With deeksha, Naidu set to take his fight to PM’s den
THE stage is set for Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ at AP Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday. A host of national leaders are likely to join Naidu to express solidarity with the cause. A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Andhra Pradesh during which he launched scathing attack on the Naidu government, the TDP supremo will be taking his fight against the Modi government to the national capital. Naidu left for Delhi on Sunday night. Naidu’s deeksha in Delhi came in for sharp criticism from Modi, who said the AP CM is going to pose for photographs in the national capital at the expense of the taxpayers. The State government, which is holding the deeksha on an official note to express resentment against the alleged indifferent attitude of Centre towards State, is spending around `10 crore for the Delhi deeksha. Naidu staged his first Dharma Porata Deeksha seeking Special Category Status to the State in Vijayawada on April 20, 2018, his birthday. Since then, he staged such deekshas 11 times at different places across the State. Naidu, through the deeksha, is not just raising the issue of SCS but also making a pitch against the Modi government’s intervention in the affairs of the State governments and using Central investigating agencies such as IT, CBI, ED and others to target opposition parties. He will observe fast from 8 a.m to 8 p.m. on Monday and submit a memorandum to the President of India on February 12. The CM will observe fast after paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi statue at Raj Ghat and Ambedkar statue at AP Bhavan. Leaders of several opposition parties are going to extend their solidarity with the CM’s protest at Delhi. Those who are likely to attend the protest include AICC president Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Last time Naidu staged a protest at AP Bhavan in New Delhi was in October 2013 demanding equal justice to Andhra and Telangana. At that time, he was forcefully shifted to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on the fifth day over his deteriorating health condition.
Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu addressing the public at IGMC stadium in Vijayawada on Sunday |