With deek­sha, Naidu set to take his fight to PM’s den

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU / SOUTH -

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 |

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