Chennai, Dec 22(ANI): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday called upon the leaders and students to give up their hunger strike and allied protest demonstrations for and against the carving of a separate Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh.
Addressing the media in Chennai, Naidu said: "I appeal to the leaders who are on fast in the Andhra region and other regions to give up their fast. You have sufficiently brought the issue to the notice of the Central Government and to the people. Lives of all people are important."
He further said that the Congress party should take charge of the situation, and stop the on the issue of Telangana from deteriorating further.
"The Government should have done homework within the party, within the MLAs, within the MPs, within the ministers. They (should) have taken the Chief Minister into confidence, (who) would have talked to opposition. But, they have not spoken to opposition so far," Naidu said.
"Okay, they have not spoken to their own party men. That's what they are saying and I am not saying it. They are saying that they have not taken into confidence. It is very typical situation. So, it is high time for the Congress party to take charge," he added. (ANI)