Kapus Give Tough Time To TDP At Kakinada

Even as the people are closely watching the electioneering of Nandyal by-election, there is a small section who has also kept one eye on the Kakinada Municipal Corporation elections. The city is set to seal the fate of the parties on August 25 where the Kapus are giving tough time to the ruling TDP.

Kakinada: The Kapus, who have been fighting for the BC status for the past two years are now busy in proving their strength in the Kakinada Municipal Corporation elections.

The community is going strong giving sleepless nights to the ruling party leaders, particularly, Deputy Chief Minister N Chinarajappa, who organised a pro-TDP Kapu leaders meet in Vijayawada on August 14 to downplay the Kapu movement spearheaded by former Minister Mudragada Padmanabham.

Located close to the Kirlampudi village, the hot bed of the Kapu movement, the election in Kakinada is witnessing a tough fight for the 48 divisions that are going for polls under the direction of the High Court.

Even as Chinarajappa is monitoring the polls here, the TDP has sent its senior minister from Guntur Prathipati Pulla Rao to coordinate the elections. Pulla Rao being a Kamma, has now come in handy for the Kapus to expose the anti-Kapu attitude of the TDP. T

he Kapu leaders are exposing the key role given to a Kamma minister where the Kapus are in domination. Even some of the TDP Kapus are not happy with the TDP for sending Pulla Rao to sit on the shoulders of Chinarajappa in the electioneering.

The Opposition YSR Congress is sitting comfortably focusing on its campaign, as the Kapus are fighting the battle for it against the TDP. The YSR Congress general secretary and Rajya Sabha member V Vijayasai Reddy is coordinating the campaign along with a handful of leaders.

Out of the 48 divisions, the TDP is contesting 39 divisions, while its ally-BJP is contesting 9 divisions. The two parties together would require winning at least 20 divisions to capture the civic body, as they already have 6 ex-officio votes of MLAs and MLCs.

But, in case the YSR Congress has to capture the civic body, it would require winning a minimum of 27 to 30 divisions to be comfortable and defeat the TDP-BJP combine.

It is for this target the two parties are working, while the Kapus led by Mudragada Padmanabham are working hard to minimize the TDP’s victory.

The election is also an endorsement for the movement led by Padmanabham. If Padmanabham has to continue his agitation further, he has to ensure the defeat of the TDP in Nandyal. In case the TDP wins, the government would go hard against Kapu, particularly Padmanabham, who is already under undeclared house arrest at Kirlampudi since July 26, the day when he planned Chalo Amaravati walk.

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