‘You are Dalits, politics is for us’: TDP MLA’s video goes viral, alleges tampering

MLA Chintamaneni Prabhakar did a ‘palabhishekam’ for a statue of Ambedkar, in order to prove he was not casteist.

“You are Dalits. You all are downtrodden. You belong to Scheduled Castes. Politics is for us (Kammas). The leadership posts are reserved for us. Then why the f*#k are you fighting? Why do you need politics, instead of thinking about how to raise your kids with affection?” TDP MLA Chintamaneni Prabhakar is seen making this declaration in a video that has gone viral in the last 48 hours. The MLA was reportedly speaking in his constituency Denduluru in November last year, after a minor political scuffle. But with the video surfacing now, Prabhakar is facing severe criticism for the assertion that Dalits don’t need to be involved in politics. And now, the MLA has alleged that the video has been doctored by rivals YSRCP.

Prabhakar was reportedly speaking in the context of a Dalit leader, who had joined YSRCP, opposing Prabhakar’s visit to the constituency. “Did I stop Jagan Mohan Reddy when he came the other day? If I intended to, wouldn’t I have stopped him? Won’t you have joined me?” Prabhakar can be heard saying in a longer version of the video doing the rounds on social media.

“Is it fair (to stop me)? Politically you should remember something. You are Dalits. You all are downtrodden. You belong to Scheduled Castes. Politics is for us (Kammas). The leadership posts are reserved for us. Then why the f*#k…

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