TDP National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday demanded Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy to take responsibility to lead the ongoing agitation for saving the prestigious Visakha Steel Plant from the immediate threat of privatisation.
Naidu advised CM Jagan to stop the sale of the steel plant or resign and go to jail or wherever he would like to go. If the YCP continued its games of betrayal against the people’s sentiments even now, the people of the State would rise in revolt and they would not allow the ruling party leaders to move on the roads.
The TDP chief called on the party Vizag Parliamentary President Palla Srinivasa Rao who was continuing his fast-unto-death from his hospital bed itself.
Addressing a press conference later, Chandrababu Naidu advised the Chief Minister and his party leaders to make sincere efforts like Palla Srinivasa Rao whose hunger strike reached 8th day today. Not a single Minister has visited or enquired about his health till now. Palla’s weight has come down by 10 Kg already. But the false protesters were gaining weight on the other hand. The Chief Minister was not still opening his mouth on the steel plant issue. Jagan Reddy was sitting silently in his Tadepalli residence like a robber bitten by a scorpion.
Naidu demanded the CM to stop his ‘Kodi Kathi’ dramas as the steel plant was something that had a lot of sentimental value for the people of Andhra Pradesh. In the United State, the people of all the three regions including Telangana waged a united stir and protected the VSP. Over 32 agitators sacrificed their lives and Tadikonda resident Amrutha Rao continued a 47-day long fast at that time. Indira Gandhi had no option but to come down to grant the steel plant at Visakhapatnam.
The TDP chief slammed YCP MP Vijay Sai Reddy for ‘counselling’ AP people in a manner that they should accept the reality of the privatisation of the steel plant. At the same time, the MP was saying that he would take up a 20 km long padayatra. What was required right now was that the YCP MP should go to Delhi and get the steel plant sale stopped. The people had realised how the YCP leaders were enacting false dramas and going to meet the false Swamiji in the port city for his blessings to carry out their nefarious activities. The CM met with the Posco representatives and got photos with them but he did not bother to tell the people about the privatisation plans.
Describing the steel plant as the soul of Vizag, Chandrababu Naidu asserted that now the YCP leaders were bent upon looting the ‘soul’ itself. If the CM had any love for the North Andhra region, he should get the Obulapuram mines allotted for saving the Visakha Steel plant. That would save the industry from the privatisation plan immediately. Jagan Reddy will not do this as it would cause personal loss to him. It was YSR who gave away Bayyaram mines to his son-in-law and Obulapuram mines to Gali Janardhan Reddy.
Naidu asserted that VSP was the only steel plant in the country to be located in a port city which would have great advantages for the imports and exports. The steel plant has been supporting over 5 lakh people’s livelihoods. It was paying Rs.41,000 Cr taxes of which Rs. 33,000 Cr to the Centre and Rs.8,000 Cr to the State. The Jagan regime was trying to make sure that there would be no public sector industry in Vizag. They set their sights on the Rs. 2 lakh Cr worth steel plant lands with which they were planning to do real estate in future.