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 establishments remained shut and vehicles stayed off the roads in Andhra Pradesh on Monday following a shutdown called by Pratyeka Hoda Sadhana Samiti (PHSS), a non-political organization formed to demand special category status for the state. In view of the state-wide bandh, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation buses will operate only till Andhra Pradesh state border. According to the reports, the outfits such as Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) are also supporting the call for Andhra Pradesh bandh.

TDP leader and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, however, condemned the bandh, saying bandhs were not welcome because they stall development.

Protests demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh gained speed after there was no mention of a special package for the state in the Union Budget.

The YSR Congress slammed CM Naidu for opposing the bandh, accusing him of adopting "double standards". The strike has received support from YSR Congress Party, Congress and CPM, however, the ruling TDP has opposed it.

The Protests for Special Status for Andhra Pradesh threatens to intensify with every passing day and can further add to the troubles of the government in Centre. N Chandrababu Naidu was in New Delhi on April 2 and 3 to meet leaders of various political parties and seek their support for the demand of special status to the state. Interestingly, ruling party Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which has taken on the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre for its failure to grant the Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh and for its demand to implement the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act, has opposed the bandh and has chose to not participate in it. The TDP also joined the chorus.