No sweetheart deal in Telangana says Venkaiah Naidu on allegations against son
Venkaiah Naidu has denied allegations that his family members had indulged in irregularities. Naidu, the NDA's vice-presidential candidate said that the issues raised by Congress leader, Jairam Ramesh had been responded to in the past.
On exemption from paying development charges by Swarna Bharat Trust (SBT), run by his daughter, Naidu said when this issue was raised by the media, the Telangana government in its rejoinder dated July 23, 2017 clarified that SBT was "not the first and the last" to be given such exemption.
Naidu added, "In fact (it) gave details (of) several other organisations given such exemption including those granted such exemption by the Congress governments in the state." The Telangana government also said that the Trust was given exemption with a view to encourage it of doing social services, Naidu further added.
Jairam Ramesh had said that on June 20 the Telangana government issued a "secret order" exempting the SBT from paying development charges of more than Rs 2 crore to the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority.
On the issue of land grab in Nellore district which Ramesh alleged that Naidu was forced to return later, the vice presidential nominee said the matter was raised by local Congressmen as early as 2002 and even moved the courts and the charges of land grabbing were dismissed.
On supply of vehicles by two car dealers, one of them owned by his son, to the Telangana government allegedly without floating tenders, Naidu said, "I have scrupulously kept myself away from the business and other pursuits of my children."
He said Harsha Toyota, owned by his son, as a dealer "never directly dealt" with the state government in the procurement of vehicles and no supply order was placed on the firm.
Naidu said the parent company Toyota offered to supply vehicles as desired by the state government and the supply order was placed on parent company and payment was also made to them.