Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday said he was unfazed by the charges made in the petition filed before the High Court as he had done no wrong and would the fight the cases legally and politically.
Addressing a press conference, Mr. Naidu said every one knew that these charges were “politically motivated aimed at slinging mud at me” and who were behind it. YSR Congress leader Y. S. Vijayamma might have filed the petition but Congress too was behind it, he said.
Congress was back to its old ways of misusing investigative agencies to harass adversaries and those fighting against corruption as was evident from the way cases were booked against Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare team member, Kiran Bedi. He wondered how they could file cases against him when he was in Opposition for the last eight years now.
Mr. Naidu defended his decision to approach the High Court against the petitioner saying he had a right to do so when his political opponents were bent upon defaming him.
He also confirmed that his son had received a notice from the Enforcement Directorate but nothing from CBI so far. “My life has been an open book. All through last 30 years, I devoted more time for self-less public service. I have not allowed my wife and son to be anywhere near politics. But now they have dragged them too.”
He said the charges were so absurd that people like Ch. Ramoji Rao who owned Margadarsi much before he had entered politics and Murali Mohan who was established actor when he was a merely a student were “made my benamis”.
Mr. Naidu who earlier held a meeting with other Opposition parties on farmers' issues, made it clear that the party would move a no- confidence motion against the Kiran Kumar Reddy government during the coming session of the Assembly.
The meeting was attended by K. Narayana of CPI and leaders of Lok Satta, Revolutionary Socialist Party, All India Forward Bloc and CPI (ML) New Democracy. CPI (M) was conspicuous by its absence.
He conceded that he was one among those who had failed in ensuring that benefits of economic reforms reach the poor.