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Chandrababu Naidu on day-long fast to protest injustice to Andhra

IANS  |  Vijayawada 

N. Chandrababu Naidu, who turned 68 on Friday, began his day-long fast to protest what he calls the injustice being meted out to the state by the

launched the 'Dharma Porata Deeksha' hunger strike at in The fast, which began at 7 a.m., will conclude at 7 p.m.

State ministers Kala Venkat Rao, D. Umamaheswara Rao, Nara Lokesh, Kollu Ravindra, MPs and state legislators and leaders of (TDP) joined him in the fast at the massive programme organised by the

garlanded statues of Mahatma Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, and before reaching the stadium.

The chief was blessed by Hindu, Muslim and Christian religious leaders before he began the fast. Prominent freedom fighters also called on to extend their support.

Naidu's fast is to demand the Centre to accord special category status to the state and fulfil all commitments made at the time of bifurcation of to carve out Telangana state in 2014.

Last month, the pulled out of BJP-led to protest its refusal to give special status to the state. Naidu alleged that has gone back on the promises he made in 2014 elections.

Naidu has appealed to people to observe the fast against the Central government's attitude, instead of celebrating his birthday.

leaders say this is the first time in the country's history that of a state is observing fast on his birthday.

Expressing solidarity with the Chief Minister, of TDP and various organisations are observing the fast across the state. State ministers were also on hunger strike in their respective districts.



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First Published: Fri, April 20 2018. 11:42 IST