Reacting sharply to the TRS government’s moves on the cash-for-vote scandal, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday demanded that a case be first booked against Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao for ‘poaching’ five Telugu Desam MLAs and making one of them a minister.
Launching a diatribe against the TRS chief, Naidu said he won’t be cowed down by “blackmail politics” of KCR. “He lured our MLAs and MLCs by blatantly violating the constitutional norms. Democratic principles were murdered in the assembly and council for which he must be severely punished,” Naidu said addressing a Janmabhoomi-Maa Vooru meeting at Chebrolu village in Gollaprolu mandal.
Referring to TRS’ victory in the just-concluded MLC elections, Naidu said KCR owes an explanation as to how his party bagged 85 votes when its original strength in the assembly is just 63. “The election results clearly say KCR has not only lured the MLAs of opposition parties but also manipulated the elections. The law must catch up with culprits who have subverted the democratic system,” he said.
Pitching for ‘clean politics’, Naidu said: “I have always stood for value-based politics and no one could point a finger at me in my 30-year-long political career.”
Training his guns on YSRC chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, the chief minister said it was ridiculous on the part of Jagan to criticise him when he himself (Jagan) was embroiled in as many as 16 corruption cases. “It’s a political farce being played out by the YSR Congress president when he is struggling to wriggle out of the corruption cases pending in the court,” Naidu added.