Telangana BJP leader Komatireddy Rajagaopal Reddy has threatened to file a defamation lawsuit against incumbent President of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), KT Rama Rao. Rajagopal Reddy, who left Congress and recently joined the BJP, challenged Rama Rao to prove his claim that his company received a Rs. 18,000 contract from the central government and in return he joined the BJP.
Rajagopal Reddy said Saturday he was giving 24 hours to prove his claim.
“It’s time to call names by their names. I openly challenge Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao. I’ll give you 24 hours. Either you prove the quid pro quo nexus allegation leveled against me or you are prepared to face libel,” tweeted Rajagopal Reddy.
Rajagopal Reddy was responding to an earlier tweet by KTR. “Quid pro quo – open confession by BJP-MLA candidate from Munugode. His company gets a massive Rs.18,000 contract and in return he joins BJP,” KTR wrote.
The TRS leader also tweeted that Rajagopal Reddy’s brother and Congressman Komatireddy Venkat Reddy could follow in his footsteps.
KTR released a video clip of a debate on a Telugu TV station. During the debate, Rajagopal Reddy revealed the company had secured a contract worth Rs 18,000 crore in the competition some six months ago, while for the past three years he has been talking about joining BJP.
Rajagopal Reddy resigned as MLA and left Congress. He joined the BJP at a public meeting held in Munugode on August 21 by Union Interior Minister Amit Shah.
The by-election for the seat is scheduled for November 3. Rajagopal Reddy ready to fight as BJP candidate.
During an informal meeting with media on Friday, KTR had claimed that Rajagopal Reddy’s company Sushi Infra had received a Rs 22,000 crore contract from the center in exchange for him leaving Congress and joining the BJP. He claimed the contractor had imposed an unnecessary by-election on the people of munugode.
The TRS also claimed Rajagopal Reddy had assured Amit Shah he would spend Rs 500 crore to win the by-election.
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