Andhra Pradesh Special Status: On 68th Birthday, CM Chandrababu Naidu Launches Day-Long Fast

| April 20 , 2018 , 10:17 IST

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Friday, his 68th birthday, launched a day-long 12 hour fast, protesting against the 'indifferent' attitude of the Centre towards Andhra Pradesh and its demand for special status. 

CM Naidu offered floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, Portion Sriramulu and Jyothi Rao Phule and was blessed by elders of the Hindu, Islam, Christian, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain communities as he began the 'Dharma Porata Deeksha' fast.

The TDP chief CM Naidu's decision to hold a day-long fast on his birthday was slammed by the Opposition YSR Congress, Congress and Left parties who alleged that the CM's fast was an attempt to gain political mileage as he had been silent on the demand for 4 years.

The protests demanding a special category status for Andhra Pradesh, as was promised during the bifurcation of the state in 2014, heated up after there was no special package allocated for the state in the Union Budget 2018.

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Subsequently, TDP withdrew 2 ministers from the union cabinet and pulled out from the NDA coalition altogether. At the end of the Budget Session of Parliament, 5 YSR Congress MPs submitted their resignation as well after the Parliament session ended without any special package for the state.

On April 16, the people's forum of Andhra Pradesh Pratyeka Hoda Saadhana Samiti launched a state-wide bandh, pressing its demand for a Special Category Status for the state and was supported by Opposition parties. Shops and establishments were closed in the city as trade unions also extended their support to the bandh.