Vijayawada: Ever since Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has written a letter to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Opposition leader Nara Chandrababu Naidu has gone into hiding and has not uttered a word on the corruption that had taken place in Amaravati during his rule, said government chief whip, Gadikota Srikant.

In a press meet held on Friday, he asked why ‘Naidu is afraid of a CBI probe if he was clean’. He said that corruption to the tune of thousands of crores of rupees in Amaravati has been done during Naidu’s regime, and now, Naidu is resorting to mud-slinging at the government to cover up his misdeeds. “If Naidu and his son have the guts, they should prove themselves right by inviting a CBI probe into the Amaravati land deals,” he added.

Srikant recalled that there was drought during the regime of Naidu and now that there was copious rainfall he was unable to digest the prosperity and has been uttering lies against the government. He said that it is true that there has been a loss of crop due to heavy rains, but the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government has effectively taken up flood management by enumeration and has been rehabilitating those affected, he added.

Srikant said the government was providing relief to the farmers by setting up Rythu Bharosa centres in all the mandals and there was all-round development in the state. He said even after there was crop loss in 14 lakh acres during Naidu regime, he had not provided input subsidy to farmers. Now, the present government has cleared all the dues of the Naidu government and has been providing additional relief, he said.

He said that efforts were being made to strengthen the law enforcing authorities by legislating a law to award stringent punishment to the perpetrators of atrocities against women like the Disha Act, which is being done for the first time in the country.

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