The TDP has said it is "ridiculous that a person who is facing criminal trial, is making wild allegations"

The Emperor of Corruption YSRC releases booklet on Naidu govts corrupt dealsFile photo: Facebook/Y S Jaganmohan Reddy
news Politics Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 08:22

The YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday brought out a booklet titled 'The Emperor of Corruption', listing the "corrupt deeds" worth Rs 1,34,295 crore of the Chandrababu Naidu government in the last two years.

YSRC president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy presented the booklet to leaders of some national parties, including Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Notably, ahead of the 2009 Legislative Assembly elections, the TDP then opposition in the combined state of Andhra Pradesh, had published a booklet entitled "Raja of Corruption" against the then Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and distributed it to all political parties in the country.

Jagan, who was not even in politics at that time, was listed as a beneficiary of various quid pro quo deals cleared by his father and Chief Minister Rajasekhara Reddy.

Now, with the TDP luring away his MLAs (13 and still counting), Jagan has launched a "Save Democracy" campaign and brought out this booklet to "expose" Chandrababu.

"Under his (Chandrababu's) leadership, the state has become the capital of collusive corruption. Kickbacks, bribes, shares, commissions...the name could differ, but corruption is open and ubiquitous in the state," the YSRC said in the preface.

"Today, in AP there is nothing that can be done without a bribe and there is nothing that cannot be done with a bribe. From sand reaches to solar plants, tenders in irrigation department to power department, Chandrababu ensured that not a single process is unaffected by the corrupt government," it added.

"After acquiring the ill-gotten money, Chandrababu Naidu has brazenly started 'Operation Akarsh'? whereby MLAs from our party are being poached on day to day basis using carrot and stick policy. If they join TDP, they are paid a minimum of Rs 20 to Rs 30 crore, besides the lure of ministerial berths," the YSRC added.

In the name of developing a world-class Capital Amaravati, the state government was doing a "world-class? real estate scandal" worth Rs one lakh crore, it alleged.

"Chandrababu is a byword for extravagance," the opposition party said, adding that his "profligate spending" touched a sum of Rs 736.37 crore.

"Chandrababu always talks about the financial hardships the new state is facing. However, on the other hand, he spends money like water. He thinks spending government money is his birth right and his extravagance knows no limits," it alleged. .

The Telugu Desam Party meanwhile, made light of the 'Emperor of Corruption' booklet brought out by opposition YSR Congress, saying it is nothing but a compiled translated version of the "false and baseless" news stories published in a Telugu newspaper and television channel of YSRC chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.

"Looks like Jagan's mind has gone blank with the exit of 13 of his MLAs. He failed miserably as opposition leader and he has brought out the booklet only to divert people's attention from his failures," AP Finance Minister and TDP politburo member Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said.

He said it is "ridiculous that a person who is the prime accused in at least 12 cases of corruption and facing criminal trial is making wild allegations against the Chief Minister. He is only damaging the image of AP in New Delhi".

"For the son of 'Raja (king) of Corruption', everyone appears to be corrupt. When he made these allegations in the Assembly, we challenged him to prove them on the floor of the House but he ran away," the Minister added.

"We read in 'puranas' (epics) that demons used to create hurdles for 'yagnas' performed by God's. Jagan is acting in the same manner and trying to scuttle the development of Andhra Pradesh," he said, adding that the YSRC lacks credibility and the party wouldn't survive till 2019.

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