Fake leaders & fake agitations – Lagadapati ends fast ‘drama’ డిసెంబర్ 23, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, Andhra, Congress, corruption, drama, fast, Hyderabad, Identity, politics, Rayalaseema, students, suicide, Telangana, Telugu, violence, youth.
Lagadapati ends his fast ‘drama’
Deccan Chronicle, December 23rd 2009, By Our Correspondent
Hyderabad, Dec. 22: In yet another surprise act, the Vijayawada Congress MP, Mr Lagadapati Rajagopal, suddenly broke his fast on Tuesday afternoon and got discharged from Nims claiming that all his theatrics was meant to expose the Telangana Rashtra Samiti president, Mr K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s “fake hunger strike”.
The 55-year-old MP, who literally sprinted into the Nims and got himself admitted there on Monday, also said that his fast was actually broken on December 19 itself when police shifted him to the Vijayawada government hospital and doctors there administered him saline.
According to him, his overnight journey from Vijayawada, the dramatic appearance at Nims in an autorickshaw, and the headlong run into the hospital were all meant to draw attention to the farce enacted by Mr Chandrasekhar Rao.
“Though KCR’s fast was broken on the first day itself after doctors administered saline, he pretended to continue it in Nims and Khammam government while taking IV fluids,” said the MP. “This type of fast can be undertaken even for years. That is why I also took IV fluids. But my conscience troubled me.”
The MP, who had been ridiculed for his stamina” after a seven-day fast, said he had in fact lost seven kilos.
“KCR’s fast was not exposed by the media or the government though there was nothing Gandhian about it,” said Mr Rajagopal.
“In fact, he fasted just for a day. I fasted for five days and seven hours. I was also provoked by the statements of some politicians who threatened dire consequences if I came to the Nims. So I did all this, and proved my points.”
The MP agreed that his antics had a touch of comedy, but added that Mr Chandrasekhar Rao’s fast was also a comedy. “My comic actions were all meant to expose KCR,” he said.
But Mr Rajagopal also threatened to restart his fast in Vishakapatnam if the Central government did not come out in favour of united Andhra.
Meanwhile, the MP’s antics have angered the leaders of the Joint Action Committee for the United Andhra Pradesh agitation who felt that it had done much damage to the cause. Many of them said that Mr Rajagopal’s theatrics might persuade the Centre not to take the movement seriously.
“Though Mr. Rajagopal had initially brought momentum to the agitation, his acts while going to Nims has damaged the agitation,” said Mr Kona Tata Rao, Telugu Desam leader who launched a fast-unto-death in Visakhapatnam, opposing the formation of separate Telangana state.
“It did look like a comedy show though his intention was to highlight the failures in the administration,” said Mr M. Murali Krishna, a retired bank official who is actively participating in the movement.
However, some Congress leaders defended Mr Rajagopal’s act saying that it helped to expose the poor medical and health infrastructure in the state.
“It would not have taken place if he was allowed to move freely in Hyderabad,” said Mr G. Sridhar Reddy, supporter of united Andhra Pradesh and CEO of Millennium Software, a Visakhapatnam-based firm