New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu sat on a day-long hunger strike on Monday in protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government, demanding special status for the state. Also Read - Day After Spelling Out 'Challenge' For Govt, Serum Institute CEO Applauds Modi For His Vision to Provide Vaccine to Global Community
Before launching the ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ (day-long protest for justice) at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan on Monday, the TDP chief visited Rajghat and paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. Also Read - Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi Calls Farmers Foundation of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat'; Warns Masses as Corona Cases Surge | 10 Points
The protest is likely to witness participation of several Andhra Pradesh ministers, TDP lawmakers, parliamentarians, members of state employee associations, social and student organisations. Various Opposition parties are likely to extend their support. Also Read - Mann Ki Baat: Farmers Playing Major Role in Building Atmanirbhar Bharat, Says PM Amid Protests Over Farm Bills
Notably, Naidu’s TDP was part of the NDA but left the alliance last year over the same issue. The AP CM is also scheduled to submit a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind on February 12, Tuesday, said an official statement, adding that the TDP leader is also likely to press for the promises made when Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in 2014.
Meanwhile, the war of words between PM Modi and Naidu continued on Sunday. While the Prime Minister addressed the AP CM as “father of Lokesh” at a rally in Guntur on Sunday, the TDP chief dragged the former’s wife in the row. “You have estranged your wife. Do you have any respect for the family system?” Naidu asked the PM.
The TDP president said he loved his family and respected it. He said the Prime Minister did not have a family or a son. “Since you have referred to my son, I am mentioning your wife. People, do you know Narendra Modi has a wife? Her name is Jashodaben,” Naidu said at a public meeting at Vijayawada.