“Sand Deeksha,” TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu staged a 12-hour-long fast

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Vijayawada: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday staged a 12-hour-long “Sand Deeksha” fast over sand crisis and urged the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy-led Andhra Pradesh government to bring back the free sand policy in the state. Mr Naidu said that “YSR Congress Party leaders, including Mr Reddy, are acting like terrorists.” “We demand to provide free sand. Seize borders to stop smuggling of sand. Control your sand mafia. You are even weakening the police. They are not ignorant; they are deliberately encouraging sand mafia. Bring free sand policy immediately. This is test for your sincerity,” Mr Naidu said. He said that the YSR Congress Party leaders have “artificially” created sand shortage.