Shutdown in Andhra over special status hits normal life

Life affected in Andhra Pradesh by opposition-sponsored shutdown over special status issue

Andhra Pradesh observes bandh for special category status

The Andhra Pradesh Pratyeka Hoda Saadhana Samiti called for the state-wide bandh, pressing its demand for a Special Category Status for the state as had been promised at the time of bifurcation. The strike has received support from YSR Congress Party, Congress and CPM, however, the ruling TDP has opposed it.

"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. On the other hand, the Left parties staged a protest on National Highway 18, which connects Kolkata and Chennai.

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.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will observe a day-long fast on April 20 to protest against the Narendra Modi-led government.

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Reacting to the shutdown call, Naidu said bandhs were not welcome as they hamper development.

The MPs submitted a letter to Kovind, written by party Chief Jagan Mohan Reddy, urging him to mediate as the Central government continues to stick to its stand of not granting special status to the state.

Rambabu also stated that Naidu had no right to protest against a shutdown as a bandh was a form of democratic protest. 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. The Opposition parties such as YSR Congress Party, Congress and Left parties have extended their support to the bandh.

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