YSR Congress Party president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy has criticised Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for side stepping the Constitution on welfare of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
It was also mandatory for the Government to constitute a Tribes Advisory Committee for ensuring accelerated development of tribes. But the present dispensation had not set up such a panel as six out of the seven seats earmarked for tribes were won by the main Opposition. This apart, dalits who converted to Christianity were denied caste certificates and the Chief Minister was silent on the issue. “The socio economic status of dalits had not changed by taking to a new religion, but their interests are being harmed by the Government's attitude," he said.
Defections:- The ruling party had made a mockery of the democratic process by engineering defections from the main Opposition and shielding the defected MLAs from disqualification. The manner in which the ruling TDP was luring the Opposition MLAs was tantamount to insulting the Constitution, he added.