Jagan Reddy to make inroads in Telangana again

Fighting against the arch-rivals-- the Congress and Telugu Desam, the Kadapa MP Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSR Congress is gearing up for a showdown in the troubled Telangana region in the lines of his trademark 48 hour-long Rytu Deeksha for the sake of farmers.

Jagan will be re-entering Telangana region after a gap of almost two years on January 10. Jagan is taking all precautions not to repeat the Mahbubabad fiasco where massive violence erupted when he set his feet on the railway platform to participate in the Odarpu Yatra in May 2010.

His itinerary for the Telangana visit this time was finalised at a meeting of his party leaders held this week.  Demanding for the resolution of the problems faced by the state’s farmers, Jagan along with his supporters will go on fast at Armoor town in Nizambad district.

As a curtain raiser to the main event, Jagan and his party has already announced that the party will not field any candidates in the forthcoming by-elections in Telangana region except for one seat in Parkal in Warangal district; it’ll be represented by his close aide Konda Surekha.  Political pundits see this as an entry-pass for the YSRCP into Telangana region, and an appeasement to TRS-- a force to reckon within the region.

The TRS leaders however, announced that they see no difference between Jagan and Naidu as both of them made their stand clear in favour of Unified AP.

Party sources said after assessing the response of the people of the region to his visit, Jagan will follow it up with Odarpu Yatra sometime after the third week of January. Meanwhile, senior Telangana leader from YSR Congress Bajireddy Goverdhan said Jagan's fast would begin at 10 am on January 10 and, will end at 3pm on January 12. A steering committee to oversee the arrangements for the fast has been formed. Goverdhan said farmers from all the Telangana districts would participate in the two-day fast.

Meanwhile, the Jagan camp on Saturday announced that it would organise a dharna in front of the CBI Regional office to protest against the harassment meted out to Jagan and his business partners in the “name of investigation”. “The same CBI treats Nara Chandrababu Naidu‘s disproportionate wealth case with velvet gloves but ill-treats all the Jagan’s men as culprits,” said Jupudi Prabhakar, an MLC in Jagan’s camp.

On the other hand, TDP legislator A Revanth Reddy has demanded that the YSRCP chief too should be arrested in the illegal assets case. TDP is on cloud nine after the successful re-entry of their leader Nara Chandrababu Naidu into the heartland of Telangana, despite stiff resistance from T-forces.

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