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What’s behind Mudragada’s meeting with BC and SC leaders?

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Is the political scene in Andhra Pradesh changing? Is another political force going to enter the fray in the state? Will this emerge as the proverbial third force in the Telugu state? These are the questions that are cropping up after the meeting that Kapu patriarch Mudragada Padmanabham had with the leaders from the BC and SC communities.

Mudragada, who is known to spearhead Kapu politics and is leading a movement for Kapu reservations in AP, had a very significant meeting at his residence in Kirlampudi of East Godavari district. No…. it’s not a meeting of the Kapu leaders from various parts of the state. For a change had invited leaders from non-Kapu communities for the meeting.

On Sunday, convener of the twin Telugu states’ Settibalija association Kudipudi Suryanarayana and Mala Mahanadu leader RS Ratnakar attended the meeting at Kirlampudi. Mudragada warmly hugged them and invited them to his residence, where the meeting was held. This meeting has suddenly raised the political temperature in Andhra Pradesh.

Speculations were rife over whether Mudragada Padmanabham is mulling a new political alliance. Political observers felt that Mudragada must be thinking of a political outfit as an alternative to both the TDP and the YSRCP. It is a no-brainer that Mudragada is no political pushover. He is a charismatic heavyweight who knows how to play politics. All the other political parties and political watchers are now gathering information about this meeting.

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Implement our reservations: Mudragada to CM

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Mudragada Padmanabham, the prominent Kapu leader and former minister, wrote a letter to YS Jagan, CM of Andhra Pradesh, to implement Kapu reservations in the state. One interesting point in his letter is that Kapus voted to YSRCP, despite another party by Kapu leadership in the field. Needless to say, he was referring Janasena of Pawan Kalyan.

It is known news that Chandra Babu Naidu promised reservations for Kapus in 2014 elections but he couldn’t deliver his promise. Of course, there are many legal hindrances in implementing Kapu reservations and it may need the amendment of the constitution also. So, in 2019, Kapus did not vote for TDP and they favoured Jagan, the leader of the main opposition party. Jagan also promised that he will pressurize the central government for Kapu reservations. So, now Mudragada is demanding Jagan to help realize their dream of kapu reservations. Mudragada indirectly referred Janasena in the letter saying, Kapu voters voted for Jagan even though another party by a Kapu leader was in the field. He insisted Jagan act on this demand at the earliest.

We will have to wait and see how YSRCP and Jagan will respond to this.

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Why is Mudragada’s Padayatra being stalled?

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The saga of Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham stepping out of his residence to launch his padayatra to Amaravati, only to be blocked by the cops deployed in Kirlampudi citing that he had not obtained permission from the Police Department is ongoing. Police asking him to seek permission, Mudragada revolting that he will not take permission especially after providing the route map remains as an unchanging pattern.

Several doubts are being raised as to what will happen if Mudragada takes up the march. The TDP leaders are iterating that due to the consequences of the Tuni incident last year, the government doesn’t want to give permission. However, the argument put forth by Kapu JAC is that in the due course of Padayatra for forty days, they will be able to strengthen the Kapus unity and create awareness among them. Consequently, the government is afraid that Kapus will revolt against them massively.

In view of Nandyal by-poll, the ruling party is of the assumption that YSRCP will try to use this Kapu agitation to turn the tables in their favour. In Nandyal, fifty percent people belong to Kapu, Balija and Ontari castes. There is reportedly an active campaign being run to defeat TDP in by-elections among these groups. If Mudragada launches his Padayatra, the strengthen of Kapus will be evident and likewise the government’s failures will be exposed. It might lead to Lathi charge, in case of any unfortunate incidents during the walkathon, ultimately denting the government’s image.

However, reports emerged that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu sought the help of Jana Sena Party president Pawan Kalyan to defuse the campaign. Despite Kalyan during the press conference saying that Mudragada should be allowed to do Padayatra, the Kapu leader wrote an open letter asking the former not to trust Chandrababu. This did not go down well with the supporters of Jana Sena. They are allegedly suggesting the Kapu leader to write a letter to Jagan who did not mention about Kapus in his Navaratnalu, instead of writing to Kalyan.

Nevertheless, the support for Mudragada from the Kapu community is increasing. The establishment of Kapu Corporation, releasing funds to the corporation, announcements regarding Manjunath Commission by the government weredone only when Mudragada announced or launched a protest. Mudragada had emerged a strong face of the caste.

TDP has been constantly accusing that Mudragada is backed by Opposition YSR Congress Party. The Kapu leader taking a strong objection on the accusation that he is being supported from Jagan Mohan Reddy and Raghuveera Reddy, questioned how much did Chandrababu being opposition leader in 1994 pay to Kapu’s when they started a massive movement that year. He even asked if the Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu took permission for Padayatra when congress was in power in 1994.

While Kapu leaders state that they are not asking for something new but what was promised in election, the ruling party leaders argue that they are in favour of Kapus reservation but against the improper format of Padyatra.

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TDP putting the screws on Mudragada

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Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham said that the will be going ahead with his Padayatra from July 26 despite police officials denying permission. Demanding reservations for Kapus, through this Padayatra, he will cover 116 villages in 4 districts beginning from Kirlampudi to Amaravati.

At this juncture, AP CID had filed 69 separate cases during the Tuni arson where protesters burnt Ratnachal Express train, Tuni police station, police vehicles and injuring several cops. Speculations are rife that Mudragada is cited as A1 accused in 12 charge sheets of the 25 for inciting violence during the Kapu Garjana Mahasabha held in East Godavari district in January2016.

It may be recalled that the Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu during his Padayatra before elections assured reservation to Kapus and also included the same in the manifesto. After forming the government, despite several letters from Mudragada requesting to fulfil the promise, there was hardly any progress. So, he launched a Kapu Garjana Mahasabha which was attended by 15lakh people in 2016. As the public address was going on, some agitators crossed the line, ultimately resulting in violence.

Police officials and later CID have conducted extensive investigations and finally charge sheets were prepared. However, the case is suddenly gaining pace especially with Mudragada going ahead with his Padayatra, consequently leading to criticism now. CID filing the petition in special court is also raising several eyebrows.

This is not something new in the country and many such incidents have taken place. Some of the zealots on several occasions lose the context of a social cause and opt violent measures. Courts often considered such incidents as mass hysteria. The court did not hold any individual responsible but it did support the arguments of some people backing the agitators. Often such acts are not premeditated acts or pre-planned. Judges held the partakers directly involved in these events responsible, instead of the organisers of the meeting.

In the Thuni Arson, the government declared that the anti-social elements entered the meeting. The government failed to recognize these anti elements who came in large number of vehicles. Accusing Mudragada for the entire event is atrocious and merely an act of retaliation by the government. The government should take the necessary steps when meetings on such large scale are being conducted. Especially they shouldn’t be rigid in deploying police forces.

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