The battle lines are clear now in Andhra Pradesh for the next round of elections. The issues to be fought among the parties are the special category status on the top of the list and the Kapu reservation issue in the next. The two issues are to be the core topics for the political parties to seek votes and the people to cast their vote.
With YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy saying that reservations for Kapus is not in the State purview and has to be decided by the Central government, the political parties are taking up the issue to their favour. The ruling Telugu Desam Party, which dragged the issue for four long years after its promise in the 2014 election, is now taking advantage of the situation. The Kapu leaders from the TDP are now out in the field hitting hard at Jaganmohan Reddy and trying to get the mileage.
Deputy chief minister Nimmakayala Chinarajappa, Kapu Corporation chairman and former minister Kothapalli Subbarayudu and many others from the TDP cupboard are rolling out their heads to raise their voices to attract the Kapu voters. These leaders take advantage of the AP Assembly passing a resolution and writing it to the Central government for its clearance. The Assembly resolution, forwarded officially by Governor E S L Narasimhan, is pending with the Central government for amendment to the Constitution and to be included in the 9th Schedule. The TDP leaders now claim that they would put pressure on the Central government to get the constitution amended.
There is Congress which is equally out to grab the occasion. The party leadership had declared that it would give special category status and BC reservation for the Kapus if voted to power at the Centre. The Congress is clear that it will not come to power in the State in near future but wants a few seats in its account to fight for these twin issues.
Surprisingly, the Left and the Jana Sena parties are also fighting for the special category status, but silent on the Kapu reservation issue. The verbal attack of former minister Mudragada Padmanabham on the issue and his criticism of the TDP and the YSR Congress now equally, is set to go in favour of the Jana Sena in the elections. Interestingly, Jana Sena is focusing more on the two Godavari districts where Kapu voters are in considerable number and the two north coastal districts – Srikakulam and Vizianagaram – where the Turpu Kapu voters are equally strong in numbers. This would certainly be a positive issue for the Jana Sena as that would eat into the vote base of the TDP and YSR Congress.