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Telangana turmoil: Chandrababu Naidu shifted to hospital, continues fast

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Last Updated: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 23:59

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Forcibly evicted to a hospital here on the fifth day of his fast, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu suffered from "mild dehydration" but refused to take intravenous drip and continued his hunger strike, doctors said on Friday.

A team of doctors comprising a cardiologist, two physicians and four resident doctors at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital are monitoring the condition of 63-year-old Naidu, who is on a fast against bifurcation of Andra Pradesh.

His health parameters are within "normal range" except that he is mildly dehydrated and ketons in the urine are 3+, they said.

"Ketone 3+ indicates that the body is drawing strength from the last of the calories reserved. We tried giving him intravenous DNS and vitamins but he refused saying that he wants to continue the fast," said Dr H K Kar, Medical Superitendent of RML hospital.

His blood pressure was 150/70, pulse 100 which is on the higher side, sugar 85, ketone 3+ and he is mildly dehydrated, Kar said.

Naidu, who has been on an indefinite fast over Centre`s Telangana decision, was evicted from the Andhra Bhawan and shifted to hospital over health concerns.

According to reports, the TDP chief was asked by the city cops to move from his fast venue Andhra Bhawan, which irked his supporters who created a high drama over the treatment being given to their leader.

Hundreds of TDP supporters protested outside the Andhra Bhawan, shouted anti-government slogans and criticised the Centre`s decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh for creating a separate state of Telangana.

The TDP supporters blocked the way for the police and the ambulance meant to carry Naidu to hospital, waved flags and some even stood in front of the vehicle.
After initial resistance, the Delhi Police finally evicted Naidu from the premises.

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had on Thursday said the Delhi Police would assist the Andhra Bhavan authorities in evicting fasting TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, if they get an order against trespass from a civil court.

Naidu has been fasting at Andhra Bhavan without a relevant permission. The Andhra Bhavan is the headquarters of the Andhra Pradesh state government in Delhi.

The state government had complained that the hunger strike is unlawful and cannot be held there; it had asked the Delhi Police to evict Naidu and his supporters.
The Andhra Pradesh resident commissioner has already served him an eviction notice for the "unauthorized" fast, but the TDP chief has stayed put.

A bemused Shinde on Thursday noted that the agitation on premises of a Bhavan was "strange" as he had "seen such a protest for the first time".

Naidu`s dilly-dallying on the Telangana issue had made him unpopular in Andhra Pradesh. After Jaganmohan Reddy started an indefinite fast in Hyderabad, Chandrababu was forced to come to national capital to launch his fast.

First Published: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 15:03
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