Oppn walkout in AP Assembly over 'corruption'

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Hyderabad, Mar 5 (UNI) The main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today staged a walkout in the State Assembly over non-filling up of the post of Vigilance Commissioner for five months and non-placement of former Vigilance Commissioner R C Samal's 'report' in the House.

Dissatisfied with Higher Education Minister D Srinivas' reply on behalf of Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy that the ''monograph'' of Mr Samal after his retirement had 'no sanctity' and hence there was no need to place it in the Assembly, TDP Legislature Party Leader N Janardhan Reddy alleged Mr Samal had revealed that corruption was rampant in the Irrigation Department, which was being emulated by other departments.

Registering his party's protest, the TDP Legislator led his party colleagues out of the House.

BJP Floor Leader G Kishan Reddy walked out of the House after questioning the government for the long delay in taking action on Mr Samal's 'revelations.' The Minister said Mr Samal had not submitted his annual report to the government when he was in office but had gone to the press after demitting office.

Taking it seriously, the government had constituted a high-power Committee under the Chief Secretary to examine his allegations in detail, he added.

The Minister said since the post of Vigilance Commissioner was vacant, the VC office had been requested to forward reports to the secretaries of the departments concerned for taking necessary action.

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