Seemandhra erupted in protests amid a shutdown while some central ministers and MPs from the region announced their resignation on Friday to protest against the Union Cabinet's approval to the formation of a separate Telangana state.
Normal life in all 13 districts of Seemandhra, as Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra Pradesh are together known, came to a halt due to a 48-hour shutdown called by groups opposing Andhra Pradesh's bifurcation.
The shutdown was total and marred by sporadic incidents of violence. Police used tear gas to disperse protestors in Vijayanagaram who attacked the camp office of state Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana. Tension prevailed in Anantpaur and Prakasam districts, where activists of YSR Congress and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) clashed. (IANS)