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Telangana rage: Jagan Mohan's convoy attacked

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Jan 10, 2012 at 05:14pm IST

Hyderabad: Kadapa MP and YSR Congress chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy's convoy came under attack on Tuesday when stones were pelted by pro-Telangana activists on the vehicle carrying him in Andhra Pradesh's Medak. Jagan Mohan was on his way to Nizamabad where he will hold a two-day fast in support of farmers when the stone-pelting incident took place.

Police arrested several pro-Telangana activists for targeting Jagan Mohan.

Meanwhile, Telangana Rashtra Samithi, the Telangana political Joint Action Committee (JAC) and Congress leaders from the region have voiced stiff opposition to Jagan Mohan's fast.

"Jagan has an anti-Telangana attitude. He never spoke in support of Telangana. He has tried to evade a clear stance on the separate statehood demand (by saying that the decision on it has to be taken by Centre). All Congress activists in Telangana should oppose his visit," Congress Lok Sabha member from Karimnagar Ponnam Prabhakar said.

Jagan is scheduled to hold a 48-hour fast at Armoor in Nizamabad district over farmers' problems.

The JAC alleged Jagan's visit to Nizamabad district in Telangana region is only a manifestation of the "domination of coastal Andhra" over Telangana.

"We seek a clear stand on Telangana. No one should come here without a clear stance on the separate statehood issue. No political yatra should be undertaken in Telangana (without endorsing separate statehood demand)," JAC convener M Kodandaram said.

Maintaining that Jagan has proved himself to be against Telangana, TRS MLA and party president K Chandrasekhar Rao's son KT Rama Rao said the YSR Congress leader is bound to face opposition.

Asserting that it respected the sentiments of Telangana people, the YSR Congress, however, said it is for the Centre to take a decision on the issue.

The TRS and JAC have earlier opposed the visits of TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu to Warangal district in Telangana because of his allegedly ambivalent stance on the statehood issue.

In a statement, Jagan said his fast should not be politicised as it intends to highlight farmers' problems.

He reminded his party's decision of not fielding candidates in the assembly segments where bypolls are necessitated due to the resignation of sitting MLAs in support of the separate statehood demand. Jagan demanded that the support price and input subsidy for agriculture be enhanced.

(With additional information from PTI)

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