Chief Minister N.Kiran Kumar Reddy is now the worried lot as the assembly will debate on the controversial GO's which allegedly gave the handle to the YS Jagan to amass wealth illegally.
His apprehensions about defending the contentious 26 GO's issued during YSR’s regime came true on Tuesday even before a full-fledged debate on the Supreme Court notices to ministers and IAS officers was taken up in the Assembly. Much to the discomfort of the Chief Minister, tourism minister V.Vasanth Kumar fully supported the SC orders and said they were issued within the framework of rules and procedures.
“We will also not withdraw these orders,” Vasanth Kumar said watering down the Government designs to defend the GO's in the ensuing debate on March 28. Sources in the ruling party meanwhile said the Chief Minister had not been keen on making the government's stand known on these orders as defending them would weaken the argument that Kadapa MP Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had amassed wealth illegally due to the decisions of the YSR government. The sources added that Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy had spoken to the ministers who had been served the notices and had asked them not to issue any statements defending the GOs.
Sources in the Congress said that the CMO had issued strict instructions to party men and also the officials to refrain from commenting on the issue of GO's. "If we defend the Go's then Jagan will be a free bird without a case, If we reject the GO's then the entire government will be in trouble over graft and corruption charges" said a senior congress leader.
Vasanth Kumar also sought to downplay the petition filed in the Supreme Court by an advocate from Nellore, saying that it was not maintainable. He referred to various earlier apex court judgments that laid down procedure for petitioners to seek justice if they had complaints against any investigating agency. Interestingly the Chief Minister, who was visibly irritated when the minister tried to intervene again, signaled legislative affairs minister D.Sridhar Babu to rein in Mr Vasanth Kumar.