HYDERABAD: On a day when Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu asked Justice Manjunath, who is heading the commission set up to explore the possibilities of providing reservation to Kapus under BC quota, to submit his report at the earliest, opposition parties, especially the YSRC and the Congress, on Thursday have slammed Chandrababu for being insincere on the issue and accused him of trying to drive a wedge between the BCs and Kapus in the State.
Addressing mediapersons here separately, YSRC leader Botcha Satyanarayana and Congress MLC C Ramachandraiah wondered how could TDP MLA from Telangana R Krishnaiah oppose the proposal to include Kapus in the BC list even before the newly set up Manjunath commission begins examining the issue. They also accused the Chief Minister of encouraging Kishtaiah to oppose the reservations to the Kapus.
“Naidu wants to utilise the Kapu reservations issue as a tool to create disagreement and hostility between Kapus and BCs in the State so as to derive political mileage from it. So, I call upon BCs and Kapus in AP to be aware of Chief Minister’s machinations,” Ramachandraiah said.
YSRCP leader Botcha Satyanarayana too said, “ Naidu is known for pitting one caste against the other. He is at it again now by inciting the BCs against Kapus in order to get political advantage.”
Coming down heavily on T-TDP MLA R Krishnaiah, who had threatened to go on a strike if Kapus are included in the BCs list, Botcha asked Krishnaiah to answer as to why he was silent when several castes were removed recently from the BC list in Telangana State.
According to him, ahead of Mudragada’s proposed indefinite fast scheduled to begin on Friday at Kirlampudi, police had begun imposing restrictions on people entering the district.