Srikakulam: Former Congress MP Mr. YS Jaaganmohan Reddy has said that, if he were to be the Chief Minister, he would have immediately withdrawn permission to the East Coastal Thermal Project, which was being opposed by the local fishermen. He said it would have been the first file for him to sign.
Mr. Jagan is touring the district for the second day on Tuesday to interact with the people who have been opposing the project. He visited Lakkavaram village on Tuesday where a villager questioned if the hand of Jagan’s late father Dr. Y S Rajasekhara Reddy was there in the setting up of the project. Jagan told him that he came to the district only to clear the misconceptions about his father’s role in the project. He said he felt it was his duty to console the families of those who were killed in the police firing. He has assured the villagers that he would be with them in their fight against the project. He said the fight would continue till the project was cancelled.
Admitting that the East Coast project was given permission during the YSR regime, he has however maintained that there was no opposition for it then. He said as the people were now opposing it, it was the duty of the government to withdraw permissions given to the project. (NSS)