Jagan faces ire of Telangana supporters

Telangana supporters held protests against Jagan Mohan Reddy while he was on his way to Armoor in the region to hold a fast on farmers` issues.

Hyderabad: Telangana supporters on Wednesday held protests against Kadapa MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy while he
was on his way to Armoor in Nizamabad district in the region
to hold a fast over farmers` issues.

They squatted on the roads, burnt objects like tyres,
pelted stones on his convoy and voiced their protest in
various other forms at several places. The protesters were
removed by policemen.

The YSR Congress Party leader offered prayers at a
famous British-era church at Medak, hailed as an architectural
marvel, while on his way to the hunger strike venue.

Meanwhile, Jagan`s supporters welcomed him at some
places during his journey to Armoor for the 48-hour fast.
Alleging that YSR Congress had an ambivalent stance on
the separate statehood demand, TRS and the Telangana political
Joint Action Committee (JAC) had called for protests against
his visit.

Asserting that it respected the sentiments of
Telangana people, YSR Congress, however, said it is for the
Centre to take a decision on the long-pending statehood issue.

Jagan last night said his fast should not be
politicised as it was intended to highlight farmers` problems.
The Lok Sabha MP demanded that the support price and
input subsidy for agriculture be enhanced.

The TRS and Telangana JAC had tried to stall TDP chief
N Chandrababu Naidu`s visit to Telangana region last week, but
he managed to undertake his `padayatra` in Warangal district
over farmer issues.