WARANGAL: The brutal murder of TRS corporator Anishetty Murali is taking a political turn with local TRS and Congress leaders blaming each other for the crime.
Ever since the police had named Warangal district Congress president Naini Rajender Reddy and two of his followers Pothula Sriman and Kanuganti Sekhar in the accused list in the murder of the TRS corporator, leaders of both the parties have been blaming each other for the crime.
While Rajender Reddy had denied his involvement in the murder and is accusing TRS leaders for trying to implicate him, TRS leaders are pointing fingers at the DCC chief stating the strained relationship between the two had resulted in the murder.
Conspiracy to defame Cong
Former minister Vijay Ramarao and Warangal DCC chairperson Janga Raghav Reddy are claiming that since Murali was the follower of deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari and senior MLA Erabeli Dayakar Rao, they are trying to implicate Congress leaders and gain political mileage.
“They know very well who had killed Murali. But for political mileage the two leaders have included Rajender and two other Congress leaders in the accused list. This is a conspiracy to defame Congress,” Raghav Reddy alleged.
The leaders claim that Rajender Reddy does not have any criminal background and implicating him in the murder of the corporator was a conspiracy to deny him party ticket in the next assembly elections.
“Everyone knows that he is a strong contender to contest from the city. Hence, to defame him and make him politically weak the TRS was playing this game,” Raghav Reddy said.
He also said that Dayakar Rao in the past tried to implicate MLC Konda Murali and his MLA wife Sureka in a murder case to defame them but he was unsuccessful. “My request to investigating agency is to probe the role of Dayakar Rao in implicating Congress leaders in the murder. He is an expert in it. He had done such things in the past,” he said.
Stating that Rajender Reddy was innocent, Raghav Reddy said that ever since the DCC chief lost his son in a road accident two years ago he is keeping away from politics and recently he started taking part in party affairs.
Meanwhile, the district Congress had given a call for Warangal city bandh on July 18.