Jagan calls Chandrababu ‘emperor of corruption’, TDP counters with crime crown

YSR Congress president YS Jaganmohan Reddy released a book — Nara Chandrababu Naidu - The Emperor of Corruption that is said to list alleged corrupt deals in Naidu’s three years in power.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2017 19:45 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
YSR Congress,YS Jaganmohan Reddy,Chandrababu Naidu
YSR Congress president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has called Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu the ‘emperor of corruption’.(PTI File Photo)

The opposition YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh released on Saturday a 200-page book on chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, calling him the “emperor of corruption” and listing alleged corrupt deals in his three years in power.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) countered that it would soon publish a book, Emperor of Crimes, with details of criminal activities and financial frauds of YSR Congress president YS Jaganmohan Reddy.

The two parties have been trading charges against each other for long. Reddy’s book is an updated edition of the first one released in April 2016.

“In the construction of the capital city, Naidu amassed ill-gotten wealth to the tune of Rs 1 lakh crore. And in the latest Visakhapatnam land scam, his son Lokesh, party leaders and he indulged in corruption of over Rs 1 lakh-crore corruption,” Reddy alleged.

The YSR Congress raised the quantum of kickbacks, bribes, shares and commissions during Naidu’s rule from Rs 134,295 crore last year to Rs 375,000 crore.

Reddy released the book’s latest edition — Nara Chandrababu Naidu - The Emperor of Corruption — at the party’s third plenary at Mangalagiri in Amaravati. He said the book contains documentary evidence to back the charges.

Copies were distributed among political parties and leaders, including parliamentarians. Reddy asked his party cadre to take the book to the people to “unmask the real face of Naidu”.

The TDP responded that the YSR Congress chief has no moral right to criticise Naidu because of the cases pending against him.

“He has lost credibility among the people and is not fit to be even the opposition leader,” state finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said.

Naidu’s party said it will allegedly explain in a counter-book, Emperor of Crimes, how “Jagan indulged in economic offences using the influence of his father, the late YS Rajasekhar Reddy, and looted public money”.

“We will tell people with evidence how Jagan committed crimes and how he was thrown behind bars,” Ramakrishnudu said.

First Published: Jul 08, 2017 19:45 IST