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Nalgonda MLA Komatireddy Venkat Reddy begins indefinite hunger strike

November 1, 2011

Komatireddy Venkat Reddy

Former Minister and Nalgonda MLA Komatireddy Venkat Reddy began his indefinite fast pressing the demand for a separate Telangana state. Thousands of supporters and followers were present at the venue cheering Venkat Reddy and raising 'Jai Telangana' slogans. Several Congress MPs and MLAs along with leaders of Telangana Employees JAC and Political JAC were also present showing their solidarity with the fast. Traffic jam was witnessed along the routes leading to the venue at Clock tower.Speaking on the occasion, Komatireddy Venkat Reddy appealed to the Congress high command to announce the formation of a separate Telangana state.

Venkat Reddy blamed the Telangana Ministers and MLAs from the Congress and Telugu Desam Party for the delay in the formation of Telangana state. He blamed the MLAs of the Telangana for mortgaging the self-respect of the people of the region and succumbing to allurements like money, cars and posts. The former minister also blamed Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy for sending false reports on 'Sakala Janula Samme' to the Centre. He said that Kiran Kumar has intentionally humiliated the leaders of Telangana region.

Earlier, Komatireddy Venkat Reddy offered prayers at the local Yellamma temple in Marriguda and also paid floral tributes to martyrs memorial. He came to the Clock Tower along with a large number of followers in a convoy of cars. At the venue, he was welcomed by Congress MPs K Keshava Rao, Ponnam Prabhakar, Manda Jagannatham, Siricilla Rajaiah, Komatireddy Rajgopal Reddy and Gutha Sukhender Reddy.

Venkat Reddy threatened to commit suicide if his hunger strike is disrupted by the government. He also warned that the Central and State governments would be responsible. Komatireddy Venkat Reddy served as the Infrastructure minister earlier and has tendered his resignation on October 1. His resignation was approved by the Governor on October 5.


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