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Fasts, protests against Telangana move continue

Fast-unto-death by Congress MP L Rajagopal and several other leaders, pressing for a unified Andhra Pradesh continued even as Chiranjeevi-led Praja Rajyam Party came under pressure from its MLAs to end its support for separate Telangana.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2009 15:38 IST

Fast-unto-death by Congress MP L Rajagopal and several other leaders, pressing for a unified Andhra Pradesh continued on Wednesday even as Chiranjeevi-led Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) came under pressure from its MLAs to end its support for separate Telangana.

Rajagopal's hunger strike in Vijayawada entered the third day as he vowed to continue his fast till the bifurcation process came to a halt.

"There is massive awareness and support for a unified Andhra Pradesh. We should promote it further. My fast would continue until this process (division of Andhra) came to an end. Even after that we shall promote the unity of Telugu speaking people", Rajgopal said.

The indefinite hunger strike launched by TDP MLAs D Umamaheswar Rao and Ch Ramakotaiah and other party leaders entered the fourth day on Wednesday.

Police forcibly shifted Ramakotiah and former Vijayawada mayor P Anuradha to hospital late last night.

"Police tried to spoil our peaceful fast but we are determined to continue our fast till the Centre makes a categorical statement against the division of the state. We are ready to sacrifice our lives for the cause of united Andhra Pradesh," D Umamaheswar Rao said.

Late Chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's brother and MLC Y S Vivekananda Reddy, the latest to go on an indefinite hunger strike continued fasting at Kadapa after being shifted from Hyderabad yesterday. He demanded that the Centre make a statement against the Andhra Pradesh break-up.

Meanwhile, PRP MLA, G Srinivasa Rao demanded party chief Chiranjeevi to end his support to separate Telangana and work for a united Andhra Pradesh.