Playing the role of the Leader of Opposition for the first time today, Jagan tried to attack Naidu on the issue of corruption, but his gamble appeared to have failed when the ruling party raised his own record in the matter. (Agencies)
"Is there any other member in the House who spent 16 months in jail? Is there any other member whose properties worth Rs 1,100 crore were attached (by the Enforcement Directorate)? Is there any other member against whom charges of amassing Rs one lakh crore are levelled? Is there any other member against whom the CBI filed charge-sheets alleging corruption to the tune of Rs 43,000 crore," Legislative Affairs Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu questioned, amidst thumping of desks by the TDP legislators.
Left speechless, Jagan had no answers to these questions as it was a direct attack on him by the TDP.
It all happened during a discussion on a resolution on blackmoney moved by the Chief Minister in the House on Tuesday.
As soon as Chandrababu explained the reason for moving the resolution – appreciating the Centre's initiatives to flush out blackmoney and curb corruption – Jagan stood up and referred to the huge expenditure "by some parties" in the recent elections.
"I don't know if it is called blackmoney, but if you go to the constituencies, people will explain who spent how much," Jagan said, inviting a sharp reaction from the Treasury benches.
Jagan then alleged that Chandrababu had got the probes into the allegations of corruption stalled on "technical and other grounds".
The YSRC leader also referred to the "diaries" of alleged hawala kingpin Hasan Ali in which he reportedly mentioned delivering money to "two Chief Ministers" towards election expenditure in 2004.
"If you are serious about blackmoney, you should get an inquiry done into the Ali diaries as well and establish the truth," Jagan said, directly naming the Chief Minister.
Playing the role of the Leader of Opposition for the first time today, Jagan tried to attack Naidu on the issue of corruption, but his gamble appeared to have failed when the ruling party raised his own record in the matter.