Naidu Suffering From memory Loss: Mudragada

kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham said that AP CM Naidu is suffering from memory loss and needs reminders for everything.

Kakinada: It is all set for Kapu Agitation which will start from July 26th as per Mudragada who addressed media on Tuesday. According to him,” CHALO AMARVATI” paadayatra will start from Kirlampudi on July 26th with a demand for Kapu reservation. Mudragada is keeping up pressure on Naidu and has a plan to increase the intensity of stir with just less than two years left for next elections.

Mudragada further said that Naidu is suffering from memory loss and needs reminders frequently. Naidu;s attitude towards the issue is wrong and that is why we are launching this paadayatra as a movement for Kapu reservation, he further said.

Acitivists suffered a lot from police and government and bore the brunt keeping in view the interests of Kapus. But Naidu did not fulfil his promise even after three years as CM, Mudragada said.

Earlier Mudragada Padmanabham wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking action against AP CM Naidu for not fulfilling his promises made while coming to power.

There should be a legal sanctity to the poll promises and it should be ensured that they are fulfilled within two years after coming to power.

He further added in the letter that they should be prosecuted and made accountable to public if they fail to fully implement the promises made during election campaign.

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Act Against Naidu, Mudragada Urges Modi

Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to act against AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu for non-implementation of the promise of reservations for Kapu community.

Rajamahendravaram: Mudragada Padmanabham wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking action against AP CM Naidu for not fulfilling his promises made while coming into power.

There should be a legal sanctity to the poll promises and it should be ensured that they are fulfilled within two years after coming to power.

He further added in the letter that they should be prosecuted and made accountable to public if they fail to fully implement the promises made during election campaign.

Mudragada is planning a walkathon on July 26th from Kirlampudi to Amaravathi demanding the promise of Kapu reservations to be fulfilled. Mudragada is keeping up pressure on Naidu and has a plan to increase the stir with just less than two years left for next elections.

Amaravathi will witness first caste-based stir in July from Kapu community.

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Jagan, Pawan and Kapus keep TDP chief on edge

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Amaravati: The year 2017 is all set to be a significant year for political parties, both in the ruling and in the Opposition. The beginning of the year saw tough battles fought by the Opposition parties giving sleepless nights for the ruling party. The Special Category Status (SCS) is all set to be the agenda for Andhra Pradesh electoral battles as the issue could muster support from a cross section of the people in the State.

The SCS, which all the Opposition parties are strongly demanding and the youth is backing it, has the potential to keep the parties together, thus giving tough time for the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP). Interestingly, the issue is also bringing the Opposition parties together, either to align with the YSR Congress party or with the Jana Sena. Both Jagan Mohan Reddy of the YSR Congress and Pawan Kalyan of the Jana Sena are set to be the rallying points for the Opposition and the people, particularly on the SCS.

TDP supremo and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is facing a Kapu challenge in the form of a movement for reservations is set to feel further heat from two youthful leaders.  While the Kapu stir is headed by  former minister Mudragada Padmanabham, YSR Congress leader Jagan Mohan Reddy and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan are expected to intensify their agitations against the TDP government. While Jagan is already in the midst of the people on one issue or the other, Pawan has given an ultimatum to the TDP on his alliance with the ruling party and its ally BJP.  Both are popular leaders and if they decide to hit the streets, Chandrababu will have difficult time countering the duo.

The TDP is witnessing erosion of its Kapu vote base on Chandrababu Naidu’s 2014 election promise of giving BC status to the community. The BC vote base of the TDP too is experiencing tremors as the BCs are apprehensive of the Kapus taking away major share from them if they are given BC status. This fear is slowly distancing them from the ruling party and they are now positively looking towards Pawan Kalyan.

Ironically, Chandrababu Naidu could not satisfy the Kapus though he had given the Deputy Chief Minister, Deputy Speaker and Director General of Police posts to the community. The Kapu Corporation too had extended financial support to the community, particularly in providing higher education for Kapu students. While these measures have not helped the CM to win back their confidence, none of the Kapu leaders from the TDP is able to match the leadership of Mudragada Padmanabham. This worries Chandrababu Naidu a lot who is forced to take on the former minister on Kapu agitation and counter Mudragada’s allegations.

Meanwhile, the Opposition parties are gearing up to align with Jagan Mohan Reddy and Pawan Kalyan. The CPI-M has already given enough indications of aligning with Jagan, while the CPI is slowly moving closer to Pawan. The Congress is anxiously waiting for an olive branch from the YSR Congress. While fighting its own battle for the SCS, the Congress is desperately looking for alliance with Jagan Mohan Reddy as the votes now held by the YSR Congress are basically from its own kitty. The Congress, by aligning with Jagan Mohan Reddy, wants to take its due share from its traditional vote bank and thus beat Chandrababu Naidu.

As the Opposition parties gear up for intensive political fight, Chandrababu Naidu is is also feeling the heat from within the TDP due to squabbles among the leaders in every district. The political rivalry among the TDP leaders is a big headache for Chandrababu Naidu and setting his own house in order is an arduous task for him.

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Kirlampudi turns a war zone as Mudragada gets ready for marathon walk

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Amaravati: The East Godavari district is boiling now with Kapus getting ready for the marathon Satyagraha Walk set to begin in the next 24 hours. The walk or ‘yatra’ called by former minister Mudragada Padmanabham, and supported by the Kapu Joint Action Committee (KJAC) is scheduled to begin at Ravulapalem and culminate at Antarvedi. Its aim is to make the TDP government act on the party’s 2014 poll promise of including Kapus in the Backward Class list.

While the State police have insisted on the former minister and the JAC to seek police permission for the yatra, the organizers have refused to do so, citing the cases of Chandrababu Naidu’s  2014 elections walk and YSRCP leader Jaganmohan Reddy’s Odarpu Yatras.

“When Chandrababu Naidu himself did not seek police permission for his walk, why should we seek now? Why is he (CBN) insisting upon us to seek police permission?” is what the former minister and his loyalists are asking. While refusing to answer these questions, the State police have deployed heavy forces to the village to prevent any movement of the activists. The district administration had clamped Section 144 in the area from January 22 to February 10, prohibiting gathering of people.

Meanwhile, the ruling TDP had succeeded, to some extent, in bringing a split in the Kapu movement by isolating Balija leaders from the former minister. The Kapu movement has the representation of Kapu, Ontari, Balija, Telaga, Munnuru Kapu and Turpu Kapu sub-castes. After the dominant Kapus, it is the Balija community that enjoys greater strength. It is now divided with a section of the leaders speaking for Chandrababu Naidu.

The Kapu leaders in the ruling TDP have thus succeeded in weakening the former minister’s strength and thus bringing down the heat on the government. Though the TDP had tried to use its Kapu strength including that of the Deputy Chief Minister N Chinarajappa, Ministers P Narayana and Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Kapu Corporation chairman Ch Ramanujaiah and others to break the community rallying behind Mudragada, it could not succeed. However, it was only after Chandrababu Naidu’s intervention that the dominant Balija group had walked out of Mudragada ahead of the marathon walk.

The silent walk from Ravulapalem to Antarvedi was initially planned for November 16 last year. However, the police had spoiled the event on the ground that it had no police clearance. That time too, Mudragada and the JAC leaders had refused to seek permission and finally it was postponed to January 25, the Republic Day eve.

Mudragada had planned his agitation strategically this time. He had put the entire police force in a fix as they would have to participate in the Republic Day celebrations at the district headquarters and at their respective police stations on the day. Now, a day before it, the State had to post a huge contingent of the forces at Kirlampudi.

With the police taking their positions on one side to prevent the event and the organizers getting ready to make it with equally strong determination, the village now looks like a war field. The police forces are also using drones and video cameras to keep an eye on the movement of activists in all the Konaseema villages. Temporary check posts have been set up at every entry point to every village and people are allowed to go only after thorough frisking.

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Mudragada dancing to Jagan’s tunes: TDP

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Amaravati: The ruling Telugu Desam Party on Wednesday took strong exception to the open letters by former minister Mudragada Padmanabham to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

The TDP senior leader and Kapu Corporation chairman Chalamalasetti Ramanujaiah wrote an open letter to Mudragada branding the leader a puppet in the hands of opposition leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy. He said Mudragada was also working against the interests of the State like Jaganmohan Reddy. The issues raised by Mudragada in his speeches and letters were similar to those brought up by Jaganmohan Reddy, Ramanujaiah alleged.

He ridiculed Mudragada’s objections to the Machilipatnam Port and the Amaravati city development. Ramanujaiah asserted while the Machilipatnam port would help in the overall development of the Kapu community, the construction of Amaravati city would help the State’s growth. He regretted that Mudragada, in the name of fighting for the Kapus, was working against the interests of the community and the State.

He drew similarities between the statements of Mudragada and Jaganmohan Reddy against the development of the State and investments coming to the State. He wondered if Mudragada, like Jaganmohan Reddy, was also against the State mobilising global investments to the State.

The Kapu Corporation chief sought to advise Mudragada to understand the welfare activities initiated by the government and the steps taken to study the possibilities of extending BC status to the Kapu community. The Manjunadha Commission was already working towards recommending the BC status and reservations for the Kapus as promised by the TDP in the elections, he asserted and asked Mudragada not to dance to the tunes of Jaganmohan Reddy.

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Mudragada readying for four-phase agitation

Kakinada: Kapu leader and former minister Mudragada Padmanabham has announced a four-phase agitation in support of the demand for reservation for Kapus in Andhra Pradesh.

He held a meeting on Friday with Kapu leaders belonging to 13 districts of the state. Later, speaking to the media, he said the agitation would begin from December 18. Giving details of the agitation, Mudragada said Kapu supporters would wear black badges on December 18 holding a plate and a spoon; memoranda would be submitted to public representatives en masse on December 30, across the state, he said.

The Kapu leader further stated that candle light demonstration would be organized on January 9 next year, and a paada yatra would be undertaken from Ravulapalem to Antervedi on January 25 next. He said there is no question of taking police permission for oganising the agitation in support Kapu reservation.-NSS

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What Is Happening To Kapus?

  • Chiru, Pawan Fooling Whom?
  • What is Dasari up to?
  • Can Mudragada Mobilise Support?

Hyderabad: ‘Times are changing and new winds are blowing’, said Dasari Narayana Rao, a famous film personality, former Union Minister and a prominent Kapu leader. Tollywood thespian was at his best wit when this correspondent spoke to him on Wednesday to know his reaction on the moves and counter moves among the Kapus and for influence over the Kapu community. Dasari sounded on phone extremely happy after the bigwigs of his community, including mega star and former Union Minister K Chiranjeevi, former Union Minister Pallam Raju of the Congress, Botcha Satyanarayana and Ambati Rambabu of the YSRCP and Mudragada Padmanabham, the star attraction who has been leading the movement demanding reservations for Kapu community in Andhra Pradesh, had feasted at his residence on Tuesday.

Mudragada in Hyderabad
Mudragada was in Hyderabad to mobilise support for his movement. Many prominent Kapu leaders rallied behind him and Dasari was seen as a leader behind the new found unity. They met on Tuesday for the second time in a week and resolved to stand behind Mudragada like a rock. Ambati Rambabu said all the leaders have pledged unstinting support to Mudragada in whatever he did. Mudragada has planned a rally on September 11 at Rajamahendravaram to increase the pressure on the TDP-BJP government in AP to concede his demand to include the Kapus in BC category.

In the meanwhile, Tollywood hero and President of Jana Sena Party Pawan Kalyan, younger brother of Chiranjeevi, had announced in a suddenly organised public meeting at Tirupati recently that he would be addressing a big meeting at Kakinada, another important town in East Godavari district, considered to be a stronghold of Kapu community. Pawan Kalyan’s decision to organise meetings in all the district headquarters in AP took the political parties by surprise. His demand for special status for AP and his strident attack on the BJP and The TDP at Tirupati meeting for not acting on the poll promise of special status are not emotional outbursts as they appear. Political observers feel they are calculated and calibrated statements aimed at political targets. His diatribe against the Congress party is nothing new. Even the TDP leaders were unable to understand and appreciate the hero’s motives. Those who are from his community were praising Pawan for boldly questioning the State and Central governments. Those who are not pally with him questioned his motives. For instance, former Minister in Congress government and industrialist TG Venkatesh described the actor as politically immature. But Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, an influential TDP MLA from Vijayawada Central constituency, flayed Venkatesh for criticising Pawan Kalyan.

What is the game plan?
But the popular question these days that one hears in Coastal Andhra is what is the game plan of the Tollywood brothers- Chiranjeevi and Pawan Kalyan? It is not for the first time in AP politics that two siblings are leaders of different parties. Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy was a stalwart among the Congress leaders of yesteryear’s while his younger brother Neelam Rajasekhara Reddy was an accomplished Communist leader. Their brother-in-law Tarimala Nagireddy was a Naxalite leader. In Telangana, Chennamaneni Rajeswara Rao, who died recently, was a senior Communist leader who in the evening if his life switched over to the TDP. His younger brother Chennamaneni Vidyasagararao was a BJP leader who was appointed as Governor of Maharashtra as soon as Narendra Modi took over the reins as Prime Minister. But the above said personalities were known for their political philosophies. The Tollywood brothers have only their charisma and no particular ideology. Chiranjeevi fought 2009 election as president of Praja Rajyam Party (PRP). It got only 18 seats and less than 20 percent of votes. The party was later merged with the Congress. Chiranjeevi was made Rajya Sabha Member and Union Minister of State for Tourism. The party lost pitiably in the election. Pawan Kalyan, on the other hand, was on the winning side sharing platform with BJP Prime Ministetial Candidate Modi and TDP president Nara Chandrababu Naidu. His public support helped the TDP-BJP combination to win majority of seats and form a government.

After the formation of government in AP, Pawan Kalyan went back to acting. He made a brief appearance some months ago at Amaravati to declare his support to the farmers who were agitated over the land pooling exercise undertaken by Naidu government. He came before the people once again at Tirupati recently. It was his first public meeting after the elections. While Chiranjeevi was attending the regular activities of the Congress party while pursuing his 150th film, Pawan was talking about strengthening his party-Jana Sena. Outside the political arena and in film functions both the brothers exhibit their affection towards each other. But in politics they are in two different spectrum. Pawan was siding with Naidu who is considered to be a bitter enemy of the Congress party whose leader is Chiranjeevi.

Even regarding the Kapu movement, the brothers are ranged on two opposite sides. The recent hyperactivity by Pawan is generally believed to be a clever move by Naidu to take the wind out of YSRCP leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s struggle for special status. The meeting attended by BJP President Amt Shaw, Venkaiah Naidu and Sujana Chowdary to discuss the package to be given to AP in lieu of special status was also attributed the pressure being brought about by Pawan. There was another theory that says the BJP is behind the recent spurt in the activity of Pawan Kalyan and it is hoping to court the Kapu community successfully. It plans to appear to be giving package because of Pawan and thus rally the community behind the BJP headed by the actor.

Then what would be the role of ageing film personality Dasari Narayana Rao who needs a political clout to be used to save his skin in coal scam? He had plans to launch his own political party in cooperation with Mudragada Padmanabham two decades ago. But they did not materialise. The latest is the second attempt by Kapu leaders to bring about elusive unity. This is happening for the first time after the death of redoubtable leader of Kapu Nadu, Miriyala Venkata Rao.

– Primepost Bureau

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