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Old 25-Dec-2010
Naidu ends fast after national leaders' assurance

Hyderabad: The leader of opposition in Andhra Pradesh legislative assembly and Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu ended his indefinite fast yesterday evening, agreeing to the request of the national leaders of ten political parties.

He responded positively to the request of the national leaders who told him that he had done enough for the cause of farmers as an individual and now it was the collective fight of all the political parties.

The leaders, including CPI General Secretary A.B. Bardhan and CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat met Naidu in the intensive care unit of Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences and urged him to end his fast. "We told him that his life was precious and country needs his leadership. We assured him that we will stand shoulder to shoulder with him to fight for the cause of the farmers", Bardhan told the media at the NIMS.

Bardhan also announced that all the parties will sit together to chalk out a programme of action to intensify the fight for the cause of farmers. "We will organise a rally of farmers in Gutur in a few days which will also be addressed by Naidu", he said.

Bardhan said that the group of leaders offered Naidu a glass of coconut water which he accepted and broke his fast. Naidu had gone on indefinite fast on Friday last week demanding adequate compensation to the thousands of farmers who were devastated by un-seasonal rains and floods earlier this month.

Naidu, who was forcibly shifted to the Intensive Care Unit on Thursday night and administered IV fluids by the doctors in view of his critical condition, will remain in hospital for some more time.

The leaders who met the TDP chief include Janata Dal United president Sharad Yadav, Thambi Durai of AIADMK, Rashtra Lok Dal leader Ajit Singh, former chief minister of Haryana Om Prakash Chutala, MDMK leader Vaiko, representatives of Janata Dal Secular and Asom Gana Parishad.

Describing Naidu as one of the tallest leaders in the country Bardhan said that he had done enough and now it was the job of all of them. "The battles is longer and more bitter and it has to be fought in many more ways", Bardhan told Naidu.

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