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Updated: March 21, 2012 11:12 IST

“Jayalalithaa responsible for delay”

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A file photo of DMK president M. Karunanidhi. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
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A file photo of DMK president M. Karunanidhi. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Tuesday held Chief Minister Jayalalithaa responsible for the delay in commissioning of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) in time, which had resulted in Tamil Nadu plunging into an unprecedented power crisis and the Centre losing Rs. 900 crore.

In a statement here, he said the commissioning of the plant was delayed by six months because the State Cabinet headed by Ms. Jayalalithaa adopted a resolution on November 22, 2011, urging the Centre and Prime Minister to halt work on the plant. “It caused a loss of Rs. 900 crore to Centre as it had to pay salary to the employees without any work,” he said.

Mr. Karunanidhi also accused the Chief Minister of “duplicity” in her dealings with both the anti-Kudankulam activists and the general public. “Instead of convincing the protesters, she extended support to them, much to the disappointment of the general public. Now she has betrayed the protesters too by arresting them,” he added.

Mr. Karunanidhi said though a Central team and eminent scientists like A.P.J. Abdul Kalam vouched for the safety of the KKNPP, she unnecessarily constituted a committee on behalf of the State government and the panel did not even bother to meet the local people before preparing its report.

“Now she has announced development projects worth Rs. 500 crore for the area. This is nothing but a farcical drama and the people of Kudankulam should remember the past history,” Mr. Karunanidhi said.

Reacting to Ms Jayalalithaa's allegations that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement on India's stand on the US-sponsored resolution was “evasive” and that Dr. Singh was a party to his “farcical drama” on the Sri Lankan Tamil issue, Mr. Karunanidhi said at least he was prepared to sit on a protest fast even at this age, but the Chief Minister had not done nothing except writing to the Prime Minster.

He said it was Ms. Jayalalithaa who had once justified the killing of Tamils in the war, saying it was inevitable that innocents die in any war.

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The ex-CM should remember that one of his party men has been accused of causing about thousands of crores to the government and his nephews are been accused in other cases too ! Time for him to retire from active politics. His family have plundered enough, maybe even more than what the britishers did.

from:  naveen
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012 at 18:31 IST

MK should not talk about fiscal discipline since he and his party bankrupted the state and did not leave a penny in the coffer.

from:  ramesh
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012 at 18:31 IST

Shekar may be suffering from selective Amnesia or Hate-MK fever, forgetting that KKNPP progressed well into near-completion stage in DMK regime. KKNPP was initiated and nurtured by DMK by being a part of the Central & later state govt. Even a devil (as proclaimed by MK haters) is due its share. Several power projects initiated by the last DMK regime are in the pipeline which will generate power soon, no thanks the present CM. Bias prevails over truth.

from:  kris
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012 at 12:18 IST

If Jayalalitha opposed the kudungualam project again karunanannidhi will
have another statement ready in his criminal mind. Only thier issues are
opposing each other and becoming hurdle in the development of tamilnadu.
He should peacefully retire from all public life and take permanent rest
in lunatic asylum.

from:  shafi
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012 at 11:48 IST

Safety of nuclear power generation is a very serious matter. Nothing wrong in listening to peoples concern and experts opinion. Ms Jayalalitha took the final decision, I believe, after considering views from all stake holders. In a democracy, such delays should be expected.

from:  vijay
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012 at 10:48 IST

Nothing can be funnier than Mr. Karunanidhi holding Ms.Jayalalithaa responsible for the delay in commissioning the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project plunging the state of Tamilnadu in an 'unprecedented' power crisis and causing a loss of Rs 900 crores to the centre.
What was the contribution of the DMK regime until 10 months back to improve the power supply and distribution position in the state? Is it his case that immediately after assuming office, the present CM should have given clearance for the KKNPP project so that her action would have 'perpetuated the untiring efforts of the DMK in making positive contributions in every conceivable manner' to the Centre's finances?

from:  Shekar
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012 at 10:37 IST

It's time for the politicians in the state to work in a collaborative manner for the upliftment of the state. Not sure whether the DMK or Karunanidhi felt ashamed of the couple of hours fast he did to stop the war in Sri Lanka, but the people are. If he can go in a wheel to beg for ministries for his son/daughter/family, he should have done it for the Tamils in Sri Lanka. For all the drama's the politicians make, they need to understand that it is the common man & the industries which is getting affected. In no other state we see this politics of vendeta. It's high time the politicians change their attitude & works towards the improvement of the state, else we will become another UP or erstwhile Bihar.

from:  Suresh Raamaswamy
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012 at 08:38 IST

Ex CM doesnt have right to comment that delays are attributed due to JJ.
The present crisis , power shortage in TN is purely due to DMK regime,
who didnt take any action during his period.Only he developed his kith
and kin families. First, he should immolate himself for the people
sufferings and for the benefit of future generation.

from:  Pandian
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012 at 07:53 IST

mr. Karunanidhi, please take care of ur health, enjoy your last days of your lives with
family and friends.. young and able administrators will take care of the state. your
family has made enough money, not its the turn for others..

from:  saleen
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012 at 06:59 IST

Mr. Karunanidhi is notoriously famous for making opportunistic statements. He was the chief minister right after the KNPP project was signed by Rajiv Gandhi. Can he explain why it took 25 years to ask the local public whilst he had been a chief minister thrice, did he bother to check? In a developing nation like India, the notin that a known devil (read: NPPs) are welcomed much more than unknown angels (all those green energy promises).

Even in developed countries, such unknown angels remain just that, Unknown. Case in Point: Solyndra Solar Plant here, next to me. As I drove past it today, I saw that empty building (and its empty promises) as a sad reminder of this blunt truth. Can we afford to experiment while the state is going through such drastic powercuts?

from:  Krishnan iyer
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012 at 03:47 IST
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