Supporters visit Jagan in numbers at fast venue



Nizamabad: Kadapa MP YS Jagan Mohan Reddy's fast over farmer issues at Armoor in Nizamabad district in Telangana went off smoothly on the second day on Wednesday with supporters visiting him in good numbers.

Raising slogans, Telangana supporters tried to express their protest at the fast venue but they were removed by police.

Alleging that Jagan, who hails from Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh, has an anti-Telangana attitude, TRS and the Telangana political Joint Action Committee (JAC) had called for protests against the Kadapa MP's 48-hour fast.

Asserting that it respected the sentiments of people of Telangana, Jagan's YSR Congress Party has maintains it is for the Centre to take a decision on the statehood issue.

The Telangana supporters squatted on the roads, threw stones, eggs and other objects on Jagan’s convoy while he was on his way to Armoor from Hyderabad yesterday.

However, the protests were not strong enough to deter him from starting his fast. Jagan had a smooth passage and he could only reach Armoor in the night as he met his supporters and farmers en-route.

A large number of supporters, including women, met Jagan at the fast venue today and interacted with him.

The YSR Congress leader demanded that the Government set up a price stabilisation fund for providing minimum support price for farmers and also ensure nine hours of free hour supply to them as promised by his father late Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy.

He also sought immediate relief for drought-hit farmers in the state.

PTI