He had finally cleared the air. It is not the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president who is going to observe one day fast in Vijayawada for the special category status and other bifurcation demands. It is the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh who would be on hunger strike.
The AP Cabinet had decided to make it completely a government affair where the Chief Minister would be on day long fast. Though it was initially felt that the TDP should own it, the Cabinet meeting felt that the fast should be official with the Chief Minister sitting in the hunger strike rather than a political party.
Now, the government would make arrangements for the day long historical fast. It is for the first time that a Chief Minister of the Telugu State is going on hunger strike. A cabinet sub-committee was formed with Ministers Kala Venkata Rao, Umamaheswara Rao, Ananda Babu, Ravindra and Lokesh would monitor the arrangements for the Chief Minister’s fast.
There were several occasions when the Chief Ministers of a State went on fast in the past and the list include Narendra Modi who the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Modi had the record of going on fast as Prime Minister too.
In the recent past, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Phalani Samy went on hunger strike last early this month on Cauvery river water dispute. He sat in the fast along with former chief minister and the present deputy chief minister Panneer Selvam.
Now it is the turn of Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu to go on day long fast on State issues including special category status and other promises made to the state at the time of bifurcation and also in the AP Reorganisation Act.
Meanwhile, the Opposition parties in the State have trained their guns on Chandrababu Naidu for taking up hunger strike in the State. They are questioning Chandrababu Naidu for not taking up the fast in Delhi. He had asked the Opposition parties to hold their protests not in AP but in Delhi if they were serious. Now, the Opposition parties are beating him with his own coin and ask him to go on his fast in the national capital.
The opposition parties also blame Chandrababu Naidu for the entire situation holding him responsible for compromising with the BJP for the past four years including when the special category status was denied and the special package was accepted. It looks like Chandrababu Naidu is giving more opportunities for the Opposition to target him by going back on his own statements.