NDA’s Vice Presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu has dismissed the corruption allegations leveled against him by the Congress party. It may be recalled that the Congress had alleged that there was corruption in a business deal related to Naidu’s son’s car dealership in Telangana. The allegation was that the government of Telangana had placed the order for police vehicles valued at Rs 270 crore in 2014. It is alleged that most of the cars were purchased from either Harsha Toyota, owned by Mr. Naidu’s son or from the dealership owned by the son of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. The congress had alleged that there was no competitive bidding involved in the deal.
The Congress has also alleged that the daughter of Mr. Naidu had been granted an exemption of Rs 2 crore in development charges by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority, something that is illegal. However Naidu has denied all such allegations made against him. Naidu said that police cars deal was an independent business transaction that was carried out by the Telangana state government and Toyota. Political pundits said that Congress may just be trying to tarnish the image of Naidu ahead of the Vice Presidential elections. Since Congress-led opposition candidate Meira Kumar has already lost to NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind, the Congress is making a desperate attempt to get the Vice President of its choice.