Telangana activists on Saturday indicated that YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy might not face stiff resistance from T-zealots when he comes down to Armoor in Nizamabad district on January 10 to undertake a three-day 48-hour staggered fast to champion farmers' issues.
A day after Telangana activists violently opposed the visit of TDP president Chandrababu Naidu to Warangal district, when asked if Jagan would be given the same treatment, Telangana Political JAC chairman M Kodandaram told STOI: "We are against the visit of any politician to the region without him spelling his party's stance on Telangana. When you want to conduct a political programme among our people, then they have a right to demand the leader's stand on the Telangana issue."
However, according to Kodandaram, there is a difference between Warangal, where Naidu faced fierce protests on Friday, and Armoor, where Jagan is scheduled to go. "Our strength varies from district to district," he said. The strength of Telangana Political JAC cadres in Armoor is minimal compared to Warangal. "Therefore, even if the T-JAC and TRS oppose Jagan's visit, the YSR Congress is not likely to face the kind of resistance that Naidu faced," averred analysts.
Meanwhile,. I Gopala Sharma, T-JAC Nizamabad district convenor, told STOI that a call had been given to the cadre to oppose Jagan's visit to Armoor. On its part, the TRS is maintaining that it is the T-JAC that gives the call to boycott or oppose the visit of a Seemandhra leader and that they would respond accordingly to Jagan's visit. "It is the T-JAC that gives the protest call. As a member of the T-JAC, the TRS will certainly participate in the resistance rally against Jagan," party MLA Harish Rao told STOI.
However, despite the threat, the YSR Congress leaders in the Telangana region are confident that Jagan's visit will not see much opposition. Expressing confidence to this effect, former MLA and YSR Congress leader from Armoor Bajireddy Goverdhan said Jagan was not opposed to Telangana. "Jagan is not coming to Armoor with any political agenda. He wants to express solidarity with the farmers of the state who are in a severe crisis. We are demanding an immediate relief for the farmers, especially turmeric and cotton growers," Bajireddy said. According to Bajireddy, Jagan chose Armoor as the venue of his `deeksha' because his father Y S Rajasekhara Reddy launched his struggle for farmers' welfare from this town in the year 2000. "Jagan's `deeksha' in Armoor will change the dynamics of the state politics," the YSR Congress leader said.