Last bundh day gets mixed response in Hyderabad

Last bundh day gets mixed response in Hyderabad

TRS chief announces that there will be no more strikes

Shops, business establishments, banks and petrol bunks remained closed on the main arteries and national highways passing through the twin cities. But normal life remained unaffected in the outskirts. Three-wheelers did roaring business with state-owned RTC buses staying off the road for the 12th consecutive day.

Taxi cabs kept the IT firms running smoothly in the Cyberabad area and employees from Andhra and Rayalaseema area kept the wheels of governance running at the state secretariat, while employees from Telangana stayed away from duties for the 18th consecutive day.

The bundh was peaceful except some stray incidents. A Diwakar Travels bus, owned by Congress leader and former minister JC Diwakar Reddy, was burnt by some miscreants near Dundigal on the outskirts of Hyderabad in the wee hours of Friday.

Sensing the growing aversion among the poor and middle class towards frequent bundhs, Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief K Chandrasekhara Rao and T-JAC convener Kodandaram announced that there will not be more bundhs in the capital city and urged the people to cooperate.

Rao and T-JAC functionaries have left for New Delhi to meet the President and Prime Minister to explain the impact of the general strike in the region.

Meanwhile, president of the state Human Rights Council and lawyer Muppala Subba Rao has called for President’s rule in Andhra Pradesh alleging state’s failure in protecting interests of the people due to the strike. “The law and order situation has completely failed in the state. Therefore, now the state governor should recommend for President’s rule in the state to protect the rights of the citizens,” Rao said.

“Due to the prolonged agitation the state is incurring huge losses. The situation is now not in the hands of the government, it should declare financial emergency to overcome this crisis,” he alleged.