HYDERABAD: Continuing their attack on Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for his comment on Dalits, Congress leaders on Wednesday described Naidu as anti-Dalit and accused him of promoting caste-based politics in the State.
Speaking to reporters at Indira Bhavan here, Leader of Opposition in the Council C Ramachandraiah and former minister S Sailajanath said Naidu has no right to talk about caste politics as he is the one who actually brought them into the State politics.
“Naidu is a big hypocrite. He was the one who promoted caste-based politics in the State. He used caste for his political agenda. He even encouraged his caste associations in other countries. And now he is blaming opposition parties for the mess he had actually created,” Ramachandraiah said.
If Chandrababu Naidu did not believe in caste politics then why did he use the services of actor and Jana Sena party founder Pawan Kalyan to garner the support of Kapu community and announced BC leader R Krishnaiah as TDP’s Chief Ministerial candidate for Telangana during last general elections, he asked.
TDP founder and former Chief Minister NT Rama Rao founded the party to promote social justice and social change, but Naidu destroyed the basic ideology of the party and started promoting caste-based politics, he alleged.
“Today a particular caste is being promoted in the party. Other castes are being used for just getting votes and power,” he said.
Stating that Naidu will not allow any other caste or family to grow in the party, Sailajanath said, “Till Naidu and his family are there they will not allow any person belonging to other castes to occupy the CM’s chair. Naidu talks about sharing of power and resources with all the people. But when it comes to political power he does not want to share it with anyone except his immediate family. Will he allow a person from weaker sections or other caste to occupy party president or CM’s post?” he asked.