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Jagan To Rake Up Caste Row To Attack Naidu?

YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy is leaving no stone unturned to attack his arch rival Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and gain political mileage before 2019 elections.

And his political advisor Prashant Kishor and his team are dishing out one plan after the other to help Jagan attack Naidu.

According to the latest talk doing rounds in the political circles, Prashant has advised Jagan to rake up caste angle to take on Naidu and the YSRC chief has liked the idea.

The strategy of Prashant is to expose how Naidu was indulging in nepotism – appointing only Kammas in all the key positions, both in party and the government and extending financial benefits only to Kammas, ignoring all the other caste groups, particularly Kapus and Backward Classes and of course, Reddys.

The team of Prashant is at present busy researching into this angle and prepare a list of Kammas who are in top positions and the biggest Kamma beneficiaries during the Naidu regime.

Apparently, the plan is to prove that Naidu was favouring only Kammas and ignoring others. Particularly, Prashant team wants to prove Naidu as anti-Dalit and anti-weaker sections.

The only issue to be finalised now is how to release this list – whether through Sakshi media or the social media campaigners associated to the YSRC.

In any case, one wonders whether this strategy would work out or boomerang on Jagan. For, if specifically targets Kammas, there is every possibility that they would get consolidated and stand by Naidu.

And this strategy is exactly the opposite of what his father Y S Rajasekhar Reddy adopted in 2004 and 2009 elections. Though he was considered to be pro-Reddy, he also favoured and encouraged a number of Kammas like Lagadapat, Daggubati and Kavuri, who played a major role in the Congress victory. If Jagan distances Kammas, it might prove counter-productive, say analysts.

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