AP bandh for special status

Erika Holt
April 17, 2018

Intensifying their demand for a Special Category Status for the state, the Andhra Pradesh Pratyeka Hoda Saadhana Samiti on Monday observed a day-long statewide bandh or strike to urge the Centre to take the necessary step.

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.

TDP leader and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, however, condemned the bandh, saying bandhs were not welcome because they stall development. "Andhra Pradesh is reeling through a very hard phase, with no trace of development, and hence special category status alone will put Andhra Pradesh on the path of development", the YSR Congress Party chief wrote.

Reacting to the shutdown call, Naidu said bandhs were not welcome as they hamper development.

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The only party that did not support the bandh call was the TDP. He said Naidu should understand that bandh was a form of a 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.

Protests demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh gained speed after there was no mention of a special package for the state in the Union Budget.

"Had TDP MPs also resigned en masse, it would have forced the Centre to come down to negotiations but his agenda has been different and he had been changing his tune many times and always was against public interest", senior YSRCP leader Ummareddy Venkateswarlu told reporters in Hyderabad on Monday.

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