Telangana shutdown hits normal life; exams postponed

A day-long shutdown, called by Telangana`s chief minister-designate K Chandrasekhara Rao in a mark of protest against a central ordinance to transfer over 200 villages of Khammam district to Andhra Pradesh, affected normal life.

Last Updated: May 29, 2014, 12:16 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Hyderabad: A day-long shutdown, called by Telangana`s chief minister-designate K Chandrasekhara Rao in a mark of protest against a central ordinance to transfer over 200 villages of Khammam district to Andhra Pradesh, on Thursday affected normal life.

In view of the bandh, the Board of Intermediate Education postponed advanced supplementary examinations of 11th and 12th standards scheduled for today. All examinations conducted by the Osmania University, including Post-Graduate Engineering Common Entrance Test (PGECET), scheduled for today have also been postponed.

Buses of state-owned Road Transport Corporation (RTC) went off the roads in all 10 districts, including Hyderabad. Shops, hotels and business establishments were also shutdown in many parts of Telangana.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders sat in protest outside the RTC depots since early Thursday to prevent buses from coming out.
Bus services from Hyderabad to various destinations in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were suspended. The city services of the RTC in Hyderabad and Secunderabad were also hit, causing inconvenience to commuters.

"The bandh is going on peacefully. So far there are no reports of any incidents. Buses have stopped plying...All security arrangements are in place to maintain law and order," a senior police official said.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief gave the shutdown call on Wednesday after the central government reportedly sent to President Pranab Mukherjee an ordinance to transfer 205 villages of Khammam district of Telangana to adjoining state of Andhra Pradesh.

He also met Governor ESL Narasimhan and expressed his objection.

The chief minister-designate has termed the ordinance as unconstitutional and said the Centre can`t take such a step without consulting the two states, which will formally come into being on June 2.

A complete shutdown was being observed in Khammam district, especially in Bhadrachalam and Palvancha divisions. About two lakh people, mostly tribals, who inhibit the villages are strongly opposing the Centre`s move, which is said to be aimed at avoiding an interstate dispute over the project coming up across Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh.

The construction of the project is likely to submerge the villages and to avoid any interstate dispute, they are being merged with Andhra Pradesh.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh`s chief minister elect N Chandrababu Naidu has asked his Telangana counterpart to avoid politicising Polavaram project and making provocative statements.
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief wanted to know why TRS president Rao kept quiet when the previous government announced national status to Polavaram and also declared that the villages would be merged with Andhra Pradesh.

Naidu said he would extend full cooperation to Telangana if Chandrasekhar Rao focused on the development of the new state.

(With IANS inputs)