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MLAs plan smokescreen to stall raids against Jagan

The Jaganmohan Reddy camp is toying with the idea of asking its legislators to give up their assembly seats. The idea is to slow down the offensive against Reddy.

india Updated: Aug 19, 2011 23:32 IST
Ashok Das

The Jaganmohan Reddy camp is toying with the idea of asking its legislators to give up their assembly seats. The idea is to slow down the offensive against Reddy.

The CBI is conducting raids on offices and establishments owned by Reddy, his political associates and business partners, following an order by the Andhra Pradesh high court.

The court had asked the state government to let the CBI investigate the allegation that Reddy’s fortune jumped from Rs 11 lakh in 2002 to Rs 42,000 crore by 2009, when chief minister YSR Reddy died.

On Friday, a dozen legislators supporting the YSR Congress Party president met at the party office to review the situation. Some offered to resign and waited for a green signal from Reddy, who is touring coastal Andhra Pradesh. For now, the party has decided to counter the “smear campaign” by organising protests across the state, said one of the participating MLAs.

The legislators — Jagan camp claims 20-25 MLAs are with it — are aware that their resignation will pose no threat to the Kiran Kumar Reddy government. (The Congress has 158 MLAs and has the support of 17 others in the 294-member assembly. The party needs 148 to stay in power.) But they expect the crisis to help divert attention from the issue.

On Friday, the CBI raided the establishments of various corporate houses in Mahbubnagar, Guntur, Nalgonda, Khammam and Ranga Reddy districts. In Hyderabad, searches were on at seven locations.