Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh government has decided to support the state-wide bandh on Friday against the union government's decision to privatize Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP).

Minister for Information and Public Relations Perni Venkataramaiah said that the State government is against the privatization of Steel Plant and Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has already written a letter to the Centre suggesting alternatives.

He said that the APSRTC services will be stalled until 1 pm, and the RTC staff will be wearing black badges. However, all the emergency health services will run as usual.

Perni Venkataramaiah said the state government opposes the central government's decision to privatize Visakha Steel, which is the right of Andhraites and aspirations of millions of Telugu people. "There has been a great history and sacrifices of Telugu people for establishing a steel plant in the State," he said.

The Minister stated that the credit for merging the RTC into the government and turning it into public property goes to the YSR Congress government. He said the government's sole aim was to revive the organization and curb the exploitation of private individuals despite having the burden of Rs 3600 crore.

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