Kadapa: YSRCP, along with Left parties in the opposition, intensified the struggle for a steel plant at Kadapa and called for a district-wide bandh here today. The bandh was observed peacefully in all parts of the districts, with the slogan, Kadapa Ukku, Rayalaseema Hakku (Kadapa steel is Rayaseema's right) rending the air in all places.
Beginning at the wee hours of the morning YSR Congress party leaders and workers along with those from other opposition parties, mainly Left took part in the bandh, protesting against the step-motherly treatment meted out to the region over the years by successive regimes.
Leaders from the YSRCP and other parties pointed out that the ruling party in AP did not open its mouth in these 4 years against the BJP. They were now resorting to fake protests. The opposition leaders decided to expose the 'political stunt' being staged by the ruling TDP in the name of fasts.
The band is being observed peacefully in Mydukuru, Pulivendula, Budwel, Rayachoti, Jammalamadugu, Rajampet and Kadapa. Buses have gone off roads everywhere and markets wore a deserted look. In Mydukuru MLA Raghurami Reddy took part in the protest demanding the setting up a steel plant at Kadapa, along with state joint secretary, Iragam Reddy and leaders of left parties.
Led by YSRCP, the struggle for a steel plant at Kadapa saw protests across Pulivendula demanding setting up of the steel plant. The protest was led by MP YS Avinash Reddy, who had resigned his Lok Sabha seat seeking implementation of the provisions of AP State Reorganisation Act. He later participated in a bike rally.
Similar protests were seen in Budwel, Rayachoti, Jammalamadugu and Rajampet, where leaders and workers of YSRCP, Left parties, activists, student groups and others observed the bandh successfully and peacefully.
YSRCP leaders and workers, along with leaders and a large number of workers of Left parties, activists and memebers of public gathered at the RTC bus stand in Kadapa, demanding the setting up of a steel plant. YSRCP MLA Amjad Basha, CPM district secretary, Anjaneyulu and others participated in the Bandh.