The Dark Decade of TDP Rule (1994-2004)

Within four months after the release of GO MS No. 30, the Congress party lost General Elections. Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao was sworn in as the Chief Minister on 12th December 1994. In less than nine months, he faced a coup and his son-in-law N. Chandrababu Naidu took over as the Chief Minister. He remained in power from 1st September 1995 to 13th May 2004.

The BC Commission, as a permanent body for dealing with issues related to BCs, was originally formed in 1993 through an Assembly Act and Justice Puttuswamy was appointed as its chairman on 31st March 1994.

The Commission was given a three-year term as per the Act but it was extended by another three years on the request of Justice Puttaswamy on the plea that the work was incomplete. Later, a six-month extension was given five times with the last one ending on September 30, 2002, following which the Commission neither sought any extension, nor was its term extended suo motu by the TDP Government on its own.

Despite staying on post for eight-and-a-half years, the Commission did not give a single line report. The government has spent Rs. 35 lakhs yearly on it, totalling Rs. 2.59 crores. The TDP Government kept on extending the Commission’s term without seeking any report. This caused gross injustice to not only Muslims, but also other castes like Kapus who were classified as BCs by the Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy Government.

At the time of formation of Puttswamy Commission, there were 92 castes in the State list of BCs. Representations were made by a record number of 109 other castes to the Commission seeking BC status. They included some communities from upper castes including Reddys and Brahmins.

By not seeking the report of BC Commission, the then Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP Government did gross injustice to with the Muslim community. He tried to keep the community with his sweet-talk and open deception. At one side, he strengthened the BJP by forging electoral alliances, on the other he implemented the RSS ideology of keeping the Muslim marganilised. Instead of providing reservation, he increased the allocation for minorities’ welfare in the State budget and used those figures to mislead the community that he was pro-Muslim. Never in his nine-year-long tenure as the Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu spoke about Puttuswamy Commission or the Muslim reservation.

Therefore, the 10-year rule of Telugu Desam Party proved to be a dark period for the Muslim community in Andhra Pradesh. If the TDP Government would have had given reservation, then at least two batches of Engineers and Doctors would have passed out in 2004. Therefore, the TDP Government caused a huge loss to the Muslims community.