There should be an immediate stop in work on all new nuclear plants across the country without any exception, Prakash Karat, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), said here on Thursday.

“It is ‘elementary' for the government to pay heed to public protests against such plans, particularly after the Fukushima disaster,” Mr. Karat said at a press conference.

“The CPI(M) had raised objections to the Jaitapur nuclear project in Maharashtra where farmers are agitating even before the Fukushima disaster,” Mr. Karat pointed out.

“The technology being provided for the Jaitapur plant by the French company is not tested even though the plants they [the company] are constructing in France are under construction… Besides, Jaitapur is in a seismic zone. Many scientists have already demanded a stop to the project,” Mr. Karat added.