Hunger Strike against RINL VSP Privatization Completes 100 Days
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Hunger Strike against RINL VSP Privatization Completes 100 Days

Hans News Service reported that Ukku relay hunger strike initiated to exert pressure on the Union government to withdraw its decision on strategic

Hans News Service reported that Ukku relay hunger strike initiated to exert pressure on the Union government to withdraw its decision on strategic disinvestment of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant reached the 100th day on May 22. Launched by the trade unions at Kurmannapalem junction, the relay hunger strike that commenced on February 12 drew a number of celebrities across the country. Several leaders expressed solidarity with the protesters and extended support to their 100 day long stir. Marking the day, an hour-long protest was taken out by the union leaders carrying a 100 feet long banner on Saturday at Kurmannapalem.

The committee members said "The protest against the Central government's decision on 100 per cent disinvestment of VSP will be carried out across the State. Once the pandemic recedes, a decision towards our next course of action will be taken.”

Extending support to the movement, the ruling YSRCP organised a 25 kilometer 'padayatra' led by Rajya Sabha MP V Vijayasai Reddy from GVMC Gandhi Statue to Kurmannapalem junction. Roadblocks were held across the state. A huge public meeting with national-level leaders was held at Kurmannapalem, Andhra University grounds and beach road.

Despite the concerns raised by the committee members for the past 100 days, the Central government remained a mute spectator on the Ukku stir.

In a separate incident, fire destroyed the relay fast camp which was going on for the past 52 days to oppose the privatisation of Visakhapatnam steel plant, in front of the Gandhi statue opposite the GVMC main office here on Sunday morning. However, there were no casualties though the tent and furniture was burnt. The cause for the fire was not established yet. Some locals noticed the blaze and informed the firefighters. Firefighter crews arrived at the spot to control the blaze. Leaders of the Steel Conservation Fighting Group expressed suspicion over the fire. It is alleged that there was no possibility of a short circuit at the camp and that someone has done this intentionally. Initiation at GVMC has been going on for 52 days under the Steel plant conservation fighting group against the Union government’s privatization decision.

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