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Sripadasagar Project debate leads to uproar in AP house

Written by: Staff

Hyderabad, Mar 21 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh Assembly witnessed uproarious scenes as Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today took a dig at his predecessor N Chandrababu Naidu for allegedly trying to scuttle the irrigation initiative with ''fake papers.'' Irked by the Leader of the Opposition's claim that he had original estimates to prove Rs 400 crore fraud in the Sripadasagar project, the Chief Minister, concluding the prolonged debate on the issue, said everything associated with Mr Naidu was ''fake.'' Recalling Mr Naidu's former associates Mr Ramakrishna Goud, involved in fake currency racket, former Minister Krishna Yadav, an accused in fake stamp paper scam, Dr Reddy, amid thumping of desks, said even the jewellery kept in the famous Kanakadurga Temple in Vijayawada after the original were stolen, were ''fake.'' Protesting against the Chief Minister deviating from the Sripadasagar project, TDP members rushed to the well of the House and exhibited their lung power. Irked Congress members also came upto the Minister's seats and shouted slogans against the TDP.

Speaker K R Suresh Reddy, assisted by Legislative Affairs Minister K Rosaiah had a tough time in restoring order.

The House again plunged into pandemonium when Dr Reddy recalled that Mr Naidu had got stays into a probe in the Rs 650 crore Liquor scam and disproportiate assets case filed by the latter's step mother-in-law Lakshmi Parvati.

Believing in transparency his Government had agreed for CBI investigations into TDP leader Paritala Ravindra's murder and transfer of Rs 11 crore Vasist Wahan, an arm of multinational Volkeswagen, Dr Reddy, amid slogan-shouting by ruling and opposition party members, said, adding that on the other hand, Mr Naidu had used all his influence to ensure that the Centre denied permission to the CBI to initiate action against former TDP Minister Kodela Sivaprasada Rao in connection with a bomb explosion.


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