Cong, TDP spat over CAG report on projects

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Hyderabad, Mar 28 (UNI) The ruling Congress and Opposition TDP today had heated arguments over ''indictment'' by Comptroller and Auditor General(CAG) on implementation of various projects during their respective regimes.

Intervening during the debate on the Appropriation Bill in the Assembly, Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu maintained CAG observation on Yellampalli Irrigation Project had vindicated his party's stand that Rs 359 crore excess payment had been made by inflating the internal bench mark (IBM).

Mr Naidu challenged the Congress Government to place the files relating to the project before the Speaker and contended the Rajasekhara Reddy Government had no moral right to continue in office.

Alleging corruption in the project, TDP Legislature Party Deputy leader T Devender Goud alleged that the government was tactfully avoiding placing of the Lok Ayukta report, which went into the deal, by getting a stay from the Supreme Court.

Public Accounts Committee Chairman and Former Speaker Y Ramakrishnudu demanded the government immediately provide the key documents submitted to the CAG on the issue.

Asking the Opposition not to politicise the CAG's observation, Finance and Legislative Affairs Minister K Rosaiah said the CAG report along with the Action Taken Report would be tabled in the Assembly after scrutiny by the PAC.

The government was ready for a debate on the CAG findings at a time fixed by the Speaker, the Minister said.

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