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Embarrassment to Congress as the US jury indicts its MP in a case of bribery conspiracy
This was announced by the US Justice Department only on Wednesday. His name figured in an alleged international conspiracy to bribe state and central government officials in India to allow mining of titanium minerals.

Dr. Ramachandra Rao was a close associate of now-deceased chief minister of Andhra Pradesh Dr YS Rajasekhara Rao. In his government with an official status of advisor to Chief Minister, he played key role in all key decisions, particularly related to contracts, postings, policy matters related to industrial groups.

He has been closely associated with Dr Reddy since college days and was also known as 'de-facto' power center in latter’s government. He is called as 'atma' (soul) of Rajasekhara Reddy. Only last month he was re-elected to Rajya Sabha as Congress candidate from the state.

As this episode exposing alleged corrupt practices in Dr Rajasekhara Reddy’s regime, the YSR Congress Party is also now locked in embracing position. The party was floated by his son YS Jaganmohan Reddy, after revolting against Congress leadership for denying him chance to became Chief Minister of the state as 'political successor' to his father.

However, Dr. Ramachandra Rao was cool with the media about this development. Stating that he was not aware of it, he said he has not received any communication. He simply said he would respond only after receiving any charges from US Justice Department of any law enforcing agency. When the media people insisted on allegations, he said, “If you have some papers show to me.”

Former finance minister and senior TDP leader Yanamala Ramakrishnudu commented that with this case the glory of YS Rajasekhara Reddy regime’s corrupt practices now expanded to foreign countries. He suggested that suitable amendment should be made to the people’s of representative act barring economic offender’s like YS Jaganmohan Reddy and KVP Ramachandra Rao. “This is glaring example to show how Rajasekhara Reddy earned crores of rupees for his 'atma' and son”, he added.

Dr Rao is still cultivating close rapport with Congress high-command. According to Congress sources, he played key role in the constitution of two Pradesh Congress Committees for Telangana and residual Andhra Pradesh. Ignoring many senior leaders, he succeeded in getting nomination of his close associates.

Though opposition parties have been accusing his prime role in all corrupt activities during Dr Rajasekhara Reddy regime, against which CBI is conducting investigation making Dr Reddy’s son Jaganmohan Reddy as a prime accused, his name was not figured in any cause. The Opposition party leaders on several occasions demanded inclusion of his name in those cases and also to arrest him.

Political circles aware of his manipulative skills are of the view that he remained with the Congress without following Jaganmohan Reddy in the formation of YSR Congress Party, only to get away from those cases. Now for the first time landing in an unprecedented US case, will only provide ammunition to the opposition irrespective of truth in allegations.

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