Kakinada: Kapunadu leader Mudragada Padmanabham is getting ready for another indefinite hunger strike from March 11 at his residence at Kirlampudi.
This is causing anxiety among his followers and his community. Mr Padmanabham, who has not allowed wife Padmavati to join him in this fast, made it clear at a press meet on Friday that this time he means business and would spontaneously take suitable action if Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu does not respond in an appropriate manner to his demands. He issued a note of caution to the CM to not underestimate the resolve of the community.
“I look at the issue from two different angles. Naidu should not want to see the Kapus’ anger. He should fulfil his promises of rendering financial assistance to all applicants without discrimination,” said Mr Padmanabham.
He added on a somewhat mysterious note that seven months from now, his wife Padmavathi would lead the movement on Kapu-related issues.
This caused a great deal of apprehension in the minds of his close friends and followers.
“Mudragada is a committed leader and will not take a step backwards before his demands are fulfilled. The Kapu MLAs and other leaders in the Telugu Desam should convince Chandrababu to stand up to his promises, or else they will have to face the consequences,” said Peddapuram former Mandal Praja Parishad president Gopu Achuta Ramaiah.
Another Kapu leader Gunda Venkata Ramana said that Kapu leaders should exert pressure on the CM to fulfil his election promises to prevent Mr Padmanabham from taking up the fast.
Kapunadu chief advisor D.N. Ramesh suggested the Kapu MLAs in TD and also ministers not take this up as a party issue, but as a ‘community’ issue and do the needful for the welfare of the Kapu community. Or else, their credibility and future could be tarnished if unfortunate incidents transpired, he added....