The ripple effects of the Kapu unrest in Andhra Pradesh has reached Telangana. The leaders of the backward classes (BCs) have expressed vehement opposition to the demand for inclusion of the Kapu community in the BC category . They are also reviving their own agitation against the exclusion of some castes from the BC list by the TRS government. As part of their coun ter agitation against the demands raised by Kapus, members of BCs will lay siege to collectorates in all 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday .
In Telangana, they are up in arms against the TRS government for removing as many as 26 castes from the BC list and adding orphans, destitute and transgenders (Hijras) among backward classes. The TRS government had removed 26 castes, including Setti Balija, Gavara, Thurpu Kapu and Koppula Velama, from the BC list soon after it came to power in June 2014. It further ruffled feathers with its order on December 30, 2015 adding orphans and the destitute to the list. The transgender community would also enjoy the benefits of reservation in education, employment and politics.
"KCR, who is an upper caste Velama, is insulting the backward classes by daring to include orphans and hijras among the BCs. While their welfare is also important, it can be achieved in a different way . The TRS government is going to face the heat for its follies," said J Srinivas Goud, state president of Backward Classes Welfare Association.
Another bone of contention for the BC leaders is the inordinate delay in release of the fee reimbursement arrears for BC students. The government has to release over Rs 25,000 crore that is pending since the last two years. "We are going to deal with the two issues separately. We will launch a counter-agitation in Andhra Pradesh to resist the Kapu demands. And we are planning a widespread movement in Telangana to protest against the anti-BC attitude of the TRS government," said R Krishnaiah, national president of the Backward Classes Welfare Association, who is also a TDP MLA in Telangana.