Tamil Nadu: Chidambaram exposes secret of Kudankulam protest

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Chennai, Mar 26: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram revealed a secret behind the reason of the protest in Tamil Nadu over Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP). The Union Minister on Sunday, Mar 25 claimed that the agitators continued their protest over "some ulterior motive" despite getting full assurance from the central government about safety of the region around the plant.

People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) president SP Udayakumar earlier had said that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa encouraged the anti-nuclear protest and without her support, the protest could not have sustained in the state.

In an interview to Mail Today, Udayakumar said, "It is she who encouraged us. Without her support we could not have continued the struggle," adding that he demanded for the release of 18 anti-nuclear protestors. After Chidambaram's statement about "ulterior motive", speculations have been surfaced saying - was he trying to hint something regarding Jayalalithaa?

Chidambaram attended a meeting with Congress workers in Sivaganga on Sunday and also expressed his concern about heavy power crisis in Tamil Nadu. The Union Minister, while addressing load shedding issue in the state, urged Jayalalithaa's government to resolve the problem.

The minister also tried to save the Congress led UPA government as he claimed that its decision to vote against Sri Lanka to support US moved UN resolution was taken "after a serious thinking."

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