Bike rally from Vijayawada to Vizag to oppose the privatization of the steel mill
A bicycle rally led by Bunga Sanjay Madiga, founding president of the Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS), reached the steelworks arch venue in Kurmannapalem, where the Visakhapatnam (VSP) steel mill workers have continued their relay hunger strike for the past 73 days against privatization On Sunday.
Mr. Sanjay and 30 supporters started the Tummalapalli Kala Kshetram bike rally in Vijayawada on April 17th and came through Hanuman Junction, Eluru, Tadepalligudem, Tanuku, Ravulapalem, Mandapeta, Ramachandrapuram, Kakinada, Pithapuram, Payakuram, Kattaraopara, Tunanchopeli Anacapalus.
The participants in the bike rally have made people aware of the centre’s policy of divesting 100% of the shares in VSP and the need to oppose them along the way. Mr Sanjay claimed the center was planning to privatize public sector units (PSUs) with the idea of removing reservations. He said that if there were no PSUs in the country, the existence of socially backward classes would be at stake. The BJP government has taken the path of privatization because lifting reservations would create public backlash, claimed Sanjay. He said it was the collective responsibility of all sections to protect the public sector.
Outsourcing Workers JAC Chairman AV Nageswara Rao said that unemployed youth would be appointed on a contract or outsourced basis and treated as slaves. Now privatization would also deprive them and hand them over to the corporate groups, he claimed.
MRPS working president TM Ramesh, guides Kandukuri Raju, Tatapudi Veerraju and Mortha Tata Rao were among the participants in the bike rally.
The chairmen of the Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee, D. Adinarayana and Mantri Rajasekhar, the co-convener K. Satyanarayana, the members YT Das, Ganapathi Reddy and S. Varasala Srinivas, praised the participants of the bike rally for their support to fight against the Protest privatization of the VSP.