MEKAPATI QUITS LS, SABBAM AND ANOTHER TO FOLLOW SUIT SOON

New Delhi, Aug.24 (NSS): The Congress MP from Nellore and a Jagan loyalist, Mr Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy, on Wednesday resigned from the Lok Sabha membership saying that he was doing so in protest against the inclusion of late Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s name in the FIR filed by the CBI in court in connection with the probe into asserts of the Kadapa MP and YSR Congress Party president, Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Mr Rajamohan Reddy submitted his resignation letter to the Lok Sabha Speaker, Ms Meira Kumar,this morning. Meanwhile, another Jagan supporter and  Anakapalle MP, Mr Sabbam Hari has announced that he would also quit his seat before the end of the ongoing session of Parliament.

Speaking to the media, Mr Rajamohan Reddy reminded that after Dr YSR’s death in a helicopter crash in 2009, all the Congress MPs and legislators in the State had signed a letter urging the party high command to make YSR’s son, Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy as chief minister. Later, the party MPs and MLAs relented when the party leadership rejected their demand, he added.

Mr Reddy lamented that though the High Court had not given any direction to include YSR’s name in FIR, the CBI has mentioned the late leader’s name causing heartburn to the followers’ of late chief minister. He pointed out that the CBI, in its FIR, claimed that Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy had conspired with his father and made YSR to dole out favors to the companies which invested handsome money in his business ventures in a quid-pro-quo arrangement. He dubbed the CBI probe against Mr Jagan as a witch-hunt for leaving the Congress party. Both the ruling Congress and the main Opposition party, the Telugu Desam, have colluded to target the Kadapa MP, who was getting very popular in the State. He also said the people will foil these conspiracies as they want Mr Jagan’s leadership.

Claiming that one more MP was thinking of submitting resignation, Mr Sabbam Hari said he had asked him to wait for a week. The MP would announce his decision after discussing the matter with his followers in his constituency. (NSS)

CBI SERVES NOTICE ON JAGAN’S AUDITOR

Hyderabad, Aug.24 (NSS): The CBI probing into the disproportionate assets of Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy served a notice on the Auditor of Jagati Publications to appear in person and depose before it in the case.

Apart from Mr Vardarajan, the Auditor of Jagati Publications, the CBI also served notices on 12 other companies which have invested in various firms floated by the Kadapa MP and directed their representatives to appear before the investigating agency.

The deposition of Mr Varadarajan is expected to be very crucial as being the Auditor of Jagati Publications, he would be aware of all those who had invested in the firm and also how much each individual had invested besides the mode of investments.

The CBI authorities are expecting to gather crucial and important evidence from the deposition of Mr Varadarajan as to how much the investors had benefited and by what means and so on. (NSS).

KOMATIREDDY DENIES JOINING YSR CONGRESS

Hyderabad, Aug.24 (NSS): The Minister for Infrastructure and Investments, Mr Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, today pooh-poohed reports that he, along with some legislators, was planning to join the YSR Congress party.

Speaking to the media, Mr Venkat Reddy accused the leaders of the Seemandhra region of spreading such false and fictitious propaganda against him. He asserted that he was committed to the cause of separate Telangana State and would continue to strive for achieving the same.

Mr Venkat Reddy reminded that as stated by him several times in the past, he would not hesitate to sacrifice his ministerial post but also would resign from the party for Telangana cause. He would chalk out a program in consultation with the people of his native Nalgonda district to begin an indefinite fast along with one lakh people if a separate Telangana State was not carved out by the end of September.

Mr Reddy, who is one among the Telangana ministers, who had resigned for the cause and had even boycotted the Cabinet meeting recently, called upon other Telangana ministers to stay away from discharging their duties till the formation of a separate State. (NSS)

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