Andhra Pradesh observed a one-day statewide bandh on Monday over the demand of Special Status for the state.
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.
TDP head and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu expressed that bandhs were not welcome as they hamper development. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation buses will operate only till the state border in the wake of the statewide bandh, which means daily commuters are most likely to face problems as autos and taxis won't be easily available. The Ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), instead of supporting, chose to stay away from the agitation.
The opposition parties such as the YSR Congress (YSRC), Congress and the Left parties have extended support to the shutdown call, but the ruling TDP has opposed it. A Motorcycle has been set ablaze near RTC bus stand in Tirupati during the statewide bandh in Andhra Pradesh.
The YSR Congress slammed CM Naidu for opposing the bandh, accusing him of adopting "double standards". 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.
He added that Naidu should understand that bandh was a form of a democratic protest and he had no right to oppose it. Leaders like N Chandrababu Naidu, Pawan Kalyan, Jaganmohan Reddy have been criticising the Modi government claiming that injustice has been done to the people of Andhra Pradesh.
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.