Cong MLC continues indefinite fast for united AP
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Last Updated: Monday, December 21, 2009, 00:02
Kadapa: Congress MLC Y S Vivekananda Reddy, brother of late chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, continued his indefinite hunger strike at a hospital here on the sixth day.

Vivekananda Reddy, who has been shifted to the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) after his health showed signs of weakness, continued his fast for a unified state.

Congress MLAs -- Adinarayana Reddy and Srikant Reddy -- also continued their fast on the fourth day. As many as 16 others were also holding fast at Kadapa in support of the united state.

Meanwhile, the bandh called to protest the arrest and forcible shifting of Vivekananda Reddy to hospital in Kadapa district was largely peaceful.

Two buses were damaged at Kadapa and a mob set afire a BSNL telephone exchange, a Tahasildar office and another government office in the district, police said.

Slogan-shouting supporters of the bandh, under the leadership of Kadapa Mayor Ravindranath Reddy, held a demonstration in the city.

The Chairman of the Kadapa district Joint Action Committee to spearhead the campaign for united AP, Chandrasekhar Reddy criticised the "Hyderabad-based electronic media" for allegedly not giving adequate coverage to the integrated Andhra Pradesh movement.

"They gave huge coverage to the fast by TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao. But they are not giving proper coverage to the united Andhra Pradesh movement. We urge them to speak to the people here and present a true picture," he said.

Meanwhile, Vivekananda Reddy's daughter Sunita approached the State Human Rights Commission in Hyderabad and sought its intervention regarding medical treatment for her father.

The Commission has directed the government to consider shifting Vivekananda Reddy to Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), the Commission sources said to a news agency.


First Published: Monday, December 21, 2009, 00:02

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