Two more Congress MLAs, an MLC and one MLA from Praja Rajyam Party on Thursday joined the list of legislators who extended their support to former MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, undertaking a 48-hour hunger-strike in Vijayawada to highlight plight of farmers.
On the first day of his 'Lakshya Deeksha', hunger-strike for farmers, as many as 22 MLAs and three MLCs from Congress, two MLAs from PRP and one from TDP took part in Jagan's fast and extended their solidarity with him.
Though Nellore MP Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy was supposed to visit Jagan today, he did not turn up.
Machilipatnam MLA Perni Venkata Ramaiah (Nani) also started off from his hometown with a large number of his supporters to take part in Jagan's fast but dropped his plan midway reportedly after he received a phone call from the Chief Minister’s office.
Nani, however, sent his supporters to the fast site. Today, Congress MLAs Shajahan and Kamalamma, MLC Konda Muralidhar and PRP MLA Sobha Nagi Reddy went to the site.
Jagan, son of late Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, left Congress earlier this month accusing the high command of humiliating his family and plans to float his own party soon.
While state Health Minister D L Ravindra Reddy termed the Congress MLAs' participation in the former MP's programme as "unethical", former minister Gade Venkat Reddy did not see anything wrong in it.
"Jagan was trying to highlight the plight of farmers to the government. The MLAs only extended their solidarity," Venkat Reddy said here.
The former Congress leader will end his fast at 11 am tomorrow and his followers say a few more Congress MPs and MLAs would attend the event.
By parading the Congress MPs, MLAs and MLCs on his side, Jagan sought to put up a show of strength.
Interestingly, the Congress high command that normally seeks a report from the state committee in the event of such public acts of indiscipline has so far maintained a silence on the issue.