Kakinada: The conflict between ruling Telugu Desam MLA Thota Trimurthulu and former minister and YSRC MLC Pilli Subhashchandra Bose during the Irrigation Advisory Board meeting held on Thursday here is acquiring caste colour. It is being characterised as an attack on BC leaders by Kapu leaders.
Backward Class leaders want to take it a state-wide movement with the cooperation of SCs as Thota Trimurthulu is a prime accused in the nearly two decades-old case of 'tonsuring of three Dalit youths'.
The BCs convened a meeting at Malkipuram on Friday in the Konaseema area and staged dharna at Tatipaka centre and staged 'rasta roko' in Tallarevu, expressing concern over the attitude of ruling TD MLA.
BC, SC,ST Minority United Front state president and state convener of BCs Chollangi Venugopal said the attack on Bose by Trimurthulu should be considered as “suppression of downtrodden classes by upper castes”.
“Thota Trimurthulu is fighting for reservation for Kapus and he is also facing criminal cases under the SC/ST Atrocities Prevention Act. In two cases, Mr Bose is backing the BCs and SCs. So, Trimurthulu is trying to attack on Bose, the BC leader,”' said Mr Venugopal.
He said they would take up state-wide agitation, demanding taking stringent action against the ruling TD MLA in this incident. CPI district secretary T. Madhu said the party would also take a decision on this matter. But, Kapu JAC coordinator V.Y. Das condemned the incident and also found fault with the BC agitation.
He said the conflict between Trimurthulu and Bose should not be attributed to the Kapu movement. He said both leaders were political rivals in Ramachandrpuram constituency for the past 25 years and the conflict was between them as individuals.
He said the Kapus were fighting with the government for inclusion of their community in BC list as CM made a promise for it during election campaign.
BC leader Krishnaiah, also a member of TD manifesto committee, said both Trimurthulu and Bose were supporting their respective reservation movements indirectly, but were not involved in the movements.
"If they are to be considered as leaders of reservation movements, they should tender resignations for their posts such as MLA and MLC," he said....