Press Trust of India
Hyderabad, 5 October
A combative YSR Congress Party chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy today launched an indefinite strike against Centre’s “arbitary” decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh and said it will be challenged in the Supreme Court.
As the general strike called by pro-united groups in non-Telangana regions entered the second day today, Mr Jagan, who recently got bail in a corruption case, lashed out at the “unilateral manner” in which the Union Cabinet had decided on 3 October to carve out the state of Telangana.
“We will challenge the Centre’s decision in the Supreme Court,” he said, adding that there were “legal problems” with the proposed division.
“We are opposing the unilateral manner in which the Centre is functioning. How can it go ahead with the bifurcation process without a resolution in the state Assembly? We have never heard of an instance of state bifurcation without a resolution in the Assembly,” Mr Jagan said.
When “there is so much happening in the state”, and when the ordinance on convicted lawmakers can be revoked, why the Centre could not reverse, in the same way, the decision to divide Andhra Pradesh, he asked.
Mr Jagan had earlier launched an indefinite fast against the bifurcation at the Chanchalguda Jail where he was lodged as an undertrial in a disproportionate assets case, but it was broken on the fifth day after he was hospitalised.
Today, YSRCP activists gathered at Jagan’s Lotus Pond residence here as he began the fast at 11.30 a.m. Party MP Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy and other leaders flanked him on the specially erected ‘deeksha’ platform.
Meanwhile, the bandh against the bifurcation entered second day in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema. Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers (APNGOs) and other united-AP supporters have called for a 48-hour bandh, while the YSRCP has called for a 72-hour shutdown in the non-Telangana regions.