In a new twist in the cash-for-votes controversy, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) filed multiple cases against Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) chief and Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for allegedly tapping TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu’s phone.
This came after an alleged audio conversation between Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu and nominated MLA Elvis Stephenson was leaked and aired by local TV channels.
Advisor to the Andhra government, Parakala Prabhakar strongly denied reports saying that the tapes were fabricated and the AP government will take up the issue seriously.
The reported conversation suggests that the Andhra CM was giving “assurance of all sorts” to the MLA if he voted for the TDP nominee in the Telangana Legislative Council election.
Prabhakar further alleged that the Telangana Government was trying to malign Naidu’s image by resorting to cheap tactics.
“It is not the Chief Minister’s conversation. How come they are available outside. Telangana Government has to give answer to this. Telangana CM and Home Minister should give answers,” Parakala said.
The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Telangana is in the process of questioning TDP MLA Revanth Reddy and two others who have been arrested in cash-for-votes case.
Last week, on May 31, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested Reddy for allegedly trying to bribe the nominated MLA Elvis Stephenson to vote for TDP nominee in the Telangana Legislative Council elections.
Based on a complaint by Stephenson, ACB officials caught Revanth, Sebastian Harry and Uday Simha red-handed, when an alleged advance amount of Rs 50 lakh was being handed over to Stephenson.