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Jagan set to hold daylong fast in Delhi

Former Congress leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy will undertake a daylong fast at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on January 11 to oppose last week’s Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal verdict and to highlight the plight of farmers in Andhra Pradesh.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2011 01:12 IST
Ashok Das

Former Congress leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy will undertake a daylong fast at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on January 11 to oppose last week’s Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal verdict and to highlight the plight of farmers in Andhra Pradesh.

Addressing a press conference in Vishakapatnam, about 600 km from here, before the launch of his odarpu, or consolation, yatra in the district, Jagan said his aim was to force the Centre to address the problems of farmers.

“I will bring the Centre to its knees. I will tell the nation what YSR would have done to farmers had he been alive,” said Jagan, the son of late chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, who was popularly known as YSR.

After a year of dissidence for not being allowed to replace his father, Jagan resigned as the Congress MP from Kadappa in November last year.

He was confident that MPs and MLAs, who had pledged their support to him, would join him in the fast to protest the tribunal's verdict over the sharing of waters between Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

The tribunal in its verdict made a firm allocation of 1001 tmc ft of water to the state, an increase of 190 tmc ft as compared to the past. However, it also permitted Karnataka to raise the height of Alamatti dam, which would affect kharif crop in the rice-rich Krishna delta.

The former MP lashed out at both the central and state governments for failing to provide relief to the farmers.