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Andhra tit for tat: Jagan Reddy launches hunger strike

December 21, 2010 12:43 IST
Rebel leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy launched his 48-hour 'Lakshya Deeksha', a hunger-strike for farmers, on the banks of the river Krishna in Vijaywada on Tuesday, his birthday.

Jagan launched his hunger-strike to demand adequate compensation to farmers who lost their crops in heavy rains early this month in Andhra Pradesh.

Jagan, who reached Vijayawada from Nandyal in Kurnool district early in the morning, visited the Kanaka Durga temple and offered prayers to the goddess before starting his strike.

Several MLAs, MLCs, former legislators and some film stars extended support to Jagan while scores of people from Krishna, Guntur, West Godavari and other districts reached the camp site to extend their solidarity.

Earlier, Jagan held a closed-door meeting with the legislators at the state guest house.

MLAs Balineni Srinivasa Reddy, Jayasudha Kapoor, G Srikanth Reddy, Konda Surekha, Alla Nani, N Prasanna Kumar Reddy, Dwarampudi Chandrasekhar Reddy, Gurunatha Reddy, Ramachandra Reddy, MLCs Pulla Padmavathi, Konda Murali, Jupudi Prabhakar, actress Roja, actors Vijayachander, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, former minister Konatala Ramakrishna, NTR's widow Lakshmi Parvathi and others were present on the dais along with Jagan.

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