PMANE, AAP to take nuke protest to political forum

People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), a civil group spearheading the ongoing struggle against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power project (KNPP) has announced it would hold talks with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to take their fight to the political platform.

"Based on the consent of community leaders it was decided to move the protest against the nuclear plant to a political platform. We will also discuss with AAP our conditions, PMANE head S P Udhayakumar said.

He said it was decided after a meeting of over 200 community leaders from Kanyakumari, Tuticorin, and Tirunelveli held in Idinthakarai near Kudankulam.
Senior AAP leader Prashanth Bhushan recently met Udhayakumar at Idinthakarai and extended his party’s support to their anti-nuclear protest.

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) is setting up two 1,000 MW Russian reactors at Kudankulam at a cost of over Rs 17,000 crore.

The people's protest against the mega power plant was spearheaded by PMANE for the past couple of years.

Meanwhile, PMANE urged the Election Commission (EC) to order ‘a probe into the collection of huge money from aspirants by major political parties in the State under the guise of sale of applications to contest in the coming Lok Sabha elections.’

In a memorandum to Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath, Udhayakumar alleged that some of the political parties in Tamil Nadu were following an undemocratic and insidious practice that is against the letter and spirit of the Indian constitution and the country’s democratic heritage.

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