Kapu leader begins indefinite fast for quota

Visakhapatnam, Feb 5 (IANS) Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham on Friday launched indefinite fast along with his wife, demanding reservation for Kapu community.

The former minister and his wife Padmavati began the fast at Kirlampudi in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh at 9 a.m.

They are demanding the state government to immediately include Kapus in the list of backward classes (BC) and provide them reservation in education and jobs.

Padmanabham went ahead with the fast, ignoring the appeals by the government to drop his plans. Some leaders of ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had called on him on Thursday to dissuade him.

The Kapu leader said he would continue his fast till the government makes a clear cut announcement to fulfill the poll promise of giving Kapus BC status.

Police have made tight security arrangements at his house and also across the district.

A possed of police personnel and paramilitary forces have been deployed to prevent any violence. Prohibitory orders banning assembly of 10 or more people were imposed in the district.

Massive deployment of forces has been made in Tuni town, which had witnessed large-scale violence on Sunday.

Protestors had set afire a train, two police stations and several vehicles when Padmanabham while addressing a massive public meeting had called for road and rail blockade till the government issues an order including Kapus in BCs list.

The government maintains that it is committed to fulfill the promise. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said the government already constituted a commission, which will submit its report after a detailed study.

Kapus constitute 27 percent of about five crore population of Andhra Pradesh.

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