Backward Castes leaders turned red against reservation to Kapus and warned of statewide agitation, if the reservations of BCs were affected by providing reservations to Kapu community.
Various BC Association have assembled in Vijayawada to take stock of the situation under the leadership of R.Krishnaiah.
R Krishnaiah has raised several issues questioning the merit of Kapu finding place in BC category. He said, in 1993 , Kotla Vijay Bhaskar Reddy also passed a GO including Kapu’s in BCs but BC activists agitated and knocked High court, which rightly rejected the govt decision.
He demanded the AP CM Chandrababu Naidu to conduct a complete survey on the lines of Telangana govt and include those castes which qualify the BC status. Reservation is not based on poverty . He also demanded 1000+ crore budget to BCs like Kapus.
He said, Kapu inclusion would affect over 160 castes which were in the BC category in the state. He expressed confidence on Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu that he would protect the interest of BCs and ensure that their present reservations would not be affected.
Meanwhile BC activists tried to immolate themselves by pouring kerosene