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  • Naidu hunger strike: AIADMK, MDMK extend solidarity

    Published on December 19, 2010

    Support for Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidus fight “for justice to farmers” is growing with AIADMK and MDMK on Sunday joining other major parties like CPI, CPM, JD (U) and JD (S) in extending solidarity to the fasting leader.

    The former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh is on an indefinite hunger-strike for the last three days demanding that the government announce enhanced compensation to farmers who lost their crops heavily because of natural calamities.

    MDMK leader Vaiko, AIADMK MP Sammali and CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechury visited the fast camp this afternoon and expressed solidarity with Chandrababu.

    Film star Nandamuri Kalyanram, Chandrababus wife Bhuvaneswari, son Lokesh and other family members visited the fast camp and enquired about his health.
    Another popular film star NTR (Junior) is expected to sit on relay hunger-strike tomorrow in solidarity with his uncle.
    The AIADMK MP read out a message sent by his party chief J Jayalalithaa expressing solidarity with the TDP President and promising to take his fight to the national level.

    Vaiko too demanded that both the state and the central governments immediately pay Rs 10,000 per acre as compensation to farmers who lost their paddy crop and Rs 15,000 per acre for commercial crops like cotton and sugarcane.

    Yechury wondered why the government was reluctant to pay “a just compensation” to distraught farmers. “Compared to the Rs 1.76 lakh crore 2G spectrum scandal and the thousands of crore Commonwealth Games scandal, the sum sought as compensation for farmers who lost all their crops is very meagre.

    The government should immediately concede the demands raised by Chandrababu Naidu, failing which he will continue his fast and we shall all rally behind him,” Yechury said.

    He said any government that failed to address the concerns of farmers should not remain in power.

    Meanwhile, doctors from Osmania Hospital conducted tests on Chandrababu at the fast camp. TDP politburo member Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said Chandrababu was suffering from “anxiety and headache” today. “He is looking weak because of this,” he said.

    Government doctors are periodically conducting tests on Chandrababu and monitoring his health. On the other hand, thousands of farmers and women were thronging the new MLA quarters to visit the fasting leader and extend their support.