AMARAVATI: Telugu Desam Party National President and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Friday warned of serious consequences if the Jaganmohan Reddy Government does not stop its persecution of backward classes and weaker sections of people and also the unchecked exploitation of natural resources by the ruling YCP leaders.
Naidu even expressed doubts whether the YCP Government would last its remaining full four years going by its outright attacks on the Constitution, the judiciary, the media and the legislature. He condemned the arrest of TDP Legislature Party Deputy Leader K Atchannaidu based on what he described as a ‘cooked-up, fabricated’ report by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials in the alleged ESI scam. Mr. Atchannaidu’s name did not even figure in the original Vigilance report nor he could be implicated as per the purchase manual which cites no role for the Minister concerned.
Addressing an online press conference here, the TDP chief said Atchannaidu belongs to a backward classes political family with 38-years long association with the people. His family members currently hold two MLA posts and one MP post while his brother Mr. Yerrunnaidu served at the national level as a Union Minister. A leader with such a record was today targetted out of political vengeance. He underwent a surgery for piles recently but hundreds of policemen made a pre-dawn raid and arrested him as if he was a dacoit or a terrorist. No prior notices were served while the DSP concerned hopelessly gave a written arrest intimation.
Mr. Naidu termed this as part of a series of attacks by Jagan Reddy regime to weaken and cripple the rising backward classes and Dalit leadership physically, psychologically and financially. Mr. Atchannaidu stood for his ideology and ethical values even though he was offered benefits hundreds of cores to shift his family’s political loyalties. Only after that, he was arrested now as part of a clear conspiracy to wipe out the TDP. Such efforts were going on for over 40 years but all those evil-minded leaders had themselves vanished in the course of history while the TDP rose from strength to strength. Jagan Reddy cannot implement his fanatical Raja Reddy Constitution or factionist Pulivendula panchayati settlements for long as this country would remain committed to Dr. Ambedkar Constitution.
Stating that Dalits also came under multiple attacks, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu said in a latest incident in Kadapa district, a Dalit woman was humiliated and assaulted in the middle of the road. The Dalit doctor Sudhakar was branded as a drunkard and a mental patient but he came out of the Hospital of Mental Care thanks to the intervention of the High Court. The doctor has nearly lost his mental balance because of the Government’s persecution but now he is able to speak clearly and stand for his rights. Whoever is speaking up against YCP atrocities were being implicated in false cases, arrested and silenced.
The TDP chief said Mr. Atchannaidu was targetted was only because of his effective fight against the ruling party’s excesses and looting in illegal transportation of sand, mining activities and corruption in liquor sales. He stood up against the sale of cheap liquor that was hurting the health of poor people. The TDP has started an online agitation already under the hashtag #WestandwithAtchannaidu# which has got 28.6 million likes that indicates the level of disappointment against Jagan Reddy’s undemocratic policies.
Naidu recalled how State Election Commissioner N. Ramesh Kumar expressed fears for his and his family’s lives foll…