After calling for a 72-hour shutdown, YSR Congress Party chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy will go on an 'indefinite fast' on Saturday in support of the 'United Andhra' cause.
On Thursday, Reddy had accused the Congress-ruling government of trying to woo voters and called for a 72-hour shutdown in the Seemandhra region, after Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde announced the Cabinet's approval on Telangana.
All 13 districts of Seemandhra witnessed the strike on Friday as Seemandhra Lawyer Joint Action Committee ( JAC) also called for a 48-hour shutdown.
Reddy also recalled that State Assembly resolutions were passed before the formation of Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand in 2000.
"What kind of democracy are we living in where people intentionally chose to ignore Assembly resolution? In every other state there was a resolution in the state assembly before splitting it. I request entire nation to stand upto this & fight against this injustice. I will be going on an indefinite fast from tomorrow," he told ANI news.
This will be the second time that Reddy will fast for the cause of 'United Andhra', since Congress Working Committee announced the proposal on Telangana on 31 July,
On 25 August, the YSRCP chief had begun an indefinite fast while he was lodged in Chanchalguda Prison in Hyderabad over the disproportionate assets case. It was due to his deteriorating health that the prison officials had to admit him in hospital and force feed him.
Reddy added that members of the YSRCP will meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday over the Telangana issue.
Meanwhile, Congress' own party cadre will knock the doors of Supreme Court over the decision of bifurcating Andhra Pradesh.
Calling the Centre's decision as 'unconstitutional' and 'undemocratic', Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal from Seemandhra is gearing up to challenge his party high command in the apex court.
Rajagopal, who represents the Vijayawada constituency, told PTI that the decision to bifurcate Andhra is "nothing but imposition of the Centre's will on the people and it is against the federal principles".
He added that Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, Union Ministers and legislators from Seemandhra will meet in Hyderabad on Friday.
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