Naidu to ob­serve a day’s fast in Delhi

Op­po­si­tion par­ties may of­fer sup­port

The Hindu - - NEWS - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Andhra Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter N. Chan­drababu Naidu will ob­serve a day­long hunger strike in the na­tional cap­i­tal on Mon­day over the Cen­tre’s fail­ure to de­liver on spe­cial sta­tus to his State.

Nearly 500 peo­ple are ex­pected to join him, in­clud­ing Tel­ugu De­sam Party (TDP) leg­is­la­tors and Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment, his Cabi­net Min­is­ters, and stu­dent groups among oth­ers.

He ob­served a sim­i­lar day­long fast last year on his birth­day on April 20 in Vi­jay­wada. In 2013 too, ahead of the an­nounce­ment of bi­fur­ca­tion, he sat on a five­day hunger strike in Delhi which ended af­ter Delhi po­lice forcibly ad­mit­ted him to a hospi­tal.

The TDP is ex­pect­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from at least 20 Op­po­si­tion par­ties to of­fer sol­i­dar­ity with the cause.

The 12-hour fast or Dharma Po­rata Deek­sha is sched­uled to be­gin at 8 a.m. af­ter Mr. Naidu pays a visit to Ra­jghat. On Tues­day, Mr. Naidu and a del­e­ga­tion of MPs, MLAs and Cabi­net col­leagues will present a mem­o­ran­dum on the is­sue to Pres­i­dent Ram­nath Kovind.

“Ig­nor­ing the mi­cro de­tails, he [Mr. Naidu] is now try­ing to build a macro level nar­ra­tive and pitch­ing it as a Cen­tre vs State fight. The truth is that the TDP has failed to de­liver on any of its prom­ises. The fast is merely a bid to shift the fo­cus from TDP’s own fail­ures,” Mithun Reddy, for­mer MP and YSR (Congress) leader said.

Chan­drababu Naidu

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