Andhra Pradesh ex-chief minister and chief of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) N Chandrababu Naidu’s arrest ahead of upcoming state election in connection with an alleged ₹ 371-crore scam is critical, is set to trigger massive political turmoil. Along with him, other top leaders of his party, are also accused in the alleged scam involving the Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation, which was set up during Naidu’s tenure.
The CID, which is investigating the case, has hinted that Naidu’s son and TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh’s role is also being probed. The probe allegedly found that the money meant to upskill unemployed youth was allegedly siphoned off.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s party, the YSR Congress Party, has asked its cadre not to celebrate Chandrababu Naidu’s arrest even though it’s a shot in the arm for the ruling party which is looking to return to power in the southern state.
The Chief Minister was in London when Naidu was arrested.
YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and his party have in the past accused Naidu of corruption and wrongdoing, and he has been named in cases before, but was never jailed.
Janasena party president Pawan Kalyan, who is BJP’s local ally in Andhra Pradesh, has alleged that Chief Minister Reddy was trying to tar political opponents as criminals and sending them to jail just because he too once did.
According to the actor-politician, Reddy would not have become the Chief Minister had laws worked effectively. Chandrababu Naidu was on Sunday sent to judicial custody for 14 days.