Hyderabad: The MRPS president, Mr Manda Krishna Madiga, on Friday alleged that the Telangana Political JAC was showing discrimination against the Telangana activists belonging to Dalit community as it gave bandh call on suicides of three upper caste activists and did not observe bandh on suicide of a single Dalit Telangana activist.
Speaking at a media conference here, Mr Krishna Madiga said discrimination was being meted out to the Dalits in the ongoing Telangana agitation. Majority of 610 persons, who had committed suicides for cause of Telangana were Dalits, he said and charged the TRS and TJAC with paying no attention to suicides by Dalit youths for the cause of Telangana but projecting upper caste martyrs as heroes. Pointing out that bandh calls were given following suicides of Venugopal Reddy, Ishanth Reddy and Yadi Reddy, he said no bandh call was given when Dalits committed suicides for the same purpose.
Alleging that upper caste persons were using “Telangana sentiment’ as a shield and attacking Dalits, he condemned the attack on Dalit employee of AP Bhavan by the TRS leader, Mr Harish Rao.
Holding the AP Bhavan Resident Commissioner responsible for the unpleasant episode, the MRPS leader demanded stern action against the Commissioner. He criticized the Resident Commissioner for writing to Delhi police not to bring body of Yadi Reddy to AP Bhavan. He felt that instead of deciding to keep the body at AP Bhavan, the TRS leaders should have taken the body and staged a dharna in front of the residences of AICC president, Ms Sonia Gandhi, and the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, he added.
Mr Krishna Madiga also alleged that the TRS Chief, Mr K Chandrasekhara Rao, maintains close political connections with Ms Sonia Gandhi rather than with State Congress leaders. Alleging that Mr KCR’s son, Mr K Taraka Rama Rao has business relations with Seemandhra leaders, he said they were not interested to create trouble for Ms Sonia Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh.
The MRPS leader said they would stage dharnas and rasta rokos on July 23 and 24 throughout the State in protest against the attacks on Dalits by upper caste persons.