TRS leader and Siddipet MLA T Harish Rao on Thursday demanded that the State Government immediately scrap its GO on the allocation of Bayyaram Mines to the Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd (VSP).
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy had allocated 5,242 hectares of iron ore mines to the VSP on Wednesday. Opposing the government move, Harish Rao, who addressed meetings with Water Works’ employees in Patancheru, Peddapur, Sadasivpet mandal and Kalpagru filterbeds in Sangareddy mandal, Medak district as part of his election campaign for the Hyderabad Metro Water Works Workers’ Union, said that like Andhras, who say Visakha Ukku, Andhra Hakku, Telangana People too want to say Bayyaramm Ukku, Telangana Hakku.
He demanded that a steel plant be set up in Khammam district instead of giving a mining lease to VSP. ‘’Seemandhra rulers, who have already exploited natural wealth of Telangana region are now trying to even take away the wealth of Bayyaram to Andhra. If the government is sincere in the development of Telangana, it should set up a steel plant on its own in Khammam. In case, it goes ahead with its decision, it should bear the responsibility for the consequences,” he warned.
Harish even threatened to stall the State Assembly, if the TRS demand was not conceded and questioned what ministers from Karimnagar and Warangal were doing, when the rights of Telangana people were being disregarded.
On election front, he said workers of Singareni and RTC have made their intentions clear by electing TRS workers union and urged the workers of Metro Works also to follow their lead.