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Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu began his day-long hunger strike on Friday, protesting against the Centre's "non-cooperation with the state". I will not let that happen.

"Dana: Secondly, I gave grand welcome to Prime Minister during his visits to AP thinking that he would help our state. This is historic. But, few political parties didn't come, as they have different agenda".

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Pawan also warned Naidu to not play with human sentiments, and termed the CM's Deeksha as "irrelevant" at this juncture.

People from all walks of life were seen congregating at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation (IGMC) stadium in Vijayawada to be a part of the Chief Minister's Dharma Porata Deeksha (fight for justice), a 12-hour fast taken up demanding justice for Andhra Pradesh, which has been denied Special category Status, as promised during state bifurcation.

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On April 16, the people's forum of Andhra Pradesh Pratyeka Hoda Saadhana Samiti launched a state-wide bandh, pressing its demand for a Special Category Status for the state and was supported by Opposition parties.

Parties like Samara Party, Nava Samaj Party, Lok Satta, Aam Aadmi Party, Revolutionary Socialist Party, and All India Forward Bloc extended their support to Naidu. Many elected representatives, including ministers, MLAs, Zilla Parishad chairpersons and Mayors, have started simultaneous "deekshas" in their respective areas across the state in solidarity with Naidu.

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"We were crucial in forming National Front, United Front and NDA governments at the Centre, " he said and demanded that the Centre fulfil assurances made in Rajya Sabha including Special Category Status and provisions of AP Reorganisation Act. Naidu's Cabinet ministers, party legislators and cadre, and TDP workers and supporters whom he had directed earlier to accompany him, are also observing the hunger strike. Over the years, eight more states were added to the list - Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, Tripura and, finally, in 2010, Uttarakhand.

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