Maharashtra can buy power from other states: Uddhav
Assuring that his party would not let the Jaitapur nuclear power plant take off, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray said Maharashtra could buy the power from other states if there was any shortfall.mumbai Updated: Apr 26, 2011 01:50 IST
Assuring that his party would not let the Jaitapur nuclear power plant take off, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray said Maharashtra could buy the power from other states if there was any shortfall.
Thackeray was speaking to the press on Monday at Sakhri Nate village after meeting the family of Tabrez Sayekar, the man who was killed in the police firing on April 18. Accompanied by several senior leaders and party workers from the area, he met and consoled Sayekar’s wife and family.
This is the second time within a month that Thackeray is visiting the area. He first visited Jaitapur on April 9 during a Sena rally organised to protest against the project.
Taking potshots at the government, which has tried to convince locals of the project being a good ‘investment’ for the state, Thackeray said “The state government is talking as if it has done Konkan a favour by bringing this project here. In fact, when the project does get power then it will go to the central grid and Maharashtra will only get a percentage of it.
In turn, Konkan will have to bear 100% damages and risk lives of people. Take the project away from here.”
Talking on the issue of the police firing on the protesters, Thackeray said, “Maharashtra state owes the people some explanation. The death of Tabrez Sayekar will have to be explained and also why the local mandate has not been heard.”
During his few hours in Jaitapur, Thackeray met the villagers and also visited the Ratnagiri civil hospital to meet those who were injured in the firing last week.
The Sena leader had come under severe criticism for his absence during the violent protests. He had left for a photo shoot to Kanha National Park on the same day and stayed there for almost a week after that.
Responding to this, Thackeray said: “We [the Sena] always reach first when people are in need. The parties that are pointing fingers at me did not even bother to find out what the people wanted when they were protesting all along.”