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How Chandrababu Naidu took corruption to the next level

In the early days of political corruption, people holding high office took “gifts” to do things that should not be done or were illegal. In course of time, the same people began taking gifts for doing routine work that was kept pending for the express purpose of soliciting gifts. But in recent times corruption in Andhra Pradesh has burgeoned to abject “misuse of political power” peppered with “parochialism”, “cronyism”, “nepotism”, “influence peddling” and of course good old “graft”. Corruption has been taken to a new pinnacle here. It has been made so cryptic that it is very difficult for the ordinary man to even get a clue.

Bifurcation chaos proves conducive

Chaos the residual state of Andhra Pradesh was plunged into after bifurcation, provided the Telugu Desam Party president of the party N Chandrababu Naidu who became chief minister, the ideal conditions to operate. The different projects and schemes of the Chandrababu Naidu Government, in retrospect, have turned out to be textbook cases of corruption. The Jagan Mohan Reddy government has taken it up as a challenge to bring all the sleazy into the open and ordered a spree of inquiries. As the different inquiries and probes progress more and more sordid details are seeing daylight.

1,000s of crores embezzled

Graft and embezzlement to the tune of thousands of crores in the execution of the nationalPolavaram project with the funds of Central Government, several other irrigation, earth andcivil works executed with state and central funds, have been brought to light by the JaganMohan Reddy government in various inquiries.There is clear indication of the involvement of Mr Naidu in issues related to the acquiring ofland for a new capital for the state and in the illegal finalising of tenders for the AndhraPradesh State Fibernet Limited (APSFL) project.

CBI to inquire into Naidu’s corruption

The Jagan Mohan Reddy Government has asked the high power Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to make a thorough inquiry into these cases. The Chandrababu Naidu government focusing on the relatively insignificant issue of building a “world-class capital” ignoring so many other important issues is definitely a classic case of“parochialism”. Interestingly, the people in the office with the backing of Mr Naidu indulged in several other classic forms of corruption in the Amaravati lands case that later came to be popularly referred to as the Capital Area development Agency (CRDA) “insider trading” scam. Mr. Naidu and his team did not leave out any form of corruption during their rule.Classic cases of“cronyism”In a classic case of “cronyism” persons were made privy to likely locations of the capital sothat they could purchase land at throw away prices and make profit once its cost shoots up.In addition to this, highly placed individuals purchased land in names of their relatives andemployees (benami). A few others also indulged in fraudulent surrender of land, to the LandPooling System (LPS) in violation of Acts like the AP Assigned Lands (Prohibition ofTransfer) Act, etc. all cases tantamount to “criminal enterprise”.Top on the list of people who indulged in the range of irregularities that made them incrediblyrich is the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu along with hisclose friend and NRI Vemuri Ravi Kumar Prasad, Uravakonda MLA Payyavula Keshav,former Minister Paritala Sunitha and a noted entrepreneur and real estate agentLingamaneni Ramesh, according to the SIT report.Father and sonduo do the damageThe APSFL project, in which Mr Naidu’s son and former IT Minister Nara Lokesh was alsoinvolved, it was a case of “misuse of government powers” wherein the tendering processwas started without the approval of either Central or the State governments and awarded toa party that quoted 11.26% excess. The value of works was Rs 1,410 crore.According to the Cabinet Sub-committee report, the technical advisor to the ChandrababuNaidu Government Vemuri Hari Krishna, who was also a member of the different committeesthat processed the APSFL tenders, “illegally facilitated” the award of the tender to M/s. TeraSoftware.According to the Cabinet Sub-committee and SIT inquiry proceedings these two cases arejust the tip of the iceberg and the worst has yet to see light of day

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