Amaravati, May 27:
The leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly N Chandrababu Naidu and his son Nara Lokesh are shedding crocodile tears over the death of Narsipatnam government doctor K Sudhakar Rao of a massive heart attack. In a bid to gain as much political mileage as possible Mr Lokesh visited the family and offered support of the Telugu Desam Party to the members.Talking to the media later Mr Lokesh charged the Andhra Pradesh Government of being responsible for Dr Sudhakar Rao’s death.
YSR Congress party spokesperson Gudivada Amarnath in a response to Mr Lokesh said that the TDP was indulging in “dead body politics”. He said the sudden affection the TDP leaders were showing to Dr Sudhakar Rao who was a Dalit was a huge surprise to everyone.
The contempt Mr Chandrababu Naidu had for the Dalits was quite evident in several of the statements he made when he was the Chief Minister of the newly formed state. Mr Naidu went on record saying that “nobody would choose to be born willingly in a Dalit family”, Mr Amarnath said.
Mr Lokesh himself made the blunder of mixing up Dr B.R. Ambedkar’s birth anniversary with his death anniversary. This showed how much respect he had for the Father of the Indian Constitution. In yet another botch up a TDP Minister said on record that Dalits maintained poor personal hygiene. And it was in Mr Chandrababu’s rule that some TDP leaders publicly disrobed a woman because she refused to give them land, Mr Amarnath said.
It may be recalled that Sudhakar Rao’s case took several turns since the time of his suspension from duty following his false allegations against the AP government last year.The doctor who became controversial overnight courted more trouble when he created a ruckus on the road in a highly inebriated condition near Akkayyapalem village of Visakhapatnam. Apparently, under the influence of alcohol, he caused public nuisance near the Paalem Port Hospital Junction. He abused people in filthy language when they tried to restrain him from removing the stoppers put on the roads to impose lockdown.
The locals stopped him and tied his hands with a rope before giving information to the police. Later, he was taken into custody by a police team. After assessing his condition, he was subsequently shifted to hospital for psychiatric treatment. The police at that time filed cases against Dr Sudhakar Rao for violating lockdown norms and obstructing the police on duty. The cases were registered against him under Sections 188 and 357 of Indian Penal code (IPC).
Mr Amarnath said that Dr Sudhakar had subsequently stated that he got sucked into a conspiracy and then he could not extricate himself from it despite all his efforts. The doctor even said that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan was his favourite leader and that he was a fan of former Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.
One year had passed and now Mr Lokesh was spewing conspiracy theories about Dr Sudhakar being murdered by Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy, Mr Amarnath said. The Telugu Desam Party was trying the best to get political mileage from Dr Sudhakar’s death.