Hyderabad: IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao made light of allegations by the Congress leaders on corruption in power purchase agreements (PPAs) by the State government.
He suggested them to approach the court if they had any evidence in this regard, in the wake of the ongoing verbal war between leaders from the ruling TRS and the main Opposition Congress party.
In an informal interaction with the mediapersons at the Secretariat on Saturday, Rao said the Congress leaders were spending sleepless nights since the ruling TRS had launched uninterrupted free power supply for farm sector on January 1. “They (Congress leaders) are frustrated with fear of never returning to power as all the State government’s schemes are running successfully. Hence, they are creating a ruckus and making baseless allegations against the government. Let them approach the court if they have any evidence,” he said.
When pointed out that Congress leader A Revanth Reddy challenged the government for debate on corruption in PPAs, the Minister felt no need to respond on allegations levelled by a Congress leader who was jailed for bribing a sitting legislator for voting in the latter’s party’s candidate during MLC elections.
Rao rubbished the allegations that the State government purchased power at a high cost despite the Andhra Pradesh government offering it for a cheaper price. “The Central government made allocations for power-sharing between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States on a consumption basis, but the Andhra Pradesh government refused. Hence, we went for power purchase agreements with the Chhattisgarh government which cannot be cancelled just because the Andhra Pradesh government offered to supply power,” he argued.
The Minister found no need for an all-party meeting on the proposed Panchayat Raj Bill. He said the State government would soon convene the Assembly session for introducing the new Panchayat Raj Bill where the Opposition parties can express their views. Responding to a question, the Minister hoped that there would be delimitation of Assembly constituencies.
However, he stated that the TRS was ready to face elections at any time.