Hyderabad: The PCC President and Minister for Transport, Mr Botcha Satyanarayana has assured that either a university or a premises in a university would be named after the renowned BC leader late Jyothiba Phule.
Mr Satyanarayana on Sunday launched a website of BC Times Magazine at a programme in Jubilee Hall here.
Speaking on the occasion, the PCC President said that Phule strove for the uplift of Backward Classes in the country. The name of Phule would be christened to a university or some premises in a university in the state, he added. He assured that he would take the initiative with the government for the purpose.
He regretted that the promises made by successive governments for the BCs have not seen implementation so far. There would be improvement in the living conditions of the BCs, if the promises were implemented, he added. The BC students were also facing hardship due to non-availability of facilities on par with SC and ST students.
Stating that number game was common in politics, he said that the political parties have been giving seats to the candidates considering the strength of voters of his community people in the constituency. Otherwise, the political parties cannot come to power, he added.
“As per the supreme court verdict, the reservations should not cross 50 percent, but the SCs, STs and BCs constituted over 70 percent in the population of the state” he added.
Mr Satyanarayana reminded that the Congress party has provided opportunity to the BC candidates six times for the post of PCC President. Contrary to this, in regional parties, the party president would be from a single family, he pointed out.
Stating that late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy never asked the people to make him Chief Minister, but people made him C M to bring Indiramma Rajyam, which meant the government of the downtrodden people. The party was important than persons while policies were important than party, he maintained.
He assured that the Federations of BC castes would be further strengthened in the state and he would hold a review meeting on the functioning of the federations in the presence of the Chief Minister and the BC Welfare Minister.
BC Welfare Minister, Mr Basavaraju Saraiah stated that BCs should be provided more opportunities in local bodies. In the elections, they should support BC candidate irrespective of politics, he added.
Minister for Information Technology, Mr Ponnala Laxmaiah said that the Congress Government has been giving top priority to welfare of BCs since 2004. The BC enumeration was taken up in the country 50 years after independence. Stating that pressure would work in a democracy, he underlined the need to mount constant pressure on the governments on issues being faced by BCs.
MLAs –Mr Somavarapu Satyanarayana, Mr Nandishwar Goud, Mr Nageshwar Yadav (Congress) and Mr Anil Kumar (PRP) also spoke.