The Jaganmohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh had dropped the proposal of giving 5 per cent reservation from the 10 per cent quota of the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), granted by the Central government last year. The previous Telugu Desam Party government in February this year passed a legislation in the Assembly giving 5 per cent of the total 10 per cent reservations to the Kapus in the State and had sent the proposal to the Central government for its clearance. The decision was taken just two months before the election and it landed in the legal dispute with some other castes filing cases against the five per cent quota proposed for the Kapus.
Jaganmohan Reddy government said in view of the court cases, it would not consider the recommendations of the previous TDP government and hence there would be no quota for the Kapus. They would have to share the 10 per cent EWS quota from the rest of the people. While the Kapu leaders from the TDP blame Jaganmohan Reddy government for the decision, the YSR Congress leaders justify the decision. They said that Chandrababu Naidu and his TDP have misled the Kapus in the name of this 5 per cent reservation, which was promised equally for all the EWS castes, which are not covered by any existing reservation. These castes cannot be denied of their rightful share in the 10 per cent quota just to favour one caste as that would lead to legal disputes.
However, the Kapu leaders from the TDP called it a Black Day for the Kapus, who were benefited by the TDP government. “The TDP had given them (Kapus) a good meal. But, the YSR Congress had snatched away the plate,” Kapu leader and former deputy chief minister from the TDP Nimmakayala Chinarajappa said.
YSR Congress senior leader Ummareddy Venkateswarlu discounted the TDP allegations and said that the TDP had betrayed the Kapus in the name of reservations. “The TDP had promised reservations for Kapus in 2014 elections. But it did not act on it till February 2019. Even in the recommendations, the TDP government did not submit the report of the Manjunadha Commission with the signature of the chairman. The decision was taken with an eye on elections but not to really benefit the Kapus,” Venkateswarlu said.
It is now to be seen how the TDP and the YSR Congress use the issue to convince the Kapus, who have been on fighting mode for the past five years.