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Two MLAs begin indefinite fast in Nellore

DC | 20th Aug 2013
Kovur MLA N. Prasanna Kumar Reddy meets a supporter after launch of hunger strike at Kovur village in Nellore district on Monday with a demand for withdrawal of the proposal to bifurcate the state. — DC
Kovur MLA N. Prasanna Kumar Reddy meets a supporter after launch of hunger strike at Kovur village in Nellore district on Monday with a demand for withdrawal of the proposal to bifurcate the state. — DC

Nellore: YSR Congress Kovur legislator Nallaprerddy Prasanna Kumar Reddy and Venkatagiri Telugu Desam legislator K. Ramakrishna have resorted to indefinite fast protesting against the proposal to divide the state at Kovur and Venkatagiri respectively on Monday.

Speaking to this newspaper over phone from Venkatagiri, Ramakrishna said that he would not relent till the proposal to divide the state is dropped. “Justice should be done to people of all the regions.

Everyone should get their due share if a family is divided and it should be done by consulting all those involved. Unfortunately a unilateral decision was taken by Sonia Gandhi without talking to anyone, to make her son as Prime Minister,”  Ramakrishna alleged.

Nellore is a land known for launching successful agitations, Ramakrishna said referring to his fasting while reminding that the agitation and sacrifice by a Nellorian, Sri Potti Sriramulu, led to carving out Andhra Pradesh. He deplored the centre for maintaining silence even when all sections of the people in Seemandhra hit the road demanding to keep the state united.

When asked about the letter given by Telugu Desam in favour of Telangana, he said that the party never suggested division without addressing all the major issues. Before launching the fast, Ramakrishna offered prayers at Sri Kasi Viswanadha Temple and Poleramma temple. Hundreds of TD cadres took part in a rally from Sri Kasi Viswanadha temple.

TD district unit president Beeda Ravichandra, TD Women’s wing district president Anchala Vani, Kavali legislator Beeda Masthan Rao and Dandavolu legislator Prabhakar Rao expressed their solidarity with the fasting MLAs. 

YSRC alleges Sonia, Telugu Desam hand-in-glove over split

Nellore: YSR Congress Kovur legislator Nallapareddy Prasanna Kumar Reddy has alleged that Telugu Desam Chief Chandrababu Naidu and AICC chief Sonia Gandhi are hand-in-glove with regard to plan to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.

The legislator, who resorted to indefinite fast at Kovur on Monday expressing solidarity with his party honorary president Y.S. Vijayalakshmi’s fasting, said that Sonia Gandhi would not have dared to take the decision but for the support of Naidu.

He said that the proposal would have been dropped had TD legislators and MPs also resigned enmasse.

He alleged that Chandrababu Naidu had expressed his inability to withdraw support for Telangana while pointing to the letter he gave when AP NGO’s association met him seeking support for Samaikyandhra.

He added that Chandrababu Naidu’s statement asking Rs 4 lakh crore from the Centre for new capital when Seemandhra was resenting the decision is also a proof for the secret understanding between him and Sonia Gandhi.

Prasanna Kumar Reddy rebuked the Congress leaders for their contradictory statements in Delhi and Hyderabad. He advised TD legislators, who are on fast to stage a protest before Chandrababu Naidu’s house and demand for his resignation.

He also took a dig on Union ministers from Seemandhra region.

Meanwhile, sarpanches from different parts of Kovur constituency participated in relay hunger strike in support of the legislator.

YSR Congress leader and former ZP chairman Kakani Govardhan Reddy, former legislator Kommi Lakshmaiah Naidu, YSR Congress leaders Dr Anilkumar Yadav and women wing leader Anitha also visited the fasting venue to mark their support. 

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