Counter corruption charges unitedly, Rosaiah tells ministers
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Last Updated: Friday, June 18, 2010, 23:53
  
Hyderabad: With one minister after the other of his Cabinet facing serious allegations of corruption not only from opposition parties but also from senior Congress leaders, Chief Minister K Rosaiah Friday asked his Cabinet colleagues to "effectively and collectively" counter them and ensure that the government’s image was not tarnished.

The issue came up for serious discussion at the State Cabinet meeting, chaired by Rosaiah here today wherein Rural Development Minister Vatti Vasantha Kumar raised the issue of charges being levelled against Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah by senior Congress leaders like former MLC Palvai Govardhan Reddy and Nalgonda MP Gutta Sukhender Reddy.

Vatti strongly condemned the allegations and wanted the so-called senior Congress leaders reigned in. "It is unbecoming of these old people to level serious allegations against a Cabinet minister," Vatti reportedly said.

Health Minister Danam Nagender reportedly pointed out that Lakshmaiah was being targeted only because he was a backward class leader. However, other ministers like Komatireddy Venkata Reddy objected to Danam’s remark and said caste had nothing to do with the allegations.

Rosaiah then asked his colleagues to collectively and effectively counter such allegations against any minister. "We all have to defend our colleagues. It is our collective responsibility," Information Minister J Geeta Reddy, who briefed reporters about the Cabinet decisions, quoted Rosaiah as saying.

"Today it is Lakshmaiah. Tomorrow it could be the Chief Minister or someone else in the Cabinet against whom allegations of corruption can be made. The Chief Minister was very particular that we effectively counter all such allegations," Geeta Reddy added.

She replied in the negative when questioned if Lakshmaiah volunteered to face a probe in the light of the allegations him, like Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao sought a Vigilance inquiry into the allegations against him.

Referring to the senior leaders outbursts, the minister said the party was seized of the matter.

Meanwhile, party sources said the Pradesh Congress Committee president D Srinivas too was highly upset with the so-called senior leaders over their diatribe against AICC general secretary and Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily. He also reportedly took strongly exception to Palvai Govardhan Reddy’s claim that the state Governor too was part and parcel of the Congress high command.

The high command has taken a serious view of these leaders intemperate remarks and appropriate will be initiated at the appropriate time, Srinivas reportedly told some party leaders today.

PTI


First Published: Friday, June 18, 2010, 23:53


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