TDP, Praja Rajyam for probe into corruption during YSR tenure

Main opposition Telugu Desam, Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam and other opposition parties today demanded an inquiry into alleged corruption and misuse of power during the tenure of late Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2010, 22:27 PM IST

Hyderabad: Main opposition Telugu Desam,
Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam and other opposition parties today
demanded an inquiry into alleged corruption and misuse of
power during the tenure of late Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara
Reddy, a charge dismissed by his son, Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Two Congress legislators also joined the probe demand
with one of them saying that prima facie it appears that
there has been misuse of office to benefit YSR`s family
members.

"They have violated rules. We seriously condemn this.
Rajasekhara Reddy indulged in massive corruption worth Rs one
lakh crore,” TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu said.

The media reports claimed that the Rajasekhara Reddy
government issued orders of "handing over" limestone reserves
of 6,680 lakh tones in Guntur district for a cement start-up
company in which the late Chief Minister’s family members
allegedly had an interest.

"When we see newspapers, the corruption surprises us.
We don’t know what they were few years ago. They are looting
mineral wealth where ever it is," Praja Rajyam chief
Chiranjeevi said during his ongoing ‘Praja Chaitanya yatra’ in
Srikakulam district.

Senior BJP leader and former Union Minister Bandaru
Dattatreya demanded that the Chief Minister K Rosaiah come out
with full details on the whole issue.

Dismissing the allegations as "baseless", Jagan said
in Ongole that a conspiracy has been hatched to defame his
father.

"Those who do not like him are making baseless
allegations against him. There is a conspiracy to defame him,
though 12 months have passed since his death," he said.

TRS floor leader in the assembly E Rajender demanded
that the state government come out with a white paper on the
mining leases given during Rajasekhara Reddy`s tenure.

Senior Congress MLA D L Ravindra Reddy hoped the
Centre, state government and party president Sonia Gandhi
would take note of the allegations and see that wealth is not
concentrated in the hands of a few.

Ravindra Reddy had earlier kicked up a political storm
by alleging a "scam" in a land transfer from the state-run
Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC)
to a private company when YSR was in power.

"Prima facie, it appears that power was misused to
benefit family members. We will take it to the notice of our
top leadership,” Congress MP from Nizamabad Madhu Yashki Goud
said.

The TDP and the Kadapa MP Jagan`s camp have been
trading charges of corruption for several days now.

The TDP questioned how the YSR family acquired huge
assets and the Congress MLAs close to Jagan replied that he is
ready for a probe into the matter.

PTI