue their `business' despite full knowledge of the nature of the crime, it felt.
The meeting regretted the fact that A.P. was getting into news for `all wrong reasons' and it had become a capital for scams under Mr.Naidu's rule.
The CLP members decided to take on the Government on the issue along with its other failures in the coming Assembly session.
Later briefing presspersons, the whips of the party N.Raghuveera Reddy and K.R.Suresh Reddy said the party would not rest till the misdeeds of the Government were highlighted.
The crime was not of insignificant in nature and was not even a one-time affair. It was targeted at maiming the Indian economy. The ruling party's benign disposition allowed the mafia to continue its flourishing trade, they said.
The Government must reveal the names of all leaders and officials involved in the scam.
Expressing derision over the remarks of the Chief Minister that the Congress party was politicising every issue, they said the TD chief should know better as he was a master-manipulator. Politicisation was Mr.Naidu's forte and not that of the Congress.
They were aware that the Chief Minister would try to divert the attention of the people by dragging into the picture the Congress-ruled States.
Mr.Naidu should keep in mind that he was the Chief Minister of A.P. and that the State Congress leaders were talking about his misdeeds and misdemeanors.
His arguments of convenience were by now well-known and people were not ready to believe that he was not aware of the stamp scam till Krishna Yadav's involvement. The very fact that registration fee hike did not lead to increase in Government revenue was warning enough on the circulation of fake stamp papers. Yet, Mr.Naidu preferred silence for four years, they said.
They said that the party would focus on scams, the adverse effects of the power sector reforms and the inability of the Government in tackling drought. Though the Congress party would stick to the agenda on the first day in the House, they would prefer to bring in an adjournment motion on the second day.
Party sources, however, declined to comment whether the party would prefer a no-confidence motion on the issue of the stamp paper scam.
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