AP tainted ministers: House to debate graft

AP Assembly will take up a debate on corruption in the ongoing Budget session.

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Assembly will take
up a debate on corruption in the ongoing Budget session as a
combined Opposition convinced Speaker Nadendla Manohar on the
issue even as the government, caught in a tight spot,
grudgingly agreed to it.

The Business Advisory Committee of the Assembly will fix
the date on which the debate will be taken up, according to
the Speaker.

The Speaker`s announcement ended a six-day pandemonium in
the Assembly that saw the Opposition literally baying for
blood of six ministers who were issued notices by the Supreme
Court in a case related to the amassing of illegal wealth by
Kadapa MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy.

Led by the Telugu Desam Party, Opposition parties have
stalled the House for six days demanding dismissal of the
"tainted ministers" and tabling of files related to 26
controversial Government Orders but the Kiran Kumar Reddy
government sought to seek cover under the ongoing CBI
investigation into the case.

The Opposition did not give up though and, in fact, the
Congress` ally Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and the Telangana
Rashtra Samiti too echoed the demand for tabling of relevant
files in the House for a detailed discussion on the corruption
issue. Of course, the MIM and the TRS wanted all allegations
of corruption against politicians and officials since 1995 be
debated in the Assembly.

The government`s stubborn stance that the House could not
discuss an issue that was sub judice only hardened the entire

The TDP, TRS, MIM, CPI, CPM, BJP and Lok Satta Party came
together on the issue, leaving the Congress defenseless. MIM
leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, considered a friend of the ruling
party, was the most vehement in his attack of the
government on Tuesday.

"Andhra Pradesh has turned into a Scam Pradesh...nobody
can deny this. Corruption has reached unprecedented heights. Never in the history of the state, six ministers and eight IAS officers were issued notices by the
Supreme Court in a corruption-related case," Akbar said.


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