Naidu calls for State-wide protests on Feb 18

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Jagan Reddy privatising VSP to save himself from cases
CM set his sights on steel plant surplus lands

AMARAVATI: TDP National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday has called upon his party leaders and cadres to take part in massive protests all over the State on February 18 to denounce the privatisation of the Visakha Steel Plant.

Mr. Naidu stressed the need for waging a relentless agitation against the ruling YCP’s ulterior plans in the deal with the South Korean company, Posco. It was only to save himself from his illegal assets cases that Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy was bent on handing over the steel plant to private hands.

In a statement here, the TDP chief asserted that their party would do everything possible to prevent the State Government from carrying out its nefarious designs any further. Protest rallies would be organised from village to State level. Over 32 lives were sacrificed to save the steel plant in the past.

Mr. Naidu said that the CM has apparently got a secret deal with Posco only to grab the surplus lands of the VSP which have got a very high value in the market. Out of his unquenchable thirst for personal gains only, the Chief Minister was prostrating before the Centre with respect to the steel plant issue.

Mr. Chandrababu Naidu deplored that in the name of privatisation, the steel plant has been weakened without trying for mines exclusively meant for it. The people of the State achieved the industry after fighting a prolonged struggle in the past. Once again, it was for the whole people of AP to agitate and save the steel plant from all future threats. It was high time for teach a strong lesson to the ruling YCP.

Mr. Naidu asserted that the politics of conspiracy and deception being resorted to by the YCP leaders would not stand before the iron will of the Andhra Pradesh. All sections of people were objecting to the privatisation plan. The TDP would be ready to make any sacrifice for saving the steel plant in the best interests of the people.

Mr. Naidu said that the VSP was protecting the livelihoods of over 40,000 people directly and another 50,000 workers indirectly. It had stood like a backbone for the industrial development of Andhra Pradesh for decades. This industry was interlinked with the sentiments of the people. The struggle would continue till the Government would take a firm decision to continue the steel plant in the public sector.