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VS supports Kudankulam protest against party wishes

Ignoring CPIM's official line opposing scrapping of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, party veteran V S Achuthanandan today said atomic plants were ‘very dangerous’ and he would visit the coastal town in Tamil Nadu to pledge support to the ongoing stir against the plant.

‘They [nuclear power plants] are very dangerous. I will go there though the date of visit has not been decided’, the 88-year-old leader told reporters here.

Achuthanandan's comments came even as the CPI-M organ Deshabhimani today carried an article by party General Secretary Prakash Karat spelling out the party's stand on the issue – opposing the demand for scrapping KNPP.

‘The demand for closure of the plant after all the works are completed by spending Rs 15,000 crore is neither practical nor would serve the country's interests’, Karat said.

He said his party was not opposed to nuclear energy as such but their safety should be assured and the technological and financial advantages taken into due account. In the case of Kudankulam, he wanted the authorities to make a serious note of the safety concerns expressed by the local people and said the party was opposed to unleashing repressive measures against the agitators and slapping sedition charges against them.

Assuming a sharply divergent position, Achuthanandan said there was no change in his stand that nuclear power plants are dangerous.

He wanted the government to follow the model set by Japanese government which had closed down the nuclear energy plants after Fukushima disaster.
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