Chennai: After launching a series of protests against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project, anti-nuclear activists have now sought support of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying she took "bold and courageous stand" against the Haripur nuclear project in her state. "After all, you are the only leader who has taken a bold and courageous stand against the Haripur nuclear project in Purba Medhinipur district in West Bengal," People s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), spearheading the stir, said in a letter to Banerjee.
The letter signed by S P Udayakumar, who is leading the stir, and three others said that to save the people, the country needed the intervention of "thoughtful, caring and creative leaders such as yourself" and requested Banerjee to visit the Idinthakarai, the focal point of their stir. Noting that Banerjee fought for the people at Nandigram and Singur and "people all over India are thankful for your stand against FDI in retail sector,", PMANE welcomed her recent statement "I will go everywhere in India to protect the
Indian business, the farmers, the labourers and the people of India."
The West Bengal government had ruled out the nuclear power plant at Haripur in Kolkata's Purba Medinipur district. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said that Haripur is not the proper place for a nuclear power plant as it was a densely populated area and fishermen in the region would be affected.