The YSR Congress Party is using the funds its leaders received from private companies to whom official favours were doled out by the YSR government for “purchasing” legislators now, the Telugu Desam has alleged.
In a statement here on Monday, TDP Politburo member Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said that it was becoming increasingly evident that corporate houses, which benefited from the YSR regime, were funding defections for which strategies were being drawn by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in the Chanchalguda prison and implemented by his close relative YV Subba Reddy.
He said the corporate houses which benefited from the late YSR formed an axis and, to protect their interests, were now funding defections of MLAs into the YSR Congress from other parties including the TDP.
Ramakrishnudu said that iron ore mining companies in Anantapur district which were benefited to an extent of `5,000 crore, those engaged in limestone mining in Khammam district and those allotted lands for setting up steel factories were aiding Jagan’s party now.
He said that there were such people in Prakasam, Guntur, East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Nellore, Rangareddy, Srikakulam and Kurnool districts.
The main concern of the managements of these companies is that in the event of the Telugu Desam coming to power, the new government might resume the lands allotted to them and were therefore trying to strengthen the YSR Congress.
The YSR Congress, using the money supplied by these companies, was luring MLAs with offers of positions and outright payment of cash, he alleged.
“The land, sand, wine and mine mafias have come together to form into a political mafia in the state,” he said, calling upon people to teach these opportunists a fitting lesson.