This Article is From Dec 17, 2010

Chandrababu Naidu goes on indefinite hunger strike

Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief and Leader of Opposition in Andhra Pradesh Assembly, Chandrababu Naidu, has decided to go on an indefinite hunger strike in protest against the ''inadequate relief package announced by the state government for farmers in who lost their crop in the recent rains."

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Kiran Kumar Reddy, and Chandrababu Naidu have been having a duel over farmers' relief package over the past few days. Naidu spent Monday night at Goshamahal police stadium in Hyderabad and staged a dharna outside the Assembly to focus on issues concerning farmers.

On Thursday, the Andhra Pradesh government enhanced the input subsidy from Rs 4,500 to Rs 6,000 per
hectare to farmers who lost their crops in the recent rains in the state.

The government also announced waiver of interest on farm loans disbursed this season, resulting in a relief of Rs 350 crore to distressed farmers. Announcing these measures in the Assembly, Chief Minister Kiran Reddy said the hike in input subsidy would provide relief to farmers who lost crops like paddy, sugarcane and cotton in over 10 lakh hectares.

However, TDP President Chandrababu Naidu expressed displeasure over the "measly relief" and demanded that the government grant an input subsidy of Rs 10,000 per acre since the loss was "colossal".

"Even the various committees appointed by the Centre have recommended the same," Naidu pointed out. (With PTI Inputs)