His protest comes after the police reportedly forced his mother and party honorary president Y.S. Vijayamma to break her fast in Guntur in the early hours of Saturday.
Party senior leaders Konathala Ramakrishna, Bhuma Nagi Reddy and Dharmana Krishnadas met Reddy in the jail to apprise him of the political developments before he began his fast.
Reddy is serving his term in jail in connection with a disproportionate assets case.
Officially urging the government to take constitutional steps that will see the state's formation, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) last month passed a resolution of declaring Telangana as a state following a meeting of the constituents of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA).
The state, which is likely to take six months to be formed, is expected to have 10 districts, a population of 35.38 million and an area of 1.14 lakh square km and including Andhra Pradesh capital Hyderabad, which will serve as a common capital for 10 years.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh supported the formation of the state, saying that it was very much required "for the development of the entire Andhra region".
--IBNS (Posted on 25-08-2013)