After the 12-hour long fast on Friday, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said he is ready to face any witch-hunt by the BJP for questioning the party and its Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking at the end of his fast, Chandrababu Naidu said he had given four-year long period for the BJP and Narendra Modi to fulfil the promises made to the state at the time of bifurcation and during the elections. As the Prime Minister failed, he had to pull out of the NDA and start the battle to protect the interests of the people. As he started the protest, he said the Central government and the BJP leadership would start creating problems for the State and its leadership too.
“They (BJP leaders) are now busy with the Karnataka elections. Once the elections are over, they would start their focus on AP and its leadership. They would stop giving us funds and even target some leaders here. But, I am not scared. We are prepared for it,” Chandrababu Naidu said in his address to the people.
His statement of witch-hunt by the BJP comes closely after his meeting with the Central Intelligence Bureau chief in Amaravati on April 18. It is said that the Central IB chief had closeted with Chandrababu Naidu for more than an hour. It is also speculated that the meeting also had Minister Nara Lokesh for about 15 to 20 minutes and the rest it was one to one meeting between IB chief and Chandrababu Naidu. If the discussions were about the State development and release of funds or any issues like that, the Chief Minister must have had his senior officers or Ministers or the party functionaries in the talks. But, he had his son and that too for a few minutes and this raises speculation about the Central government having information about the corruption cases involving the TDP government.
There is speculation doing rounds in the state that the BJP would lay its hands on three Ministers and five IAS officers for the corruption cases. The irrigation projects, capital land pooling and MNREGS funds are seen as potential issues to frame corruption charges against the Ministers.
The IAS officers who are under the Central government scanner are those from the Chief Minister’s Office and the industries department who handle the land allotment to various private institutions and individuals in the capital and other places across the State.
This is what Chandrababu Naidu is speculating in the days to come.