7 February 2016
As the hunger strike enters into the 4th day, the Kapu couple who is the centroid of the whole Kapu agitation, Ex Minister, Mudragada Padmanabham and his wife, Mudragada Padmavathi continues their indefinite fast in support of the demand for reservation for the community in education and jobs in Andhra Pradesh. The couple locked up themselves at their home in Kiralampudi and refused to undergo medical check-up. Already, the joint collector of the East Godavari district, Satyanarayana and district Superintendent of Police Ravi Prakash along with a team of doctors reached Mudragada's house on Sunday. The couple refused to take the medical assistance and sent them back. The officers made a similar attempt on Saturday as well. Mudragada told that there is no need for arranging any medical check-up since himself and his wife have decided to dedicate their lives and ready to sacrifice for the welfare of the Kapu community. He is insisting not only to include the Kapus into BC list but also demanding Rs 1900 crore for corporation from the Government.
Meanwhile, a large number of police is deployed at his home town near his home to avoid any unforeseen mishaps
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Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu earlier pleaded Mudragada to call-off his fast and he assured that the AP government is committed to fulfil its promise to include the Kapus in the BC list. The government has said it will appoint a commission in order to take a detailed study of the socio-economic position of the Kapu community and recommend the considerable percentage of reservation to them. Evidently there us a significant percentage of the population, 27% of Kapu constitute their population in Andhra Pradesh state.