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Ready for talks with govt, say Kudankulam protesters

india Updated: Mar 27, 2012 01:09 IST
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home minister P Chidambram

A day after home minister P Chidambram said there was "some ulterior motive" behind continued protest against Kudankulam nuclear plant despite government assurance, convener of People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy SP Udayakumar said the protesters were "ready" for talks.

"We are ready for talks. If we are considered people of this country and if our ahimsa protest is respected, government should talk to us. They should treat us like Indian people," Udayakumar, on an indefinite fast since March 12 along with his supporters, told reporters in Idinthakarai near Tirunelveli.

He said it was regrettable that the government was suddenly "belittling" the protesters by accusing them of having links with Maoists and foreign countries. Observing that the protesters met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh once and Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa twice as part of their dialogue process, he said, "suddenly to describe and portray us as having links with Naxals and as anti- nationals, demeans people who have faith in democracy."

Observing that the protesters met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh once and Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa twice as part of their dialogue process, he said, "suddenly to describe and portray us as having links with Naxals and as anti-nationals, demeans people who have faith in democracy."

Chidambaram on Sunday expressed serious concern over the power crisis in Tamil Nadu and said he had asked the state government to take steps to find a solution. He said he had asked the previous government also "to take serious steps to resolve power problem".