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Rahul Gandhi extends support to Chandrababu Naidu’s hunger strike

New Delhi | Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday extended his support to the day-long hunger strike of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu demanding special status to the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi over denying special status for Andhra Pradesh, Rahul Gandhi said, “I stand with the people of Andhra Pradesh. What kind of a PM is he? He did not fulfill the commitment made to the people of Andhra Pradesh. Mr Modi, tells a lie wherever he goes. He has got no credibility left.”

Along with Rahul Gandhi, National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah and NCP’s Majid Menon were also present at the hunger strike of Chandrababu Naidu at the Andhra Bhavan in Delhi. Andhra Pradesh CM and Telegu Desam Party’s chief is on a day long hunger strike against the Central government against central government over special status for his state.

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his hunger strike,CM Naidu alleged the central government did grave injustice to Andhra and it would have “repercussions on national unity”.  “On behalf of five crore people, I’m warning this government… I came here to remind you of the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act,” Naidu said. Before starting his hunger strike CM Naidu paid his tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

After the split of Andhra Pradesh in June 2014 and the formation of a new state Telangana, the Naidu led Telegu Desam Party is demanding special status for the state. The party pulled out of the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) after the central government’s refusal to grant special status to the state. A TDP delegation led by Naidu is also expected to submit a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind over this issue on Tuesday.

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