IN PICS | Opposition leaders support Chandrababu Naidu's demand for Andhra Pradesh special status

Published: 11th February 2019 06:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th February 2019 09:25 PM  

Dharma Porata Deeksha-Chandrababu Naidu
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu's daylong fast 'Dharma Porata Deeksha' at Delhi's Andhra Bhawan demanding special status for his state on Monday became a rallying point for the opposition, which got together for the second time in less than a month to present a united front against the government. Click to see photos:
Dharma Porata Deeksha-Chandrababu Naidu
Those who met Naidu included former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, National Conference chairperson Farooq Abdullah, NCP's Majeed Memon, Trinamool Congress' Derek O' Brien, DMK's Tiruchi Siva, Loktantrik Janata Dal's Sharad Yadav, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav. (Photo | Shekhar Yadav/ EPS)
Dharma Porata Deeksha-Chandrababu Naidu
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (seen here with Naidu) hit out at PM Modi over the alleged mistreatment meted out to states being run by governments of opposition parties. 'The way PM Modi treats governments of opposition parties in states, he behaves like he is not the PM of India but PM of Pakistan,' Kejriwal said. (Photo | Shekhar Yadav/ EPS)
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TDP president Naidu is demanding that the Centre fulfil promises made during Andhra Pradesh's bifurcation in 2014 and alleges that PM Modi was not following 'raj dharma' by denying the state special status. (Photo | PTI)
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TMC's Derek O'Brien (extreme left) recalled PM Modi's speech in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, and said he didn't talk about development or special category status but 'started a personal attack'. (Photo | Shekhar Yadav/ EPS)
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The TDP had walked out the BJP-led NDA last year protesting the 'injustice' done to Andhra Pradesh after its bifurcation. (Photo | Shekhar Yadav/ EPS)
Dharma Porata Deeksha-Chandrababu Naidu
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said at the fast: 'The prime minister has stolen from the people from Andhra Pradesh and he has given that money to Anil Ambani. That is the fact of the matter.' 'Mr Narendra Modi, wherever he goes, he goes to Andhra Pradesh, he lies about special status. He goes to the North-East, he tells another lie over there. He goes to Maharashtra and he tells another lie over there. He has got absolutely no credibility left,' Gandhi said. (Photo | Shekhar Yadav/ EPS)
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Rahul Gandhi (in photo with Naidu and Farooq Abdullah) also referred to a report in The Hindu, claiming that critical provisions for anti-corruption penalties and making payments through an escrow account were dropped days before the signing of the inter-governmental agreement (IGA) between India and France in 2016 on Rs 59,000 crore Rafale deal. (Photo | Shekhar Yadav/ EPS)
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The last time the parties came together the same way was on January 19, when 22 opposition parties supported West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in her agitation against the CBI's alleged misconduct. (IN PHOTO | Shatrughan Sinha with Chandrababu Naidu) (Photo | PTI)
Dharma Porata Deeksha-Chandrababu Naidu
Former PM Manmohan Singh (in photo), who headed the UPA government at the Centre when Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated, said, 'This demand had support of all parties when it was discussed in Parliament. I stand in solidarity with Naidu.' (Photo | PTI)
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