Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy went on an indefinite hunger strike Saturday as protests against the creation of Telangana intensified across Seemandhra.
The YSR Congress Party chief was joined in his Deeksha at his Hyderabad house by several MLAs and MP M Rajamohan Reddy. Thousands of party workers thronged the venue to express their support.
Jagan told his supporters he would challenge the UPA governments decision in the Supreme Court. Sonia Gandhi is responsible for this crisis. She has been playing with the sentiments of people with the singular motive of seeing to it that her son Rahul is made prime minister, he told reporters.
This is the first time in India that a state is being divided without passing a resolution in the assembly.
He appealed the Congress chief to reconsider the decision on Telangana as it would badly affect the future generations of one region. The division,he said,is arbitrary and does not address all issues that are bound to crop up.
One such issue is water sharing. Krishna flows into our state after the needs of Maharashtra and Karnataka are fulfilled. If another state is created in between,where will Nagarjunasagar and Srisailam get water from? he asked.
Jagan also lashed out at rival N Chandrababu Naidu for undertaking a Deeksha. This is a double standard as he has already given consent for creation of Telangana state. If he is sincere he should be categorical about his support for a united state and send a letter to that effect.
The agitation,meanwhile,shut Seemandhra for the second day. The protests,however,were by and large peaceful.
CMs temple visit sparks resignation buzz
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy visited the Tirumala-Tirupati temple Saturday to participate in special Brahmotsavam celebration.
Although he has been visiting the temple since 2010,this visit sparked speculation that he went there to seek blessings before he resigns from his post and from the Congress.
The CM has been vociferous in his opposition to bifurcation of the state.
The Congress camp was abuzz that he is expecting to get sacked for his revolt and was eager to take the blessings of Lord Venkateswara to launch his own party,or go on with another party.
Sources also said he has not been taking calls from Congress leaders.