Andhra lists Kapus as OBC, gives them 5% reser­va­tion

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

How­ever, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the quota rests with the Cen­tre as the Act has to be in­cluded in the 9th Sched­ule of the Con­sti­tu­tion in view of the to­tal reser­va­tions in Andhra Pradesh that now touches 55%, ex­ceed­ing the 50% ceil­ing stip­u­lated by the Supreme Court. The bill will first go to the Gover­nor for his assent and then to the Cen­tre, re­quir­ing a Con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment.

Reser­va­tions for the Kapus had be­come a ma­jor po­lit­i­cal is­sue in AP as their com­mu­nity leader and for­mer min­is­ter Mu­dra­gada Pad­man­ab­ham held a se­ries of in­def­i­nite hunger strikes in the past two years. Last year hun­dreds of Kapus ac­tivists were ar­rested after they set on fire the Rat­nachal Ex­press train at Tuni in East Go­davari district on 31 Jan­uary.

Pad­man­ab­ham and his fol­low­ers were ar­rested sev­eral times since 2016 as they tried to march to­wards Amar­a­vati to hold a mass rally. They had is­sued a fresh ul­ti­ma­tum to the gov­ern­ment to an­nounce the Kapus quota by 6 De­cem­ber, fail­ing which they would be­gin a statewide stir. CM Naidu took up this is­sue on a pri­or­ity ba­sis as he con­vened his Cab­i­net meet­ing twice on Fri­day evening to ac­cept the rec­om­men­da­tions of three out of four mem­bers of AP BC Com­mis­sion. Com­mis­sion chair­man Jus­tice K.L. Man­ju­natha pre­ferred not to make any rec­om­men­da­tion on the is­sue, while oth­ers like M. Pur­nachan­der Rao, S. Satya­narayana and V. Subra­manyam ap­proved the OBC sta­tus to Kapus.

BJP lead­ers in Andhra Pradesh are tight lipped over the stand of the Cen­tre on in­clud­ing the Kapus reser­va­tion in the 9th Sched­ule. “We need to see how the Cen­tre will re­act to this bill,” said BJP MLA Vishnu Raju.

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