By NVONews.Com Correspondent,
Bangalore: Till a few years back many in north India would give credit to the politicians of southern states like Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka for their development. The fast emergence of Bangalore and then Hyderabad on the industrial map of India prompted many to find virtues in them. But very soon the myth got exploded and the real face of the politicians of these two states appeared.
Of late these states are known more for the revolts and dirty caste and revenge politics by Yeddy, Reddy, the Congress, the BJP and other regional outfits. The two national parties, the Bharatiya Janata Party, and the Congress are the real sufferers. Everything now revolves around B S Yeddyurappa, former Karnataka chief minister and Jagan Mohan Reddy, the son of former Andhra Pradesh chief minister, Y S Rajshekhar Reddy.
Apart from them the role of Reddy brothers of Karnataka––they were ministers under Yeddyurappa––in the alleged mining scam worth thousands of crores and Telangana movement are the other issues which keep hitting the headlines quite regularly.
Yeddyurappa blackmails the BJP as he is one of the most powerful leader of Lingayat caste of Karnataka. They form about 16-18 per cent of the state population. Jagan Mohan, on the other hand, has fast emerged as the leader of Reddy caste, which dominates the Andhra Pradesh politics––though he draws support from other castes too. Ten of the 25 chief ministers the state has so far produced come from this very caste. Though Reddys form some eight per cent of the state population their political domination on the state can not be under-estimated. Not only that their control over the state economy, both agricultural and industrial, is very strong.
As the BJP and Congress relied more or less on the individuals like Yeddyurappa and Rajshekhar Reddy to expand their respective bases these two national parties are now paying the price for depending too much on individuals. In case of Andhra Pradesh it is the son Jagan Mohan, who turned hostile against the party as his father had died in a chopper crash about three years back.
While Yeddyurappa had to quit because of the report by the then state Lokayukta, Justice Santosh Hegde, in Andhra Pradesh the CBI swung into action much later––only when the son turned hostile after denied the chief ministerial berth.
So caste and money power are playing a very important roles in repeated muscle-flexing by the two leaders in their respective states. The problem with them is that they can form their own regional outfit and not cross over to the other party, though Yeddyurappa had sometimes praised Congress and its leaders too.
Jagan Mohan has already formed his own YSR Congress and can not join the BJP in the state, which is very weak in the state.
Anyway the two national parties are finding themselves in a bind in both the states. Their support base has got eroded quite considerably.