Kudankulam: Karuna blames AIADMK for delay

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited had said it was facing losses of Rs five crore per day following the months-long protest.

Last Updated: Mar 11, 2012, 23:44 PM IST

Chennai: Blaming ruling AIADMK over delay in the
commissioning of Kudankulam Nuclear plant, which is mired in a
controversy following protests from anti-nuclear lobby, DMK
president M Karunanidhi on Sunday urged the state and Central
governments to take all steps to commission it immediately.

"The people should notice the escapist attitude of the
state government, which is doing nothing to commission the
plant but blames the Centre besides writing letters. Without
further delay, Central and state governments should make all
efforts to immediately commission the plant," he said.

The DMK president, who recalled the AIADMK`s 2011 Assembly
election promise of `lightening up a dark Tamil Nadu,` asked
why the government was remaining silent to his questions over
whether it was supporting or opposing the anti-nuclear
movement demanding closure of the plant on safety concerns.

"While she has not responded to my doubt if this government
was supporting the agitation, the Chief Minister invites the
protesters for talks and is also mum on the report by the
state-appointed expert panel (on this issue)," he said.

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited had said it
was facing losses of Rs five crore per day following the
months-long protest, he said, adding, "it is not clear why
AIADMK government has not taken any decision in this matter."

While she blamed his previous government, especially
himself, for the power cuts, people were now experiencing all
the more a difficult situation and this had affected all
sections of society, he said in a statement here.

Karunanidhi had on February 29 accused the Jayalalithaa
government of extending "silent support" to the protests
against the Indo-Russian project.

PTI