HYDERABAD: On a day when his youngest brother and Jana Sena founder Pawan Kalyan took to Twitter to ask the Andhra Pradesh government to hold talks with the fasting Kapu patriarch Mudragada Padmanabham, to amicably resolve his demand over the issue of inclusion of Kapus in BC list, Congress Rajya Sabha member K Chiranjeevi, too, decided to pay a visit to Padmanabham along with senior Congress leaders.
This was disclosed by APCC chief N Raghuveera Reddy during his interaction with mediapersons at Gandhi Bhavan here on Sunday. Raghuveera Reddy announced that he along with former Union ministers K Chiranjeevi and MM Pallam Raju, former state ministers C Ramachandraiah and Vatti Vasanth Kumar will be meeting Padmanabham at Kirlampudi on Monday to extend their support to him.
“We are going to meet Padmanabham tomorrow to tell him that Congress is with him in his struggle. We will also inform him about our party’s solution to the problem,” the APCC chief said.
Asking the state government to find a solution to the problem in such a manner that it will do justice to the Kapus and safeguard the interest of the BCs, he said, “If necessary, the state government should pass a resolution in the Assembly for increasing the overall reservations quota to above 50 per cent, like that done in Tamil Nadu, and send it to the Parliament. Then, the Congress will support the Centre’s move to increase total reservations quota by bringing a Constitutional amendment.”
Raghuveera asked the government to immediately handover the reports of all the commissions earlier constituted to look into the issue of inclusion of Kapus in the BC category to Justice Manjunatha Committee, which was set up by the TDP government recently.
“Our view is that the state government should handover the reports of all the commissions, including Justice Puttu Swamy Commission and Subramaniam Commission, appointed by the YSR government, the socio-economic survey conducted by the UPA government, to Manjunath Panel so that the committee could prepare a comprehensive report and find a permanent solution to the issue in one month time,” he said.
He alleged that chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu was trying to create rift between Kapus and BCs ‘by making provocative and misleading statements’.
Later, the APCC chief met state Human Rights Commission chairman and sought his intervention in the matter, as Padmanabham’s health is said to be deteriorating.
YSRC Set to Express Its Solidarity Too
Principal Opposition Party, the YSR Congress, also decided to send a delegation of its leaders to Kirlampudi on Monday to once again extend its support to Kapu patriarch Mudragada Padmanabham. Party sources said that Botcha Satyanarayana, Ummareddy Venkateswarlu and Ambati Rambabu will be calling on fasting Padmanabaham on Monday in Kirlampudi to express their solidarity with him.