The arrest of Telangana TDP MLA Revanth Reddy for allegedly trying to bribe a fellow legislator has come as a bolt from the blue for TDP leaders in Andhra Pradesh. It was bad news for their party ahead of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s kicks of his Nava Nirmana Deeksha in Vijayawada on Tuesday.
Asked for their reactions on Monday, TDP leaders were tight-lipped on the murky episode for fear of incurring the wrath of their top brass. But a couple of them attributed it to the caste war taking place in Telangana rather than political animosity.
One leader, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Hindu that senior leaders have been averse to discussing the Revanth Redy controversy with cadres.
While TDP leaders sought to downplay the incident, YSR Congress leaders Jyothula Nehru and P. Gautam Reddy said the government should entrust the case to the CBI to bring the guilty to book.
In Ongole, YSR Congress MP Y.V. Subba Reddy said Mr. Chandrababu Naidu should be booked in the cash-for-vote scam case. “Mr. Naidu should be named accused no. 2 in the case. He has no moral right to continue in office,” said the Ongole MP. ”We will take up the issue with Governor E.S.L.Narasimhan and President Pranab Mukherjee,” he said.
BJP State general secretary J. Syam Kishore termed trapping of the MLA by the Telangana Anti-Corruption Bureau as the outcome of a political game between TDP and TRS. Both parties are complicit in the sordid episode, he said.
He said there was absolutely no necessity to stoop to bribing a nominated MLA to muster support for the TDP candidate in the MLC election when the party (TDP) was in a comfortable position, Mr. Kishore added.
CPI State secretary K. Ramakrishna said it was a fraud committed on the people by both the TRS and TDP. “They have exposed the lack of principles and brought disrepute to democratic institutions,” he said.
CPI(M) leader Ch. Babu Rao demanded that the Chief Minister should give an explanation if he was committed to transparency and probity in public life.
Pradesh Congress Committee spokesman Kolanukonda Sivaji said Mr. Revanth Reddy should be disqualified for his attempts to buy a nominated MLA’s vote.
Naidu has no moral right to continue in office.
Y.V. Subba Reddy
YSRC Ongole MP
Both TRS and TDP have brought disrepute to democratic institutions.
CPI State secretary
Revanth Reddy should be disqualified for his attempts to buy a nominated MLA’s vote.