TDP urges Governor to act against tainted ministers in State

TDP urges Governor  to act against tainted ministers in State
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The State has been going through severe crisis of governance due to the unprecedented corruption The Telugu...

The State has been going through severe crisis of governance due to the unprecedented corruption

The Telugu Desam Party on Monday urged Governor ESL Narasimhan to dismiss the tainted ministers and the convicted ministers in the State and withdraw the sanction of legal assistance extended to the ministers involved in corruption cases.

A delegation of party MPs and MLAs led by TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu submitted a memorandum to the Governor seeking his intervention in the removal of tainted ministers by enforcing the rule of law.A Naidu said that six ministers including Dharmana Prasada Rao, P Sabitha Indra Reddy, K Laxminarayana, J Geeta Reddy and P Laxmaiah were facing charges in the issuance of 26 controversial GOs.

Government also extended financial assistance to the ministers to challenge its own decision in the Supreme Court. This action of Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy would further weaken all corruption cases for which the CM has to answer to the people. Government should immediately withdraw the financial assistance given to the tainted ministers to defend their cases before apex court, Naidu said.

He also brought to the notice of the Governor that the Special Court for Economic Offences has convicted State Minister for Intermediate Education K Parthahasarathy for offences under Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) and imposed fine and imprisonment. Quite shockingly, neither the minister chose to step down from the cabinet nor did the Chief Minister remove him. Perhaps, first time in the country, a convicted person is being continued in the State cabinet, Naidu said.

He regretted that the State has been going through severe crisis of governance due to the unprecedented corruption, by way of allotment of lands, mines, SEZs, irrigation contracts and other major projects to help the kith and kin and party leaders of the then Chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy and his cabinet colleagues. It was unfortunate that the government did not accept the resignation submitted by Roads and Buildings Minister Prasad Rao and Home Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy who were allegedly involved in Vanpic land scam and minings cases.

Since the Chief Minister has been acting in an unconstitutional manner, his party is demanding the Governor to direct Reddy to immediately dismiss the ministers and if the CM refuses to comply with, Naidu wants Narasimhan to invoke his authority and dismiss the tainted ministers forthwith.

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