Days after the unions called for the state bandh against the Modi-led government farmers law, roads were yet again blocked on Tuesday with protestors raising slogans against Chief Minister Jagan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Tensions ran high in Visakhapatnam with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s written reply to the Visakhapatnam MP.
Into details, the written reply from the Finance Minister specified that the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved 100% disinvestment of government holdings in Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL). Further, it also stated that the state has no equity in the steel plant and is only consulted in specific matters as and when needed.
The reply given by the Union Finance Minister in the Lok Sabha is a big blow to the employee unions who intensified their protests on Tuesday. Protestors squatted on the road at Kurmannapalem with placards demanding the withdrawal of the Centre’s decision.
The trade unions alleged that the state government in disguise is supporting the central government’s decision and further demanded the Jagan-led government to mount pressure on the Union government to withdraw its decision on privatising.