TDP has all along been exposing the other side of YSR - his authoritarian, undemocratic, anti people, anti dalit and corrupt regime.
Now his own colleagues and partymen, one after another, were exposing his black traits and their number is on the rise day by day.
The chorus that late chief ministerYS Rajasekhara Reddy was anti-dalit picked up further momentum on Friday with Union minister Panabaka Lakshmi and Congress MP Manda Jagannatham branding him as a leader who either did not work for or worked against the interests of the SC and ST communities.
Panabaka Lakshmi, who was in Krishna district on Friday, told the media that the dalits did not get any benefit when YSR was chief minister. In Hyderabad, Nagarkurnool Lok Sabha MP told says hat the dalit welfare programmes suffered a huge setback during the tenure of YSR. "If one looks at the diversion of funds meant for the welfare of the scheduled castes and tribes, there is no doubt that the late CM was anti-dalit" Jagannatham said.
According to the Congress MP, some ruling party leaders have been carried away by the hero-worship of YSR. "I respect YSR as a strong leader. However, when it comes to the issue of injustice he did to my community, I would not hesitate to criticize him," he said, adding that YSR had never shown any respect for the constitutional mandate in the matter of social justice.
Stating that he has perused through the reports of the parliamentary committees on social welfare, Jagannatham said YSR diverted the funds given by the Centre for the welfare of the SCs and STs to other programmes. "While the TDP regime diverted Rs 6000 crore meant for SC/STs, fund diversion by the YSR government rose to a staggering Rs 18,000 crore.
Because of the continuous neglect of the SC/ST communities, the diversion amount has now crossed Rs 24,000 crore," he said. Jagannatham also claimed that the SEZ policy pursued by YSR pauperized the SC and STs. "See the displaced people of Jedcherla SEZ. All are either SCs or Lambadas, an ST community. All of them have lost their land. Now, these people have no place even to bury their dead. Who else should be blamed for this other than YSR?" the Congress MP asked.
According to Jagannatham, YSR refused to take grants from the central institutes because he did not want to keep alive financial corporations. As a result, all the financial institutions meant to assist the weaker sections were killed. "Institutions such as the SC Finance Corporation , ST Finance Corporation and BC Corporation became non-functional in Andhra Pradesh since the time of YSR," he said.
Earlier, minister Kondru Murali had fired the first salvo against YSR by calling the late chief minister as anti-dalit. The sensational comment created a flutter both within and outside the party as the attack came from a relatively junior minister. But, Muarli, who claims to be a leader influenced by the teachings of Ambedkar and Jyothi Rao Pule, stood his ground despite all-round attack from the YSR Congress.
Later, Amalapuram MP GV Harsha Kumar defended Murali by endorsing the criticism that YSR was anti-dalit. Harsha Kumar said dalits, especially, the Malas, did not get any benefit from the YSR government.
Adding weight to the anti-dalit campaign against YSR is senior Rajya Sabha MP JD Seelam, who is perceived as a politician close to 10, Janpath. Seelam, a former IAS officer of Karnataka cadre, said YSR misused the funds meant for SCs. Seelam's utterances are being perceived as a green signal from the Congress high command to tarnish the image of YSR.
According to sources, more SC leaders are expected to join in the chorus in the coming days.
According to Jagannatham, YSR refused to take grants from central institutes because he did not want financial corporations to thrive.