Andhra Pradesh

Bandh evokes lukewarm response in city

Wave of resentment: Left party workers staging a protest on National Highway-16 at Maddilapalem junction in Visakhapatnam on Friday as part of a statewide bandh.

Wave of resentment: Left party workers staging a protest on National Highway-16 at Maddilapalem junction in Visakhapatnam on Friday as part of a statewide bandh.  

Organisers accuse Modi government of failing to implement promises made to State

As many as 21 Left party workers and leaders, including CPI State Assistant secretary J.V. Satyanarayana Murthy, were arrested by the police while they were staging a protest at Maddilapalem junction as part of the statewide bandh organised by the Opposition on Friday.

The bandh was organised to protest against the “failure of the Modi government to implement promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014”.

CPI-M activists and leaders organised a motorcycle rally from the Gandhi Statue near the GVMC office. The activists carried placards denouncing the delay over granting the Special Category Status (SCS) to AP and the non-formation of a separate railway zone with Visakhapatnam as its headquarters. CPI-M leader Ch. Narasinga Rao, Ganga Rao and K. Lokanadham participated in the rally.

‘North Andhra will lose’

Mr. Murthy came down heavily on the Modi government for its failure to accord Special Category Status (SCS) to AP and declare a new railway zone.

CPI-M State secretariat member Ch. Narasinga Rao deplored the attitude of the Centre towards Andhra Pradesh, particularly its policy towards the public sector enterprises. North Andhra in general and Visakhapatnam in particular would be drastically affected if the same policy was continued, he said.

The Visakhapatnam Steel Plant would not get captive mines and it would not be long before this PSU is also privatised like many others, the agitators said.

Buses ply normally

Apart from the protests and rallies, the bandh evoked a lukewarm response from the public. APSRTC buses and autorickshaws plied normally and shops remained open as usual. Many of the schools and colleges, however, remained closed.

“Our buses moved out of the depots in the city as usual starting from the early hours. Some of our buses were stopped outside the Maddilapalem Bus Depot on the National Highway–16 for sometime by the protesters,” Deputy Chief Traffic Manager (Urban) Sudhabindu said on Friday.

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