HYDERABAD: In his effort to garner support from senior Kapu leaders from all political parties and to exert pressure on chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu to take steps to include Kapus in the backward class category, Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham on Saturday met senior Congress leaders belonging to Kapu community K Chiranjeevi, Dasari Narayana Rao and C Ramachandraiah. He also met APCC president N Raghuveera Reddy and sought his support.
All the Congress leaders assured him all possible help to force the state government to include Kapus in BC list.
Later, speaking to reporters Chiranjeevi said that he was for including kapus in BC list and would extend his full support to Mudragada Padmanabham in his fight. "It was a TDP's poll promise. We want the government to take steps to fulfil its promise. We expect chief minister Naidu to respect the sentiments of our community," he said.
According to Chiranjeevi, they discussed about the future course of action. "We will mobilise support from all the Kapu leaders and association in the state," the former Union minister said. Veteran filmmaker and former Union minister Dasari Narayan Rao, said Kapus deserve reservation and they would take it at any cost. "We want the chief minister to honour the assurances he had given on the issue in the past," he said. Congress MLC Ramachandraiah, who has been supporting Mudragada on the issue from the beginning, alleged that Naidu was creating hurdle in the process of kapu reservation. "If he is sincere he should immediately take steps to see that kapus are provided reservation at the earliest," he said.
Mudragada told reporters after calling on all the leaders, that it was due to Naidu's delay in including kapus in the BC list that the community people have become restless and were forced to launch agitation.
"Naidu is responsible for Kapus coming onto the streets. He had gone back from his promises, Hence, we do not have any other option but to agitate," the Kapu leader said. He warned that if the chief minister does not take decision on the issue at the earliest, the people of the community will be forced to launch a massive agitation.