ANDHRA PRADESH

State to take legal opinion on categorisation

YSR's assurance to a team led by Koneru

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: An additional secretary from the Law Department will go to Delhi on Tuesday for taking legal opinion from eminent Supreme Court lawyers on whether the State Government can overcome the judgment against categorisation of the Scheduled Castes and if so, how.

Whatever advice given by legal experts will be followed by the State Government. It will also make all-out efforts before the apex court to protect the SC categorisation. The Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, conveyed this to a delegation headed by the Municipal Administration Minister, Koneru Ranga Rao, which met him here on Monday.

This was in line with the assurance given by Mr Ranga Rao at the rally organised by the Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi here on Saturday. Others in the delegation were N. Yellaiah, MP, and D. Manikya Varaprasad, MLA.

All-party team

The Minister told reporters later that the Chief Minister had also cleared the proposal to send an all-party delegation to the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, and the UPA chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, seeking their intervention for introducing a bill in Parliament.

Mr. Ranga Rao said the delegation would comprise floor leaders of all parties and would be led by himself. All political parties in the State were roped in because all of them were signatories to the unanimous resolution adopted in the Assembly in favour of the categorisation. He said an all- party meeting would be held here before the delegation leaves for New Delhi.

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