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European man inciting locals against Jaitapur plant: Chavan

“Some European man was showing a video film to the locals,so that they oppose this prestigious nuclear power project,” Chavan told reporters here.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday said “a European man” was involved in a false propaganda against the upcoming Jaitapur nuclear power plant,a day after he said locals there were being misled by “outsiders” and “certain” political parties.

“Some European man was showing a video film to the locals,so that they oppose this prestigious nuclear power project,” Chavan told reporters here. The 9,900-MW Jaitapur nuclear power project is a Indo-French joint venture Chavan,who had visited Jaitapur in the coastal Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra on Saturday to meet the local people who are opposed to the project,said the state government was pursuing development projects and that he put this point across to local people.

Chavan on Saturday accused “certain” political parties and outsiders of conducting false propaganda and misleading locals about the power project.

Chavan’s comments drew ridicule from Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray.

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Addressing a gathering on the occasion of ‘Marathi Day’ organised by Sena in Mumbai,Uddhav said the locals were vehemently opposed to the project. “They are of the view that the land is their mother and mother’s worth cannot be calculated in money,” he said.

“Chavan has to respect the local sentiments. If he does not,Shiv Sena will stand by the locals and not allow the project to come up,” Uddhav said.

Addressing locals at Karel village near Jaitapur,Chavan said on Saturday there was no basis to the objections raised by local outfits like Janhit Seva Samiti from Madban and fishing community in Sakhrinate village.

First published on: 28-02-2011 at 02:31:16 am
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