Table SC Bill in the budget session, Rajakas tell govt
Amaravati: Members of the Andhra Pradesh State Rajaka Sanghala Ikyavedika here on Tuesday asked the State government to table the bill giving SC status for them in the next session of Assembly starting March 6. Speaking to media persons, the Rajaka leaders took strong exception to the State government preventing the 48-hour long hunger strike by them on February 27 seeking special category status.
They said that the ruling Telugu Desam Party had gone back on its election promise by arresting the Rajakas who were only asking it to fulfil the promise.
Ikyavedika president Pathapati Anjibabu said that the TDP leadership had been indifferent to the Rajakas who have been its vote bank for several years. However, they would be forced to turn against the party in the 2019 elections if the party failed to fulfil the promise and give SC status for them.
He wanted the State government to table a bill in the Assembly extending SC status for the Rajakas and getting passed in the session. He said that the Rajakas would lay seize to the new capital Amaravati if the government failed to table the bill this time. He also appealed to the BC associations in the State to support their demand and mount pressure on the State government to extend SC status for the Rajakas.
BC Jana Sabha president Dr G Gangadhar took strong exception to the government using the police to prevent the satyagraha deeksha proposed by the Rajakas. He said that the government was playing divide and rule politics and had distributed all the weaker sections. “The BCs are disturbed now with the proposal to include the dominant and advanced Kapu community in the list. Similarly, several other castes are losing their ground due to the indifferent attitude of the government,” he said.
BC Ikyavedika leader Jogi Nageswara Rao blamed the government for trying to suppress the Rajakas movement by arresting the leaders. He said that the BCs and other weaker sections would revolt and assert their position if the government continued to use force to silence them.
Rajaka leaders including retired lecture Pesarlanka Veerabrahmam, Guntakal Market Committee chairman G Devendrappa, Rajaka women wing president Durgampati Padmaja, State leaders Gurrapusala Ramakrsihna, Kundeti Venkateswara Rao, Kallepalli Srinivasa Rao, Ukoti Seshagiri Rao and others were present.