Political parties to gherao Fort St George
Leaders of various political parties opposed to the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project ( KKNPP) will gherao the Fort St George on October 29, in support of four charter of demands, including closure of the plant.
The protest will be held on the day Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will be laying the foundation stone for an arch to commemorate the diamond jubilee celebration of the Assembly. The session of the House begins the next day.
Talking to reporters, Manithaneya Makkal Katchi MLA M. H. Jawahirullah said that people against the KKNPP were expressing their opposition in a peaceful manner and the government sought to suppress them with the aid of police.
“Police has invoked Section 144 in Idinthakarai and neighbouring villages and the entire area looked like a graveyard. It should be immediately withdrawn,” he said.
Mr Jawahirullah said Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi ( VCK) leader Thol Thirumavalavan and Periar Dravidar Kazhagam leader Kolathur Mani and many others would take part in the protest.
MDMK leader Vaiko is also expected to join the protestors.
Besides demanding withdrawal of cases against antinuclear movement leaders and others, he said those who had been arrested should be released.
He alleged that political parties such as the AIADMK, the DMK and the Left were supporting the project even though they were well aware of the danger of the nuclear project.