Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu began a day-long fast here on Monday, demanding that the centre grant special status to the state and fulfill promises made before its bifurcation in 2014. A number of Opposition party leaders – including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, National Conference President Farooq Abdullah and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal are expected to extend their support to Telugu Desam Party President Naidu’s Fast.
Chandra Babu Naidu paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Delhi’s Rajghat today before launching his day-long hunger strike. He also offered tributes to BR Ambedkar at Andhra Pradesh Bhavan. At Delhi’s Andhra Pradesh Bhavan, Naidu said, “If you won’t fulfill our demands, we know how to get them fulfilled. This is about self-respect of people of Andhra Pradesh. Whenever there is an attack on our self-respect, we won’t tolerate it.”
Naidu sits on fasting a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Andhra Pradesh. Naidu whose TDP pulled out of the BJP led NDA last year, so far staged a similar protest in 11 out of 13 districts of AP. The TDP chief will submit a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday that is on 12.02.2019.