Telangana LIVE: Jaganmohan Reddy on indefinite fast, Digvijay calls it 'political opportunism'

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Zee Media Bureau/Kamna Arora 

1:25 pm: Reddy's fast suprises Digvijay Singh 

On microblogging website Twitter, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh tweeted: "Surprised with the turn around of Chandra Babu and Jagan. Both had given support to Telengana in writing. Amazing Political Opportunism!" 

12:45 pm: Reddy to move SC 

Talking to reporters, Reddy says he will challenge the Cabinet's decision in the Supreme Court."If Ordinance can be withdrawn, why not Telangana decision?" Jaganmohan Reddy further asked why is no one talking about Bodoland, Gorkhaland or Vidharba? 

Commenting on reports that his political foe, Chandrababu Naidu, is also likely to launch an indefinite fast from Monday, Reddy said the Telugu Desam Party chief should write a letter to the Centre first, mentioning he is for a united Andhra Pradesh. The leader further did not rule out a possible alliance with the BJP if its party leaders from the state support the House resolution against Telangana in the state Assembly. 

11:40 am: Security tightened 

The police have made elaborate security arrangements in view of threats by pro-Telangana groups to disrupt Reddy's fast. 

11:36 pm: Jaganmohan Reddy begins fast 

YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy launches his fast-unto-death against the Centre's decision to bifurcate the State. He is delayed by almost an hour and half, Reddy was surrounded by supporters. Several party leaders and activists are also sitting on fast with him. 

11:30 am: Jaganmohan Reddy reaches venue 

Stepping up his protest against the decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh by carving out a Telangana state, YSR Congress party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy is all set to launch an indefinite fast. Reddy has reached the venue - the YSR Congress office at Lotus Pond in Jubilee Hills, right close to his house - from where he will begin his indefinite fast.

11:05 pm: Seemandhra bandh enters Day 2; normal life hit 

Normal life remained crippled for the second day today in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions where a bandh is being observed to protest the Centre's decision to bifurcate the State. 

Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers (APNGOs) and other united-AP supporters have given a 48-hour bandh call, while Jaganmohan Reddy-led YSR Congress has called for 72-hour shutdown in the non-Telangana regions. Both protests began last morning. 

Educational and commercial establishments remained closed in Seemandhra (coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema), where normal life was thrown out of gear. 

Dwaraka Tirumala Rao, IG (Coastal Andhra) said, they have deployed additional forces keeping in view attacks on residences and properties of some Congress leaders yesterday.