- All political parties are united in voicing their demand for special status
- Differences have cropped over the issue between allies TDP and BJP
The state-wide bandh, called by main opposition YSR Congress demanding that the Centre grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh, affected normal life with business activity coming to a standstill and educational institutions remaining shut. The Congress and Left parties extended support to the day-long shutdown.
Scores of opposition workers were taken into custody by police in several areas across the state as they tried to organise protests and prevent plying of state-run transport corporation buses.
State Road Transport Corporation suspended its services as a precautionary measure to prevent any damage. While educational institutions declared a holiday, banks and other commercial establishments did not open their shutters.
In Vijayawada, YSRC workers were taken into custody when they staged a protest outside the bus station and prevented movement of buses.
Meanwhile, Telugu Desam Party MLA from Ponnuru in Guntur district sat on a day-long "deeksha" at the statue of Acharya N G Ranga in the town demanding that the BJP government honour its promise and grant special status to AP.
"It is the responsibility of the Centre to support the state by all means as it suffered heavily because of the irrational bifurcation," Narendra said.
Vijayawada: State-wide bandh call given by YSRCP in Andhra over special status issue, supported by Left parties. pic.twitter.com/9rg4R9Vfc8— ANI (@ANI_news) August 2, 2016
YSRCP calls state-wide shutdown in Andhra Pradesh over special status issue,protest by YSRCP & Left parties in Vizag pic.twitter.com/2i2gpHJ2gs— ANI (@ANI_news) August 2, 2016
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:45 PM