Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Sarpanches’ Association founder- president and MLC, Mr Yalamanchili Babu Rajendraprasad, has clarified that they have nothing to do with Mr Ramana Reddy, who filed a petition in the High Court seeking increase of B.C reservation in local body elections from 50 per cent to 61 per cent.
Speaking to mediapersons here today, Mr Rajendraprasad said that the association had expelled Mr Ramana Reddy for his anti-association activities in 2008. He said that the association would discuss with legal experts and take appropriate action against him soon. He also alleged that the State government was trying to decrease B. C reservations.
Mr Rajendraprasad demanded that the State government, which cancelled cheque power to sarpanches three months back, revive it immediately. The decision was in violation of Panchayat Raj 72nd, 73rd Constitutional amendments, he said, adding that the State government was diverting local bodies’ funds to other welfare schemes. He also demanded that the State government release State Finance Corporation funds to the local bodies in the State. He alleged the State was trying to appoint Special Officers to the local bodies instead of conducting elections. He also demanded that the State government restore cheque power to the sarpanches if it chooses to postpone the local body elections.
Mr Rajendraprasad said that they would meet the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, on June 14 at 10 am at the Camp office and would submit a memorandum to conduct elections on time and not to decrease B.C reservations. He threatened that if the Chief Minister failed to concede their demands, they would launch agitation across the State and would also approach the High Court to conduct the elections.
The association president, Mr Ch. Satyanarayana Reddy, the vice-presidents, Mr K. Raghurao, Mr B. Ashok and the general secretary, Mr K. Sudarshan Reddy were presen