YSRCP bandh call evokes partial response

The bandh call given by the YSR Congress to press for the Special Category Status (SCS) evoked mixed response and went off peacefully on Tuesday.

The bandh was partial following the virtual clampdown on the protesters with pre-dawn arrests including house arrests of the party leaders at many places. The police were deployed in good numbers at strategic locations to prevent any untoward incident.

The RTC buses were nearly off the roads by noon though they plied in the morning hours in Vijayawada. Most of the shops and establishments on the busy Bandar, Eluru and Besant Roads in Vijayawada were closed. The banks and financial institutions remained closed on the main roads but those located in interior places worked as usual. While some private schools declared holiday in advance, some remained opened.

The response in Visakhapatnam turned out to be lukewarm. Tension prevailed at several places of Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts with the arrest of the YSRCP leaders, who tried to stop the movement of the RTC buses and other vehicles.

The call evoked mixed response in Prakasam district. At some places, it was marred by minor skirmishes as the agitators tried to defy prohibitory orders and go round the town to enforce the bandh.

The bandh went off peacefully with partial response all over Chittoor district, while the YSRCP cadres took to motor bike rallies to register their protest against arrests. It showed partial impact in Anantapur as the public transport was not affected and all business establishments functioned normally. Same was the case in the temple city of Tirupati. In Kadapa district, except the Pulivendula constituency where the impact was visible in all the seven mandals, there was little impact in Kadapa, Rayachoti, Rajampet and Kodur constituencies.

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