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Chandrababu Naidu Begins Day-Long Fast Demanding Special Status For AP ,Manmohan Singh & Rahul Gandhi Joins

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| February 11 , 2019 , 11:50 IST

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu began a day-long fast (Dharma Porata Deeksha) in the national capital on Monday to demand special status for the state.

He also urged the Centre to fulfill its commitments that they made under the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.

Former Prime Minister & Congress leader Manmohan Singh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, National Conference's Farooq Abdullah and Nationalist Congress Party's Majeed Memon joined N Chandrababu Naidu's day-long hunger strike at Delhi's Andhra Pradesh Bhawan.

Naidu paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat and the Ambedkar Statue at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan before starting his protest. The TDP had exited the BJP-led NDA last year over what its chief described as "injustice" done to Andhra Pradesh after its bifurcation.

He said, "If you won't fulfill our demands, we know how to get them fulfilled. This is about self-respect of people of Andhra Pradesh. Whenever there is an attack on our self-respect, we won't tolerate it."

He further "warned" the Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "stop attacking an individual."

He said "Yesterday, the PM visited Andhra Pradesh's Guntur one day before the dharna. What is the need, I am asking," news agency ANI quoted Chandrababu Naidu. His protest comes just a day after PM Narendra Modi held a rally in Andhra Pradesh, roasting the TDP chief for allegedly wasting public money on political campaigns. "PM did not follow 'raj dharma' (ruler's duty) in case of Andhra Pradesh as his government denied state special status... why are you not keeping your word? If you don't get it done, we know how to get it done."

Rahul Gandhi lashed out at PM Modi and said "What kind of a PM is he (Narendra Modi)? He did not fulfill the commitment made to the people of Andhra Pradesh. Modi tells a lie wherever he goes. He has got no credibility left."

A large number of protesters from Andhra Pradesh had already reached the national capital. The state government hired two special trains to ferry people to Delhi.

The chief minister has participated in 'Dharma Porata Deeksha' in 11 districts of Andhra Pradesh so far.