Vijyamma to go on indefinite fast from today


Guntur: YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy’s mother and party’s honorary president YS Vijayalakshmi will begin her indefinite fast in Guntur on Monday to protest Centre’s decision to carve out separate Telangana from Andhra Pradesh.

Sources close to the YSR Congress said that Vijayamma had earlier planned to undertake the fast in Vijayawada. However, since decided to undertake the indefinite fast in Guntur after the police denied her permission to do so, saying the election code of conduct was in force in the district.

“The election code of conduct is in force in Krishna district for the Avanigadda Assembly bypolls,” the Vijayawada Police Commissioner was quoted as saying.The Vijayawada police also asked the party to change the venue.

After being denied permission, the YSR Congress activists later approached the Election Commission (EC), which asked them to follow the Police Commissioner’s orders.Following this, the YSR Congress Party decided to shift the fast venue to Guntur

Seemandhra Congress leaders to meet Antony panel

Divided on the Centre’s move to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh to pave way for the creation of a separate state of Telangana, Seemandhra Congress leaders have decided to meet the AK Antony Committee today.According to reports, the Seemandhra Congress leaders are divided on the methods to be adopted to exert pressure on the party high command to reconsider its decision to bifurcate the state.

A marathon meeting, held at the Chief Minister Kiran Reddy’s camp office on Saturday night passed a unanimous resolution requesting the party leadership to keep the state as it is.During the meeting, several leaders also put forth several demands.

Over 60 lawmakers including the Chief Minister, PCC chief, some ministers, 36 MLAs and eight MLCs from Seemandhra took part in the meeting, which began at 5 pm and went on till 10 pm.Ministers TG Venkatesh, P Balaraju, N Raghuveera Reddy and S Vijayarama Raju did not attend.

The meeting witnessed intense debate on the list of demands they would place before the Antony Committee when they meet it in Delhi on August 19 and 20.However, there was no unanimity either on going to Delhi to meet the committee or they should demand that the committee visit Hyderabad to hear their opinions.

Ganta Srinivasa Rao and some others opposed the idea of visiting Delhi to present their arguments and wanted the committee to visit Seemandhra to have a first-hand feel of the United Andhra movement here.However, after much debate, they decided to send a delegation to Delhi to meet the Antony Committee.