Politics in Andhra Pradesh shows no sign of cooling off anytime. The newest crisis to torment the fledging chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is the indefinite fast by the leader of the Opposition Chandrababu Naidu.
Naidu, a former chief minister and leader of the TDP party, started his fast exactly eight days prior to demand a larger compensation for farmers in the state whose crops were devastated by the monsoon. Naidu's condition has been declining steadily ever since. An all-party meeting failed to break the impasse and things turned for the worse when Naidu appeared to be in imminent danger of severe organ failure.
To avoid a case of martyrdom and possibly to relive the pressure before it reaches bursting point, the state government decided to intervene. On Thursday the police literally carried Naidu to a hospital and was forcefully administered intravenous fluids.
The action may have saved his life, although the Opposition is not seeing it such a sympathetic light. They are denouncing the police action and have declared that the fast and agitation will continue. Maybe, they should consult with Naidu first.
The Chief Minister, meanwhile, has made a simple statement which seems to summon up the position of the government - "There is no more money to give out."
Image: TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu speaks to police.