Amaravati: YSR Congress Party today alleged that TDP president and former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu was alone responsible for the suicide of former Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao as he was humiliated on many counts and brushed aside the remarks that the State government had role in the episode.
It was Chandrababu Naidu, who had humiliated the former Speaker by not giving him due respect in the Party, encouraging rival groups in party activities and not responding to his phone calls which have driven him to the extreme step, which normally is taken when they are spurned people who are very close to the victim. If the call data of his cell phone is taken out, the reason for his death will come to light.
Speaking to mediapersons at separate press conferences, State Civil Supplies Minister Kodali Nani, Chief Whip G Srikanth Reddy, PAC member, MLA Ambati Rambabu said, ‘Chandrababu Naidu went into hiding immediately after hearing the news of Kodela’s death and surfaced only after it was clear there was no suicide note (dying declaration) and his name was not included in it. Once the air was clear, he started playing with sentiments and whipping up passions blaming the State and has been carrying out sustained campaign against the government leveling false and baseless allegations by pumping in the same data through dedicated media and a handful of spokespersons.
Chandrababu Naidu who had organized a camp for YSRCP victims of Palanadu did not include Kodela Sivaprasada Rao in it which makes it clear that the question of victimization does not arise. If Kodela was haunted, as claimed by TDP, then why he was not there in the Chalo Atmakuru camp, they asked. Kodela was never given his due place in the party events and to make it clear, Chandrababu Naidu did not meet Kodela in the hospital where he was being treated after a failed suicide attempt recently. Rubbing salt to the injury was that Chandrababu Naidu came to the same town to address a meeting.
After losing 2019 election, Chandrababu did not meet Kodela even once and was encouraging and promoting another group which must have surely hurt the ageing TDP leader, they said. It was Chandrababu Naidu, who gave Kodela sleepless nights by insulting him and rejecting him. He had done the same to late NTR and to Nandamuri Harikrishna in the past.
Government property, including furniture was taken away from the Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Assembly by the Speaker and was shifted it to his son’s business place. Builders and Contractors have filed complaints with police about the corruption of Kodela and his family members based on which cases were registered. The former Speaker, who confessed that he shifted Assembly furniture to his personal place, later issued a letter asking the officials to take back the material. It is not the value of the furniture, but the intent and the arrogance that has drawn the public attention, they said.