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Quota row: Kapu leader Mudragada shuts door on talks

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Published Feb 8, 2016, 4:29 am IST
Updated Feb 9, 2016, 4:45 pm IST
The joint collector said that conducting medical tests on a fasting person was mandatory.
Agitators belonging to the Kapu caste set fire to Ratnachal Express when it halted at Tuni railway station in East Godavari district. (Photo: PTI)
 Agitators belonging to the Kapu caste set fire to Ratnachal Express when it halted at Tuni railway station in East Godavari district. (Photo: PTI)

Kakinada: Kapunadu leader Mudragada Pamanabham locked himself, wife Padmavathi and some followers in his house at Kirlampudi in East Godavari district on the third day of his indefinite fast on Sunday.

Mr Padmanabham, who wants reservations for Kapus among other things, said there was no prospect of talks on the issue unless the government issues a written order accepting his demands.

 

Mr Padmanabhan did not allow joint collector S. Satyanarayana who had come to the house along with superintendent of police M. Raviprakash, and a team of doctors, to check on their health.

Mr Padmanabham said he and his wife were doing well, and did not need medical tests. He said they were ready to sacrifice their lives for the welfare of the Kapu community.

The joint collector said that conducting medical tests on a fasting person was mandatory. To this, Mr Padmanabham shouted at them and locked the house.

Earlier, the Kapunadu leader said he would neither give up his fast nor subject himself to any medical examinations. He said that if Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu was adamant, he was more than a match for him.

 

He also demanded Mr Naidu reveal how he had amassed his alleged wealth of Rs 2 lakh-crore from being a marginal farmer with two acres. “If Naidu reveals that secret, no caste will seek reservations and everybody will follow him and become as rich as him. Then there would be no need for reservations,” Mr Padmanabham said.

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