Kumbakonam: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
J Jayalalithaa has been making "contradictory statements" on
the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) issue after
initially supporting it, former Union minister and Congress
leader EVKS Elangovan alleged here on Sunday.
"The Chief Minister has been making contradictory
statements on the issue after assuming power. When she met the
Prime Minister in Delhi, she had appealed to him to sanction
funds for development projects of Tamil Nadu and to
immediately commission the Koodankulam Plant," Elangovan said.
But she had later passed a resolution in the Tamil Nadu
assembly demanding suspension of work at the Plant, he told
Elangovan also hit out at the state of power supply in the
state, saying people expected uninterrupted power supply and
were "not interested in freebies".
"Normal life is affected by heavy power cut," Elangovan
said. "Industries, agriculture, day-to-day affairs are all
affected by it".
Unannounced power cut of 8 to 9 hours are being implemented
in many places while in some villages power is absent for as
many as 16 hours on a regular basis, Elangovan alleged.
He demanded that the CM take immediate action
to commission the KNPP in order to resolve the power crisis in
the state "on a war footing".
On the Tamil Nadu government`s claim that the Centre had
not sanctioned enough relief funds in the aftermath of the
`Thane` cyclone that ravaged parts of the state, Elangovan
said the Centre had sanctioned Rs 500 crore even before the
state had submitted its estimate claim.
He said the funds allocated for relief measures should be
properly spent, and not be "misused" like the funds
distributed for the 2004 tsunami that hit the state.