AP: Naidu stoops to Opposition; calls off fast

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Chandrababu Naidu
Hyderabad, Dec 25: Following coaxing from 10 different Opposition parties leaders, Chandrababu Naidu on the eighth day of his hunger strike on Dec 24, called off his fast.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president Naidu hold an indefinite hunger strike on Dec 17, demanding more compensation for the rain and flood-hit farmers of Andhra Pradesh.

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Citing Naidu's health condition, national leaders like Prakash Karat (CPI-M), AB Bardhan (CPI), Sharad Yadav (Janata Dal-United), Om Prakash Chautala (INLD) and few more flew down to Hyderabad from the capital by a special flight and persuaded Naidu to call off his fast.

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"We want Naidu to lead the masses in the struggle for justice for farmers," stated one of the ten leaders and also included, "It (fight for farmers) is now going to be a long-drawn fight."

In the sake of creating more pressure on the state government as well as on the central government, the leaders decided to organise a joint rally in Guntur on Thursday, Dec 30.

However, after ending his fast, Naidu now demanded a larger relief fund for the ached farmers of the state.

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