In a bid to step up Shiv Sena’s agitation against the proposed nuclear power plant, party executive president Uddhav Thackeray will visit Jaitapur in Ratnagiri, along with Sena’s top brass.
Thackeray will visit Jaitapur and meet the villagers opposing the project to show the Sena’s solidarity with them.
The landowners, mostly, farmers, and fisherfolk in Jaitapur are opposed to the proposed 10,000 MW nuclear energy plant that the government plans to set up there.
“Those opposing the project are vindicated after the world came to know what kind of danger is posed by the Fukoshima atomic energy plant in Japan [after the earthquake]. It’s not just Jaitapur, but people in Ratnagiri, Sindhdurg and Raigad are also worried. The people of Konkan are convinced that they don't need an energy plant there,” said a statement released by Shiv Sena.
The Sena and its bete noire, Narayan Rane, are at loggerhead over the proposed nuclear plant.
Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, who had recently visited the proposed site, has insisted that the plant is safe and the government would go ahead with its construction plan.
The Sena’s stand on Jaitapur is also seen at the party's way of winning back its supporters in Konkan. For long, the party dominated the coastal Konkan area but with its pointsperson in Konkan, Narayan Rane, moving to the Congress, the Sena is trying to win back the vote banks.