Hyderabad: IT minister K.T. Rama Rao said there was no Dalit or sand mafia issue in the recent Nerella incident except police excesses.
He said as MLA of Sircilla constituency, under which Nerella falls, he met the victims in hospital who told him about 'police excesses' which is being investigated by a police officer now.
“Once the report comes, the state government will suspend police officials involved in beating up people. There is no question of sparing them,” Mr Rama Rao said during an interaction with media on Wednesday.
Mr Rama Rao said politics had stooped to such a low that the Opposition parties were even criticising his 12-year old son as obese’.
“There is no Dalit issue here since cas-es were booked aga-inst those from other castes also. There is no sand mafia issue as the government increased sand revenue to Rs 1,000 crore while the Congress government could achieve just Rs 10 crore and allowed private contractors to loot. There is only police excesses issue as all the victims are complaining about this. When I met them, no one complained about Dalit or sand mafia issue,” Mr Rama Rao said.
On the Himanshu Motors controversy, he said, “This company exists only on paper. I started it with two partners in 2004. After I entered politics in 2008, I ignored this company due to which it suffered losses till 2010. The company still exists because there is a process as per Registrar of Companies to wind up a company. There was a delay in doing that,” and added that it sold tractors and not cars and bikes.
Mr Rama Rao made light of the complaint made against him by the Left to the Election Commiss-ion on the issue. “I have declared in the election affidavit that I held shares in this company. I am confident that EC will treat this complaint as waste paper and throw it in dust bin,” he said.
He said the state would approach court against 12 per cent GST on contracts if the Centre failed to exempt or reduce the rate on ongoing projects....