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`I`ll quit if TDP wins more seats than Cong in GHMC polls`

Last Updated: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 18:06

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K
Rosaiah on Sunday said he would resign if the TDP won even a
single seat more than the Congress in the Hyderabad civic

"I will send my resignation letter to the (Congress) high
command and Governor if the TDP wins even a single corporator
seat more than Congress in tomorrow`s Greater Hyderabad
Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections," he told reporters.

Rosaiah made the comments while refuting the reported
allegations of Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu
that the Chief Minister is on the pay rolls of Karnataka
minister G Janardhana Reddy, whose firm is facing allegations
of illegal mining in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.

Taking strong exception to Naidu`s allegations, Rosaiah
said he is ready for any probe into his own assets as well as
his family members.

"If you can prove his (Naidu) allegations, I will go to
the people and seek a punishment myself," he said.

Lashing out at Naidu, Rosaiah said the TDP chief was
never willing to face probe over the allegations of corruption
faced by him.

"He faced so many allegations. He always ran away from
them. Did he ever express willingness to face investigation,"
he asked.

"Naidu obtained a stay over a corruption case in the
Yeleru scam. If he is sincere, he should get that stay vacated
and face trial," Rosaiah said.

Asserting that he would never try to shield anybody over
alleged illegal mining by Janardhana Reddy`s Obulapuram
Mining Company (OMC), he reminded that he ordered probe by
state government officials first and later sought
investigation by CBI over the matter.

"When we realised that the Karnataka is also involved in
the OMC issue and that our state officials cannot conduct
probe in the neighbouring state, we immediately sought a CBI
probe," he said.

The Chief Minister said that he also pursued the matter
with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram though the formal
consent from the Centre for the CBI probe is yet to come.

Noting that the Empowered Committee of the Supreme Court
has submitted its report on the allegations of illegal mining
by OMC, Rosaiah said the state government would wait for the
verdict of the apex court.


First Published: Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 18:06

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