ANDHRA PRADESH

APCC chief demands judicial probe

NIZAMABAD NOV. 1. The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president, D. Srinivas, on Saturday demanded a judicial probe into the Intermediate public advanced supplementary examination, ready reference memos scam and initiate stern action against those found guilty, including politicians.

Speaking to newsmen during his brief visit to Nizamabad town, Mr. Srinivas alleged that the marks memo scam once again proved the involvement of ruling party leaders and their followers. He said the TDP Government had no moral right to continue in the office as more than 50 scams had surfaced within one year and ruling party leaders were involved in a majority of them.

It was unfortunate that the State Government continuing to turn a blind eye to the involvement of some ruling party leaders and trying to shield them, he said, adding only a judicial probe into the alleged affair would bring to light the role of politicians, more particularly, ruling party leaders.

He said targeting only seven or eight lower-level employees would not bring out the truth. He said the judicial probe should not end up only with a report but stringent action should be followed.

The PCC president said the Government should also look into the academic background of all the applicants, who applied for revaluation and later secured admission into the Birla Institute of Technology and Science and other professional colleges in the State and outside. The Government could not absolve itself of the charges that the ruling party was not involved and only some employees were involved, he pointed out.

'Prajahita yatra'

Referring to the bus yatra scheduled to begin on November 3 from Rajahmundry, Mr. Srinivas said most of the senior party leaders, including former Chief Ministers, former Union Ministers and sitting MPs were given their consent to participate in the yartra which was named `Prajahita yatra.' The bus yatra with senior Congress leaders would cover a number of Assembly constituencies in East and West Godavari, Krishna, Khammam and Warangal districts before it concluded on November 12 at Warangal with a public meeting.

He said the AICC in-charge of AP affairs, Ghulam Nabi Azad, the AICC Secretary, R.P.N. Singh, the CLP leader, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the former chief ministers -- N. Janardhan Reddy and Nadendla Bhaskar Rao - the former Union Ministers -- Shiv Shankar, Upendra, G. Venkatswamy, Renuka Chowdary and Kamala Kumari, the former State Ministers and senior Congress leaders -- K. Rosaiah, G. Hanmantha Rao -- and the former PCC president, M. Satyanarayana Rao, would participate in the yatra. Congress leaders, during the yatra, would expose the corruption in the State, Government's failure on various fronts by holding wayside meetings culminating in at least one public meeting every day.

The second phase of the programme would be finalised in a couple of days, he said. On the `one-crore boons' programme, Mr. Srinivas said the Congress would not keep quiet if the eligible people were not provided with ration cards and other benefits.

He said the entire process should be foolproof without scope for any criticism. He reiterated the Congress stand on free power and pointed out that the poor should also be covered under the free power.

The DCC president, S. Gangaram, the PCC joint secretary, Puppala Shoba, and the town Congress president, G. Gangadhar, were also present.

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