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Statewide bandh in Andhra Pradesh over special category status demand

Statewide bandh in Andhra Pradesh over special category status demand

Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) bore the burnt of the bandh. The strike has received support from YSR Congress Party, Congress and CPM, however, the ruling TDP has opposed it.

Monday's shutdown, called by the Pratyeka Hoda Vibhajana Hameela Sadhana Samithi, has the support of Left parties, YSR Congress Party and actor-politician Pawan Kalyan's Jana Sena party.

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

In separate press conferences here, BJP State president Kambhampati Haribabu and YSRC political affairs committee member Ambati Rambabu wondered why the Chief Minister was seeking to go on the protest when he himself took exception to the fast observed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 12 April.

# 07:22 AM: West Godavari: Early morning visuals of the statewide bandh called in Andhra Pradesh over the demand of #SpecialStatus for the state.

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The YSR Congress slammed CM Naidu for opposing the bandh, accusing him of adopting "double standards".

Rambabu also alleged that the Naidu government has been issuing notices to those supporting the bandh, saying cases would be booked against them.

However, the ruling TDP led by N Chandrababu Naidu has opposed it. "Why this intimidation? As long as they are peaceful, we will continue all forms of democratic protests", PTI quoted Rambabu as saying. The Chief Minister had met non-BJP parties to explain the "injustice" done to Andhra Pradesh post-bifurcation and how the NDA government "failed" to honour the promises made in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.

He appealed to the people of Andhra Pradesh to give the TDP all 25 MP seats to play a crucial role at the Centre.


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