In the wake of the Centre’s refusal to special category status to the state, a statewide shutdown or bandh was called in Andhra Pradesh on Monday. Reports said that the bandh has been called by Andhra Pradesh’s Pratyeka Hoda Saadhana Smiti. The Opposition parties such as YSR Congress Party, Congress and Left parties have extended their support to the bandh. Meanwhile, the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has opposed the statewide shutdown. Reacting over the one-day statewide bandh, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said that bandhs are not welcome in the state as they avert development.
“We need to educate the people against the Modi government and take the battle to Delhi. What is the point in stalling the development in the state? It will make Modi happier,” a leading daily quoted Naidu as saying. According to the reports, the outfits such as Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) are also supporting the call for Andhra Pradesh bandh. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation buses will operate only till the state border in the wake of the statewide bandh, which means daily commuters are most likely to face problems as autos and taxis won’t be easily available.
Security has been deployed across the state of Andhra Pradesh to avoid any untoward incident during the bandh. Educational institutes in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam districts of the state are most likely to be shut. The universities have also postponed their examinations that were scheduled to be held today. However, the YSR Congress has slammed the Chief Minister for showing the double standards in the situation. “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,” YSR Congress’s political affairs committee member Ambati Rambabu said.