In a shocking incident, TDP leaders on Monday stopped YSRCP MLA Vundavalli Sridevi from entering a Ganesh Pandal in Ananthavaram village in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district. The leaders had allegedly stopped Sridevi from entering as she belongs to the Dalit caste. Sources report that the leaders had allegedly stated that if she participated in the Ganesh Puja, she will make Ganesha dirty. Sources report that Sridevi ad to return back to her car without entering the pandal.
Visuals from the site show TDP leaders blocking the convoy of the YSRCP MLA as she tries to enter the pandal. This infuriated her supporters, and clashes were seen ensuing between TDP and YSRCP supporters after the incident. Visuals show police intervening and getting the situation under control. Sridevi has reportedly filed a police complaint in the local police station related to the incident. Sources further report that Meanwhile YSRCP leaders staged a sit in protest in the village on Monday night, condemning the act.
Previously in a caste-based move, on being sworn-in as Andhra Pradesh's Chief Minister, YSRCP chief Jagan Mohan Reddy in June, had appointed five Deputy Chief Ministers. This move was confirmed by YSRCP MLA Mohammed Mustafa Shaik. He said, "There will be five Deputy Chief Ministers in Andhra Pradesh cabinet. The Deputy Chief Ministers will be one each from Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Backward Castes, Minority, and Kapu community," adding that Reddy will prove to be the best CM in India.
This move was lauded by AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi. Speaking to ANI, he said, "Its very good. Our democracy is a participatory form of democracy. The earlier administration in Andhra Pradesh was focussed on one caste. Now Jagan Mohan Reddy is giving chance to all the castes, class, minorities weaker sections."
Reddy has taken up many moves targetting caste-based positions both in government and private sector. In June, he fulfilled his poll promise of providing reservation to the youths of Andhra Pradesh. The Andhra Pradesh assembly on July 22, Monday passed a bill which reserves 75 % jobs for Andhra domiciles in all private industrial units and factories, irrespective of whether these companies receive aid from the government. The bill stated that if an industrial unit fails to find enough skilled local workers then kit will train them in association with the state government. The company is also required to act in accordance with the new law and submit a report.