Guntur: For the first time after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a charge-sheet against him in disproportionate assets case, YSR Congress Party chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy responded with a volley of questions to the investigating agency during his Odarpu Yatra in Guntur district on Sunday.
Addressing a public gathering at Gorantla village in Guntur Rural mandal, he said neither the yellow media nor the CBI responded to Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu’s land allocations during his nine-year rule.
He asked why the probe agency had failed to find fault with Naidu’s allocation of land at 830 acres to IMG, 535 acres to Emaar and 110 acres to L&T. Was the CBI blind to ignore the allocation of Rs 4 crore worth land per acre for a mere Rs 29 lakh, he asked.
Stating that a “shameless” attempt was being made to sling mud on the departed leader (Y S Rajasekhara Reddy), he wondered how could one find fault with YSR regime’s bid to provide employment to the youth by recommending a price of Rs 11 lakh per acre (for acquisition of less than 100 acres land) in backward districts.
While he (Jaganmohan Reddy) had purchased land at Rs 3.5 lakh per acre to establish Bharati Cements, the Kiran Kumar Reddy government was allotting land at Rs 1 lakh per acre. How could the CBI show reluctance to look into such land deals made by the present government, he argued.
The CBI could not imagine the kind of corruption linked to free allocation of lands for establishing industries in various districts.
The employment guarantee scheme was at its worst with coolies getting a meagre sum of Rs 40 to Rs 50 per day. One could imagine how pathetic life the coolies were leading, he added.
Jagan termed the ensuing by-elections for 18 Assembly seats as “mini elections.” He called upon the voters to give a fitting reply to the Central government in the elections.
During his tour, the YSR Congress Party chief performed a special puja at Venkateswara Swamy temple at Gorantla. He toured extensively in Gorantla, Amaravati Road, Nallacheruvu and AT Agraharam to conclude his four-day Odarpu Yatra in Guntur district.
He left for West Godavari by road to attend a programme.