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Komatireddy calls off fast on 9th day

Former minister Komatireddy Venkat Reddy on Wednesday called off his hunger fast that he undertook on November 1 demanding statehood for the Telangana State.

Komatireddy’s health deteriorated on the ninth day of his indefinite fast and the doctors attending him at the Nizam’s Insitute of Medical Sciences sounded an emergency alert. Following seriousness of his health condition, his family members and other leaders from the Telangana region convinced him to call off the fast. He was offered lime juice by Chandramma, mother of M Yadireddy who committed suicide in New Delhi on July 21 demanding separate Telangana.

In a media statement, Komatireddy said that he was withdrawing the fast following the statement made by Congress in-charge of state affairs Ghulam Nabi Azad that key decision on Telangana will be taken after November 10. It may be mentioned that Azad made this statement in New Delhi on Tuesday after meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Komatireddy also said that he calling off the fast following the advice given by Congress party MPs and MLAs and doctors over his deteriorating health condition. However, he stated that he would continue agitation for the statehood until the government announces a decision on Telangana. “I have suspended my fast temporarily and not withdrawn it completely,” he stated.

The former minister thanked all sections of people, MPs, MLAs, associations, students and media for extending their cooperation in continuing his fast for statehood.

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