Deputy Chief Minister C. Damodar Rajanarsimha has expressed the view that in every case of corruption, the decision-maker as well as the beneficiary are equally guilty.
He gave this reply in an interaction with reporters here on Saturday when a question was posed to him after he made references to YSR Congress Party president Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy. He did not elaborate if the decision-maker was the Rajasekhara Reddy Cabinet and if so, why the government did not file any affidavit defending the 26 controversial GOs.
Asked about the Congress debacle in the by-elections, he said victory and defeat were quite natural happenings in a democracy. At least this was the endless experience of the Congress. He did not agree with the view that it was sympathy of the voters that secured victories for the YSRCP.
If sympathy was the main factor, the YSRCP would have won even Ramachandrapuram and Narsapuram seats as it was considered to be popular in the two Godavari districts.
Admitting that there were several organisational weaknesses in the Congress, he spoke about lack of coordination between leaders and cadre during the campaign. He dismissed as ‘figment of imagination', reports suggesting that there was truck between the Congress and the Telugu Desam.