Venkaiah Naidu voices anguish after Congress alleges charges against his family members

Amid questions raised over the business practices of his family members, NDA's vice-presidential nominee M Venkaiah Naidu Friday said he felt anguished by the allegations and maintained that he never interfered with the business of his children

PTI July 28, 2017 21:30:11 IST
Venkaiah Naidu voices anguish after Congress alleges charges against his family members

Hyderabad: Amid questions raised over the business practices of his family members, NDA's vice-presidential nominee M Venkaiah Naidu Friday said he felt anguished by the allegations and maintained that he never interfered with the business of his children.

Naidu, who was speaking at an event organised by his well-wishers to 'meet and greet him', however, said that such allegations were "inescapable in public life".

Venkaiah Naidu voices anguish after Congress alleges charges against his family members

File image of Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh had recently alleged that in July 2014, the Telangana government had placed an order of Rs 271 crore without inviting tenders for the purchase of vehicles for the police from two car dealers — Harsha Toyota owned by Naidu's son and Himanshu Motors owned by Telangana chief minister's son.

Ramesh had also alleged that on 20 June, the Telangana government issued a "secret order" exempting the Swarna Bharat Trust of Naidu's daughter from paying development charge of more than Rs 2 crore to the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority.

"I have no knowledge on the business of my son. I don't know the intricacies. They gave a big statement that Telangana government had purchased this number of vehicles from Harsha Toyota," Naidu said. "Those who are in mud, they cannot see somebody wearing a white shirt and dhoti. They try to stick (mud) on others. Then I asked for the first time (about the business)", he said.

Naidu said he was told that the government gives order to companies for the purchase of vehicles and that the company in turn gives commission to the dealers.

"I was surprised then. Those who have seen me for so long; those (party leaders) in Delhi might not know. Those here should have told them. That's how I maintained," he said.

Naidu said he had told his children not to get into politics and that he would not interfere in their business.

"I did not interfere in any way in the business of my son any day," he said.

Concerning questions over the trust run by his daughter, Naidu said it has been functioning for the last 16 years and that it does not accept funds from government.

"They (the trust) don't take funding from government. They offer training by working with banks. They have not accepted foreign contribution at all. Even a single rupee," he said. "I asked yesterday (about the matter). (They) said we don't take foreign contributions and we felt, what will happen if notice is given as they will cancel because we don't take (foreign contributions)," he said.

The Union home ministry has given notices to 18 lakh people all over the country, including 5,900 companies for taking foreign contributions, seeking details as part of Modi government's efforts to cleanse the system, he said.

Notices are issued routinely for details and that they have also been sent to Indira Gandhi Pratishtan, he said. Stating that he felt anguished over the charges, Naidu said such things are inescapable in public life.

Updated Date:

also read

ISL 2021-22: Hyderabad FC spoil Chennaiyin FC's top-four hopes with a 1-1 draw
Sports

ISL 2021-22: Hyderabad FC spoil Chennaiyin FC's top-four hopes with a 1-1 draw

Chennaiyin went ahead through Mohd Sajid Dhot in the 13th minute but could not hold on to their slender lead till halftime as Javier Siverio (45th) continued his scoring spree with a goal on the cusp of halftime

Hyderabad housing society says will fine delivery agents, maids for using main lift; ignites online outrage
India

Hyderabad housing society says will fine delivery agents, maids for using main lift; ignites online outrage

The photo has sparked a debate on social media as several people have slammed the housing society for its decision, calling it a discriminatory practice

UPSC NDA, Naval Academy Exam I 2022: Registration closes at 6pm, apply at upsconline.nic.in.
India

UPSC NDA, Naval Academy Exam I 2022: Registration closes at 6pm, apply at upsconline.nic.in.

The UPSC will conduct the NDA 1 exam 2022 on 10 April, 2022 at various exam centres across the country.