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Kapu caste by the Congress high command as a check to the then CM Rajasekhara Reddy, his brother Pawan Kalyan now is testing the political waters. Many political pundits opine that he was brought on to the political scene by the BJP to weaken the TDP. The CPI and CPM are in a never ending dialamma of to which political party they have to truck with as they have lost their base in the toiling masses as result of their class collaborationist policies. Sensing the mood of the people and the brazen methods BJP had used to gain upper hand in the body politic of Tamil Nadu, the TDP started distancing from BJP and finally withdrew from the NDA government at the centre. TDP started blaming the BJP for all the problems faced by the state and people. The BJP started retaliating with counter allegations. And a no holds bar vilification campaign was unleashed from both sides. The controversy rose and centered on initially around certain substantial issues such as special category status to AP, construction of Polavaram dam, separate railway zone for AP, terms of reference to 15 th Finance Commission etc. These issues encompass a wider issue of centre-state relations, which was defined by BJP as co- operative federalism. That these issues affect the functioning of state governments and lives of the people is an undeniable fact and needs a thorough discussion. The claim that India is a union of states and has federal structure is a hoax. During the 66 years, the successive governments at the centre used to concentrate more powers in their hands at the expense of states. Narendra Modi is more brazen in this regard and in a single stroke of GST he cornered a substantial part of states’ finances. The terms of reference to 15 th Finance commission June - 2018 were framed by his government is such a way that states have to depend upon the centre for their finances. These issues have to be made part of the public discourse so that a solution can be worked to the vexed problem of centre- state relations. This is not the intention of the ruling class parties. They raised these issues as the contradictions among them got sharpened. Yet they fear of the people getting involved in this. They diverted, rather thwarted a serious discussion among the people by bringing forward personal accusations, caste issues and religious sentiments. They even dragged the Tirupati Tirumala Devastham into the controversy in order to raise religious sentiments. Thus the ruling classes through their political representatives have set the agenda for the coming general elections that effectively excluded any discussion on any basic problem faced by the people. They have drawn a boundary within which the so-called political discourse has to be conducted. As most of the media – both print and electronic – are owned by the leaders of various political parties, they have the assurance that the limits they have set will not be violated. The democratic and revolu- tionary forces in the state have to expose this bankruptcy of the ruling classes and their political representatives, both at the national and regional level, and bring forward the real problems faced by the people of the state and viable solutions to them to the fore so that the peoples’ awareness would advanced. ™ contd from page 21 contd from page 24 subsidiary, Sterlite Industries donating Rs 600 lakhs followed by Sesa Goa Ltd donating Rs 2,78.50 lakhs to Indian National Congress while the Public and Political Awareness Trust of Vedanta donated Rs 1450 lakhs to BJP followed by Vedanta The Madras Aluminium Co. Ltd donating Rs 350 lakhs between FY 2003-04 and 2011-12”. This is the reality of the democracy that the people of India have to put up with. “Profit before People” is the defacto motto of the Indian state. Projects like sterlite, koodankulam which are openly against the interests of the people needs a wider opposition and solidarity transcending regional border. ™ situation prevailing in their respective state on their attempts to overcome the hurdles in bui Fp7W7FVBfVVBbWF@7GVFVG26&7R'&Vfǒ6VBFPF62f6VB'FR7GVFVG2@WFfVVG2FFP6fVF76VBFRfvp&W6WF37F&fF6FbVGV6F"6RFR&fFRVfW'6FW0&26RBfvBv7BFP&fF6FbV&Ɩ2VF77FVB6Re$D&R6RFRƖ6W2FB&P7&VFrVVVBbFVBFRfƖrbf66W0WfW'6V7F"rFVBVFFRV7W&PF7F76VG2B&RvVfvBv7BFRFVw&FpW&Ɨ7B7VGW&R)&VB7V'67&&R6727G'VvvP6G&'WF6vR6'2RХV&ǒ'2SУ#