Shutdown in Seemandhra over Telangana bill

February 15, 2014 - 12:18:52 am
Hyderabad: Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions of Andhra Pradesh are observing a complete shutdown for the second consecutive day yesterday to protest the tabling of the Telangana bill in parliament.

The shutdown called by the YSR Congress party and another group fighting for united Andhra Pradesh evoked total response in all 13 districts of Seemandhra, as the two regions are togetehr called. Buses of state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) remained off the roads while shops, business establishments and educational institutions were closed.

Activists of the YSR Congress and Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers (APNGOs) Association took to streets since early yesterday to protest the central government’s action of tabling the bill in parliament despite a strong opposition from MPs belonging to Seemandhra.

The protesters, raising slogans against the UPA government and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, staged road blockades at several places. The bill to carve out separate Telangana state was Thursday tabled in the Lok Sabha amid unprecedented ruckus. L. Rajagopal, a Lok Sabha member from Seemandhra, used pepper spray and a scuffle also broke out between MPs of the two regions.

The Lok Sabha speaker suspended 16 MPs, including YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, for their involvement in the unruly, noisy incidents. Jagan, as the MP from Kadapa is popularly known, called for the shutdown to protest what he calls the mockery of democracy.IANS