Hyderabad: BJP leader Nagam Janardhan Reddy on Sunday said he would “expose largescale corruption, kickbacks and shady deals” in Mission Bhagiratha and Mission Kakatiya being implemented by the TRS government.
He said he was being targeted by TRS leaders for exposing irregularities in irrigation projects. Dr Reddy told the media that he would not be cowed down.
He described the TRS as ‘Telangana Razakarla Sangham’ (like the Nizam’s Razakars) and said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao had awarded 90 per cent of the project contracts to contractors hailing rom AP.
Referring to TRS leaders and activists trying to attack him in Mahbubnagar on Satur-day, he said, “TRS leaders are justifying attacks on me because I hired an advocate hailing from AP to argue my case in the High Court on irregularties in irrigation projects. But their leader and CM himself is awarding all the contracts to contractors hailing from AP and helping them to loot the money belonging to Telangana people and taking kickbacks from them in return. What's wrong if I hired the services of an AP advocate to question the irregularities of CM?”
Dr Reddy said he was not opposed to any irrigation project in Telangana but had been questioning the “looting of public money”. “The contracts are being awarded to those persons who promised to complete works in four months in undivided AP and could not complete even after eight years,” he said.
The CM has been awarding contracts at his discretion by sitting at his camp office. Earlier, the contracts were awarded for 30 per cent lesser quotations but now they are going for just 2 per cent less. Huge money is changing hands,” he alleged.
Dr Reddy claimed that the CM had allotted contracts worth Rs 75,000 crore to AP contractors out of the total of Rs 80,000 crore and dared TRS leaders for a public debate on this issue....