Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has announced that he would go on a day-long fasting on April 20, his birthday, in protest against the betrayal of the state by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
So far so good. Nobody can have any objection. But on Monday, he sprang a shock on his Cabinet colleagues, party legislators and cadre also to take part in one-day fasting on April 20 to protest the Centre’s ‘injustice’ to the State.
Addressing the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) coordination committee meeting here, Naidu said he would observe the fast in Vijayawada and asked 13 Ministers to lead the protest in each district.
The remaining nine Ministers would sit on fast along with the Chief Minister in Vijayawada.
“All MLAs and in-charges of 175 Assembly segments should organise mass hunger-strike in their respective constituencies in solidarity with my fast,” the TDP chief said.
He also directed the party leaders to organise bicycle rallies in all constituencies from April 21 to highlight his government’s ‘victories.’ Public meetings should be held in all constituency headquarters, he added.
“There has been an unprecedented development in the State in the last four years but we could not proportionately register it among the public,” Naidu remarked.