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TDP adopting double standard: CPI

By Our Staff Reporter

ANANTAPUR SEPT. 22. T he State Government and the Telugu Desam Party were applying double standard while dealing with members of the party for their alleged involvement in criminal activities, the State secretary of Communist Party of India (CPI), Suravarm Sudhakar Reddy, charged here today. He also accused the Government of coming in the way of the law taking its own course.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr. Sudhakar Reddy explained that the "double standard'' of the ruling party was evident from the manner in which it expelled Krishna Yadav, an accused in the multi-crore fake stamp papers scam, from the party, while it was not willing to act against the Minister for Housing, Ramasubba Reddy, for his alleged involvement in a murder case.

A Bench of the High Court had made an observation recently, questioning the morality over continuing him in the Cabinet, he mentioned. "When both are accused in criminal cases and were yet to be proved guilty the same yardstick should be used against them,'' he observed. While a chargesheet was filed against Mr. Ramasubba Reddy, it was yet to be filed against Krishna Yadav, he noted.

Mr. Sudhakar Reddy also took exception to the repeated statements of the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, and the DGP, S.R. Sukumara, that no other legislator or party leader was involved in the stamp papers scam. He demanded a probe with a sitting judge of the Supreme Court into the scam to find out the facts.

He also mentioned several instances of the TDP's "double standard'' while dealing with the partymen allegedly involved in criminal cases. While Suddala Devaiah and Pocharam Srinivasa Reddy were forced to quit the Cabinet, Kothapalli Subba Rayudu was spared. The CPI leader accused the ruling party of "sacrificing small fry and saving big wigs to save its skin.'' The State Government could easily find out the suppliers of fake stamp papers to the vendors with the help of registered deeds, he said. He alleged that the scam had flourished in the State with the connivance of a few influential officials and Ministers. The connivance was proved in the fact that the Government had kept quiet when the sales of stamp papers slumped to Rs. 24 crores in 2000-01 from Rs. 57 crores in 1999-2000 in East Godavari district alone, he contended.

Mr. Sudhakar Reddy alleged that Mr. Naidu required the help of factionists in Rayalaseema to keep his party flag flying. The party which had been criticising the Congress legislator from Dharmavaram, K. Suryapratap Reddy, as a criminal till the other day, had now forced him to defect to the TDP.

People needed an answer both from the TDP and from Mr. Suryapratap Reddy, he said. Encouraging defections was not good for the party in the future, when it would sit in the Opposition, he warned.

Plea for all-party meet on water rows

Mr. Sudhakar Reddy urged the Chief Minister to tackle the situation arising out of drought carefully by taking all parties into confidence.

He said the State was witnessing agitations for water in Telangana, Rayalaseema and Coastal regions. Deficient rainfall and Karnataka projects had added up to the situation. He opined that a political solution to the rows on water within the State and with neighbours was the only way out.

He urged the Chief Minister to convene an all-party meet on the issue and form a committee to find out the exact availability of water in Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar reservoirs. Efforts should be made to give water to at least one crop under all projects by sharing the total available water on pro rata basis.

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