Chandrababu Naidu To Fast In Delhi On Feb 13 Over Andhra Not Getting Special Category Status
Amravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu will hold a day-long fast in New Delhi on February 13, the last day of the Parliament’s budget session and its last sitting ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, in protest over Andhra Pradesh not getting special category status.
Naidu will observe the fast to show how the Narendra Modi led BJP government at the centre has cheated Andhra, in its rebuilding after bifurcation.
TDP MP Avanti Srinivas told Hindustan Times that Naidu shared his plans on his proposed fast at a parliamentary party meeting at his Undavalli residence in Amaravati on Saturday. He also directed party MPs to spare no efforts in taking the NDA government to task in the current session in a bid to show people how the Modi government “cheated” Andhra’s people.
Many have alleged that Naidu’s protests against the BJP and PM Modi aim to give momentum to his efforts in uniting opposition parties into an anti-BJP front on the national level for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
After the end of the Parliamentary session, Naidu is also planning to hold an opposition conclave in Vijayawada followed by a rally with 20 lakh people, similar to the one organised by West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on January 19.
Interestingly, Naidu’s TDP had pulled out the NDA government during the budget session last year over Andhra not being granted special category status, one of the major promises of the NDA after the state was divided in 2014.