VISAKHAPATNAM: In the wake of Kapu patriarch Mudragada Padmanabham’s comments on Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his steadfast refusal to cooperate with the doctors to undergo medical tests, the chief minister held a meeting with ministers and members of the cabinet sub-committee on Kapu reservations here on Sunday.
The focus of the meeting was how to counter Mudragada comments and at the same time try to convince the Kapu community members in the state that the government was committed to its promise of including them among BCs.
It is learnt that Naidu was unhappy with the developments and wanted the ministers to launch counter attacks, mainly targeting Congress and YSRC, who, he was certain, were orchestrating the developments, with vested interests.
Later addressing mediapersons, finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu reiterated government’s commitment for Kapu reservations. “As promised, we are proceeding with the measure for including Kapus in BCs.
The commission has been constituted and once it submits the report, a decision will be taken,” he said.
Yanamala reminded that it was not under any pressure, the promise to Kapus was made, but understanding their plight during his ‘padayatra’ in Pithapuram constituency, Naidu had announced his intentions to include Kapus among BCs. “Thereafter, the same was included in the election manifesto of the party and once the government was formed, measures were taken to keep that promise,” he added.
Taking exception to Mudragada remarks against Chief Minister of two acres and two lakh crores, he said it was not proper on part of the Kapu patriarch. Pointing out the support of YSRC and Congress leader, even from those hailing from other castes like former MP Chinta Mohan, he said those two parties are instigating trouble and creating fears among people.
■ Govt committed to its promise of including Kapus in BCs
■ Congress, YSRC orchestrating developments with vested interests
■ Naidu during his ‘padayatra’ in Pithapuram constituency made the announcement