Anantapur: JC Prabhakar Reddy, a legislator of the ruling Telugu Desam party in Andhra Pradesh, on Saturday said he will start "accepting bribes" and "use the money for welfare activities" in his constituency as the state treasury was "cash-strapped".
"I will take bribes from contractors. But I will take them by demand drafts. I will display the names of those who have given me the money. I will take the money for my constituency," Reddy, who represents Tadipatri constituency in Anantapur district, said while speaking to reporters.
"Financial situation of the state prompted me to take this decision.... I will take white money. And I will show what I have done (with that money).
"There is no money in Andhra Pradesh. How will we complete development works? Why can't we do this?" he asked.
He claimed that several contractors who were executing government works in his constituency had offered him money though he had never accepted it until now.
Reddy's brother JC Diwakar Reddy is a senior TDP leader and a Lok Sabha member.