Jagan to go on fast-unto-death from prison cell

In a sudden development that is expected to come as a shot in the arm for the anti-bifurcation agitation in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, jailed Kadapa MP and YSR Congress President Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy has decided to go on a fast-unto-death from his prison cell from Sunday to protest against the manner in which the UPA government was going ahead with the division of the state.

By P.s. Jayaram

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Published: Sun 25 Aug 2013, 8:49 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:15 PM

Jagan is lodged in Chanchalguda Central Jail in Hyderabad since his arrest in May last year in connection with the alleged illegal assets case. His fledgling party has a massive following in Rayalseema and coastal Andhra regions, jointly referred as Seemandhra, where the people have been on the warpath opposing the UPA’s decision to carve out a separate Telangana state.

The decision was announced by the party leaders after they met him in the jail. The Kadapa MP will be picking up the thread from where his mother and the party’s honorary President Y.S. Vijayamma had left. She ended her six day long hunger strike at the south coastal Andhra city of Guntur on Saturday following a request made by Jagan keeping in view her deteriorating health condition. In a midnight swoop, the police had forcibly shifted Vijayamma from the venue of the fast and admitted her to a government hospital in Guntur.

Meanwhile, the protests continued in Seemandhra for the 25th day today. More than 350,000 government employees are on strike in the region, demanding that the Centre reverse its decision on bifurcation. Road transport remained paralysed for the 12th day with over 12,000 buses of the state-owned AP State Road Transport Corporation remaining off the roads.

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