Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu turned 68 on April 20 but he chose to sit on a fast instead.
This is to protest the what he calls the injustice being meted out to the state by the Central government.
Naidu launched the ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ hunger strike at Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium in Vijayawada.
It is said that the fast began at 7 a.m. and will conclude at 7 p.m.
Andhra ministers Kala Venkat Rao, D. Umamaheswara Rao, Nara Lokesh, Kollu Ravindra, MPs and state legislators and leaders of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) joined him in the fast as well.
Prior to the fast, CM Naidu garlanded statues of Mahatma Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, Jyotirao Phule and N.T. Rama Rao before reaching the stadium.
Thereafter the TDP supremo was blessed by Hindu, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and then he proceeded to sit on fast.
Prominent freedom fighters from Andhra also called on Naidu to extend their support.
Naidu has been insisting that central government concede to their demand for special category status to Andhra.
This he said was part of commitments made at the time of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
Last month, the TDP pulled out of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to protest its refusal to give special status to the state.>