Accusing all parties of cheating the Kapus over reservation, BJP State president Kanna Lakshminarayana on Monday said he was trying to evolve a consensus by talking to the Backward Classes (BCs) and see how it could be taken forward by the Central government.

Addressing mediapersons here, he said Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had categorically said during Mudragada Padmanabham’s protests way back in 1994 and again in 2004 that he was against quota for the Kapus.

It was only after the Tuni public meeting that Mr. Naidu had formed a separate welfare corporation for them and reconstituted the BC Commission with the promise to include them in the list of the BCs within six months of coming to power. Finally, he washed his hands off by sending an incomplete report of the Commission to the Central government after pushing it through the State Cabinet and the Assembly.

Mr. Lakshminarayana said whether it was the Congress party, which included the reservations in its manifesto in 2004 and 2009, or the YSR Congress, all parties took the Kapus for a ride.

‘No backtracking on railway zone’

He claimed that the Central government did not go back on its word on exclusive railway zone as suggested by media reports.

He said the Centre would grant the zone as per the commitment given by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the Rajya Sabha and it was a political decision to which the BJP was committed.

He accused the State government of misleading the people on the proposed steel plant in Kadapa district by harping only on a portion of the affidavit filed by the Central government in the Supreme Court.

Mr. Lakshminarayana said Mr. Naidu had clearly reversed his stand on the Special Category Status after initially saying it would not bring any substantial benefit.

Notwithstanding his flip-flop on a host of issues, Mr. Naidu accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of cheating A.P., he charged.

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