Cops detain fasting TDP legislators

An indefinite fast by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) legislators was foiled by the police past midnight on Saturday. As the health of several MLAs had deteriorated, the police intervened.

The TDP leaders were on fast for the last four days demanding rollback of the Fuel Surcharge Adjustment (FSA) imposed on electricity, also withdrawal of the proposed hike in tariff and to take measures to tide over electricity crisis.

The police took permission from Speaker Nadendla Manohar to enter old MLA quarters, venue of the fast. About 150 policemen swooped on the camp and dispersed party workers who tried to prevent their leaders’ arrest.

They have taken the MLAs into custody and shifted them to Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS).

Senior TDP legislator Motkupalli Narasimhulu, while expressing anger against the government for arresting MLAs at midnight, said they would intensify the agitation by launching fasts in all mandal headquarters from Saturday.

The health condition of two women MLAs, Vimalakka and Satyavati Rathod, deteriorated on Friday and were forcibly given medical aid at NIMS.

TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu’s wife, Bhuvaneswari ,called on the party leaders at NIMS on Saturday.

Accompanied by several leaders, she convinced the MLAs who continued their fast even in hospital, to give up.

She told them that it was her husband’s wish that they should give up the fast and continue the fight. The MLAs later relented.

Meanwhile, the Left parties have called for a statewide shutdown on April 9 to press for their demands and the TDP has declared its support for the bandh.

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