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Govt answerable for death of Jaitapur protester: Uddhav

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

"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


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

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