‘The amount involved in 2G spectrum scam is mind-boggling'
Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu expressed the view that India will emerge as a superpower in the next 20 years to 30 years and hoped there will be no poverty in the country by that time.
Addressing a series of meetings in and around the city as part of his roadshow on Saturday, he said that it was possible to end poverty by putting an end to corruption. Referring to the Rs.1.76 lakh crore 2G spectrum scam, he said that the entire amount was cornered in a single deal. The amount was more than the AP Budget which stood at Rs.1 lakh crore, it was equal to the five-year education budget or four-year health budget of the nation. He asked the people to think it over as it was their (tax payers) money that was being siphoned off by corrupt leaders. “The time has come for you (voters) to teach the corrupt Congress leaders a lesson in the next elections,” he said. Mr. Naidu alleged that the Congress leaders have not even spared Kargil war martyrs and were trying to corner the homes being constructed for the war widows in Mumbai.
The former Chief Minister recalled that he had issued a G.O. that people in occupation of up to 60 square yards of land should be given that land free and those occupying more than that extent should be made to pay nominal cost for regularisation. He recalled that the Simhachalam Devasthanam had realised Rs.16 crores as revenue.
The regularisation was stopped after Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy took over as the Chief Minister.
Officials had started harassing the poor with threats of eviction. Mr. Naidu said that the Government could compensate the Devasthanam, if necessary, but shouldn't resort to harassment and eviction of the poor under any circumstances. Addressing the gathering at the premises of the Visakha Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS), he condemned the lathi-charge on students of Seemandhra who were protesting against the postponement of the SI recruitment test. When Visakhapatnam East MLA Velagapudi Ramakrishna Babu told him that the State Government was trying to privatise VIMS, he said that such a move wouldn't be tolerated by the TDP.
Mr. Naidu asked the Self Help Group women who had taken loans from MFIs not to repay them till the State Government gave them ‘pavala vaddi' loans as promised.