Defying the prohibitory order of Andhra Pradesh Congress head Botsa Satyanarayana, 12 MLAs of the party on Monday joined MP Jaganmohan Reddy's daylong pro-farmer agitation across the state.
Jaganmohan Reddy led the dharna (picketing) at the collectorate in Chitoor, the home district of both chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and the leader of the opposition, N Chandrababu Naidu.
In the course of picketing, Jaganmohan Reddy, who also heads the YSR Congress, a party named after his father, YS Rajasekhar Reddy, lashed out at the chief minister and Naidu for allegedly neglecting farmers and said the two were in a quid pro quo deal to ensure that the state government survived.
"My party does not have the required strength to issue notice on the no-confidence motion (against the government) whereas Naidu (head of the Telugu Desam Party) does not have the guts to do so. When his party had 46 MLAs, he had moved a no-confidence motion against my father. Now he has 90 MLAs with him. Why is he scared of pulling down the Kiran Kumar Reddy government?" Jaganmohan Reddy asked.
In neighbouring Kadapa district, Jaganmohan Reddy's mother, Vijayamma, led the protest before the collector's office. Four Congress MLAs accompanied her.
The Telugu Desam Party lambasted Jaganmohan Reddy, terming the Sagu Poru (fight for farmers) an attempt to gain political mileage.