Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers' Association (APNGOA) has called for a 48-hours bandh (shut down) call from Tuesday night in Krishna district in protest against the decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.
APNGOA Krishna district president A. Vidyasagar said that after successfully conducting last Saturday's meeting at Hyderabad, the association has decided to intensify its agitation by demanding that the Centre withdraw its decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.
He requested all sections of society to support the shut down as well as urged autorickshaw and private bus operators not to operate their services during the shut down. He also warned that if bus and autorickshaw operators do not follow the shut down call, agitators would obstruct their movement.
In a related development, the Vijayawada Chamber of Commerce announced its support to the shut down, with its president saying that traders have decided to support the agitation.
The APNGOA has also requested women from the district to participate in a 'Mahila Garjana' mass meeting to be held at Vijayawada on September 13, in large numbers, to attract Congress President Sonia Gandhi's attention towards the demand by people of the Seemandhra region.
Meanwhile, advocates from Vijayawada staged a 'jala deeksha' protest by standing in the river Krishna here on Tuesday, in support of Samaikhyandhra or a "united" Andhra Pradesh, even as students from various educational institutions formed human chains and protested at many places in Vijayawada city as well as other places in the district.