Shutdown in Andhra over special status hits normal life

Statewide bandh observed in AP over special category status

Life affected in Andhra Pradesh by opposition-sponsored shutdown over special status issue

The report also said transport services between Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are also likely to be affected as well with the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation announcing that it will operate its buses only till the Andhra Pradesh state border.

The shutdown has been called by Pratyeka Hoda Sadhana Samithi (The people's forum to fight for special status) and is being backed by opposition YSR Congress party, the Left parties, Congress and Jana Sena. However, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu opposes the call for the band, saying that it would halt the state's development.

Speaking with The Indian Express, YSCRCP political affairs committee member Ambati Rambabu accused the chief minister of "double standards".

Rambabu added that CM Naidu should understand that the bandh was a form of democratic protest and he had no right to oppose it. 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.

Leaders and activists of Opposition parties staged protests, and the strike remained mostly peaceful except in Tirupati, where a motorcycle was set on fire.

During an event to mark Ambedkar Jayanti in Guntur district, the Chief Minister unveiled the designs of "Ambedkar Smriti Van" to be built in Amravati spreading over 20 acres with a cost of Rs 100 crores.

The leaders from across parties in Andhra Pradesh, despite their differences, have been very vocal about the need for Special Status for the state and have blamed the Narendra Modi government for not granting the status to the state. On Sunday, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, via a teleconference instructed ministers and state police to "prevent anti-social elements from creating untoward incidents".

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