Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation buses will operate only till the state border in the wake of the statewide bandh, which means daily commuters are most likely to face problems as autos and taxis won't be easily available.
A state-wide bandh called by a people's forum demanding Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh is being observed here on Monday. Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that bandhs were not welcome as they "hamper development". This bandh evoked violent response in the state. The police have stepped up security across the state. "Naidu doesn't have any sincerity on the special category status issue".
Naidu had yesterday announced that he would observe a day-long fast on 20 April, his birthday, on the state's problems and the Centre's stand toward the State. Reacting to this, the YSRC accused the Chief Minister of adopting "double standards".
The Protests for Special Status for Andhra Pradesh threatens to intensify with every passing day and can further add to the troubles of the government in Centre.
AP bandh for special status sponsored by the AP special status sadhana samiti and supported by Janasena YSRC, left parties and the Congress took off on Monday in a complete manner as shops, buses, govt offices, banks, colleges, markets and also schools.
Leaders and activists of Opposition parties staged protests, and the strike remained mostly peaceful except in Tirupati, where a motorcycle was set on fire. The Chief Minister had met non-BJP parties to explain the "injustice" done to Andhra Pradesh post-bifurcation and how the NDA government "failed" to honour the promises made in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014. He had also confirmed that he will join hands with the Left parties, CPM and CPI in the next elections.