The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has asked the Congress high command to clear air on the tainted Ministers in the State.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, CPI (M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu alleged that the Congress leadership remained a mute spectator to corruption and scandals that were rocking the State.

The people would conclude that the AICC colluded with the tainted Ministers if no action was initiated, he said.

The SC, ST Sub-plan was an outcome of protracted struggle by the CPI (M).

The YSR government even issued a GO on sub-plan subsequent to CPI (M) protests, but was not implemented. The government has failed to respond properly to the Tenali incident wherein a dalit woman was pushed under the wheels by some drunkards. Referring to ‘Amma Hastham’, the CPI (M) leader said, “It’s a ‘maya hastham’ (illusionary hand) to deceive the people.”

The government has not allocated any budget for the scheme.

Numerous figures were in circulation as officials put it as Rs. 680 crore, while Rural Development Minister Dokka Manikyavara Prasad put it as Rs. 5,000 crore.

If the total number of white ration cards were to be considered the budget would not be more than Rs. 2,800 crore, he said.

The CPI (M) suspected that the government would divert the SC, ST Sub-plan funds to the scheme. CPI (M) State secretariat member Y. Venkateswara Rao, city secretary Ch. Babu Rao were also present.

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