State-Wide Bandh In Andhra Pradesh Today, In Protest Of Union Budget

| February 8 , 2018 , 09:02 IST

In protest of a lack of suitable package in the Union Budget 2018-19, Left parties in Andhra Pradesh, including the Communist Party of India, the Communist Party of India-Marxist and several other smaller parties, have called for a state-wide shut-down on Thursday.

The YSR Congress and Congress have backed the call for the state shutdown, while the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) called for protests. Security has been boosted with Director General of Police M Malakondaiah directing Superintendents of Police in all districts to take all necessary measures to maintain law and order and protest public property. The state government has declared a holiday for schools as a precautionary measure.

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BJP-led NDA ally TDP had been protesting in the Parliament, demanding justice for the state in view of the perceived oversight in the Budget. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi did meet Minister of State and leader of the Telugu Desam Parliamentary Party Y.S. Chowdary on Tuesday, requesting the party to suspend its protests the Parliament, no moves were taken to address the party's concerns.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, the president of TDP, had asked his party MPs earlier to continue protests until a categorical announcement was made from the Centre. Despite Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Ananth Kumar speaking directly to Naidu over the phone urging him to ask his MPs to cooperate, Naidu said that the protests would continue, TDP sources said.

Jana Sena party chief, actor-politician Pawan Kalyan said that the movement to get justice for Andhra Pradesh should be similar to that of the movement for a separate state of Telangana, adding that placards and slogans would be of new use.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday in the Lok Sabha, during the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President's Address, blamed the 'messy' bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh on the Congress.