Seemandhra paralysed for second day

Shutdown continued for the second day in Rayalaseema and coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh against the Centre's decision to bifurcate the state by carving out the Telangana state.

Shops, business establishments, educational institutions and government offices remained closed, while buses of state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) were off the road in all 13 districts in Seemandhra.

The YSR Congress Party, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers' (APNGOs) Association had called for shutdown for the second day. Students, government employees and people from other walks of life took to streets in Seemandhra, demanding the central government to keep the state united. Raising slogans of “Jai samaikyandhra,” they burnt effigies of the government and top Congress leaders.

APSRTC buses in Seemandhra remained confined to the depots for the second consecutive day, causing inconvenience to commuters. In Vijayawada, TDP leaders Devieni Umamaheswar Rao and Gadde Rammohan Rao sat on dharna on National Highway-9. Doctors and other medical staff in the government-run King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam also joined the strike. They were boycotting all but emergency services.

In Anantapur, students of Sri Krishna Devaraya University organised dharna in front of district Congress Party office. Schools, petrol bunks and banks remained closed for the second day. TDP activists took out a bike rally in Anantapur to protest the “unilateral” decision of the centre. The TDP also organised a rally in the Chirala town of Prakasam district.

Tension prevailed in the temple town of Tirupati as police stopped TDP workers from staging a road blockade near bus station. In Chittor, YSR Congress party activists sat on railway track near Tummalagunta and cooked food. In Madanapalle, TDP activists blocked national highway.

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