Andhra Pradesh observes statewide bandh over special status — AP Bandh

Andhra Pradesh bandh LIVE UPDATES People's forum calls for statewide shutdown over special status demand

Meanwhile, the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has opposed the statewide shutdown. The call for the shutdown has been supported by opposition parties such as Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP), Jana Sena, Congress and the Left parties. A Motorcycle has been set ablaze near RTC bus stand in Tirupati during the statewide bandh in Andhra Pradesh. 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 made a decision to not participate in it. The leaders of these parties in the city have plans to begin the programme from Maddilapalem Junction at 5 a.m. and block the entire national highway no. 16 and ensure no vehicle passes through the city. However, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu opposes the call for the band, saying that it would halt the state's development. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had accused Prime Minister led Narendra Modi government of following an oppressive policy instead of attempting to resolve the issue of granting special category status to the state. The YSRC leader also alleged that the ruling TDP government was threatening those who were supporting the bandh, saying cases would be booked against them. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation buses will operate only till the state border in the wake of the statewide bandh, which means daily commuters are most likely to face problems as autos and taxis won't be easily available.


As the demands for a Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh continue, a people's forum launched a state-wide bandh on Monday early morning, supported by the state's Opposition parties.

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