Vijayawada, Feb 1 : The Andhra Pradesh bandh call given by the Patyeka Hoda Sadhan Samithi (PHSS), supported by the Left and Congress parties, evoked good response as all commercial establishments, educational institutions and offices remained closed on Friday.
A large number of Left party activists took out rallies through main thoroughfares and commercial areas enforcing the band. PHSS convener Chalasani Srinivas and APCC president N Raghuveera Reddy staged a dharna at bus station this morning.
TDP activists staged a dharna at Ramavarappadu junction. Similar dharnas were held in Kadapa, Ongole, Rajahmundry, Guntur, Nellore and Kurnool towns and other places. The leaders prevented RTC buses from coming out of depots by staging dharnas at the main gates.
All the main thoroughfares and RTC bus stations wore a deserted look in the morning hours. The APS RTC bus services were badly affected in many towns in the state. Normal life was thrown out of gear for few hours in the morning time in the state. No untoward incident had been report from anywhere so far, police said.
The PHSS gave for AP bandh call in protest against the Central government’s denial of granting Special Category Status (SCS) and honouring AP Reorganisation Act 2014 assurances. The ruling Telugu Desam party, Congress and the Left parties extended support to the bandh. However, the principal Opposition the YSRCP and Janasena parties did not extend its support to the bandh. (UNI)