Protesting against the Centre's decision to bifurcate the State, YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy will begin an indefinite fast from Saturday morning near YSR CP office in the posh Jubilee Hills area here.

Disclosing this at a press conference here on Friday, Mr. Reddy said the fast was aimed at exerting pressure on the Centre to rollback its decision.

Criticising the Centre for deciding to divide the State "arbitrarily" for votes and seats, he announced that a delegation of party leaders would also leave for Delhi soon to meet President Pranab Mukherjee and the floor leaders of various parties in Parliament to highlight the injustice. The YSR CP leader also demanded the enactment of a law to prevent the Centre from bifurcating any State without adoption of a resolution by the respective State Assembly on the issue.

Pointing out that no state was bifurcated in the past without the adoption of Assembly resolution, he sought to know why the convention was being bypassed and the UPA Government was bulldozing its decision now.

Wondering how the Group of Ministers (GoM) would be able to provide a solution to various knotty problems, "It took about 60 years for Hyderabad to be developed to the present level and how could a new capital be built in just 10 years," he asked.

With Andhra Pradesh not getting Krishna waters until Almatti and Narayanpur Dams in Karnataka were filled, he wondered what would be the fate of Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar projects once the State was divided. In this context, he pointed out that Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have been at loggerheads over sharing of Cauvery waters despite a tribunal.

Mr. Reddy urged all political parties, including the Telugu Desam and BJP to join hands with him in fighting this "ïnjustice".