Hyderabad, Oct 7: Protesting against formation of Telangana, the two arch rivals -- Jaganmohan Reddy and Chandrababu Naidu seem to have united to corner Sonia Gandhi. Despite their political differences, the leaders of YSR Congress and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) began hunger strike for united Andhra Pradesh.
The Southern state has been put on fire as supporters of Jagan and Naidu have been agitating across the state showing their rage against Andhra bifurcation. Naidu began his fast protest in New Delhi on Monday, Oct 7 when Jagan's fast-unto-death in Hyderabad entered the 3rd day.
Earlier Jagan accused the Congress President of playing with sentiments of Andhra people. Without hiding his disappointment regarding Congress' decision on separate Telangana, Jagan was quoted as saying, "Sonia Gandhi is responsible for the crisis in the state and she has been playing with the sentiments of the people with the singular motive of seeing to it that her son Rahul Gandhi is made Prime Minister."
It is political match fixing. The Congress party did not follow any procedure
Now, Naidu too followed Jagan's path. The TDP chief, who once was the CM of the state, claimed that forming Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh was nothing but a political conspiracy by Congress.
"It is political match fixing. The Congress party did not follow any procedure. It took this decision for some political gains. The Congress party is responsible for what is happening in Andhra Pradesh," said Naidu.
Meanwhile, power crisis has hit Andhra as workers of electricity department also began their protest against Andhra bifurcation. Almost the entire region including coastal and Rayalaseema parts of the state are on the boil ever since the UPA cabinet cleared the formation of Telangana as the country's 29th state.
Vizianagaram town near Visakhapatnam is fast emerging as the epicentre of anti-Telangana movement after protestors resorted to large scale violence in the town.
Properties owned by Andhra Pradesh Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana in the town have been particularly attacked by the rioters. Authorities have clamp curfew and issued shoot-at-sight orders to quell violence.
Jagan-Naidu unite to corner Sonia
Both Jagan and Chandrababu accused Sonia Gandhi of playing with Andhra people's sentiment. Both of them suspected some political conspiracy behind the decision of forming Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh.
Jagan's fast enters 3rd day
YSR Congress President Jagan's fast entered the 3rd day on Monday. The young leader, who recently got bail, have been protesting against Andhra bifurcation.
Jagan reveals Sonia's secrets
Sonia has been playing with the sentiments of the people with the singular motive of seeing to it that her son Rahul Gandhi is made Prime Minister, claimed Jagan.
Chandrababu begins fast in Delhi
Protesting against Congress over Telangana, the TDP chief began hunger strike in the national capital on Monday, Oct 7.
Telangana Row: Protest in Andhra Pradesh
Police try to control the youths protesting against the bifurcation of the state in Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.
Anti-Telangana protest in Andhra
A CRPF official facing stiff resistance by a woman protester at the Market junction centre in Vizianagaram in Aandhra Pradesh on Sunday.
Anti-Telangana protester held
Security men arrest a protester during a violent protest in Vizianagaram in AP against bifurcation of state, on Sunday.
Violent protest in Andhra Pradesh
People protest in Vizianagaram in AP against bifurcation of state, on Sunday.
Another protest in Andhra Pradesh
Activists from TRS party hold effigies of Telugu Desam Party President Chandrababu Naidu and YSR Congress party head Y S Jaganmohan Reddy who against the formation of Telangana state, at a protest in Hyderabad on Saturday.