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Naidu demands JPC probe into Andhra mining scam

Naidu demands JPC probe into Andhra mining scam

Author: TNN
Publication: The Times of India
Date: November 29, 2009
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Chandrababu-Naidu-demands-JPC-probe-into-mining-scam/articleshow/5279894.cms

Calling it the biggest scam of all times, TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday demanded a probe by a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) into the mining syndicate run by the Reddy brothers in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Flanked by CPI general secretary A B Bardhan, CPM leader Brinda Karat and RLD chief Ajit Singh, Naidu told reporters that in the coming days he would meet leaders of other parties also to elicit support and raise the issue in the current session of Parliament.

He also demanded that the Prime Minister convene an all party meeting on the mining policy in the country as well as the role of the mining mafia. He claimed that be it Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh or Karnataka, the mining mafia is running politics. "We saw what happened in Karnataka. The Reddy brothers could get 50-60 MLA's. Tomorrow, this mafia will have 100 MPs behind them," he said.

Alleging a close link between the Reddy brothers and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and his son Jaganmohan, Naidu gave documentary evidence to prove how all norms had been flouted to help them. Naidu also cited the report by the Supreme Court-appointed central empowered committee which said, "The objectivity, fairness and impartiality which is expected from a state government is shockingly lacking here and doesn't inspire confidence."

The TDP leader said in 2003-04, the year YSR became the chief minister, Obulapuram Mining Company had a profit of Rs 1.05 crore while the provisional profit figure for 2008-09 is Rs 700 crore. This had come with the active help of former Andhra CM, Naidu alleged and showed how the mining lease was given to the Reddy brothers till 2017. It was done by reckoning the date of lease from the date of execution in 1997 rather than the date of renewal in 1984. He also claimed that there were business links and a profit-sharing mechanism between OMC and the Sakshi group owned by Jaganmohan Reddy.

Naidu also claimed that it was at the behest of YSR that the Central government went back on its commitment before the Supreme Court to that the Survey of India would demarcate the boundaries between Karnataka and AP within six weeks. He said the situation was so bad that the Survey of India had to seek help of the home ministry to provide security to its men and equipment to conduct the survey. Till date, he said, the survey work has not started.

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