Doctors attending on the fasting Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhara Rao said they could no longer sustain him on artificial medical management.

The medical team monitoring his health has opined that after more than a week of fasting, he was showing signs of protein malnutrition and becoming weaker. Given such a situation, TRS MLA and the party president’s nephew, P. Harish Rao, on Tuesday noon said family members were repeatedly urging him to give up his fast and cooperate with doctors.

D. Prasada Rao, Director, Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, told presspersons that with Mr. Rao’s fast having reached the 10th day, there was a definite decline in his health. “Artificially propping up his health has its own repercussions,” Dr. Rao said.

A medical bulletin said the protein level in the blood had dropped from 6.1 per cent per gram on December 3 to 5 as on December 7, while albumin too had dipped from 4.1 per cent to 3.3. This was not a welcome sign, a team of doctors including Mr. Chandrasekhara Rao’s personal physician, M.V. Rao felt, after examining him on Tuesday morning. The bulletin said, “In short, now is the time he should break his fast immediately to improve his health and strength.”

Meanwhile, as news of Mr. Rao’s worsening health spread, TRS cadres led by different leaders made a beeline for the hospital, raising slogans and telling the media that a “Telangana without KCR is not acceptable to us”.

They blamed the government for ‘poor medical attention’ of their leader.

IANS adds

Andhra Congress chief to meet Sonia on Telangana

With the Congress Government in Andhra Pradesh facing growing heat on the demand for a separate Telangana state, the party’s state chief D. Srinivas arrived here on Tuesday to meet president Sonia Gandhi to discuss a way out of the impasse.

Mr. Srinivas said the Congress was not against the demand for Telangana, “but it is a sensitive issue”.

“We have placed the demand before the high command,” he told reporters here.

The issue has gained urgency with unrest in Andhra Pradesh mounting as Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao’s fast-unto-death entered its 10th day Tuesday.

Mr. Srinivas said he had sought a meeting with the Congress president. “It’s her birthday Wednesday. If I get time, I will meet her,” he said. Sonia is in Jharkhand to campaign for the assembly elections -- the third round is being held Tuesday.

Congress leaders from the Andhra Pradesh, who did not want to be quoted, said there was divergence of views in the state unit on the issue of statehood with leaders from Telangana supporting it but those from other parts of the state not inclined towards the demand.

Following intensification of agitation in support of Telangana statehood, Gandhi had Monday consulted senior colleagues, including Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Defence Minister A.K. Antony.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded that the government bring a bill or resolution on the issue.

“The prime minister should at least make a statement in parliament clearing the government’s stand,” BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said here Tuesday. “In my knowledge, no party is opposed to Telangana statehood. Why is the Congress delaying a decision?”

Mr. Naidu said the Congress would be responsible for the consequences of the agitation in Telangana.

A senior Congress leader indicated that the government could convene an all-party meeting in New Delhi to find a way to deal with the demand for statehood.