Vijayawada: YSRCP has decided to support Bharat Bandh on March 26 to protest against Centre's decision to privatize Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) and show solidarity with farmers agitating against the new farm laws.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Minister for Information and Public Relations Perni Venkataramaiah said the State government is against the privatization of Steel Plant and Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has already written letters to the Centre suggesting alternatives.

"Although the state government expressed readiness to take the complete responsibility of the plant, the Centre asked the administration to participate in an open auction and place a bid," he added.

The Minister said the state government shall support a nation-wide bandh called by farmers on March 26. He appealed to farmer associations to observe the bandh peacefully without causing inconvenience to the general public.

He said all the government institutions will be open after 1.00 PM. He said RTC buses will ply in the afternoon. In the wake of the bandh, public life will not be completely obstructed and all the emergency health services will run as usual.

"The state government opposes the central government's decision to privatize Visakha Steel Plant. Telugu people have given huge sacrifices for establishing a steel plant in the state," he said.

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