Calling for a consensus on the issue of uranium mining in Meghalaya, NCP leader P A Sangma has said the government should restrain itself from adopting "bulldozing tactics".
NCP insists on consensus building on the uranium issue. This is democracy and doing anything through forceful means is not the solution. If the present government thinks that the will of the people should be bulldozed, it is not a correct step, Sangma told reporters in Shillong on Wednesday night.
Sangma said the government should allow larger public consultations for consensus on the matter.
When the NCP was in power, the then government had decided to seek public views through an All-Party Committee on Uranium Mining (APCUM) and by involving experts, NGOs as well as taking the public into confidence, he said.
The former Lok Sabha Speaker said in national interest in terms of energy and security, uranium is necessary, but in the name of national interest, one cannot just ride roughshod over the will of the people and ignore their fears of negative effects of uranium mining.
The fears have to be addressed and a consensus on the issue must be arrived at, the NCP leader said.
Expressing doubts whether there was any technology that could effectively counter radiation effects arising out of mining, he said, "I'm not a scientist and I'm not very sure whether there are foolproof technologies in India.