Cash-for-vote scam: Naidu likely to meet Modi today

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

According to Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Y Ramakrishnudu, Naidu is expected to ask the Prime Minister to order a probe into the alleged phone-tapping operation undertaken by the Telangana Government and call for a proper implementation of Section 8 of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act relating to the role of the governor in maintaining law and order in common capital Hyderabad.

Naidu, he said, will also meet Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, and if necessary, call on Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday.

The state’s chief secretary and director general of police will also visit Delhi to submit letters to the central government, while the state government will make a representation on both issues to Governor E S L Narasimhan.

Ramakrishnudu said that the Andhra Pradesh State Cabinet has taken a serious view of the phone tapping incidents undertaken by the Telangana Government.

Tuesday’s state cabinet meeting lasted for about five hours and related to the release of an audio tape of Naidu’ alleged telephonic conversation with Telangana’s nominated legislator Elvis Stephenson in the cash-for-vote scam.

The cash-for-vote scam came to light on May 31 when Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Telangana arrested TDP’s deputy leader in the Telangana assembly A Revanth Reddy while offering Rs.50 lakh to Stephenson to make him vote for the TDP-BJP candidate in Telangana legislative council elections.

The ACB also arrested Revanth Reddy’s two aides in a trap laid on a complaint by Stephenson.

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