There was a shutdown in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday in support of a separate state even as 25 more legislators put in their papers.
The Telangana Joint Action Committee had given a 48-hour bandh call to put pressure on the Centre to concede statehood. Offices, educational institutions, shops and business establishments remained closed, and bus and train services were cancelled.
The number of MLAs who have resigned so far has risen to 97. Of the MLAs who quit on Tuesday, 11 are from the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), six from the Congress, four from the CPI and two from the Praja Rajyam Party.
Two TRS MPs, including party chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, also put in their papers.
The police said the bandh was peaceful barring a few attacks on public property and shops being forced to shut down.
More than 320,000 government employees in Telangana, which includes Hyderabad and 10 districts, struck work. The police arrested lawyers who boycotted courts and blocked roads.
However, the shutdown did not have much impact on the IT industry in Hyderabad. “Work in the IT sector and other MNCs in our jurisdiction was more or less normal,” said a police officer.