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MRPS disrupts address

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VATHALUR (CUDDAPAH DT.): MRPS functionaries disrupted the address of the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, for about 10 minutes by drum-beat and booing.

As the Chief Minister rose to begin his address, several MRPS functionaries led by the State vice-president, K.C. Lakshmaiah, held a large banner aloft in the front barricade demanding micro-classification of SCs and began drum-beat and whistling. Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy repeatedly asked the MRPS protestors to lower their banner and stop drum beat, but they did not budge.

Policemen led by the Additional SP, M. Lakshmi Reddy, entered the barricade, pulled away the banner and silenced those beating drums. The Chief Minister initially asked cops to send a couple of leaders on to the dais and assured to discuss with them later. The A.P. Assembly passed a unanimous resolution recommending micro-classification of SCs and the issue must be resolved at Delhi, Dr. Reddy said. The Government was sympathetic to the Madigas' cause, he added.

Soon after, qualified teachers put forth a banner seeking justice to those who qualified in 1998. Referring to it, Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy said the matter was pending in court.

He promised to examine their demand and resolve the issue.

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