Pawan Kalyan’s elder brother and Jana Sena Party (JSP) leader K Nagababu recently courted controversy when he tweeted on Nathuram Godse’s birth anniversary. He posted a tweet which said: “Nathuram Godse, a true patriot. Whether his killing of Gandhi is correct or not is debatable. Those days, no media presented his side of the story. The media worked in favour of the ruling government (it is the same even today). He knew that he’d be dishonoured. Yet, he killed Gandhi. We cannot raise doubts over his patriotism. He is a true patriot. On his birthday, I felt like remembering him once.”
While many criticised his comments, Nagababu responded with another clarification tweet which said:
“Please understand my comments in the right perspective. I have in no way endorsed the crime committed by Nathuram in my tweet. I only said that Nathuram’s side of the story should also be known to the people. I have immense respect for Mahatma Gandhi. In fact, my respect for Gandhi is much more than the respect of my critics for him.”
A case was registered by the Osmania University police under the IT Act and various others sections for posting objectionable content which sought to humiliate the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi at the behest of Telangana Congress leader K Manavatha Roy.
When Nagababu requested everyone to understand his comments in the ‘right perspective’ what he meant was, literally, the ‘perspective of the right’. It is common knowledge that JSP and the BJP are in an alliance in Andhra Pradesh. Therefore, it is vital to understand this salvo from K Nagababu as an attempt on the part of the JSP to take up the responsibility of spreading the BJP’s ideology in the State. Now just because two parties are in an alliance does not behove either party to carry forward each other’s ideological sandbags. They can have shared interests and also disagree on issues without any ideological constraints. Indian political history bears testimony to such alliance practices. One can see this, most recently, with the Shiv Sena-BJP, JD(U)-BJP, Akali Dal-BJP alliances.
But the JSP seems to be playing junior partner role with utmost sincerity. They’ve changed their stance most recently on the CAA and NRC. When an ally like Akali Dal could disagree with the BJP on the matter, Pawan Kalyan went on to support CAA and NRC. Some observers have also pointed out that this is the BJP’s plan at social engineering in the State.
While TDP is believed to be backed by Kamma community and YSRCP by Reddy community, the most important and biggest community is the Kapu community. The BJP is attempting to bag the support of Kapu community by bringing together in Pawan Kalyan brothers and senior leaders like Kanna Lakshmi Narayana. In this context, the tweet by Nagababu is seen as an attempt to display not just political affinity but rather a deeper ideological similarity to lay emotional foundations within the community for the BJP’s entry into the political space of Andhra Pradesh.