Jagan’s political rivals are caste based
Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy has just one rival, unlike his father late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy, who had many rivals during his tenure.
Rajasekhar Reddy was in a national party and had rivals within his own party, besides Chandrababu Naidu in the opposition. The late leader had to face every challenge thrown at him by his multiple rivals and he had to reply them all. Thus, his retaliation or revenge was spread over to a few leaders and hence the retaliation or revenge intensity was diluted.
But, these days, Jaganmohan Reddy is heading his own regional party and has one rival – Chandrababu Naidu. The presence of national parties in the State is zero and thus he is relieved of facing the leaders of the national party. Even in BJP, he is a bit relieved as the national party is comparatively and considerably weak in AP.
The focus is more on the only rival – Chandrababu Naidu – who is strong in several aspects, like in having contacts with other leaders politically and heading a strong cadre-based party. Naidu, unlike late YSR, is also having the strong support from the media, which Jaganmohan Reddy failed to get.
The media, or to be very specific, the caste that owns the media and leads the TDP, is comparatively strong, in terms of politics, money and lobbying. It is here that Jaganmohan Reddy is having tough time.
While fulfilling what was promised to the people, Jaganmohan Reddy is in a seat of thorns facing challenges from the strong opposition. If politics is just a number game in Assembly, there is nothing that would stop Jaganmohan Reddy from marching forward comfortably. But, unfortunately, politics is not just having the numbers in Assembly. In AP, politics is caste and politics is media and politics is industry.
The media is waging its own war against Jaganmohan Reddy every day on several non-issues. TDP and Chandrababu Naidu are also waging the war. The TDP has the support of local industrialists, business houses, besides the NRIs. The TDP knows the management of every institution including the opposition parties, Communists are no exception, and it looks like Jaganmohan Reddy is singled out in the battle.
The only advantage for him is the presence of social media, where the facts are reaching the people in no time. More than Jaganmohan Reddy’s own loyalists, there are several others who keep exposing the caste-based nexus of TDP with media and other political parties. It is this active initiative of others who have become multiple agents of war fighting the battle for Jaganmohan Reddy.