Andhra Pradesh

TDP plans big ahead of ‘Jayaho BC’

To hold meets with 12 major castes

After the Muslim convention, the TDP plans to organise ‘Jayaho BC’ in Rajamahendravaram on December 30 to express its gratitude to the BCs that are considered as the backbone of the party.

Ahead of it, the TDP has decided to organise meetings with members of 12 major castes listed under the BC category with a view to enlisting their support. As part of the initiative, senior party leaders have identified castes such as Turpu Kapu, Valmiki Boya, Kuruba, Vaddera, Yadava, Nayee Brahmin, Rajaka, Matsakara and Cheneta / Padmasali, with whom the meetings would be held. The time to be spent with members of each caste will depend on their presence in the districts. For instance, the presence of Valmiki-Boya and Kuruba castes is more in districts such as Anantapur. In that case, a day-long session will be organised with leaders of the communities to know about their problems.

It is, therefore, planned to organise two meetings with members of the Vaddera community, four with the fishermen community, and five with members of the Cheneta community, sources say. When contacted, I&PR Minister K. Srinivasulu said it was planned to organise a meeting with the representatives of the identified communities at Praja Vedika, where party national president and Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu would interact with them.

‘BC Sadassulu’

This apart, ‘BC Sadassulu’ would also be organised in all the 175 Assembly constituencies simultaneously, he said. The party would educate the BCs about the opportunities given by the TDP government to them in politics and efforts made for their uplift socially and financially, he added.

‘Jayaho BC’ is modelled on the lines of ‘Nara Hamara, TDP Hamara,’ a public meeting for Muslims organised in Guntur a couple of months ago. The tag line for it is – ‘Desamlo Sagam – TDP Tho Manam’.

The 12 identified castes are considered as the deciding factors in many constituencies if their total population is to be considered.

The TDP has been focussing on Valmiki-Boya, fishermen and other communities. The Assembly had even passed a resolution urging the Centre to list the Valmiki-Boya community under the Scheduled Tribes (ST) category.

A similar demand from the fishermen is gaining momentum.

The YSR Congress Party is also vying to lure the BC and announced to organise protest programmes seeking measures for their welfare.

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