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Updated: August 6, 2013 03:50 IST

Feudal lords may stage a comeback, says Manda Krishna

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Manda Krishna Madiga, politician and activist fighting for the rights of the Madigas
The Hindu Manda Krishna Madiga, politician and activist fighting for the rights of the Madigas

MRPS chief picks holes in TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s ‘T’ reconstitution plan

Founder president of the Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS), Manda Krishna, on Monday asserted that the reconstruction of a separate Telangana State under the stewardship of Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K. Chandrasekhar Rao would be tantamount to the return of the feudal system.

At a press conference here, primarily held to counter Mr. Rao’s statements at the ‘Meet the Press’ programme on Sunday, the MRPS leader recalled that post-1970, the ‘Doras’ (feudal lords) had fled the villages because they were unable to bear the pressure mounted on them by Naxalites and taken refuge in Hyderabad and its surroundings.

Now, with the beginning of the process of a new Telangana State, these feudal lords will return home, he said.

Under the leadership of Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao and by using the garb of the struggle for a separate State, many of them had started the process of settling in their native villages, Mr. Krishna pointed out.

He said that for administrative convenience, each revenue division in all the 10 districts that fall in the region could be made a district.

This would mean that the new Telangana would have 30 districts and they could be named after people of eminence and those who made sacrifices for social justice.

For instance, Adilabad could be named after Komaram Bheem, Konda Lakshman Bapuji (Mancherial), Chakali Ailamma (Jangaon), Srikantachari (Suryapet) Madanmohan (Siddipet), K. Mahendranath (Nagarkurnool) and Annabathula Ravindranath (Kothagudem), Mr. Krishna said.

Referring to Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao’s promise of ensuring that Rs.10 lakh would be paid to the families of all those who had sacrificed their lives for Telangana since 1969, Mr. Krishna said once a Dalit-led government was formed in Telangana, he would see that the families of each of the martyrs would get Rs. 20 lakh and a government job for one eligible member.

Also, he announced Rs. 5,000 for all those who went to jail in the struggle.

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