MHA Summons Governor to Discuss Vote-For-Note and Section 8

  • Governor is going to meet Rajnath Singh and president

  • Vote-for-Note case at Crucial juncture

 

HYDERABAD: Even as Governor Narasimhan rushed to New Delhi on a call from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the investigation into the “cash-for-vote” scandal, which is hanging like a Damocles’ Sword on the neck of AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, seemed to be reaching a nail-biting climax.

It is pertinent to recall here how the demand for invoking Section 8 of the AP Reorganization in Hyderabad has triggered off an unprecedented slugfest between the two Telugu States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Like pouring fuel on the fire, the purported advice of the Mukul Rohatgi, attorney general of India, to the governor in this regard further escalated the war of words between the two states. As the issue led to an acrimonious debate in political and official circles, the union law minister, Sadananda Gowda, made it amply clear that no advice or clarification was given to the governor by the Centre as was being speculated.

Thus, in spite of the attempt by Gowda to soothe the ruffled feelings among the people of both the Telugu States, the sudden call from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to the governor from New Delhi for discussions raised many an eyebrow.

Narasimhan, who is the joint governor for both AP and Telangana States, is expected to be in the national capital for two days. He is likely to meet the MHA Officials, including the Union Home Secretary, besides Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. He is also likely to call on President Pranab Mukherjee.

The MHA and other Central leaders are expected to apprise themselves of the current situation in both the states in the wake of the “cash-for-vote” scandal and the phone-tapping accusations.

After that, the Centre is likely to give necessary guidelines to the governor to prevent the two states from taking a collision course. Thus, the focus is as to what kind of roadmap the Centre would provide to the governor to defuse the prevailing uncertainty in the two Telugu States.

Meanwhile the ACB, which is probing into the political scandal in which TDP MLA Revanth Reddy and two others were arrested on May 31 for allegedly trying to bribe Anglo-Indian nominated MLA Elvis Stephenson during the MLC elections, filed a memo in the ACB Court at Nampally on Thursday seeking possession of hard discs, tapes and the report submitted by the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL).

The FSL submitted its preliminary report to the ACB Special Court on Wednesday after examining 14 audio and videotapes seized during a sting operation at the residence of the nominated MLA and after the arrest of Revanth Reddy and two others.

Since the report by the FSL is considered as a crucial evidence material, the ACB wanted its possession to pursue its probe to a logical end. Based on the clinching evidence the ACB is claiming to have gathered from the audio and videotapes, notices may likely be issued to few more TDP leaders, including the AP chief minister. (NSS)

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