Polarisation on religion and caste lines conspicuous: JP
Real issues of livelihood took a backseat, says Lok Satta Party founder-president
Vijayawada: Congratulating Narendra Modi and Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on their emphatic victories in the general elections, Lok Satta Party founder-president Jayaprakash Narayan said the influence of religion and the rhetoric on Defence, internal security and terrorism was clearly visible at the national level, while caste and freebies had a profound impact in Andhra Pradesh.
Speaking to mediapersons here on Saturday, Mr. Narayan said polarisation on religion and caste lines was conspicuous across the country and the real issues of livelihood took a backseat. Parties appeased the voters through populist schemes which have huge implications to the exchequer and pretended as if they were giving the benefits out of their pockets. Now that the elections were over, parties should stop warring and focus on developmental issues, he exhorted.
Mr. Narayan said the national economy was in shambles and the scenario was no different in the State. The governments have to, therefore, pay attention to the issues at stake and particularly strive for eradicating poverty which continued to be a bane in spite of the tall claims made by them.
Reiterating that politics in A.P. had been sharply polarised in the name of caste, Mr. Narayan dispelled the notion that members of the Reddy community would benefit from the new government and those belonging to the Kamma caste would have benefited from the outgoing dispensation. In fact, only those who can leverage their clout would prosper and the plight of common people in those communities would continue to be the same, he observed.
In the State, the government’s focus should be on securing its dues from the Centre and giving what the people need in the long-term, he added.
Courtesy: The Hindu