Locked in a bitter tussle with his Telangana counterpart, K Chandrasekhara Rao, over the cash-for-vote affair, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and demanded a high-level probe into alleged phone-tapping by the TRS government.
Naidu and his party, TDP, are at the centre of a raging controversy after a party MLA was arrested by the Telangana Anti-Corruption Bureau, while allegedly trying to bribe a nominated Anglo-Indian MLA to vote for the TDP candidate in the Legislative Council election. The TDP MLA, A Revanth Reddy, was arrested on May 31 for allegedly trying to bribe Elvis Stephenson.
Days later, an audio recording surfaced in which Naidu was purportedly heard assuring Stephenson of all support, and promising to honour all the commitment that his people had made. Naidu hit back accusing KCR of tapping phones and producing fake audio clips to settle political scores.
“I have told the PM that Telengana government is acting with high-handedness. I have urged the PM, the Telecom Minister and the Home Minister to order a probe into illegal phone-tapping and confiscate the equipment used,” he said.