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Chandrababu Naidu's new plan aims to curtail central agencies.

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The chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu after withdrawing from the general consent to the CBI to investigate the cases in Andhra Pradesh As of now, he...

AMARAVATI: The chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu after withdrawing from the general consent to the CBI to investigate the cases in Andhra Pradesh. As of now, he is planning to approach the Supreme Court to curtail the powers of central agencies like the Income Tax department and Enforcement Directorate before general elections.

A TDP MP told a source, that a common minimum programme (CMP) with all the anti-BJP parties are going to be chalked out in Delhi. Once the CMP is ready, the parties will be giving a representation to all the central agencies to stop following the Centre’s political agenda. This shall be followed by another consultation with the parties. If there is a need and once there is consensus, the parties will approach the Supreme Court.

“We have worked out several plans, including taking legal recourse. We will switch to Plan B, depending on the requirement,” TDP member and agriculture minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy told a sources on Sunday.

Although the recent searches against the TDP leaders have not yielded any conclusive evidence, many of them say that they were agitated after finding out that the tax officials are at their doorstep.

TDP sources said that Naidu has already discussed the issue with the senior leaders in TDP and his legal advisers. The move follows towards Naidu’s allegation that the NDA government is targeting the opposition leaders through central agencies to rattle them before polls.

“It is an open secret that I-T department started searches on business houses owned by TDP leaders, including those of MP CM Ramesh, MLA Pothula Ramarao and former MLA Beeda Mastan Rao only after we parted ways with the NDA,” another senior TDP leader said.

On Monday Naidu is scheduled to meet the WB CM Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata, and is likely to discuss the issue with her. Naidu is also likely to discuss the issue with other opposition leaders such as Sharad Pawar, Stalin and Mulayam Singh Yadav. These are also the people whom the Andhra CM is scheduled to meet in New Delhi on 22 of November for the proposed anti-BJP grand alliance.

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