Spl status: Andhra observes shutdown
Amaravati (AP): A statewide bandh called by a people’s forum for granting special category status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh passed off peacefully on Monday.
The ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), though supporting the cause, decided to stay away from the agitation.
No untoward incidents, except burning of a motorbike in Tirupati, were reported during the bandh called by the Andhra Pradesh Pratyeka Hoda Saadhana Samiti.
The strike has been supported by all opposition parties, including the YSR Congress (YSRC) and Congress.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who reviewed the situation with top police officers, directed them to ensure that peace prevailed in the state.
Educational institutions remained shut and examinations scheduled for the day have been postponed in view of the stir.
Andhra was suffering a lot due to bandh calls. Our protests should not be detrimental to the interests of the state. N Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh CM
CM to fast on April 20
Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday directed his Cabinet colleagues, party legislators and cadre to observe a day’s fast along with him on April 20 to protest the Centre’s ‘injustice’ to the state.
The Chief Minister had last week announced that he would observe a day-long fast on his birthday.
Addressing the Telugu Desam Party coordination committee meeting here, Naidu said he would observe the fast in Vijayawada and asked 13 ministers to lead the protest in each district.
The remaining nine ministers would sit on fast along with the CM in Vijayawada.
‘BJP won’t win in 2019’
CM Naidu also lashed out at the BJP and said the saffron party might not win the Lok Sabha polls in 2019.
“Till the other day, everybody thought the BJP is invincible but the political scene has completely changed now,” he said.—PTI