Actor turned politician and Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan on Sunday appealed to the Andhra Pradesh government to directly negotiate with Mudragada Padmanabham on the issue of Kapu reservations in the state.
Taking to Twitter, he said "I request the state government to engage in direct talks with the Kapu leaders spearheading the ongoing reservation issue, which was an election promise originally made by TDP. A group of balanced intellectuals should be entrusted with the responsibility of finding a mutually acceptable solution before the situation turns into an unstoppable juggernaut."
However, Pawan did not directly say Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham's name.
Quoting sources, a report in the Times of India adds:
Pawan Kalyan is also worried about losing his clout among the Kapus after Mudragada launching the agitation for reservation. Although, Pawan Kalyan has been claiming that he will not work for only one community or caste, he is aware of the fact that his strength stems from the support of the Kapu youth. With reservations going to chiefly benefit the youth, the younger generation from the Kapu community is rallying behind Mudragda Padmanabham making all others wary of criticising the veteran Kapu satrap. This is the reason for Pawan shying away from taking the name of Mudragada Padmanabham.
Meanwhile, Kapu leader Padmanabham's fast-until death in support of the demand for inclusion of the community in the Backward Classes (BC) category finished its third day on Sunday.
Padmanabham, who is sitting on fast with his wife Padmavathi at their house in Kirlampudi village, 60 km from Kakinada in East Godavari district from Friday, reportedly did not allow doctors or any officials to enter the house.
"I am prepared for any sacrifice as such and the question of calling off the fast does not arise," he said.
"My life is dedicated to my Kapu community and I will not rescind from my determination to fight through peaceful method of fasting till the demand for BC status to Kapus is considered," he added.