Hyderabad: Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar on 22 August took another shot at KCR and said the Chief Minister toured different states not to float a third front of various Opposition parties but to float a "liquor front" by entering into a secret deal with those parties.
Speaking to reporters during his padayatra, Bandi Sanjay said KCR toured Delhi, Punjab, and West Bengal only to form a syndicate with the liquor mafia with which his family had close connections.
"He entered into secret deals with the drug mafia in Punjab to expand its network in Telangana and in return, to expand the liquor mafia of Telangana to Punjab, Delhi, and West Bengal," he alleged.
Stating that Ramachandra Pillai, Sharath, Srujan Reddy and Abhishek whose names had surfaced during the CBI investigation were actually benamis of KCR's family, the BJP state president said the Central investigation agency will soon expose the shady deals of the family.
He alleged that the Chief Minister had been going to different states regularly only to get contracts for his family members from liquor syndicates. "In Telangana, the Excise revenue has gone up from Rs. 4,000 crores to Rs. 30,000 crores. The TRS leaders are involved in every scam, right from drugs to liquor," he said.
Bandi Sanjay demanded that KCR answer whether his family had met the liquor mafia in Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi, whether they had gone to New Delhi in a special flight arranged by Ramachandra Pillai, and whether they had any relationship with the names that had surfaced in the Delhi liquor mafia case.
He alleged that during KCR's regime, liquor was flowing like water. "These leaders make liquor in Telangana and sell it in Punjab and bring drugs from Punjab to sell it in Telangana," he alleged.
The BJP leader further claimed that even Congress leaders had a share in the Delhi liquor scam and TRS and Congress leaders were hands in glove in the liquor trade.
Referring to the criticism by TRS leaders that he had carried the footwear of Union Home minister Amit Shah, Bandi Sanjay said he was not bothered about such silly talk. "Amit Shah is an elderly person. What is wrong with picking up his footwear and giving it to him? What about the district collectors touching KCR's feet?" he asked.
He pointed out that KCR had touched the feet of former Governor E.S.L Narasimhan, but refused to do so with former President Ramnath Kovind because the latter was a Dalit. "He even prostrated before Lakshmi Parvati," Sanjay pointed out and added, "They are making such silly comments only to divert the attention from the liquor scam."