The YSRCP will endorse tomorrow’s state bandh against the decision to privatise the Visakhapatnam steel plant, according to Andhra Pradesh transport minister Perni Nani. The government has also stated that it would support the bandh. The YSRCP is opposed to the privatisation of the steel plant in Visakhapatnam.
In a statement, FDNA general secretary A Aja Sarma said the VSP was helping Andhra Pradesh, especially north Andhra Pradesh, develop. Local BJP leaders who camped in Delhi with the intention of persuading the Centre to change its mind are now singing a different song, according to him.
The YSRCP, according to the minister, is requesting that Visakhapatnam steel be held as public property in perpetuity. In support of the workers’ bandh tomorrow, their government declared that RTC buses will be suspended until one o’clock in the afternoon. “RTC employees will participate in the demonstrations while wearing black badges,” Nani said.
FDNA general Secretary A Aja Sarma also said that privatisation was nothing more than the transfer of national assets to private corporations. He said that local BJP leaders were more concerned with securing their political future than with safeguarding the state’s interests.
Meanwhile, Perni Nani urged the central government to rethink its decision to privatise the Visakhapatnam steel plant, urging the government to come up with an alternative to privatisation.
There are already fears in many parts of the state that the privatisation of the Visakhapatnam steel plant will be put on hold. AP’s government is also opposed to the decision to privatise the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant. Last month, CM Jagan Mohan Reddy met with members of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant’s Conservation Committee as part of this effort. He told them that if the Centre’s decision did not alter, a decision in favour of the Visakhapatnam steel plant would be made in the budget meetings. He remembered that he had already written Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the plant’s privatisation.