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Chandrbabu Naidu Begins Fast On His Birthday To Demand Special Status For Andhra Pradesh


New Delhi:  Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is holding a day-long fast today on his birthday to press his demand for the special status for his state. The Chief Minister turned 68 today.

The hunger strike is called ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ or ‘Fight for Justice’, for which his Telugu Desam Party has invited other opposition parties, including the Congress and its chief Sonia Gandhi.

Mr Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party or the TDP has been at loggerheads with the Centre over the special status issue. The matter came to a boil after the Union budget, when Mr Naidu said the state has received nothing from the Centre.

He withdrew his ministers from the Union cabinet, quit the NDA,  and moved a no-confidence notice against the government in parliament. The notice, however, could not be taken up due to the continuous protests by the AIADMK on the Cauvery water sharing issue.


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