Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Opposition leader Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy traded charges in the Assembly on Wednesday over alleged land deals in Amaravati capital region. The chief minister flatly rejected all the allegations and challenged Reddy to prove they were true.
When YSR Congress Party members disrupted proceedings while insisting on a CBI probe, all the 49 MLAs of the party present in the House, except Reddy, were suspended for the day by Speaker K Sivaprasad Rao.
Demanding that the ruling TDP order an investigation into the alleged land deals, Reddy said, “Many TDP leaders, ministers and MLAs have purchased land in the capital area, based on insider information. This is a breach of the oath of secrecy sworn by the chief minister and the ministers. There should be an inquiry.’’
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TDP members, including CM Naidu, were quick to launch a counter-attack and challenged Reddy to prove his allegations. “If you prove your allegations are true, I will dismiss the ministers. We will take action against anyone if they misused information,’’ he said.
When the party MLAs raised slogans demanding a CBI probe, Legislative Affairs minister Y Ramakrishnudu moved a resolution under Rule No 329 of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly Rules and Procedures, which was adopted by voice vote.
Earlier, the Opposition party staged a walkout after accusing the TDP of failing to implement the farmers’ loan waiver scheme. Agriculture Minister P Pulla Rao said that the TDP government waived off farmers’ loans amounting to Rs 24,500 crore. “About Rs 7,433 crores have already been credited into farmers’ accounts under this scheme. Gold loans availed for agricultural purposes shall also be waived off as per the guidelines issued by the government,’’ Rao said.