The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) was never against a development like the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP), said M. Karunanidhi, DMK president.

Asked about the interview of Union Minister of State V. Narayanasamy in a Tamil weekly that the DMK had initially supported the KKNPP, but backtracked later and that the Centre was not looking for DMK support and would be content with Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s support, Mr. Karunanidhi clarified that the DMK was not an enemy of industrial development projects, such as the Kudankulam project. The DMK desired industrial growth in the State leveraged science and technology, he emphasised.

Mr. Karunanidhi recalled that the Chief Minister too had once extended her support to anti-KKNNP protesters and met them at the Secretariat.

To a question on the State government announcing 20 per cent bonus to the employees of the public sector undertakings (PSUs), the DMK president said the staff of transport corporations had been asking for talks on bonus for a month, but not even the Transport Minister held a meeting with the employees before announcing the bonus.