Hyderabad/Rajahmundry: Even as Mudragada Padmanabham's health is gradually deteriorating, leaders from the community, cutting across party lines, condemned the AP government's decision to arrest the Kapunadu leader who continued his hunger strike on the fifth consecutive day on Monday.
Former Union ministers K. Chiranjeevi, Dasari Narayana Rao, M.M. Pallam Raju and Kapu political heavyweights like Botsa Satyanarayana, C. Ramachandraiah, K. Kanna Babu, Ambati Rambabu and others met at hotel Park Hyatt and unanimously adopted several resolutions.
Speaking to the media later, Mr Chiranjeevi threatened the government that it would face severe action from Kapus if anything bad happens to Mr Padmanabham. “The government will pay a heavy price for the negligence in the matter. Since the past 10 days, a tense situation prevailed in AP due to the hard path adopted by the government. Soon after Mudragada announced his hunger strike, the police broke down his doors to detain him and cops misbehaved with his wife and daughter-in-law. We are condemning the behaviour of police and government. Mudragada has only demanded implementation of the manifesto announced by the TD during elections,” he said.
In Rajahmundry, doctors said that Mr Padmanabham was becoming weaker by the day and resisting all their efforts to take his blood pressure and check his blood sugar.
“Except for water, he is not taking anything. His health condition is deteriorating by the day,” the doctors said.
Condemning the Tuni incident, Mr Chiranjeevi said, “We don't encourage such incidents. However, it must be remembered that the government had announced earlier that people from Pulivenudula were behind the incident. It had said that none of the accused were from Godavari districts. Now, innocent youth from Godavari districts have been arrested,” he said.