Congress backs Kapu stir wants CM to concede demands

Congress backs Kapu stir wants CM to concede demands
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The leaders held the protest at the party State headquarters, Andhra Rathna Bhavan, raising slogans against the government for its indifferent attitude towards the movement.

Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) here on Wednesday supported the agitation launched by the Kapus seeking reservations. The Congress activists held a day long hunger strike expressing solidarity to the Kapu leader and former minister Mudragada Padmanabham.

The leaders held the protest at the party State headquarters, Andhra Rathna Bhavan, raising slogans against the government for its indifferent attitude towards the movement.

Expressing solidarity with the party workers, the APCC vice-president and former minister Devineni Rajasekhar Nehru said that Mudragada Padmanabham was on a hunger strike for seventh day seeking implementation of the promises that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had made during the election campaign.

He recalled that Chandrababu Naidu had included reservations promise for Kapus in the party election manifesto. He said that the Kapus and Mudragada were asking the Chief Minister to implement what he had promised.

He cautioned the State government of severe consequences if the health of Mudragada Padmanabham deteriorated. He wanted the government to concede the demands of the fasting leader and the Kapu community in the larger interests of the State and ensure that there is no political unrest in the State.

Former legislator and city Congress president Malladi Vishnu said that Kapus have been fighting for reservations for several years. However, they have intensified the agitation basing only on the promises that the TDP had made during the last elections.

“The Kapus have voted for TDP in the elections believing that they would extend the benefits. They have waited for two years and there was no sign of fulfilling the promise.

It was only then they have started agitation,” Vishnu asserted and wanted the government to accept the demands and convert the promises into reality.

The AP Youth Congress president, Devineni Avinash, APCC general secretaries Akula Srinivas Kumar and Meesala Rajeswara Rao, former deputy mayor Alla Chellarao and others were present.

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