Tirunelveli: The AIADMK government`s
"sudden volte-face" in the Koodankulam Nuclear Plant Project
issue after it had initially supported the project was "not
understandable," Tamil Nadu Congress Committe President
B S Gnanadesikan said here on Saturday.
"The Tamil Nadu government had initially expressed its
support for the KNPP and had demanded its early commissioning.
Now, the sudden volte-face of the State government towards
KNPP is not understandable," he said.
Gnanadesikan also said he could not understand why the
state government had not arrested many protestors involved in
the anti-KNPP agitation despite registering cases against
Describing the power project as an important national
project, he said it would cater to the needs of an
energy-starved India. Moreover, 50 per cent of the nuclear
energy produced from the two reactors at KNPP, about 925 mw,
will be given to Tamil Nadu, so the state government must
support the project, Gnanadesikan said.
Asked whether the Central government was turning a blind
eye to the demand of the Tamil Nadu government seeking a
financial package to the tune of Rs 24,000 crore, he said
neither the Prime Minister not the Union Finance Minister has
the power to earmark the allocation of funds demanded, as it
is the prerogative of the devolution of Financial Packages Act
to the State governments.
On the allocation of Rs 23,000 crore to the naxal-infested
states such as Bihar and West Bengal, he said these were given
for rehabilitation and development measures. But the TNCC
would fully support the state government`s effort to get the
financial assistance from the Centre, he added.
Congress will hold a public meeting here on February 4
urging the commissioning of the KNPP. Gnanadesikan said Union
Home Minister P Chidambaram, Union Shipping Minister G K Vasan
and Union Minister of State in the PMO, V Narayanaswamy will
be among those who participate in the meeting.