Criticizing the Congress and the BRS, the Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS) has declared its full support for the BJP in the upcoming Assembly elections. This endorsement comes in the wake of the saffron party's commitment to addressing the MRPS demand for the sub-categorization of reservations for Scheduled Castes.
The Congress faces a significant setback as it aims to secure the entire Scheduled Caste votes, especially given the numerical strength of Madigas in Telangana, constituting nearly 60% of the SC population.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently assured the Madigas by pledging to establish a committee to examine the sub-categorization of SC reservation, a matter currently under consideration in the Supreme Court. During a meeting, Union Home Minister Amit Shah participated in discussions with the MRPS. In this gathering, Madigas raised concerns, alleging disproportionate benefits for Malas from SC reservation and thereby demanding sub-categorization.
Founder president of MRPS, Manda Krishna Madiga, has officially announced the organization's support for the BJP in the upcoming Assembly elections. He has also called upon MRPS and nine other community organizations to back BJP candidates and vote for the lotus symbol.
In a letter addressed to various Madiga organizations, Manda Krishna expressed dissatisfaction with the Congress, accusing the party of neglecting the Madigas. He highlighted the Congress's failure to enact legislation for SC sub-categorization and its lack of support for their demands as an opposition party.
During a press conference, Manda Krishna criticized the Congress for nominating Mala candidates in four Assembly constituencies, including Chennur, Sathupalli, Wardhannapet, and Choppadandi, which are predominantly Madiga areas. He also took aim at the BRS, accusing them of betraying the Madiga cause, particularly as Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao did not include them in his Cabinet. Speaking at a public rally in Jangaon today Shah said, “We have decided to do justice for the Madigas and the BJP will ensure a vertical quota for the Madiga community.”
He criticized the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) for what he termed as a 'betrayal' of the Madigas, asserting that Chief Minister KCR failed to provide any representation to the community in his council of ministers. Madigas represent the largest numerical group among Scheduled Castes in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
In Telangana, Madigas account for 60 percent of the Scheduled Castes, making up approximately 17 percent of the total population.
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