Naidu Set To Meet Kapus On August 14 In Vijayawada
Vijayawada: Even as former Minister Mudragada Padmanabham and his supporters have been agitating for reservations, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu decided to meet the leaders of the community on August 14, ahead of Independence Day celebrations. The state government has invited the Kapu leaders from all the 13 districts for the interaction.
While it is not known whether the invitees included Mudragada Padmanabham and the Kapu JAC leaders led by him, the government claims that important leaders from the community have been invited to attend the meeting.
The meeting, scheduled to be held at the “Venue” convention center near NTR University of Health Sciences on the day, is expected to see what Chandrababu Naidu had in his mind about the reservation issue. Mudragada Padmanabham, who is spearheading the reservation movement in the state for the past two years, is still under unofficial house arrest and is not being allowed to come out of his Kirlampudi house.
Padmanabham is under the close watch of the police since September 26, the day when he was scheduled to begin his Chalo Amaravati yatra. Since then, he has been making an attempt to resume his walk every day and goes back after a protest at the gate of his house, as the police prevent him from walking out.
The Kapu leaders, particularly those loyal to Mudragada have been blaming the Kapu leaders in the government, including deputy Chief Minister N Chinarajappa, Ministers P Narayana and Ganta Srinivasa Rao for not supporting the community on the demand for reservations.
While the TDP alleges that Mudragada is sold out to the opposition leader Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Kapu JAC leaders accuse the TDP Kapu leaders and ministers of having sold out to Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.
In this background, the meeting assumes significance as to who were invited and who would be attending the meeting and what announcement that Chandrababu Naidu is set to make. While the Kapus want the chief minister to fulfill his election promise by giving BC status for the community, the ministers claim that the issue is in the process with Justice Manjunadha Commission, studying it and would take some time for the government to clear it.
In the meanwhile, the government claims that it has created the Kapu Corporation to finance the education and self-employment of the Kapu community in the state. Not satisfied with the claim, Padmanabham and his supporters have been fighting relentlessly.
A section of the Kapu leaders say that the meeting is only to send some message to the Kapu voters of Nandyal and not to do any justice to the community. The Kapu leaders associated with Padmanabham claim that the government was trying to use the occasion only to seek its support in Nandyal.
“But for the Nandyal by-election, Chandrababu Naidu would not have held this kind of meeting with the Kapus,” quipped a Kapu leader from Vijayawada.