Naidu's arrest was inevitable: YSRC leaders
DECCAN CHRONICLE | DC Correspondent
Vijayawada: Leaders from YSR Congress on Saturday defended the arrest of Telugu Desam chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu by the AP CID and stated that Naidu's irregularities in other scams revolving around Amaravati land, AP Fibernet and Amaravati ring road will soon be exposed.
Ministers and ruling party MLAs said that no one was above law and the investigating agency has arrested Naidu as per constitutional provisions.
Minister for water resources Ambati Rambabu said that the arrest was inevitable. He slammed the pro-TD media for contending that Naidu would get sympathy because the arrest was an act of vengeance.
Minister for industries Gudivada Amarnath said that Naidu was a skilled criminal and an unskilled politician and the people are now coming to know about him. He claimed that the TD tenure was full of scams and public money was diverted to him through shell companies. He pointed out that none of the companies mentioned by Naidu were established in AP and said that two prime accused in the `118 crore scam had fled abroad.
Minister for tourism R.K. Roja responding to Purandeswari tweet on the arrest, tweeted that the sections under which the CID arrested him reflects the grave intensity of the crime and his corrupt activities.
Minister for housing Jogi Ramesh, while stating that the arrest was a good sign, wanted investigating agencies to probe all scams in which Naidu was involved and recover the loot. He pointed out that Naidu had diverted `371 crore in the name of Siemens through shell companies.
Y.V. Subba Reddy said that this is a scam wherein government funds were diverted through various shell companies and finally went into the hands of Naidu and his benamis. He has to face the law, Reddy said.
MLAs Mekapati Vikram Reddy, Silpa Ravichandra Reddy, Abbaya Chowdary and Kodali Srivenkateswara Rao stated that this case pertains to misuse of public money and it is any government’s responsibility to act swiftly on allegations of misappropriation of public funds. ‘The Income Tax department, ED and now the CID have asked many questions pertaining to various transactions which the conspirators must answer,’ they said.