TRS MLA Challa Dharma Reddy’s comment on backward castes sparks row

Congress spokesperson Dasoju Sravan demanded that KCR suspend the MLA and asked the DGP, Telangana to file a criminal case for his derogatory remarks.

Warangal: A controversial remark by a Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLA on government officers belonging to backward castes has prompted the opposition Congress to demand Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to suspend the lawmaker for his “racist arrogance”.

Addressing a meeting in Warangal, TRS MLA Challa Dharma Reddy had said that the state has been spoiled by officers belonging to backward castes.

“The economically backward people in top castes are suffering so much injustice, they are poorer when compared to other castes and it is visible. Even after getting 99 marks, they could not secure a job and there are such people in this meeting,” Reddy said.

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Reddy mentioned that all government officers include officers from backward castes, who don’t know any work, which has led to the state becoming “spoiled”, adding that there was an outrage among upper castes due to this matter.

“Today for example in our constituency, they came to us and said there is a good officer (Officer from Backward caste). I asked them if he excelled in his work to which they replied in affirmative and then he was brought here. He (Officer from Backward Caste) doesn”t know a single word, I asked them that why did they bring such an officer here, their reply was that when asked to give his signature, he will sign wherever we want but if a good officer comes he will refuse to sign.”

Responding to Reddy’s statements, Senior Telangana Congress leader and spokesperson Sravan Dasoju demanded Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Working President KT Rama Rao to suspend TRS MLA for his “racist arrogance”.

The Congress leader also asked the DGP of Telangana to file a criminal case on a suo moto basis against the MLA for his unconstitutional remarks.

“Is this what is being preached by CM KCR to his colleagues to attack the weaker sections,” Dasoju asked. He demanded Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Working President KT Rama Rao to suspend him.

The MLA however issued an apology in a press meet here on Monday. “I apologize if I intentionally hurt any community’s sentiments. I was trying to explain the benefits of reservations pertaining to economically weaker sections (EWS) by stating an example. Some media houses have misinterpreted and distorted my statements and political parties are using this against me,” he said.

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