Backed by all the non-Congress parties, the general strike on February 20 and 21 called by the Central trade unions is expected to throw transport system out of gear.

INTUC, which is close to the Congress, CITU and AITUC, the Left-affiliated unions, HMS, BMS and other Central federations have announced their support for 48-hour strike.

“The strike this time will cripple life. We are expecting employees of railways and APSRTC to take part in the strike,” AITUC leader D. Adinarayana said.

Earlier, VSP employees’ unions, who served a joint strike notice on the management, rejected a request by Executive Director (Works) R. Ranjan to not go ahead with the strike.

Visakha Steel Employees’ Congress general secretary Mantri Rajasekhar and deputy general secretary Neerukonda Ramachandra Rao said they were also demanding immediate allotment of captive mines for RINL and stoppage of disinvestment plan.

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