Oppn unity at Naidu’s day-long fast in Delhi
ANDHRA Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s day-long fast demanding special status for his State on Monday became a rallying point for the Opposition, which got together for the second time in less than a month to present a united front against the Government. Bringing State issues on a central stage, a series of Opposition leaders made a beeline for Andhra Bhawan, where Naidu staged his protest. Later in the day Naidu ended his fast with water offered by former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda.
Those who met Naidu in the day included former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, National Congress chairperson Farooq Abdullah, NCP’s Majeed Memon, Trinamool Congress’ Derek O’ Brien, DMK’s Tiruchi Siva, Loktantrik Janata Dal’s Sharad Yadav, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav. The last time the parties came together the same way was on January 19, when 22 Opposition parties supported West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in her agitation against the CBI’s alleged misconduct.
The TDP President is demanding that the Centre fulfil promises made during Andhra Pradesh’s bifurcation in 2014 and alleges that Modi was not following ‘raj dharma’ by denying the State special status.
“The Prime Minister has stolen from the people from Andhra Pradesh and he has given that money to Anil Ambani. That is the fact of the matter,” Gandhi alleged at the protest venue in an apparent reference to the Rafale fighter jet deal with France.
The Government and Ambani have rejected Gandhi’s allegations of corruption in the deal. Andhra man commits suicide near Naidu’s fast venue: A PHYSICALLY challenged man from Andhra Pradesh allegedly committed suicide on Monday near the AP Bhavan where Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu undertook a 12-hour fast demanding special category status to the State. The man, identified as D Arjun Rao (40), a native of Srikakulam district, was found dead on a wheel-chair. The police shifted the body to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. The man was suspected to have consumed pesticides.