Vijaywada, July 24: Heavy security was in place for the Andhra Pradesh bandh today over the demand for a special category status. The bandh call was given by YSR Congress Party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy. Police have detained party workers outside Pandit Nehru bus station. Protesters said,”Our arrest reveals how AP CM Naidu is working for special status in the state.” Party workers were also protesting on Ongole city amid heavy security. Earlier, giving the bandh call, Reddy had said, “We are calling for Andhra Pradesh bandh against the injustice meted out to the state by the central government…we will support any party at the national level. Our only demand is special category status to Andhra Pradesh.” (Also read: LS Speaker Invites YSRCP MLAs Who Quit)

Meanwhile, The Times of India quoted Andhra Municipal Administration Minister Dr P Narayana as the call for bandh a foolish decision. He said that Reddy made his MPs quit the Lok Sabha as he wanted to avoid a confrontation with the Centre. “While we were fighting for the special category status in Parliament, Jagan had run away from the war field, making his MPs quit,” he said.

On Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on the No-Confidence Motion in the Lok Sabha, where he said that he had warned the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) of falling into YSR Congress Party’s trap, Reddy said, “We have been speaking on these things since last four years. Now TDP picked up the same and aimed at the Centre. Our sincerity appears a trap to Modi?”

In his speech, Modi had said: “When TDP was leaving NDA, I called up N. Chandrababu Naidu, warned him that you are falling into YSR Congress’s trap. I want to tell the people of Andhra Pradesh that we will keep working for them. We will do everything possible for the development of the state.”