Naidu defiant as authorities ask him to vacate fast venue

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New Delhi, October 9:  A day into his hunger strike in Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in New Delhi, TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu was on Tuesday asked by authorities to vacate the premises as his protest there was “unauthorised” but he was defiant.

Resident Commissioner of Andhra Pradesh Bhavan served a notice to the TDP chief stating that the hunger strike was “unauthorised” as permission was granted only for a press meet at the venue, TDP spokesman Shiva Prasad Rao said.

The former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister began an indefinite fast on Monday to protest against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, accusing Congress of playing politics in view of the Lok Sabha polls.

However, the TDP leader was defiant.

“What crime have I committed? When Jaganmohan Reddy was in jail, he took part in fast against jail manual. But why should I vacate from Andhra Bhavan as I am under fast for a good cause,” he told PTI.

He said he wanted to expose the Congress party, which he accused of “match-fixing with YSR Congress and TRS” over Telangana.

“Congress is adamant and playing politics. It is unfortunate,” the TDP chief said.

He also stressed that problems must be sorted out amicably. “Justice should be done. They (Congress) have to pay the price for what they have done,” Mr. Naidu added.

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