Lagadapati ‘fast’ drama shifts to NIMS డిసెంబర్ 21, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, Andhra, Congress, Hyderabad, Media, politics, Rayalaseema, Telangana, TRS, violence.
Lagadapati pulls a fast one
TNN 22 December 2009, 01:29am IST
HYDERABAD: Lagadapati Rajagopal’s sprint into Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) has brought the battle over AP back to the very place where it all started with TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao’s ‘fast’.
The Vijayawada Congress MP appears to have made clear his intention: To take on the TRS in the heart of Hyderabad and pitchfork himself as the most eligible Congress leader for the post of CM of the divided area, if and when a new dispensation comes into being.
“His presence will escalate tensions in the capital which has been quiet ever since the Centre conceded to initiate the process of creating Telangana on Dec. 9. He wants to challenge the TRS in Hyderabad, get national media attention and position himself as a future CM of Andhra state,” said a Congress leader. Another mid-level Congressman pointed out that his presence will serve to increase the polarisation in the city. “We want to bash him up, who does he think he is?” he said.
There were red faces in the government too and an already panicky administration sprung into action to suspend the Vijayawada police commissioner for failing to stop the MP’s escape on Sunday night.
One of the richest MPs, Lagadapati submitted his resignation from Lok Sabha on Dec. 10, barely 12 hours after the Centre’s decision to divide the state. That he wanted to fill the vacuum caused by the untimely death of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy became clear from his threat to embark on a padayatra in Hyderabad to protest the state’s division. He was arrested on his arrival at the Shamshabad airport on Dec. 14 from Delhi, detained again in the evening when he staged a sit-in at the Lal Bahadur stadium and finally sent to Vijayawada. He had been on a fast there till he made good his escape on Sunday night.
His presence in Hyderabad already created trouble on Monday afternoon when a group of TRS supporters staged a dharna outside NIMS before being chased away by the police. Till Monday evening, TRS leaders did not react to the MP’s presence in Hyderabad but, according to sources, KCR has instructed the cadre not to go to NIMS and stage a dharna. But TRS workers are bound to get restive if Lagadapati continues to ‘fast’ like KCR in the city.