Thursday, December 9, 2010

Rayapati under pressure from Kamma community?

Rayapati Sambasiva Rao along with Karnatala Ex.Minister Katta Subrahmanyam Naidu at a fnction organised by Kamma Sangham
(News article from Indian Express)
HYDERABAD/GUNTUR: Is it the diminishing importance to Kammas in the Congress that had made Guntur Congress MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao announce his exit from active politics? Of late, Kammas, who are a dominant community in Prakasam, Krishna, Guntur and Khammam districts, are becoming increasingly restive over the Congress not giving them the due importance.

Except Daggupati Purandeswari, there is no one in the Union cabinet and only one - Galla Aruna Kumari - in the 39 member state cabinet which is dominated by Reddys - there are 14 of them, including the chief minister. Kamma community elders say that the Congress had favoured Purandeswari not because she belongs to their community but only to use her as a weapon against Chandrababu Naidu since both of them belong to NTR family.

According to sources, Sambasiva Rao has been under tremendous pressure from his community to think of something drastic to bolster the sagging morale of Kammas. In fact, in the Congress there are only four MLAs - Galla Aruna Kumar, Nadendla Manohar, the deputy speaker, Daggubati Venkateswara Rao and Gottipati Ravikumar.

At a meeting of the Kammas in Hyderabad recently, attended by prominent Kammas from all walks, including a few journalists, it was felt that the community had been meted out a raw deal under the Congress dispensation and that time had come for them to reverse the trend.
As there is pressure on Sambasiva Rao, he announced his exit from active politics in an attempt to make the Congress leadership take notice of the discontent among the community. They want to let the Congress national leadership understand that they are a force to reckon with as they have considerable influence on voters in their districts.

The present mood in the community is that at least one more of their MPs be made a minister in the central cabinet, Nadendla Manohar be promoted as speaker of the State Assembly and considerable say in administration, a leader who attended the meeting said.
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