Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu seems to be panic following the sudden transfer of his state’s chief secretary Anil Chandra Punetha and continued Income Tax raids on several TDP candidates and leaders.
Accusing that Prim Prime Minister Narendra Modi is harassing him, he last night, voiced apprehension that he may be arrested. “They may also arrest me tomorrow or day after. Let them do. I will go to jail but I will not be cowedhe told an election rally in Visakhapatnam.
Hours after income tax officials raided the residence of his close aide and Rajya Sabha member CM Ramesh in Kadapa district, Naidu alleged that Modi was misusing central agencies to target the TDP leaders including the party candidates.
Taking severe exception to Chief Secretary’s transfer, he alleged that the Election commission was acting at the behest of Modi. “The Election Commission first transferred a collector, then shunted out three IPS officials including Director General. Today they removed the Chief Secretary without giving any reason. It can’t act in whatever way it likes. It should function in an impartial manner,” he said.
Chief Secretary was transferred for allegedly defying EC’s orders to transfer three top police officials. The poll panel has appointed senior IAS officer L V Subramanyam of 1983 batch, as the new Chief Secretary, who took charge today morning.
Earlier, condemning the series of raids on party leaders, Naidu along with his supporters staged a sit-in at Ambedkar statue in Vijayawada. He said Modi was isolating him for raising his voice against the injustice meted out to the state.
In Visakhapatnam, Naidu said Modi was insulting the democracy by using Income Tax, Enforcement Directorate, Central Bureau of Investigation, Reserve Bank of India and now the Election Commission against the opposition.
He alleged that the transfers were aimed at helping YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), Naidu reiterated that Modi, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao and YSRCP chief Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy hatched a conspiracy against TDP. Moreover, he deplored that the Election Commission failed to act on the complaints against YSRCP that they misused Form 7 to delete seven lakh votes.
“I have seen many election commissions in my 40-year-long political career. There is a room for manipulating EVMs and 22 parties demanded counting of 50 percent slips in VVPATs but the Election Commission said this is not possible. The Commission which failed to do this transferred CS, DG, SPs to help YSRCP,” he added.