Thursday, November 24, 2011

Cornered, Naidu to target YSR Cabinet

Cornered, Naidu to target YSR Cabinet

Cornered by a CBI probe, TD chief N. Chandrababu Naidu is planning to target some of the ministers in Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy Cabinet in 2004-2009 who favoured YSR Congress chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and others. Sources in the TD told this newspaper that about eight ministers in YSR's Cabinet have been identified and a dossier is being prepared for dragging them to court and expose them in public for helping Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy. As YSR is no more, the TD leaders want to target ministers in his Cabinet.

On the TD's hit-list are minister P. Sabita Indra Reddy, Botsa Satyanaray-ana, Ponnala Laxmaiah, Kanna Laxminarayana, Venkataramana, S. Vijay-aramaraju, Dharmana Prasada Rao, besides Congress MP K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao. The TD feels that Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy and others were only beneficiaries of kickbacks in various deals including mines, industries, SEZs, lands and other largesse and the actual culprits were some ministers in YSR Cabinet who, besides favouring them, also made a fortune for themselves.

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her son-in-law Robert Vadra may also be targeted for amassing wealth. However, the TD leaders were unable or unwilling to confirm this. The former mines minister, Ms Sabita Indra Reddy, was grilled by the CBI over leasing of mines to OMC and more ministers are likely to face the sleuths soon on the lines of bureaucrats on mines, Emaar, irrigation projects, allotment of lands among others. “The exercise is on. The party is collecting information about those who had backed YSR and his son. Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy is only a beneficiary. The TD plans to expose those who had benefited him,” a senior TD leader said

In fact, textiles minister Shankar Rao, whose petition in the High Court led to ordering of a full-fledged probe against Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy, has written a letter to the CBI, demanding that the ministers in the YSR Cabinet to be also covered in the investigations. Mr Naidu is peeved at the CBI inquiry against him for favouring various individuals and organisations during his tenure as Chief Minister.