Jagan ends his fast, says AP govt must not continue

Jagan, who was on a week-long fast to press the demand that the state govt provide funds for fee reimbursement scheme, slammed the govt for letting down 25 lakh students and their families.

Last Updated: Feb 24, 2011, 21:46 PM IST

Hyderabad: Former Congress MP YS Jagan
Mohan Reddy said on Thursday it would be a mistake to let the
Congress government in Andhra Pradesh to continue, as it did
not care about public interest involved in the issues such as
tuition fees reimbursement scheme.

Jagan, who was on a week-long fast to press the demand
that the state government provide funds for fee reimbursement
scheme, slammed the government for letting down 25 lakh
students and their families.

"Such a shameless government does not exist anywhere.
About Rs 6,800 crore are required to clear current dues and
for the next academic year. We will be making a mistake in the
eyes of God if we let this government continue" he said,
speaking after calling off the fast at Indira Park in Hyderabad.

Demanding that the government make changes in the budget
and provide the required funds for fees reimbursement, he
threatened to intensify the agitation over the issue.

He ended the hunger strike today by sipping lemon juice,
offered by the mother of the girl Varalakshmi, who allegedly
committed suicide as she could not pay the colleges fees.

About 20 MLAs, most of them from Congress and Congress
MP M Rajamohan Reddy called on Jagan during his week-long
fast.

The state government owes around Rs 3,400 crore in
tuition fees to colleges, under the reimbursement scheme. It
has released Rs 1,000 crore toward the dues, but managements
of professional colleges had threatened to close down the
institutes if the government failed to release at least 50 per
cent of the sum.

The Supreme Court has directed the state to clear the
dues by July 15 this year.

Though police requested Jagan twice to end the fast, he declined to do so.

Leaders from Jagan`s camp criticised the government for
not sending a minister or any other representative to meet
him.

Several ministers called on Telugu Desam Chief N
Chandrababu Naidu when he undertook a fast earlier but
government tried to play down Jagan`s fast as it was afraid of
his popularity, MLA Konda Surekha and other Jagan-loyalists
claimed.

PTI