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Large crowds throng Naidu's fast venue

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Steady flow of farmers, Telugu Desam Party activists coming in vehicles from districts

FAMILY SUPPORT: Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu interacting with wife Bhuvaneswari and son Lokesh at New MLA Quarters in Hyderabad on Saturday. - Photo: Nagara Gopal
FAMILY SUPPORT: Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu interacting with wife Bhuvaneswari and son Lokesh at New MLA Quarters in Hyderabad on Saturday. - Photo: Nagara Gopal

The indefinite fast by Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu at the New MLAs' Quarters here attracted huge impressive crowds on the second day on Saturday causing concern to the security personnel.

There was steady flow of farmers and TDP activists coming in vehicles from the districts posing at tough time to the police to control them.

The Telugu Desam Party cadre, who came from places as Srikakulam and Vizianagaram, vied with one another to greet their fasting leader.

Prominent among the political leaders who called on Mr. Naidu were Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat, Janata Dal (Secular) national president H.D. Deve Gowda and Janata Dal (United) chief and National Democratic Alliance (NDA) convener Sharad Yadav.

Mr. Naidu's wife N. Bhuvaneswari, son N. Lokesh and daughter-in-law Bramhani took the crowd by surprise with their presence at the venue throughout the evening.

A team of doctors positioned in the premises conducted tests on him from time to time and his condition, barring marginal rise in the blood pressure, was declared good.

Traffic disrupted

Traffic in the heart of the city was disrupted towards the afternoon as slogan-shouting leaders and cadre of the TDP thronged the venue, the new MLA quarters, strategically chosen by the TDP leadership.

Secured venue

The venue was a secured place compared to other open areas and it would avoid the scope for the police to take any initiative on their own to disrupt the protest.

According to senior TDP leader Y. Ramakrishnudu, the police was not empowered to have their say in the affairs at the venue which was under the custody of Assembly Speaker. “Police cannot act on their own in this premises and they should obtain orders in writing from the Speaker,” he said.

Refutes criticism

Mr. Ramakrishnudu refuted criticism that the TDP planned the hunger strike hurriedly following announcement by Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy that he would undertake a two-day fast from December 21.

“We have made the decision first, but the information was leaked,” he said


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