Despite the community representing 13.4 per cent of the State population, it has been ignored by political parties, allege leaders

The leaders of the Yadav community from the 13 districts of Seemandhra have planned to approach all the major political parties and demand their due share of seven Lok Sabha and 25 Assembly seats.

The decision was taken at the first meeting of AP Yadav Mahasabha, an affiliate of the All India Yadav Mahasabha, held here on Sunday.

The State convener of the All India Yadav Mahasabha, Lakka Vengala Rao Yadav, said that they would pitch for the seats from major political parties like the Telugu Desam Party, YSR Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party and the Communist parties for allocation of seats in both Assembly and Lok Sabha segments. As per the 2011 Census, Yadav community have about 1.3 crore population in the State, roughly 13.4 per cent of the total population. “Unofficially, our community represents 16 per cent of the population and one-fourth of the total backward castes in number,” said the Mahasabha’s co-convener Y. Chakradhar Yadav. During the tenure of late Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao in 1989, the number of Yadava MLAs in the State Assembly was 17, but the number was reduced to mere six in the recently dissolved Assembly.

Political parties are ignoring the importance of the community, he alleged.

Though, the community is spread across the State but it is predominantly concentrated in certain districts such as Visakhapatnam, Prakasam and Kurnool. In Krishna district, Yadavas are present in sizeable numbers in mandals such as Penamaluru, Kaikaluru and Nuzvid.