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Nuke activists hit back, will sue PM


the Prime Minister had also made remarks in the same context,” Udayakumar said. The PMANE convenor said he would also take legal action against Congress leader E V K S Elangovan who had claimed that he was convicted for drug peddling in the US. ”

We condemn this anti- people attitude and request the Central government and the department of Atomic Energy to respect the feelings of the Tamil people and immediately close down the Plant,” he said.

The Prime Minister in an interview to the alt39 Sciencealt39 journal had criticised NGOs that received support from abroad for leading protests against the Plant. On the state government- appointed expert panel vouching for the safety of the Koodankulam nuclear plant, Udayakumar said it was ” unethical and unprofessional” to make such a statement even before the report was submitted to the government.

US, RUSSIA REACT Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs remarks that some US NGOs were stoking protests at the Kudankulam nuclear plant have evoked reactions with the US saying it will find out the ” facts” and Russia maintaining that it ” suspected” this all along.

In Guwahati, US Chargé dalt39Affaires A. Peter Burleigh said US will have to find out the ” facts” before commenting on Singhs remarks.

However, Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin in Delhi maintained that they ” suspected” this all along. Asked about Singhs comments, Burleigh said, ” I am not well aware of the matter and so do not feel confident to comment on it. We will have to find out the facts.” Kadakin said, ” We have been suspecting this all along. I was open to even saying this because it was very strange that six months after the Fukushima tragedy, all of a sudden those protesters raised their voice.

” They were sleeping for six months and all of a sudden they raise their voice against the most secure and the worlds best station.” Two 1,000 MW nuclear power plants, built by the NPCIL with Russian collaboration, were to be commissioned in November last but was stalled due to the protest for last several months.

” Indo- US relations are extremely strong and cordial at all levels of prime minister and president, government to government and people to people,” Burleigh told reporters at the sidelines of a function of inauguration of an American Corner in Guwahati. ” The relationship is increasing at different areas and what I can say is that the US is involved with India for participation in civil nuclear programme and our government is very keen on the matter,” he said. – PTI