New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is observing a day-long fast called ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ (day-long protest for justice) at the Andhra Pradesh Bhawan in New Delhi demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh and fulfillment of commitments made by the Centre under the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.
Naidu is likely to be joined by his ministers, party MLAs, MLCs, and MPs in New Delhi. Naidu started his fast by offering tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat and to B R Ambedkar at Andhra Pradesh Bhavan.
The Andhra Pradesh chief minister launched a scathing attack at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that the latter was not following ‘raj dharma’ by denying the state special status. “On behalf of five crore people, I’m warning this government… I came here to remind you of the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act,” Naidu said.
“If you won’t fulfill our demands, we know how to get them fulfilled. This is about self-respect of people of Andhra Pradesh. Whenever there is an attack on our self-respect, we won’t tolerate it. I am warning this government and particularly the PM to stop attacking an individual,” Naidu said.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah also reached Andhra Bhawan to extend their support to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief. AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal is also expected to show his support to Naidu.
A large number of protesters from Andhra Pradesh have also reached the national capital. The state government has arranged two special trains to ferry people from Andhra Pradesh to Delhi.