Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is sitting on a day-long fast in Delhi today to demand special status for the state. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief launched his ”Dharma Porata Deeksha” (a day-long protest for justice) at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan to urge the centre to fulfil promises made when Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in 2014. Mr Naidu paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat and the Ambedkar Statue at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan before starting his protest. The TDP had exited the BJP-led NDA last year over what its chief described as “injustice” done to Andhra Pradesh after its bifurcation. Mr Naidu accused the Narendra Modi government of going back on a long-awaited promise of special state status for Andhra Pradesh.
Here are the live updates of Chandrababu Naidu’s fast:
“Yesterday, the PM visited Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur one day before the dharna. What is the need, I am asking,” news agency ANI quoted Chandrababu Naidu. His protest comes just a day after PM Narendra Modi held a rally in Andhra Pradesh, roasting the TDP chief for allegedly wasting public money on political campaigns. “PM did not follow ‘raj dharma’ (ruler’s duty) in case of Andhra Pradesh as his government denied state special status… why are you not keeping your word? If you don’t get it done, we know how to get it done,” the 68-year-old Chief Minister said.
At Delhi’s Andhra Pradesh Bhavan, Chandrababu Naidu “warned” the Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “stop attacking an individual”, news agency ANI said.
At Delhi’s Andhra Pradesh Bhavan, Chandrababu Naidu said, “If you wont’t fulfill our demands, we know how to get them fulfilled. This is about self respect of people of Andhra Pradesh. Whenever there is an attack on our self-respect, we won’t tolerate it.”
A number of Opposition party leaders – including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal – are expected to extend their support to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief’s fast at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Delhi’s Rajghat today before launching his day-long hunger strike. He also offered tributes to BR Ambedkar at Andhra Pradesh Bhavan.