KCR promises to lead all-party team to PM on SC categorisation after activist dies during stir

Hours before the death of the woman, the Opposition parties had raised the issue of SC categorisation in the Assembly and the Congress staged a walkout as the govt did not agree to discuss the issue.

Published: 07th November 2017 09:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th November 2017 09:32 AM   |  A+A-

Dy Chief Minister Kadiyam SrihHari speaking to MRPS leaders and family members of Bharathi at Osmania General Hospital in Hyderabad on Monday | Vinay Madapu

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: The issue of categorisation of Scheduled Castes into sub-classes, a long-pending demand by the Madiga Reservation Porate Samithi (MRPS), came to the fore on Monday with the death of a woman activist of the organisation during an agitation called by its president Manda Krishna.  

Hours before the death of the woman, the Opposition parties had raised the issue of SC categorisation in the Assembly and the Congress staged a walkout as the government did not agree to discuss the issue. However, soon after the death of the woman, the government made a statement on the floor of the Assembly and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao assured the House that he would lead an all-party delegation to Prime Minister Modi to seek categorisation of SCs.

Bharathi’s daughter inconsolable after her mother’s
death at Osmania General Hospital in Hyderabad
on Monday | Vinay Madapu

He also announced Rs 25 lakh for the kin of the deceased and a job to an eligible member of the family and free education to her children. The deceased was identified as Bharathi of Addagutta in Secunderabad. 

With the Assembly in session, Manda Krishna gave a call for laying siege to the district collectorates demanding that the state government exert pressure on the Centre for categorisation of SCs.

When hundreds of MRPS activists tried to force their way into the Hyderabad district collectorate, police tried to bundle them into vans. 

When the police tried to lift Bharathi, she fell unconscious. She was shifted to Osmania General Hospital where she was declared dead.DCP, Central Zone, D Joel Davis said Bharathi had been suffering from heart problems for write some time and she died of heart attack. “When police tried to lift her, she suddenly collapsed and was shifted to hospital. We have a video recording to prove that force was not used during the protest,’’ he said.

MRPS activists gathered at the mortuary and raised slogans against the police and the state government. Manda Krishna who is in Tamil Nadu, gave a call to his cadre to stage protests across the state on Tuesday.

Meanwhile,  as soon as the Assembly met, Opposition parties insisted that the issue of SC categorisation be discussed on priority. Speaker S Madhusudhanachary, however, went ahead with the Question Hour prompting Congress, BJP and TDP members to rush to the podium and shout slogans. They demanded that the CM lead an all-party delegation to Prime Minister Modi for resolution of the issue.

After legislative affairs minister T Harish Rao said the treasury was ready to discuss the issue, the opposition members resumed their seats. It was when MIM’s Akbaruddin Owaisi was speaking on land records purification, leader of opposition K Jana Reddy broke the news of Bharathi’s death. Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao assured the House that he would lead an all-party delegation to Prime Minister Modi to seek categorisation of SCs. 

Activists lay seige to Warangal Urban collectorate
Warangal:
Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS) on Monday laid siege on Warangal urban collectorate demanding the Union government to ensure the passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill for Scheduled Caste categorisation during the ensuing winter session of the Parliament. Police used mild lathi charge when the activists tried to barge into the collectorate.



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