Andhra Pradesh bandh total, TD lends support

Mamata Banerjee

Andhra Pradesh bandh total, TD lends support

A state-wide bandh over Andhra Pradesh being overlooked in the Union Budget on Thursday affected normal life with nearly all parties but the BJP supporting the call given by the Left parties.

The state government asked RTC to halt bus services and not a single bus plied.

Most of the busy roads in large parts of the state nearly wore a deserted look as schools, colleges and offices have been shut and bus services suspended across Andhra Pradesh.

In Machilipatnam, state Law minister Kollu Ravindra staged a sit-in outside the state transport corporation's bus station, demanding that the Centre honour the promises made to AP in Parliament.

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Performing artist government official and author of Jena Sena party Pawan Kalyan said the development to get equity for Andhra Pradesh ought to be on the lines of the development for partitioned Telangana state. In West Godavari and Nellore districts, some of the Left party activists were taken into custody and later released.

- Schools and colleges: As a precautionary measure, the government declared a holiday for schools and colleges. The Andhra University announced the suspension of classes to avoid inconvenience to students. Classes would be suspended at the Visakhapatnam-based Andhra University and its affiliated colleges. Train service, however, remained normal.

In several cities and towns of the state, buses were forced to go off the roads after protesters blocked arterial roads and highways.

Chief Minister N. Chandr-ababu Naidu, advised not to disturb protestors who are fighting for state interests against the union government. TDP party workers also organised rallies in the state to tell people they are doing whatever they can to address the matter.

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He lauded the efforts of all MPs, especially Galla Jaya-dev, and asked them to continue with the same vigour until justice was done to the state. Many shopkeepers voluntarily shut their shops in support of the bandh, reported 101 Reporters.

He even gave instructions not to interfere with those making peaceful protests.

He also directed officials that the protests held across the state should be discussed across the nation. "It is the responsibility of the Centre to undo the injustice done to us because of the state bifurcation", the MLA said. But the central government has not allocated any funds for the city's development, despite the state's ruling TDP being a part of India's ruling National Democratic Alliance led by BJP.

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