As the Telangana statehood issue rocked Parliament, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today stepped down from his post and the primary membership of the Congress party and an anti-bifurcation bandh in 13 districts of Seemandhra region evoked a partial response.
Proceedings in the Rajya Sabha came to a virtual standstill over the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh which led to four adjournments.
The shutdown was called by the YSRCP and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) after the Telangana statehood Bill cleared the Lok Sabha hurdle yesterday. Long-distance bus services operated by AP Road Transport Corporation (APRTC) and other vehicles like auto rickshaws and private vehicles were plying as usual. As a precautionary measure, some long route services were stopped, though city services were as usual.
RTC officials said, ‘’We will stop the city services if there is any trouble.’’
Supporters of Telugu Desam Party, Congress and YSRCP staged dharnas in front of bus depots at various towns in coastal and Rayalaseema regions protesting against the bifurcation.
Anticipating trouble following passage of Telangana Bill, police had stepped up security at all vulnerable places to maintain law and order. Additional forces were deployed at public representative residences. A report from Visakhapatnam said the bandh evoked a partial response.