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10% quota only to divert attention from Rafale deal: AP CM

Press Trust of India  |  Amaravati 

: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Tuesday said the announcement of the Centre providing for 10 per cent reservation for the economically backward people was made in view of the Lok Sabha polls and also to divert the attention from the alleged Rafale scam.

''However, we support the 10 per cent reservation for the economically backward,'' the said at a public meeting at Kosigi village in district, as part of the Janmabhoomi programme.

''At the same time, we sought inclusion of Valmiki community in the ST list, washermen community in the SC list and extension of reservation for Kapus under the backward castes quota,'' he said while recalling that the state legislature had passed bills in this regard and sent them to the Centre for approval.

The announced a grant of Rs 100 crore for the benefit of the Valmiki community.

Meanwhile, TDP politburo member and state minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, in a statement, questioned the sincerity of the in extending the 10 per cent reservation for the economically backward as the national party was fundamentally opposed to reservations.

He said, ''It was the that provoked the anti-Mandal protests when V P was the ''

The national party brought the 10 per cent reservation bill only because of the defeat in the recent assembly polls in five states, he said, adding that the party has lost its credibility among the people.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 19:10 IST