ANDHRA PRADESH

Efforts on to target Krishna Yadav: YSR

HYDERABAD Sept. 21. The Congress Legislature Party leader, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, on Sunday alleged that efforts are under way to single out the former Minister and TDP MLA, C Krishna Yadav, in the fake stamp paper scandal to bail out the other ruling party leaders involved in the scam.

Participating in a meeting organised by the joint action committee of youth organisations here, the CLP leader criticised the Chief Minister, N Chandrababu Naidu, for attempting to divert the case by seeking a CBI probe into it. "The Government could save all those involved in the scam for four years. It is only after the intervention of Maharashtra police that the issue became public and hence, the Government is seeking a CBI probe. Everybody knows how the CBI functions and even if the CBI does its job, it will be refused permission to prosecute the accused as in the case of Kodela Sivaprasada Rao," he said.

In a scathing attack on the Government, he said that there were several instances like excess payment of Rs 212 crores to IMFL manufacturers by the AP Beverages Corporation Limited and Rs 200 crores to GVK-Spectrum which were pointed out by the Vigilance and Enforcement as well as CAG, but the Chief Minister remained silent on them. "Is the Chief Minister innocent in all these issues? One has to believe so as nobody has seen the companies carrying suitcases to him," Mr Reddy said.

On the Congress demand for imposition of Article 356 in the State, he said that since the Congress' charge of human rights abuse in case of suicide by farmers was substantiated by the Rapporteur appointed by the NHRC, K.R Venugopal, the Congress sought imposition of Article 356. However, the TDP leaders are indulging in mudslinging by claiming that 300 people were killed by Congressmen during the 1991 communal rights. "This has become a habit of the ruling party leaders to indulge in mudslinging whenever charges of corruption are raised against them. They are in power for the last more than eight years, why did they not initiate action against the Congressmen if their charge is valid, he questioned.

Speaking on the occasion, the CPI (M) politburo member, K Satyanarayana, said that scandals had become a routine affair in Andhra Pradesh ever since Mr Naidu took over as the Chief Minister. The warning of Krishna Yadav to the ruling party that he would reveal the other names exposed the depth of the fake stamp paper scam in the State, but the Government continues to shield the guilty. "To remedy the situation, there is an urgent need to constitute an independent body which can prosecute persons against whom there was a prima facie case without prior permission from anybody," he said.

The CPI State secretary, S Sudhakara Reddy, said that there were doubts that Krishna Yadav was expelled from the Cabinet after the Chief Minister came to know about his involvement in the fake stamp paper scam. "When the Government revenue on account of stamp sale was gradually declining was the Government lacking the minimum common sense to understand the seriousness of the situation," he asked. Stating that there were reports of the involvement of two Ministers, eight MLAs and senior police officials in the scam, he demanded that the Government come out with all the information pertaining to the scam.

The meeting was organised by the AP Youth Congress in association with the Democratic Youth Federation of India, All India Youth Federation, Progressive Youth League and other youth organisations. The APYC vice-president, G Rudraraju, welcomed the participants, while the DYFI state secretary, P.V Srinivas, presided over the function.

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