Lok Satta Party founder Jayaprakash Narayan on Tuesday said there was no alternative to nuclear power projects as otherwise the country would not be able to meet its energy requirements.

He felt that renewable sources such as solar and wind could not meet the growing electricity demand. His comments assume significance in the wake of widespread agitations against the proposed nuclear power project at Kovvada in Srikakulam district. Addressing a media conference here, Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan said advanced countries such as France were tapping nuclear power to achieve rapid growth.

At the same time, he asked the Union government to give utmost importance to safety norms at the proposed Kovvada project.

“We are lagging behind in production of nuclear energy. The share of nuclear energy in overall energy sources is minimal. So, increase in its production is need of the hour to achieve overall growth,” Dr. Narayan said.

On the contentious Telangana issue, he made it clear that Lok Satta was not against statehood for the region. He said his party would send representatives to the all-party meeting if invited by the Centre.

He alleged that the Centre had tried to mislead Telangana leaders with the offer of all-party meeting only to get the support of Telangana MPs during voting on Foreign Direct Investment in retail.