A mid the data theft row which has been making headlines in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s son and Andhra Pradesh Information Technology minister, Nara Lokesh, spoke exclusively to India Today over the accusations leveled against the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) by Telangana Police and the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP).
When asked about how Telangana Police raiding the software company, MS IT GRIDS on February 23, while the police complaint was received only eight days later on the March 2 makes sense, Nara Lokesh said, “It is evident that Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and YSRCP are trying to malign TDP. On the February 19, a complaint was sent to the election commission by YSRCP MP, Vijay Sai Reddy. We have accessed the complaint. In the complaint, the MP has also listed out a probable plan of action. Ironically, whatever the Telangana Police is doing at this point of time is exactly the same. This proves everything.”
The complaint was filed by a man named T Lokeshwar Reddy, claiming that MS IT GRIDS, an app developing software company which provides services to the ruling TDP has been given illegal access to sensitive data of voters including Aadhaar card details, political inclinations and lists of beneficiaries of various government schemes. The complaint further went onto claim that the data was being used for illegal purposes by the IT firm.
The Telangana Police said they have hard evidence proving the fact that employees of the company had access to data they shouldn’t have access to. Hyderabad commissioner Anjani Kumar, went to the extent of saying that evidence suggests that there a pattern is being followed which names of anti-TDP voters being deleted from the voters list.
When asked about the evidence Telangana Police claims to have, Lokesh said, “If they have the proof why don’t they show it. Ask them to prove it.”