Speaking at the protest venue, TDP’s Kadapa President, Srinivas Reddy, said that it was time to “teach Narendra Modi a lesson”.

Kadapa steel plant TDP MP CM Rameshs health deteriorates on day 9 of hunger strikeImage:Facebook/CM Ramesh
news Politics Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 19:58

The hunger strike called by TDP MP CM Ramesh against the Centre over the Kadapa steel plant entered its ninth day on Thursday.

The TDP has been protesting against the Centre’s failure to set up a steel plant in Andhra Pradesh’s Kadapa. Officials told TNM on Thursday that Ramesh’s health is deteriorating, but he will not be breaking his fast.

CM Ramesh, who had sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier, began his hunger strike last week along with TDP MLC Mareddy Ravindranath Reddy at the Zilla Parishad office premises in Kadapa.

After Mareddy’s health deteriorated on Wednesday, the police shifted him to a local hospital for treatment and forced him to break his fast, amid protests from TDP members. The police, however, had failed to stop CM Ramesh from continuing his strike.

TDP’s Kadapa President, Srinivas Reddy, speaking at the protest venue  on Thursday, claimed that it was time to “teach Narendra Modi a lesson”.

“YSRCP’s no-confidence motion was of no use since they failed to get the required support. The resignations of the 5 MPs was just drama,” Srinivas stated.

“In the coming parliament session, the TDP will definitely move a no-confidence motion against the BJP.  We will gain support from all political parties across the country to teach (Narendra) Modi a lesson,” he added.

Speaking to TNM from the protest site, TDP spokesperson Lanka Dinakar stated that the delay in granting the steel plant is a result of backdoor operations between Modi and Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Lashing out at Jagan, Dinakar said, “Andhra Pradesh is being ignored and this is happening only after the meeting between Jagan and Modi. People here in Pulivendula are watching everything. Jagan’s opportunities ways are the reason behind Modi’s dictatorial policies.”

Dinakar added that despite his deteriorating health situation Ramesh is continuing his strike.

“His protest will continue to give spirit to the 5 crore people in Andhra Pradesh. The people are with him and the only hurdle to the steel plant is Jagan,” he added.

Earlier this week, CM Chandrababu Naidu claimed that the Centre has been ignoring the Andhra Pradesh despite the state’s assurance to provide all the necessary facilities for the plant’s construction.

According to the provisions in the AP Reorganization Act, 2014, the Steel Authority of India (SAIL) had to form a committee and within six months of formation of the committee, the feasibility of setting up a steel plant in Kadapa district was to be discussed.

However, the Centre told the Supreme Court earlier this month that the steel plant in Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, as well as the one in Bayaram, Telangana, were not feasible since SAIL found both the projects to be financially unviable.


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