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Vijayamma ends fast over fee reimbursement

Published: 08th September 2012 09:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th September 2012 11:08 AM   |  A+A-

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YSRCP’s president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s fans wearing his masks on the concluding day of the party’s honorary president Vijayamma’a fee deeksha at Indira Park in Hyderabad on Friday | Mahesh G

Ending her two-day hunger strike against the slab on fee reimbursement scheme at Indira Park on Friday, YSR Congress honorary president YS Vijaya Lakshmi said it is the government's duty to implement the scheme, irrespective of how burdensome it is, since the scheme is meant for the poor.

Vijayamma broke her fast by having lemon juice offered by two girl students, Priyanka and Saveena.

Speaking on the occasion, she said she failed to understand as to why the government was hesitating to reimburse full tuition fee, while it was getting crores of rupees in the form of taxes.

She expressed displeasure over the government not taking the issue seriously, though her party has been fighting for it for the last two years.

"When YSR was alive, he never bothered how much it would cost to reimburse tuition fee since he believed that higher education alone could remove poverty," she said.

Interestingly, on the last day of her fast, the Congress leaders attempted to stake a claim over YSR legacy by organising a function in Delhi.

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