Vijayawada: Minister for Civil Supplies Kodali Venkateswara Rao claimed that he was instrumental in shutting down poker clubs and gambling houses in Gudivada.

Speaking to media here on Monday, the Minister asserted that the raids were conducted by the State Enforcement Bureau (SEB), but the TDP leaders are portraying it as if it was their achievement.

He reiterated that the State government amended the Gambling Act so that strict action could be taken against the gambling dens. "However, with a section of favored media, TDP leaders are leveling false allegations," said the minister

He said former MP Konakalla Narayana had organized gambling at his home.

The Minister said unlike Chandrababu Naidu and Devineni Uma, he didn't organize gambling or get involved in it.

"Chandrababu and Devineni Uma have a history of living in clubs. Devineni Uma collects commission in Vijayawada and Guntur clubs and shares the profit with Nara Lokesh. People of Gudivada are well aware of his character and are not going to believe the allegations," he said.

Minister Kodali Nani clarified that he met the Chief Minister on NDB tenders but not on poker affair. He requested the Chief Minister to give priority to Gudivawada in NDB tenders.


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