The Left parties in Andhra Pradesh called for a bandh on Thursday to protest against the treatment of the state in what they termed an “anti-people” budget.
In view of the bandh, here are the services that will continue to operate, and the services that are likely to be shut.
Auto rickshaws: The auto union has expressed its interest in supporting the bandh. When TNM spoke to a few auto drivers, they said they would stay off the roads for at least a few hours.
Buses: Bus services are not going to be interrupted. According to APSRTC Dy Traffic Chief Manager Nagendra Babu, they will not be participating in the bandh.
Colleges: While there is no official word on it, student unions such as the Students Federation of India, All India Students Federation have said that they will boycott classes.
Hospitals and chemists: Health services will not be affected.
Schools and offices: There has been no word so far. Expected to be largely unaffected.
The lorry owners' association, taxpayers' association and trade unions have also reportedly lent their support.
The YSRCP and Jana Sena have also agreed to be a part of the bandh.
Organisations such as Uttarandhra Charcha Vedika, Rayalaseema Praja Samithi and Muslim Ikya Vedika have also agreed to support the bandh.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu held a meeting with the DGP to review the law and order situation. He apparently instructed police officials to ensure that no untoward incident took place.
In a joint statement, ministers K Achenaidu and Nakka Anandbabu said, "We should fight in Delhi. By calling for a bandh, it is only our people who are going to get affected."