Hyderabad: The Kadapa former MP, Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, who was on fast for the last seven days as part of ‘Fees Poru’, ended his fast this evening by accepting lemon juice from Ms Laxmamma, mother of Varalaxmi, a B.Tech student, who had committed suicide due to the delay in the release of fee reimbursement arrears by the State government.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Jagan has warned the State government that he would intensify the movement if it failed to increase the allocation to the fees reimbursement in the coming days. He also questioned the government how Rs 3,000 crores was enough while Rs 6,800 crores was needed for the scheme.
Criticising the State government for its failure to send a representative to his fast camp, Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy said that he was not bothered about the issue, but the government had caused agony to some 25 lakh students by not sending any representative to this fast.
He also warned that the government would fall under students’ wrath if it failed to release funds immediately. He said that he was forced to go on fast to mount pressure on the government to earmark adequate funds in the budget. He said that he went on fast so that the government would act on the fee reimbursement issue.
He said that he was talking enthusiastically even though he was on fast for the last seven days because he was getting love from the people in the State.
Stating that the ministers had no guts to speak looking into the eyes of Mr Jagan, the former minister, Ms Konda Surekha, said that it would be a miracle if at least two MPs out of 32 win in 2014 general elections.
The MP, Mr Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy, the MLAs, Ms Jayasudha, Mr Gurunatha Reddy, Mr Shilpa Mohan Reddy, the NTR-TDP chief, Ms Laxmi Parvathi, and others also spoke. (NSS)