ANDHRA PRADESH

Govt. warned against conceding Kapu’s demand

BC Jana Sabha president G. Gangadhar addressing a meeting in Ongole on Tuesday.—Photo: Kommuri Srinivas

BC Jana Sabha president G. Gangadhar addressing a meeting in Ongole on Tuesday.—Photo: Kommuri Srinivas  

BC Jana Sabha president G. Gangadhar on Tuesday urged the State government to implement forthwith all the poll promises made to the other backward classes in the State.

Leading a demonstration in front of Prakasam Bhavan here, he referred to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu of his oft-repeated statement that “BCS are the backbone to the TDP” and said any move to include Kapu and other politically-influential communities in the list of BCs would prove to be the waterloo for the TDP.

Initially, the number of communities was only 87 and it gradually increased to 93, 119 and 140 over a period. He exhorted the BCs to flood the Manjunath committee with petitions during the public hearing to press for increase in the quota for the BCs in proportion to their population. Any decision to include Kapus in the BC list would amount to opening of the Pandora’s box giving credence to similar demands for inclusion of other politically-dominant communities, including Kamma and Reddy communities, he feared.

Gujarat High Court verdict hailed

Dr. Gangadhar hailed the Gujarat High Court verdict, rejecting the government’s notification issued for providing 10 per cent quota for economically backward classes in educational institutions in the wake of the stir by Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti to include the community in the BC list.

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