Wide bandh brings Andhra Pradesh to a standstill

Wide bandh brings Andhra Pradesh to a standstill

A state-wide bandh called by a people's forum for granting special category status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh is being observed today.

Former MLA and senior Telugu Desam Party leader Challa Ramakrishna Reddy, who recently refused to accept the APSRTC Kadapa regional chairman post, lashed out at Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday accusing him of offending his pride and dignity by lowering his stature.

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

No untoward incidents, except burning of a motorbike in Tirupati, have been reported so far during the bandh called by the Andhra Pradesh Pratyeka Hoda Saadhana Samiti.

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The Left parties are protesting on National Highway 16 which connects Kolkata and Chennai. Reacting over the one-day statewide bandh, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said that bandhs are not welcome in the state as they avert development.

Sadhna Samithi Chalasani Srinivas said the "bandh" was in protest against the Narendra Modi government's refusal to grant special status.

Rambabu also alleged that the Naidu government has been issuing notices to those supporting the bandh, saying cases would be booked against them. "Why this intimidation? As long as they are peaceful, we will continue all forms of democratic protests", PTI quoted Rambabu as saying.

Leaders and activists of all opposition parties barring Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged protest demonstrations across the state. Subsequently, TDP withdrew 2 ministers from the union cabinet and pulled out from the NDA coalition altogether.

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