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Top Kapu leaders issue two-day ultimatum to CM Naidu

HYDERABAD: Accusing CM N Chandrababu Naidu of being vindictive towards fasting Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham, prominent Kapu leaders belonging different political parties have warned that if anything happens to Mudragada, the state government will have to face serious consequences.

Cutting across political lines, prominent Kapu politicos including K Chiranjeevi, Dasari Narayana Rao, MM Pallam Raju, C Ramachandraiah, Botcha Satyanarayana and others held a meeting at a star hotel here on Monday.

Addressing mediapesons later, they issued an ultimatum to Naidu, asking the government to ensure that Mudragada called off his fast by fulfilling all his demands. “If it is not done within two days, we will launch a mass agitation to protect Mudragada’s life and achieve his demands,” they warned.

The leaders charged the government with treating Mudragada Padmanabham shabbily and trying to defame him. “He is demanding what the TDP had promised in its poll manifesto. He started agitating only when the government had failed to keep its promise. Why are they treating him so badly? This is not good. The government will have to pay a heavy price if it tries to hurt him,” mega star-turned politician Chiranjeevi warned.

Alleging that the government was trying to paint a picture that it was only Mudragada Padmanabham who was demanding reservation for Kapus and other members of the community were happy with the package announced by the government, Chiranjeevi said Mudragada was fighting for the cause of all Kapus and had no personal agenda. “We are very much convinced by the cause taken up by Mudragada. We are supporting him in his fight. The government should not take the agitation lightly. We will show our strength at the right time,” he said.

Expressing concern about Mudragada’s health condition, veteran filmmaker Dasari Narayana Rao demanded that the government  allow them to meet the fasting leader. “We are very much concerned about his health. If anything happens to him, the government will have to pay a heavy price,” he warned.

Accusing the chief minister of trying to divide the Kapu community by creating a rift among its leaders, the former Union minister said the chief minister was adopting divide-and-rule policy to break the unity of Kapu leaders.

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