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Naidu begins fast over Andhra special status; Opposition to extend support

A TDP delegation led by Chandrababu Naidu will submit a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Chandrababu Naidu
Chandrababu Naidu has dressed in black as a mark of protest. Photo: ANI

Chief Minister N began a day-long fast in Delhi on Monday, demanding that the Centre grant special status to the state and fulfil all promises made before its bifurcation in 2014.

A number of Opposition party leaders - including Rahul Gandhi, Conference and Delhi Chief Minister - are expected to extend their support to the (TDP) chief's fast at the Bhavan.

Before beginning the fast, Naidu offered tributes to Matama Gandhi at Raj Ghat and to B R Ambedkar at Bhavan.

A TDP delegation led by Naidu will submit a memorandum to on Tuesday.

Naidu has been trying to unite the opposition parties to take on the BJP in the general elections. Over the last three months, he has held a number of meetings with the opposition party leaders on forming an anti-BJP front.

In March last year, the TDP had pulled out of the NDA government over its refusal to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh.

The party has been accusing the of not releasing enough funds for the Polavaram irrigation project, the Kadapa steel plant and Amravati, the under-construction ultra-modern state capital.

On June 2, 2014, Andhra Pradesh was split into two, and became the capital of the new state Telangana.

First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 09:00 IST