TDP Naidu hunger strike: Mamta Banerjee gives support: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandrababu Naidu and Andhra Pradesh CM is on a one-day hunger strike on Friday in Vijayawada to protest against the ‘Centre’s non-cooperation with the state’. Naidu’s Cabinet ministers, party legislators and cadre, and TDP workers and supporters whom he had directed earlier to accompany him, are also observing the hunger strike. The strike is for pressuring the Central Government to allow1 the Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh, which was denied as promised during state bifurcation. Addressing the TDP coordination committee meeting earlier this week, Naidu had asked 13 ministers to lead the protest in each district and the remaining nine ministers to sit on fast along with him.
Naidu, who is not celebrating his 67th birthday today, had also directed the party leaders to organize bicycle rallies in all constituencies from April 21 to highlight his government’s ‘victories.’ Public meetings should be held in every constituency headquarters, he had said. On Monday, Andhra Pradesh Pratyeka Hoda Saadhana Samiti had called for a state-wide bandh on the same issue, which was supported by most of the Opposition parties including YSR Congress (YSRC), Congress and Left parties. The ruling TDP had opposed it saying bandhs hamper the development of the state.
4:00 PM IST- Naidu began his fast in Vijayawada at 7 in the morning, after seeking the blessings of priests and religious leaders. He will end it on 7 PM.
3:30 PM IST- Three hours remaining in Naidu’s Hunger Strike, is it a kind of protest? or something else? Without him The road of 2019 General elections will become more though for Bhartiya Janata Part.
3:00 PM IST- Thirteen ministers of Naidu’s Cabinet are also organising simultaneous hunger strikes in the districts for which they are in-charge ministers. The fast is being held in all the 13 districts of the state.
2:35 PM IST– Last month, TDP pulled out of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to protest its opposition to giving special status to the state. Naidu alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had gone back on the promises he made in 2014 elections.
2:25 PM IST- Naidu has appealed to people to observe the fast against the Central government’s attitude, instead of celebrating his birthday
2:00 PM IST- TDP leaders say this is the first time in the country’s history that chief minister of a state is observing fast on his birthday.
1:40 PM IST- The TDP chief was blessed by Hindu, Muslim and Christian religious leaders before he began the fast.
Birthday wishes to Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu Garu. I pray for his long and healthy life. @ncbn
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 20, 2018
12:30 PM IST- Several roads are closed, and traffic has been diverted in Vijayawada as hundreds of people are marching in padayatra to go to the venue where Naidu is fasting. Ace Telugu film director and producer K Raghavendra Rao, director Ashwini Dutt and other from Telugu film fraternity declare support to Naidu.
Anna… Support AP fight for special status….
— K.Raghavendra Rao (@raoraghavendra1) April 20, 2018
12:00 PM IST- The Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Centre have been at loggerheads ever since the announcement of 2018-19 Union Budget.The TDP alleged that the Central Govt ignored the demand of ‘Special Category Status‘ to Andhra Pradesh, while the latter brushed aside the charges.
In a major blow to the Narendra Modi-led NDA , TDP had pulled out of NDA over the grant of special status to Chandrababu Naidu. TDP, being the second-largest ally to BJP seemed to have brought a wave of pessimism amid the market participants. #HBDNaidu #CBNFast4Justice
— #APdemandsjustice (@MandavaHitesh) April 20, 2018
11:30 AM IST- Naidu started the ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’’ on his birthday at the Indira Gandhi stadium at Vijayawada, and was joined by several MPs, MLAs, and Telugu Desam Party workers and leaders. Many MLAs and MLCs have undertaken a one-day fast in their respective constituencies. State Assembly Speaker Dr K Sivaprasada Rao who was in the hospital, defied doctor’s advice for bed rest and moved to a protest camp at Narsaraopet in his constituency Sattenpally where he is observing the one-day fast.
11:00 AM IST- TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu has been saying that there has been an unprecedented development in the state in the last four years, but they could not proportionately register it among the public.