Jagan Reddy launches indefinite fast
statesman news service
HYDERABAD/NEW DELHI, 5 OCT: As the general strike called by pro-united Andhra groups in non-Telangana regions of the state entered the second day today, YSR Congress Party chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy launched an indefinite strike against the Centre&’s “arbitrary” decision to bifurcate the state and said the move will be challenged in the Supreme Court.
Jagan, launching the indefinite fast at his Lotus Pond residence at 11:30 a.m, lashed out at the “unilateral manner” in which the Union Cabinet had decided on 3 October to carve out the state of Telangana. “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,” he told mediapersons.
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.
Jagan, along with the Telegu Desam, whose chief T Chandrababu Naidu, is launching his own fast from Monday against the Telangana decision, were targeted by the Congress today. “Surprised with the turn around of Chandra Babu and Jagan. Both had given support to Telengana in writing. Amazing Political Opportunism!” AICC general secretary in-charge for Andhra Pradesh Digvijay Singh wrote on Twitter.
Normal life remained crippled for the second day today in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions where a bandh is being observed to protest the Centre’s decision to bifurcate the state.
Mr Dwaraka Tirumala Rao, IG (Coastal Andhra) said they have deployed additional forces keeping in view the attacks on residences and properties of some Congress leaders yesterday. Curfew was clamped in Vizianagaram city, where the maximum violence was reported.
In New Delhi, Union minister M M Pallam Raju, who announced his resignation over the division of Andhra Pradesh, today met Congress President Sonia Gandhi who advised him “not to act in haste”. The meeting triggered speculation whether he and the other ministers from the Seemandhra region may not after all press their resignations.
When he talked to reporters after meeting Mrs Gandhi, Mr Raju gave no indication of what he plans to do. “She gave me the same advice that was given by the Prime Minister that I should not act in haste and that I should try and find a resolution to the numerous issues by working with the GoM and with other leaders from Andhra Pradesh,” he said.