Hyderabad, Oct. 16: Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy has won court permission to hold a rally in Hyderabad on Saturday to campaign for a united Andhra Pradesh, after police had turned him down.
The rally, which Andhra Pradesh High Court said should be wrapped up between 2pm and 5pm, will be the first in Hyderabad by any political party against the bifurcation decision. The court said Jagan should not make provocative speeches or incite the crowds against Telangana.
While refusing permission, the police had said a rally could cause unrest at a time massive protests are on against the Centre’s decision to carve out a separate Telangana state. Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra, which together make up Seemandhra, are opposed to the division.
Hyderabad, which will be a joint capital of the two states for 10 years before Seemandhra gets a new capital, has for years been the epicentre of the Telangana campaign.
Jagan’s rally on Saturday will also be his first since he was freed on bail late last month after more than a year in prison. The CBI court, which is hearing corruption charges against him, had rejected his plea to visit Guntur to continue his Odarpu Yatra — the state-wide tour started before his arrest. Party leaders said permission for the Hyderabad rally was, therefore, a consolation.
Jagan has been getting a steady stream of visitors at his Lotus Pond residence in Jubilee Hills. A Congress MP, S.P.Y. Reddy of Nandyal, and minister Viswaroop have crossed over to the YSR Congress. Sources said between 15 and 20 MLAs, including some from the Telugu Desam, are waiting for the right time to join Jagan’s party.