Hyderabad/Kadapa: There was pandemonium in the AP Assembly over alleged irregularities in the supply of Diammonium Phosphate (DAP) fertilisers and seeds to Balaji Fertilisers, a company reportedly owned by the Kadapa Mayor, Mr Ravindranath Reddy, who is the brother-in-law of the late Chief Minister Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy.
The Opposition parties including the TD, PR, CPI(M) and CPI staged a walkout in protest when their demand for a House Committee to inquire into the irregularities was turned down by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Nadendla Manohar.
The demand for a House committee was first raised by senior Congress MLA, Mr D.L. Ravindra Reddy, causing embarrassment to the government. In all, the House was adjourned twice in a span of two hours over the issue.
Mr Ravindra Reddy, who entered politics in the late 70s, was all along an associate of YSR, but suddenly turned tables against the late CM’s family.
Some MLAs met the Rajya Sabha member, Dr K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao, and discussed the issue. The agriculture minister, Mr N. Raghuveera Reddy, met the Chief Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, the PCC chief, Mr D. Srinivas and Dr Ramachandra Rao and explained to them there was no truth in the allegations of Dr Ravindra Reddy and showed them the relevant files.
In Kadapa, the mayor, Mr P. Ravindranath Reddy, denied any irregularities in allocation of fertilisers to his factory.