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Brahmana Samakhya clarifies

By Our Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM, MARCH 15. The Andhra Pradesh Brahmana Seva Sangha Samakhya, affiliated to the All-India Brahmin Federation, has clarified that it has nothing to do with the `Brahmana Garjana' slated to be held in Hyderabad on April 4.

Announcing this at a press conference here on Monday, the samakhya's media cell chairman, S. Veerabhadra Rao, said it had already organised a public meeting in the name of `Brahmagarjana' in Hyderabad in December last, after a year-long coordinated efforts by all the Brahmin associations in the State.

"Now this April 4 meeting does not have our support because we have found out that its organiser had collected money from politicians by promising our votes during the last couple of elections. In fact, some money was even offered to us but we refused to accept it.

One has to exercise the franchise out of one's own free will. Our State president, Peddibhotla Lakshminarayana, has made an announcement to this effect,'' he stated.

Asked whether the samakhya had approached any political party for fielding Brahmin candidates, he replied that the Telugu Desam Party had already promised five seats -- four for women and one for men from the community -- in the State while no such assurance was coming from the Congress.

The samakhya was conducting a survey to identify potential winning candidates from the community for the purpose, he said.

The samakhya's district unit general secretary, Jagarlapudi Venkateswarlu, announced that it was decided at the general body meeting held in Yelamanchili on Sunday that Brahmin students should be provided notebooks on subsidy and two students would be provided scholarships in each of the 22 Brahmin associations in the district.

Special medical camps for senior citizens would be held during April and May at Pendurthi, Narsipatnam, Nakkapalli, Chodavaram and Yellamanchili. Also 50 pairs of clothes would be distributed among poor Brahmins, he said.

The samakhya's urban and rural youth wings' presidents, Bhagavathula Sankar and Peddinti Suryanarayana Murthy, were present at the press conference.

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