Protesters plan to lay siege to #Kudankulam Nuclear project site today


 

 

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, Hindu

 

Kudankulam Nuclear Plant

Kudankulam Nuclear Plant (Photo credit: Eunheui)

 

An uneasy calm prevails in Kudankulam and Idinthakarai in the wake of the protesters’ threat to march towards the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project site on Sunday for laying siege to it, and the deployment of around 4,000 police personnel to face any eventuality.

 

The anti-Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project agitation, which started a year ago at Idinthakarai, has almost reached the climax with the protesters making a last-ditch effort to prevent enriched uranium fuel being loaded on to the first reactor.

If the fuel loading passes off uneventfully, then the year-long agitation will become meaningless, feel the protesters, who also believe that their desperate move will exert pressure on the Union Government to put off plans for commissioning the KKNPP.

The agitation, hitherto confined to coastal hamlets, may overflow on the roads leading to the KKNPP as part of the protest, which may trigger a possible conflict with the police.

CLARION CALL

Announcements were made by priests in a few churches in the coastal villages of the district on Saturday morning appealing to the devotees to join the ‘satyagraha’ on Sunday.

Anticipating a huge mobilisation by protesters from various coastal villages from Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts, around 4,000 police personnel have been deployed on the roads near Kudankulam and Idinthakarai. Sandbags have been piled up by the police on the roadside.

WARNING RIBBONS

Warning ribbons have been tied around the ground-level wells – both used and unused – around Vairaavikinaru to caution passersby. “The protesters may run for cover in case of a possible police action tomorrow. To prevent them from falling into the wells, we’ve tied the warning ribbons,” said a police officer. Perfect functioning of all streetlights in this region has been ensured by the local panchayats following a direction from the Assistant Director (Panchayat).

During vehicle checks by officials attached to the Regional Transport Offices at Tenkasi, Tirunelveli and the Motor Vehicle Inspectors of Valliyoor, 20 vehicles, including jeeps, autorickshaws and an earthmover, which did not have valid documents, were seized. The impounded vehicles have been taken to the Radhapuram police station.

 

 

 

Kabhi Haan ,Kabhi Na – Left Parties stand on Nuclear issues


A timeline of statements by Left parties on the Kundalkulum / koodankulam power plant. Just a few days ago when ten thousands of  police forces were moblised by the state against the protestors at the same time CPI state seceratary D.Pandian went on the media and said, if u dont want the Nuclear plantto run please come take your compensation and run out of this place.

On Feb 25,2012

A. Raja, CPI leader,  said, if America-based NGOs are playing a role in Kudankulam, then they should be isolated and action should be taken against them.

On Feb 28th 2012 S.P.Udayakumar who leads the people’s non violent struggle at Kudanklam said in an interview that both   The CPI and CPM are confused. CPM is anti-nuclear in Jatapur, but pro-nuclear in Kudankulam; they are against nuclear weapons, but are pro-nuclear for energy.

On March 1, 2012

CPI (M) general secretary G. Ramakrishnan stated that based on former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam‘s recommendations, the Centre should ensure the safety of those in and around Kudankulam and allocate Rs.200 crore for development activities.
On the same day CPI TN Seceretary D.Pandian

Expressing concern over the deteriorating power situation, Mr. Pandian said that power cuts were increasing, affecting all sections of society. The government should initiate all necessary steps to find a solution quickly and overcome the shortage. The CPI supported the commissioning of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project. The just demands of the local people, such as providing employment opportunities, should be addressed. 

March 23, 2012 Stop Repression at Koodankulam

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
 Stop Repression at Koodankulam-The CPI(M) condemns the police repression on the people protesting against the commissioning of the nuclear power plant at Koodankulam. Those arrested are being charged with sedition and for waging war against the State which is baseless and unwarranted. There are reports of water supply being cut off and other essential supplies being blocked to the Idinthakari village. The CPI(M) calls upon the state administration not to resort to repression and force against  peaceful protesters. Since there are a number of issues still agitating the people regarding the nuclear plant, the concerned authorities should immediately begin talks to address these issues.

On March 24th

The State unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Friday called upon anti-Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) protestors to give up their agitation, as panels of experts appointed by the Centre and the State governments had vouched for the safety of the plants.

In a statement here, State secretary of the party G. Ramakrishnan welcomed the State government decision to go ahead with the commissioning of the plants. He requested the local people to extend their support for the functioning of the plants.

Mr. Ramakrishnan said that instead of resorting to repressive measures such as filing criminal cases against the protestors, the State government should take steps to allay the fears of people about the technology and safety aspects of the Kudankulam project.

On March 25 th

CPI seceratary D. Pandian also backed the CM’s decision to support commissioning of the Koodankulam plant and demanded that the entire power generated from it be given to TN. The State should initiate dialogue with protesters and demand that the entire 1,000 MW generated in the first reactor should be given to TN till the power crisis in the State was solved.and he also went further to state that

“Their apprehensions are borne out of ignorance. It cannot be cleared,” CPI state secretary D. Pandian said, demanding immediate commissioning of the nuke plant.

Accusing anti-nuke protesters of “holding the country for ransom” the CPI leader said, “It is a national asset and it must be utilised.”

Some links on their statements

CPI(M) seeks commissioning of Kudankulam project

Today’s Paper » NATIONAL » TAMIL NADU

CHENNAI, March 1, 2012

Special Correspondent

The State Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Wednesday urged Central and State governments to initiate steps for commencing operations of the Kudankulam project soon after reviewing the reports submitted by the expert committees.

In a release, CPI (M) general secretary G. Ramakrishnan stated that based on former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s recommendations, the Centre should ensure the safety of those in and around Kudankulam and allocate Rs.200 crore for development activities.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/article2948357.ece

 

Give up anti-KKNPP protests: CPI (M)

Today’s Paper » NATIONAL » TAMIL NADU

CHENNAI, March 24, 2012

The State unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Friday called upon anti-Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) protestors to give up their agitation, as panels of experts appointed by the Centre and the State governments had vouched for the safety of the plants.

In a statement here, State secretary of the party G. Ramakrishnan welcomed the State government decision to go ahead with the commissioning of the plants. He requested the local people to extend their support for the functioning of the plants.

Mr. Ramakrishnan said that instead of resorting to repressive measures such as filing criminal cases against the protestors, the State government should take steps to allay the fears of people about the technology and safety aspects of the Kudankulam project. — Special Correspondent

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/article3208162.ece

CPI not to support any party in Sankarankoil

TIRUCHI, March 1, 2012

The Communist Party of India (CPI) will not support any party in the Sankarankoil by-election, its State Secretary D. Pandian said here on Thursday.

“We have decided not to support anybody in the by-election as it is not politically important and will not bring about any change. All are our friends,” he said while briefing reporters on the decisions taken at the party’s day-long State council meeting.

Reiterating the CPI’s demand for an international inquiry into allegations of war crimes in the last stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka, he urged the Indian government not to support Sri Lanka on the issue in the ongoing session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Mr. Pandian welcomed the stand of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi on the issue.

India should stop all military and financial assistance to Sri Lanka and press the Sri Lankan government for an early political settlement within a specific timeframe.

The CPI cadre will observe fast in district headquarters in the State on March 6 to press the demands, stated a resolution adopted at the council. It appealed to political parties and all sections of people to participate in the agitation. Expressing concern over the deteriorating power situation, Mr. Pandian said that power cuts were increasing, affecting all sections of society. The government should initiate all necessary steps to find a solution quickly and overcome the shortage. The CPI supported the commissioning of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project. The just demands of the local people, such as providing employment opportunities, should be addressed.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/article2951393.ece

Jaya absolutely right, PM ambiguous: CPI

March 25, 2012

Pandian also backed the CM’s decision to support commissioning of the Koodankulam plant and demanded that the entire power generated from it be given to TN. The State should initiate dialogue with protesters and demand that the entire 1,000 MW generated in the first reactor should be given to TN till the power crisis in the State was solved.

http://expressbuzz.com/topnews/jaya-absolutely-right-pm-ambiguous-cpi/374483.html

Oppn push for K-plant commissioning

With the state government maintaining silence on Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) issue, the Opposition parties — DMK, Congress, Left parties and BJP — are pushing for the commissioning of the project in the wake of unprecedented power crisis facing the state.

The CPI would hold a demonstration seeking commissioning of the nuke plant on Tuesday in the city.

The Opposition parties have raised their pitch for commissioning the plant after the state government appointed expert committee, which submitted its report to chief minister Jayalalithaa on February 28, expressed satisfaction over the plant’s safety aspects.

When the protest gained momentum, the CPI was among other parties which had demanded that the Centre and the state government dispel the apprehensions of the locals before proceeding with the project.

“Their apprehensions are borne out of ignorance. It cannot be cleared,” CPI state secretary D. Pandian said, demanding immediate commissioning of the nuke plant.

Accusing anti-nuke protesters of “holding the country for ransom” the CPI leader said, “It is a national asset and it must be utilised.”

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/chennai/oppn-push-k-plant-commissioning-788


Probe shows foreign hand behind Kudankulam N-protest: PMO

Feb 25,2012

A. Raja, CPI leader, too, reacted on similar lines saying, if America-based NGOs are playing a role in Kudankulam, then they should be isolated and action should be taken against them.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20120225/main2.htm

Kudankulam protest: PMANE’s Udayakumar pounds PMO

Feb 28,2012

SP Udayakumar says

The CPI and CPM are confused. CPM is anti-nuclear in Jatapur, but pro-nuclear in Kudankulam; they are against nuclear weapons, but are pro-nuclear for energy.

http://www.firstpost.com/politics/kudakulam-protest-pmanes-udayakumar-pounds-pmo-227526.html/2

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