KAPU LEADER Mudragada Padmanabham and his wife started an indefinite fast on Friday at his home in Kirlampudi in East Godavari district for inclusion of Kapus in backward class list. More than 2,000 police personnel turned the village into a fortress to prevent any untoward incident although there was no protest outside his house or anywhere in the village.
Barricades were put up everywhere in the region to prevent protesters from outside from coming to the village. Some members of the Kapu community took out a rally beating steel plates with spoons as advised by Padmanabham to show their solidarity. Some Congress leaders and Kapu leaders were later allowed by police to enter Padmanabham’s house to meet him for a few minutes.
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Government doctors monitored Padmanabham’s health and noted that his blood pressure and blood sugar levels were down. “I reiterate that unless and until the government includes Kapus in the BCs list and relases Rs 2000 crores to the Kapu Corporation, I will not end my fast,” he said.
Congress MP V Hanumantha Rao visited his residence and sat with the Kapu leader for several hours to express support. Tollywood director and produce Dasari Narayana Rao also extended support to Padmanabham.