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Rahul to visit Visakhapatnam to raise VSP issue


Is Congress leader Rahul Gandhi planning to visit Visakhapatnam soon? Is he trying to meet the employees unions opposing the privatisation of the Vizag Steel Plant? Congress sources say that Rahul indeed is going to visit Vizag soon to take up this issue.

Interestingly, the project was set up due to the efforts of the then prime minister and Rahul Gandhi’s grandmother Indira Gandhi. The project works were inaugurated in 1971 and the works began in the 1980s and the production began from the 1990s. The setting up of the project is because of the Congress Party’s efforts. So, Rahul has an emotional connection with the project. Now that Modi is hell-bent on privatising the project, Rahul Gandhi wants to use this emotional connect to fight the BJP and raise the issue of VSP privatisation.

Congress sources say that he would use Vizag as a forum to launch an anti-Modi tirade. He is likely to express his solidarity with the striking employees union. He is also likely to invoke grand-mother Indira Gandhi and recall her connection with the Telugu people. In fact, she had contested and won from Medak in the then undivided Andhra Pradesh. Rahul wants to recall these memories to attack Modi.

But there are discordant notes too. With the Congress completely down in the dumps in Andhra Pradesh, will the Congress be able to capitalise on the steel plant movement? He may be able to highlight the issue but, he may still be not able to stop the privatisation. Will parties like TDP and YSRCP stand with the Congress Party in the fight against the privatisation of the Vizag steel plant. Whether the VSP issue gets resolved or not, the Congress boss is likely to visit Vizag in August.

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We have power to privatise VSP, dismiss petitions: Centre tells AP High Court


The Narendra Modi led government at the Centre made it clear that it has full powers to take decision on privatisation of any public sector units including Vizag Steel Plant (VSP).

The Centre submitted an affidavit to this effect in Andhra Pradesh High Court today (Wednesday).

Former CBI JD Laxminarayana filed a petition in High Court challenging Centre’s decision to privatise VSP.

The High Court had earlier directed Centre to file its affidavit on the issue.

The Centre in its committee claimed that a cabinet committee headed by PM Narendra Modi and comprising of home, commerce, industry ministers etc took a decision on January 17 this year to privatise VSP.

The Centre stated that it has full powers to take decisions on economic affairs of the country and courts cannot involve in these issues.

The Centre reminded previous Supreme Court judgment that courts should not involve in policy decisions of governments.

Against this backdrop, the Centre urged AP High Court to dismiss all petitions filed against privatisation of VSP.

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