With Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, on Monday, reconfirming the Centre’s plans of disinvesting 100% from Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, protestors across Andhra Pradesh have intensified their protests. On Monday night, several groups took to the streets at Kurmannapalem and other areas to show their resentment against the remarks made by the Finance Minister. Bringing the traffic to a halt and raising slogans against the Central Government, scores of employees urged the authorities to reconsider their decision. The protests have been continuing with slogans of ‘Visakha Ukku Andhrula Hakku’ and ‘Save Steel Plant’ renting the air.
The slogan has even caught pace on social media with several citizens demanding the Centre to roll back its decision, using the hashtag ‘Visakha Ukku Andhrula Hakku’.
On Monday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reconfirmed that 100% of investments shall be withdrawn from Visakhapatnam Steel Plant. Responding to the queries raised by YSRCP MPs MVV Satyanarayana (Visakhapatnam MP) and Goddeti Madhavi (Araku MP) in the Parliament, Union she also stated that the State Government does not have any equity in the RINL.