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Cong MP hospitalised after six-day long fast

Bhubaneswar: Orissa Pradesh Youth Congress chief and MP Pradeep Majhi along with four others was on Tuesday admitted to a hospital here after their condition deteriorated due to fasting for the sixth consecutive days, police said.

Majhi, along with his supporters, was staging a hunger strike since December 30 in front of the state secretariat demanding loan waiver for the rain-hit farmers in the state.

Earlier, police said at least 11 protesters were admitted to the Capital Hospital here as their condition worsened due to fasting at the dharna site.

"Condition of Majhi is stable," a doctor attending to the agitating Congress MP said.

Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertiliser, Srikant Jena, who visited the site, said a delegation from the OPCC will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to apprise him of the condition of farmers due to unseasonal rain in Orissa.

YC activists in all the districts were also holding similar protests demanding assistance for farmers.

They are also demanding compensation for the affected farmers, inclusion of seven coastal districts in the list of affected areas, crop insurance and other benefits.

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