After Ravi Kiran, Its IYR’s Turn To Face Naidu’s Wrath

The sacking of IYR Krishna Rao is a reflection of intolerance on the part of AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu.

Hyderabad: In an unexpected move, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has removed IYR Krishna Rao, Chairman of AP Brahmin Welfare Corporation, for allegedly ‘ forwarding and posting anti-government posts in facebook and other social networking websites’ and making remarks attributing castiest to Naidu and TDP leaders. Rao, a former Chief Secretary, has been in this cabinet-rank post for the past few months. The Chief Minister has not asked Rao for explanation but terminated him ‘unilaterally’ which led to widespread criticism. Rao said he has just forwarded some messages that has reached him.

AP government has recently jailed journalist Inturi Ravi Kiran for allegedly posting anti government items on social media.

One post that Rao has forwarded was related to YSRC chief Jagan’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The sender of the post was ‘Jagannadha Ratha Chakram’, ostensibly a fictitious name. It questioned BJP state leaders’ ‘conspicuous silence’ on Jagan-Modi meet. The caste of the BJP leaders (read Kamma) was also indirectly mentioned. This drew the ire of the whole community and was said to be the final nail in IYR’s issue.

IYR has earlier questioned government’s decision to waive entertainment tax to Balakrishna-starrer Gautami Putra Satakarni. He has also asked why govt granted permission to theatres to screen additional shows of SS Rajamouli’s Bahubali-2.

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