Vijayawada: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Politburo Member K Kala Venkat Rao on Thursday accused the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy headed Andhra Pradesh government of undermining the Telugu language and culture by totally neglecting the significance of the Telugu Academy and its programmes in the state.
Rao said that huge funds were now missing from the account of Telugu Academy which was in the joint list of the two Telugu States.
Some unknown miscreants stole over Rs.43 crore from the Telugu Academy account in the Union Bank of India branch located at Karwan. They used fake documents. The Government owed an explanation to the people on this massive fraud, the TDP leader said.
In a statement here, Rao alleged that ever since YS Jagan Mohan Reddy became the Chief Minister, his government has launched a variety of attacks on the Telugu language and traditions. Now, untoward incidents were taking place in the Telugu Academy, which was something unheard of in its history.
What were the Telugu Academy Chairman and officers doing when its crores of rupees funds were withdrawn using false documents? Truth should come out.
The TDP Senior leader demanded that the YSRCP Government order a detailed police enquiry into the looting of Rs. 43 crore of Telugu Academy funds. Many doubts were raised because the funds were missing from the account of the Telugu Academy which was under the joint monitoring of both states.
Corruption in an institution devoted to the mother language would hurt the sentiments of the people as a whole. It would be nothing but the betrayal of the Telugu language and a blow to its development.
He asserted that the thieves who stole the Telugu Academy funds of Rs. 43 Crore should be nabbed. At a time when all other States were promoting their mother language, the Chief Minister was doing injustice to Telugu.
Rao expressed concern that the identity of the Telugu Academy also came under attack as it was renamed as ‘Telugu-Samskrutha Academy’.
The Senior TDP leader termed it as a setback to the people of the state as Mr Reddy did not have any idea about the greatness of the Telugu language and Telugu University. When a demand was made for issuing GOs in Telugu, the Government had stopped making the GOs available to the public altogether, he flayed.