YSR Congress party president and Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy began indefinite fast inside the Chanchalguda Central Jail in Hyderabad, a day after his mother Y S Vijayamma's fast was broekn by the police. According to sources, he started his fat by refusing tea and breakfast on Sunday morning inside the jail.
It seems he started the fast to get credit for the massive agitations going on in Seemandhra region protesting against Centre's decision to bifurcate the state of Andhra Pradesh by creating a new Telangana state.
Although the party announced that its leader was on fast, jail officials said they did not know of the development, and said Jagan had not sought permission for the fast. The jail officials said they would offer a response in the matter in 24 hours.
Prison authorities have already warned that if Jagan goes on fast, he will lose the opportunity to meet any visitors. They indicated that he may also lose the privileges he currently enjoys as special class prisoner.
Jagan is lodged in the prison since more than a year in a disproportionate assets case, being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Vijayamma, who was shifted to hospital from a hunger strike camp, called off her fast on the sixth day, on a request from her son.
Jaganmohan Reddy recently sent his resignation to the Lok Sabha speaker to oppose the bifurcation. Another MP, M. Rajamohan Reddy, has also submitted his resignation.