Kadapa Ukku Deeksha

As per the reorganization act 2014 in the 13Th Schedule (section 93) Under Infrastructure there it is mentioned that “SAIL (Steel Authority of India Limited) shall, within six months from the appointed day, examine the feasibility of establishing an integrated Steel Plant in Kadapa ( YSR ) District of the Successor State of Andhra Pradesh”.

Being the Rajyasabha Member from Rayalaseema region Shri CM Ramesh made several attempts to inform PM, NITI Ayog & other concern departments to setup Steel Factory at Kadapa which is mentioned in AP re-org Act 2014, but there was no proper response from the Government due to dark their agreements . Also he had also raised the issue in Upper House of Parliament and personally requested the prime minister and the Union ministers concerned. However on 13 June the Centre, citing SAIL's feasibility report, had told the Supreme Court that it was not "financially viable" to set up the steel plant in the economically-backward region like Kadapa.

Finally TDP MPs met Union steel minister Chaudhary Birender Singh in New Delhi seeking assurance on the establishment of the Kadapa steel plant. In his comments before taking up the fast undo death Shri CM Ramesh mentioned that “the Centre was aware that the granted permissions would stand cancelled if mining was not undertaken within two years of allotment of mines, but was adopting dilatory tactics.

So Finally Telugudesam Party Rajyasabha MP Shri Chintakunta Munaiah Ramesh (CM Ramesh) has taken up fast unto death ( UKKU-DEEKSHA) with a slogan” Kadapa Ukku-Andhrula Hakku” .He expressed his opinion to Central Government that he will not give up his Ukku-Deeksha until the Central government give concrete assurance to set up the steel plant in Kadapa district.

On 20 June morning Shri C.M. Ramesh after garlanding the statue of Mahatma Gandhi with a huge rally he started from Potladurthy in Yerraguntla mandal and left to Kadapa and garlanded the statue of Telugudesam Party founder Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao at NTR Circle in Kadapa.

The TDP party has been staging a series of protests across the AP and tried to push the Centre to approve the Steel Plant and also TDP cadres held bike rallies across the state, and staged dharnas in all 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh in support of CM Ramesh Ukku-Deeksha and he gained popularity across the States . Several popular dignitaries from various fields including National leaders visited the Deeksha venue and extended their support to him.

Doctors had made it clear that CM Ramesh’s health had deteriorated significantly and he should not continue with the fast on 29 June 2018, then central ministers, Vice president etc. requested to conclude the fast, he didn’t believed them.

Finally on 30 June 2018 when AP CM Chandra Babu Naidu assured the people of Kadapa and addressed the gathering at Ramesh’s Ukku-Deeksha venue, stating that he will bring a steel plant to the district. Then CM Ramesh ended his indefinite fast at Kadapa, by taking lime juice from Nara Chandrababu Naidu Garu. Even party Member of Legislative Council (MLC), Mareddy Ravinder Reddy (B.tech Ravi), took lime juice from Chandrababu and ended his fast. They resolved to continue the struggle for Kadapa Steel Plant. It was decided to intensify the agitation by bringing pressure on the Centre to keep its promise, to the people of Andhra Pradesh (AP). Minister for PR & RD, Govt of AP, Nara Lokesh too was present.

A lot of momentum came in Kadapa District and he also got more visibility and he gained popularity at nook and corners of the district. Also party image had gained because of CM Ramesh efforts.