Cites scandals in CWG, 2G spectrum, IPL matches and Adarsh Housing Society
TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday expressed surprise at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) meeting at Delhi skipping discussion on corruption, at a time when the issue had attained monumental proportions.
Addressing a series of meetings for the second day during a tour of Seri Lingampally, Kukatpally and Qutbullapur Assembly constituency around Hyderabad, Mr. Naidu said by skirting the scandals in Commonwealth Games, auction of 2G spectrum, IPL cricket matches and influential leaders “knocking away” land meant for Kargil heroes' families, the AICC had given a licence to its party leaders to do whatever they want.
Dig at KVP
It was such indifference to corruption that the State leadership too felt emboldened, he said. If the former Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy's ill-gotten wealth went into thousands of crores, the present dispensation was no different with one advisor lending his expertise full-time on how to continue the legacy.
No surprise that all the previous agreements were reworked for personal benefit causing a loss to the exchequer while displacing thousands of poor people, he alleged. The way the Government made APIIC reduce its stake in Emaar Properties from 26 to six per cent and in the Raheja IT park from 11 to 0.6 per cent stood out as classic examples.
His whirlwind tour was, however, marred by protests by pro-Telangana youth at Kukatpally and Balanagar. At Kukatpally, a few minutes before the arrival of Mr. Naidu's convoy, TDP members of the youth and students wing almost clashed with the protesters and police had to use mild force to disperse them. Five youths suddenly appeared with placards at Balanagar, but they were whisked away by the police.
Complaint against MFIs
Mr. Naidu was accompanied by senior leader T. Devender Goud and MLAs, P. Mahender Reddy and K. S. Ratnam. Pointing to Lanco Hills project at Khajaguda, he said 100 acres of Wakf land was given away to it which otherwise would have benefitted minorities. Sipping toddy brought by a tapper in his traditional attire, he said hundreds of such marginalised people were displaced. At Nanakramaguda, he heard complaints by women on how they lost land to the big companies and at Balanagar on harassment by MFIs.