Former Minister and MLA Komatireddy Venkat Reddy continued his fast on the seventh day on Monday at the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), seeking announcement of a roadmap for formation of separate Telangana.
Mr. Venkat Reddy who began his hunger strike in Nalgonda on November 1 was shifted from the fasting camp to Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences on Sunday morning after his health showed signs of deterioration.
Efforts by senior leaders including Union Minister S. Jaipal Reddy, MLC D. Srinivas and former Assembly Speaker K.R. Suresh Reddy to persuade him to call off his fast went in vain as Mr. Venkat Reddy remained unrelenting on his demand.
Jaipal calls up
Mr. Jaipal Reddy who spoke to the fasting MLA over telephone asked him to call off the fast as the party high command promised to shortly announce its stand on the issue.
‘Wait for response'
Mr. Srinivas said the fasting MLA succeeded in conveying the seriousness of the demand for separate Telangana to the party leadership. He should now wait for the high command to respond.
Mr. Suresh Reddy too called on the fasting leader asking him to consider his deteriorating health condition.
Speaking to reporters later, he asserted that the people were not willing to accept any alternatives except for separate State.
“The agitation has reached a stage where announcements like special packages and constitution of regional council will not convince the agitated people,” he said.
KK criticises State
Telangana Congress Steering Committee co-chairman K. Keshava Rao criticised the government for the way it handled Mr. Venkat Reddy's fast.
He faulted the government for its attempts to invoke draconian provisions like the Preventive Detention Act to dilute the agitation.
“People will not be deterred by such threats as they are firm on the demand for separate State,” he said.