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Bandh over special category status in Andhra Pradesh

16 April 2018, 03:42 | Hattie Nash

Bandh over special category status in Andhra Pradesh

Bandh over special category status in Andhra Pradesh

The Opposition parties such as YSR Congress Party, Congress and Left parties have extended their support to the bandh.

Motorcycle set ablaze near RTC bus stand during statewide bandh called in Andhra Pradesh. Meanwhile, the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has opposed the statewide shutdown.

The bandh called by a people's forum Andhra Pradesh Pratyeka Hoda Saadhana Samiti found support from opposition parties.

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.

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Andhra Pradesh police have made a decision to beef up security across the state in the light of the day-long bandh being observed by the people's forum.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will sit on a day-long fast on his birthday - April 20 - in protest against the Centre's refusal to give Special Category Status (SCS) and fulfil the assurances given in the Rajya Sabha at the time of bifurcation.

The Jagan Reddy-led YSRC hit back, accusing the Chief Minister of adopting "double standards". "Why this intimidation? As long as they are peaceful, we will continue all forms of democratic protests", PTI quoted Rambabu as saying.

He alleged that the state government had been issuing notices to those supporting the bandh, saying cases would be booked against them.

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Rambabu also stated that Naidu had no right to protest against a shutdown as a bandh was a form of democratic protest.

However, the ruling TDP led by N Chandrababu Naidu has opposed it.

The Protests for Special Status for Andhra Pradesh threatens to intensify with every passing day and can further add to the troubles of the government in Centre.

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