Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu begins hunger strike against Centre in Delhi

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chadnrababu Naidu, today, takes up a day-long fast at Andhra Bhavan, in New Delhi, protesting against Narendra Modi government’s `injustice’ done to the state with out fulfilling its obligations committed in the AP Reorganisation Act. Leaders of several opposition parties, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi, Farooq Abdulla and Aravind Kejriwal expressed their solidarity, by attending the place.

The entire cabinet of Chandrababu Naidu, his party MLAs, MLCs, MPs, leaders of various mass organisations in the state and hoast of TDP leaders, are present in the 12-hour-fast. Beginning his fast, Naidu asserted that it was right of the people of his state to get those benefits from the centre, but not at the mercy of the Prime Minister. He accused that Modi has deceived them in this regard.

It may be recalled that after quitting NDA in March, last year, TDP chief Naidu has been organising `Dharma Porata Deeksha’ programmes in all the districts of the state and the final one is scheduled to be in Amaravati, later this month, for which leaders of all opposition parties will be invited.

“We are seeking justice. We are a part of the country. I am asking national media to show solidarity to us. It is our duty to remind him when he is not protecting dharma. We are suffering because of the central government. We are here to unite the nation, the BJP is here to divide,” Naidu said as he began his fast. The chief minister also said the personal attacks by Prime Minister on him were unwarranted.

“You (PM Modi) spend so much time launching personal attacks on me that you forgot your promises. The personal attacks by the PM on me are unwarranted. You can criticise my work but you shouldn’t do personal attacks,” said Naidu.

“If you won’t fulfil our demands, we know how to get them fulfilled. This is about the self-respect of people of Andhra Pradesh. If there is an attack on our self-respect, we won’t tolerate it. I am warning this government and particularly the PM to stop attacking an individual,” he said. Naidu paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat before he began his Dharma Porata Deeksha at Andhra Bhavan. He will submit a memorandum to President Ramnath Kovind, tomorrow, seeking justice for his state.

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