Telugu Desam government steeped in corruption; CM trying to browbeat critics’
Alleging that the TDP government was neck-deep in corruption, BJP State president Kanna Lakshminarayana dared the Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to seek a CBI inquiry into the large-scale misuse of funds in various projects and expressed readiness to prove the charges levelled by his party. He asserted that showing the BJP in poor light by repeatedly accusing it of reneging on its commitments to Andhra Pradesh (A.P.) was the single point agenda of Mr. Naidu and his supporters. Speaking at a demonstration organised by the BJP against the failures of the TDP government, derogatory remarks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and alleged physical attack on the convoy of Amit Shah at Tirumala, Mr. Lakshminarayana said there was corruption in every sphere and the Polavaram project and allotment of lands in Amaravati to various institutions and industries etc. were no exception.
When asked to properly account for the expenditure incurred out of the Central funds, Mr. Naidu would intimidate the critics. This was what happened when Mr. Shah visited Tirumala, where TDP cadres allegedly stoned his convoy, but cases were booked on some BJP leaders who sought to testify.
Mr. Lakshminarayana said Mr. Naidu has no definite agenda for the 2019 elections except to portray the BJP as the villain for his failures. He claimed that the Central government gave ₹1,26,000 crore towards grants to A.P. comprising 13 districts till 2018 compared with ₹76,000 crore to Karnataka which has 30 districts.
Mr. Naidu was reluctant to set up a special purpose vehicle through which the Centre wanted to extend financial assistance. However, he ditched the BJP-led NDA Government to gain political mileage and succeeded in that to some extent by getting a one-sided picture drawn by media houses sympathetic to his party. BJP Floor Leader in the Assembly and Visakhapatnam north MLA P. Vishnu Kumar Raju said it was a pity that the TDP government put the Special Investigation Team report on the land scam that rocked the port city, in the cold storage, and refrained from taking any action against TDP leaders involved in the “sand mafia”. MP Gokaraju Gangaraju, MLCs P.V.N. Madhav and K. Satyanarayana Raju, MLA Pydikondala Manikyala Rao and Mahila Morcha national in-charge Daggubati Purandeswari were among those present.