After poll win, Jagan launches fast to highlight farmers` woes

Barely two days after he won the Kadapa Lok Sabha seat in a landslide victory, the YSR Congress chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday launched 48-hour fast to highlight farmers` plight in Andhra Pradesh.

Last Updated: May 15, 2011, 19:44 PM IST

Guntur: Barely two days after he won the
Kadapa Lok Sabha seat in a landslide victory, the YSR Congress
chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday launched 48-hour fast to
highlight farmers` plight in Andhra Pradesh.

He is sitting on a fast at the Reddy college grounds at
Nallapadu, a suburb of Guntur.

Jagan said that the objective of his fast is to make the
state and central governments realise the kind of hardships
that farmers were facing.

He said, "Farmers want the government to pay the minimum
support (MSP) price to the paddy and buy the crop that was
damaged by rains. MSP provides a guarantee to farmers, but
what is the sanctity of MSP, if farmers did not get money."

He said that mounting paddy stocks is making lives of
farmers miserable by pushing them into debts.

Eight MLAs, three MLCs and an MP are together fasting
with Jagan. The 13-acre venue of the fast started overflowing
with farmers, despite scorching sun. Huge hoardings and
banners supporting Jagan had been put up.

PTI