Cong Govt pursuing corruption cases on TDP Chief: CM

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Hyderabad, May 13 (UNI) Making light of the corruption charges levelled by the Opposition against the Congress Government, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today said his government was actively pursuing corruption cases involving his predecessor N Chandrababu Naidu.

Participating in a meet-the-press programme, organised by the Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists here, he attributed the long-winding legal procedures to the delay in disposal of the cases against Mr Naidu.

Referring to the Rs 350-crore liquor scam case, he criticised the Former Chief Minister for getting a stay from the High Court instead of facing the case. The government was striving to get the stay vacated, he added.

The Opposition was resorting to mud-slinging by making ''baseless allegations' only to discredit the government which had ushered in the all-round development in the state, he claimed.

The Chief Minister said he had agreed for probes by the CBI as also the judiciary into various allegations only because the government had nothing to hide.

On the other hand, Mr Naidu had scuttled probes in various cases, including the Yelleru Scam, he claimed adding, ''Mr Naidu has not agreed for probe even into a single allegation of corruption.'' Dr Reddy said he did not find even a single good work done by Mr Naidu when he was in power.

Even in Information Technology, the exports, which grew only by 8.62 per cent during the previous TDP Regime, went up to 14 per cent in the last four years, he claimed.

Making a sarcastic reference to his predecesor finding a place in the world's dream Cabinet and visiting Davos to seek industrial investments but return empty handed, he said the state was not benefitted by such visits.

Making a comparison of the long march he had undertaken five years ago with the present ''Meekosam''Yatra of Mr Naidu, the Chief Minister said he had undertaken the padayatra to hear the woes of the people affected by long years of drought.

However, he had no objection in Mr Naidu touring the state in an air-conditioned bus.

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