Cancel mining leases given to YSR's family members: Naidu

Khammam: Main Opposition Telugu Desam today demanded that Andhra Pradesh government cancel the mining leases given allegedly to the family members of late Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in this district.

TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu made the demand after visiting the mines allegedly given to the family members of Rajasekhara Reddy at Bayyaram village.

"The mineral wealth is being looted by Congress. Late Rajasekhara Reddy's family members are benefiting from this illegal mining," he alleged, addressing a well-attended protest rally at Bayyaram.

The former Chief Minister demanded the mining leases be cancelled and rights of tribals protected.

Alleging that Karnataka's Reddy brothers (G Janardhan and G Karuanakar Reddy of BJP) resorted to illegal mining in Karnataka, he asked why Congress did not take action against them.

"Congress and BJP fight at the national level. But they are together in looting at Obulapuram (in Karnataka). Why Congress is not taking action against them? The Prime Minister should ban the export of iron ore from the country."

"I am asking Congress President what you will say on Bayyaram issue. You have given licence to Jindal Group. Your son (Rahul Gandhi) said he will fight like a soldier against bauxite mining in Orissa. Why that soldier is not able to set afoot in Andhra Pradesh?" Naidu said.