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R Krishnaiah is the President of the National Backward Classes Welfare Association. He is a MLA belonging to Telugu Desam Party. Krishnaiah was the chief ministerial candidate for Telugu Desam Party in the 2014 Telangana Assembly Elections.
Krishnaiah has been fighting since the 1970s, for over 35 years, for the rights of BCs and better standards of living through reservations. The BC Bhavan in Hyderabad is the office-cum-residence of Krishnaiah.
- Securing 6000 hostels and residential schools for BCs across Andhra Pradesh
- Got State government to put separate funds for free education and food in BC hostels
- Fee reimbursement and scholarships for BC students to pursue professional courses. This resulted in a growth of enrollment of BC students since 2009.
- AP BC Welfare Association staged over 7000 agitation programmes that forced Government to issue over 2000 Government orders benefiting students from BCs, SCs and STs.
TDP wants to reap good dividends by announcing Krishnaiah as the party’s chief ministerial candidate as over 60% of the electorate voters are BC voters.
Krishnaiah demanded the political parties to allot all the remaining MLC seats up for elections to members of Backward Castes. He wrote letters to TRS, TDP, YSRCP and Congress parties requesting the same. He spoke at a BC committee meeting at BC Bhavan in Hyderabad. May 16, 2015
Krishnaiah said that the Telangana State Budget 2016-17 is an insult to BCs and is meant to oppress them.
On May 10, 2016, Krishnaiah demanded Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to take up SC categorisation issue with the Prime Minister without any further delay. Krishnaiah extended his support to the relay fast by Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.