Life in parts of Andhra and Rayalaseema regions were affected Friday
in response to a daylong shutdown to protest the proposed division
of Andhra Pradesh.
Buses of the Andhra Pradesh Transport Corporation (APSRTC) went off
the roads as political activists, students and other groups opposed
to the division of the state took to the streets.
business establishments and educational institutions remained closed
in most parts of the 13 districts — nine districts of Andhra and
four districts of Rayalaseema region.
coastal city of Visakhapatnam, and commercial hubs like Guntur,
Vijayawada, Machilipatnam, Nellore, Kurnool and Kadapa, roads wore a
deserted look as the APSRTC suspended all bus services.
conducted rallies raising slogans against the proposed formation of
a separate Telangana state and demanded that the central government
drop the proposal.
Rayalaseema, various groups called for a shutdown to oppose the
division of the state. They, however, want separate statehood for
their own region in the event of the formation of a Telangana state.
they have made elaborate security arrangements to prevent violence.
Students of various universities in both the regions had damaged
several buses during the protest on Thursday.
which witnessed violent agitation for a separate state, is now calm.
Hyderabad and nine other districts of the region have returned to
normal after 11 days of protests and shutdowns.
Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) plans to conduct a victory rally in
Telangana districts to celebrate the announcement by the central
government that the process of forming a separate state would be
initiated by tabling a resolution in the state assembly.