Andhra CM to observe day-long fast against Centre on his birthday

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Reports said that the bandh has been called by Andhra Pradesh's Pratyeka Hoda Saadhana Smiti. On the other hand, the Left parties staged a protest on National Highway 18, which connects Kolkata and Chennai. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said bandhs hamper development and are not welcome.

Speaking with The Indian Express, YSCRCP political affairs committee member Ambati Rambabu accused the chief minister of "double standards". Interestingly, ruling party Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which has taken on the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre for its failure to grant the Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh and for its demand to implement the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act, has opposed the bandh and has chose to not participate in it. However, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu opposes the call for the band, saying that it would halt the state's development.

He added that Naidu should understand that bandh was a form of a democratic protest and he had no right to oppose it.

He alleged that the state government had been issuing notices to those supporting the bandh, saying cases would be booked against them. The one-day bandh will be observed with the backing of opposition parties.

During an event to mark Ambedkar Jayanti in Guntur district, the Chief Minister unveiled the designs of "Ambedkar Smriti Van" to be built in Amravati spreading over 20 acres with a cost of Rs 100 crores. However, the Centre has been assuring the people of Andhra Pradesh that it will do everything to help the cause of Andhra people.

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.

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