Andhra Pradesh witnesses bandh over special status demand

Andhra Pradesh witnesses bandh over special status demand

Andhra Pradesh witnesses bandh over special status demand

Shops and business establishment and educational institutions remained closed, while buses of state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) went off the roads in all 13 districts.

The shutdown was called by Pratyeka Hoda Sadhana Samithi (The people's forum to fight for special status) and was being backed by the YSR Congress party, the Left parties, Congress and Jana Sena.

He stressed that Andhra Pradesh would not survive with the Rs 2.2 crore debt it had accrued since its bifurcation without special status.

While members of Left parties reportedly blocked the National Highway 16 which connects Kolkata and Chennai, ANI shared visuals where members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) could be seen staging rasta roko.

However, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which has been agitating for the special category status and implementation of the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act, has opposed it and have refused to take part in the protest. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said bandhs hamper development and are not welcome. He also alleged that the government had issued notices to those who had declared their support for the shutdown, warning them that cases may be booked against them.

Rambabu said Naidu should understand that bandh was a form of a democratic protest and he had no right to oppose it. "Why this intimidation? As long as they are peaceful, we will continue all forms of democratic protests", PTI quoted Rambabu as saying.

"Instead of extending support to get SCS, Naidu has shown his true intent by using force and official machinery to foil the bandh held by various parties and organisations seeking SCS for the State", he added.

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