With the zilla parishad and municipal elections just around the corner, the Shiv Sena has decided to take up the Jaitapur issue once again.
The Sena has been against the proposed power plant in Konkan occupying almost 700 hectares of land for which there is a huge opposition from the locals.
People are opposing the project on the grounds of environment issues and possible health hazards.
On November 29, the party has organised a debate in Mumbai that will discuss the issue of the necessity of the nuclear plant, where it has invited scientist Anil Kakodkar, who had addressed legislators at the Assembly on behalf of the state.
"The government has conveniently handed over the land to the NPCIL which has started off the work of land acquisition. However villagers from Sakhrinate and Madban have been opposing the proposal and they have huge support globally," said a Sena spokesperson.
He added that the government has only held one-sided discussions and is not encouraging a debate from both sides, which is why the Sena decided to take up this debate.
However, it is clear that this systematically crafted crusade by the Sena, which jumped into the cause only after the Jaitapur deal was done, is likely to have a direct impact on voters in Konkan and even Mumbai, since many living in the erstwhile mill land areas in the city are from Konkan.