AP washermen plan 48-hour hunger strike to press for SC status

Dara Gopi

Vijayawada: The washermen’s associations which have been demanding their inclusion in the Scheduled Castes’ list are getting ready for a 48-hour hunger strike in the city from February 27. The State executive and the district level executive committees of the Andhra Pradesh State Rajaka Sanghala Ikyavedika which held a meeting here on Tuesday unanimously resolved to go ahead with the scheduled hunger strike. Chaired by its president Pathapati Anjibabu, the forum decided to intensify the agitation after the hunger strike.

Anjibabu said that the ruling Telugu Desam Party had promised to give SC status for Rajakas and the promise was included in the TDP election manifesto. TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu had repeatedly promised to give SC status to the Rajakas, he said. However, the TDP and its leadership had ignored the promise and have not taken any step to fulfill the election promise even after three years. He regretted that the government had considered the demand of other castes and had created finance corporations for them with a corpus fund of Rs 1000 crore, while the Rajakas’ demand was ignored.

He further said that they had decided to intensify the agitation and urged all Opposition parties in the State to extend their support. He said that the executive committee had resolved to  write to YSR Congress president YS Jaganmohan Reddy, Congress president N Raghuveera Reddy, secretaries of CPI and CPI-M, K Ramakrishna and P Madhu respectively, president of Jana Sena K Pawan Kalyan and others. The executive would also meet these leaders in person and seek their support for their agitation, Anjibabu said. He said that they would also invite these leaders to join the hunger strike to be held in Vijayawada.

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