Former minister Vadde Sobhanadreeshwar Rao, who was once a trusted lieutenant of Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, has turned hostile against the latter ever since he distanced himself from the party.
Though he has not joined any other political party, Vadde has been highly critical of the Naidu government for the last couple of years, pointed out irregularities and corruption in the administration.
On Friday, Vadde came down heavily on Naidu for allegedly converting the Polavaram project works into money-spinning activity.
Participating in the meeting of Krishna delta protection committee meeting in Vijayawada, the former minister alleged that Naidu was minting money from irrigation projects, particularly Polavaram, by jacking up the project cost.
“He is trying to project himself Apara Bhageeratha. But the fact is that he and his men have been making money through irrigation contracts and diverting the attention of the people from his corrupt deeds by raising controversies over Polavaram project,” he said.
Vadde said there was no meaning in setting 2018 end or 2019 as the deadline for the completion of Polavaram works, as the construction was still in its mid-course.
“It is better Naidu focus on the quality of works of the project, rather than hoodwinking the people by setting deadlines for the sake of votes,” he said.
Earlier, too, Vadde strongly attacked Naidu for not giving any clarity on the construction of capital works but running after Singapore firms.
He lambasted the TDP government for grabbing 50,000 acres of land forcefully from farmers.
He also found fault with Naidu for wasting money on flyovers and roads, at a time when the State was facing a huge budget deficit.