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Andhra pradesh bandh peaceful : MLAs, MPs arrested


The Andhra Pradesh bandh called by YSRCP and Left Parties in protest against the apathy of State and Central governments in according Special Status to Andhra Pradesh drew huge response from the public. At the time of writing this report at 1.30 PM. along with YSRCP, various mass organizations, Left parties, student organizations were taking part in the bandh. They were seen successfully persuading the traders to down the shutter at some places while at other the bandh was voluntary. Barring a couple of incidents in Rajahmundry and Vijawadaa, bandh was peaceful.

In many places, people participated in the bandh in a big number as the demand for special category status had percolated down to the masses as the real panacea for all ills the AP inherited from the division of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. Left parties took out massive rallies and their workers staged dharnas before RTC bus depots and government offices.

The bandh was a complete and peaceful in Krishna, Guntur, East and West Godavari, Prakasam, Nellore, Ananthapuram, Kurnool, Kadapa, Chittoor, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts where shops and establishments and educational institutions were closed and people came in to join the protest. In Krishna district former minister K Parasarathi and former MLA Vangaveeti Radha were arrested while they were holding a dharna at RTC depot and students who rushed to the Chief Minister’s camp office were dragged out and pushed into a police van.
In Nellore distirct MP Mekapati Rajmohan Reddy was arrested and in Prakasam district, G Ravi was arrested at Addanki and cadre was arrested at Chirala bus depot. In Visakhaptnam district, Party General Secretary Vijay Sai Reddy along with other leaders was arrested while they were holding dharna at Jagadamba centre. MLA G Eshwari was arrested at Paderu while hundreds of party workers were taken into custody at S Kota.

In Guntur district MLAs A Ramakrishna Reddy (Mangalagiri) and P Ramakrshna Reddy (Macherla) were arrested. In Chittoor district party MLA Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy was arrested at Tirupati while former MLA B Karunakar Reddy was also arrested in the temple town. Other leaders who were held or put on house arrest include Amjad Basha (Kadapa), former MLA Gurnath Reddy, K Venkatrami Reddy (Ananthauram), B Rajsekhar Reddy (Kurnool), MLA Kalavathi (Vizianagaram).

In many places restriction unddr Section 144 while YSRCP leader. MLC Prof. Ummareddy Venkatewarlu said repression had been unleashed to intimidate people from participating in the bandh on Saturday. Ummareddy said people came out in large numbers defying prohibitory orders and condemned the arrest of the party leaders -General Secretaries, to MPs, MLAs, other elected representatives and cadre-in large numbers in all the 13 districts of the State.

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Andhra bandh peaceful


The Andhra Pradesh bandh called by CPI in association with all opposition parties against the centre’s apathy towards granting special category status to the state was peaceful on Tuesday. While the bandh was complete in many districts, it evoked partial response in a couple of  districts.

Rallies were carried out by Congress, YSR Congress, CPM, other parties and civic organizations supporting the bandh and demanding immediate declaration of special category state status to Andhra.

Both NDA at centre and TDP government at state had come in for attack for reneging on their promise to accord special status.


In all towns across the state educational institutions, business establishments and petrol bunks were shut. Cinema exhibitors cancelled the morning shows in theaters. Till afternoon RTC buses were off the roads. In some place police intervention enabled RTC to ply some buses. Very few were seen on the roads. Though  banks, government offices and central government organizations functioned, the attendance was thin. In Kakinada, police used mild lathi charge to disperse the workers of various political parties assembled to stage a dharna near collector’s office.

In Vijayawada APCC President N Raghuveera Reddy, CPI State Secretary K Rama Krishna led protest marches. Raghuveera visited  relay hunger strike camp organized by Bar Association at court complex and expressed party’s solidarity with them and called for a united fight.

He said the bandh was success as the people rose to the occasion united to express their anger.He hoped that TDP and BJP would rethink of their stand on special status. In Ongole, YSRC , CPI and CPM  staged demonstrations and ensured the bandh  was complete. Similarly, Vizianagaram and Anatapuram also observed the bandh peacefully.



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