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BC leaders flay Kapu appeasement, assert demand for 50% quota in legislative bodies

BC organisations on Sunday asserted their long-standing demand for 50 percent reservation in Legislative bodies even as they warned of “intense agitations” if socially developed communities such as th

Published: 23rd October 2017 03:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd October 2017 07:35 AM   |  A+A-

Leaders of various backward communities come together at the BC Garjana in Rajamahendravaram on Sunday | Express

By Express News Service

RAJAMAHENDRAVARAM: BC organisations on Sunday asserted their long-standing demand for 50 percent reservation in Legislative bodies even as they warned of “intense agitations” if socially developed communities such as the Kapus were included in the state’s BC list.

Leaders including AP Backward Classes welfare association national president R Krishnaiah attended the BC Garjana meeting organised at Morampudi in Rajamahendravaram of East Godavari district on Sunday. He stressed the need for more reservations for backward communities in every sphere of activity including politics as they comprise 52 per cent of the state’s population.

Krishnaiah, who attended the meeting despite his brother being hospitalised, received a call in the middle of his speech informing him that his brother R Sivaiah had passed away. He spoke for a few more minutes before leaving the venue for Hyderabad.  BC leaders who attended the meeting hailed his commitment to the welfare of backward communities.

Krishnaiah has been a proponent of BC community unity, saying the groups could claim what is rightfully theirs only if they fought together. He has strongly criticised political parties for not fulfilling the promises made to BCs at the time of elections.

At the meet, he said politicos should stop treating the communities as vote banks and added that BCs should head the government after the next elections. Other BC  leaders including R Shankar Rao called upon the 144 BC castes in the state to remain united so that they will be able to realize their “collective dreams”. Community representatives will meet Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and submit a memorandum in this regard. Around 40,000 people attended the meeting.



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