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On day 7 of fast, Naidu in ICU; Andhra won't relent

india Updated: Dec 23, 2010 23:46 IST
N Chandrababu Naidu

Fasting TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu was today shifted to the ICU of a hospital as his condition worsened further even as Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy appeared unwilling to accept his demand for enhanced compensation to rain-hit farmers.

All opposition parties in Andhra Pradesh are making efforts to persuade Naidu to end his indefinite hunger strike that entered the seventh day on Thursday.

Even Kiran's cabinet colleagues are pleading Naidu's case but to no avail. As the former chief minister's health condition worsened further, he was shifted by doctors and the police to the ICU of Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS).

At an all-party meeting on Thursday, opposition parties Praja Rajyam, CPI, CPI(M), BJP, Lok Satta, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and TRS tried to prevail on the Chief Minister to consider the demand raised by Naidu but Kiran stuck to his position saying "we have no money".

"The state government is paying Rs2,000 per hectare more than what the government of India is giving. We wrote to the Centre requesting it to enhance the compensation to Rs8,000 per hectare. We can't give anything more than what has already been announced," CM said.

The principal Opposition TDP, CPI and CPM walked out of the meeting in protest.

"The CM only reiterated what he announced in the Assembly... The government clearly did not have an open mind to resolve the crisis," opposition leaders said.