The indefinite fast started by YSR Congress Party Chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy protesting against the government's decision to go ahead with the formation of Telangana, bifurcating the state of Andhra Pradesh reached its third day at his house in Hyderabad. Now another political heavyweight, Telugu Desam party president N Chandrababu Naidu has started his indefinite fast in the national capital, New Delhi on Monday.
While beginning his fast, he lamented that the Congress party did not follow any procedure. It took this decision for political gains and the party is responsible for what is happening in Andhra Pradesh.
Before leaving for New Delhi, in Hyderabad
he paid homage to TDP founder and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N T Rama Rao at his Samadhi. On this occasion, he said he is conducting the fast in Delhi
to highlight the failure of Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre in dealing with the Telangana issue.
He said that the Congress Government not only avoided the procedures in announcing Telangana, but also ignored the agitation going on in Seemandhra region for the last 70 days. Through his indefinite fast at Jantar Mantar
, Naidu wants to draw country's attention on the issue as Telangana has national implications as well.
The TDP chief accused Congress of resorting to "opportunistic politics" on Telangana issue while trying to take political advantage. He said he would write to the leaders of all political parties seeking their intervention and support. He also said that the Centre should have convened an all-party meeting to discuss a solution for the ongoing agitation in Seemandhra region. However, he said that the Congress Government completely avoided the path of negotiations to resolve the crisis.