Jagan to start indefinite fast today
YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Saturday will begin his indefinite fast to protest against splitting of Andhra Pradesh and creation of Telangana state.
Protesting against the Union Cabinet's decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh to carve out a separate Telangana state, Jagan on Friday said he will launch indefinite hunger strike from Saturday.
"To protest against this injustice I am going for an indefinite fast from tomorrow," Jagan told reporters on Friday.
"Is it justifiable to split the state without an assembly resolution? What kind of democracy are we living in where intentionally people choose to ignore the importance assembly resolution?" Jagan said.
He urged the nation to protest against the move made the Centre to bifurcate the south Indian state.
"I will request the entire nation to fight against his injustice," said Jagan.
Protests rocked the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on Friday over the Union Cabinet's decision.
Protests erupted in coastal Andhra Pradesh and the Seemandhra region following the clearance of Telanagana.
A 48-hour bandh has been called in all 13 districts in the state.
According to media reports, schools and colleges are shut, and the bandh has effected the public transport as well.
Protesters have blocked the national highways.
Activists have also banned vehicles from going to the Tirupati temple.
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the creation of a new state of Telangana by bifurcating the existing state of Andhra Pradesh.
After the Cabinet meeting, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told media, "The Cabinet approved the formation of GoM for creation of Telangana. Hyderabad will be the joint capital for 10 years."
India's ruling Congress party on July 30, approved a move to carve out the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh as the 29th state of the country, giving in to a five-decade-long demand from supporters in a major decision ahead of 2014 elections.
Officially urging the government to take constitutional steps that will see the state's formation, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) passed a resolution following a meeting of the constituents of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA).
The state, which is likely to take few 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 serve as a common capital for 10 years.
The Congress has 33 MPs from Andhra Pradesh.
As many as 19 of them are from the coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions to be included under Telangana state. They are opposed to the division of the state.
(Posted on 05-10-2013)