Statewide bandh in Andhra Pradesh over special category status demand

Statewide bandh in Andhra Pradesh over special category status demand

Statewide bandh in Andhra Pradesh over special category status demand

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

Even Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) buses were off the roads.

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The shutdown was called by Pratyeka Hoda Sadhana Samithi (The people's forum to fight for special status) and was being backed by the YSR Congress party, the Left parties, Congress and Jana Sena. On the other hand, the Left parties staged a protest on National Highway 18, which connects Kolkata and Chennai. Slamming the chief minister for maintaining "double standards", YSRC political affairs committee member Ambati Rambabu told news agency PTI, "When Naidu was the opposition leader, he had called for bandhs on many occasions, but as a chief minister he is now opposing them (bandhs), saying they hinder development".

Asserting that he contested from Dhone against the families of stalwarts such as former Chief Minister K. Vijayabhaskar Reddy and Deputy Chief Minister K.E. Krishnamurthy on the advice of TDP founder N.T. Rama Rao and won as MLA for three terms, he said Mr. Naidu owed an explanation for insulting him.

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

"Instead of extending support to get SCS, Naidu has shown his true intent by using force and official machinery to foil the bandh held by various parties and organisations seeking SCS for the State", he added. Subsequently, TDP withdrew 2 ministers from the union cabinet and pulled out from the NDA coalition altogether.

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