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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Andhra Pradesh bandh: Schools shut, bus service suspended; TDP raises budget issue in Parliament

Andhra Pradesh bandh today: Schools and colleges were closed as well the commercial establishments in most parts of the state downed their shutters in protest of the low fund allocation to Andhra.

Andhra Pradesh protest: Several buses are off the roads in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.

Disappointed with the low fund allocation in the Union Budget to Andhra Pradesh, the left parties in the state called for a state-wide bandh on Thursday. They slammed the Centre for ‘injustice’ towards the state saying other states were allegedly alloted more funds keeping the upcoming polls in mind. The Congress party and YSR Congress Party also extended their support to the protest.

The bandh elicited a good response, with business establishments and educational institutions remaining closed and state transport buses remaining off the roads. There was also no incidents of violence. Government offices in the state reported less attendance and shops in various districts remained closed for the entire duration of the bandh.

Ruling TDP, whose MPs have raised these issues vociferously in Parliament, supported the bandh with its leaders and workers staging protests at many places. The TDP did not take part officially, but its workers organised rallies and sit-ins across the state in solidarity with the party MPs.

TDP leader Jayadev Galla remarked that the fund allocated to the state was ‘less than the collection of Baahubali movie.’ He was quoted as saying by news agency ANI, “If they can treat their allies like this then many people will not want to be their allies in future.”

Andhra Pradesh bandh Highlights

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