A major controversy erupts, as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, is purportedly heard asking a legislator to back a TDP candidate in an election. The chief minister was allegedly trying to bribe nominated MLA Elvis Stephenson, to support his Telugu Desam Party in the Telangana Legislative Council election.
The Andhra Pradesh government, however, denied that it is CM Naidu’s voice on the radio tape that was played on 7th June, on a Telugu news channel, which was later picked up by other channels. Parakala Prabhakar, Advisor (communications) to the government, said that voice is not the CM’s and called the tape a political conspiracy against the Andhra Pradesh government.
“We can say to the government of Andhra Pradesh is that the conversation is not that of the Chief Minister. We strongly condemned these types of cheap political tricks that have been played· We are going to fight this out Constitutionally, legally and politically,” Prabhakar said.
Countering the allegation, TDP MLA Umamaheshwar Rao, filed a police complaint against Telangana CM Chandrasekhara Rao, for allegedly tapping into the phones of TDP MLAs of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. An FIR has been registered against CM Chandrasekhara Rao, based on the complaints.