Thursday, February 8, 2018
The Andhra Pradesh State observed bandh call given by left parties that was supported by the YSRCP was in total and peaceful.
People all over the State participated in the bandh voluntarily despite restrictions imposed by the State government demanding implementation of the promises made on the floor of the Parliament at the time of bifurcation of the State. The bandh was participated by YSRCP, Lok Satta Party, labour, students, youth and women organizations who charged both the State and Central Governments for not implementing the bifurcation promises. However, emergency services were exempted from the bandh call.
Around 13,000 buses were confined to depots. Educational institutions, commercial and trade organization have voluntarily shut down. Universities have postponed the examinations due today. Cinema halls were shut down. The Telugu Desam Party had to bow down to the call bandh call following its gravity.
TDP considering resignation of MPs and Ministers:: With no concrete assurances given by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the concluding Union Budget speech, the TDP plans to ste up protests outside the Parliament and is also toying with the possibility of its two Ministers and 16 MPs resignation. ‘We will take a call on our next step when our Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu returns from Dubai’, Kesineni Srinivas said. If things come to a head, the two TDP Ministers and all Lok Sabha MPs will resign. We will go back to the State voters and seek a re-election, campaigning against the BJP’s backstabbing, said a MP.
Chandrababu asks its cadre to take the protest to logical conclusion:: TDP national president N Chandrababu Naidu not impressed by the Prime Minister Modi’s speech has asked the party men to take the protest to its logical conclusion. He said that the TDP protest was ‘dharma poratam’. ‘If the Centre doesn’t care for the State, there is no need to step back on the protest until all issues were addressed.
‘Agitation will continue’, says Jagan::YSRCP president who took part in a protest programme in the Dundigam area of the district as part of the State bandh called the opposition parties. Holding a placard and raising slogans, Jagan joined the protesting students and gave a call for continuing the agitation till the State get its due share.
Meanwhile, Congress leaders took a protest rally in the city and held the BJP and TDP responsible for the injustice done to the State. Jana Sena Party activists staged a protest.