Will the Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu prevail upon the Centre to prevent the privatisation of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant or will he remain a mute spectator? The pressure is being exerted on Venkaiah Naidu who has been caught in a bind on the issue. All eyes are on him watching what would be his next move.
Naidu who has been exercising his clout in New Delhi for the past two years has been caught in a piquant situation as he led the stir for Visakhapatnam Steel Plant then and also the Separate Andhra Movement during his days as a student of Andhra University. In fact, Venkaiah led the Andhra Movement as a leader of Visakha District Sangharshana Committee.
Political circles raise eyebrows as Venkaiah Naidu keeping his fingers crossed on the privatisation of the steel plant. Prior to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, it may be recalled that Venkaiah Naidu demanded special status for the state for a period of 10 years. He also played a crucial role after the division of the state helping Chandrababu Naidu government in getting as many funds as possible and also many projects from the Centre.
As a Union Minister, he convinced his Cabinet colleagues at the Centre to get enough funds released to the TDP regime then, eliminating problems for the state government. Venkaiah Naidu’s style of functioning has been surprising political leaders from the state as Venakaiah remained tight-lipped on the move to privatise the steel plant. Questions are being raised why Venkaiah Naidu has been maintaining silence even if the Centre is prepared to privatise the steel plant which is the result of agitations led by Venkaiah Naidu and many prominent political outfits.
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