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Indefinite hunger strike: bid to change PJR’s mind fails

Too late to reconsider decision, says Khairatabad MLA

PHOTO: P.V. Sivakumar

Elusive accord: V. Hanumantha Rao, MP (third from left) in a meeting with P. Janardhan Reddy, MLA, in Hyderabad on Saturday. At right is M. Sashidhar Reddy and K. R. Amos, MLC.

HYDERABAD: Yet another effort by Congress MP V. Hanumantha Rao to persuade Khairatabad MLA P. Janardhan Reddy not to go ahead with his indefinite fast from Monday ended without success.

Mr. Hanumantha Rao accompanied by APCC vice-president K.R. Amos called on Mr. Reddy at his residence. Sanathnagar MLA M. Sashidhar Reddy also joined the meeting. At the end of the hour-long meeting, Mr. Janardhan Reddy said it was too late to reconsider his decision.

The Khairatabad MLA reportedly alleged that his phone was being tapped. He assured the senior Congress leader that he would be the first person to exercise his franchise in favour of UPA Presidential nominee Pratibha Patil.

Mr. Hanumantha Rao said he would continue his mediation efforts and was hopeful that the MLA would drop his plan to launch the fast.

‘Political pressure’

Earlier, giving the road rage controversy yet another twist, Mr. Janardhan Reddy has said that the decision to close the complaint filed by his wife against Y. S. Raveendranath Reddy, brother of Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy was due to ‘political pressure’.

The Khairatabad MLA accused the Chief Minister and his political advisor K. V. P. Ramachandra Rao of influencing the police to withdraw the case filed against Mr. Raveendranath Reddy.

He alleged that efforts were on to get him suspended from the party for his continuing tirade against the Chief Minister and others.

“He (Dr. Reddy) had organised a demonstration at the Begumpet airport in 2002 when AICC general secretary Vayalar Ravi had come and got me suspended from the party for anti-party activities,” he said at a press conference here on Saturday.

“Similar attempts are being made to evict me from the party,” he charged.

Launching a scathing attack on the police for unilaterally closing the case, Mr. Janardhan Reddy threatened to drag City Police Commissioner Balwinder Singht to the court.

Notwithstanding the denial of permission to launch indefinite fast at Indira Park, he said he would sit in protest at his residence from Monday.

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