Nuke deal activists misleading the nation: Manik Sarkar

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Agartala, Oct 5: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has alleged that the Indo-US Nuke deal activists were trying to mislead the nation by concealing its cons to the people.

Addressing at an inaugural ceremony of the second Northeastern Renewable Energy Education Park here yesterday, Mr Sarkar said it was unfortunate that the Centre was trying to convince the people by saying that the deal would help India to overcome power crisis.

''Currently, per unit cost of power is about Rs 5.42 and if we go for generating nuclear power in a bigger way the cost will be Rs 11 per unit, which will not help the common people,'' he pointed out.

Mr Sarkar said India had enormous potential of non-conventional sources of energy, which could serve a large section of the country's population at affordable limit but the UPA government seemed uninterested in tapping these potentials.

He alleged that the US wanted to destabilise India's sovereignty.

''Our leaders were happy with imparting training to the US marine force at counter-insurgency and Jungle warfare school in Mizoram but they are unaware of that country's intention. I believe the US had just been assessing our defence strength and strategies,'' he added.

The chief minister also cautioned the countrymen including policy makers and academicians to be careful while dealing with the US on any issue.


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