Quota move for Kapus opens canon of worms

VIJAYAWADA: The TDP government appears to have literally stirred the hornet's nest by announcing its decision to accord BC status for Kapus. Even as the State cabinet has resolved to appoint the BC Commissioned headed by a retired High Court judge for a study on the educational and social statuses of the Kapu community, the move triggered a wave of protests from different communities already figuring in the list of the Backward Classes. It also drew an instant adverse reaction from the BC leader in the ruling party R. Krishnaiah hailing from the Telangana region.

Krishnaiah told TOI on Thursday that the Andhra Pradesh BC Samkshema Sangham which he founded sometime back to defend the safeguards of BCs would meet in Guntur shortly to chalk out a course of action against inclusion of Kapus as BCs. Agnikula Kshatriya Samkshema Sangham in West and East Godavari districts launched an e-mail campaign under the stewardship of its president Barri Prasad. Settibalijas and the other BCs of 5-6 sub-castes staged protests at Rajahmundry and Yeleswaram in East Godavari district a few days ago even as the Kapu iconic figure Mudragada Padmanabham kept mailing letters to Chief Minister N. Chandrababau Naidu for inclusion of his community straight into the BC list without buying time any longer in the name of appointing BC Commission. "When the government is committed to keep its election promise, where is the need for a commission to decide on the issue", he questioned in a petition submitted to Naidu a couple of days ago.