Finance Minister and TDP Polit Bureau member Yanamala Ramakrishnudu took exception to Chief Secretary L.V. Subrahmanyam’s reported comments on the management of the State.
In a statement on Sunday, Mr. Ramakrishnudu said the Chief Secretary had no authority to question the decisions taken by the Cabinet.
The Chief Secretary was “subordinate to the Cabinet, and not vice versa,” Mr. Ramakrishnudu said.
“The Chief Secretary is acting against the Service Rules,” the Minister observed.
Stating that Mr. Subrahmanyam’s comments on loans and interest rates were ridiculous, the Minister said that the Finance Department’s responsibility was to manage the State finances. It would follow the budget approved. The funds would be released as per the priorities such as the welfare of the employees and the poor. The management of funds was a balancing act between revenue and debts, the Minister said.
‘Modi code of conduct’
Referring to the Election Commission of India, the Finance Minister said the election watchdog had miserably failed in discharging its duties enshrined under Article 324. Everybody was equal before the law. Whether it was the Prime Minister or the common man. The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) was not being implemented in letter and spirit. It gave scope for suspicion whether it was the “Modi code of conduct” that was under implementation, the Finance Minister said.
An official was suspended for inspecting the helicopter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “On whose instructions was a Muslim official suspended? Was there something in the helicopter? What privilege Mr. Modi has? Why no action was taken against the officials who inspected the helicopters used by the Chief Ministers,” Mr. Ramakrishnudu questioned.
The Finance Minister also sought to know the contents of boxes found in the helicopter used by Mr. Modi. “Why did the ECI not act?” he asked.
Referring to the donations received by the political parties, he said, while the BJP got ₹211 crore, the remaining parties received a mere ₹11 crore. “Does it mean that Mr. Modi is influencing the donors?” he asked.