Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy appears to be firm on unearthing the corruption of his predecessor and Telugu Desam Party supremo N Chandrababu Naidu’s regime. He had closeted with the members of the cabinet sub-committee that was constituted to look into every file and expose the corruption of the TDP government.
As Opposition leader, Jaganmohan Reddy made allegations of corruption against Chandrababu Naidu government on issues like Polavaram-Pattiseema projects, land pooling and land allotment in Amaravati and other places, appointment of consultancies and money paid to them and various contracts involving engineering works. Now, sitting in the treasury benches, Jaganmohan Reddy wants to prove his charges against the TDP government.
The TDP leaders are now in jitters, particularly in connection with Pattiseema, Kondaveetivagu and other irrigation projects, where contracts were awarded in favour of their own contractors and estimates were escalated several times higher thus looting the State exchequer. The cabinet sub-committee was asked to probe into every irrigation project in the State since 2014 and that would point an accusing finger at Chandrababu Naidu and his minister for water resources, Devineni Umamaheswara Rao.
The YSR Congress had alleged massive corruption in the implementation of MNREGS in the State, which was headed by Chandrababu Naidu’s son, Nara Lokesh, who was a minister in the TDP government. The YSR Congress also accused Lokesh of indulging in massive corruption in IT allotments and agreements.
The cabinet sub-committee is now looking into all these activities and is going all out to frame charges against Chandrababu Naidu and his son Lokesh. The other ministers of the TDP government like Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, Prathipati Pullarao are also under the government’s scanner.
However, the TDP leaders say that Jaganmohan Reddy was working with political vendetta ignoring the welfare and developmental issues of the State. While claiming that they have not indulged in any corruption in the last five years, the TDP leaders say that Jaganmohan Reddy would end up not finding anything against them and would be a failure in ignoring the peoples’ issues.
It is to be seen what would finally come out from the cabinet sub-committee and what Jaganmohan Reddy would do to prove his charges against the TDP.