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'Thank you! Concluded my fast demanding justice for Andhra people': Chandrababu Naidu to Modi on birthday wishes

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu who was on a day-long hunger strike, on Friday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for greeting him on his birthday.

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'Thank you! Concluded my fast demanding justice for Andhra people': Chandrababu Naidu to Modi on birthday wishes
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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu who was on a day-long hunger strike, on Friday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for greeting him on his birthday.

The chief minister, who turned 69 today, chose not to celebrate his birthday and sat on a fast instead to protest against the alleged injustice meted out to the state due to the 'non-implementation' of the Andhra Pradesh reorganisation and to press on the Centre to grant Special Category Status.

The Chief Minister who is fighting against the Central government observed a hunger strike at Vijayawada's Indira Gandhi Stadium.

In a Tweet, Modi had wished a long and healthy life to Naidu.

However, after breaking the fast, Naidu thanked Modi and said, "Thank you very much for the greetings. I have just concluded my 1 day fast, Dharma Porata Deeksha, demanding justice for 5 crore people of Andhra Pradesh."

Last month, Andhra ruling party TDP quit its alliance with the BJP in the state over the same issue.

Naidu also thanked Kamal Haasan for his support. Wishing the CM, Haasan had said, "Sir you have chosen your birthday to go on a fast for your state. I can't  greet you with the regular many happy returns of this day, but I can wish you success in your demand for the returns your state expects for your investment to the country."

Naidu has been calling for the special category status to Andhra Pradesh. Asserting his demand, the TDP had quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) last month.

The SCS was first accorded in 1969 to Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Nagaland. Over the years, eight more states were added to the list - Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, Tripura and, finally, in 2010, Uttarakhand.

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