Former Kadapa MPY. S. Jaganmohan Reddy launched his 48-hour ‘Lakshya Deeksha’, hunger-strike for farmers, on the banks of river Krishna here on Tuesday.

Mr. Jagan also celebrated his 37th birthday today. He launched the hunger-strike demanding adequate compensation to farmers who lost their crops in heavy rains early this month in the state.

Mr. Jagan, who reached Vijayawada from Nandyal in Kurnool district early in the morning, visited the Kanaka Durga temple.

Several MLAs, MLCs, former legislators and some film stars extended support to Mr. Jagan while scores of people from Krishna, Guntur, West Godavari and other districts reached the camp site extending their solidarity.

Earlier, the former Congress leader held a closed-door meeting with the legislators at the state guest house.

MLAs Balineni Srinivasa Reddy, Jayasudha Kapoor, G. Srikanth Reddy, Konda Surekha, Alla Nani, N. Prasanna Kumar Reddy, Dwarampudi Chandrasekhar Reddy, Gurunatha Reddy, Ramachandra Reddy, MLCs Pulla Padmavathi, Konda Murali, Jupudi Prabhakar, actors Roja, Vijayachander, Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam, former minister Konatala Ramakrishna, NTR’s widow Lakshmi Parvathi and others were present on the dais along with Mr. Jagan.