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Special Status row: Statewide bandh in Andhra Pradesh

Special Status row: Statewide bandh in Andhra Pradesh”

Normal life came to a standstill in Andhra Pradesh on Monday as the day-long shutdown called in demand for the special status category to the state evoked near total response. A Motorcycle has been set ablaze near RTC bus stand in Tirupati during the statewide bandh in Andhra Pradesh.

While members of Left parties reportedly blocked the National Highway 16 which connects Kolkata and Chennai, ANI shared visuals where members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) could be seen staging rasta roko. The Special Category Status row had led to the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu resigning from the NDA govenment over a month ago.

Reportedly, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation buses to operate only till Andhra Pradesh state border on Monday due to the statewide bandh. Reacting to this, the YSRCP accused the chief minister of adopting "double standards". He also alleged that the government had issued notices to those who had declared their support for the shutdown, warning them that cases may be booked against them. "Why this intimidation? As long as they are peaceful, we will continue all forms of democratic protests", Rambabu added. On Sunday, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, via a teleconference instructed ministers and state police to "prevent anti-social elements from creating untoward incidents".

They took to the streets since early morning, raising slogans against the Centre for going back on the promise to grant special status and fulfil all other commitments made at the time of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014. However, the Centre has been assuring the people of Andhra Pradesh that it will do everything to help the cause of Andhra people. "I became Chief Minister in 1995 whereas Prime Minister Modi became the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2002".



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