Madiga Reservation Porata Samiti (MRPS) founder and Dalit leader Manda Krishna on Saturday extended support to the Congress-led Mahakutami or grand alliance in Telangana, ahead of the Legislative Assembly elections scheduled to be held in the state on December 7.
Speaking to reporters after meeting with Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President Uttam Kumar Reddy, Manda Krishna said, "Mainly, we want our issues to be addressed and even taken up in Parliament."
The Madigas, led by MRPS, have been demanding the categorisation of SCs to ensure judicious distribution of reservation among all SC communities.
"The Congress party must come up with a route map to begin work within a year. This issue must be mentioned in the manifesto of all ally parties as well. However, it is not enough to just mention the same in the manifesto but it should also be implemented," he said.
"MRPS will work to defeat the present establishment and also work to ensure that the Mahakutami comes into power," he added, stating that he and Uttam Kumar Reddy had reached an amicable decision.
Earlier on Friday, the MRPS leader along with revolutionary singer Balladeer Gaddar participated in the massive meeting organised by the Congress, which was addressed by former Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
The demand for categorisation of SCs is a long-standing one from the Madigas.
The MRPS had repeatedly demanded that Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao lead an all-party delegation to New Delhi, to demand that the Centre table a constitutional amendment bill in Parliament.
While the Telangana Assembly has passed a resolution, the Centre is yet to approve it. Telangana will go to the polls on December 7 and the counting of votes will take place on December 11.
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