Telugu Desam senior leader K. Yerran Naidu on Monday asserted that there was nothing that the United Progressive Alliance government could boast of having achieved in the last one year of its rule at the Centre. On the other hand, it was mired in corruption and IPL irregularities besides unchecked price rise, he said.
Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Yerran Naidu said that the single point agenda of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seemed to be clinging on to power, which was evident from the fact that they did not dare to sack Union Communications Minister A. Raja in the aftermath of the 2G Spectrum allegations. The Prime Minister did not act in respect of A. Raja only to save the government, as it was certain to fall if action was taken against a minister belonging to a coalition partner, he added.
Mr. Yerran Naidu asked as to why the Congress leadership made Shashi Tharoor to quit from the ministry in connection with the allegations surrounding the Indian Premier League, while it refused to initiate a similar action against A. Raja. “Shashi Tharoor is a party leader who cannot go against the party leadership's decision. If action is taken against Raja, it will lead to the collapse of their coalition government. This shows how they dilute values for the sake of power,” he said.
Expressing concern over rising prices and dwindling food grain, Mr. Yerran Naidu said that the UPA government had nothing to show to the people that they made progress in the last one year even as the IPL irregularities and the 2G spectrum issue brought to the fore shady deals. He wondered as to why the ‘clean' Manmohan Singh had not responded at all when there were allegations of large-scale corruption regarding the Rs. 1-lakh crore 2G spectrum auction.