Hyderabad: The Ugadi almanac predictions, claiming this year would be adverse for Health Minister C. Laxma Reddy with corruption set to rise in the health department, seem to have come true.
Allegations about corruption came to the fore during the procurement of sub-standard saline bottles and medicines by the department, which is said to be the root cause for the SD Eye Hospital incident.
Besides that, the minister has also drawn flak for the recent cases of cholera and dengue in the city, The predictions were made on Ugadi this year, by Bachampalli Santosh Kumar Sastry from Dharmapuri in Karimnagar district, at the Telangana government’s official Ugadi celebrations at Ravindra Bharathi — in the presence of Chief Minister, K. Chandrasekhar Rao. Sastry warned the health and education departments to be vigilant.
After he read out the predictions, the CM in his speech told Health Minister Laxma Reddy and Deputy CM & Education Minister, Kadiam Srihari, who were seated on the dais, not to be scared or worried. The CM then said both men would overcome challenges.
The previous health minister T.Rajaiah, who was also Deputy CM, was sacked unceremoniously in January 2015 — after just seven months in office following allegations of corruption and mishandling of the swine-flu outbreak in the state.
Mr Laxma Reddy, who was holding power ministry was give health portfolio, though a Deputy CM status was not given.
With Mr Reddy in the dock over the SD Eye Hospital and cholera issue as predicted in the Ugadi almanac, political circles are abuzz with speculation over whether the observations on Mr Srihari would also come true.
The staff in the education minister’s office recently faced severe allegations of “selling” confidential information to people by accepting cash, foreign liquor etc forcing Mr Srihari to order an investigation into the issue.