Rajya Sabha member V. Hanumantha Rao came down heavily on the State Government for succumbing to pressure from the upper castes and planning to provide reservations for the panchayat elections taking district as a unit.

Mr. Rao on Sunday shot of a strongly worded letter to the Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy terming the move as completely irrational and aimed at rendering greater injustice to the BCs in the State. He said the there was misconception among the upper classes that if State is taken as unit, they would lose out. He pointed out that in the last panchayat elections, the BCs did not get their due in district-wise allotment.

He said only 20-25 per cent of sarpanch posts were allotted to BCs in Visakhapatnam, Adilabad, Khammam, Guntur, Warangal, Chittoor, Krishna, Nellore, Kadapa and Prakasam districts instead of 34 per cent reservation. There is no scientific basis in seats allotted to the BCs.

He sought to know whether the Government was prepared to go back on late former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s vision. “Do you want to go against own GOs, Acts and the Supreme Court orders?” he questioned. Further, he said the action was gong back to the draconian system of governance by the upper classes.