Jagan took up the fast to oppose the two Telangana irrigation projects planned on the Krishna river. He alleges that Telangana was emboldened to take them up because of Chandrababu Naidu's inability to resist them.

 

Jagan wants the Centre to stop the projects and demands that Chandrababu Naidu put up a fight with Telangana till they are stalled. 

 

Jagan argues that if the projects are built, they would draw the available water from the Krishna to Telangana and Rayalaseema would be denied its share of Krishna waters. 

 

Addressing a huge gathering at Kurnool yesterday afternoon, he said Telangana and Andhra would become India and Pakistan if the politics of Naidu and KCR were not resisted.

 

For the first time in the past two years, Jagan has taken up the cause of Rayalaseema, the region he hails from. It is seen as his counteroffensive against the strategies of KCR and Chandrababu Naidu, devised to woo YSRC MLAs towards ruling parties. 

 

Jagan, it seems, thinks that a fight for a Rayalaseema cause would build pressure on the region's MLAs against crossing over to TDP in Andhra Pradesh.

 

Jagan's decision to go on a fast comes amid the problems his party, YSRC, has been facing in the two Telugu states. Both Naidu and KCR find it easy to woo the MLAs and MPs from YSRC into their respective parties.

 

While 16 MLAs and one MP deserted Jagan in Andhra Pradesh, the entire legislature party -- three MLAs, and an MP -- quit to join the TRS.  Pitting Chandrababu Naidu against KCR may postpone future desertions, say party leaders.

 

Addressing the people drawn from all Rayalaseema districts at Kurnool, Jagan alleged that KCR plans to draw 30,000 cusecs per day from Krishna River and 70,000 from Godavari. He said he wanted the people to wage a fight against the KCR government for taking up the projects without central clearance and against Naidu for silently allowing these projects to take off.