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Jagan Mohan Reddy to go on a 3-day fast seeking `Save Krishna delta'
After the overwhelming response to Save Democracy Dharna at Delhi, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy would sit on a three-day hunger strike on May 16, 17 and 18 at Kurnool with the slogan Save Krishna delta in protest against the faulty irrigation policy of Chandrababu Naidu, the river waters being usurped by neighbouring states, while the state government has been focusing only on the welfare of the contractors and has been maintaining stoic silence on the injustice.

Jaganmohan Reddy pointed out that Chandrababu Naidu has been silent and is scared of questioning the Telangana government, which is drawing away water from Mahbubnagar severely curtailing the inflow of water into the state in wake of his involvement of cash for vote case while he has been liberal to contractors on irrigation projects which yield little or no benefit to the parched state.

While Telangana government is going ahead with Palamuru-Rangareddy and Dindi projects by lift irrigation drawing away more than 115 TMC and curtailing the Krishna waters which will severely affect the irrigation sector of the State, he deplored that Chandrababu Naidu has no voice to question the injustice as he is deeply involved in the cash for vote case and is scared of broaching the issue.

On the other hand, Reddy wondered that Naidu has been very liberal to contractors, even blacklisted ones, who have undertaken works on the Pattiseema, which is a parallel to Polavaram, despite having no storage capacity and has been deeply involved in the scam which is laden with kickbacks.

The works have been given at inflated rates despite no proportionate increase in raw materials, including cement, steel, petrol and diesel, he said.

Pattiseema will put us on a sticky wicket and attracts some of the provision of the Godavari Water Disputes Tribunal to our disadvantage.

As the ruling party has proved its inefficiency in not raising the issue of public importance pertaining to the core irrigation sector, we have decided to launch a three day protest programme, Reddy said he will sit on a hunger strike at Kurnool, demanding the due waters for Andhra Pradesh and the intervention of Centre in the issue and set up Krishna and Godavari Water Boards for settling inter-state disputes, he said.

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