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Fasting Naidu gets a jolt

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TDP activists shouting slogans during party president N. Chandrababu Naidu's second day fast, at AP Bhawan in New Delhi on Tuesday.- Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.
TDP activists shouting slogans during party president N. Chandrababu Naidu's second day fast, at AP Bhawan in New Delhi on Tuesday.- Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.

On the second day of his fasting, Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu faced a hurdle in his efforts to highlight at the national level, concerns of Telugu people over the Centre’s hasty decision on bifurcation of the State, with the Resident Commissioner of Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in Delhi serving a notice asking him to vacate premises.

It was at the AP Bhavan complex that Mr. Naidu began his fast on Monday soon after addressing a press conference.

There was disappointment in the TDP camp as the official of the AP Bhavan clearly mentioned that there was no permission for Mr. Naidu to continue his fast in the premises.

He was allowed to hold only a press conference as his protest at the venue was “unauthorised”.

But several hours after receiving the notice, Mr. Naidu continued his protest, arguing why he was being targeted when his fast was for seeking justice to the people of the State.

His intention was to expose the Congress, which for the sake of winning few seats in Lok Sabha elections, was dividing the State in collusion with the TRS and YSR Congress. He had been making fervent appeal to the Centre to hold a meeting of joint action committees of the two regions and stakeholders to resolve the issues raised by them but it was reluctant, again, for political reasons.

Meanwhile, the special train carrying TDP leaders and cadre from Secunderabad to Delhi to join Mr. Naidu’s fasting camp was detained at Bhopal, on the instructions of the Union government, the party’s chairman of media committee L.V.S.R.K. Prasad has alleged.

On the health condition of Mr. Naidu, he said barring a drop in sugar levels, all other health parameters were stable, quoting a medical bulletin.

Notice served on TDP chief to vacate AP Bhavan premises in Delhi before he could highlight concerns over bifurcation


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