Jagan Mohan Reddy Banking on backward classes Vote Bank!
Caste has, for long, been a very strong political weapon in the state. YSRCP president Jagan Mohan Reddy gave out 41 seats to the backward castes in Andhra Pradesh for the upcoming Assembly elections. Fielding an equal number of people from the backward castes and from the Reddy’s, the community he belongs to, Jagan has ensured that no community is left unrepresented. Every vote is what he aims for and observers are calling this a masterstroke.
Political Analysts were saying that Jagan has given an equal chance to every backward caste and not just the Kapus. It is said that Jagan fielding people not just from Kapu but also other communities, he has made sure that even if the Kapu votes go the Kalyan way, there will still be others to bank on.
In Jagan’s list, of the 25 Lok Sabha candidates, seven were from backward classes, four Scheduled Castes, and one Scheduled Tribe. Further, among the 175 Assembly candidates, 41 belonged to the backward classes and five to the Muslim community. Naidu has accommodated scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, Muslims in his list, too.
Naidu recently said that Jagan is trying to bring in caste into politics and disturbing the peaceful environment of the state. Jagan, on his part, has said that Naidu was the one making things dirty with caste politics.