February 27, 2012

Anti-Kudankulam protesters should be sued: Swamy .

Monday, 27 February 2012 23:09 Pioneer News Service |
Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy has not only sided with the Centre in opposing those protesting against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP), but has also demanded that NGO leaders involved in the movement be held under the National Security Act.

Talking to the media here on Monday, a day after the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) led a rally in Chennai, Swamy said: “The Prime Minister has vindicated my earlier stated view that the anti-Kudankulam nuclear reactor stir is inspired and funded by foreign sources.”

He sought the arrest of PMANE convener SP Udayakumar, who has threatened to sue Manmohan Singh, and other protesters under NSA. He even suggested that the nation sue the protesters for Rs 100 crore for delaying the commissioning of the reactor by several months. The delay has deprived Tamil Nadu industries, agriculturists and the public of power. “I fully support the statement made by the Prime Minister as I had made (similar allegations) earlier itself. Now I demand that the Prime Minister direct the arrest of the agitators under the NSA,” he said.

Singh had recently blamed American and Scandinavian NGOs for the protest against KNPP. Swamy also had a word of admonition for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for supporting an “anti-national” protest and said that she owed an apology to the people of the State.

Swamy, however, was in full support of the encounter killing of the five bank robbers by the police last week. “What do you expect of the police when someone opens fire at them?” he asked.

It may be recalled that Jayalalithaa had demanded that the apprehensions of the locals and the protesters should be allayed before going ahead with commissioning of the reactor. She also slammed the Centre for not doing so and pulled her weight behind the agitators.

Despite State and Central teams being sent to pacify the agitators, the protesters refused to budge from their stand. Even former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s assurance did not cut ice with them.

However, the deteriorating power situation put Jayalalithaa in a spot, spurring her to form a new team that looked into the safety aspects of the plant. The new State team immediately confirmed that the safety measures were adequate

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