The State bandh was total and peaceful barring some stray incidents here and there. The total bandh exposed the strength of the demand for special category status among the people.
The APSRTC buses were off the roads till evening, while the shops and establishments remained closed in all the towns and cities across the State. The markets like gold and cloth remained closed for the day. The film exhibitors have cancelled the morning shows all over the State, while the schools and colleges have cancelled the examination on the day to prevent inconvenience to the students.
All political parties and peoples’ organisations have backed the bandh while, the ruling Telugu Desam Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party remained silent. The TDP said it was not in favour of the bandhs that would cause inconvenience to the people.
Special Category Status Sadhana Samithi chief Chalasani Srinivas thanked the people for making the bandh a success in the State. He said that the success reflected the strong feeling among the people on SCS and wanted BJP government to grant it at the earliest. He said that the SCS had organised State bandh for five times so far and it was almost successful every time with people voluntarily participating.
He asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce special category status to the State failing which the party would have to face peoples’ wrath in the next elections. The Samithi and other political parties have already started working against the BJP in the neighbouring Karnataka State where elections to the Assembly are scheduled for May 12. The political parties from AP are campaigning in the Telugu-people dominated areas of Karnataka and said that they would repeat the same in all the neighbouring States of Maharastra, Odisha, Bihar and Chhattisgarh against the BJP if the SCS is not given.
Srinivas also wanted Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu to hold his proposed one day hunger strike in New Delhi instead of Vijayawada. He said that Chandrababu Naidu had asked the parties to hold protests in Delhi and wondered why the TDP chief was holding his hunger strike in Vijayawada.
The Congress, YSR Congress, CPI, CPM and Jana Sena have also backed the State bandh. The leaders thanked the people and asserted that the success of the bandh was a clear indication of peoples’ urge for the special category status.