The former minister and his wife Padmavati had been fasting at their house at Kirlampudi in East Godavari district since Friday. They had been refusing to undergo medical check-up, though officials with government doctors continue to visit their house and make requests.

Two legislators of ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Sunday night held talks with the couple but no breakthrough could had been achieved. State Labour Minister Atchan Naidu and TDP's Andhra Pradesh unit president Kala Venkat Rao resumed talks with Mudragada and made fresh proposals to break the deadlock.

The Kapu leader is demanding inclusion of the Kapus in a list of backward classes and reservation for the community in education and jobs. They were also seeking Rs.1,900 crore for a Kapu corporation.Police and paramilitary forces remained deployed around the fasting leader's house to prevent any violence.


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