Jaganmohan refuses to call off his fast

Jaganmohan is protesting the Congress’ decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Published: August 27, 2013 1:14 am

After he began an indefinite fast the previous night,officials at Chanchalguda Central Prison failed to persuade YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy to call off the fast. Jaganmohan is protesting the Congress’ decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh. His fast coupled with continued protests in the coastal and Rayalaseema regions may spell trouble for the state which is grappling with the fallout of the bifurcation decision.

“He did not have dinner Sunday night. He has not intimated to us about his fast. Fasting like this is an offence under the prison rules and he will be dealt with accordingly,’’ Jail Superintendent B Saidiah said. However,YSRCP spokespersons claimed that they submitted a letter to jail authorities Monday afternoon.

YSRCP spokesperson Ambati Rambabu said Jaganmohan started the indefinite fast demanding that the Centre maintain status quo on the state if it cannot do justice to all the regions.

Jaganmohan began the fast Sunday evening after police foiled his mother’s indefinite fast. Y S Vijaya Lakshmi was into the sixth day of the fast when police moved her to a hospital. “My son will continue the fast in jail seeking justice for Seemandhra people,’’ she said.

Meanwhile,additional security has been provided around the prison where a large number of supporters gathered to express solidarity with Reddy even as a team of prison doctors checked on the fasting leader. Police fear that given Jaganmohan’s popularity his fast will may intensify United Andhra protests and there could be law and order problems.

Members of Telangana Rashtra Samiti and United Andhra activists clashed in Hyderabad on Monday. TRS MLA T Harish Rao,floor leader E Rajender and other TRS leaders were taken into custody by busy when they tried to take out a rally “Hyderabad Hamara’’.

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