Telangana leader continues fast in hospital

Congress MLA and former minister Komatireddy Venkata Reddy continued his indefinite fast in support of separate Telangana at hospital.

Last Updated: Nov 08, 2011, 00:40 AM IST

Hyderabad: Congress MLA and former
minister Komatireddy Venkata Reddy on Monday continued his
indefinite fast in support of separate Telangana at the
government hospital here where he was admitted yesterday.

Reddy began his fast at his native Nalgonda on
November 1 and was forcibly admitted to the state-run Nizam`s
INstitute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) here yesterday.

Former state Congress president and MLC D Srinivas,
senior party leader G Venkataswamy, Telangana political Joint
Action Committee (JAC) convener M Kodandaram and several other
Telangana leaders called on Venkata Reddy today.
"His fast has come to the notice of the party high
command. We hope a decision (on the Telangana issue) would
come soon," Srinivas told reporters.

The JAC Convener demanded that the Centre make a
statement on the Telangana issue soon and end Reddy`s fast.
Protesting against the way Venkata Reddy was brought to
Hyderabad by police, Congress Rajya Sabha member K Keshav Rao
said the way he was arrested and lifted from Nalgonda was not
expected from this government.

Some of the Telangana Congress MPs and others had a
meeting at the residence of state minister K Jana Reddy and
they had planned to call for a bandh tomorrow though MP
Gutta Sukhender Reddy later said the bandh call has been
withdrawn.

The Telangana Congress MPs and other leaders have
appealed to Venkata Reddy to end his fast but he was adamant,
Sukhender Reddy said.

PTI