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AP Congress says it favours BC quota in local body

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 23:40

Hyderabad: Congress in Andhra Pradesh is in favour of backward classes having their due share of quota in the local body polls, the party`s state unit said Tuesday.

The Congress government faces a dilemma over the issue as the Andhra High Court recently ruled that reservations be fixed at 50 per cent which means the quota for backward classes had to be reduced from the 34 per cent the government originally wanted.

Opposition parties and backward caste organisations have demanded that the quota should not be cut down.

State Congress President Botsa Satyanarayana indicated that further consultations with experts and others will be held over the quota issue.

Asked about the meeting of TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao with Union Minister Vayalar Ravi, who looks after Congress affairs in Andhra, and whether there was any possibility of merger of TRS with Congress as speculated in some quarters, the PCC President asked how could a (routine) meeting result in merger.

To a query on Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde`s remarks on Telangana, Satyanarayana said the minister only said he needed to study the sensitive issue as he had recently taken over the reins of the Ministry and that there was nothing wrong in it.

Asked about the reported comments of Congress Rajya Sabha member Chiranjeevi that there is lack of coordination in Andhra Congress, he said the actor-turned-politician did not say so but only felt things can be improved further, especially with regard to the union of Congress and PRP post-merger.


First Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 23:40

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