Hyderabad, May 14 : Buoyed by his YSR Congress party’s resounding victory in the Kadapa by-elections, Mr Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy seemed to be all set to continue his war against the State Government with renewed vigor. As part of it, he is undertaking a 48-hour fast in Guntur on Sunday.
Though the purported fast was intended to bring pressure on both the Union and State Governments to ensure minimum support price for the farmers, the newly elected Kadapa Lok Sabha member seemed determined to send a clear message to his detractors that he and his YSR Congress party were committed to fight for the rights of the people. He held both the union and state government responsible for the plight of the farmers who were forced to sell away the paddy for Rs.800 per quintal though the assured minimum support price was Rs.1030. The callous attitude of the state government was forcing the farmers to resort to distress sale of their produce, he observed.
As a token of his commitment to take up the cause of the suffering farming community, Mr Jagan has planned to go on a 48-hour fast in Guntur from Sunday which would also provide him a platform for a show of strength. Launching such fast is not new to Mr. Jagan as he had undertaken such programmes for various causes in the recent past at Vijayawada and in New Delhi. Brisk arrangements are underway on a 13-acre land of the market yard in Guntur where massive tents are being erected to accommodate over one lakh people, a majority of them being the farmers, who would also observe a token fast along with him.
The Telugu Desam President Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu, having anticipated an imminent defeat of his party in the by-elections, as a damage control exercise, has already commenced a tour of Krishna district to fight for the cause of suffering farmers. However the TDP President’s game plan to draw public attention failed to click as the people’s focus was mainly on the counting of votes in the by-elections besides the outcome of Assembly polls in five states.
In contrast, it would be the first major and massive public appearance of Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy after YSR Congress party’s landslide victory. The fast programme would also provide an opportunity to him to express his gratitude to the people for extending their support to him and his mother and thus reposing their unstinted faith and confidence in the late YSR and the welfare programmes launched by the late Chief Minister.
Apart from this, the Guntur programme would also provide an opportunity for Mr. Jagan to gauge his own standing and influence among the state legislators and MPs. It is pertinent to note here that during similar programmes in the past, a number of Congress MLAs including ministers and MPs had aligned with him. Even some legislators from PRP and TDP had participated in those programmes.
Therefore, much political significance is being attached to Sunday’s Guntur programme as it would showcase how much clout the Kadapa MP still wields among the Congress legislators including ministers. It would also provide a clear picture about the number of fence sitters who might come out of their shell to rub shoulders with Mr. Jagan after the massive mandate he received from the people. (NSS)