Protesting against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Russia to finalize pacts on Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) units 3 and 4, about 1,000 people, including women and children, staged a demonstration and held a rally at Idinthakarai village, the hub of ongoing protest against nuclear plant in this Southern district, today.
The protest call was given by Struggle Committee of People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), a civil group spearheading the ongoing protest against KKNPP.
Holding placards demanding the resignation of Dr Manmohan Singh, the protestors strongly condemned what they called 'callous' and 'reckless' move to sign a deal for two more reactors from Russia by Indian Prime Minister, UPA government, the Congress and all other anti-people parties and leaders. They demanded immediate closure of the defunct unit 1 and upcoming unit 2 of KKNPP.
Lakhs of people in Tamil Nadu and Kerala have been protesting against KKNPP for more than two years with very valid concerns and questions about using substandard equipment, corruption, absence of supplier liability, lack of nuclear waste management plans and so on, they said.
Dr Manmohan Singh today left for Moscow on a two-day visit on the eve of annual summit with his Russian President Vladimir Putin. He is holding talks with Putin to sign contracts relating to KKNPP reactors 3 & 4, despite of stiff resistance from local people. UNI GSM AKM ADB1815 NNNN
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