Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said bandhs hamper development and are not welcome.
The Andhra Pradesh Bandh, in response to the call given by the struggle committee for Special Category Status to AP on Monday was peaceful and total.
Shops and business establishment and educational institutions remained closed, while buses of state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) went off the roads in all 13 districts.
Responding to it, opposition parties such as the YSR Congress (YSRC), Congress and the Left parties have extended support to the shutdown call.
Due to the impasse between the TDP and the Centre over the issue of special status, two TDP ministers - Union Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapati Raju and Y Satyanarayana Chowdary, Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences - resigned from the Union Cabinet last month.
The Protests for Special Status for Andhra Pradesh threatens to intensify with every passing day and can further add to the troubles of the government in Centre. Interestingly, ruling party Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which has taken on the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre for its failure to grant the Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh and for its demand to implement the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act, has opposed the bandh and has made a decision to not participate in it.
He also condemned the statements of the local BJP leaders as well as the national leaders of the party and accused the BJP of betraying the interests of the people and acting in a most irresponsible manner.
Earlier, the Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan had declared that he was snapping the alliance with N Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party (TDP). The TDP also joined the chorus.
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