Govt answerable for death of Jaitapur protester: Uddhav
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Last Updated: Monday, April 25, 2011, 16:14
Mumbai: Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said that his party would continue to oppose the Jaitapur nuclear power project in coastal Ratnagiri district.

"Shiv Sena would oppose the project and continue its agitation. The government would also have to answer the people over the death of Tabrej Sayekar," Uddhav told reporters at Sakhrinate, near Jaitapur, today.

He met the family members of Sayekar, who was killed in police firing during the anti-project agitation last week. The Sena leader also visited Ratnagiri civil hospital to meet those injured in firing.

"The government would be supplying very little power to the state from the 10,000 mw project... remaining power would be sold to other states. Then why are we risking the lives of our people?" he said.

Uddhav also criticised Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh for changing his stand often on environmental implications of the project.

On a question on his absence during the agitation last week, Uddhav said, "The Sena always comes first to help people in any emergency...Where were these people, who are criticising me now, during the protest?"

Some newspapers and TV channels had pointed out that Thackeray junior was at Kanha national park during this period.


First Published: Monday, April 25, 2011, 16:14

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