differences in Andhra Pradesh Congress burst out in the open on
Tuesday when late YSR's son Jaganmohan Reddy joined TDP protesters
in Lok Sabha only to face demands for disciplinary action from party
MPs from Telangana.
Incensed Congress MPs from Telangana region also demanded action
party MP Vijayawada, who has resigned his Lok Sabha, and launched a
"fast-unto-death" in his home town on Tuesday.
fissures in the state party came to the forefront when Reddy, MP
from Kadapa in Rayalaseema region and son of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy,
rushed to the well in the Lok Sabha to join TDP MPs who were
protesting against the decision to carve out a separate state of
Telangana. He borrowed a placard from a TDP member which said "We
Jagan was joined by some of his party colleagues from Rayalaseema
and coastal Andhra but his action incensed Congress MPs from
Telangana, who immediately met Defence Minister A K Antony and
demanded disciplinary action against him for joining the TDP
do not like the way Jaganmohan joined hands with the TDP. It is
indiscipline. We have conveyed to Antony," Sarvey Satyanarayana,
Congress MP from Malkajgiri in Telangana told reporters after the
meeting. Another MP Prabhakar echoed similar views.
Satyanarayana demanded action against both Reddy and Rajagopal for
defying the party high command which has decided on Telangana.
Manda Jagannatgh, MP from Nagarkurnool, said the decision to create
a separate state was taken by the party high command and the action
of Jaganmohan and others go against party President Sonia
Ponnam Prabhakar, Convener of the AP Congress MPs, termed the action
of the Congress MPs joining hands with TDP as "indiscipline" and
called the agitation in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema as "stage
Under attack, Jaganmohan said he stood for a united AP and that he
was forced to exhibit his support for a unified AP as he did not
want TDP alone to take the credit.
accused TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu of being the "real culprit" for
the current situation in the state. "Had Chandrababu Naidu not said
that he would support the resolution for bifurcation of the state
the situation would not have risen to this level," he said.
Hyderabad, non-Telangana Congress MLAs, who have resigned their
membership of the Assembly, kept up pressure on the issue when they
met Speaker Kiran Kumar Reddy and urged him to accept it. The
Speaker, however, did not give an indication of what he plans to do
Meanwhile, Rajagopal began his indefinite hunger strike in
Vijayawada in support of a unified Andhra Pradesh while YSR's
brother Vivekanand Reddy began a fast in Hyderabad.
wanted to undertake the fast in Hyderabad yesterday but I was not
allowed to do so, I am launching my fast here," Rajagopal told
Asserting that the majority of the people do not want division of
Andhra Pradesh, he demanded that UPA Government make a statement
that the state would not be bifurcated.
resolution should be introduced in the Assembly for Telangana. It
should have been done yesterday. About 225 of the 294 MLAs are
opposed to Telangana. The resolution is will be lost and things
would have been clear," the Vijayawada MP said.
Hailing late Chief ministers N T Rama and Y S Rajasekhara Reddy for
keeping Telugu-speaking people united, Rajagopal demanded that Naidu
and actor-turned politician Chiranjeevi should end their support for
Praising the leadership of Rajagopal, the Joint Action Committee (JAC)
formed for spearheading the agitation for united Andhra Pradesh
announced that they will lay siege to the national highway in
Vijayawada on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the 'fast unto death' launched by TDP MLAs D
Umamaheshwara Rao and others in Vijayawada in support of united
state entered third day. Rao demanded that Lok Sabha members resign
from their posts to mount pressure on Centre.
Also, protests and bandhs continued across coastal Andhra and
Rayalaseema regions against the division of the state.
Agitators carried out programmes to hail the sacrifice made by Potti
Sriramulu in view of his death anniversary on Tuesday. Sriramulu had
laid down his life by holding a fast unto death for the formation of
a state for Telugu speaking people.
Rallies, relay hunger strikes and other forms of protests and
demonstrations are being held in all districts of the non-Telangana
regions opposing bifurcation of state.