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Mixed response to TDP bandh

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Mixed response to  TDP  bandh
Mixed response to TDP bandh

 

The dawn-to-dusk Bandh called by the Telugu Desam Party on Monday in protest against the arrest of its chief N Chandrababu Naidu in Maharashtra was more or less 'partial'.

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However, Bandh affected normal life partially in Hyderabad. In the suburbs of Hyderabad, shops remained closed and vehicles kept off the roads. No untoward incident was reported, the police said.

 

National Highways No.7 and No. 9 wore a deserted look. Only two-wheelers were seen having a free ride occasionally.

The strike evoked mixed response in the state capital and 22 other districts. State-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) had to partially suspend services in Hyderabad and other towns following protests by TDP activists.

Educational institutions, shops and business establishments were closed in parts of Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Kakinada, Tirupati and Guntur. Dozens of TDP activists were arrested for staging road blockades and for forcing closure of shops in different districts.

TDP workers staged a sit-in outside the APSRTC depots in Hyderabad and elsewhere to stop buses from plying.

The shutdown, however, had little impact in some areas as normal traffic was on the roads while markets also opened. The firms in IT district Cyberabad too were working as usual.

N.Chandrababu and 74 other TDP leaders, who are in judicial custody in Dharmabad of Maharashtra's Nanded district, launched a day-long hunger strike, demanding that the Maharashtra government allow them to visit the Babli barrage across the river Godavari.