Chennai: Seeking Tamil Nadu government`s
cooperation in the commissioning of the stir-hit Kudankulam Nuclear power plant, Centre today said the anti-nuclear
protestors should be dealt with an "iron fist".
"In the name of protests, these persons are creating
roadblocks against the welfare of the country and Tamil Nadu
even as the Centre is taking all steps to help the people of
the state by providing electricity," Union Shipping Minister G
K Vasan said.
Speaking to reporters at a function here to mark the
release of a 30-minute short film on the need for Kudankulam
power plant, Vasan said the state government should control
"The protests are going on for about nine months now. Tamil
Nadu government should control them and deal with them with an
iron fist," he said, adding, all doubts and apprehensions
about the safety of the plant and related issues had been
On the budget presented by Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee, Vasan said it laid the foundation for future
growth.It had provisions for shipping sector which would help
in its growth, including capacity expansion of ports and more
import of dredging vessels due to the various sops announced.
On the issue of US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka
for alleged war crimes at UNHRC, Vasan said the state unit of
the Congress had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking New
Delhi`s support for the resolution.