The Bharatiya Janata Party is launching communal attack on chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy these days. The party which had pinned hopes on new leaders joining the party and had started the migration from the Telugu Desam Party, had lost its hopes of reaching close to the ruling party. The party has no base and acceptancy in the masses and the leaders are slowly realising that. Having failed to strengthen the party on these expected lines, the leadership is now taking up this communal angle to win the Hindu votes.
BJP State president Kanna Lakshminarayana, had become a more Hindu, these days, unlike in the past when he was in the Congress and was even in the race for the chief minister post after the death of late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy. He lobbied hard to be even AP Congress president post, which failed to work in his favour. He was a Hindu by faith those days, but now a Hindu by practice too, to suit to the BJP leadership, particularly the RSS cadre.
It is with this new avatar, Kanna Lakshminarayana is branding chief minister as anti-Hindu. The other day, when the police prevented him from holding a public meeting in Gurazala of Guntur district, Kanna Lakshminarayana made these unwarranted communal allegations against the chief minister. The BJP leadership had made similar allegations when the government announced monthly remuneration to the Muslim and Christian priests. Though the government had announced several dolls for the Hindu temples and priests, the BJP found fault with the government giving similar benefits for the Christians and Muslims.
As it appears, the BJP leadership is not happy with Jaganmohan Reddy to be the chief minister for his Christian faith. Though late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy too was a Christian, the BJP could not make these communal allegations due to fear of his statesmanship. Now, the BJP is targeting Jaganmohan Reddy on these religious lines only to cash in on the increasing Hindu sentiments across the country. However, it is to be seen if this works for the BJP to strengthen its base in the State.