VIJAYAWADA: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed happiness over Kapu leader Mudragada calling off his indefinite fast and reiterated the government’s commitment to Kapu reservations.
Addressing mediapersons, here Monday, he said he had asked his ministers to convey his stance on according BC status to Kapus and extending financial aid to poor in Kapu community, to the fasting Mudragada and the latter had called off the stir believing in the government’s assurance.
“It is not that someone has to tell me about it. I know my responsibility and promises I have made. TDP is always concerned about the welfare of BCs and no injustice will be done to them and at the same time there are poor people in Kapu community and to ensure justice to them, every measure is being taken,” he said while reminding his government goal of making the state best among three in the country by 2022 and the best by 2029 in not just economically, but also in happiness.
Naidu said like no one else, he had toured the state on foot for 208 days, visiting every village and going from door to door. “I pretty much aware of people’s needs, their economic conditions. In fact my Padayatra at that time had completely transformed me and my government is a responsible government well aware of its duty,” he said and reminded the two instances when he had staged indefinite fast for ‘worthy’ causes.
He took the opportunity to lash out at Congress and YSRC for trying to complicate a sensitive issue for their own political agenda. He said measures will be taken to ensure there are no more incidents like ‘Tuni violence’ in the state and reiterated that the State will act tough with trouble mongers, but was quick to say that innocent in Tuni violence will not be prosecuted.
When pointed out Mudragada Padmanabham being made accused number one and asked if the government’s negotiations with the fasting leader will have any bearing on the subject, Chief Minister said both are different issues. “It is a fact that train was burnt, police vehicles and police stations were burnt. Investigation is under progress and action will be taken against real accused,” he said.
Ruling out the possibility of anyone from the two Godavari districts involved in the violence, he said outsiders, those from Rayalaseema might have caused the trouble and once the investigation is complete, the truth will come out.
On being asked why Congress leaders including Chiranjeevi were stopped from visiting Mudragada in Kirlampudi village, Chief Minister asked what was the need for them to visit. He found fault with Chiranjeevi, whom he said had done nothing for Kapu community though he had floated a party and merged the same with Congress. He held Congress party responsible for the state’s misfortunes and blamed YSRC for Tuni violence.