Even as the anti-nuclear energy relay fast is on at Idinthakarai, the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project Supporters' Movement has announced that its members would observe a relay fast at Chettikulam, about 14 km from Idinthakarai, from Friday, demanding immediate commissioning of the almost completed nuclear power project .
They demanded action against Bishops and priests who supported the anti-nuclear protests and “malicious campaigns.”
The supporters, who met the Central committee's convener A.E. Muthunayagam, appealed to him to ensure the early commissioning of the “prestigious and ambitious project of the Centre.”
Even as the protesters' representatives were speaking to the media in front of the District Collector's office after the meeting, the supporters raised slogans in support of the project and demanded the arrest of those orchestrating agitations under the National Security Act.
“We can't be a mute spectator anymore to all these anti-national happenings around Kudankualm for the past two months. We appeal to those who support the project to join hands to ensure the early commissioning of the project so as to ensure adequate electricity to the power-starved State. We will crush any force that dare to nullify our relay fast ,” said N. Vijayan, who had recently submitted petitions to the Collector and to former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam during his recent visit to KKNPP.
The Hindu Desiya Congress president, P. Madhusoodhana Perumal, in a petition submitted to the Collector, R. Selvaraj, after the meeting between the Central and State committees, said the Centre should probe the role of church in opposing the project and “their malicious campaign against it .”
“Action should be taken against Bishops and priests, who even make appeals to the public to protest against the project during prayers, and also against S.P. Udhayakumar and his associates for spreading rumours and false information about the project.