As TDP leaders, looking after their president N. Chandrababu Naidu’s health in the RML Hospital here, on Saturday claimed that he was adamant to continue his indefinite fast on the sixth day, doctors at the hospital said he was forcibly given intravenous fluids considering his health condition.

“We were forced to give intravenous drip around 3 p.m. to avoid further deterioration of his health. He is being administered 10-15 drops per minute, which may be gradually increased after two hours to improve hydration,” said Dr H.K. Kar, Medical Superintendent of the hospital.

A team of doctors initially tried to persuade Mr. Naidu to take IV drips, but he refused, Dr. Kar added.

His condition was clinically stable, though blood parameters show deterioration. Asked whether he had broken his fast, Dr. Kar said, Mr. Naidu was not taking anything orally, except water.

“His liver, kidney and heart functioning is deteriorating and cardiac enzymes have increased. His uric acid level and potassium level has also increased which means he is utilizing his calories reserved,” Dr. Kar added.

Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav visited the hospital and enquired about Mr. Naidu’s health.

Meanwhile, for the second day some of the TDP MPs, MLAs and MLCs and cadres attempted to stage dharna near Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s residence here protesting the government’s move to create Telangana by whipping up tension and unrest in the entire Andhra Pradesh. They were removed by the police and taken to Thuglak Road police station.

Seemandhra leaders of various parties argue what is the logic in asking the mother state to search for a new capital whereas the State (Telangana) which is to be bifurcated retaining the original capital (Hyderabad). “This has not happened even when Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand got separated and they formed their own capital instead of asking for Bhopal (from Madhya Pradesh), Patna (Bihar) and Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) respectively. Why Hyderabad should not be declared a union territory?” they sought to know.

Even when Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala were formed from the then Madras presidency, Madras (now Chennai) remained with the mother State (now Tamil Nadu), they argued.