Bandh for SCS to­tal in A.P.

It was sup­ported by YSR Cong., Jana Sena, Cong. & the Left

The Hindu - - SOUTH - Staff Re­porter

The State-wide bandh called by the ‘Prathyeka Hoda, Vib­ha­jana Hameela Sad­hana Samithi’ de­mand­ing Spe­cial Cat­e­gory Sta­tus (SCS) for Andhra Pradesh passed off peace­fully on Mon­day. It was suc­cess­ful as peo­ple from dif­fer­ent walks of life joined the protest.

The bandh was sup­ported by the YSR Congress (YSRCP), the Jana Sena Party, the Congress and the Left par­ties.

The TDP ex­pressed sol­i­dar­ity with the sup­port­ers but did not di­rectly par­tic­i­pate in the stir. At some places, the bandh was marred by scuf­fles be­tween the po­lice and the ag­i­ta­tors as the lat­ter squat­ted on the road and tried to ob­struct APSRTC buses where at­tempts were made to op­er­ate the ser­vices.

Forces mo­bilised

Po­lice mo­bilised forces at many places as a pre­ven­tive mea­sure and took the ag­i­ta­tors

into cus­tody in a few dis­tricts. The pro­test­ers en­tered into ar­gu­ments with the po­lice at Pandit Nehru Bus Sta­tion in Vi­jayawada and other places.

BJP lead­ers main­tained that it was a State-spon­sored bandh with Chief Min­is­ter N. Chan­drababu Naidu call­ing for the protest and re­it­er­ated that 85% of the prom­ises

made to Andhra Pradesh have been ful­filled.

APSRTC op­er­a­tions were hit in Visakha­p­at­nam, East and West Go­davari, Nel­lore, Prakasam, Gun­tur, Srikaku­lam and other dis­tricts.

Ex­cept for med­i­cal shops, hos­pi­tals, milk booths and other es­sen­tial ser­vices, busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties came to a stand­still.

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