Stopping him, violated fundamental and democratic rights of an individual, Pawan said.

Pawan Kalyan speaks on Kapu issue faults TDP for stopping Mudragadas padayatra
news Politics Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 08:06

Actor-politician Pawan Kalyan on Saturday questioned the ruling TDP government in Andhra Pradesh, about the delay in meeting its commitments made to the Kapu community. 

The Jana Sena party chief was interacting with a social media team called 'Shatagni', as part of a series of interviews, where he elaborated on his opinions and political stands on various issues. 

The Deccan Chronicle quoted Pawan alleging that the TDP had not drafted any plan or given any clear reason for delays, after they had made several promises to the Kapu community.

Saying that the issue should be dealt with sensitively. Pawan also said that the government should have allowed Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham to complete his 'Chalo Amaravati' padayatra.

"Stopping him and forbidding him to walk further violated fundamental and democratic rights of an individual," DC quoted Pawan as saying. 

Just last week, Mudragada Padmanabham decided to postpone his 'Chalo Amaravati' padayatra till December 6, to give the Andhra Pradesh government time to meet his demands.

Mudragada’s padayatra demanding BC status for the Kapu community in the state had been in suspended animation for nearly a month.

The padayatra was supposed to have kicked off on July 26, but it was foiled by the police who placed Mudragada on house arrest in view of the law and order situation.

Police have justified preventing Mudragada’s padayatra and his house arrest on the grounds of violence that followed Kapu agitations in the past.

At the height of the Kapu agitation in January 2016, activists set fire to the Ratnachal Express at Tuni in East Godavari district.

Following this, the TDP government constituted the Manjunatha Commission to look into the issue. 

However, with the Commission's report delayed by a long period, Kapu leaders planned the 400-km padayatra that would cover the districts of East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur, before ending at Amaravati.


IANS inputs


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