The health condition of YSR Congress president, Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, deteriorated on Wednesday as his indefinite fast entered fifth day with the doctors urging him to call off the hunger strike.
Even as scores of supporters braving heavy downpour visited the hunger strike camp and expressed solidarity with him, the YSR Congress leader was examined by a team of doctors from Osmania General Hospital in the afternoon and advised to end the fast.
According to Dr.Shivabharath Reddy, convenor of the Doctors’ Wing of the party, the condition of Mr. Jagan was alarming. His blood pressure was 120/90 while the pulse rate was 70. His blood sugar level was 52 and the ketone bodies in urine reached dangerous levels. He requires immediate administration of IV fluids and hospitalisation, he added. This is the second time in a month that Mr. Jagan undertook indefinite fast in protest against the Centre’s decision to bifurcate the State.
Meanwhile, YSR Congress president Y.S. Vijayamma led a party delegation to President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi seeking his intervention to keep the State intact.
The memorandum submitted by Ms. Vijayamma to the President said the decision to bifurcate the State was an arbitrary one taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet and which went against the wishes of 60 per cent of the population. It was taken to help the ruling Congress win a few MP seats. Meanwhile, the YSR Congress in a release compared the Group of Ministers to monitor bifurcation to the `Simon commission.” The party demanded a special session of the Assembly to take up the resolution on bifurcation.
Ms. Vijayamma also met BJP president Rajnath Singh, among others, in New Delhi. Earlier in the day she met CPI leader D. Raja .
Ms. Vijayamma handed over a memorandum to the BJP president , listing reasons why her party was opposed to the bifurcation move, and asked Mr. Singh to reconsider the BJP’s stand on the issue. However, she evaded questions on the prospect of an electoral alliance with the BJP saying the time was not right to talk about alliances as Andhra Pradesh was burning.