(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
January 02, 2011
National Leaders Make
Naidu Withdraw Fast
non-Congress, non-BJP political parties flew down to
CPI general secretary A B Bardhan, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat, RLD president Ajit Singh, MDMK supremo Vaiko, INLD general secretary Om Prakash Chautala, JD(U) president Sharad Yadav, AIADMK leader Thambidurai, AGP leader Arun Kumar Sharma, Forward Bloc leader Devarajan and JD(S) leader Danish Ali reached Hyderabad by a special flight in the evening and drove straight to NIMS hospital where Chandrababu Naidu was continuing his indefinite fast. Around 7 pm, after persuasion by these leaders, Naidu withdrew his fast by sipping coconut water given by the central leaders.
reporters at the hospital, A B Bardhan said that they told Naidu not to
his health and life by further continuing the fast given the fact that
he is a
diabetic. “We told him you have done your job by highlighting the
farmers. Now we will take this forward by chalking out a future course
struggles to make the government heed to the demands. A big rally will
Prakash Karat said that this issue of farmers to be resolved would require much longer struggle given the negative attitude of both the state and central governments. Naidu was assured that the cause of farmers will be taken up jointly by all the parties in the coming period. Noting that scores of farmers are continuing to commit suicide in Andhra Pradesh given the great distress they are facing, Karat made an appeal to them not to resort to such extreme step. He assured them that a powerful movement will be launched across the country on their issues.
Chandrababu Naidu was an old friend in politics and that they all came
Ajit Singh in his remarks said farmers across the country were facing similar agony as agriculture is increasingly becoming non-viable. He felt the struggle launched by Naidu would give a fillip to a nationwide struggle.