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



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

"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.

PTI