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HYDERABAD: Madiga Reservation Porata Samiti founder president Manda Krishna Madiga called off the fast unto death following an assurance given by the government that an all party delegation would be taken to New Delhi before January 31 to pursue the issue of SC categorisation.
Ministers Pithani Satyanarayana (Social Welfare) and Sake Sailajanath (Primary Education) called on Mr. Manda Krishna to convey this to him at Gandhi Hospital, where he has been continuing his fast after his arrest a few days ago.
The Ministers were closeted with the fasting leader and convinced him about the government's firm commitment to SC categorisation. They told him that the Chief Minister N.Kiran Kumar Reddy had promised to write a letter to Prime Minister immediately seeking an appointment for the all party delegation.
Later, they offered lime juice to Mr. Krishna to break the fast.
Earlier, a delegation of the Congress Ministers and legislators belonging to the Madiga sub-caste called on the Chief Minister urging him to withdraw the cases filed against Mr. Krishna.
It was led by Ministers C. Damodar Raj Narasimha, Dokka Manikya Varaprasad Rao and others. They also wanted the government to take necessary steps to see that the categorisation of the SCs was done at the earliest by the Centre.
The Chief Minister reportedly agreed to the plea that an all party delegation should be sent to New Delhi to pursue the categorisation issue. The Chief Minister said that the State government was committed on SC categorisation and pointed out that the State Assembly even had passed a unanimous resolution on the subject. It also sent an all party delegation earlier to discuss the issue with the Union government.
He said the former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and K. Rosaiah had written to the Centre requesting for early action on the issue.
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