Former chief minister and Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu on Tuesday refused to heed pleas by the state government to end his indefinite hunger strike even as his health deteriorated on Tuesday. The government’s bait of an assurance to write to the Centre also failed to entice Mr Naidu to break his fast.
Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences Director PV Ramesh revealed that Mr Naidu’s health condition, who is observing hunger fast since last Friday pressing farmers demands, has deteriorated.
Talking to media persons, the Principal Secretary (Health) said that the percentage of electrolytes in Mr Naidu’s body have gone down and advised him to withdraw his fast immediately considering his serious health position.
“It will not be safe for Opposition Leader to continue his indefinite hunger fast,” he pointed out.
Dr Ramesh said that six-member team of doctors, deputed exclusively to look into Mr Naidu’s health and was conducting all tests on him regularly for every six hours.
Meanwhile, taking a serious note on the health condition of Naidu, the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy deputed a Group of Ministers to the NIMS under the leadership of Health Minister DL Ravindra Reddy, Home Minister Sabitha indra Reddy and Minister for Social Welfare Pithani Satyanarayana.
He directed them to convince Mr Naidu to withdraw his fast and brief him about the measures taken by the state government over the farmers’ welfare.
KKR is believed to have to the Ministers’ team to tell them that the state government will write a letter to the Centre, asking for additional funds to increase the relief package announced earlier.
The Group of Minister called on the fasting TDP chief at the NIMS around 4:30 PM and spoke to him. They refused to talk to the media after emerging out of the NIMS, but reports emerging from the hospital suggest that Mr Naidu is continuing his hunger strike. Sources say that Mr Naidu demanded a ‘concrete assurance’ from the state government and not the promises of pleas to the Centre, before he ends his fast.
Meanwhile the senior TDP leaders held an emergency meeting at the NTR Bhavan to discuss Mr Naidu’s condition and situation in the state.