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Cash-for-vote : Jagan wants debate on Naidu’s role


The cash-for-vote scam rocked the AP Assembly on fifth day, the last day of the ongoing monsoon session, which led to the acrimonious scenes in the well and finally to the two adjournments.
In Andhra Pradesh Assembly everything boils down to Jagan vs Chandrabu Naidu. Today, the vote-for-scam also has got finally reduced to Naidu versus Jagan fight relegating the regular business to the background.

YSR Congress insisted on taking up the infamous cash-for -vote scam as adjournment motion for a debate in the House as the chief minister’s name figured 22 times in the charge-sheet file by Telangana ACB, which is investigating the case. Ruling party members stoutly opposed any debate on the subject as it was related to another state. Speaker Kodela Sivaprasadarao disallowed the notic while advising the opposition benches that it was sub judice.

But, opposition members, demanding a debate on the subject, rushed into the well raising slogans.
The YSRCP MLAs Roja, Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy and Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy attacked the TDP for its efforts to shield the chief minister who was involved in the cash-for-vote scam. “The ruling party is scared of debating the issue. Because Naidu is personally involved in the scam. He is taking commissions in the state and using the money to buy MLAs in other state,” Roja attacked. The treasury benched attempted to repel the attack by alleging that Jagan had colluded with TRS in Telangana.

The TDP deployed chief whip Kalva Srinivasulu, welfare minister Ravela Kishore Babu, senior member Dhulipalla Narendra and sports minister Achhannaidu, who charged that YSRC was in league with TRS to kill the TDP in Telangana. “Jagan was embodiment of corruption. He is the most corrupt politician in the country. Every Friday he attend the court to face trial in more than a dozen cases. He has no moral right to talk on Chandrababu Naidu,” they said.

Reacting to the allegation Jagan said it was Chandrababu Naidu who hobnobbed with KCR . Showing a picture of KCR and Naidu campaigning jointly in 2009 elections, Jagan said,” the TDP has a lot to answer on the cash -for-votes scam.,” he also hurled a challenge that he would resign in minutes from the Assembly if the ruling TDP offered proof that he had spoken to or written a letter to Telangana CM KCR. He asked Naidu to tell whether the voice recorded in telephone conversion was his or not.

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Cash-for-vote chargesheet : ACB fails to name Naidu


The expected has happened. Notwithstanding the ferocious statements by T-Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao that no God would save Chandrababu Naidu from being implicated in Cash-vote-scam, Naidu’s name did not figure accused in the chargesheet filed by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Telangana.

Though the chargesheet did mention Naidu’s name many times as the person responsible for the whole episode, the ACB could not conclusively say that the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh was accused.

The basis for the Chandrababu Naidu’s reference in the chargesheet was the telephonic conversations between complainant Elvis Stephenson and TDP MLA Revanth Reddy, and Harris Sebastian.

The telltale reference was made in the form of “Babu’  and  ‘Boss’ and ACB argues that this  Babu and Boss was none other than Andhra Pradesh chief minister  Chandrababu Naidu.

To buttress its argument the ACB also produced call data of conversations where Babu and Boss recurrently popped up.

The ACB today filed a 25-page chargesheet in the special ACB court.  ACB  claimed that the chargesheet had been filed after interrogating 39 witnesses including TDP MLA Revanth Reddy, Sebastian, Uday Sinha, TDP leader Vem Narender Reddy, his son Krishna Kirthan, Sandra Venkata Veeraiah etc.The ACB annexed 319 documents to the chargesheet.

ACB also strategically chose a day, when entire media was running helter-skelter  to cover every bit of news related to  former president Kalam, to file the charge sheet.

Chief minister KCR’s periodic threats that Naidu was directly involved in the cash-vote-scam and T-News channel’s leaks of purported telephonic conversation between  nominated MLA Stephenson and AP CM Naidu, onlh created a hype that Naidu’s name was all set to appear in the charge-sheet.

Media carried reports that ACB was thinking of slapping a notice on Naidu to appear before ACB. The mind game unleashed by TRS was so frightening that CM Chandrababu Naidu had to issues an ultimatum to KCR that if he would attempt to arrest him that would be the  end of T- government.

Following intense war of words, Prime Minister Modi is said to have asked a union minister to work out a rapprochement between the two warring chief ministers. Consequently  KCR’s son and IT minister met union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu twice in New Delhi. Telangana.Similarly, Venkaiah personally met KCR in Hyderabad.

Finally, today, the chargesheet filed by ACB has not reflected the terrible animosity the two chief minister displayed for each other. What KCR said in public meeting about Naidu’s role in cash for vote scam, in hind sight and Naidus’ ultimatum looks like  staging of a gory war scene to cover up the compromise being struck behind the screens.

All the accused will tried under IPC 120 (B) for conspiracy and prevention of corruption Act, because the peoples representatives come under the definition of public servants.

However, those who deny the compromise theory say  AP CM’s names might figure in the supplementary chargesheet which ACB is expected to file after further investigation.

“The ACB had thrown enough light on the role of Naidu. Telephonic conversations squarely point to the role AP CM played in the attempt to buy nominated MLA’s vote for a TDP candidate in Telangana Legislative Council elections,” they said.

Chandrababu Naidu’s name as well as the origins of money paid to the complainant would also come out soon in the supplementary chargesheet, they added.




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