Hyderabad, November 26: Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS) has announced its support to Congress-led People’s Front in the next elections.
The announcement was made after MRPS founder president Krishna Madiga called on Congress leaders at Gandhi Bhavan on Monday evening. Later, AICC Telangana Incharge R.C. Khuntia, TPCC President Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy and Krishna Madiga addressed a joint press conference to make a formal announcement. AICC Secretary N.S. Bose Raju and Secunderabad candidate K. Gyaneshwar were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, Uttam Kumar Reddy thanked MRPS for supporting the People’s Front comprising of Congress, TDP, TJS and CPI. He said Krishna Madiga and other MPRS leaders would campaign for the candidates of People’s Front across the Telangana State. He lauded Krishna Madiga for the two-decade long struggle for SC categorisation and rights of physically handicapped and children with heart ailments. He said MRPS has played an active role during statehood movement. He said all political parties, especially the Congress, have supported the categorisation of Scheduled Castes which eventually led to formation of Justice Usha Mehra Commission. He said this fight would be taken up at the national level to ensure categorisation. He said categorisation of SCs has been included in the manifesto of Congress party and also in Common Agenda of People’s Front.
Calling Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao as a ‘Dalit Drohi’, Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the TRS came to power on the promise of making a Dalit CM. However, KCR himself acquired the top post and he never spoke about his promise of Dalit CM during the last four-and-a-half years. He said despite being the biggest social group in Telangana, Madigas had no representation in the KCR cabinet. He said KCR had also removed one Madiga Deputy CM unceremoniously and still people don’t know the real reasons behind this decision.
He said Krishna Madiga was arrested twice by TRS Government just for holding protest seeking justice for a woman who died during agitation for SC categorisation. He said attempts were also made to assassinate Krishan Madiga in jail.
Uttam Kumar Reddy said that Dalits were subjected to torture, humiliation and injustice under TRS regime. He said that the People’s Front would give due importance to Madigas and efforts would be made to accommodate them in Rajya Sahba, Lok Sabha, MLCs and other nominated posts.
R.C. Khuntia has assured that the Congress party would extend all support to MRPS in pursuing its demands and assured that they would be fulfilled if People’s Front comes to power.
Speaking on the occasion, Krishna Madiga said that if democracy has to survive in Telangana, then KCR must lose the next elections. He also condemned KCR for criticising UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. He said it was Sonia Gandhi who gave a new lease of life to people of Telangana.