TDP accepts CM's challenge for probe into property

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Hyderabad, Oct 10 (UNI) Reiterating the charge that Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy was ''earning Rs one crore per hour by wrongful means'', Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President N Chandrababu Naidu today said he was ready for a probe by a sitting High Court judge into the assets of Dr Reddy and his own.

Responding to Dr Reddy's poser at Parakala, Mr Naidu, who was on a tour of Warangal district, contended that though the Government had ordered as many as 22 probes into the alleged ommissions and commissions of the previous TDP Government, it could not prove anything.

''The Congress is in power and it is free to order any probe,'' he said, alleging that the ruling Congress was instigating the Income Tax and Commercial Tax departments to conduct raids.

Waving a file full of copies of documents, TDP Spokesman T Sitaram told a press conference here that ''we have enough proof to substantiate the allegations. We are ready to submit the details to the State Assembly Speaker or a High Court judge or before leaders of all parties.'' He asked the Government to respond by placing files to prove the charges levelled against Mr Naidu.

Irked by the Chief Minister's remark that Mr Naidu had just two acres of land when he entered politics and that he had completed his studies with the help of social welfare scholarship, Mr Sitaram claimed that Dr Reddy too did not belong to an aristocratic family and his father was originally a mason.

Denying the Congress' criticism that Mr Naidu had 'backstabbed' TDP founder N T Rama Rao for the sake of power, he claimed that Dr Reddy had no right to invoke the name of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi after parting ways with her and joining the Reddy Congress and denying her the ''cow and calf symbol''.

Dr Reddy, who had raised a banner of revolt during the regimes of Kotla Vijayabhaskara Reddy and Marri Channa Reddy, had no moral right to speak about the TDP, he contended.

UNI

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