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Anti-Telangana protests: YSR Congress chief Jagan Reddy courts arrest in Delhi

Last Updated: Monday, February 17, 2014 - 18:13

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi/Hyderabad: YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Monday courted arrest after being stopped from marching towards Parliament along with his supporters.

Jagan courted arrest minutes after the Delhi Police detained him for leading a protest march against Telangana in the national capital.

The protest march was stopped near Parliament and Jagan was detained, TV reports had claimed earlier.
Earlier in the day, Jagan staged a sit-in at Jantar Mantar to oppose the proposed bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

Jagan was joined by a number of party leaders and large number of activists.

The bill for formation of a separate Telangana state is expected to come up for debate in Parliament tomorrow.

Speaking on the occasion, Jagan, as the MP from Kadapa is popular among his supporters, hit out at the Congress, saying it was splitting the state for electoral gains.
He asked all political parties to oppose Telangana Bill.

"If they keep quiet, the Centre may divide many more states by misusing Article 3 of the Constitution," he said.

Jagan was one of the 16 MPs suspended by Lok Sabha Speaker last Thursday when unprecedented clashes among pro and anti-Telangana lawmakers marred the tabling of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation 2013 Bill. An MP from Seemandhra even used pepper spray in the house.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Monday, February 17, 2014 - 17:48

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