Hyderabad: Alleging that the YSR Congress Party Chief, Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, was following footsteps of the former chief minister and Telugu Desam president, Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu, the Handlooms and Textiles Minister, Dr P. Shankar Rao, has asked why the former approached the Supreme Court seeking stay of the High Court order directing the Central Bureau of Investigation to investigate into the allegations of illegal assets amassed by him.
Speaking to the media at the CLP office on Tuesday, Dr Shankar Rao said Mr Jagan, who made statements welcoming any sort of inquiry into his assets, was afraid of the High Court order and consequently approached the Supreme Court and filed a Special Leave Petition for a stay. Recalling that Mr Jagan had dared to face any inquiry into his assets in 2010, Dr Shankar Rao said the late chief minister’s son has taken a U-turn now when the CBI started investigation following High Court direction.
Recalling Mr Chandrababu Naidu’s role in the notorious ‘Yeleru Scam’, Dr Shankar Rao said the former chief minister too did the same like Mr Jagan stating that he was ready to face any sort of inquiry into Yeleru Scam but approached the Court and got the stay. He stated that both Mr Chandrababu Naidu and Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy belonged to the same region and adopted the same technique instead of facing inquiries into their alleged assets.
Stating that he was ready to face any sort of inquiry against his assets and his family members’ assets, Dr Shankar Rao said the High Court ordered the CBI to probe into the allegations against Mr Jagan.
Ridiculing that Mr Jagan was still continuing his ‘Odarpu Yatra’ even one-and-a-half years after his father’s death, the minister said a widow in Kurnool district rejected Mr Jagan’s offer saying that her husband had died due to illness and not because of Dr YSR’s death.
Referring to Telangana issue, Dr Shankar Rao said he was prepared to convince the party high command if they invited him. He alleged that the T-Congress leaders were not inviting him for the meetings. He said that he was sure that he could convince the high command on the Telangana issue.