Andhra Pradesh strike: Buses stopped, schools and shops remain closed

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Andhra Pradesh strike: Buses stopped, schools and shops remain closed

The YSR Congress on March 15 had given a notice for moving a no-confidence motion against the BJP-led NDA government following the Centre's refusal to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh and had found unlikely support from its arch-rival Telugu Desam Party. Slamming the chief minister for maintaining "double standards", YSRC political affairs committee member Ambati Rambabu told news agency PTI, "When Naidu was the opposition leader, he had called for bandhs on many occasions, but as a chief minister he is now opposing them (bandhs), saying they hinder development". The ruling Telugu Desam Party is not participating in it.

# 07:22 AM: West Godavari: Early morning visuals of the statewide bandh called in Andhra Pradesh over the demand of #SpecialStatus for the state.

However, the ruling TDP led by N Chandrababu Naidu has opposed it.

He added that Naidu should understand that bandh was a form of a democratic protest and he had no right to oppose it.

During an event to mark Ambedkar Jayanti in Guntur district, the Chief Minister unveiled the designs of "Ambedkar Smriti Van" to be built in Amravati spreading over 20 acres with a cost of Rs 100 crores.

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.

Speaking at the 127th birth anniversary celebrations of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar here on Saturday, Mr. Naidu said his fast was aimed at letting the public anguish known to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who made the promise to give SCS at a public meeting in Tirupati on April 30 and reneged on all his government's commitments. However, the Centre has been assuring the people of Andhra Pradesh that it will do everything to help the cause of Andhra people.

"It is highly objectionable that a Chief Minister, while on foreign soil, chose to criticise his country's Prime Minister".

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