Embarrassed TDP Says Leakage Was Due To Cutting Of Pipes

The TDP Government has blamed unidentified persons for cutting the pipes on the top floor of the Assembly building intentionally to allow water into the office of the opposition leader with a view to defaming the establishment.

Amaravati:  Embarrassed by the water leakage in the newly- constructed Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday, the State government is in a defence mode. Apart from Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao, various ministers and MLAs from the ruling party are alleging that it is a conspiracy to defame the government.

A day after the water flooded the office of Opposition Leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Kodela visited the premises armed with photographs and alleged that there is nothing wrong with the construction and some ‘miscreants’ had cut open the pipes on the roof of the building leading to water leakage straight into Jagan’s office.

To support his argument and show the proof, he escorted the media to the roof.

He showed the media photographs how the pipes that were part of air conditioning system were cut. He said that due to this the water skipped the first floor and went to the ground floor directly.

The Speaker said that the government was serious about investigating the incident with the police and even with the Crime Investigation Department (CID).

“Earlier also there were heavy rains, but during yesterday’s rain, water had gone into the office of the Leader of Opposition,” said Kodela.

“Many people began complaining after that, about the construction quality and some members of the Assembly had also paid a visit to the office,” he added referring to a group of YSRCP MLAs and leaders.

The YSRCP leaders visited the premises earlier in the morning, and complained to the media about the quality of the building constructed under Andhra Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

Kodela went on, “After we were notified, we sealed the pipe last night, to avoid more water from entering the premises. However, after careful examination, we realised that someone may have intentionally cut the pipeline.”

“I don’t want to talk politics. I want to know the facts. If any mischief like this takes place, the culprit has to be caught. We are planning to ask for a CID investigation immediately. We will also examine CCTV footage,” he added.

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