Alleging widespread corruption in the tenders of the Bhogapuram Airport and lapses in opening of separate Personal Deposit (PD) accounts of government officials in Andhra, a delegation of BJP leaders met Governor ESL Narasimhan and demanded a CBI probe.
The delegation led by Rajya Sabha MP GVL Narasimha Rao, including MLC Somu Veerraju, MLA Vishnu Kumar Raju and senior leader Vishnu Vardhan Reddy, met the Governor in Vijayawada.
The BJP has been demanding a CBI probe against the TDP-led government in Andhra Pradesh alleging that it has credited Rs 53,039 crore in the personal deposit (PD) accounts of officials of various departments in the state, adding that no records were maintained and no bills were produced to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).
BJP MLA Vishnu Kumar Raju, speaking to the media, said that they have complained to the Governor regarding 'corruption' in PD accounts and lapses in tender announcements in Bhogapuram Airport set to come up in Vizianagaram district.
Vishnu alleged that the TDP government was not allowing the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to call for tenders for the airport.
However, in its response, the TDP came down heavily on the BJP delegation for meeting the Governor.
Speaking to local reporters in Vijayawada, TDP official spokesperson Lanka Dinakar stated that the BJP was deliberately shaming the state by "halting development”.
He also alleged that the "BJP will get some sort of joy if it somehow halts the Bhogapuram Airport and thereby stops employment opportunities in the northern region of Andhra."
The TDP leader also claimed that the BJP and YSRCP were halting the development efforts undertaken by Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.
Lanka said that GVL Narasimha Rao and his colleagues were attempting to sabotage the government by making ‘pointless’ arguments.
However, Vishnu Kumar Raju countered TDP’s criticism claiming that the BJP was for the state’s development while the TDP stood for corruption.