Special category status: Andhra Pradesh people's forum calls for bandh tomorrow

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The YSR Congress on March 15 had given a notice for moving a no-confidence motion against the BJP-led NDA government following the Centre's refusal to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh and had found unlikely support from its arch-rival Telugu Desam Party.

In separate press conferences here, BJP State president Kambhampati Haribabu and YSRC political affairs committee member Ambati Rambabu wondered why the Chief Minister was seeking to go on the protest when he himself took exception to the fast observed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 12 April. The Ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), instead of supporting, made a decision to stay away from the agitation. According to the reports, the outfits such as Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) are also supporting the call for Andhra Pradesh bandh. Reacting over the one-day statewide bandh, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said that bandhs are not welcome in the state as they avert development.

The Chief Minister said the BJP was trying to take the wind out of his sails as he continued to wield a considerable clout at the national level, and by doing politics with the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), it (BJP) meant to keep Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy under its control. "Why this intimidation? As long as they are peaceful, we will continue all forms of democratic protests", Rambabu was quoted as saying in the report.

Rambabu also stated that Naidu had no right to protest against a shutdown as a bandh was a form of democratic protest.

During an event to mark Ambedkar Jayanti in Guntur district, the Chief Minister unveiled the designs of "Ambedkar Smriti Van" to be built in Amravati spreading over 20 acres with a cost of Rs 100 crores.

He also said, "Prime Minister Modi is junior to me in Politics".

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