Special status for Andhra: YSRCP seeks President Kovind's intervention

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The shutdown, called by the Pratyeka Hoda Vibhajana Hameela Sadhana Samithi- a people's forum- has the support of Left parties, YSR Congress Party and actor-politician Pawan Kalyan's Jana Sena party.

They took to the streets since early morning, raising slogans against the Centre for going back on the promise to grant special status and fulfil all other commitments made at the time of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014.

Educational institutions were closed and the movement of AP State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) buses was also affected. "Andhra Pradesh is reeling through a very hard phase, with no trace of development, and hence special category status alone will put Andhra Pradesh on the path of development", the YSR Congress Party chief wrote.

"When Naidu was the opposition leader, he had called for bandhs on many occasions, but as a Chief Minister he is now opposing them (bandhs), saying they hinder development", YSRC political affairs committee member Ambati Rambabu said.

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On Monday, Andhra Pradesh Cabinet finalised the strategy for the one-day hunger strike-led by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu over the same issue.

The YSRC leader also alleged that the ruling TDP government was threatening those who were supporting the bandh, saying cases would be booked against them.

TDP reached a deadlock with its ally BJP over the non-issuance of the status to the state and ultimately quit the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition on March 16.

In a tweet, Kovind said: "A delegation of MPs from YSR Congress Party led by Shri M. Rajamohan Reddy called on #PresidentKovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan".

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