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Kapunadu team to meet Sonia in June

Special Correspondent

BC status for Kapu community BC status for community sought


  • Resolve to make Government fulfil poll promise
  • Call for `Chaitanya Yatra,' signature campaign
  • Student convention planned
  • V-C posts for community members sought

    SPECIAL CORRESPONDENTTIRUPATI: SPECIAL CORRESPONDENTTIRUPATI: Kapunadu leaders who met here today under the leadership of their State president, Pilla Venkateswara Rao, decided to take a 2,000-member strong delegation by a special train to New Delhi in June to call on the Congress party president and UPA Chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, in connection with their 12-point charter of demands.

    High on their agenda is to impress upon her the need to issue directions to the State Government to confer BC status on the Kapu community. It encompassed two other communities like the Balijas, Telagas and Ontaris as well.

    Promise recalled

    The Kapunadu, claiming to constitute 28% of the State's population, is after a prolonged lull is currently engaged in overtures to demand its rewards in the political as well as bureaucratic domains, complaining of a raw deal in this regard. It recalled in this connection a promise given to this effect by the Congress during the Assembly elections and resolved to bring pressure on the Government to keep its promise.

    The Kapunadu has already given a call for a `Chaitanya Yatra' by its members across the State spanning from Srikakulam to Anantapur in pursuance of its demands.

    It would later follow up it with a signature campaign and present a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, signed by Kapu MPs and MLAs of the State.

    To mobilise students

    In another significant measure apparently to rope in the younger elements of the community into the movement, today's meeting also decided to organise a joint convention of students belonging to SVU, S.K. University, Nagarjuna and Andhra Universities. But the date and venue of the proposed meet has not been finalised yet.

    The Kapunadu also demanded that the Government should appoint incumbents belonging to the Kapu community at least in respect of two of the four posts of VCs vacant in the State.

    Call for dharna

    As its immediate programme, the Kapunadu has given a call for a dharna in all the mandals in Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra districts on April 27 to focus attention of the Government on its list of demands.

    In a press note released in this connection, there is however no mention about the programme in the Telangana districts. Among others who participated in the meeting here today were the State general secretary of the Kapunadu, V.P. Narayanaswamy, and the vice-president, O.V. Ramana.

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