Vijayawada: Actor-politician Chiranjeevi has joined the chorus against the privatization of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP).
Supporting the agitation, the actor tweeted that VSP is a symbol of numerous sacrifices. "Let's raise the above parties and regions. With a Steely resolve, let us save VSP, he said. Probably Chiranjeevi is the first celebrity in the two Telugu speaking states", he said.
On Monday, Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman told Parliament that the Government of India would go ahead with the plan of 100 percent disinvestment in RINL and its subsidiaries. The remarks added fuel to the agitation.
Chiranjeevi said he still remembers the day when people launched the movement for the VSP. He said he was studying at Narasapuram's YNM College in Andhra Pradesh when the mass movement was launched for the plant.
He also recalled how people were rallying behind the steel plant with the slogans "Visakha Ukka, Andhrula Hakku" (Visakha Steel is the right of every Andhra person). He said that many people sacrificed their lives for the steel plant. He said those sacrifices will neither be forgotten nor go in vain.
He said that every single person of Andhra was feeling proud when the steel plant came to Visakhapatnam.
Chiranjeevi criticized the authorities for not allotting captive mines to the steel plant. He also lashed out at the Center for privatizing the institution because it is not yielding profits anymore. He said it is better for the Center to rollback its decision considering that there are many lives dependant on the plant directly and indirectly.
Chiranjeevi said that it is now everyone's responsibility to save the plant from being privatized and that this issue goes beyond any politics, rivalries, and parties. He said that everyone has to unite if the plant is to be saved.
With megastar Chiranjeevi rallying against privatization, all eyes are now on other Tollywood stars to break the silence.