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Naidu begins fast to demand special status for AP

February 11, 2019 08:41


Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is on a day-long hunger strike in the national capital today demanding special status for his state and fulfilment of commitments made by the Centre under the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.

Naidu paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat before sitting on the hunger strike.
 
The Telugu Desam Party had walked out the BJP-led NDA last year protesting the "injustice" done to Andhra Pradesh after its bifurcation.
Naidu will stage the 'Dharma Porata Deeksha' (a day-long protest for justice) at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in the national capital from 8 am to 8 pm on Monday. 

He will also submit a memorandum to President of India Ram Nath Kovind on February 12, an official statement said.
The chief minister is on a hunger strike along with his ministers, party MLAs, MLCs and MPs. Members of state employee associations, social organisations and student organisations will also join the fast, it said.
Leader of several opposition parties are expected to extend their solidarity to the Andhra Pradesh chief minister's protest, the statement said.

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