anindita chowdhury
HYDERABAD, 5 OCT: There were hardly any crowd on the first day of the indefinite fast by YSR Congress chief, Jaganmohan Reddy to protest against the bifurcation of the state, ironically due to the on-going shutdown in the Seemandhra region.
In fact, there were more mediapersons and security personnel than supporters thronging the makeshift platform at his Lotus Pond residence and office in the posh Jubilee Hills area on day one, at least.
“It is because of the on-going agitation and bandh in Samaikyandhra that there are so few supporters present here. There is total shutdown in the area and not even trains are running. So they have to first make arrangements for transport to commute till Hyderabad,” said Mr Prafful Reddy, a local leader of the party. Since Hyderabad is located right in the middle of Telangana connectivity is a problem for those from Seemandhra, especially in these trying times. Mr Reddy also cannot venture out of Hyderabad, because of court order in connection with his disproportionate asset case.
“I just came here to see what Jagan Reddy is doing. My family told me not to even try to go home now because of the shutdown and the on-going violence. It is the common people who are suffering in Seemandhra. People there no longer trust the politicians,” said Mr Khamuruddin, a university professor who hails from Guntur.
Meanwhile, as Mr Jagan Reddy obliged the media persons with interviews and sound bites, questioning the decision to bifurcate the state and why it cannot be reversed when the ordinance could be thrown out or that Modi should bring about a change in BJP, the small throng of supporters around him loudly cheered his political rhetoric, every time he attacked Sonia Gandhi or bête noire, Chandrababu Naidu.      
Though the crowd is expected to swell from tomorrow onwards but for today only one or two bus-loads of supporters did arrive only to melt away after some time, leaving behind only the arms-wielding policemen as evening descended. The cacophony however, continued thanks to the loudspeakers blaring Telugu songs praising the YSCR leader and the demand of a united Andhra Pradesh.