The decision by the centre to privatise Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) and a series of agitations that unfolded later, particularly Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaramn on Monday in the Lk Sabha, are likely to impact poll prospects of party candidates in the wards in Gajuwaka and other nearby areas. The issues has generated heat after CCMB’s approval of the RINL privatization and parties extended support and the agitation, including the bandh, passed off without any incidents.
However, the agitators got fresh ammunition with Sitharaman’s reaffirment of stell plant privatization. The blockade of NH-16 at Kurmannapalem Junction for over 20 hours and confinement of the steel plant director for over six hours caught the attention of citizens of the city. Parties vied with one another to come in support of the steel plant and its employees.
However, the surge of agitation is likely to have a bearing on the outcome of the results of certain areas where there are several VSP employees. The areas are Ukkunagaram, Peda Gantyad, Kurmannapalem, Vadlapudi, and steel plant oustees colonies, including Nellimikku, Mollivanipalem, Siddeswaram and other areas. Similarly, there will be some impact in Simhachalam, Prahladapuram, Pendurthy and Vepagunta. However, how far the impact will mar the chances of any candidate will be known only when ballot boxes will be opened on March 14.