Hyderabad: Communist Party of India (CPI) General Secretary A B Bardhan Friday asked Centre to order an inquiry into the "claimed as well as hidden" assets of
Chief Ministers and ministers in the wake of Madhu Koda episode.
Addressing mediapersons here today, Bardhan said, "Madhu Koda is not alone. Corruption is eating into the social and political fibre of our country. The Centre should
investigate thoroughly into the assets of various Chief Ministers and Ministers."
He suggested that there were various agencies like the Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax Department, Central Bureau of Investigation and even the judiciary that could conduct the probe.
"A dark shadow looms over our electoral system in the form of money power. Earlier, it used to be muscle power and later the criminalisation of politics. Now, the role of money
power is becoming an accepted fact," Bardhan said, adding that there were as many as 330 members of Parliament who were "crorepatis."
Referring to the political crisis in Karnataka, the CPI general secretary said the `Bellary mining mafia`, led by Karnataka Tourism Minister Gali Janardhana Reddy, was threatening to destabilise the state government there.
"Congress politicians in Andhra Pradesh are in league with the Bellary mining mafia. In fact, both the Congress and the BJP tried to use this mafia," he alleged.