Hyderabad: Amid the war of words between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the latter is scheduled to sit on a day-long fast in the national capital on Monday, February 11, to demand special status for his state.
Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was part of the NDA but left the alliance last year over the same issue. The TDP chief will begin the ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ (day-long protest for justice) at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan at 8 AM on Monday. He will pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat and the Ambedkar statue at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan before kicking off his protest.
Several AP ministers, TDP lawmakers, parliamentarians, members of state employee associations, social and student organisations will also join the fast. Various Opposition parties are likely to extend their support. Naidu will then submit a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind on February 12, Tuesday, said an official statement.
Apart from demanding a special status, he is also likely to press for the promises made when Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in 2014.
While Naidu has accused the Centre of gross injustice to the Andhra people, PM Modi claimed that he had gone the extra mile by offering special status to Andhra Pradesh. “As Chandrababu Naidu couldn’t develop the state or give accounts for his expenditure, he is cooking up lies,” PM said.
Last year, Naidu had observed a fast in Vijayawada on his birthday on April 20 demanding special status for the state. The TDP had also moved a ”no-confidence motion” in the Monsoon session of Parliament in July 2018 after quitting the NDA in March last year.
Naidu sat on an indefinite fast at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan some five years back also over the same demand. If a separate state was to be carved out, both should get equal justice, he had demanded.