AP bandh hits normal life as bus services suspended

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Hyderabad, Nov 21 (UNI) Services of hundreds of Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation(APSRTC) buses were cancelled in the districts and the National Highways were blocked by the activists of all opposition parties as part of the state bandh call given by the All Party Farmers' Associations, demanding that the Centre hike the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Paddy at Rs 1000 per quintal.

People faced problems to reach their destinations as the bus services were suspended in most of the districts. No alternative arrangements were made to provide transportation to the people, who were seen waiting endlessly at the bus stations.

As part of the bandh call, the farmer associations of the opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP), BJP, Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS) and the Left parties staged rasta roko agitations on the National Highways, obstructing the vehicular traffic for more than two hours in several parts of the State.

The educational institutions, Government offices and shops were closed in all districts. In the capital city, the agitators forced the closure of the educational institutions. However, the business centres were functioning as usual in the city.

A report from Vijayawada said business establishments, shops and some banks and financial institutions were closed. Buses and train services were not affected.

Meanwhile, All India Kisan Sabha Vice-President K Nageswara Rao alleged that both the Central and State Governments were not sincere in solving the farmers' problems and said the agitation would be intensified further till the Centre announced the MSP for paddy.

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