In retaliation, Congress leaders staged dharnas, rasta rokos and burnt effigies of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and DGP Anjani Kumar at various places in the state.
Tension prevailed at Gandhi Bhavan when police did not allow Congress members to come out. After being released by police in the evening, Revanth accused the state government of having diverted 35,000 crore due to 12,751 gram panchayats in the state.
“Why are BJP leaders including Union minister G Kishan Reddy not seeking an inquiry by central investigative agencies into alleged diversion of 15th Finance Commission funds by the BRS government. The BJP government is also not ordering an investigation into alleged corruption by BRS top leaders in various projects, including purchasing of 12 Congress MLAs,” Revanth said.
Revanth appealed to sarpanches to not only confront BRS ministers over diversion of funds, but also boycott programmes of ministers until the government releases funds due to them.
“Sarpanches had taken up construction of various projects by borrowing money. The government had insisted that they complete work on time but is now not clearing bills. There are allegations that a couple of sarpanches have even committed suicide,” Revanth alleged.
Nalgonda MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy said gram panchayats get funds directly into their accounts from the finance commission and the sarpanches and upa sarpanches operate them without any interference from the state or central government. But the BRS government diverted the funds, he alleged.
After police denied permission for a protest at dharna chowk, Revanth said no nod was required as the spot is meant for protests. The Congress has decided to approach the high court to seek permission for a protest at dharna chowk.