Visakhapatnam, [Date]: Former minister and Telugu Desam Araku parliamentary constituency president, Kidari Sravan, launched a scathing attack on the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) government led by Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy, alleging indifference towards tribal communities.
Addressing the media in Visakhapatnam on Friday, Sravan accused the Chief Minister of prioritizing corporate interests at the expense of the well-being of tribal populations. He voiced concerns over the reported exploitation of tribal areas for corporate gain. He condemned the cancellation of 16 schemes aimed at tribal welfare, along with the weakening of laws safeguarding tribal rights.
Highlighting the alleged lack of financial aid reaching tribal communities, Sravan questioned the credibility of the YSRCP among these marginalized groups. Expressing dismay over Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy’s associations, Sravan raised concerns about the reported proximity to individuals involved in controversial incidents, particularly questioning Jagan’s alignment with Anantha Babu, implicated in the death of a Scheduled Caste youth.
Challenging the government’s financial transparency, Sravan demanded a detailed account of funds allocated for tribal development during both the previous and current administrations. Accusing Jagan’s rule of permitting illegal mining activities in tribal regions, Sravan emphasized the cancellation of schemes aimed at providing employment to tribal individuals, pledging the Telugu Desam Party’s (TDP) commitment to reinstating these initiatives.
“Unfortunately, the Chief Minister did not mention a word about Adivasis in his public meeting held at Chintapalli in the ASR district on Thursday,” Sravan remarked.
Sravan, the son of the slain MLA Kidari Sarveswara Rao, who was tragically gunned down by Maoists in Araku in 2018, has become a vocal critic of the government’s alleged negligence towards tribal welfare.
The accusations made by Sravan underscore the growing tensions between the opposition TDP and the ruling YSRCP over tribal rights and welfare issues. As the political discourse intensifies, the focus remains on the government’s response to these allegations and its commitment to addressing the concerns raised by Sravan and the TDP.