PCC Chief Botcha Sathyanarayana has said that he will file a defamation case against the Hindustan Times for publishing a report against him and the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, stating that a letter was addressed by the Union Minister Kishore Chandradeo to the Party high command, demanding change of both the PCC chief and the Chief Minister. He said that there might be some kind of conspiracy behind the reported letter.
In an informal chat with the reporters at Gandhi Bhavan here on Monday, Botcha said that he felt that Kishore Chandra Deo addressing the letter to the high command was not true. He said that Hindustan Times would have published the letter if it was true. He said that he would have responded on the issue if the newspaper published the alleged letter.
Stating that he didn’t speak to Kishore Chandradeo, Botcha said that even the Union Minister too has not spoken to him on the issue. He said that the Hindustan Times newspaper published the news item in New Delhi edition dubbing him as a ‘mafia don’ and ‘liquor don’, and it was better to the Congress party to change him to save the party in the State, along with the Chief Minister.
He said that he had already responded on the liquor issue stating that he was not involved in the liquor business but his relatives were involved in it. He said that he will not file a defamation case against Kishore because he was a Congress party leader and the Union Minister in the Congress party government. “I will consider whether to approach the Court against Kishore Chandradeo or not in case the latter accepts his guilt”, Botcha said.
When it was pointed out that the letter might have been addressed a year ago, Botcha said that it may be correct, but he didn’t know perfectly about it.
Botcha refused to answer a question whether he would discuss the issue with the party high command or not. He said that newspapers were publishing reports since the last one year that the high command would change the PCC Chief, but in reality it has not happened. He said that he was nominated by the party high command and the same high command has every right to change the person. “I am not an elected person. But I never asked any body about PCC Chief post. The high command itself had given the post”, he said.
He said that nothing will happen with the issue. He said that some people expected that something will happen with the MIM distancing from the Congress party, but nothing has happened. (NSS)