APCC refutes TDP's corruption charges

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Hyderabad, Feb 4 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today refuted Opposition Telugu Desam Party's (TDP) Deputy Floor leader in the Assembly Nagam Janardhan Reddy's allegations that corruption had increased in the State.

Addressing a press conference here, party official spokesperson N Tulasi Reddy said the TDP leader was levelling allegations against the Government without verifying facts as he could not digest the development activities taken up by the Government and its clean image in the minds of the people.

He alleged that Mr Reddy, who had resorted to ''corrupt practices in the food-for-work programme'' during the TDP regime, had no right to level allegations against the Government, which was working in a transparent manner in all aspects.

He said the Transparency International, an international agency, in its survey, had ranked Andhra Pradesh in fourth slot in the list of less corrupt States in the country. The Government had taken several measures to combat corruption in the State.

The Congress leader said that to prove its transparency, the Government had conducted public discussions on 41 irrigation projects taken up by it.

He said the State Government had ordered inquiries on all the corruption charges levelled by the Opposition, which failed to prove even a single allegation against the Government. The people of the State would not believe the misleading statements of the TDP leaders.

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