The Hindu

Political parties to gherao Fort St George

- Special Correspond­ent

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 It should be immediatel­y withdrawn,” he said.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.

Release

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.

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