Koodankulam activist dares PM; says prove charge or quit

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Protests in Koodankulam
New Delhi, Feb 25: After Friday's comments made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Koodankulam Nuclear Power plant and how the protests were being fueled by US based NGOs, the matter has taken an ugly turn. Virtually stirring a hornet's nest, anti-nuclear activist Uday Kumar stepped his attack and said that the PM has to prove his charges or step down.

Kumar has been quoted as saying in an interview to a television channel, "The Prime Minister should take back his statement. If the Prime Minister can't prove his charge then he should step down. The Prime Minister is not an elected PM but a nominated one, that's why he is insulting the people of India."

He added, "It is nonsense to say that NGO's from the US and Scandinavian countries are funding the Koodankulam protest. The Prime Minister, who is the head of the country, can't make such remarks. He has no sympathy. Lakhs of people are struggling and instead of acknowledging, he is accusing us of receiving money. We are not receiving money from any NGO. His ministerial colleague Narayansamy said the same thing. Why can't he produce some evidence to prove his charge? The Prime Minister insults the people of the country."

The PM's comments yesterday surprised all that certain foreign bodies are behind depriving the country from increasing their energy output. The PM's claims however found supporters, when Iowa State University scientist Dr Sivramiah Shantharam said, "The Prime Minister is right on the dot. It is a very well known fact that international NGOs, both from US and Europe, who in alliance with local NGOs whip up trouble. All the frenzy was whipped up by them after receiving funding to create anxiety and suspicion about bio-tech advancements."

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