Andhra Pradesh to observe bandh over special status today

Adjust Comment Print

The protests for special status for Andhra Pradesh gathered momentum in the past few months since political parties demanded "Special Category Status" previous year.

AP bandh for special status sponsored by the AP special status sadhana samiti and supported by Janasena YSRC, left parties and the Congress took off on Monday in a complete manner as shops, buses, govt offices, banks, colleges, markets and also schools.

The only party that did not support the bandh call was the TDP.

According to ANI report, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation buses will ply only till the Andhra Pradesh state border in view of the bandh.

The Left parties are protesting on National Highway 16 which connects Kolkata and Chennai.

Andhra Pradesh bandh LIVE UPDATES: Chief Minister Chandrababu 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. He said Naidu should understand that bandh was a form of a democratic protest and he had no right to oppose it.

Rambabu also alleged that the Naidu government has been issuing notices to those supporting the bandh, saying cases would be booked against them. Subsequently, TDP withdrew 2 ministers from the union cabinet and pulled out from the NDA coalition altogether.

Wondering what led to party leader Varla Ramaiah, who lost to a woman in the 2014 elections, being nominated as APSRTC chairman, he remarked at a media conference at Owk in Kurnool district that the regional chairmanship was below his stature.