Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy had said that he would expose the corrupt rule of the Telugu Desam Party during the last five years. The corruption was found mostly in the Polavaram Project, the Amaravati city project and the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) of the TDP regime from 2014 to 2019.
Jaganmohan Reddy told the Assembly on Friday that the government had constituted expert committee to look into the corruption of the previous TDP government. The initial findings have exposed the massive corruption indulged in by the TDP leaders including its president and former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, he said. In Polavaram, the TDP government had paid mobilisation advance to the tune of Rs 741 crore to a company that never started the work. This company belonged to the family members of former finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, the chief minister said.
In the power purchase agreements too, the TDP government had agreed to pay excess money to private companies, particularly in solar and wind power. Besides paying excess money, the government had also agreed to buy excess power, sometimes double the recommended quantity, he said. He further blamed the TDP government for dropping thermal power generation in the State to accommodate the private power companies. By cutting the thermal power generation, the government had also lost Rs 1.50 per unit, which was mandatory payment. In all, the TDP government had resorted to a huge corruption of Rs 9,800 crore in the PPAs.
However, Chandrababu Naidu discounted this charge and questioned Jaganmohan Reddy for charging high fee from Karnataka government for his family-owned power plant in that state. “You charge higher price from Karnataka government and oppose the same in Andhra Pradesh. Is it not double standards,” Chandrababu Naidu asked the chief minister and accused him of witch-hunt. The TDP also held protest in the Assembly against the allegations of the chief minister.